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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Hor D'oeuvres

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Priced $155 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 $165 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

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 $250 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