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.
SMALL PLATES AND BOWLS
Cheddar Baked Grits $14 *
Topped with Chicken Fried Oysters Or Blackened Shrimp, Smothered in Creole Gravy
Lobster Mac and Cheese $16
Creamy Comte Cheese Sauce with Maine Lobster, Gulf Shrimp, & Cipollini Onions
Smoked Gouda and Chorizo Dip $9 £
Baked au Gratin Style with Crispy Corn Chips
TJ’s Charcuterie Plate $14 £
House Pickled Cukes, Peanuts, Cauliflower, VA Charcuterie, & House Cultured Butter with Grilled Billy Bread
Roasted Sweet Potato Bisque $9/$6 £
With Gingered Apples & Toasted Marshmallow Croutons
Jefferson Peanut Soup $7/$5 £
Crispy Pork Rinds, Ham & Parsley
Seasonal Soup $7/$5
Add any item below to one of our salads
Grilled Chicken $6 • Grilled Salmon $10 *
Fried Oysters $10* • Crab Cake $12
Blackened Steak Tips $10*
Blackened Shrimp $10
TJ’s House Salad $7 £
Sweet Baby Lettuces, Toasted Pecans,Sliced Clementines, Dried Cranberries, Shaved Radishes, Malted Mustard Vinaigrette
Caesar $8 * £
Chopped Romaine Lettuce, Herbed Croutons, Parmesan Regganio Cheese
BLT Salad $12 * £
Romaine Lettuce & Baby Spinach, Herbed Croutons, Crispy Poached Egg, Cherry Tomatoes, Edwards Bacon, Horseradish & Pommery Dressing
Crispy Twice Cooked Chicken $25
Slow Braised Chicken, Crisped to order with Carolina Gold Rice Middling & Tempura Sweet Peppers & Broccolini
Benne Crusted Farro Island Salmon $26 * £
Over Charred Corn Grits and Queso Fresco, Creole Crawfish Cream, Roasted Tomato Marmalade & Sautéed Spinach
Grilled Black Angus Beef Tenderloin $28 * £
With Horseradish Whipped Potatoes with Bacon Roasted Brussels sprouts & Imperial Stout Demi-Glace
Pumpkin Ravioli $22
With Garlic Braised Kale over Brown Butter Hollandaise, Toasted Sage, & Hazelnut Crumbles
Double Down Duck $30 * £
Roasted Muscovy Duck Breast and Crisp Duck Confit with Pistachio Piccolo Farro Risotto, Thumbelina Carrots, Chestnut Cream and Cherry Jus
Cider Braised Pork Belly $26 £
Buttered Carrots & Parsnips, Collard Greens, over Popcorn Cream with Bacon Cracklin’ Cornbread
Brown Butter Seared Scallops $28 * £
Jumbo Scallops on Parsnip Mousse with Herb Roasted Romanesco & Piquillo Peppers
TJ’s Burger $14 * £
10oz House-made Burger, topped with Lettuce, Tomato, Onion with a Dill Pickle
Cheddar • Baby Swiss • Maytag Blue $1 • Pimento Cheese $2
Bacon $2 • Sherried Mushrooms $2 • Fried Egg* $2 • Tobacco Onions $1
£ = 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