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About Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel

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!

101 West Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23220
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American, Southern

Hours of Operation:
Bar and Lounge: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(804) 649-4629

Website:
http://www.lemairerestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet Parking

Executive Chef:
Patrick Willis

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

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.

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Sun - Wed 5:00PM - 6:00PM

Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (79)
Special Occasion (79)
Good for Anniversaries (75)
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Good for a Date (69)
Creative Cuisine (46)
Quiet Conversation (44)
Notable Wine List (39)
Fit for Foodies (36)
Good for Birthdays (35)
Worth the Drive (34)
Business Meals (31)
Local Ingredients (31)
Cozy (26)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Seasonal (19)
Authentic (17)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Afternoon Tea (13)
Bar Seating (13)
Great for Brunch (13)
Happy Hour (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Comfort Food (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
People Watching (9)
Organic (8)
Healthy (8)
Scenic View (8)
Fun (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Tasting Menu (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Casual (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (Greensboro)·Dined 16 hours ago

Excellent food, impeccable service, very lovely atmosphere. I have enjoyed the place for many years and would recommend it for all or no special occasions. While it is not inexpensive (seems to get more expensive over time) but it is worth it.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Lemaire offered a truly exquisite experience that we'll remember for a very long time. The night was truly special in every detail. Our waiter, Matt, was the real deal and offered a league of service I wouldn't have guessed was possible. Ambiance was cozy. Food was bursting with complex flavor tones from the appetizer to dessert. Finally, to top the evening off, a leisurely stroll inside the Jefferson was the perfect ending.

Thank you Matt and team at Lemare!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Very fine restaurant, comfortable, quiet and elegant in a standard way. The menu is rather standard but has some
good touches, such as very good deserts. Truly interesting wine list for European items, American less so. Very good pace: every thing arrives just when it should. We had exceptional service and a very fine evening. There is also an active bar.

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 (Richmond)·Dined 4 days ago

Great staff & great food! Lemaire made our anniversary special!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Everything was fantastic about Lamaire--the service, food and ambiance were outstanding. The only issue we had was that the main floor lounge was not open for pre-dinner cocktails--other than that I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (Richmond)·Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful as always. This is my favorite restaurant. I love their happy hours and dinners on special occasions. I bring all my out-of-town guest here.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Austin)·Dined 5 days ago

We are in Richmond for three months, so I took my wife to Lemaire for Valentine’s. The hotel is beautiful, but dinner was delicious and the service was terrific. It was a night out.

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 (Richmond)·Dined 6 days ago

We celebrated my wife's birthday and Valentine's Day. We have been many times at the Lemaire and always found it excellent, but this time it exceeded all our expectations far beyond anything we have experienced before.
Thank you to the staff for making it our most memorable visit ever.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Organic, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined 6 days ago

Celebrating our Third anniversary with my wife at the Jefferson tonight for the first time and it was fenomenal. Our waitress Carissa was excellent and Shawn was an expert with wine. We had the best dinner we could of asked for. We’ll definitely dine in for a second, third and on.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Wonderful food, great historical location, and the service was impeccable. Our waitress was not only unobtrusive, but friendly, and extremely knowledgeable about the menu. We found her outstanding. She made our 34th anniversary dinner memorable. Unfortunately, I can't remember her name due to "senioritis" , but she home schools her two children. She deserved every bit of the large tip we left, if not substantially more than that. This was our first meal at Lemaire, and will not be the last. The venue and staff made this a special night.

Tags: Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

There is no wonder that this is the #1 restaurant in Richmond. Now, of course, that varies dep0ending on the number of reviews that come in but trust me... this is THE #1 regardless. Food, service, atmosphere. Oh yeah! This is fine dining in a glorious hotel. The entrees are superb as is everything else HOWEVER....there is any doubt about picking an appetizer.... the chicken fried oysters... OH YEAH!!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 9, 2018

My friend was in from out of town and had heard about the Jefferson. I had only been at the Jefferson for afternoon tea (amazing!) and brunch (also amazing!) The high points of dinner were lovely service and very attentive staff, beautiful quiet dining room, no pressure to leave. The so-so points were that the food was - I would say - middle of the road. It certainly wasn't bad, but we both got tenderloin, and it just wasn't... special. It was prepared as we had ordered it, but for 30+ dollars I expect maybe a little more than grilled tenderloin, a sauce on the side that really did not seem to fit the meat, and a portion of potatoes and grilled broccoli. Next time I might try something more interesting on the menu, maybe it's just the tenderloin is a basic dish. I will definitely go back but will probably try something else the next time.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We decided to try this restaurant for our anniversary dinner. The hotel is beautiful and has a classic grand feeling, but that was the only reason the visit was worth it. Lemaire restaurant was overpriced and the atmosphere was lacking ambiance and warmth. The dinner menu presentation was nice, as it had our years of marriage printed on it, but the menu itself was boring and straightforward. No special dishes you would expect to see in a high priced restaurant. We were very disappointed with the menu choices. The service was good.

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·Dined on February 5, 2018

Great staff, knowledgeable servers and a well rounded menu made for a relaxing and enjoyable meal. I would return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

It was an amazing evening! The food was great, the setting was gorgeous, and our waiter was the best! I highly recommend the garlic almond soup, I usually hate almonds but this was amazing and hit the spot!

Tags: Late-night Find, People Watching, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The food and service are unbelievable. The cocktails are okay but the wine and champagne list are out of this out-of-this-world. My partner made captain and they made her feel very special from the personalized menus to a marzipan airplane on her dessert plate.

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great food and great service. A bit on the pricier side but well worth it.

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·Dined on January 28, 2018

Amazing food!!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Def enjoyed my dinner. Andrew was a kind waiter & explained the food choices well.

Tags: Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was fantastic! Waitress was very attentive. This restaurant was first class UNTIL, until our dinner was over- we were Stuffed. At the end of our meal the waitress asked if we wanted to have some more of our bottle wine or if she should give it to us to go. They came back and told us they gave our wine to someone else, do we want their wine or we could wait around and they would run to their hotel room and get it back. It was said rather snobby, like one wine is like the other. Totally wrong way to handle it. This was told to us by our waitress, a manager didn't even to come over to apologize. Not handled well. I would come back but will not consider them a special restaurant again, it became average.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Lamaire went above and beyond in every aspect of the service, from food quality and presentation to the wait staff. Our appetizers, meals, and dessert were fantastic and to our surprise very filling (sometimes you leave restaurants wondering where the rest of your meal was). It’s the best meal we’ve had in Richmond and didn’t have a single thing we could critique. If you’re celebrating an occasion I highly recommend you consider here.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Service was excellent...the best part. We were seated in a smaller room which was somewhat quiet though were right beside the door to bar area which is noisy with music and voices. Bread served was dry, butter nothing special. Beet salad was ordinary...salad of greens with beets on top. Steak was OK, tender but not that flavorful. Potatoes and broccoli were good. Apple coffee cake was very dry, not at all tasty....so didn't eat much. Had apples to the side that were cold...thought would be warm. Ice cream was ordinary. Will not be dining there again.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Lemaire has a long history of being one of Richmond's best restaurants. It has had a 5 star rating. I have gone there for decades for very special occasions. When I placed reservations I expected the best. This last visit leads me to believe their attention to detail is slipping. Our table had a view of the bar, was right in front of a fireplace and right beside the waiter's station. The bar area had multiple people wearing baseball caps and extremely casual clothes. Our waiter had awful timing, it took forever to get drinks after sitting down and his pacing throughout the meal was way off. Our main courses looked as if they had been sitting under lights for too long. My Rockfish was over cooked and dry. It's still a good restaurant but with so many amazing restaurants in Richmond these days, far from the best. They really need to step up their game!

Tags: Bar Seating, Scenic View
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Overall is was great! We enjoyed everything we ordered except the beef brisket appetizer. It was four dried up pieces of beef that semi rehydrated after they poured the broth on it. Kind of shocked that any reputable chef would send that out. The garnishes on the plate were not hot. We didn't complain as it was our daughter's birthday and didn't want any negativity on the special day. For the price everything should have been beyond perfect. I would also like to mention that the service was outstanding!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Phenomenal in every aspect!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Whenever I am in Richmond, I make sure to have dinner at Lemaire. The Jefferson is a gorgeous hotel, and Lemaire has great ambiance, and exemplary service and food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Hotel dining has almost died out in the US and in many other countries due to the proliferation of so many fine restaurants in cities. In general, the restaurants in city hotels have been relegated to aging dowagers in various states of disrepair and seediness, frequented mostly by nostalgic old-timers. Lemaire, situated in arguably the finest hotel in Richmond, the lovingly restored Jefferson is extraordinary in many regards. The public rooms including the dining room are at their neoclassical best featuring the extraordinary workmanship of a past era. This alone would almost be enough, but the restaurant really surpasses expectations by serving truly excellent and creatively prepared dishes like the three luscious scallops suspended in a broth containing shrimp and vegetable puree. It seems that you cannot miss with anything with the Chef's skill and love coming through. The wine selection offers a broad choice of styles and prices with many reasonable priced bottles and glasses. Service was thoroughly professional, non-intrusive, helpful and efficient. This may be the only hotel restaurant that I am aware of that is worthy of a journey rather than the default place to eat during inclement weather.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We were a group of 12 having dinner prior to the governor's inaugural ball. Leigh Anne was our server and took exceptional care of us. We had a wonderful time and everyone enjoyed their meal. The short rib appetizer received especially high praise.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Our salad, dinner, dessert and wine was excellent.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great experience, would highly recommend it to friends and co-workers.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Romantic, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Our anniversary dinner at Lemaire was wonderful!! Lemaire never disappoints. Our usual table wasn’t available due to a private party, but the table reserved for us was even better. Our server even arranged to have a bottle of champagne that our friends dropped off taken up to our room and chilled for after dinner. We look forward to many more wonderful evenings at The Jefferson and Lemaire!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Food and Ambience was great, service left quite a bit to be desired. I think they need an upgrade in the wait staff.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Awesome experience across the board. Beautiful spot, great food, great service!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Love that it is quiet and you can talk in a normal voice! Service and atmosphere were perfect for our anniversary dinner. Menu choices were so so, nothing too exciting. Food was prepared well with very nice garnishes, accompaniments! Only bad was I had the special, Kobe beef, and it was stringy, with unchewable fibers! Nothing like the Kobe I've had before.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on January 5, 2018

celebrated my birthday at Lemaire. I am gluten free and appreciate the numerous selections available and some can be modified. The service was attentive without being over bearing. The food portions were just right, beautifully presented and delicious. I like the smaller dining rooms that provide a quieter atmosphere for conversation.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Overjoyed is the word that describes our feelings when we entered the hotel and saw that the seasonal decorations were still surrounding us as we waited for our table. We purposefully arrived two hours early to enjoy hot chocolate and the ambiance that is the Jefferson Hotel. When it was time for dinner, we were seated by the fireplace and enjoyed an exquisite meal! This is our favorite restaurant for celebrating our anniversary.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Food was delicious! Atmosphere is luxurious. Waitress was great!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Wonderful setting, smart service, great food and prices that are reasonable given the food and setting.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Magnificent and atmospheric dining venue and bar in a beautifully decorated hotel. Pre-prandial drinks at a cozy and comfortable bar and then dinner in one of the restaurant's small dining room with fireplace. The food is well-conceived and prepared and served by waiters knowledgeable about the dishes and their ingredients. A fine time!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I know it was New Year's Eve and expectations should be moderated, but this experience was a lot less enjoyable than we had anticipated. Service was extremely slow. We sat in the bar area and there was no heat. (The tiny space heater on the floor was laughable.) The food was just OK. Although the hotel was beautifully decorated for the holidays, our dining experience was barely festive. We left as soon as we could just to get someplace warm.

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