Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel

4.7
2944 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Please note when booking: Lemaire serves a light fare "mid day" menu between 2:00pm-4:00pm. We begin our dinner service at 5:00pm.
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 2944 people are saying
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HughB
Naples
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service in a great historic property. Food was expertly prepared

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AdamS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary at Lemaire and had a lovely experience. Our waiter was attentive and conversational. At his recommendation, we had the rockfish and scallops, and both were absolutely delicious. Both the rockfish and the accompanying vegetables were perfectly done, and the scallops came with a flavorful, slightly spicy risotto that complemented it well. It is expensive, but we found the atmosphere and food to be worth the price. We had no complaints about the Covid-19 procedures, either.

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NancyW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was terrific—very attentive and personable. He knew the menu well and never hurried us during the meal. All three of us especially loved our lettuce salad starter and the Grand Mariner creme brûlée dessert.

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KrisH
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I dined at Lemaire and stayed overnight at The Jefferson Hotel to celebrate her acceptance into the Bon Secours Nursing Program. Although we both live in Richmond, the entire experience felt like a mini vacation to us! The service was impeccable, the food was delicious. Our accommodations were luxurious and beautiful. What a wonderful and memorable time for us!

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vipJimMcK
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb chef innovation, preparation, and presentation with every appetizer and entries. Very special

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TSHR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Lovely food. Follow all the covid precautions

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LinJ
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was one of the best parts of our evening. (Shawn) The food was presented beautifully and was delicious. I especially enjoyed the Rockfish. The setting was elegant. We can’t wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

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JulieB
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Service was extremely slow. It took about 20 minutes to even get someone to serve us water. I was not able to hear the server as he had two masks on. Also two of the people in our party had never been to Lemaire and he had asked that and then he did not do a welcome or appear very inviting. My mother has a medical issue and is unable to wear a mask. We had no issue going into dinner without her wearing it however when we arrived for breakfast we were aggressively addressed that my mother needed a mask. The African American woman that was one of the managers asked to see my mothers medical paperwork. It is against the governor’s executive order to ask for that as it also does not abide by Hippa laws. This was addressed with Danielle the manager and she still refused entry to the restaurant. This is currently being addressed as well as legal action taking place. Section D6 under the governors executive order addresses this.

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VictoriaD
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary at Lemaire. The salmon and rockfish we ordered were cooked and seasoned to perfection. The Christmas decorations were still up and definitely added to the ambience. The evening was perfect for us.

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DanielH
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and the atmosphere very intimate.

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Maria
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & cocktails!! Only us and another table in our room ( great social distancing)

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Jenn
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible service, cold food. The ambience was nice but that’s about all!

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SamD
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Elegant atmosphere but the new COVID restrictions made it weird and our server was not very attentive. For the price, I thought the wine was not very good. The butternut squash soup was delicious, though. All in all, not worth the expense.

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JosephW
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Very disappointed. Drove over an hour to get there for mediocre service and way overpriced food. Crab cakes were almost too salty to eat and served on an English muffin from the grocery store. Not what you should expect for $22. We have eaten there before and this is a significant decline. Not sure that we will return.

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BillR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our visit after Christmas n New Years is always perfect..decorations are still up n beautiful..The scallop n shrimp dish was perfect after eating all the holiday traditional foods..Yes will return for sure..

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Ronald
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lunch is a great value in a fabulous old world hotel totally renovated and beautifully decorated at Christmas. Once Covid restrictions are lifted don't miss the bar downstairs or the decadent Sunday brunch.

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BrianneJ
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outside on heated patio! It was fabulous!! Food was outstanding; my teen said it was the best burger he ever had!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hotel was beautifully decorated for Christmas. My party was immediately seated and the restaurant took all precautions for COVID. Our server was attentive and answered any questions we had about the menu and holiday drinks. It was a wonderful reprieve from the worries of COVID. The food was amazing, especially the peanut soup!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

It’s always great to visit at the holidays. Our only problem was the BLT came without the bacon which was quickly rectified. We still feel that it’s a bit overpriced for what you get.

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TimD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was slow and I had to go and find server to get check and then it took forever to get back. Server never checked to see if we needed anything after delivering food. Food was just okay, nothing special. Upset we could not take pictures anywhere in hotel. Bad experience overall.

I will say that I had dinner previously at the Jefferson and it was truly one of the best meals I have ever eaten at a restaurant. This experience was for lunch and I will not be back

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Leadtheway
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Limited menu, only 3 desserts and no specials offered. Quiet, fine dining. Impeccable service by Michael.

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CarolP
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a perfect way to end 2020. It was almost “private dining” in the beautiful, quiet setting. The food was superb. My only reason for 4 stars on service was that the waiter, although his service was outstanding, was not very friendly. Perhaps a result of Covid?

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vipDave
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Late lunch on Boxing Day. Reduced menu, but OK. The famous peanut soup was cool. Burgers and salads fine. Service very good. In sum, not up to its usual standards, but very good in these strange times.

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Pattyp
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Very disapointed in the food quality, and the room was just okay. Despite being fairly empty took a long time for servers to attend to table. Perhaps its better before Christmas. Extremely overpriced for the quality of the food. I had salad with chicken that was very tough. Those with me had salmon that did not seem to be good quality.

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vipDinahM
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Due to social distancing seating restrictions and the fact it was Christmas, the restaurant was sold out. We were guests at the hotel but unable to get a dinner reservation. Open Table came to the rescue, as we found a bar table reservation available on their site.

The bar area was actually a lovely room off to the side of main dining and was virtually empty. The hotel looked empty, but it was decorated just as it would for a huge holiday crowd. Our waiter was so friendly and accommodating. He kept checking on us, and he looked quite busy. We ordered cocktails, appetizers, and a main course. Everything was a hit. The bourbon drinks were amazing. We both had fried oyster apps that were the highlight. The portions were generous, and as requested, my hot sauce was on the side. It was so good!

My partner had 3 apps for dinner, and I had the oysters and rockfish. The latter was cooked perfectly. They offer a glass and a half of wine as an option, and it was perfect when 1 glass isn't enough, but you don't want 2. Wish I had saved room for dessert.

The Jefferson made us feel safe staying there and dining during the pandemic. Cannot wait to return. Unless you were a guest of the hotel or the restaurant, you were not allowed to come inside.

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vipJustUs2
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had never been to breakfast at Lemaire, typically we have gone to the Sunday Brunch at Christmas. Decided to come for breakfast to see the Jefferson's decorations. So glad we did! The food was excellent - we both had Eggs Benedict that were even better than those on the brunch! Service was excellent as well.

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Amber
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our experience at the Lemaire! Our waitress was very nice, the service was fast, and the food was amazing. The waitress also knew we didn’t have access to the mini fridge in our hotel room and offered to keep my leftover food in a refrigerator- but, of course, when we left the hotel I forgot all about it and was sad all the way home. I got the mushroom risotto and it was AMAZING! I was really looking forward to having the rest for lunch the next day. I guess we will have to make a trip back :) thank you for a great wedding anniversary dinner!

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Foodie
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great family lunch!

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MaryS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Disappointed in the quality of the food, and we were seated in the bar area. This was a first for us. It was not up to their usual standards.

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MLDIVI
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With the COVID and the Governor being what he is, it was not as intimate as in the past. Any drinks had to be finished by 10 and removed from the table but some reason you can get COVID from the water or soda... only the wine.
Food was AWESOME

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JohnD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love dining at Lemaire! The service and food are always top notch.

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GregC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was spectacular....salads are creative and amazing. I recommend the ceasar with white anchovies.. Crab cake appetizer, while smaller than some on-line pics make it look, was the best I have ever had. The new york strip, at $42, was underpriced as they could charge more for that beautiful, perfectly cooked, extremely tender piece of beef and I would still get it again.

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TheresaE
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

We were there for a late Sunday afternoon lunch. I made reservations thinking that our table would be in the beautiful dinning room but instead we were seated in an area with hardwood floors and window views of outside and not to mention the lack of Christmas decorations, not even a bud vase on the table. All their money is spent on the grand lobby. Also way over priced for a crab cake sandwich on an English muffin!

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vipZach
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the beef tenderloin. That is all.

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KennM
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at Lemaire, the service staff was attentive and courteous. There was a loud table of women nearby but wasn't a problem. Our food was excellent, we had the rock fish and the seared scallops...I highly recommend both.

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barbaraj
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! Beef tenderloin, Barnyard Burger were both amazing! Andrew provided fantastic service! We will definitely not wait so long to come again! Thank you for a wonderful dining experience.

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JackL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I saw they were not serving in the tented area on the patio. I said I was not comfortable sitting inside. They immediately set up a table and turned the heaters on. Lunch was very enjoyable!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality food, awesome food. Great service and relaxed romantic atmosphere.

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sporter1963
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious, and so relaxing with the hotel's excellent covid precautions. Dinner first, then a stroll through the extraordinary Christmas decorations. A night to remember.

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Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel is rated 4.7 stars by 2944 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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