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Plume at the Jefferson Hotel
Plume at the Jefferson Hotel

Plume at the Jefferson Hotel Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.plumedc.com
  • Email: plume@jeffersondc.com
  • Phone: (202) 448-2300
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday - :Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chris Jakubiec
  • Dress Code: Jacket Preferred
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: M Street NW
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet for all Plume guests
A word from Plume at the Jefferson Hotel
One of the finest restaurants in the capital and a recipient of five stars from Forbes Travel Guide, Plume serves as a discreet and elegant backdrop to the culinary artistry of our executive chef, Chris Jakubiec. Choose a cozy nook or a table by our inviting fireplace as you savor classic dishes expertly executed by Chef Jakubeic with lighter, contemporary finishing touches that appeal to today’s enlightened palates. Chef Jakubeic draws on the traditional techniques he mastered under the tutelage of Alain Ducasse in New York City, creating seasonal menus inspired by the fruits, vegetables and herbs grown in Thomas Jefferson’s gardens. Presided over by sommelier Michael Scaffidi, formerly of French Laundry, Plume’s wine list spans more than a dozen nationalities and dates back to a rare 1720 Borges Madeira. Among the more than 50 vintages are those Jefferson himself enjoyed in his time as well as newer wines he might select were he alive today.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "This restaurant aspires to rank with the world's best. It achieves this only in its pricing. We have had the opportunity, just a couple of days later, to compare the kitchen's output with London restaurant with just one Michelin star. The difference was startling. In the simple Amuse Bouche served in London, we found far more complexity and finesse than in any of the dishes we were served in the Plume's Tasting Menu."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The food was delicious and the portions were more than ample...if a bit over the top. We were in a side room that had a strong draft which we mentioned, but they were never able to address. The first 20 minutes of the dinner were a bit exhausting as we had a continuous line of staff comiing by: one to welcome us, another to tell us who our server would be, our server, and a wine server. All staff were very polite and courteous."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We really enjoyed Plume. The food was perfectly prepared, the service was attentive but not intrusive. It was our 30th anniversary which they made special. My wife is gluten free and she was able to enjoy many options. We were really happy with the evening and plan to return."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Food of high standard, impeccable service with ambience to match. Fine wine list with rare wines available. Would recommend for a special night out.."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This was to be a special meal, and boy was it ever! I had arranged for Michael Scaffidi to open a '66 Mouton Rothschild to celebrate Ron's birthday, and not only did he open that wine, but he provided champagne for us to drink, plus a special white wine to pair with my crab risotto. Very memorable indeed."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • ""I loved the romantic atmosphere! The food was exceptional and the wine list amazing! I would highly suggest the scallops or filet.""
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We had such a sublime evening! My husband and I are "foodies" for many years. We travel the world and find the best restaurants. Plume certainly fits in that category! The food was beautifully presented and exquisitely prepared. we had a wine paring dinner which was very well done. The sommelier was knowledgeable and interesting - he knows his wines! The setting is beautiful - what more can I say except you do have to save up for this special occasion."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great service, food was amazing. Lots of it, almost too much food. A great special location. Can't wait to go back, and it was a business dinner."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "The setting is elegant and service attentive; however, the food is uninspiring. One expects more effort from the chef given the price!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Went here on a date and it was fabulous. The service was great, they called 2 days ahead of time to confirm and were nothing bu accommodating. One of the only places in DC that the service actually knew something about the wine and champagne and was able to give a GREAT recommendation. Loved the champagne and the food was delicious. All brought out in a very timely fashion, it was an exceptional night."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "It is a beautiful space but it goes down from there in our opinion. The 3 course meal is not at all deserving of the prices charged. The only thing I liked was the crab risotto appetizer.....my husbands celery root veloute soup was like dishwater. The main courses were totally awful...the lobster thermadour did not taste fresh and the thai curry duck had no thai flavor to it. To make matters even worse, they messed up the desserts, giving me the Happy Birthday wishes....when it was me treating my husband to celebrate his birthday there. They made no effort to fix the mistake. The only good part of it was the wine. So, for a total of $460, including tip-it was a very expensive birthday let down and major disappointment for me and my husband."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We had a simply perfect meal at the Plume. The atmospheric setting, the menu offerings, the execution of the meal itself, and the superb service made it one of the nicest fine dining experiences we have had in quite a while. I had the lamb with a green curry sauce and it was astounding. Wife had the lobster thermador (Plume variation) and it was great. Great selection of wine by the glass for those that don't want an entire bottle before driving home. We have been to 8 of the top ten restaurants on the Washingtonian list, and cannot understand why this gem is not up there. Simply a great experience."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed our Birthday dinner celebration and it was one of the best experiences we've ever had! Highly recommend it."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The staff provided me and my wife with exceptional service for our anniversary and Valentine's dinner. We were greeted with a courteous smile and welcome from the hostess. Our table was elegant and we were treated like VIPs from beginning to end. Each course was served and the selection was explained in detail; we appreciated that!! Our waiter paid attention to detail to ensure that our needs were met and exceeded; the customer focus and customer service was the best seen to date."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Plume was exceptional. The food and wine were spectacular, absolutely spectacular. The sommelier was also spectacular. The dining room is beautiful and elegant. The wait staff was attentive and pleasant but could use a bit more polish to make the dining experience A+ in every way. But overall the experience is not to be missed. Make sure you are ready to stop some serious money - you certainly pay for this quality."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Was looking for a exceptional restaurant for Amy's birthday and we found it. Incredible evening, down to the Birthday "surprise" for dessert. A dinner we will always remember."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I celebrated my 30th birthday here with a loved one and everything was perfect! The restaurant even offers a vegetarian option for the prix fixe menu, and the kitchen took every care to accommodate food allergies at the table. The service was phenomenal."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I went here with my boyfriend for our anniversary and I must say, it was quite wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance and the staff. The food was pretty good however, not that memorable. I feel like I've had better entrees else wear, but I certainly enjoyed the dessert. One thing that was most certainly memorable, was the price. I think the price pays for the exceptional wait staff and the ambiance. As we left the hotel, we were provided with a parting gift of macaroons with chocolate in the middle which was awesome. I would recommend this restaurant to friends and family."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Great for a private quiet dinner. Service was just outstanding the wine list impressive. The food was good but same traditional dishes. Done just right but nothing innovative. The desserts were presented well tasted good but not divine. Unpretentious place."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Had the reservation for 8 PM, came 30 minutes earlier and was seated Promptly. Everyone is very friendly and always happy to answer any question. Food is great. Were celebrating a birthday and put that as a comment in my reservation-the restaurant staff paid attention and treated us accordingly. A bit expensive but surely worth it especially for any special occasion. One thing everyone must know: Parking is complimentary once you dine here."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "this is one of the best romantic restaurant in DC. the decoration is fantastic and the service is top. you pay the price for it but its worth it."
    Dined on 9/10/2013
  • "The ambiance of Plume is thrilling, even with the $95 prix fixe menu. But the problems: foie gras terrine had surcharge - and was a bit sour, like refrigerated a bit too long; the Dover Sole had surcharge and, while good, was slightly overcooked; the "Martin's" filet was ordered very rare and came back medium! When sent back they, came out with a rare steak, but the smallest piece imaginable. Not very good for the price, fanfare ("Martin's", after all), or surcharge, making the small piece even more meagre). Two dishes were outstanding: scallops and the crab risotto - both tasty and lovely. The bill was a whopper, multiple surcharges swelling the 190 tab to 240! And that's without ANY drink, tax, or tip."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I went there for my 8 year anniversary and we were quite impressed not only with the quality of the food but above everything the outstanding service. They made us feel like VIP's but without going over the top. We even got to sit right next to the fire place, which kept us warm from a very chilly day. My evening resulted in much more than what I wanted which was a romantic and intimate dinner."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "The Plume and the Jefferson Hotel were both outstanding for our Christmas Dinner...Everything was 5 star and just wonderful. Beautiful place, beautiful service. I think I will make reservations for next year."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Although the menu is a bit limited, there is a good range of options and an amazing wine list. My husband's crab risotto appetizer was outstanding; my soup was very good but not special. I had an excellent duck entrée, but the curry sauce lacked character ; my husband really loved his lobster thermador. The lemon profiteroles (and I usually am not a big profiterole fan) were exceptional. The meal was expensive, but a couple of amuse=bouches and chocolates were included. The ambience is lovely, and the service could not be better - friendly but very attentive. (The water glasses never got close to being empty), and the pace of the dinner was perfect. We find that in many restaurants the service is either too slow or too fast. Not here."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "One has an expectation when dining in a restaurant with this reputation. The food was just good. We expected to be wowed and we weren't. Not worth the money !"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "If you want to go to a really great place for a special occasion, I would highly recommend Plume. Be prepared for a special experience tasting some unusual food preparation with a wonderful surprise for the pallet. I went there with my fiance for a special New Year's Eve dinner. The price was set for dinner that evening so you had to be prepared to spend a little more than usual to dine there. With tax and tip, the dinner for two came to $533, after enjoying one bottle of moderately-priced wine with the meal. The only complaint I had was that the confirmation email from Plume suggested a parking garage down the street, which we used; then, we found out that they offered free valet parking - something that was not in their email."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The service was very poor---we waited for over 30 minutes for waitstaff to show up at our table. No recognition given to my food allergy although I had given written notice of such."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "My wife and I each order from the prix fixe menu with an additional wine pairing. I had octopus carpaccio and sea bass. The carpaccio was thin round slices of the tentacles. There was lots of greens covering the carpaccio. It was just OK, not like a nice beef carpaccio. I made a mistake in ordering sea bass. I was thinking of Chilean sea bass, which is usually light and flakey. This was a thick cut and rather strong tasting. Afterwards, I did some research and discovered that "sea bass" is a term that covers a lot of different species. The next night we ate out at a Greek restaurant in Old Town Alexandria and I ordered barramundi (also called sea bass), which was thin, flakey and declicion. My wife started with a nice meal. No room."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We ordered the chefs tasting menu with the premier wine paring and we were absolutely astounded. All the food was prepared fresh and perfectly. The wine parings were quite special and the sommelier came to explain each one (and made sure to know what we ordered so as to explain how it would pair with the specific food item - he didn't just talk about the wine). It can be a bit expensive but for a Christmas special occasion it was worth every cent."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "The room is beautiful and very refined. Perfect for a special event, romantic evening, or date night. The food is outstanding. Fresh local ingredients prepared in a straightforward way, but with interesting combinations of ingredients. Nothing too fussy or cute; you won't find silly food towers or "deconstructed" mysteries on your plate. The wine list has great options across a range of prices, including terrific wines by the half bottle. By all means, take advantage of the very friendly and knowledgeable sommelier. I can't recommend Plume highly enough. By comparison, we had dinner the next night at 1789, which is also highly rated, but we found it a trifle disappointing after Plume. (Sloppy service and over-salted food.)."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "An elegant restaurant in The Jefferson Hotel right down the street from the White House. My spouse and I chose Plume as a "special night out" during a recent stay in DC. Plume should have been excellent, but we were seated at a table for two at the back of the room closest to the kitchen and another door that led into the hotel that had entirely too much commotion and noise coming from the restaurant staff. We felt continuously distracted from the food, which was thoughtfully prepared by Plume's chef. As such, the price of our meal was not commensurate with our overall experience. I think staff and service at restaurants like Plume should be as graceful as they are discreet. BTW, the wine steward knew his stuff and was outstanding!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "The food choice was superb. The taste and plating was excellent. We were very pleased with the service and the day."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Plume's location was conveniently located. We we accommodated despite arriving 30 min before our reservation and greeted by a friendly staff who took our coats. The seating was quiet, intimate, and romantic. The menu was above average for Christmas dinner with a fish, beef, or chicken option. The roasted chicken dinner was outstanding in a truffle mushroom jus. However, I was not impressive with the dessert option which offered apple cobbler which presented more like an apple crisp. The portions were ample leaving a little snack for later. However the staff mixed up the take home bag and I ended up with someone's leftovers. I would go again but I expected more for a Christmas dining experience."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Every time I dine here, there are some egregious flaws and this time was no different. XMAS dinner. The gougeres were incredible and great with rose champagne. The foie gras terrine was generous and great with apple chutney as well as a South African dessert wine. Main course was an incredibly disappointing "prime rib." More like a grilled thin minuet rib eye steak with ho hum vegetables. The sommelier never showed up and the waiter tried to foist a tannic Cab on us. I wanted the sommelier. Never showed up and had to settle for an OK Sirah. Dessert was good but not incredible. Wine list here is extensive but prices are twice the price and any other fine dining place in DC. Some good and some meh. Not worth the price paid."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Expected a wonderful XMAS day dinner per all the hype on the internet.....spouse and myself received a poor version of 'local meat' which was fatty and unseasoned......$7 for a cup of dishwater coffee......really poor....grossly overpriced given the quality of the food....a very dissapointing and costly dinner"
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "I really wanted to like Plume. I was looking forward to the night and the food. Unfortunately, the only thing Plume really has going for it is the wine list. We did the $95 dollar prix fixe menu, which had some really great options on it. That being said, the food just did not live up to my expectations. I started with the foie gras terrine. It lacked any character or complexity. My husband's seafood starter was ok, but nothing exceptional. My entree of veal breast promised a lot but didn't deliver. My husband had the steak and it was nothing special at all. In regards to ambiance, there was none to speak of. There was absolutely no music, and the service was prompt but impersonal and cold, even pretentious."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Exquisite Intimate Dining Room with exemplary service, and fabulous cuisine. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "My all time favorite restaurant...I think it's even better that the Inn at Little Washington. And i loved that place..."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "We have eaten in fine restaurants for more than 50 years but have never experienced the high level of service we enjoyed at Plume!. Wine and water topped off whenever possible. Someone always at hand to answer a question or provide any service requested. Never intrusive, always helpful. Doormen opened both doors of our car as we arrived at convenient valet parking. Immediately greeted by maitre de and escorted to table. questions about menu and wine list fully answered and requested advice offered. paying the bill automatically brought pr car to the front door waiting for us as we left. Food and wine were excellent but have been equaled elsewhare, but never the service. Yes, you pay for it but it najes fir a truly memorable evening,"
    Dined on 12/18/2013