Are you missing out on the time of your life by not eating at Lemaire? Like, yeah, maybe. If you've got something to celebrate, this is certainly a good choice. Situated inside the lavish and storied Jefferson Hotel, dinner at Lemaire is an event as much as it is a meal.
Lemaire's one of the most exclusive restaurants in town, but its surroundings are just setting the stage for the main event. The food here recontextualizes regional favorites, which makes sense since the Executive Chef grew up just down the road in Goochland County. Here, the fried oysters are dressed with edible flowers, and the crab cakes come with avocado-pistachio pesto. Another standout reason to visit is the bar program, which is exciting for everyone, whether or not you're into alcohol. Serving everything from the Shape Shifter - a simple drink with Woodford bourbon and blood orange juice - to aggressive moonshine drinks and even cheffy mocktails. Want to whet your appetite for a drink at Lemaire? Check out this cool clip from Copper Fox Mixology!
Also: don't skip dessert. The sweet treats here are visual masterpieces worth sticking around for, and they taste pretty great too. From almond sponge cake to blueberry mousse, these are all a satisfying way to round out an outstanding night. Not feeling all that sugar? Order cheese plate with seasonal preserves and make yourself just as happy.
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