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About Plume at the Jefferson Hotel
Michelin starred & the only Forbes five star rated restaurant in Washington, DC, Plume at The Jefferson hotel serves as a discreet and elegant backdrop to the artistry of our award-winning culinary team. Plume's wine list consists of over 1,300 labels, including the country's largest Madeira collection dating back to 1850.
Choose a cozy nook or a table by our inviting fireplace as you 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.
Washington, DC 20036
American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
M Street NW
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary Valet for all Plume guests
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
From an intimate gathering in the Private Cellar to a small gala in the Gallatin Room, The Jefferson, Washington, DC is home to some of the most unique private dining spaces in the city. The talents of our Forbes Five Star culinary team are complimented by a service culture unlike any in the city.
Plume at the Jefferson Hotel Ratings and Reviews
This was an experience. It's in a hotel we almost drove past. The place would have been easy to overlook from the outside, but the ambiance and décor of the restaurant was unforgettable. It felt like something out of a fantasy book. I half expected nature fairies to show. The service was amazing. Every few steps it felt like there was someone waiting on us to open a door or take care of one of our needs. We had the tasting menu. While I enjoyed the food, I found the wine pairing the best part. I particularly enjoyed the dessert. Possibly the best tasting Panna Cotta I've had. A word of warning is that this is an expensive spot, and while I think it was worth it, it's not something I would think I can frequent. The only downside, I think, is that most of the dishes we had was geared more towards presentation art. If it wasn't so beautifully presented, I'm not sure I'd enjoy it as much. Overall, it was a wonderful experience. Wonderful little escape from dullness for a few hours. But I think I should have saved it for a special occasion.
I am definitely not a wine drinker, so this was something that I was a bit nervous about. My wife is a wine drinker and it was her birthday and a tasting menu with wine pairing has been something we've discussed doing. I am extremely glad we did.
The food was tremendous, the wine was even better, the service was impeccable, the atmosphere was beautiful and enjoyable. We are not houghty toughty type of people and we did not feel out of place.
We enjoyed our experience immensely and will be talking about it for a long time.
I visited Plume on a quest to dine at all of DC's new Michelin-starred restaurants this year. Plume certainly deserves this recognition and ought to be on anyone's best restaurants in DC list. In fact, it is a "bargain" among the pre fixe group. The service was attentive but not intrusive. My waiter had to consult a cheat sheet from his pocket to describe some of the dishes, otherwise service was outstanding.
Every so often, an old college buddy comes into town, and we enjoy going out for a splurge at a fine-dining restaurant. La Plume was our choice for the evening. In all we had a good experience. The restaurant is full of old world elegance--silver and white decor with crystal chandeliers and sconces. There is a sense of intimacy with many quiet nooks and crannies. We were seated at a spacious table with a fireplace nearby. The service was attentive and friendly. We had the chef's tasting menu with premium wine pairings. The food was adequate. The plates were attractively presented with many interesting ingredients. However, I felt the dishes were underseasoned and uninspiring. The Dover sole was luke-warm at best. Nothing was terrible, nor were there any real "winners." What saved the evening for me were the wine-pairings. The selections were diverse and interesting. The sommelier was very knowledgeable, and we enjoyed discussing the wines with him. So, all in all, it was a good experience; but not a great one.
First up - service is excellent. Non-intrusive, quick, and we even got a little box of chocolates to go at the door. Some of the dishes were pretty inventive such as the blue crab tea (fascinating). Otherwise, you will a typical take of the duck, and lobster, both of which were tasty, but similar to other restaurants of its calibre. The dessert was very rich and delicious. All in all a very pleasant evening.
Good food in an intimate atmosphere that's elegant yet comfortable. Service is absolutely top-notch. Portions can be on the large side, especially appetizers and desserts on the prix-fixe menu. The "beet puzzle" is very pretty but really just a whole lot of beets without much else going on. The poached pear dessert was just massive and had too many different things going on. But it was still a very enjoyable meal.
The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. I had the foie gras and venison - two items you don't find at most restaurants so it was a lovely treat. There were several complimentary items between our courses and we were sent home with a box of chocolates. I appreciated the little stool for our purses - nice touch.
the service and the restaurant were very good, about the food the appetizers were good and well done specially the risotto , main plates were not that good we had the lobster dish and the lobster was not fresh it had been frozen so that killed the plate flavor, the bison was ok not very flavorful. Again the service and the locale were very nice so it made up for the food.
Plume is receiving one star merely because TripAdvisor requires that you give at least that in order to leave a review. I have never been so utterly disappointed with a meal in my entire life.
We made a reservation with Plume for Valentine's day despite reading some spotty reviews because it received a Michelin star. This was my first dining experience with a Michelin-awarded restaurant, and as a result I have lost all faith in the Michelin guide as a trustworthy source of fine dining recommendations.
The meal started with 3 courses of seafood: oysters, lobster, and trout. The oysters and lobster both tasted as though they had been marinated in Potomac river water - mostly flavorless, except for a hint of dirty salt water. The Trout was admittedly cooked well, but was terribly bland save for a coating of salt that was overpowering and ruined one of the few things the chef almost prepared well.
The main course of the meal was a choice of Lamb or Veal. My date and I each ordered one, wanting to try all the restaurant had to offer. Once again, we were served two bland, flavorless pieces of meat that did not seem to align with the garnishes around them. It is completely lost on me what the chef was going for with this meal.
The desserts were completely forgettable and the epitome of mediocrity, with no more creativity or ingenuity than that of a 7-11 parfait.
As I left the restaurant, I felt mostly embarrassed that I had taken my date there and nothing short of robbed after signing the check. Had the menu not been prix-fixe, we would have left after the second course, having only made it that far on the faith that there is no way the rest of the meal could have possibly been as bad as the first.
I'm not exaggerating when I say that you could have a more legitimate "fine-dining" experience at an Outback Steakhouse, and I have had better tasting food in the buffet line of a Carnival Cruiseship (which was before this meal what I considered the lowest of the low).
We enjoyed our dinner at Plume. I was hesitant to splurge on their premium wine pairing but was very pleased that I did. The wine was a standout of this experience. The food was all prepared perfectly and the creativity was present but mild. The portions were perfect leaving us satisfied but not over-filled. The service was top-notch.
A truly memorable dining establishment inside an impressive hotel. The ambiance is absolutely perfect, the menu well-crafted, the service impeccable and friendly. Not to mention an exhaustive wine list reflective of Thomas Jefferson's passion for fine wine. This is an ideal place for special occasions and particularly for those who like a classy atmosphere with low noise level where everyone can hear one another easily and feel totally private.
We were looking forward to eating at Plume again as our past experiences were great.
This time was mediocre. We had the tasting menu with wine. The service was pretty good and the wine was too. The food just wasn't very interesting or special this time. We were both very disappointed and won't return.
We went for our anniversary and had a wonderful experience. The staff was phenomenal! They have a pre fixe menu that we chose off of and all the food was so elegant. We even got more then expected between the pre appetizer, pre and post desserts! It was a special night for us and the restaurant made our experience a night to remember.
Disappointed. Dined at this restaurant a few years ago and loved it. This time, it did not measure up. We had to take an early reservation at 6:30 but the restaurant was virtually empty until 8. We were not sat in the main dining room, but what felt like a foyer. When a nearby wedding let out, it was noisy. I chose a prix fix menu with beef dish. The initial appetizer was fantastic. The risotto was bland. The beef dish was a bit odd texture-wise and served with a side of tongue, which I did not expect or enjoy. My husband said his halibut had good flavor but was dry. I was offered a choice of Cabernet from Italy or Washington (odd) - chose Washington and not impressed. The hotel is beautiful. The service was great. But the food simply did not measure up to the price.
Oustanding food, worthy of its Michelin star. Professional service that other restaurants in DC would do well to emulate, especially the newer hipster restaurants. The only downsides were that for some reason we had to ask for the wine steward several times before her came - we were well into our meal before we got wine as a result. They also seated us nearly 1/2 hour after our reservation. If they could fix those flaws, this restaurant would be worth five of my stars and at least 2 Michelin stars.
Not ready for Michelin Time! A nice DC restaurant, but not close to deserving a worldwide Michelin star. Not up to the previous top restaurants in DC -- Citronelle, Lion d'Or, Jean Pierre. Today's Marcel's is superior. Decor is fine, but tables are not well spaced; our table adjoined a waiter stand. The dress code has a low bar -- sneakers and shirt sleeves for a weekend dinner. Service is rushes and disjointed -- "too many cooks spoil the broth." Food is fine, but not what we expect at a Michelin star restaurant. If you lower your expectations, you may be pleased. If you expect a Michelin experience go elsewhere.
Christmas dinner in a quiet elegant setting. Once again, we had a wonderful meal. The outstanding moment was when David, the new sommelier, responded to our reaction to the wine in a fashion we did not expect. The wine was not "off", just not as good as it should have been, given the age and price of the wine. It was ok but David said we should not settle for ok. He swiftly brought up from the cellar a wine that had been tucked away. This was a fabulous burgundy and far superior to the original one. This is elegant and thoughtful service- another reason that Plume remains one of our favorite special occasion restaurants. Thank you for making the evening reflect the spirit of giving.
I'll I can recommend is Beg forgiveness from the culinary gods and return your Michelin Star. I have ruined meals better than this experience. We have eaten several times at Plume before their Star and were suitably impressed but not a Star resturant. We when went this year for a special Christmas dinner, but to our dismay, they must have hired staff off the street to operate both front and back of house. First, we were not seated but pointed at a table. ( not Michelin star) Their signature stool for the ladies purse arrived 5 min after we were pointed to our table. (not a Star). We were presented fresh bread which was under cooked, doughy, and uneatable. Christmas dinner was a prixe fixe menue which was not described to us by the wait staff. Sans intro, my wife started with an endive, trout salad that had smoked salmon not trout. I had the crab bisque. First, it was not poured at the table and the soup was sloshed around the rim of the bowl and had dried their before service. Second, it had broke into a brown oily mess. Third the soup was luke warm and the lump crab was ice cold. (not at Star). My wife ordered the steak, mid rare, which came well beyond medium and was very gristly. Her words " I have had better stakes at Golden Corel". (not a Star) I had the rock fish. This was a new cooking technique. They managed to dry out the fish and yet leave the skin rubbery and limp. It had a large blood line down the filet. Not appealing (not at Star)
The dessert on a plus note was exceptional and very worthy of this establishment's legacy and reputation. (yes, a Star).
Still, we will likely not come back. With the choices of actual Michelin quality restaurant in DC way risk spending $400 for $30 experience
A Chefs perspective
Plume is a beautiful restaurant and has a very nice atmosphere. I was, however, disappointed with the food and the service. Since it was a holiday, I am sure that the kitchen was staffed with its second tier workers and I did expect that the food would reflex the restaurant at its best.
My son's duck was good but was cold in the middle, which is really inexplicable since it was obviously roasted ahead of time. We also had to ask that our wine be poured when our main course was served--totally unacceptable in a Michelin one star restaurant. I must say that the other courses, especially the foie gras was wonderfully prepared and delicious.
You may ask why the low rating when everything else was good , but one expects excellence from a very high priced restaurant and on Christmas day, Plume was not at its best.
We went for Christmas Eve dinner. It is a beautiful place and I knew we would be choosing from a Pre-selected menu. Service was very slow although all staff were extremely curteous. The food was ok, and my fish entree was not good at all. My daughter ordered from the vegetarian menue, but for the first course they delivered sweetbreads in cream -- it was a while before anyone came back, so we just asked that they bring the following two courses as ordered -- we did not want to hold things up any further by waiting for the correct first course.
The desserts were delicious. We may try Plume again, it is an elegant restaurant. The problem may have been that it was Christmas Eve, however we go out every Christmas Eve and have never had such a disappointment.
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