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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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Secondary Menu

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Mix and match to suit your needs. Each display is built to serve 25 guests.

Fresh Fruit Display
Fresh Sliced Seasonal Fruits with Chocolate Chambord and Honey Yogurt Dips

Domestic And International Cheese Display
Selection of Imported and Domestic Cheeses with Fresh Fruit Garnishes, Baguettes and Crackers

Charcuterie Display
Italian Salami, Pepperoni, Ham , Mixed Olives, Assorted Sausages and Patés with Baguettes and Crackers

Seasonal Crudite
A Selection of Raw Garden Fresh Crisp Vegetables
With your choice of Tarragon Aioli, Balsamic Dressing, Creamy Bleu Cheese or Ranch

Grilled Vegetable Display
A Selection of Seasonal Vegetables Dressed in Balsamic Vinaigrette and Fresh Basil

Antipasto Display
Italian Salami, Pepperoni, Ham , Mixed Olives, Pepperoncini
Marinated Artichoke Hearts, Fresh Provolone, Pesto-Marinated Mozzarella Toast Points

Artisanal Cheese
Selection of Hand Crafted and Small Batch Cheeses
Paired with Dried Fruits and Fresh Fruit Garnishes Baguettes and Crackers

East Coast Seafood Display
Marinated Crab Claws, Bay Scallops, Mussels, Shrimp, and Smoked Salmon with Traditional Accompaniments


(each order serves 50)
Appropriate Breads and Crackers served with your choice of Dip:

Sweet Onion and Smoked Gouda

Chesapeake Bay Crabmeat

Spinach Artichoke and Parmesan

Creamy Horseradish Beef

Chorizo and Queso

Chipotle Hummus
$165 per dip

Crabcake Display
(3 crab cakes per guest)
Chesapeake Bay Crabmeat sautéed in Olive Oil, served with Cajun Remoulade,
Bloody Mary Cocktail Sauce and Petite Rolls
$20 per guest

Poached Whole Salmon Chaud Froid
(serves 35)
Poached Salmon Beautifully Decorated with Dilled Cucumber Crème Fraiche

Oyster Display
(Gulf Oysters - 3 per guest)
Seasonal Oysters served with Bloody Mary Cocktail Sauce,
Malted Champagne Mignonette and Water Crackers
$14 per guest

Viennese Display
Pastry Chef’s Selection of Desserts
Miniature Confections, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries and Truffles
$12 per guest

Baked Brie en Crouté
(serves 35)
Baked Brie served with Baguettes and Crackers with your choice of one filling:
Lingonberry Jam
Dried Pear and Pistachio
Truffled Mushroom Ragout

Chocolate Fountain
Dark Chocolate Fondue with Oreos, Cream Puffs, Rice Krispies Treats,
Angel Food Cake, Marshmallows
$10 per guest

Prices do not include applicable taxes and service charge.