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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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Appetizers, Soups and Salads

Secondary Menu

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Appetizer or Soup may be substituted for salad as your first course.
Please consult your Caterer for the appropriate pricing.


Portabella and Goat Cheese in Puff Pastry with Pepper Coulis $4

Torchon of Bacon Cured Salmon with 60° Poached Farm Eggs,
Creole Mustard Aioli and Jalapeño Apple Slaw $10

Hickory Smoked Tuna Crudo, Jefferson Whole Grain Mustard, Pickled Okra,
Black Pepper Bread Sticks, and Ligurian Olive Oil $12

Blue Crab Soufflé with Sherry Garlic Cream $13

Smoked Onion and Chicken Crepe with Mushroom Crema and Fines Herbs $4

Petit Paleron Wellington, Potato Mouselline, Fines Herbs and Truffle Jus $12

Maryland Style Blue Crab Cake with Lemon Hollandaise $18

Gratin of Belgian Endive with Onion and Benton’s Bacon Hash $6

Marsala Veal Sweetbreads with Smoked Cippolini Onions and
Caraway Spaetzle and Brussels Leaves $16

Blackened Flat Iron Carpaccio with Arugula, Crispy Artichoke Chips,
Pickled Mushrooms and Roasted Olive Relish $12

Swiss Chard and Italian Sausage Ravioli on Local Pancetta Sugo $8


Spiced Peanut Soup with Port Soaked Raisins and Crispy Sage $5

Shenandoah Apple and Butternut Squash Soup (seasonal) $5

Chilled Belgian Apple Soup (seasonal) $5

Corn and Roasted Shallot Bisque $5

Tomato, Fontina, and Basil Bisque $5

Ceci and Porcini Mushroom Bisque $5

Coconut Lobster and Lemon Grass Soup $7


Salads without price are included with entrée cost, or enhance your meal with items priced per guest.

Romaine And Baby Spinach
Romaine and Baby Spinach with Grilled Onions, Toasted Almonds, Semi Dried Roma Tomatoes, Multigrain Crouton
Pesto Balsamic Vinaigrette

Mesclun Greens
Mesclun Greens with Carrot Curls, Shaved Radishes, Cherry Tomatoes
Sesame Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Baby Iceberg
Baby Iceberg Lettuce with Pickled Garden Vegetables, Feta Cheese, Cracked Peppers, Tomato and Red Wine Jam
Lemon Basil Vinaigrette $1

Boston Bibb Salad
Boston Bibb Salad with Brandy Compressed Apples, Griddled Country Ham, Shaved Celery and Carrots with Apple Butter
Caramelized Onion Vinaigrette $4

Seasonal Melon Salad
Variety of Seasonal Melons such as Watermelon, Honeydew, and Cantaloupe with Baby Arugula,
Mizuna, Basil Almonds, Feta Cheese, Candied Pork Belly
Balsamic Piquillo Glaze $3

Beef Tartar
120° Marinated Beef Tartar with Little Gem Lettuce, Pickled Cherry Tomatoes, Broken Bread Croutons
Cider Bacon Vinaigrette $5

Baby Green And Spinach Salad
Baby Green Bean, and Spinach Salad with Pickled Shallots, Hard Boiled Eggs, Cracked Black Pepper
Creamy Pecorino Dressing $3

Avocado, Asparagus And Lump Crab
Avocado, Asparagus and Lump Crab Salad, with Shaved Radish and Baby Carrot
Sakura Cress, with Basil Oil, Orange Pimento Jam and Black Salt $7

Roasted Beet Salad
Roasted Beet Salad with Fennel, Grilled Oranges, Romaine
Sherry Cider Vinaigrette $2

Virginia Tomato Salad
Virginia Tomato Salad with Lemon Basil Marinated Country Ham and
Provolone Slaw with Olive Puree, Sweet Onions and Pumpernickel Batons (seasonal) $3