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!

  • Twelve 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.) 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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Lunch Menu


*Crispy Oysters $14
Cornmeal Crusted Oysters, Potato Hay, Banana Pepper Aioli

TJ's Hot Potato Chips $7 gf
Charred Tomato Salsa

Founders Fondue $8 gf
Founders Scotch Ale, Crispy Surry Sausage, Cheddar Dip with Bagel & Pretzel Chips

Jefferson Peanut Soup $7/$5 gf
Olive Oil Fried Nuts, Rosemary

Charred Green Tomato Gazpacho $8/$6 gf
Pickled Shrimp and Piquillos

Seasonal Soup $7/$5
Chef's Selection


Served with Fresh Fruit, Loaded Potato Salad, or French Fries
Substitute Salad or Soup for $2 more

*TJ’s Burger $14 gf
Lettuce, Tomato, Onion with a Pickle
Cheese - Cheddar, Baby Swiss, Maytag Blue
Add-ons - Bacon, Pepper Relish, Sautéed Onions, Sherried Mushrooms, Fried Egg $2

Pork Belly Reuben $15 gf
Shaved Peppered Pork Belly, Sambal Dressing, Swiss Cheese, Pickled Apple and Onion Sauerkraut, Griddled Rye

Grilled Chicken Sandwich $14 gf
Avocado Spread, Havarti, Tobacco Onions, Lettuce, Tomato

House Smoked BBQ Sandwich $13 gf
Spicy Pepper Slaw, Jack & Coke BBQ Sauce, Sesame Challah Roll

Country Ham Grilled Cheese $14 gf
Padows Country Ham, McClure VA Swiss, Sliced Tomato, Arugula, TJ's Pepper Jelly Sourdough Bread

BBLT $9 gf
Brie, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Mayonnaise, Sourdough Bread

Moroccan Eggplant Panini $12 gf
Eggplant Slow cooked with Exotic Spices, Sundried Tomato and Banana Pepper Relish, Spicy Carrot Slaw

*Lump Blue Crab Cake $15
Lettuce, Tomato, Remoulade,
Griddled English Muffin


TJ’s House Salad $4/$7 gf
Sweet Baby Lettuces, Shaved Radishes, Pickled Onions, Marigolds, Toasted Almonds, Bold Rock Hard Cider Vinaigrette

Caesar $5/$8 gf
Chopped Romaine, Herbed Croutons, Parmesan Reggiano

*BLT Salad $8 gf
Romaine and Spinach, Crispy Poached Egg, Cherry Tomatoes, Thick Cut Bacon, Herbed Croutons, Horseradish and Pommery Dressing

Watermelon Salad $8 gf
Watermelon, Basil, Feta, Toasted Almonds, Pork Belly Lardons, Iceberg Lettuce, Balsamic Reduction

Top It Off
*Grilled Chicken $6, *Fried Oysters $10
*Seared Salmon $8, Flat Iron $12
*Blackened Shrimp $12


Double Dippped Chicken $20
Double Fried Southern Style Braised Chicken Thighs with Green Chili Creamed Corn, Spicy Sweet Carrot Slaw, Black Pepper Cream Gravy

* Summer Salmon $24 gf
Grilled Filet of Salmon, with Wilted Salad of Cherry Tomatoes, Corn, Bacon and Arugula, Smashed Red Bliss Potatoes,
Mustard Scallion Vinaigrette

Almost Surf and Turf  $22
Blackened Flat Iron Steak (4oz) with Fontina Crab Mac and Cheese, Dilly Green Beans, Creole Red Gravy

Penne Aglio Olio $18
Toasted Garlic and Olive Oil, Roasted Cauliflower, Spinach, Sundried Tomatoes, Shaved Fennel, Pecorino Pepato
Add Grilled Chicken $6, Blackened Shrimp $10

£ = gluten free or easily made gluten free;
Sandwiches can be served on gluten free bread
* Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness