Did You Know?
The Jefferson Hotel was supposed to open on November 1, 1895, but at the last minute it was realized that November 1 was a Friday, and it was considered bad luck to start anything on a Friday. So the hotel was opened on Halloween instead.
From the time the hotel opened until 1937, rooms were just $1.50 per night. A room with a private bath was $1 more per night.
The Thanksgiving Day Dinner at the hotel in 1949 cost $2.50.
When Elvis stayed at the hotel in 1956, he brought his own television and the hotel manager was shocked that Elvis ate his bacon with his fingers.
In the mid 1950s, the hotel had a pink limousine to drive guests throughout the city.
The Jefferson has been in several movies including My Dinner with Andre (1981), First Kid (1996), HBO's Ironed Jawed Angels (2004), The American President (1995) and the recently discovered Rock and Roll Hotel (early 1980's).
Alligators once resided in marble pools in the Palm Court Lobby. Richmonders would vacation in Florida and bring the baby alligators home as pets. As they outgrew sinks and bathtubs, residents would bring them to live at The Jefferson. Tour the hotel’s public area and see how many alligators you can find today!
Thirteen US Presidents, including Harrison, McKinley, Wilson, Coolidge, Taft, both Roosevelts (Theodore and Franklin Delano), Truman and Reagan, both Bushes (George H. W. and George W.), Clinton and Obama have been guests at The Jefferson Hotel.
Legend says that Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was discovered by his life-long agent while dancing across the dining room at The Jefferson Hotel.
Frank Sinatra once entertained guests in Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel with an impromptu performance after enjoying his dinner.
Artifacts from over a century of the hotel’s history are housed in a museum at the bottom of The Grand Staircase, including a photo of Elvis at the hotel's old lunch counter.
The priceless statue of Thomas Jefferson that stands watch over the Palm Court lobby has only left his post on one occasion. In the 1902 hotel fire, he was rescued from the building only to have his head bumped on the cobblestones. He took a brief vacation to Edward Valentine’s art studio where his head was reattached.
The Grand Staircase at The Jefferson Hotel has long been rumored to be the staircase featured in the iconic film, Gone with the Wind.
The Jefferson Hotel is often cited as one of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture still in existence today.
FRESH BAKED FOR THE TABLE
Savory Bacon ‘n’ Cheddar Scones $7
Three House Made Scones, served with Local Honey and Tabasco Compound Butter
Warm Southern Style Muffins $4
Mini Strawberry and Rhubarb Muffins
"Richmonder" $16 gf
Bacon, Potato, and Cheddar Egg Scramble, Hot Sauce, with Apple Butter Toast
Cheddar Baked Grits $15 gf
Bacon, Cheddar, Stoneground Grits, Two Over Easy Eggs, and Creole Gravy Served with Fresh Fruit Medley
Add Blackened Shrimp or Buttered Lump Crab for $4
Sausage Scattered Potato Hash $16gf
Two Fried Eggs over Crumbled Logan’s Sausage Scattered Hash of Grilled Spring Onions and Potatoes, with Roasted Tomato Coulis
Chicken ‘n’ Biscuits $14
Open Faced Black Pepper Biscuits, Crispy Chicken Country Ham, Swiss cheese, Cream Gravy
Ruby Red Grapefruit Brûlée $11
Roasted Chioggia Beets, Greek Yogurt, Local Honey Sunflower Sprouts, Mint, Toasted Pine Nuts
Classic Griddle Choices $12 each
Vanilla Pancakes • French Toast • Waffle
Specialty Pancakes $14
Blueberry • Chocolate Chip
Strawberries & Cream
Coconut Cream Angel Food Cake French Toast with Bourbon Bananas, Candied Bacon Crumbles Virginia Proper Peanuts
À LA CARTE
Build your own breakfast by choosing from selections below
2 Eggs Any Style (gf) • Fresh Fruit Medley(gf) • Crispy Potatoes • Local Grits (gf)
Fried Green Tomatoes • Two Slices of Toast
(White, Wheat, Rye, Bagel, or English muffin)
3 Eggs Any Style (gf) • Bacon (gf) • Sausage Patties (gf) • Country Ham (gf) • Mixed Berries (gf)
Two Buttermilk Biscuits
Udi's Gluten Free Bread or Bagel (gf)
Customize your own or choose a chef specialty Served with Grits or Potatoes, Choice of Toast
Three Egg Omelet $15 gf
Choice of three ingredients:
Spinach • Peppers • Onions • Tomatoes • Mushrooms • Ham • Bacon • Sausage • Cheddar • Swiss • American • Goat Cheese • Blackened Shrimp ($4) • Buttered Lump Crab ($4)
Ginter Garden ($2)
Fried Green Tomatoes • Peppers • Whipped Feta • Arugala
Spinach • Tomatoes • Goat Cheese
Bacon • Crab • Swiss
Cheddar • Tomatoes • Peppers • Sausage
One Choice of Grits, Potatoes, Fruit Medley (+$2), or Mixed Berries (+ $4)
Classic Benedict $15 gf*
Poached Eggs, Country Ham, and Hollandaise on an English muffin
Veggie Bene $14 gf*
Poached Eggs, Seared Tomato, Sautéed Spinach, and Hollandaise on an English muffin
TJ's Breakfast $14
House Made Granola, Mixed Berries, Greek Yogurt, VA Honey
Smoked Salmon Plate $17 gf*
Toasted Bagel, Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, Sliced Tomato, Marinated Cucumbers, Pickled Onions, and Capers
Triple Berry Smoothie $8 gf
Greek Yogurt, Milk, Banana, VA Honey and Three Seasonal Berries
Add Peanut Butter, Protein, Super Green, or Bee Pollen for $2 each
Anson Mills Oatmeal $8 gf
Served with Brown Sugar and Golden Raisins
Breakfast Cereal with Mixed Berries $10
Choice of Cereal and Milk
Fresh Squeezed Orange or Grapefruit Juice $5
Cranberry • Apple • Pineapple • Tomato • V-8 $4
Royal Cup Coffee $5
Mighty Leaf Hot Tea $4
English Breakfast • Earl Grey • Decaf Earl Grey Chamomile • Tropical Green • Fancy Darjeeling African Nectar • Bombay Chai
gf = denotes gluten free or easily made gluten free
*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness