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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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Hor D’oeuvres

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Priced $150 per 50 pieces
Smoked Shrimp and Boursin Tarts
Eggplant Caponata on Toasted Focaccia
Virginia Ham Biscuits with Honey Mustard Poppy Seed Sauce
Golden Tomato and Olive Bruschetta
Artichoke, Basil, and Sundried Tomato Bruschetta
Cashew Chicken Salad in a Puff Pastry Cup
Persillade Marinated Mozzarella Lollipops with a Lightly Smoked House Tomato Sauce
Blue Cheese Cheesecake with Port-Pear Vinaigrette and Cayenne Spiced Walnuts
Traditional California Roll with Surimi, Cream Cheese, Cucumber, and Crispy Onions


Priced $160 per 50 pieces
Vegetable or Chicken Samosa with Tamarind
Miniature Chicken Cordon Bleu
Crab and Shrimp Spring Roll with Ponzu Dipping Sauce
Vegetable Spring Roll with Ponzu Dipping Sauce
Assorted Miniature Quiches
Swedish Style Meatballs (Display Only)
Sweet and Sour Style Meatballs (Display Only)
Caramelized Onion, Bacon and Fontina Tarts
Pecan Tarts with Gorgonzola Custard
Herbed Goat Cheese Tarts with Sweet and Sour Piquillo Pepper Relish

Priced $160 per 50 pieces
Filipino Style Chicken Skewers with Chili Sour Cream
Firecracker Shrimp with Mango Salsa
Corn and Crab Fritters with Banana Pepper Tartar Sauce

Priced $175 per 50 pieces
Vegetable or Chicken Quesadilla
Pecan Crusted Chicken Tenderloin, Bourbon Maple Sauce
Truffled Ham and Brie Puffs


Priced $225 per 50 pieces
Duo of Nori Rolls: Smoked Salmon and Cucumber; and Ahi Tuna and Avocado
Brie and Raspberry Filo Stars
Braised Shortrib Wellingtons
Petite Crab Cakes with Pepperoncini Aioli
Iced Jumbo Shrimp with Creole Cocktail Sauce and Mustard Barbeque
Lobster Fontina Arancini
Beef, Chicken or Vegetable Empanadas with Salsa Ranchera
Coconut Shrimp with Honey Chili Glaze
Scallops Wrapped in Bacon
Southern Saltimboca Bites with Fontina Béchamel
Coconut Panko or Sesame Chicken Brochette, Sweet and Sour Sauce
Miniature Open-Faced Duck Rueben
Mini Beef Tenderloin Pot Pies


Priced $175 per 50 pieces
Lemon Scented Smoked Salmon on Truffled Pea Puree
“Salad Caprese” Cherry Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil Pannacotta
Spicy Gazpacho Shooter Basil Oil and Toasted Almonds
Tomato Basil Shooter with Cheddar Toast
Priced $185 per 50 pieces
Spicy Scallop Escabeche on Avocado Mousse
Tarragon Corn Mousse with Lump Crab and Tomato Jam
Clams Casino Spoons
Buffalo Oysters with Bleu Cheese Drizzle
Oysters Rockefeller Spoons
Lo Country Shrimp and Grits
Crispy Sweetbreads with Porcini Butter and Smoked Onions
Surf and Turf- Spicy Shrimp and Tomato Wrapped in Smoked Beef Tri Tip with Horseradish Cream
Harrisa Lamb Loin, Sundried Tomato, Feta.Lemon Coriander Dust with Julienned Mint
Sesame Ahi Tuna with Gingered Cucumbers and Toasted Shiitakes and Sambal Aioli