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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


TJ's BBQ Potato Chips $8 gf
Made to Order Seasoned Chips with Roasted Summer Corn Aioli

Cheddar Baked Grits $14 *
Topped with Chicken Fried Oysters or Blackened Shrimp, Smothered in Creole Gravy

Spinach Dip en Gratin $9
Baked au Gratin Style with Crispy Corn Chips

Roasted Sweet Potato Bisque $9/$6 gf
With Gingered Apples & Toasted Marshmellow Croutons

Jefferson Peanut Soup $7/$5 gf
Crispy Pork Rinds, Ham & Parsley

Seasonal Soup $7/$5
Chef's Selection



Choose One Side with your Sandwich
Fresh Fruit, Piquillo Pepper Pasta Salad, French Fries, House Salad ($2) or Soup ($2)

TJ’s Burger $14 gf*
10oz House-made Burger, topped with Lettuce, Tomato, Onion with a Dill Pickle
Burger Upgrades
Cheddar - Baby Swiss - Maytag Blue $1 - Pimento Cheese $2 - Bacon $2 - Sherried Mushrooms $2 - Fried Egg $2 - Tobacco Onions $1

House Smoked Turkey Rueben $14 gf
Sliced Turkey Breast, Melted Baby Swiss, Sauerkraut Slaw, Russian Dressing on Griddled Marble Rye

Grilled Chicken Sandwich $14 gf
Marinated Chicken Breast, Havarti Cheese, Tobacco Onions, Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado, Sesame Challah Roll

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

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

Mushroom Panini $12 gf
Sherry Roasted Medley of Shitake, Cremini and Oyster Mushroom, Garlicky Sauteed Spinach, and Provolone Cheese on Italian Bread

BBLT $12 gf
Applewood Smoked Bacon, Brie Cheese, Romaine Lettuce, Tomato, Mayonnaise, Grilled on Toasted Sourdough Bread

Tarragon Chicken Salad Croissant $12 gf
Sliced Apples, Toasted Pecans, & Romaine Lettuce on a Toasted Croissant



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

TJ's House Salad $7 gf
Sweet Baby Lettuces, Toasted Pecans, Sliced Clementines, Dried Cranberries, Shaved Radishes, Malted Mustard Vinaigrette

Caesar $8 *gf
Chopped Romaine Lettuce, Herbed Croutons, Parmesan Regganio Cheese

BLT Salad $12 gf*
Romaine Lettuce & Baby Spinach, Herbed Croutons, Crispy Poached Egg, Cherry Tomatoes, Edwards Bacon, Horseradish & Pommery Dressing

Crispy Chicken Cobb $16 gf
Sub Oysters for $3
Romaine Lettuce, Sliced Hard-boiled Eggs, Cherry Tomatoes, Edwards Bacon Lardons, Crumbled Maytag Blue Cheese, Crispy Chicken Breast, Avocado Green Goddess Dressing

Grilld Chicken Fettuccini $17
Grilled Chicken & Crumbled Chorizo Sausage in Smoked Gouda Cream with Sundried Tomatoes & English Peas

Spice Seared Salmon $24 gf
With Wild Rice Hopping John, Haricot Verts, Pickled Onoins, & Triple Citrus butter

Pumpkin Ravioli $16
On Garlic Braised Kale topped with Brown Butter hollandaise, Toasted Sage, & Hazelnuts



Pumpkin Ginger Ale $4

Abita Draft Root Beer $5

Barefoot Bucha Flavored Kombucha $8
Naturally Carbonated, Fermented Tea

Large Pellegrino $9

Small Perrier $3

Iced Tea $3.50

Fountain Soda $3.00
Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Ginger Ale, Lemonade

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