TJ's at The Jefferson Hotel
TJ's at The Jefferson Hotel

TJ's at The Jefferson Hotel

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jeffersonhotel.com/
  • Phone: 8046494672
  • Hours of Operation:
    BREAKFAST: Mon - Fri: 6:30am - 10:00am; Sat: 7:00am - 11:00am;
    Sun: 7:00am - 12:00pm
    LUNCH: Mon - Fri: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Sat: 11:30am - 2:00pm
    DINNER: Thurs - Sat: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    BRUNCH: Sunday seatings: 10:30am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 1:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Patrick Ehemann
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet Parking
A word from TJ's at The Jefferson Hotel
Enjoy a causal or business lunch with us at TJ’s Lunch Room and Bistro. TJ’s is focused with you in mind; enjoy a causal get together with friends or a quiet business lunch where you can get work done and enjoy delicious cuisine. Enjoy dinner service in a contemporary bistro but historic setting. TJ’s is a Southern Bistro featuring fresh local flair including seasonal items such as southern shrimp and grits and fried green tomatoes with hand pulled mozzarella. Enjoy the view and grandeur of the rotunda while you dine. Beverage service includes a focus on craft breweries, hand-made cocktails and a rustic wine list. We are committed to featuring local produce, naturally raised meats and sustainably harvested seafood wherever possible.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
TJ's at The Jefferson Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (26)special occasion (26)great for lunch (16)good for groups (15)fit for foodies (13)neighborhood gem (10)romantic (9)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Beautiful Hotel -Must see
    Cjcl
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The Sunday Brunch was outstanding. The variety and options were great and delicious. The staff was truly exceptional, friendly, helpful and entertaining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • n2winendine
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We had an enjoyable time. We were seated in our preferred area. The food was great as usual and the service was outstanding once we were seated. My only criticism is the bottleneck at the reservations desk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    RoadWarrior2VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    If you visit Richmond you should visit the Jefferson and have lunch or a drink at TJs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant Dining
    CwbDines
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We attended the Sunday Champagne Brunch. There was so much to choose from, you couldn't eat it all... but we tried! Everything was simply delicious. The "cook to order" staff were friendly and talented. The staff that personally attended us were very accommodating... they kept the OJ and champagne coming :-) The Jefferson is one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever seen. I had my wedding reception there 25 years ago and it is still lovely and very professionally run. Old fashion elegance in an urban environment. It's situated in a "hard to find parking" area, so the complimentary valet parking was greatly appreciated. A very enjoyable dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    StevensFamily
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    For a special occassion the Sunday Brunch is a must. The ambience of the hotel and the excellent service provided by waitstaff are top notch. The Eggs Jefferson and Glazed ham are not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bubble Busted!
    Nikkzfoodz
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I had been looking forward to brunch at the Jefferson for a year. We finally had our schedules in sync and secured a spot for the end of the summer....the last day of the summer prices! We had a 10:30 reservation for dining in the Rotunda and arrived on time and checked in. We were shuffled back and forth between hostess stations. After a lot of whispering and passing the buck, 30minutes later we were still without a table. We overheard that someone "gave away" our table versus a discrepancy between the lists at the hostess stations. Throughout they acknowledged the error on their part. We were eventually seated in the lounge and the cost of 1 brunch was subtracted. Sour experience soured my palate. Food was okay. Superb wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jefferson Brunch
    out2eat
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My family went to the brunch for the first time, and were a little disappointed. Family and friends went here some years ago and said that it was outstanding. I would not go as far as to say outstanding. The food was average, not what I was expecting for the price. I even got pieces of fat in my mouth 3 times from the beef bourgandy. The surroundings are absolutely beautiful and the waiter was really attentive and courteous. With all that being said, I won't return for the brunch simply because of the food quality at that price.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunday Brunch
    RobinTomVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Sunday Brunch never disappoints! The hotel is beautiful and the waiters are attentive. They really keep the champagne flowing. The food choices were excellent and delicious. Everyone should be able to find something to eat!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • birthday boy
    birthdayboy71
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    wonderful atmosphere and design. Elevators are a great benefit since we had elderly adults and handicap. I do wish the parking was a little more convenient but being downtown there isn't a whole lot that can be done about that. The salads and hot foods as always fresh and tasty. The desserts are the cutest and full of flavor. I would recommend to anyone it is always a great experience. The staff is excellent
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Jefferson always delivers!
    WittyGirlVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    TJ's was a delightful surprise for lunch. The Jefferson is always wonderful, though, so TJ's should have been no different. Try the BLT salad...it comes with a Crispy Poached Egg. If you've never had one, it is an absolute treat and makes the salad extra yummy!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Nice Brunch!
    bugray
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This was the second time we had the brunch at the Jefferson an it was pretty much identical to the first.This also was a special occasion(my birthday) and everything turned out great. The food was good and plentiful. The service was excellent(our service provider asked the music ensemble to play "Happy Birthday"). Great Day!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet Southern Charm
    AnnM
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Wonderful lunch at TJ's...went back back twice during our stay in Richmond. A delicious, quiet, and charming place with attentive staff and class.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still the best brunch in Richmond
    n2winendine
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My husband and have had brunch at the Jefferson many times for over 20 years and, it 's always fabulous. This was my least favorite experience. I don't know if there was a scheduling problem that caused too many people at the buffet at the same, or some other issue but it was not good. The end result created a cafeteria or mess hall environment. I was also disappointed that we were not seated in our preferred area, even though it is noted on our customer card. The food was great as usual when I could get to it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Annual birthday brunch
    OBoo
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My family attends the Sunday Brunch one Sunday in July every year to commemorate family birthdays in one swoop. It is something my family looks forward to. While everything is wonderful, this year's sausage patties were not quite as done as they should have been. While we had to work to keep our coffee cups filled this year, we are looking forward to this annual family event next year.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We made the reservation to celebrate both our anniversary and the arrival of my sister from NY and her birthday. The room was absolutely beautiful and tasteful. We had requested a room on the lower level and that was accommodated with no difficulty. The food was completely amazing both in presentation and taste. We cannot wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for business lunch.
    VTHokieRichmond
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Commendable food, always- perfect service, enough space between tables to actually get some work done, respectable pricing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The atmosphere was pleasant and the food served was delicious. My family of nine enjoyed visiting the various tables and selecting/tasting from the variety of choices. We especially enjoyed the curry fish dish and the eggs Benedict.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really great hamburgers!
    Happy2Be
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    This gluten-sensitive diner really loves your Angus burgers and appreciates so much that you carry GF bread. Our "Birthday Girls" like having our lunches at TJs for all the reasons I five-starred in this review.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    luv2travel
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Great place to celebrate a special occasion. Very elegant location with superb staff. Unbelievable amount of food to choose from and everything was excellent. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 409 reviews are from the TJ's at The Jefferson Hotel reviews archive.
  • Fathers Day Brunch
    Jeff
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Having been to your nice establishment before, (last 6 yrs) You have NEVER let me down! I have always tried to eat there for Fathers Day, and end of the school year for my daughter (mid June) as combined celebration. The Hotel & dining facility (TJ's) is a dining experience that one never forgets... Your staff is to be commended : Always friendly, knowledgeable and extremely helpful. Often times I WISH other eating establishments around the Richmond area would follow your example. But, have learned that the Jefferson is just one of those places that a person comes to expect a higher standard than most. NICE JOB !!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Happy Customer
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Everyone went above and beyond the call of duty to make our 37th anniversary extra special. The service was perfect as was the food. The flowers on our table were a wonderful and appreciated surprise. Thank you all so very much.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrate Good Times
    bandjs29
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Great food, just the perfect amount of attention from wait staff. The ultimate way to celebrate any special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Music
    Yellowbird
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Our table was excellent being on the main floor or balcony overlooking the buffet. While going down to select my brunch entrée I notice the musicians. Being our reservations was 1:30 pm I assumed they were finished playing. Then later, while eating I thought I heard them playing. It seemed that the music was not consistent or where our table was we did not hear the musicians. So I would only add that having them play in a location that all could hear them or for the later reservations would have been enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Bunch
    madison2008
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    My husband and I and another couple visited TJ"s for bunch on Sunday for a friend's birthday. The seating was perfect on the balcony in the center, great food, service was great, very relaxing. I would recommend TJ's to anyone for your special occasion or just going there for a romantic dinner, or anytime to enjoy the great food. The price is very affordable for the amount and quality of food you get, if you leave hungry it is your own fault.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good to be back
    Aayla
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    It's been several years since we last visited The Jefferson Hotel for brunch. Impressive as always. Warm, friendly service. The young man at the waffle station was especially nice. Excellent selection of food options (especially the shrimp and oysters on the half shell). We miss the big smoked food section from days past and the array of desserts did not seem as expansive as it was previously but there was still more than we could ever consume. The hotel is beautiful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not What I Expected
    NotAFan
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I was looking to go to TJ's, specifically for brunch. So when I booked the reservation two weeks out, it said the day was free. The week of we were scheduled, got a call stating they had a conflict because an event was going to be there. That date should have been blocked off. Anyway, the young lady that left the voicemail stated I can choose any other time to have brunch at TJ's and I chose a Saturday. Well I get to the Jefferson and go to TJ's and I don't see the buffet stations. Get to the front and the hostess says oh we only do brunch on Sundays. Well I was very disappointed and so was my mom and sister (this was their Mother's Day gift). We ended up staying for lunch, food was not good and sad to say we won't be going back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch at TJ's
    AlbertoGonzalesPierre
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Although a little pricey for the food you get, the overall experience was delightful. The Moroccan Eggplant sandwich appeared to by nothing but lettuce and mushrooms. If there was any eggplant in the sandwich, I totally missed seeing or tasting it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We took my mother to the champagne brunch for her 86th birthday. It was a delightful experience. I think we'll make it a tradition as long as she is up to it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great ambience, food
    Happy2Be
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    If you want a congenial restaurant for catching up with friends over a good meal, TJ's is the place. Not noisy, so you can talk. Tables not so close that others can overhear private conversations. There were three such midday gatherings (that I know of) when we were there and everyone seemed to be having a great time. We enjoyed ourselves so much that the next day I made another res for a second women-friends' group. Loved the quality hamburger with GF toast and, of course, my fave, The Jefferson's stellar creme brulee.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Day
    Jaimi
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I had a blast at TJ's. My siblings and I took my mom out for lunch as an early Mother's Day gift. She loved it, and the food was great! My brother had the grilled ham cheese. So much flavor. The large plate salmon dish is amazing as well. Thank you Jonathan for being an efficient waiter!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as nice as to be expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Our waitress (an older brunette) was clumsy and rude to us. The experience should have been better to live up to the location. I expected better.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • poor quality
    noosa
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    the fries were reheated and not fresh, the bread on the panini was thin and looked like regular cheap plain white bread not what was expected from the Jefferson or any high end restaurant. It was my husband's birthday and I asked for something special for the occasion but nothing extra was done. It was a waste of time and money.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Easter Brunch
    Hostess
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    With all the reviews I read, I expected the brunch to be the best I ever had. It wasn't. The food is average and you are paying for the name. Service is great and they don't skimp on the champagne. It's one of those things - been there done that.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter brunch
    Hazel
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Me and my sister always goes here for Easter brunch and it's always exceeded our expectation ! Very classy !
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent.
    Peterwestend71
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Always a treasured spot for lunch. Never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    Bill
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We try and attend the Jefferson Brunch at least twice a year. It is undoubtedly the most memorable experience we have had in dining of any place we have visited, both with the food and the historical atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worse meal ever!
    Nonna
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    My husband and I had been looking forward to dining at the Jefferson Hotel for Sunday brunch for several weeks, what a DISAPPOINTMENT!!!!!!!! The space was large and very noisy, the food was terrible, the "hot" dishes were lukewarm at best, the "cold" dishes were room temperature, and the food was bland and flavorless, and this meal was way OVERPRICED! I will definitely not be going back, and will not recommend the restaurant to anyone.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classic Dinning Spots
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    There are almost no restaurants left in Richmond like Lemaire use to be or TJ's. Gone are the days of elegant dinning at The Miller & Rhodes Tea Room, Thalhimers Richmond Room, Mrs. Morton's Tea Room, etc. I have held Bridesmaid luncheons in the Ginter Room in Lemaire but that is not open for lunch now. The Tea's in the Lobby are nice but we would really like to go to a separate Tea Room with a table to sit at instead of in the public lobby. I hear these same comments from many many people. We have the money to spend on something nice but there are limited places to go. We are getting tired of coming to just TJ's even though it is a great place. The Jefferson is the most classic place in town, but give us a few more options!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    birthdaygirl
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    We celebrated my birthday with a special breakfast at TJ's, and left feeling as though we'd been on a mini-vacation! Everything was top-notch, and I couldn't have asked for more. Triple chocolate pancakes are a special occasion treat, and the service was all one could expect.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Peaceful Respite
    3Friends
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    From valet parking to the lobby of the Jefferson, you feel like you are in a special place. It whispers class. My friends and I enjoyed great food and great service in a quiet uncrowded room at TJ's. We topped off lunch with a stroll through their unique gift shop. Richmond is blessed with many good restaurants, but this one is not just about good food and good service, it is about creating a peaceful respite from the busy and noisy world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.