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Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DC
Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DC

Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DC Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.jeffersondc.com/restaurant-dining/index.cfm
  • Phone: (202) 448-2300
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Friday 7am to 10am;
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11am to 2pm
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 7am to 1:30pm.
    Afternoon tea: Available reservations on Saturday and Sunday between 2pm and 2:30pm.

    Walk-ins are not accepted for full tea service. Reservations made for a same day seating must be placed before noon. Walk-ins will be offered tea and daily Chef’s pastry assortment. Please indicate any dietary restriction at the time of reservation.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, High Tea, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Private Cellar, inspired by Jefferson’s passion for wine, will be the hotel’s private dining room, and its walls will be lined with wine display cabinets and private wine lockers. Beneath a soaring, plaster groin-vaulted ceiling, guests will have the opportunity to sample the culinary talents of our culinary team complemented by wines from the hotel’s impressive selection of more than 1,000 labels. A dumbwaiter, fashioned after Jefferson’s own at Monticello, will deliver vintages from the cellar to the table. At 297 square feet, the Private Cellar will accommodate 18.
  • Private Party Contact: Meagan Stroud (202) 448-3253
  • Special Events & Promotions: Afternoon Tea takes place in the Greenhouse. Advanced reservations are required. Credit card is required to guarantee all reservations. Reservations cancelled within 24 hours will be charged $39 per person cancellation fee.

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $10 valet parking
A word from Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel Washington DC
Washington power breakfasts and express lunches are served under The Jefferson’s historic skylight. Natural light streams in from above, creating an informal, airy setting for daytime meals that perfectly complements the light, fresh and energizing fare on our menus.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "Skip the Greenhouse and go to the back where you can find Quill. Frank works the bar and provides class A service."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Had High Tea here and it was phenomenal. Food and service was excellent, although I wished our waiters had explained how long to stew our tea for before pouring (everyone got different types). Beautiful hotel, and very comfortable."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "It was an afternoon to remember. The Greenhouse staff went above and beyond in making this a special treat. Oh - did I mention they brought us an ottoman for our purses. (No joke). It was a great way to spend an afternoon with my girlfriends. If you come to tea, please dress accordingly. Jeans not appropriate for the ambiance."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My wife drove into downtown DC to celebrate our wedding anniversary at the Jefferson Hotel. Lunch at Greenhouse was a highlight! The staff were hospitable, attentive and polished. The food was delicious! The lobster bisque and scallops were among the best I've ever had in the world. Well done."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Met out of town travelers for breakfast here on a Tuesday am. no crowds, initial service of water and coffee good, they respected our talking to a fault and took a while to come back to take orders, then did not come back in a timely way to check on coffee levels etc. had to ask for check after an hour and 15 minutes- with hardly any other tables seated. Don't plan on private conversations here- a big echo chamber and tables relatively close by. VERY expensive for what you get- especially with poor service on top. Hay Adams a comparable upscale venue and overall better choice. bonus- cheap valet parking in front !"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "My best friend and I have a sort of tradition of treating ourselves to an elegant afternoon tea for occasional celebrations, and the Jefferson Hotel did not disappoint. The food--from savory tea sandwiches, to perfect scones with the closest thing to clotted cream outside the UK, to delicious sweets--did not disappoint. The tea, too, was lovely--they had selections beyond Earl Grey for black teas, and a lovely white tea for those who prefer less caffeine. The staff was also superb--understanding when we called to say we'd be late due to DC traffic, unobtrusive but attentive, and did not rush us to leave, even though we lingered for a while as we worked our way through the food selections. Definitely recommend--and come hungry!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Anyone in the DC area looking for a great spot for a proper afternoon tea should check out the Jefferson. The service was attentive, the atmosphere was beautiful and the food was superb. The selection and quality was well worth the money."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Walking into the Greenhouse you are immediately greeted by the host, who predicted my name based on the fact I had a reservation and must have been the only one with a reservation at that time. We arrived at 10:30 and were one of the only ones there which I have to assume was because not enough people know about this place or because it was so early because the food and service was amazing. It was a little more expensive than the typical brunch and they don't offer any specials on bottomless mimosas but it was a nice change of pace from the typical brunches I attend and I will definitely be returning. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We went to Greenhouse for a birthday brunch celebration with a party of 7. Everything was absolutely splendid from the moment we walked in. Service was superb. Food delicious."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Recently went with a group of friends. The main dining room is lovely and ornate. The menu offers a selection of breakfast and lunch dishes, but most of the group leaned toward breakfast. Everyone loved their meals, with the french toast, the lemon ricotta pancakes, and the lobster eggs benedict getting rave reviews. Skip the crap cakes, they were the weakest dish. The service was good, but distant, with the waiters only stopping by every so often. As you'd expect from the Jefferson Hotel, this was definitely more expensive than you're average brunch spot. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "First time here, it was great for a business lunch. Beautiful space, and quiet enough to have conversation."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Another lunch at Greenhouse continues to prove the dining venues at the Jefferson are some of the best, and most elegant, in town. Impeccable, yet friendly, service. Consistently delicious food. And in such a charming setting. My favorite spot in the city for lunch."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The Greenhouse was a place that I, somewhat, blindly picked for a Birthday Breakfast for a friend. I absolutely made the right choice. The food was wonderful. She wanted an omelet and a mimosa, and they did both well. The atmosphere gave me the feel of jumping into a page in "Pride and Prejudice". Everything was elegant, beautiful, feminine, and classy. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "This is my regular Sunday morning breakfast spot. It is quiet, the service is great, the food is good. It's the perfect place for an early morning breakfast. I have never been to their brunch which I understand is lovely as well."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "This was the first time my wife and I had brunch at Greenhouse. We have dined here previously for dinner, where the name of the room changes to Plume, but both "restaurants" share the same space. Everything about our brunch experience was excellent with the exception that the omelette I had was somewhat bland. My wife had lobster eggs benedict which was fine, and each of us had a mimosa, and these were fine, as well. For dessert, each of us had a house-made fruit smoothie, and these cannot be recommended enough. We would certainly return."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We had afternoon there recently. We arrived early and were seated promptly. The hotel is beautiful, unfortunately we were seated in a small side room with no view. The service was very good and prompt and we enjoyed talking with them. The food was subpar compared to other places where I have enjoyed afternoon tea. The sandwiches were bland and the bread a tad dry. None of the pastries stood out."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food is very good here although not outstanding. However the ambiance and service is exceptional. "
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We all enjoyed a wonderful meal at the Greenhouse at the Jefferson Hotel. I found myself drooling over both the menu and the architecture/decor of the place - everything was right up my alley. We were seated in a conservatory-esq room under a beautiful milk-glass arched sky lights (hence the name "Greenhouse"). Bright yellow flower bouquet accents popped against the grey and white plastered walls and black and white checkered floor. Mercury glass mirrored tabletops decked out with translucent metallic placemats further reflected the early afternoon light that emanated throughout the room. It put me in a happy mood immediately. My lemon ricotta pancakes were amazing - exactly what I had been hoping for, only better smelling."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "This place was GREAT! My mom and I had. Wonderful experience being waited on hand and foot while eating our delicious brunch. Also loved the purse foot stools!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "After carefully researching venues, we were thrilled to land the Greenhouse. The restaurant called twice to reconfirm and were informed of the milestone celebration. We expected impeccable service, a low noise level, and outstanding food. Except for the Eggs Benedict, unfortunately, this criteria was not met at any level. The MDR was hosting two showers simultaneously and the noise level was extremely disturbing. All service was directed to the parties, leaving us to beckon for everything, even the BD recognition. Waiters were unpolished and clearly distracted. The Manager understood our disappointment, made a bill adjustment, & suggested we give them another opportunity. Unfortunately this was our only chance to celebrate a 90th Bday!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food is delightful and the service is excellent. The overall noise level was low so conversation was easy. I have been here multiple times for this purpose and I'm never disappointed."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Our small group of five was gathered to say goodbye to a colleague. The dining area, which has the feel of an atrium, signaled immediately that it was not going to be an ordinary grab and shovel lunch. The service was especially nice, efficient, fast and friendly without being obtrusive. And everyone thought the food was very good. I had salmon with grilled spinach and an array of sorbets for dessert. The sorbet was excellent, especially the chocolate."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Had Sunday brunch and was amazed. The prices are only a little more than a normal DC brunch spot (I believe the waffles were $14 and the lobster Benedict was $26) but the atmosphere was wonderful-old charm mixed with modern touches. Food was great. And they gave my purse a perch to sit next to me. Staff was attentive and didn't rush us. I would say this should be a top DC brunch spot. I'm almost sorry to share the news. Shhh... Don't tell."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I though the food was good, not great. The food was definitely not worth what we were charged."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Greenhouse at The Jefferson never disappoints. I had another thoroughly enjoyable lunch there, warmed by the fire, enjoying great food, a lovely glass of wine, and excellent service. What I love best is the ambiance, so calming and welcoming. One could spend hours there and never feel rushed or overwhelmed by noise. It's truly an oasis. I can't wait to go back again."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "The staff/service was wonderful--attentive but not overbearing--the food was tasty, and the decor and ambiance are lovely."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This is a great place for a quiet lunch with a friend or a colleague. You can have a conversation without shouting. The staff are very attentive and the food is wonderful. On a snowy day there was a fire burning in the fireplace and a warm welcoming atmosphere. A lovely lunch!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "A great, but pricey, brunch. worth it for special occasions"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "High tea is something I have always aspired to enjoy. After our original visit to the Greenhouse at Jefferson, I commented how nice high tea would be in that setting. Fortunately, I have kind and generous friends to accommodate my wishes! the staff at the Greenhouse is ever friendly, completely helpful without being condescending and is helpful and attentive to my young daughter. It was quite an enjoyable experience--classy without being intimidating."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great ambiance and good service. My selectiong was good and people with whom I ate seemed to have enjoyed their selection."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "This place was gorgeous and the good matched! Very delicious lobster eggs Benedict and salmon tartare. A little pricey but well worth it!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Great food - great ambience and great service - lunch menu is amazing and I hope to continue to come for special occasions. (Restrooms are beautiful as befitting this special hotel and dining room.) Loved the whole dining experience at lunch on Wednesday, February 5. The table was in a great location - with great seats for the 4 of us."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Reliable food well-presented, and terrific service, all in a space that is inviting and allows you and your lunch partners to hear each other without leaning across the table. And most welcoming on a dreary February day, a well-tended fire. Great!"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "What a treat this place was. I was highly impressed with all aspects . . . from the Hostess to the Server to the Bus boy. Amazing!!!"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "We enjoyed brunch on Sunday morning. The service was spectacular and the food selections were plentiful. I selected the crab cakes with asparagus with caviar sauce. The crab cakes are small but absolutely delicious. For a heartier breakfast, my husband enjoyed a ham and cheese omelet with roasted potatoes and toast. The coffee was very good and the service was exceptional. There wasn't a minute that went by that we weren't observed for additional service. Our bill came to $70 with tip. The pot of coffee was $14, but well worth it. We were very happy with our dining experience and would suggest it to others if asked."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Fabulous brunch - glad we found this place while visiting DC! Great job!!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "A very enjoyable lunch experience. Service was excellent and The Greenhouse offers quiet 2 tables in a pretty patio type setting. Good food selections and we enjoyed the experience!"
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "This is by far one of the best brunches in town -- every dish was perfect down to each berry. Its a very special experience. My only note is that it is also extremely expensive."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Only complaint - I had made the reservation requiring a seat by the fireplace. This was request was lost - I was only "lucky" that the seat I had requested was available. Ideally when making a specific request, that request would NOT be lost in the mix."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Brunch was a welcome retreat and treat from the holiday bustle. Roasted tomato soup & finger Grilled cheese snawiches were the envy and the hit of the table and so appropriate for the gloomy, rainy weather. Everyone loved the savory tomatoe flavor Eggs B with ham and omelettes were generous portions and very filling. Some spotty service but all the servers were very gracious. An overall good meal experience. A lovely hotel with varied venues to accomodate varied requirements. We will return for cocktails and dinner."
    Dined on 12/22/2013