Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel

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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. Lemaire delivers 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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Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, incredible food! We shared the “Lettuces,” Butternut Squash Bisque and Filet, with Apple Fritter bread pudding for dessert. The kitchen was kind enough to split the dishes and we had more than enough for two. Everything was outstanding, including the Pinot noir recommended by our server, Jessica. Truly a wonderful dinner!

NH
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our meals were very good, flavorful and well prepared. Service was impeccable. The ambiance was too stuffy and proper for us. The meal was a bit pricey for what was consumed.

B
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special appetizer of venison and beet carpaccio was possibly the best appetizer I’ve had in Richmond.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and wonderful food!! Servers were very knowledgeable and attentive. Food was perfectly prepared.

GE
Richmond
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and our server was outstanding!

T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fillet mignon I’ve ever had, honestly. A fork could have cut it.

r
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a friend coming in from Washington DC who I had not seen for more than a year, so wanted things to be perfect and they were. The Jefferson was its usual amazing self, the food was exquisite and the wait staff were personable and attentive without hovering. It was an evening to remember.

JN
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious!!! Jessica did a great job to provide an amazing dining experience!!!

JC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service in a relaxing atmosphere.

DM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great atmosphere. We stayed at the hotel (which is also amazing). You will not be disappointed.

a
Richmond
24 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service! They definitely know how to treat visitors. The food was amazing, service was fantastic! Love going to Lemaire and the Jefferson!

PJ
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Lemaire was an excellent experience of both food and service. It always proves to be a great choice for special occasions.

JM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent and the beet pasta dish was delicious.

1
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time! We have been celebrating our special occasions at La Meir for the past 14 years!
Our waiter was the best and the food was scrumptious!

R
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience2

This is one of the finest restaurants in Richmond, in a beautiful historic hotel. I have eaten here before on trips south, and the food is always good.

I reserved well in advance, but I was by myself on this trip. Reserved for 6:30 on a Monday night. Restaurant was nowhere near full.

Hostess put me in a small side room. Completely empty. I was by myself for at least 30 minutes before another couple was seated there. I noticed a second small room, and again, a single diner was there by himself for much of the evening.

Food was excellent. Server very good. But as a single diner, I have found that many restaurants put us in lousy tables. Staring at an empty room was not my idea of a very expensive dinner experience.

And don't suggest it was a "mistake" on the part of the hostess! Either go with a friend or find somewhere else to pay a large tab.

JG
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious gluten-free dinner for me. Had my first crab cake in years. My husband thought his food was even better than mine. Service was great. Very quiet room. We were able to converse with my family easily. Will return to Lemaire if I’m back in Richmond.

OT
New England
86 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lemaire is out go-to restaurant when we are staying at the Jefferson. It is a lovely room, appealing menu that changes seasonally so one can never get bored with the wonderful choices in all categories. The crab cake is outstanding with lump crab and no filler--a pure treatment for the delicate cake. One can never go wrong with the filet cooked perfectly. Our server, Melanie, was quite versed in the menu and helped with the selections. We don't often order chicken, but the way it was prepared has me ready to run back for my own. Excellent experience. Yes, I recommend Lemaire to everyone!

MF
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience5

I wish I knew what was going on at Lemaire, specifically, and The Jefferson, in general. Much is slipping and it is such a disappointment because I have come to relish my visits here. After yet another problematic weekend there, I will be reticent about future stays.

NT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our meal was excellent but the menu choices were limited. We were there to celebrate our anniversary and we expected to have something offered on the house, Luke a small dessert. We opted to buy a dessert, the creme fraiche cheesecake, but were disappointed in it. Our main courses, rockfish and Damon, were excellent as well as a seasonal salad with pumpkin seeds and diced roasted squash. Overall, a very nice ambience.

A
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was top notch. I can't wait to return soon!

RS
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Classy place to eat!! Great food and service. Would go there again.

FC
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful unique setting. Wonderful service and food.

MP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere, food, and service was exceptional. Truly a RICHMOND landmark

S
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy dining at LeMaire - professional wait staff, excellent selection of entree’s, pleasant atmosphere - fine dining!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good, not great. Living on its reputation. Lots of other better restaurants in Richmond.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally enjoyed my experience celebrating my date birthday. The customer service wa spot on and we both enjoyed our first class dining experience. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and recommended dishes, but left it up to us to select our dinner.

Thank you Team Lemaire!

JB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very accommodating, professional, and friendly service. Lovely dining room Well prepared food.
We had a relaxing and very enjoyable dinner. A welcome reminder of what fine restaurants used to be but are sadly becoming rare.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked a last minute reservation for our 3rd (engagement) anniversary this afternoon for dinner at 6:15pm. Why not celebrate all of the milestones, right? Ths service was impeccable, food delicious, presentations perfect. We were presented with a champagne toast to start, and ended with a delicious black forest cake. Everything in the middle was perfect. Thank you to Lemaire, the Jefferson and your staff.

OT
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner out on the patio.

DP
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a wonderful dining experience! We took a close friend out to celebrate her 65th birthday and she had never been to The Lemaire so it was truly a treat for her. Food was excellent, service impeccable, and Andrew our waiter, was very good. He was always out of sight until something was needed so we felt like he was really anticipating our every need. He understood the menu and, as I said before, the service was perfect in every way. Was a great dining experience!

I
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely old world ambiance

JS
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was impeccable. Rich was extremely attentive and personable without being intrusive.
Menu is small, but certainly isn't lacking anything. Great selection of gluten free and vegan options.
the gluten free dessert was one of the best we have ever had at a restaurant

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Annivesary

PJ
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a elegant night - great bar drinks and then into the grand salon for dinner. Very romantic and helped by very professional service - unobtrusive yet personal. The steak was prepared perfectly for both my wife and I (different cook levels) and was just an amazing cut of meat. We loved our time here and would highly recommend it.

KW
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rich was a server extraordinaire and Greg the bartender makes perfect martinis!! They took care of every detail including tailored menus.

T
Richmond
30 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jessica was an excellent server. She was knowledgeable about the menu, very pleasant, and very attentive (but not obtrusive). Our food was prepared perfectly. This remains my favorite restaurant in Richmond.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Service and ambience were among the very best. Food unfortunately was not. The Jefferson hotel is beautiful and service is among the very best of 5 star hotels. My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary so we really wanted to like the food but we were served pork loins that were dangerously undercooked. We don’t usually order pork at high end restaurants so we trusted the chef and server when it was brought out to the table but some of my pork resembled rare steak texture wise. Pork was almost dark purple. I ate most of it uncomfortably but choosing to trust the chef and server and not trust my intuition until I ran it by google. I googled it and discovered my pork was less than medium rare. That is dangerous, I might go back if in the area again just because the hotel and staff were excellent and because this may have been just an isolated non typical instance.

RK
New England
44 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Fried oyster and fried quail apps very good.
Rockfish undercooked. Promptly corrected, but it was still chewy and not all that tasty.
Cornbread wonderful.

JG
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Food was excellent. Service was Superb. Can’t wait to return. My Son said “ Best Steak Ever”. Saludos

RC
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Not crazy about choices, and food was just ok, but we were coming from dc when the food was over the top, so maybe unfair.

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