Is Lemaire a good place for group dining?

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Lemaire is a great place for group dining, with a total of 139 seats throughout the bar, lounge and dining rooms. The restaurant was designed in a series of private and semi-private rooms, perfect for a family gathering, party, business dinner or wedding. The largest dining room, The Valentine Room, can seat up to 60 guests, while overlooking Franklin Street and The Jefferson Hotel’s main entrance. The adjoining room to The Valentine Room is the Gibson Room, which can accommodate up to 18 at one table or 24 at separate round tables. Even if you choose not to book one of the special private or semi-private dining rooms, Lemaire still has plenty of space to seat you and any group of 12 or fewer people.

Lemaire provides an exceptional group dining experience and is a favorite within the Richmond community whether a business dinner, a wedding rehearsal or just a group of friends gathering for a farm-to-table dining experience.

Five different private dining venues are available within the restaurant and a dedicated event planner is available to assist in personalizing every detail of the event, including the menu, specialty drinks, wines, flowers, music and audiovisual equipment. Groups up to eight can be accommodated at one table in the dining rooms while groups greater than 12 require a private dining room. Cocktail parties can be hosted in the Conservatory or in The Palm Court area in the hotel’s lobby, based on availability and hotel occupancy. The largest dining room can accommodate up to 60 guests and the smallest accommodates up to 12 guests and also houses Lemaire’s most exclusive wines.

Groups of 12 and less may order off the a la carte menu. Groups of 13-20 may select a limited menu from the a la carte menu. Up to four choices are allowed for each course with most groups preferring a three course menu. Groups of 21-plus must have a set menu. This is a build-your-own menu. The basic is a three course meal with everyone receiving the same items. There is an additional cost per additional course selection.

Your event planner can assist with all other details of your event using other services within The Jefferson Hotel. Blooms at The Jefferson creates beautiful floral centerpieces for all occasions. Audio-visual equipment is provided by Swank Audio-Visual, The Jefferson’s in-house provider. Custom cakes and desserts are available through The Jefferson’s pastry shop. A newly installed sound system allows you to provide your own play-list. Your personal iPod or MP3 player can be connected to our sound system and directed to play in your private dining room only. We can also provide a requested music genre from our satellite music system. Valet and self-parking are complimentary to all guests of Lemaire.

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