Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel

4.8
2615 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. 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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Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lemaire is a wonderful restaurant. My wife and I thought the food was great and the wait staff was very friendly and helpful and knew how to make our experience 5 star. We thought the price was very reasonable compared to even lesser known, lesser quality restaurants.

ML
Richmond
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Matt, helped make this outstanding restaurant even more so. Knowledgeable, personable, and experienced.

NJ
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I came here for our anniversary dinner and we could have not been more pleased! Our waitress was absolutely amazing. She took time to explain to us what the restaurant was all about and whenever we had a question for her she was there and ready to answer. The food was spectacular! I grew up with a dad that travelled constantly and has very high expectations as far as food goes, which translated over to me and I had nothing to complain about at all. Try the more exotic things on the menu — you will not be disappointed. I could not rave about this restaurant and our experience there more! I DEFINITELY recommend!

OT
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Anniversary Dinner was everything we could have hoped for and more. Our waiter helped us select one of the best wines we have ever had and the service was impeccable.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! Food was incredible!

C
Washington DC
117 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time. Completely impressed. Food and service more than lived up to expectations. Dessert took way too long to arrive, the server acknowledged it before we could complain and apologized. Would have been a class move if they took it off our bill.

RH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Lori ! And love the cuisine and ambiance. Chauncey was terrific and his gentle manner and wine suggestion were just out of the ballpark !!

P
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing! Service is superb. Thank you for making the peaches and cream dessert possible!

O
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a delicious meal and excellent service from James. The room and lighting could be improved.

RF
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about Leisure at The Jefferson is simply superb. It is wonderfully elegant and quiet. The food and service are beyond compare. It is expensive, do it is a special occasion restaurant.

VM
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it everything about it was great, the staff was incredible. Great location and the free shuttle was perfect. Will definitely come back. In fact we have already booked our next stay.

BG
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Given reputation, quite disappointing. First our party grew from 4 to 6 for biz dinner. Lit rally begged when told completely full. Arrive to be seated with several empty tables all evening.
Food major disappointment - okay but ok not expectation for Lemaire. Service?
One pass by the table to ask if all was good, after plates removed we waited almost 20?mins to get checked. When we finally flagged her down, her expression said it all - she’d forgotten us.

We hyped the hotel/dining rm in big way - will go elsewhere next time.

BF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere , amazing service, very regal and historic surroundings.

DS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dinner at Lemaire was outstanding, especially the quiet, unobtrusive attention of the servers. The birthday at our table was acknowledged with a free desert, but no fanfare - perfect! The room was lively, but quiet, allowing for easy conversation.

HR
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delightful experience. Food, service, ambiance combined for my best dinner since coming to Richmond nearly three years ago and for several years before coming.

e
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful dining experience -- celebrated Mother-in-Law's 92nd birthday! It came as a total surprise to her and was a GREAT ending to a perfect afternoon after we took her to the Glen Miller concert. Husband and I often eat here and were fortunate to have celebrated our son's wedding reception in your fine establishment. CAN'T SAY ENOUGH GREAT THINGS ABOUT LEMAIRE AND THE JEFFERSON!

CR
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my boyfriend here for a belated birthday dinner after coming home from deployment and every expectation I had was exceeded. We were warmly welcomed by the host and sat shortly after our arrival for our reservation. Our waiter, Rich, was extremely accommodating and knowledgable about the menu. All of his suggestions were spot on. Manhattans are my favorite cocktail and I tend to be a little picky about them. I had three here and every one was consistently the same and expertly crafted. The little things were really what wowed us though. Our menus had a custom happy birthday message on them, Chef Patrick and Brycen sent out a complimentary small plate of fried deviled eggs before our entree (which was incredible), and they sent out my boyfriends dessert with a birthday message and a candle.
Next time we're in Richmond we'll be staying at the Jefferson and can't wait to return to Lemaire.Thank you so much for the incredible experience!

FZ
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

JB
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed every aspect of our dinner experience at Lemaire. From presentation, to taste, to service to ambiance, the entire evening was a lovely experience. We always know we're in for a treat when we go to the Jefferson Hotel.

KM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining for a special evening out. Food was excellent in both taste and presentation.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary experience we will ALWAYS treasure!!

JB
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Main course (filet and swordfish) was the best we’ve ever had. The crab cake appetizer was overpriced for the 1 crab cake. It wasn’t as good as I was expecting. And dessert was good but nothing to rave about. Drinks were decent. We were seated in a plain side room with little to no decoration. Great for conversation but not the most entertaining atmosphere. Overall the main course made up for the rest!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! We’ll be back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was for a birthday. Everything was excellent

BH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food. Lovely ambiance. It is not an inexpensive evening but the perfect celebratory evening.

SL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Lemaire’s is my favorite restaurant! The food is beyond words, with scrumptious presentation. The entire ambiance is perfect. For the first time, I felt rushed thru the meal, and the server, Lori, attempted to remove plates before asking first. I would prefer not to have her wait upon me in the future.

ET
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We frequent Lemaire for special occasions...this time an anniversary. We had an excellent server, Nick, who made our eveningt perfect. We have found, for us, it's better to use the starter menu...beginning with Gazpacho, followed by a salad, and then my husband had oysters and I had the crab cake. We used fried green tomatoes and mac and cheese for our sides and polished off the meal with a great cup of coffee.....no room for dessert. It's quiet and elegant and plenty of good individual attention.

J
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience, in every way, as always. Surprisingly affordable; just cannot be beat.

DC
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and ambience, and attentive service from Ryan made a perfect birthday celebration!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

息子の誕生日に食事しました。
食事もとても美味しくて料理のレベルはかなり高いです!
サービスもよくて、コスパは最高です!
ホテルもとてもゴージャスで大満足の誕生日会でした(^ν^)

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C
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, superb and attentive service, and a thoroughly wonderful evening.

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an anniversary dinner of excellent food and wonderful desserts, made better by the wonderful service that Andrew provided. We can't wait to come back to Richmond and Lemaire.

JM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A gracious and relaxing meal in a lovely dining room. Service was outstanding.

D
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was terrific and Jared is an exceptional waiter. He made every effort to help make our dinner a memorable one.

NB
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary at Lemaire and were not disappointed. Our server, Melanie, and the entire staff did a great job of taking care of us. My husband and I both had the cobia. I had the jumbo crab cake as a starter and it was excellent. My husband ordered the fried green tomatoes and they were outstanding. We both had excellent wines--a Provence rose and a Malborough sauvignon blanc. We passed on the desserts since we were hoping for something a little lighter than the ones on the menu. A strawberry, key lime or lemon dessert would have been more appealing. We were delighted with our table for two beside the window and we appreciated the fact that there was no annoying music playing in the background that can often make conversation difficult.

DH
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful as usual. It was my husband’s birthday and once again I found myself making reservations at The Jefferson’s Lemaire. It’s my go to place for any special occasion because I know it will be perfect. I have never been disappointed and this visit was no exception.

E
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner to celebrate my wife’s birthday. Beautiful setting, great service, good wine and DELICIOUS food.

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful, old world class, outstanding service. Food was delicious , and presented in an elegant manner. Will definitely return again.

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time dining here and I have already made plans to return. The food was outstanding. Our waiter, Michael, went out of his way to make our evening so special! Everything from the valet service to the concierge was so helpful. Thank you!

JB
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The restaurant's alcohol selections weren't great. We ordered a drink with peach schnapps and also a drink with Fever Tree Ginger beer, neither of which the bar could provide. For the price of dining there, they should have a better selection than this.

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