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.
Each display serves 25 people
Artisanal Cheese Display
Baked Brie Crusted with Pecans and Drizzled Honey
Herbed Goat Cheese with Salted Molasses Caramel and Grilled Billy Bread
Seasonal Selection of Local Cheeses
Crackers, White House Roll, and Sweet Potato Biscuits
Garden Cornucopia Display
Grilled Asparagus with Caramelized Forest Mushrooms, Porcini Vinaigrette and Parmesan Reggiano
Haricot Verts with Green Goddess Dressing, Toasted Almonds and Pickled Bermuda Onions
Trio of Tandoori Roasted Carrots in Parsley and Tahini Labneh
Trio of Madras Cauliflower with Chimichurri
Chef’s Choice of Seasonal Pate, Mousse, or Galantine; Assortment of Local Cured Meats
Pork Rillettes, House Made Pickle Sampler, Seasonal Jam, Crackers and Bruschetta
Southern Shores Seafood Display
Poached Cocktail Shrimp, Plank Smoked Salmon, Creamed Horseradish
Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters, Creole Crab Claws and Bay Scallops
Served with Lemon Wedges, Oyster Crackers, Flatbreads, and Cocktail Sauce
Chesapeake Bay Crabmeat; Chorizo and Queso; Buffalo Chicken and Monterrey Jack;
Spinach, Artichoke, and Parmesan; Hummus and Smokey Baba Ganoush
Served with Appropriate Selection of Pita Chips, Breads, Crackers, Tostados and Crudites
$95 per dip
(Only available in conjunction with a display - may not be ordered as a stand-alone item)
Crudite Tray - Carrots, Celery, Sweet Peppers and Ranch Dressing $125
Domestic Cheese Tray - Cheddar, Pepper Jack, and Swiss $135
Fresh Sliced Seasonal Fruits, Honey Yogurt Dips $125
Jumbo Shrimp and Cocktail Sauce (75 pieces) $300
Shrimp and Grits Display
Sauteed Shrimp and Andouille Sausage with Red Gravy on Stone Ground Grits
$14 per guest
(Gulf Oysters - three per guest)
Seasonal Oysters served over Crushed Ice with Cocktail Sauce, Lemons
Served with Malted Champagne Mignonette, a Variety of Hot Sauces, and Assorted Crackers
$16 per guest
Pasta and/or Risotto Display
(served with Garlic Bread, Grated Parmesan, and Chili Flakes)
Penne Pasta with Surry Sausage, Tomato Ragu and Crab
Ziti Pasta with Fontina Cheese and Roasted Garlic Sauce, Peppered Bacon and Leeks
Bow Tie Pasta with Tomato Sugo with Toasted Pancetta and Chiffonade Parsley
Corn Flake Crusted Cavatappi Pasta with a Cabot Cheddar Cheese Sauce
Fusilli Pasta with Ratatouille, Artichokes, Olive Oil and Parmigianino Reggiano
Creamy Arborio Rice, Sauteed Woodland Mushrooms, Sottocenare Cheese and Arugula
Arborio Rice cooked with Lobster Stock and 3inished with Diced Shrimp, Scallops and Herbs
Arborio Rice, Gorgonzola Cream, Shredded Chicken, Roasted Peppers and Spinach
$14 per guest (one choice)
$18 per guest (two choices)
Prices do not include applicable taxes and service charge.