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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

Menu

SMALL PLATES AND BOWLS

TJ's BBQ Potato Chips $8 gf
Made to Order Seasoned Chips, Creamy Bourbon Bacon Dip

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

Pimento Cheese Platter $9 gf
Classic Southern Pimento Cheese with Grilled Club White Toast Points, Crackers, Crispy Pork Rinds, Seasonal Pickles

Roasted Tomato & Muenster Bisque $7/$5 gf
With Gingered Apples & Toasted Marshmellow Croutons

Jefferson Peanut Soup $7/$5
Shaved Celery, Ham, Parsley

Seasonal Soup $7/$5
Chef's Selection

GREENS

Add any item below to one of our salads
Fried Oysters $10* • Crab Cake $12 • Chicken $6 • Salmon $8* • Steak Tips $10* • Shrimp $10
Choices can be served Grilled or Blackened

TJ's House Salad $7 gf
Sweet Baby Lettuces, Asian Pears, Pickled Sweet Gypsy Peppers, Toasted Almonds, Malted Mustard Vinaigrette

Caesar $8 gf*
Chopped Romaine Lettuce, Herbed Croutons, Parmesan Regganio Cheese, House-made Caesar Dressing

Spinach Salad $9 gf*
Baby Spinach, Bacon Lardons, Hard Boiled Eggs, Pickled Beets, Crisp Onions, Sundried Tomato Vinaigrette

Crispy Chicken Cobb $16 gf
Romaine Lettuce, Sliced Hard-boiled Eggs, Cherry Tomatoes, Edwards Bacon Lardons, Crumbled Maytag Blue Cheese, Crispy Chicken Breast, Avocado Green Goddess Dressing
Sub Oysters or Steak Tips for $4 for $3

Spiral Salmon Salad $18 gf
Grilled Faroe Island Salmon over Spiral Carrots, Squash, Radishes, Beets, Crispy Shallots, Buckwheat Noodles, mixed with Hubs Peanut Vinaigrette

SANDWICHES

All Sandwiches come with your choice of side
Fresh Fruit • Piquillo Pepper Pasta Salad • French Fries • Any Soup (+$2) • House Salad (+$2) • Caesar Salad (+2) • Spinach Salad (+$3)

TJ’s Burger $14 gf*
10oz House-made Burger, topped with Lettuce, Tomato, and 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, Griddled Marble Rye

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

House Smoked BBQ Sandwich $13 gf
House made Pork BBQ, Cole Slaw, Jack & Coke BBQ Sauce, Sesame Challah Roll

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

BBQ Chicken Panini $13 gf
Slow Smoked Pulled Dark Meat Chicken, Apple Celery Slaw, Cheddar Cheese, Apple Butter BBQ Sauce

Jefferson Club $15
Cheddar, Swiss, Ham, Bacon, Turkey, Lettuce, Tomato, and Whole Grain Mustard Aioli on Sourdough Bread

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

Butterbean Falafel Wrap $10 gf
Crisp Falafels, Shredded Romaine, Marinated Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Sriracha Tzatziki, wrapped in warm Lavash Bread

TJ’s Blue Plate $15
Gourmet Grilled Cheese built on thick sliced Sourdough Bread with Griddled Onions, Bacon, Cheddar and Provolone Cheeses, toasted and cut to dip with our Roasted Tomato and Muenster Bisque



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