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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!

  • Twelve 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.) 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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Dinner Buffets

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DINNER BUFFETS


THE VIRGINIAN

Soup (Choose One)
Spiced Peanut Soup
Creamy Corn and Virginia Ham Chowder
Butternut Squash Bisque

Salad
Virginia Greens, Spiced Pecans, Cucumbers and Grilled Red Onions
Shenandoah Roasted Apple Dressing

Carved To Order
Hickory Smoked Eye Round Roast
Traditional Accompaniments

Entrées
Herbed Tilapia with Tomato and Leek Hash
Chicken Chesapeake with Bay Crabmeat and Ham

Accompaniments
Butterbean Succotash and Duo of Haricot Verts
Low-Country Risotto of Surry Sausage, Corn and Scallions
Artisan Breads and Butter

Pastry Chef’s Selection of Desserts
Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee and Tea

$58 
($75 Carver’s Fee)

DEEP SOUTH

Soup (Choose One)
Spiced Peanut Soup
Creamy Corn and Virginia Ham Chowder
Butternut Squash Bisque

Salad
Romaine Lettuce, Cucumbers, Carrots, Tomatoes, Pickled Red Onions
Toasted Benne
Buttermilk Shallot Dressing

Carved To Order
Bourbon Glazed Virginia Ham
Bacon Cheddar Cornbread
Traditional Accompaniments

Entrées
Mandarin and Tabasco Glazed Filet of Salmon
Grilled Chicken Breast with Roasted Garlic Red Eye Gravy and Charred Scallions

Accompaniments
Herb Crushed, Olive Oil Yukon Potatoes
Balsamic Roasted Root Vegetables

Pastry Chef’s Selection of Desserts
Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee and Tea

$62
($75 Carver’s Fee)

JEFFERSONIAN

Soup (Choose One)
She Crab Soup
Lobster Bisque

Salad
Baby Spinach, Arugula, Brandy Compressed Apples, Pork Belly and Focaccia Croutons
Caramelized Sherry Vinaigrette

Carved To Order
Slow Roasted New York Strip Loin
Au Jus and Red Onion Marmalade

Entrées
Braised Halibut or Cod with Piquillo Pepper and Tomato Sugo
Roasted Turkey Breast with Roasted Garlic Mornay Sauce

Accompaniments
Truffled Cavatappi with Cabot Cheddar Cheese
Braised Garlic Rapini and Butter Roasted Radishes
Artisan Breads and Butter

Pastry Chef’s Selection of Desserts
Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee and Tea

$80
($75 Carver’s Fee)

MEDITERRANEAN

Soup (Choose One)
Avgolemono (Lemon Chicken Rice Soup)
Gazpacho

Salad
Iceberg Wedges Dressed with Salad Giadinieria, Feta, Foccacia Croutons
Balsamic Vinaigrette

Carved To Order
Herb Crusted Leg of Lamb with Mint Agrodolce and Red Wine Jus

Entrée
Rosemary and Aleppo Pepper Roasted Chicken with Citrus Jus

Accompaniments
Roasted Peppers, Onions and New Potatoes
Oregano and Almond Scented Green Beans
Artisan Breads and Butter

Pastry Chef’s Selection of Desserts
Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee and Tea

$60 
($75 Carver’s Fee)


Minimum of 35 guests.
Additional $5 charge per guest if guarantee is fewer than 35 guests.
Dinner Buffets are refreshed on a complimentary basis for one hour. 

Prices do not include applicable taxes and service charge.