TJ's at The Jefferson Hotel

4.6
747 reviews
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Enjoy a causal or business lunch with us at TJ’s Lunch Room and Bistro. TJ’s is focused with you in mind; enjoy a causal get together with friends or a quiet business lunch where you can get work done and enjoy delicious cuisine. Enjoy dinner service in a contemporary bistro but historic setting. TJ’s is a Southern Bistro featuring fresh local flair including seasonal items such as southern shrimp and grits and fried green tomatoes with hand pulled mozzarella. Enjoy the view and grandeur of the rotunda while you dine. Beverage service includes a focus on craft breweries, hand-made cocktails and a rustic wine list. We are committed to featuring local produce, naturally raised meats and sustainably harvested seafood wherever possible.

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Mon - Wed 11:00AM - 11:45AM 1:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM

What 747 People Are Saying
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D
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It’s a great setting with good food and service. We wanted to talk and had a very quiet table. Thanks.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The setting of the Jefferson is lovely. The food is too old-fashioned (really, peanut soup still???) and not particularly good.

F
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daria was wonderful! I really wanted to place another order of the fried peach pie but I didn’t. It’s really the best thing I’ve had in a while!

DL
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Civilised, relaxing, and enjoyable. We always like to have a meal or drink at the Jefferson Hotel, when we are in Richmond.

The hotel, and TJ epitomise old style Southern charm - friendly, polite, and civilised.

A great place for a cocktail and lunch.

RA
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place.

JB
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have had lunch at TJ's several times. The food is always good, the atmosphere quiet, and you just can't beat its location inside The Jefferson Hotel!

SB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

I have stayed at The Jefferson for decades and it is one of my favorite hotels in the world. LeMaire and TJ's seldom let me down. However on this particular day my wife ordered the flat iron steak for lunch at TJ's and requested it to be cooked medium. When it arrived it was medium rare at best. Our waiter was very nice but, rather than the chef preparing a new steak cooked to the correct temperature, the same steak was returned overcooked past well done and cut into several pieces. It was inedible. Rather than complain and lose more time we paid our bill and left to check out.

VH
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s nice to go to a place where you Aren’t competing with the noise.

L
Richmond
52 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very special setting, with great service, excellent food and never ever disappoints! Try it - you'll love it and come back for more

SM
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was impeccable as always.

EA
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The peanut soup was one of the best soups I have EVER had!

JM
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Well worth a visit and a meal.

B
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good for a business lunch. Try the peanut soup, is different and good

IL
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time dining at TJ's and I will definitely be back!

BS
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 4ambience 5

Great spot for lunch as usual! I tried the pork belly special, I do not recommend it as a possible menu option. Too fatty, no flavor and the gravy was not savory or sweet, just brown.

No worries, I'll get usual next time (peanut soup and crab cake sandwich).

VM
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Pros—easy parking, lovely setting, great people-watching, crispy fries.
Cons—abysmal service every moment after being seated, drink mixers not what ordered, tiniest crab cake was lost on an English muffin

G
Richmond
24 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply an elegant facility with superb cuisine. Service was impeccable.

NC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far one of the best places I've gone for lunch in years, if not ever. The hush puppies are delicious, the seasonal soup (at the time potato and leek) was a perfect starter, and the burger I ordered, which uses local meat, was so high quality it felt like I was eating a steak than a burger patty. The service was also the best I've ever had; our waitress Daria legitimately enjoyed her job and was actually thrilled whenever we told her how much we were enjoying the restaurant. The one regret I have is that I didn't have more time to come back again

LM
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Anything at the Jefferson is always a winner. TJs was delicious and relaxing. Excellent menu options.

SH
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff, comfortable and the food was great especially the cream of mushroom soup.

J
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

Food not impressive for a restaurant that is located in such a beautiful venue

JB
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We have theatre tickets downtown, and enjoy lunching at The Jefferson beforehand. Convenient to walk to the theatre. Lunch is good, staff is quietly efficient, and you can't beat the lovely Jefferson Hotel.

OT
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took my 95 year-old father in law for lunch at TJ's during a day trip to Richmond this week and it was absolutely wonderful. Of course the beautiful setting of the old Jefferson Hotel is magnificent but the service, atmosphere and food were all top grade. Dad has mobility issues and is hard of hearing, and the staff was very accommodating and kind. Food was fantastic. He loved the peanut soup and our sandwiches were delicious. We had not been to TJ's for a few years and it was really nice to see that they still offer a great place for a very pleasant lunch in a truly special setting.

NN
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great selections. Great service.

D
Richmond
107 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Scrumptious salad with freshly grilled salmon in a lovely, quiet dining room perfect for catching up with friends.

PI
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

the hostess and waitress we encountered were below average.
their level of communication skill were not good at all.

L
Richmond
52 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal at TJ's. It was the first time for a couple of my customers and they were very pleased with the meal, the service, the ambience. It's always a pleasure to dine at this restaurant!

JH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. But they recently instituted a new procedure for valet parking that is tied in with the driver’s cell phone. It was not working properly. My recommendation is to go back to the prior physical ticket.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, everything is perfect at The Jefferson!

VM
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Server was excellent. Menu was somewhat limited in choices. One sandwich was dry, but in general the food was good, but apparently in no way related to Lemaire.

j
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always great at TJ's, food delicious and the table was spectacular - everything was absolutely wonderful.

RW
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first lunch at the Jefferson. It was very nice and a perfect spot for a business lunch because of the quiet atmosphere. Food was excellent and very unique. Definitely a place I'd go again. Thanks so much!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great experience

JC
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service in an amazing setting.

m
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a celebratory lunch here and the service was great as was the food. Of course the Jefferson Hotel is beautiful! Made the day very special.

L
Richmond
52 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first visit to TJ's with these customers and we have another reservation coming in the near future. It was a very nice experience - excellent service and great food. Thank you!

EG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought my 90 year old aunt to have lunch at the Jefferson since she enjoyed going so much in her youth. She was understandably slow, and the staff was very helpful getting her to her seat and taking her order. They listened to her reminisce and gave us fantastic service. The food was delicious and the ambiance was fabulous. I will absolutely go back when I visit Richmond again.

DJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great overall experience. Would definitely return and recommend to others.

DJ
Richmond
95 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

My yes is really a yes, BUT... We've been coming to the Jefferson and TJ's for years. It's were my wife and I had our first date over 25 years ago. This last visit was NOT representative of our previous experiences. The service was nonexistent until I finally got up and asked someone to help. The food came very, very slowly and when it arrived was not satisfactory. The saddest part is that we were with another couple that we have invited to join us for lunch. Their impression was not good at all and they are new to the community.

FW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice setting...quiet,so able to talk.
Service was excellent & our lunches quite tasty...real peanut soup & a delicious hamburger. We will definitely return.

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