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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


Chicken Fried Oyster $14
Twice dipped Oysters with Red Eye Gravy and Cheddar Grits

Herbs and Garlic Chevre Dip $9
Tangy Goat Cheese with Zatarr Spiced Lavosh Crackers

Butternut Squash Hushpuppies $8
Spiced Apple Pommery Sauce Pumpkin Apple Bisque $7/$5
Marshmallow Fluff, and Spiced Pumperknickle

Jefferson Peanut Soup $7/$5
Shaved Celery and Padows Country Ham

Seasonal Soup $7/$5
Chef's Selection


Add any item below to one of our salads
Grilled Chicken $6, Fried Oysters $10
Grilled Salmon $8, Blackened Beef Tips $10

TJ's House Salad $6 £
Sweet Baby Lettuces, Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Radishes, Carrot Curls, Toasted Almonds, Feta Cheese, Muscadine Vinaigrette

Caesar $8 £
Chopped Romaine, Pane Paisano Croutons Parmesan Regganio

BLT Salad $8 £
Romaine and Spinach, Crispy Poached Egg, Cherry Tomatoes, Edwards Bacon, Herbed Croutons, Horseradish and Pommery Dressing

Baby Kale and Peanut Salad $8 £
Crispy Salad with Carrots, Cabbage Creamy Sesame Peanut dressing


TJ's Burger $16 £
Lettuce, Tomato, Onion with a Dill Pickle
Cheese–Cheddar, Baby Swiss, Maytag Blue($1)
Add On's - Bacon, Pepper Relish, Sherried Mushrooms, Fried Egg $2 each

Pumpkin Seed Crusted Salmon $26
Butternut Squash Rissoto, Garlic Braised Swiss Chard and Pickled Beet Moustarda

Peanut Wasabi Crusted Chicken $24
Udon Noodles, Garlic Braised Baby Bok Choy, Chili Soy Butter

Coca Cola Glazed Pork Tenderloin $24
Seared Brussels Sprouts and Spoon Bread

Pumpkin Ravioli $22
Tossed in Brown Butter, Sage, and Parmesan. Topped with Pinenuts, and Amaretti Crumbs, Cavalo Rosso

Cast Iron Seared Ribeye $28
Well Marbled Choice Beef with Roasted Garlic Yukon Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus and Carrots, Horseradish Cream

Frogmore Stew $26
Low Country Stew with Shrimp, Mussels, SausageCraft Saturday Nite Sausage, Sweet Corn, Potatoes, and Spicy Tomato Beer Broth

TJ's uses grass fed beef, pasture raised pork and sustainable seafood in all of our cooking.

£ = gluten free or easily made gluten free;

sandwiches except for the crab cake can be served on gluten free bread