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,
Crispy Potato Hay, Scallion Aioli

TJ's Hot Potato Chips $7 £
Tuscan White Bean Butter

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

Jefferson Peanut Soup $7/$5 £
Country Ham, Herbs

Black Bean Bisque $8 / $6 £
Grilled Corn Pico de Gallo

Seasonal Soup $7/$5
Chef's Selection


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mushroom Panini $12 £
Herb Roasted Mushrooms, Spinach,
Banana Pepper Relish, Sottocenere Cheese

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


*Grilled Chicken $6, *Fried Oysters $10
*Seared Salmon $8, *Grilled Bistro Steak $12
*Blackened Shrimp $12

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

Caesar $8 £
Chopped Romaine, Herbed Croutons,
Parmesan Reggiano

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


TJ's Chicken Plate Pie $20 Hand Pulled Chicken, Roasted Vegetables,
Creamy Roasted Garlic Volute,
Cheddar Biscuit Streusel

*Grilled Salmon $24 £
Kale and Pepper Jack Rice,
Creole Blackened Carrots, Pommery Butter

Brown Ale Braised Pot Roast $22
Red Bliss Mashed Potatoes and Apples,
Caraway Brussels Hash, Pan Gravy

Penne Aglio Olio $18
Toasted Garlic and Olive Oil,
Chopped Rapini, Sundried Tomatoes,
Shaved Fennel, Pecorino Pepato
Add Grilled Chicken $6, Italian Sausage $4,
Blackened Shrimp $12

£ = 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