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Designed to reflect the Jefferson hotel’s Beaux Arts feel, Lemaire is composed of a series of private and semi-private dining spaces that were once the ladies’ salons. High ceilings, ornate moldings, polished wood floors and fireplaces add to the restaurant’s historic feel. As you enter Lemaire’s lounge, you’ll notice a rich mahogany and granite bar, along with a muted color palette of golds, tans and creams in a variety of textures that showcase the attention to detail. Bare wood tabletops and polished wood flooring provide additional warmth to the space, and the dining rooms feature beautifully restored historical architecture, enhanced by magnificent lighting fixtures. Whimsical nods to the alligators that roamed the Jefferson’s Palm Court lobby until 1948 can be discovered throughout, making Lemaire unique in a number of ways. Don’t let the casual pricing fool you — the restaurant’s interior is anything but average.
A rich mahogany and granite bar greets guests as they enter Lemaire’s spacious lounge. A muted color palette of golds, tans and creams in a variety of textures is accented with burnt orange and showcases the attention to detail in the finishes of the room. Bare wood tabletops and wood flooring provide additional warmth to the space.
The dining rooms feature beautifully restored historical architecture enhanced by magnificent lighting fixtures, hand painted faux finishes and inviting seating. Original fireplace mantels and expansive windows overlooking historic Franklin Street add to the charm of the five individual dining rooms within the restaurant.
Designed by the Forrest Perkins of Washington, DC during the 2009 renovation, the new Lemaire also features several unique tributes to The Jefferson Hotel’s past with a entry gate inspired by the metal work at Thomas Jefferson’s grave, the faux alligator upholstery as a reminder of the alligators that once roamed the Palm Court lobby and the original artwork by Virginia artists that reflect the bounty of the Commonwealth.