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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.

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Secondary Menu

Savory Bacon ‘n’ Cheddar Scones $7
Local Honey & Tabasco Compound Butter

Biscuit Beignets $6
Crispy Fried Biscuits, Powdered Sugar & Lavender Honey

Warm Southern Style Muffin $3
Blueberry & Lemon Muffin Topped with Sparkling Sugar Crystals


Substitute Fresh Fruit $2 or Mixed Berries $4

"Richmonder" $16 *
Bacon, Potato & Cheddar Scramble, Hot Sauce, Apple Butter Toast

Steeple Chase $15
Savory Egg Gratin with Sausage, Mushrooms, Scallions, Smoked Gouda, with Fresh Fruit

Shrimp & Grits $17 *
Over Easy Eggs, Diced Crispy Bacon, Brown Gravy

The Jefferson Omelet $15 gf *
Goat Cheese, Spinach, Tomatoes, Choice of Toast, with Grits or Potatoes

Low Country Benedict $17 gf*
Poached Eggs, Hollandaise, Pulled Pork, Cheddar Bacon Scone, with Grits or Potatoes. Classic Eggs Benedict -with Country ham and an English muffin

Steak and Eggs Benedict $18 gf *
Poached Eggs, Shaved Beef Tri Tip with Griddled Tomatoes, Hollandaise & Chipotle Steak Sauce on English Muffins, with Grits or Potatoes

Chicken n Biscuits $14
Crispy Chicken Cutlets with Sausage Cream Gravy over Toasted Biscuits


Monticello Breakfast $10 
Two Eggs Any Style with One Side

Tredegar Breakfast $14 
Two Eggs Any Style with One Side & Toast

Ginter's Grande Breakfast $18 *
Two Eggs Any Style with Choice of Two Sides & Choice of Toast


Small Sides $4 each gf *
Crispy Potatoes?Local Grits? Fresh Fruit? Two Slices of Toast(White, Wheat, Rye, Bagel, English Muffin)

Large Sides $6 each gf *
Bacon? Sausage? Pork Hash? Country Ham? Udi's Gluten Free Bread or Bagel


Sweet Potato and Ginger Pancakes $15
Toasted Pecans, Marshmallow Brûlée & Cinnamon Maple Syrup

Cherries Jubilee French Toast $16
Red Bing Cherries in Cinnamon Brandy Sauce & Chantilly Cream

Vanilla Pancakes or Belgian Waffle $14 
Choice of Bacon or Sausage

Classic French Toast $16 
Choice of Bacon or Sausage


TJ's Breakfast $14
House Made Granola, Mixed Berries, Greek Yogurt, VA Honey

Smoked Salmon Plate $17 gf *
Toasted Bagel with Cream Cheese Sliced Tomato, Marinated Cucumbers, Pickled Onions & 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 $2 ea

Anson Mills Oatmeal $9 gf
Served with Brown Sugar and Golden Raisins
Add Warm Berry Compote $3

Breakfast Cereal with Mixed Berries $14
Choice of Cereal and Milk


Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice $5
Grapefruit, Cranberry, Apple, Pineapple, Tomato, V-8 $4

Royal Cup Coffee $5
Regular or Decaf

Mighty Leaf Hot Tea $4
English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Decaf Earl Grey, Chamomile, Tropical Green, Fancy Darjeeling

Bloody Mary $8

Mimosa $7

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