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.
Plated Dinners include
Preset Water, Soup or Salad, Bread, Entrée, Dessert, Coffee and Tea Service.
Toasted Garlic Marinated Beef Tenderloin
Roasted Trio of Potatoes with Parmesan Spaghetti Squash,
Asparagus and Candy Stripe Beet, Mushroom Demi-Glace
Grilled Beef Tenderloin
Herb Crusted Potatoes, Blistered Haricot Verts, Radishes and Mushrooms,
Bacon and Scallion Crusted Beef Flat Iron
with Sauteed Tomatoes and Squash,
Red Bliss Rarebit Potatoes, Tangy Yellow Pepper Coulis
Cast Iron Seared New York Striploin
with Bourbon Sweet Potato Mousse and Smoked Pecan Crust, Roasted Brussels Sprout Hash
Cajun Cream Sauce
available in Traditional Cut (10 oz) or Fat Trimmed Cut (8 oz)
Lemon Dill Brined Atlantic Salmon
Olive Oil and Herb Crushed Yukon Potatoes,
Roasted Romanesco and Golden Beets with Rock Shrimp Relish and Beurre Fondue
Ginger and Black Mustard Marinated Salmon
with Yuzu Vinaigrette Blanc, Scallion Sriracha Potatoes Whip and Sesame Broccolini and Shittake
Hickory Smoked Salmon on Heirloom Polenta
with Parmesan and Tellicherry Peppers, Southern Greens and
Sweet Corn Relish
Chicken Stuffed with Crab and Ham
Old Bay Whipped Potatoes, Hominy Succotash and Sherry Cream
Pretzel Crusted Chicken with Ale and Onion Gravy,
Baked Triple Cheese Potatoes,
Sweet Corn with Sauteed Green Beans and Pickled Onions
Chicken Cumberland with Cranberry Chutney
Pickled Mushroom Haricot Verts and
Cream Cheese Chive Whipped Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Tea Brined Double Pork Chop
Stuffed with Apples and Pecans, Onion Garlicky Mustard Greens,
Carrots, Idaho Crisps and Brandy Jus
VEGETARIAN / VEGAN
Chick Pea and Cauliflower Tagine over Basmati Rice,
Blistered Green Beans, and Pearl Onions
Tian of Barbequed Eggplant and Southern Greens
with Pepper Herb Coulis, Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes
and Baby Root Vegetables
Pick two Proteins with your choice of Starch and Vegetable Pairing, Chef’s Choice of Appropriate Sauce
Grilled Beef Tenderloin
Grilled Beef Flat Iron
Spiced Jumbo Shrimp
Asiago Potato Gratin, Sauteed Asparagus, Mushrooms, and Leeks
Stoneground White Grits with Herbed Mascarpone, Hickory Syrup Roasted Root Vegetables
White Cheddar and Chive Whipped Potatoes, Sauteed Kale and Carrots
Saffon Risotto with Surry Sausage, Okra, Sauteed Pole Bean Medley
Crispy Oysters on Stoneground Cheddar Grits with Red Eye Gravy
Maryland Style Blue Crab Cake with Remoulade
Grilled Sweet Italian Sausage, Roasted Red Peppers with Bel Paese and Wilted Spinach
Penne and Broccoletti with Burrata and Grilled Foccacia
Ricotta Cheese Ravioli with Spicy Arrabiata Sauce
Swiss Chard and Italian Sausage Ravioli on Local Pancetta Sugo
Lobster Ravioli with Creamy Marinara Basil Sauce
Jefferson Dinner Breads include an Assortment of Multigrain Batard (Billy Bread) and Pain Levain (Lyon Bakery)
Included in Entrée Price
Challah Bread Knots
Artisan Silver Dollar Roll Assortment (Brioche, Pain Levain, Rosemary, and Semolina)
Large Challah Loaf (serves 20 guests)
Prices do not include applicable taxes and service charge.