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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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Lunch Menu

Secondary Menu


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

TJ's Hot Potato Chips $8
Seasoned Chips with Balsamic Smoked Onion Dip

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

Butternut Squash Hushpuppies $8
Spiced Apple Pommery Sauce

Pumpkin Apple Bisque $7/$5
Marshmallow Fluff & Spiced Pumpernickel

Jefferson Peanut Soup $7/$5
Shaved Celery and Padow’s Country Ham

Seasonal Soup $7/$5
Chef's Selection


Served with Fresh Fruit, Pasta Salad, or French Fries (Salad or Soup $2 more)

TJ’s Burger $12 £
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

Grilled Chicken Sandwich $10 £
Havarti Cheese, Tobacco Onions, Lettuce, Tomato, Guacamole, Toasted Kaiser

House Smoked BBQ Sandwich $12 £
Spicy Pepper Slaw, Jack & Coke BBQ Sauce, Sesame Challah Roll

The Beauregarde $14
Herb Brined Turkey Breast, Tomatoes, Cranberry Chutney, Semolina Bread with Brown Gravy

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

Goat Cheese Panini $10
Grilled Ciabatta Bread with Creamy Goat Cheese Roasted Peppers and Squash, and Arugula

Low Country Cubano $14
Shaved Smithfield Reserve Ham, Pulled Pork, Swiss Cheese and Pickled Green Tomato Chow Chow on French Bread

Brie, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Mayonnaise, Grilled on Sourdough Bread


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

TJ’s House Salad $6 £
Sweet Baby Lettuces, Cherry Tomatoes, Shaved Radishes, Carrot Curls, Toasted Almonds, Farm House 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 & Pommery Dressing

Baby Kale and Peanut Salad $8 £
Kale Salad with Carrots, Peanuts, Cabbage, Creamy Sesame Peanut Dressing


Pumpkin Seed Crusted Salmon $24
Butternut Squash Risotto, Garlic Braised Swiss Chard and Pickled Beet Moustarda

Grilled Chicken Gouda Cavatappi $23
Grilled Chicken Tossed with Spinach, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Smokey Bacon in a Creamy Gouda Sauce

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

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

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
* Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness