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.
SMALL PLATES AND BOWLS
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
Add any item below to one of our salads
Fried Oysters $10* • Crab Cake $12 • Chicken $6 • Salmon $8* • Shrimp $10
Choices can be served Grilled or Blackened
TJ's House Salad $7 gf
Sweet Baby Lettuces, Roasted Peaches, Pickled Sweet Gypsy Peppers, Toasted Almonds, Malted Mustard Vinaigrette
Caesar $8 gf*
Chopped Romaine Lettuce, Croutons, Parmesan Regganio Cheese, Caesar Dressing
Spinach Salad $9 gf*
Baby Spinach, Bacon Lardons, Hard Boiled Eggs, Pickled Beets, Crisp Onions, Sundried Tomato Vinaigrette
Heirloom Tomato Salad $12 gf
Fried Green and Fresh Heirloom Tomatoes, Sunflower Sprouts, Vidalia onions, Crispy Blue Crab Claws, Green Goddess Dressing
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 $15 gf*
Dry Aged, All VA Beef Burger from 7 Hills Food Co., Griddled, then topped with Lettuce, Tomato, and Onion with a Dill Pickle
Cheddar • Swiss • American • Blue Cheese $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
Jefferson Po' Boy $15
Choice of Fried Oysters or Blackened Shrimp Grilled Pineapple Slaw, Tartar Sauce
Grilled Chicken Sandwich $14 gf
Marinated Chicken Breast, Havarti Cheese Tobacco Onions, Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado Spread, Sesame Challah Roll
Crispy Cordon Bleu Sandwich $14
Crispy Chicken, Ham, Swiss cheese, Brown Butter Roasted Garlic Aioli on a Kaiser Roll
Lump Blue Crab Cake $15
Lettuce, Tomato, Remoulade, Griddled English Muffin
Tarragon Chicken Salad Croissant $13 gf
Sliced Apples, Toasted Pecans, Romaine on a Toasted Croissant
Butterbean Falafel Wrap $10 gf
Crisp Falafels, Shredded Romaine, Cucumbers, Marinated Tomatoes, Sriracha Tzatziki wrapped in warm Lavash Bread
TJ's uses grass fed beef, pasture raised pork and sustainable seafood in all of our cooking.
gf = 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