Lemaire

Row 1

Details
101 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 649-4644
New American, American, French
$ $ $
Hours
Mon–Sun: 4:00 PM–Midnight

The Jefferson Hotel has been a Richmond institution since opening in 1895, and Lemaire has been its culinary go-to since it opened in 1986, in the space that was originally the ladies’ parlor. Lemaire, named in honor of Thomas Jefferson’s White House maître d’hôtel (he is said to have introduced Americans to the art of cooking with wine), has been under the guidance of executive chef and native Virginian Walter Bundy since 2001. Lemaire’s stated philosophy is to offer “extraordinary Virginia ingredients in an affordable and delicious format,” featuring upscale Southern cuisine that honors traditions while providing a modern, fresh approach. Bundy, who once worked at The French Laundry, has transformed Lemaire from a place for special occasions to a more casual venue that allows guests to enjoy a fine-dining experience in a less formal setting, thanks to a six-month renovation and a reimagining of the restaurant’s mission.

Those extraordinary Virginia ingredients include Tom and Ann Gallivan’s Shooting Point Oysters, Jo and Rob’s Manakintowne Farms lettuces, Jamerson Farms rabbit, Byrd Mill grits, and Kite's Country Hams. Look for dishes like chicken-fried Chesapeake bay oysters; rum-scented jumbo sea scallops with parsnip-coconut ravioli, romanesco, chile oil, and blood orange butter; and coffee- and brown sugar-glazed pork loin chop with Anson Mills polenta, slab bacon, and bourbon jus. Keep an eye out for alligators on waiters’ ties, barstool upholstery, and even in the restaurant’s logo, a reference to the baby alligators that Richmonders wintering in Florida brought back with them to live in the marble pools in the Palm Court lobby, off of which Lemaire is located (the last alligator lived at the hotel until 1948).

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015

Foursquare Tips

  • Try the smoked peanuts at the bar. Amazing!
  • Every Richmonder MUST go here at some point. I highly recommend the chicken fried oysters as a starter and the rockfish as a main course.
  • Best service ever!
  • Trust mark, the bartender! He knows.
  • Happy hour is 4 pm - 7 pm. $2 beers and $5 glass featured wine and 3 appetizers for $20.
  • Drink specials 7 days a week 4-7pm. Food specials and daily specials too. Make sure to ask.
  • Love the happy hour, pimento cheese, and the "bbblt".
  • Lemaire is located within one of Richmond's oldest and grandest landmarks. The cocktails are terrific.
  • Old Sport is a great choice.
  • Smokey peanuts y'all :)
  • Virginia Living - Best of Virginia '12 (Central Region): Best Overall Bar (3rd Place)
  • 3 for $20 bar food plates from 10-11pm. Amazing delicious food and gives you a chance to try a little bit of variety.
  • Tuesdays: awesome wine specials. Drink in the beauty of this amazing place!
  • Date night: sit at the bar, ask clint about drink specials, try the raw oysters
  • Sit at the bar, get a cocktail and inhale the fried mac 'n' cheese with truffle sauce.
  • Happy hour 4-7 daily. $3 VA beer, $5 select cocktails, $5 glass house wine
  • Believe it or not fantastic burger
  • Atmosphere is very "old money." They know how to cook a good steak, though!
  • Pork chops were heaven
  • The food is consistently good. While the bartenders are young they know how to make good classic cocktails. Good whiskey selection too!