About Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel

101 West Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23220
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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!

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:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(804) 649-4629

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

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet Parking

Executive Chef:
Walter Bundy

Private Party Facilities:
Lemaire is a New American restaurant and bar that is inspired by the agricultural and coastal bounties of Virginia. We are located inside The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, VA. We offer five different dining rooms and a dedicated event planner to personalize every aspect of your event!

Private Party Contact:
Melissa Warner: 8886526750

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, 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.

Promotions

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1000 point tables

Details
Sun - Wed 5:00PM - 7:00PM

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97% would recommend it to a friend

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Good & average

Dined 5 days ago

Some of our food was very good, some average. My wife's mussels were very good- her strawberry ricotta maple salad was average. My Spring Lamb Porterhouse were very good & my hearts of romaine salad was good, but not outstanding. Her dessert, milk chocolate caramel bar , was not very good and she only had a couple of bites. My dessert, frozen blueberry cheesecake, was good but disappointing in that it was nothing like the cheesecake I was expecting. But all considering, the prices were not excessive.

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Setting beautiful and historic restored ...

Dined 5 days ago

Setting beautiful and historic restored to period time the food was presented well great tasting meal would recommend the halibut and crab cakes

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Superb

Dined on April 25, 2016

My fiancee and I dined here to celebrate our engagement and were extremely pleased with the wonderful and amazing food and service. The tuna loin, in particular, was out of this world, as was the shrimp tartine.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience3
service5
value2

5 star dining at the Jefferson

vip
Dined on April 25, 2016

We had a great meal at the Jefferson's LeMaire. Food and service were great! However, the rock and roll music piped into a speaker on the other side of the dining room seemed out of place. When asked to adjust the music to something more soothing and appropriate for the setting, say Frank Sinatra or John Coltrane, nothing was done. The halogen lights from the entrance to the hotel shined into my companion's eyes. The waiter remedied that by closing the heavy floor to ceiling drapes. All together, still a 5 star dining experience.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Wonderful food and service in a gorgeous ...

Dined on April 24, 2016

Wonderful food and service in a gorgeous setting!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great experience, wonderful service.

Dined on April 23, 2016

We had the pleasure of dining at Lemaire for a special occasion of friends getting together after not seeing each other for years. It was a fabulous time. There was no rush to the dinner. Each course was delivered in a timely manner but allowed us to enjoy our company and time together. Although on the higher end pricewise it was worth it. A definite place to eat in Richmond, inside a glorious hotel.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Spectacular food!

Dined on April 18, 2016

Spectacular food, with amazing taste combinations! Lovely service, impressive surroundings! It was perfect for the birthday surprise I had planned.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Loved it!

Dined on April 18, 2016

Loved it! I would recommend and go back in a second. The fried oysters were my favorite!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Awesome Experience!!!

Dined on April 16, 2016

Absolutely fantastic from start to finish. Everything was just great!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Old Jefferson Hotel

Dined on April 15, 2016

Wonderful restaurant in old Jefferson Hotel, great food and service. Highly recommend. Watch out for alligators in the fountain.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Lovely and lucious

Dined on April 15, 2016

For a special occasion dining experience you just can't beat Lemaire. The food was wonderful and we even had enough for lunch the next day. We were seated by the window facing Franklin Street which was a charming view of old Richmond residences. The bar scene looked like great fun and we will be back!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Place to Go

Dined on April 11, 2016

This should be a must stop if in Richmond. The food was outstanding and the service was perfect.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

One of Richmond's best restaurants

Dined on April 10, 2016

Never disappointed with the Lemaire at theJefferson. The food is excellent and the service is exceptional.

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Sisters Night Out

Dined on April 4, 2016

We wanted to have a great meal and we wanted to contribute to a good cause. LeMaire was contributing some portion of restaurant proceeds to local good causes and that was our impetus for coming. Our meals (Tuna & Scallops) were extraordinary in taste and presentation; the appetizers (Oysters and Butter Lettuce) were delicious; last, the dessert (Pineapple Upside Down cake) was a great finish to our three-hour dining excursion.

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Wonderful restaurant, undoubtedly the be ...

vip
Dined on March 30, 2016

Wonderful restaurant, undoubtedly the best ambiance and the best food in Richmond.

food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Exquisite

Dined on March 30, 2016

Every bite of this food tasted so fresh and delicious that it was hard not to try everyones dish. The prices were reasonable for this high of quality food.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Great Romantic Dinner

Dined on March 29, 2016

We had some of the best food we have had in Richmond at Lemaire. We went for my girlfriend's birthday and it was perfect.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

We have dined at Lemaire several times. ...

Dined on March 27, 2016

We have dined at Lemaire several times. Excellent each time. We will certainly be back.

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Service and Delicious Food

Dined on March 25, 2016

The special, rockfish, was delicious. And the service was attentive. We enjoyed our dinner.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Wonderful experience... as always at Lemaire!

Dined on March 20, 2016

If you are looking for a dining experience that will set the standard for excellence, you must visit Lemaire in the Hotel Jefferson, Richmond, VA. Great food, first-rate service, and a most pleasant atmosphere all combine to make this a memorable experience.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Outstanding food. Overpriced wine but fa ...

Dined on March 18, 2016

Outstanding food. Overpriced wine but fantastic cocktails Impeccable service.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Wonderful experience

Dined on March 14, 2016

Everything about Lemaire was outstanding. The food and service were exceptional and the historic dining room is an architectural gem.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Perfect for a special occasion

Dined on March 13, 2016

We treated our adult children and spouses to a lovely and meaningful evening. Service was unobtrusive and informative. We enjoyed each delicious course served during our 2 1/2 hour meal. This was our first dining experience here and highly recommend. Plan to spend $100 per person if you enjoy everything.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Best value for high end dinner

Dined on March 12, 2016

My husband and I have dined at Top of the Rock in NYC and enjoyed lavish dinners in Europe. Lemaire rivaled any dinner we have previously had while beating them all out in price. We have paid double what we paid at Lemaire for food half as good. Overly impressed with service, food, and value.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Still the best...new chef and all

vip
Dined on March 11, 2016

I must say I was curious to see what Lemaire was going to be like after Walter Bundy...and I was impressed there was 6 specialties for the evening and I ordered the Rockfish with shrimp over some oddly shaped pasta with mushrooms...it was divine!! The new chef took the rockfish to the next level....the oysters were amazing as well...and the cheese platter was lovely but the smoked fig jam was simply to die for. Lemaire is still the finest in Richmond and the new chef has made sure it hasn't skipped a beat...

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food4
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service5
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RELIABLE EXCELLENCE

Dined on March 8, 2016

Food was very good, wine was excellent, but the Sommelier was even better, suggesting a perfect wine, but making it very clear if for any reason we were not satisfied, we could select another wine. Not a usual policy....

Tags: notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

The loveliest restaurant in Richmond

vip
Dined on March 6, 2016

Lemaire is not only a feast for the eyes with its beautiful decor but a feast for the tummies, too ... everything is prepared with care and deliciously ... from cocktails to dessert. Be sure you have dinner there and know you have experienced something very special.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Wonderful restaurant

Dined on March 5, 2016

We went for my boyfriend's birthday and our waitress, Melanie, could not have been better. Service was amazing and the food was out of this world. We had a 2 course meal with one drink and the bill was around $110.00. I live in New York and this food rivaled some of the best restaurants that I've been to in New York City. They also knew ahead of time that it was his birthday so they had printed "Happy Birthday" on the menu, and sat us at a table right by the fireplace. It was a night to remember. Job well done!

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Elegant, friendly and great food

Dined on March 5, 2016

Le aired has been on our list for awhile. I took my husband there for his birthday. It started with the friendly valet service. You walk through the spectacular Jefferson lobby to the restaurant. The restaurant is lovely. The tables are far enough apart for quiet and privacy. The service was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. We both had he duck breast. It was perfectly cooked to order with beautifully balanced accompaniments of oats, cranberry and apple butter. There was a nice selection of wine by the glass. Dessert was a lovely chocolate and raspberry confection we shared.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Happy Birthday Dinner

Dined on March 3, 2016

I took my wife to Lemaire for her birthday. I let the restaurant know if was my wife's birthday and they seated us at a table for two in front of the fireplace, gave us menus with "Happy Birthday" printed at the top of the menu, and gave her a special desert. It was a very special evening.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Fantastic

Dined on February 28, 2016

Everything about this visit was terrific. Our server Mark was very knowledgable and friendly-made great suggestions. The food was a real treat-and more reasonable than you would expect.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Service was outstanding and the food was ...

Dined on February 27, 2016

Service was outstanding and the food was absolutely delicious. We will definitely be going back. Do yourself a favor and eat here.

food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Incredible Experience

Dined on February 27, 2016

Took my sister for her birthday. All facets of the evening were memorable, superb cocktails, stellar wine list, dinner to rival any that I've had with expert service (Melanie) Stately and elegant surroundings with a wealth of history as a foundation. Incredible evening.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent dinning experience

Dined on February 27, 2016

Fabulous service, food, ambiance. I had a wonderful time the wine was great, the rib-eye fabulous, the service top notch and fantastic scallops. This is my third time and I will go again and again. Never had a complaint!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
food2
ambience4
service2
value1

wouldn't return

Dined on February 26, 2016

The actual restaurant is beautiful but the food and service does not live up. No fresh flowers, no candles, waiter was nice but not serving on the level of a high end restaurant. If you are looking for organic, farm to table modern cuisine, this is not it. There is not a lot of innovation here and I suspect a lot of gluten was thrown in to make the sauces. Very overpriced for what you are actually getting.

food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Very good but not great

Dined on February 21, 2016

I took my wife to Lemaire for her birthday. We split an ahi tuna appetizer that was very good. We enjoyed it. I then had the handmade egg fettucini and my wife had the filet. Mine was fantastic. Very unique and worth it. The filet was (as my wife said) something she could have made at home. It was good but not as good as would have been expected. Bottomline - we greatly enjoyed Lemaire but for everything we had heard, it did not quite live up to the expectation. We would go again though. The ambiance is amazing.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Memorable

Dined on February 21, 2016

I took a very special woman there for our 1st date and not only was everything perfect but the scenery matched her beauty and I will never forget that evening. She never smiled so hard a day in her life and neither did I.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Wonderful birthday dinner!

Dined on February 21, 2016

My husband and I celebrated our birthdays here on Saturday. We had a wonderful evening. The food and service we're both excellent! I would highly recommend this place. Free valet parking as well. We are definitely planning on going back.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Birthday Celebration

Dined on February 18, 2016

Had an elegant dinner with my husband to celebrate his birthday. The service was incredible. From the valet, the server, even the bus boy. Everyone made it clear that their goal was for us to enjoy our dining experience. The food was well done and all at a very reasonable price. We have already encouraged others to go and plan on returning soon.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience5
service4
value5

Excellent restaurant

Dined on February 16, 2016

Have been here several times and always have excellent service and food. We split the fried oysters which were wonderful. My wife had the lamb chops and I had the duck and they were both prepared perfectly. They have an inexpensive wine list with interesting choices. Our waiter recommended a wine we'd never heard of and it was excellent. The ambiance is exceptional in the main dining room. The old architecture gives it a warm and elegant feel. We try to come every holiday season to see the decorations of the old Jefferson Hotel with the giant Christmas tree. Top restaurant in Richmond, Va. without being overly pricey. Parking is provided and is easy in and out which is a challenge for Richmond restaurants. A very good choice for a special evening out. Guaranteed to impress your date.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene

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