Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel
Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel

Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lemairerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (804) 649-4629
  • Hours of Operation:
    Bar and Lounge: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Walter Bundy
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Lemaire is a New American restaurant and bar that is inspired by the agricultural and coastal bounties of Virginia. We are located inside The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, VA. We offer five different dining rooms and a dedicated event planner to personalize every aspect of your event!
  • Private Party Contact: Melissa Warner 8886526750
  • Special Events: We offer five different private dining venues. We will provide you with a dedicated contact on our team to assist you in personalizing every detail of your event, including the menu, specialty drinks, wines, flowers, music and audio visual.

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet Parking
A word from Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel
New American restaurant and bar that is inspired by the agricultural and coastal traditions and bounty of Virginia. The new Lemaire will deliver the quality and service The Jefferson Hotel is known for, but in an accessible format without the pretense, formality or expense!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
154 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.6
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (128)romantic (98)fit for foodies (82)notable wine list (54)neighborhood gem (33)good for groups (23)vibrant bar scene (22)great for brunch (13)scenic view (12)hot spot (9)great for outdoor dining (6)late-night find (5)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • They are the best and the food gets better...
    TheBaronessVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I am a regular here for lunch at TJs and Lemaire for regular business dinners, meetings, and casual dining with friends and family....now Walter Bundy is really taking it up a notch. The specials are fabulous and a real nice change to the normal menu that is not only fabulous but always consistent. The rockfish dish with the homemade truffle pasta was amazing. I do miss some of the seasonal dishes that have been eliminated such as the steak tar tar but I look forward to it coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Great Service and Food
    BobM
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I've been to Lemaire many times, as a host for business functions and for personal dining with my wife. The food, service and ambience are all very high on the list. During both of the recent corporate functions that we decided to host at Lemaire, a wine and food pairing dinner for 20 and a luncheon for 15, service and food exceeded my expectations. My wife and I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary with a wonderful dinner. Our server, Stephanie was outstanding…just the right mix of personal attention and guidance on our selections. Lemaire is a great choice for a large gathering or intimate dinner for two. Of course, the Jefferson itself is worth a visit!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The finest restaurant in Richmond!!
    TheBaronessVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The staff is perfect...and the food is always a fabulous adventure in farm-to-table gastronomy. The chef is always expanding the menu to include what is in season combined with his "home-grown" herbs, with his high standards always on point. I was just sorry I was not able to try the stone crab claws that were featured as a special as they had sold out before my reservation. My out of town clients and friends always love staying there and dining....they look forward to it once they have experienced once, they always want to return. With the holidays coming it has become a family favorite as well for great meals and amazing holiday decorations. It is part of our family traditions....you should make it one of yours as well for lunch, high tea or dinner and of course the sunday brunch is not to be missed during the holidays.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Richmond's best
    ReasonableexpectationVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Truly wonderful dining experience. Elegant setting, great food and first rate service. My wife and I, as well as our guests, had a great evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lemaire is Special
    Baywaymom
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    My husband and I went here upon the recommendation of a friend who lived in Richmond. What a wonderful, special place. Make sure you go in the back door and walk up the staircase to get the spectacular view before going into the restaurant itself. We chose the three course dinner and it was terrific.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Shenandoah
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner for two at Lemair this weekend. The service was truly impeccable, the environment was room and not rushed. You didn't feel like your were packed into some popular restaurant using every square inch they can. The tempo was perfect and the food about perfect. Classic style dishes some pizazz that wasn't over the top in any way. Had a Manhattan with habanero bitters that was really great. Pretty expensive but you leave feeling like you had an experience that was worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food not good enough
    Foodie
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Despite good atmosphere, service and wine list, and a good-looking menu, the food preparation is spotty. It doesn't do much good to have a fish dish with interesting combinations of flavors if the fish is grossly overcooked. For this kind of money it should be much better. We've been here several times over the years, and our opinion hasn't changed.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner!
    retiredfrequentdiners
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The service was very good, the food was excellent. My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary. We were very satisfied with our choice.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great expereince on all levels
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    This was my second time dining at Lemaire, my husband's first, and we both agreed it was wonderful. The butternut squash soup was the best I have ever had, and my oysters and his scallops were off the chart. Service was perfectly timed, always available, and the Valentine room is beautiful and romantic. I was struck by the range of ages filling the restaurant on a Thursday night, with a hopping bar scene. We liked the desserts, but didn't think they stood up to the rest of the meal. I would dine here every time I am in Richmond.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Phil
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    I had a fantastic time going to this venue. It served myself and my new fiance well as I proposed to her during our dinner. The food was good and the atmosphere was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Date Night Dinner
    smitham97
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    I chose to go to Lemaire since it was walking distance to the theater. I was very impressed with their champagne cocktails and the food we had was very good. I highly recommend the oyster appetizer! This was a great fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The finest in Richmond
    TheBaronessVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    The new menu is great...miss the Steak tartar, but the new capellini and shrimp dish is fabulous...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow!
    5182011
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    My husband and I came to Lemaire for our first wedding anniversary this past weekend and it was so much more than I was expecting! I believe our server's name was Matt. He was very attentive without being overbearing. He knew the menu and specials well. And made note that we were celebrating and acknowledged our anniversary :) The food was amazing! From the bread to the dessert, everything was delicious and beautifully presented. We never felt rushed and I loved the fact that we could sit and talk between courses without feeling like we were inconveniencing someone. The restaurant itself is beautiful. We were seated in a small library type room which was perfect for celebrating our special night. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lemaire Is Tops In RVA
    NCSmokeyVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Lemaire is a wonderful restaurant from the beginning of the meal until the end. We ordered a variety of small plates - fried oysters, raw oysters, catfish, crab cake and Caesar salad. All were properly prepared with a wonderful taste. The atmosphere is elegant. Lemaire is still #1 in RVA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service not on a par with the food
    mormor
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Food was excellent, very nicely presented - service was adequate but not exceptional. We were seated in a small room, next to a noisy table, instead of in the main dining room as we have been previously.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Celebration
    Buddy
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We treated a friend for her birthday. We had done this last year and it was so nice, she requested that we return. We were not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • RichmondDiner
    RichmondDiner
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Lemaire is an excellent restaurant with a top chef, Walter Bundy. We dine here every month from September through May, and we find the food delicious and the service tops!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • kingdad
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Everything was great, but the cheese plate could use some work
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • happyed
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    food and service was great only minor problem when bread was empty no one asked if we wanted more
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fine dining
    luvrva
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I love the Jefferson. I have dined here numerous times and have never been disappointed. The hotel is a great place to take out of town guests. Food is fabulous, service is great and the hotel is magnificent. A fine dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Riverrun
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Every thing was first rate. However, the table next to us had an individual watching a football game on his I Phone and I would have normally told him to either turn the game off or use ear plugs so we didn't have to listen to the game. It was a special occasion for my wife so I let it go rather than get into something with him. I did mention it to the staff and, while awkward, they should have said something to him. this simple event did distract from our dinner together! We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Definitely not one of the better restaurants n Richmond. We were very disappointed in the food after especially after what we'd been reading.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • special occasion
    disappointed
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Made my anniversary extra special !! Will return!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is impeccable every time!
    Maggiesmom
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We have been to Lemaire several times and the food and the service are consistently outstanding. Great place for dinner, we will definitely return in the next few months.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    Jstarchild
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The food was beyond delicious. Our server Jessica had such an intimate knowledge of the food and drink, which we found quite impressive and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Predictably Top Drawer
    Bhagwan1
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    For several years this has been one of Richmond's top rated restaurants, and it deserves it. The setting is upscale, semi-formal and elegant. The four of us dining always try to order different dishes and share. It was a great range of tastes from a wonderful Fall soup, to a special swordfish dish, delicious fried oysters and dishes accompanied with unique vegetables and flavors. The shared deserts (including the chocolate cheesecake) were decadent. Perhaps the only criticism is the overpriced corkage fee at $35.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Dining - Special Occasion
    DJLRACE
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Lemaire at the Jefferson Hotel is excellent restaurant for special occasions with great food, service, atmosphere, and histroical charm!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced and underspiced.
    fairjudge
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Overpriced and underspiced. For a special occasion or any occasion, the food was just not special. Bland, unexciting, routine. Unusual combinations, yes, but they still came up short. One exception, a special dessert sauce, was doled out by an eyedropper.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great staff & Service, Not the food
    Time2eat
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    My wife and I were seated immediately by courteous, friendly staff. The menu was interesting; we ordered two appetizers and two main courses. The appetizers - fried green tomatoes and a wonderful squash soup - were terrific. The main course was a different story. Betsy's meal of beef tenderloin was very good. My meal of a large hamburger with a side dish of macaroni was awful. I had ordered the meat medium-rare, and it arrived grey, well done and greatly over-salted - it was inedible. The macaroni had no flavor. I ordered a replacement meal of scallops, the sauce for which was again over-salted. Great staff and surroundings, an appetizer meal would have been good, but we won't return because of the main course issues.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding all the way!
    ItisMe
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The Lemaire is a fantastic restaurant. Beautiful Restaurant with the ornate ceiling, columns lighting, fireplace and more.. Quiet. The food display is beautiful and the food is incredible. Service by our waiter, Andrew, was wonderful He was very attentive and pleasant. Decked out in our finest, we could not have picked a nicer place for our Wedding Anniversary dinner. Also, with the cool night air, I was thrilled to stand outside under warming lights that were suspended from above. We were happy with free valet parking, too.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still the Best
    Eyesbblue
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    It's been about a year and a half since we dined here and if anything it was better than before. This restaurant is amazing. Even if you stay at the hotel, which is wonderful too, make sure you dine here one evening. The service is impeccable. The food and presentation outstanding. It just couldn't be better.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very, very good
    GoldiVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Delicious. We had oysters, butternut squash soup and pigeon for appetizers, scallops and beet fettuccini for main course, and bread pudding for dessert. A great bottle of Corton Charlemagne went with this wonderful meal. The staff was professional but friendly. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has been excellent and still is
    VgabVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    It is one of my favorit places in Richmond. This time I could not find anyything to complain about. It is the place where one can have a cicilized, pleasent evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classic luxury
    AllovertheUS
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Absolutely outstanding from cocktails thru dinner and into dessert. They always continue to surprise and delight by means of unforgettable dishes served up with impeccable service. Enchanting
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TeoF
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We came from Virginia Beach just to try it and it was definitely worth the trip.Amazing mussels
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ship6
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    In addition to great food and service in the restaurant, the hotel is gorgeous, valets were friendly and the concierege was super friendly and knowledgeable about the history of the hotel. We would highly recommend for a special night out.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome as always.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Wonderful dinner at Le Maire, again. Always the best. Reasonably priced, too. Cannot give higher recommendation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All around wonderful!
    Smallpebbles
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Gracious hospitality and service in the beautiful Jefferson Hotel. Both of us had different soups (gazpacho and visalia)....each interesting and delicious. Both entrees, the scallops and duck were perfectly prepared with fresh accompaniments and attractively presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kids stay home!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Noisy unruly and unmanaged children at the table next to us detracted from the special occasion for us to be at Lemaire.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Apps were too small for the price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Fried green tomato app only had one tomato, oysters were full of sea water not much taste.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate