Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel

4.8
2286 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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!



Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American, Southern
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Hours of operation
Bar and Lounge: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(804) 649-4629
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Patrick Willis
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet Parking
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Special events & promotions
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.

For all cake orders, please contact the restaurant directly within 72 hours of specified event.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2286 People Are Saying
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AM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, wonderful atmosphere, fantastic cocktails, great food. Will be back

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was outstandng. Food was so good. we had just had dinner earlier in the week at The Heritage and this was by far so much better. Still talking about dinner three days later. We received gift card for use and covered almost entire dinner with dessert. ( we are not drinkers).

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TH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Really neat environment and the service was amazing! Sean was our server and he was the best part of the night. The appetizers and dessert were great, but the entrees weren’t. We had the duck and a “off menu” steak and we both only ate about half. The serving size was good but the taste was fairly bland and just wasn’t what you would expect for a place like this and at that price. It was fun to go once but I don’t think we’ll be back.

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MK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, friendly and delicious. The staff and food were amazing and made our anniversary very special.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lori made our experience. It was my husband's birthday and Emily, the host, acknowledge his birthday before even seating us. The food was great and the staff was very welcoming.

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome. Micheal the waiter was awesome as well

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OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great choice for a special night out.

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S
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and service. Thanks, Carissa, for taking such good care of us (family of four). We had a truly memorable meal all around. Recommend the scallops!

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m
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Been here half a dozen times great bar and drinks

Oyster appetizer vinegar sauce was so strong you could no taste the oysters

Pork cheek appetizer great flavor and tender but too salty

Entrees scallops and duck. Both good flavors but again too salty

Will be back but hope the salt levels decrease dramatically

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RE
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I thought that the menu was a little limited but the food preparation was very good. The service was immaculate.

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GG
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wonderful friendly staff, great ambience

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! Service was excellent. Knowledgeable staff.

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N
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From beginning to end the experience was first class. Best of all was the amazing food, the presentation of said food and the delivery from our server and his team. Thanks to all.

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JD
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First of all, the ambiance in the restaurant is quiet in a beautiful setting. The service was excellent and the wait staff was very attentive. Second, the food was delicious and presented in an appetizing way. The appetizer salad, with arugula, nuts, ricotta, blueberries and peaches combined wonderful flavors. The salmon and scallops were equally delicious. Will definitely eat here again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great experience with a very refined menu

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SB
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recently hosted a small group for a business dinner at Lemaire. The hotel lobby is absolutely beautiful and worth taking the time to explore. We waited in the bar area while the rest of our party arrived and were quickly greeted by a bartender. He was courteous and was happy to recommend a few key selections for my guests. Drinks were very well prepared and tasted great. Our table was ready, but the hostess did not pressure us to leaving the bar and allowed us to finish our drinks in the bar area.

Dinner was also excellent. The dining room is very nice and was very quiet even with most of the tables filled. Our server was attentive, offered suggestions for wine and appetizers, and thoroughly reviewed the menu. He suggested we order our appetizers and dinner at the same time so that there would not be a lengthy wait between courses. This worked out better than expected, but the food was not rushed. Every meal was delicious and well portioned. Prices are a bit high, but not unexpected for the level of excellence.

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RC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, wonderful service, and very nice ambience.

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Richmond
218 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What does this say about our opinion of this restaurant? The manager came to our table to ask if we realized that this was our 100th visit to the restaurant since the early 2000’s. He also took $50 off our tab in acknowledgement. I had flounder and my husband had the pork chop. Both were delicious. We plan to go another 100 times!!!

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K
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went for a special meal on our anniversary. The service from start to finish was outstanding. The menus said "Happy Anniversary" and everyone who interacted with us said the same. The cocktails were creative and tasty. The food was very high quality and good portions - much better than we had expected. In fact, my husband and I are on our third meal with using the leftovers we brought home with us. We were pleasantly surprised by the prices as well. Very reasonable for what we got. Would highly recommend.

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KB
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lori our server was outstanding!! Very helpful with our selections!!

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WF
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and Service was great, especially Shawn, the wine sommelier.
The only negative fact was that the airconditioner at the window table was blowing so cold, that even with linnen to cover the openings on the floor it did not help much. The result was a cold that lastet for several days. We would not reccomend to sit near the window unless you wear winter clothes. Is it really necessary to have the a/s set at such cold level?

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J
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When my wife and I want to treat each other to a special dinner to mark an important occasion, the Lemaire at the Hotel Jefferson is always our first choice. The service is excellent, the atmosphere is sophisticated, yet comfortable, and the food is prepared by superb chefs and brought to one's table in style. It is our special place!

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PV
Jacksonville
70 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The cuisine does not live up to the venue. One of the most beautiful settings I have ever seen, the menu is so regional as to be contrived. My pork chop was a beautiful word picture on the menu but underflavored and chewy. The catfish appetizer was delicious and the flounder impeccably freah but the experience was overwhelmed by pole beans and grits and collards. Cocktails in the next room are superb! A couple of pops and you can overlook the shortcomings!

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BF
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my parents 50th wedding anniversary at Lemaire. They went above and beyond what I had expected. The service was unbelievable and experience they gave my parents was unbelievable. First, they made a custom menu for my parents. Second, every server and waiter who helped at the table wished my parents a happy anniversary. Third, they even wrote “happy anniversary” on the dessert plates. Oh and the food was unbelievably good too.

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SA
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food served professionally in a great setting. The cocktails were well crafted and the food servings were generous. The chicken fried oyster starter was the best fried oysters I have ever been served anywhere. The beef tenderloin was cooked to our liking and the accompaniments complemented the dish. Overall, an outstanding and memorable meal!

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w
Richmond
165 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

One of Richmond's hidden gems. Everything on the menu is excellent. Ask for Ryan as your waiter. He will see to it your night is perfect.

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Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love Lemaire! My husband and I have gone to Lemaire for special occaisions in the past and decided to take my grandmother for her would-be 70th anniversary with my grandfather who passed a year and a half ago. It was the perfect choice! The food was fantastic and our server, Lori, was wonderful. She made my grandmother feel so special and the anniversary dessert was a great treat. I will cherish the memory for years to come! I would HIGHLY recommend Lemaire for any special occasion or if you're craving a wonderful dinner in a classy location.

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e
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Exquisite space, elegant atmosphere, good service and wonderfully prepared food make Lemaire my favorite restaurant in Richmond. Food courses are well paced, not hurried. Food is plated so beautifully that I had to photograph. And all taste well. Eating in this restaurant makes us feel special.
My husband’s only complaint is that he would prefer warm bread. I didn’t care because I prefer to save my appetite for the food.
The Jefferson hotel, in which Lemaire is located, is beautifully ornate as an 1895 classic should be. After or before dinner walk through the lobby. The hotel adds to the experience.

The dining space adds to the meal.
The only reason we went to Richmond was to eat at Lemaire. It definitely is my favorite restaurant in Richmond.

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JW
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and service. Food was quick. Sugar toads appetizer (pufferfish) were excellent. Pork tenderloin was outstanding so was my wife's flounder. Good vegetables, too. Chocolate dessert was good. Not too rich as in sc one restaurants. Wine from sommelier's list was great value to avoid the high priced items. Valet parking was excellent, friendly staff.

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NC
Greensboro
177 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant.

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AL
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated my parents 28th Anniversary on a whim because we’re from out of town. I made the reservation the night before & everything was amazing! The food is the kind where you clear your plate each dish, the drinks are well made, carefully crafted, and delicious, and the server we had was so sweet and attentive. The only thing is I wish we’d been able to dine in the Library instead of the outer room just because the outer room ambiance is a bit brighter than what we were looking for, but there was a party in the library, so completely understood! DRINK THE B.O.B, thank me later.

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AS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food and location in the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond VA

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food.

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D
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my mother to Lemaire for her birthday and it was wonderful! Lori was our server and she made our dinner and celebration very special. Everything was just perfect, the food, the service, the staff, the beautiful dining room and the fabulous birthday cake the pastry chef made for my mother! Thank you!

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JP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelent service! Finely crafted food

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JC
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server, Jessica, was great, attentive, but not hovering. The steak, scallops, mussels and salad were all good. The brownie was good. Great experience.

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TL
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our 50th anniversary was made very special by the Jefferson.
We had a special menu, just printed for us. We had a special
dessert that was beyond "good." It was a very special evening.
All was good and the price was right!

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AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal (dinner) I've had in ages. Every bite was perfect! Our server was perfect, too, and we enjoyed this exceptional experience in a most elegant dining room.

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D
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A great place for those seeking a genteel atmosphere, classic service and well executed and presented food.

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