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 x
  • 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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
146 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (126)romantic (97)fit for foodies (77)notable wine list (51)neighborhood gem (21)great for brunch (18)good for groups (15)vibrant bar scene (15)scenic view (14)great for lunch (7)great for outdoor dining (5)late-night find (5)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great Evening of dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Everything you would want in a romantic evening of dining! Food - GREAT, Service - GREAT, atmosphere - PERFECT!!! Best restaurant in RVA!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the wait!
    FriendsandFondueVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I've been waiting to try Lemaire for the right occasion. I was not disappointed. Fried green tomato appetizer was awesome! The rib-eye and wahoo specials were incredibly well done and so much fun to eat. The flavor a pairings with vegetable and starches were perfect and well executed. The dessert choices were very good but we should have stopped eating earlier to make more room! They had a cheese course which I would have loved to seen on the appetizer menu. What made the experience the best was our server Sean. Not enough good things to say!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Elegant downtown Richmond
    NsgyDoc
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This restaurant is located within the elegant and historic Hotel Jefferson in downtown. Food is well portioned and well prepared. Wine list is good and reasonably priced. Service is appropriate. While could be very nice for that "special occasion", expect an eclectic mix of patrons with dress ranging from jeans and T-shirts to suites and gowns. Ask for a quiet back corner in the library if you're looking for a romantic dinner. Take some time to stroll the lobby areas of the hotel, as that is probably the most special aspect of this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and Great Food
    VCUdpt
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Came here for my 1st Wedding Anniversary and was not disappointed. The food was amazing and the staff go put of their way for you. They fulfilled multiple requests I had regarding our anniversary and even wrote "happy anniversary" in chocolate on our dessert dish without me asking. Great place for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A well-deserved reputation
    Allie912
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Service was attentive without being overly familiar. (A gripe I have with too many restaurants today) food was beautifully presented with creative accompaniments. A special meal for a special occasion. My particular favorite was the crispy fried green tomatoes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real treat
    Bruce
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Quiet, elegant surroundings with food that was a treat for the palate
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TheRev220
    Rich
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    My wife, daughter, and I enjoyed our dinner at Le Maire. We had not been there since the renovation. Service was excellent. Food, also. We all enjoyed our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb dining experience
    jrack
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was one of the finest dining experiences ever! Waiting at the bar was a great time with a bartender who really knew her stuff! Food and service par excellence. Setting and ambience was thrilling and steeped in history!Highly recommend Lemaire anytime you are in Richmond.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    In our opinion, Lemaire remains the best all-round restaurant in Richmond. Sean also remains their outstanding person on the staff.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Burger in Town
    LawdroneVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    An amazingly well-appointed restaurant, superb bar (service & mixing), and my favorite part of the meal was the burger. Spectacular & well worth twice as much!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We visit every year on our anniversary. The experience seems to get better every year. Great service and the food is excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful atmosphere, delightful!
    Fit4aKing
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Waitress was very attentive. Service timely and impressive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I have been to better places. The reviews raved about the service it must have been an off night because the service was not great nor was the food what we expected.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A treat in Richmond
    ItalianTraveller
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Very nice hotel, take the time to wander about and take in the place, including the conference and ball rooms. Took an early reservation on a Saturday night, noting the high reviews, the dining area was very quiet. Service was attentive, but not intrusive (thanks Bruce!). Settled on seafood with light salads, both enjoyable, restaurant is willing to adjust the ingredients if you have a preference (don't like blue cheese) while maintaining the overall balance of the dish. My scallops were done right, lightly seared and over a bed of pearl barley, with root vegetables. My bride described her crab cake as "perfect" which is high praise indeed. Would go again, the area is rich in nice restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Evening at the Jefferson
    OurPlace
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our family had a couple of events to celebrate, and we thought of Lemaire as the perfect place. Our dinner was delicious, and the service was attentive without being intrusive, just perfect. We loved the Vidalia onion soup with crab and bacon and especially enjoyed the strawberry/rhubarb cobbler with basil ice cream - what a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • History and Gastronomy
    reddenlawVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The Jefferson of Richmond is one of those grande dames of American hotels. The view from top or bottom of its grand staircase is breathtaking. So is the 120 years of guests that read like an American history book. Lemaire, the grand dining room of the grande dame is in keeping with the character. Stately, yes, but up to date in creative dishes built on the solid foundations of traditional Southern style. Perfect for a special occasion with service that is suave but not snooty, Lemaire is well worth a leisurely evening with a fine wine and multiple courses. And they can even cook a steak to suit a Texan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    GICHVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The waiter is very attentive, polite and went out of his way to be a "concierge": got a map and showed us a few areas when we asked him about places to go. Food were delicious, however limited dessert choices.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My fiance and I enjoyed dinner at Lemaire with her mother to celebrate our engagement, which happened earlier that day. Mark was an excellent waiter and made great recommendations for the food and wines. Overall, an amazing experience and I would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great business dinner venue
    VACajun
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had a group of six for a business dinner and asked to have a quiet location. We were seated in a small private room which was perfect for conversation. The service was impeccable and the food was quite good. Strongly recommended for a special event.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fabulous!
    Lewis
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Lemaire never disappoints! The experience is special from the minute you enter that beautiful hotel. The staff is warm and welcoming. The menu is interesting, using a majority of locally produced foods, with strong seasonal focus. The wine list is deep, representing wines from around the globe, but also the best VA vineyards. Our out-of-town guests were impressed! I ordered the fried green tomatoes so a northern friend might try them. They were outstanding, but the succotash that accompanied the tomatoes was delectable and memorable, rich with subtle favors of shrimp and bacon. Be adventuresome when you are at Lemaire!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really Special place to dine
    JerseyFoodie
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The Jefferson hotel was exceptional. It is great to wonder around and take it all in. Including the fountain with alligator in it and statue of Thomas Jefferson. We had the fried green tomato and it was one of the most delicious appetizers I had had in a long time.Sine it was our anniversary we were seated at table for two in view of the fountain outside. Great dining space, great food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Nice Dining Experience
    68andholding
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Reservation process was easy and restaurant followed up. Waiter was very knowledgeable, friendly and professional. Food was outstanding and unique and served at a great pace. Desert was awesome. Wine list was ok but lacked a few normal favorites.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Lemaire
    Zouzou
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Excellent evening at Lemaire for celebrating our son's success to his final exams : great food - fairly high level of cuisine -, outstanding service - very professional and efficient and, to crown it all, an impressive wine list. In other words, a memorable evening in a great place. We will come back !
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LeNightMaire
    Goodfoodappreciated
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The venue is elegant, a truly beautliful, richly historic building. Unfortunately, the food was simply grim. 5 of us dined, 2 hated the "Fried Green Tomatoes" dish, 3 liked the onion soup. The mains arrived, again, very disappointing. I had a steak, cooked perfectly but overwhelmed in salt to the point of being inedible, the brocolli wasn't firm, it was raw, the potatoes were glutunous slop. The next time I drop $500.00 on dinner it's not going to be here. Without doubt, one of the worst meals I've ever eaten, seconded by my 4 companions.
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  • frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Wonderful as always. We brought a friend and she, too, was very impressed with the service and food preparation. Sean is an excellent waiter and we are always very happy to see that he has our table.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch restaurant. Never fails.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Located in Richmond, Virginia's premier hotel, The Jefferson Hotel, Lemaire not only has innovative, excellent cuisine using the best, freshest, local ingredients, it also boasts elegant dining rooms and excellent service. Our most recent meal there was as delicious as any we've ever had there. We keep going back and will continue to do so.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience, Yet Again
    Chip
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Celebrating our many years anniversary, we booked a table at 7. Arriving a few minutes early, we were offered the opportunity to be seated early or visit the bar. Noticing seats available outside, we chose to have a drink on the patio. It was refreshing to receive smoked peanuts and marinated olives rather than a basket of bread. It was such a nice evening, we opted to dine outside. While concerned that might diminish the experience, my concern was overcome by superb service and meals that left us both very pleased. If you wish to experience (or showcase to visitors) true Southern hospitality in Richmond, look no further.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic, Memorable First Visit
    RVAFoodDiva
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I treated my boyfriend to Lemaire for his birthday recently. We had a fantastic dinner - the food, service, and ambience were classy and beyond expectation. This is definitely one of the best - if not THE best - restaurants in Richmond. While it is not affordable to frequent the restaurant every weekend, this is a great place for a special occasion or splurge. I've heard that the happy hour at Lemaire's bar is great too, so that's next on our list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal, Even Better Service
    Sazerac
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I am afraid I did not get the name of the charming and attentive waiter who so enhanced our excellent meal at Lemaire. The special chilled green pea soup was delicious and the beef tenderloins were tender and perfectly cooked. Five rather loud-mouthed businessmen in shirt-sleeves at the next table marred somewhat the elegant ambiance, but that was certainly not the fault of the restaurant. We will certainly return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another anniversary at Lamaire
    DiscriminateVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Whenever we are in the area for our wedding anniversary we usually go to Lamaire. We are rarely regretful and this time was no exception. Our waiter was most knowledgeable and the kitchen did a creative act in plating my two "small plates" into one for my main course. Overall, a most pleasant and happy evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect celebration
    MidloFoody
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our anniversary and everything was perfect. They greeted and wished us a happy anniversary, food was excellent, service was fantastic. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed our experience at Lemaire. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. It remains a great place to dine especially if you are celebrating a special event.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JimF
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Over the years we have celebrated a number of important events and very special occasions with dinner at Lemaire and have never been disappointed. From the grandeur of the Jefferson Hotel, to the intimacy at the lounge areas to the special treatment from our server (Matt R) and all of the staff, we are always thrilled to return. Thank you for over twenty years of fond memories.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary
    RNFoodie
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    A wonderful restaurant to celebrate an anniversary. The wine list was excellent and our server's wine recommendation was fantastic. The server was attentive and helped make our celebration very special. The food was fresh and very flavorful. They live up to their 'farm-to-table' philosophy. For dessert, the waiter presented the plates with "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate. It was a very special touch. We will certainly be back and will recommend this to our friends and family.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Lemaire continues to win top honors in our book. The friendly staff and service are unmatched by any other restaurant in the area to our knowledge. The chef does a very interesting job of offering creative presentations of items grown and offered right here in our community.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What's not to like..?
    Buddhla
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This is the main restaurant at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond Virginia. The hotel is a whole institution. It has gorgeous historical interiors, nice room and impeccable service. The restaurant matches that level of excellence. The food is absolutely wonderful. The chef is bringing new contemporary flavor combinations without ever loosing the southern "feel" and portion sizes. The dining room is absolutely gorgeous with high old style ceilings and the service is always impeccable. Every time we come to Richmond we make it a point to stop by and have dinner here. We highly recommend this restaurant and the attached hotel too! = )
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • THEGREY1VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The experience lived up to the hype and I plan to refer it to many friends who live in the area. Better to experience first hand instead of using my review to sell you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We ate at the Lemaire for our anniversary and were given very special care. The food was perfect. The chef even wrote Happy Anniversary in chocolate on our dessert plate. A perfect restaurant for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!!
    makeitbluVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Cocktails and food were delicious! Service outstanding, definitely check out this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful room, top-notch service
    EricDRVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    What a gorgeous restaurant! Food is very good. The fried green tomatoes with shrimp was wonderful. Waitstaff hit the perfect balance between friendly and formal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.