Plume at the Jefferson Hotel

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Michelin starred & the only Forbes five star rated restaurant in Washington, DC, Plume at The Jefferson hotel offers seasonal à la carte and tasting menus designed with your time in mind. Plume's award winning wine list features over 1,300 labels, including one of the country's largest Madeira collections dating back to 1850.

We invite you to savor classic dishes crafted using traditional techniques and seasonal fine dining restaurant menus that are inspired by the harvest from Thomas Jefferson's kitchen gardens at Monticello.

Please note our tasting menu is available on Friday and Saturday only.
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vipJohnJay
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the finest dining experiences I’ve ever had. Simply superior

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vipScott
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good, though one of the tasting menu dishes was nothing better than I could do at home.

The atmosphere was disappointing, though. We were seated at this fancy restaurants next to 2 other tables where diners were in jeans and a t-shirt. And I was wearing dress clothes! Plus the staff bumped me several times while passing by - terrible table location which truly lessened the experience.

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vipNKDC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience5

The food was not very good. Some dishes were tasteless and my veal was dry and tough. A couple of dishes were good but definitely not worth the money. Go to Gravitas instead!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The restaurant had a lovely atmosphere, the wait staff was friendly though not as attentive as I would’ve liked. My coffee was forgotten; when I asked questions about wine, no effort was made to get me a sommelier. My bill was incorrect. There is a great bartender, though, while I was waiting for my table—friendly and attentive. The food itself did not live up to my expectation. Oysters and caviar were very bland—they lacked acid and salt. The lobster pappardelle was flavorful, but undersauced. The pasta stuck together in a big clump. Overall, it was an acceptable restaurant, but I was surprised that it wasn’t up to its Michelin star.

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JeffH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Plume is really an outstanding restaurant/venue. My wife and I (and sometimes our children) enjoy going as we know the food and service are always consistently above anything else in the DC area.

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vipJohnH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food and presentation were good. Though I was put off by the waiter who had a snooty attitude towards my wife and I - definitely did not feel like Michelin star service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The food was very bland and disappointing. The service wasn't very welcoming or personal. The atmosphere felt old and stuffy. Worst of all, even though the restaurant was half empty, they gave us a table that was separated from the hotel lobby/front door only by a gate, and the cold air and cigarette smoke blew in towards us every time the door was opened to let hotel guests in. We asked to change to a different table and while they accommodated us, the service didn't feel warm or friendly at all. We just couldn't wait to get out of there. I can't believe this place has a Michelin star.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal ever, scallops and veal chop are amazing, service and knowledge of staff is superb

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CaitN
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My first experience at Plume was amazing! Service was great, explaining what every dish was in full knowledge. Oyster starter was my favorite! Out of all the Michelin star restaurants I have been to, this place was the first to consider a second visit. I loved it!

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gaazcoitia
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience5

I found the overall experience to be quite underwhelming and was surprised that this restaurant has a Michelin star. The tasting menu was simply poorly designed and the courses didn’t have the quality that I expected. the ingredients seemed disjointed and not playing together. Both meats were served dry and overcooked. The fish was cold (it didn’t help food was waiting by our side to be served for 2-3 minutes). The service was simply not as qualified as I expected, with the exception of the sommelier. Our server had memorized the courses and didn’t seem knowledgeable about them, and in a couple of occasions, served plates to the wrong person. Overall disappointing and definitely not worth paying the amount it cost for it. Won’t be back

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vipIrishFan
Birmingham
36 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

My wife and I eaten here several times over the years when visiting D.C. Tonight’s occasion was no different yet the result was disappointing. Food was very good but more expensive than previous encounters. Service was the downgrade. From the moment we arrived to our departure we felt like we were simply cogs in the wheel. When do you have to request more water at a Michelin Star restaurant...get the point? The table assigned to us should not be in play. My view was the kitchen entrance door and the wine sommelier attending to bottles. We have eaten at many fine restaurants and have noticed a concerning trend. If the restaurant is fighting for relevance the product reflects energy and a desire to push the envelope and achieve sustained greatness. Ah, but once achieved will the desire for greatness be sustained. Unfortunately in most cases the path to victory is the focus and the stair step to the next level is conveniently avoided. The Plume fits this category. Perhaps we had an off night, but for us, we will strive to discover an up an comer.

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KatieS
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Service, presentation, and atmosphere were all lovely. Food was fine. It wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t particularly good, either - certainly not for the price.

I found a number of the dishes were largely flavorless, with the exception of a lot of salt.

Our table opted for the tasting menu, and I was really disappointed in the food.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, service was incredible. Pricey but well worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was outstanding! However, the food was not as consistent. The filet was tasted old and of low quality.

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Mimi
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Perfect ambiance for a romantic valentines dinner. The pace of the meal was wonderful, not rushed at all. A few dishes blew me away & the others were predictable yet well cooked. I dont know if I’d come back again but it was definitely what I was looking for given the occasion.

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vipGenX
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Having made reservations a month in advance for this Michelin-rated, romantic restaurant for Valentine's Day, we unfortunately left there wondering why we did not just go to McDonald's. At least the bill for fast food at McD's and their service would not have been in excess of $700 (including tip). When Plume called to confirm our reservation, no one warned us that it was a prix-fix meal with a limited menu. The only choice we had was for one course, either fish or beef, everything else was pre-determined at over $125/person, not including wine. Our displeasure started as soon as we walked in, before we even got settled in & our waiter immediately wanted to know what kind of water we wanted. Our glasses were poured in about 90 seconds, and then we felt pressured and rushed to make a wine and menu choice. They refused to open a special bottle we'd bought for that evening anticipating they'd charge us a steep corkage fee, but that is not an option there-- the sommelier told us it is a "union issue" even though we've been to other Michelin-rated restaurants and never encountered that before. When the food came out, it was luke warm and under-whelming, and the pacing was completely off- we had barely put down our utensils, when the next plate was already arriving. The sea bass was inedible, and the entire time we just felt that they wanted to turn the table over (even though it was not full, and we were not eating at prime time). To go thru a 7 course meal in 1 hr and 15 min says it all, and 48 hours later we still are not over the immense disappointment and profound feeling of being ripped off.

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ProJeff
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Valentines Day menu was sophisticated with elegant choices for appetizers, entrees and dessert. Killer wine list. The Jefferson is a quintessential DC experience but intimate enough for a romantic dinner. Complimentary valet parking for dining at Plume was unexpected!

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Washdc
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Celebrated 37th Wedding Anniversary. Food was great

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AlysiaH
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exactly what I would expect from a Michelin start restaurant!

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vipTravis
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection. Perfect for special occasion. The food is wonderful, service exquisite.

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TimK
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can't beat the Jefferson and Plume for a lovely traditional ambiance. Our anniversary was met with an invitation to a wonderfully private booth, but open enough to enjoy the restaurant's activity. Fantastic wine list. Very helpful sommelier--she offered a cab blend that was excellent with the venison, which was perfect--two chops, thick cut but cooked evenly and just to the right temp. We passed on desert but enjoyed one of their nice ports from their selection. The waiter, Christian, was fantastic and enjoyed chatting with my wife in French and discussing champagne houses in the Old Country. Although local (Alexandria) we've never eaten at Plume--but we will be back!!

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vipLisa
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our friend’s 50th Birthday and had an amazing experience. Every course was delicious and our waiter William was extremely helpful and provided excellent service

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I had dinner on Saturday evening. The food was excellent and service was good. The restaurant is located in the hotel lobby, so the ambience was okay, but not as great as I expected. It was pretty crowded and had to have a conversation. If you are looking for a quiet place, this is not the one. Overall, it was good and I would go back.

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gthberg
Pinehurst
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience!!

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vipMichaelE
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food. The Venison chops were a seasonal feature that should not be missed.Cervena brand, from New Zealand.Also, the Marzipan mousse is a delight.Complex, with Tayberry sorbet.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, great service! We will most definitely be back!

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GUSFIVE
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The evening was perfect. I felt, however, that with a new menu, the restaurant was trying to cut costs somewhat by eliminating the amuse previously offered & eliminated the truffles offered with the dessert course. This is not a significant defect just a observation of some changes.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were off the chart; the hotel has a cool vibe and piano bar was fun

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vipSharonH
New York Area
394 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We took our son for his birthday! It’s our tradition to celebrate in an amazing restaurant and this was certainly amazing. The space is terrific. We were in a room that was a nook that only had two tables which were on opposite sides with room enough between that it felt like totally private dining. The staff as one would expect were skilled to top notch and the food delightful and adventurous.

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vipEatoutalot
Richmond
40 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We went for New Year’s Eve. Very pricy meal even compared to regular dining at Plume, but ok. It’s New Years. The food was very good but not really exciting. Sadly the meal was almost ruined by service issues. It wasn’t so much the servers fault. They were busy. The restaurant was GREATLY understaffed. And poorly coordinated. Our drinks arrived in three separate trips, and one had to be asked for 3 times. The amuse bouche showed up before the drinks. Then, just as drinks are received, out comes the first course. We had asked to be served after we’d finished our cocktails. We sent it back of course. After that the pace of the meal improved. But, all undone at the end when it took 45 minutes from when our last plate was removed from the table for us to get them to present a bill, long wait, and then process our cards, another long wait. Again, I blame the management for accepting reservations on New Years Eve without nearly having the staff they needed.

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vipMatt
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I was looking forward to spending an evening with hubby at Plume. I must say of all the amazing restaurants in DC - this one did not measure up. The food was not remarkable- not one course stood on its own or was creative. The food was good and service was fine but nothing like pineapple and pearls, mini bar or L’Auberge. Just ok for for.

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vipPookie
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are a value conscience diner, this is not your place to dine. It is exorbitantly expressive. That stated, the quality of service, food, wine selection and ambiance is first rate. Which of course, it should be. I don't understand the poor ratings - I expect part of the reason is they are looking at the expense and what you are getting for it. Nevertheless, our experience was exceptional. The squab and duck liver plate was one of the best plates I have ever had, without reservation. The dining experience is first rate, but if you aren't prepared to pay ridiculous prices, go to another restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five course tasting menu was phenomenal!

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HomelesResturauntReviewer
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good and service was fluid, maybe even a little rushed to get in 2 seatings that night at the table. Not much personality was afforded to the staff in serving, the tone was somewhat rigid and regimented. Not sure I would call it out as a Michelin but it was a pleasent dinner. Thank you.

KB
vipKiwiBubbles
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

My sister and I had a post-Christmas dinner at Plume, but neither of us can understand how it qualified for the Michelin list. The service is fair - our server was a bit robotic, but whatever - and the food is not exceptional. The lobster pasta that was my second course basically had no salt and no flavor. The timing of the courses was a bit odd and the $28 glasses of champagne we ordered to begin our meal were served nearly at room temperature with the first course instead of at the beginning of the meal. Compared to other Michelin dining experiences in DC, Plume was a disappointment. Breakfast and lunch at the Jefferson are fine, but I won’t be back for dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews