Plume at The Jefferson Hotel

Start your evening in Quill, a dark and intimate cocktail lounge with an excellent drink menu. Tuesday through Saturday, legendary Peter Robinson entertains at the piano. Hotel guests can also enjoy their drinks in the cozy Book Room beside a roaring fire.

The signature restaurant, Plume, is the only Forbes Five Star restaurant in Washington and receives the highest Zagat ratings for service and d├ęcor. Executive chef Ralf Schlegel is a classically-trained chef in French cuisine and hails from Germany and a long line of German hoteliers and restaurateurs. The elegant and sophisticated dining room offers cozy dining nooks or tables surrounding the fireplace. Menus are inspired by the harvest from Thomas Jefferson’s kitchen gardens at Monticello.

Menu highlights include an appetizer of truffle arborio risotto; perigord truffle, Parmigiano Di Vacche Rosse, slow-cooked Amish hen egg, entrees like Seared fallow deer saddle; chestnut steamed bun, brussel sprouts, sweet and sour cabbage and cranberry deer jus and desserts like lemon blueberry sable Breton blueberry cremeux, lemon curd Tahitian vanilla ice cream.

Service is impeccable and seamless. Drinks and meal courses appear out of nowhere and whisked away when finished.

The exquisite wine list boasts some 1,300 labels and spans more than a dozen nationalities and dates back to a rare 1720 Borges Madeira. The list highlights wine selections called, “Hidden Gems,” wines of rare quality and distinction.

ROMANTIC QUOTIENT: One of the cozy dining nooks or around the fireplace offer the ultimate in intimacy.

Forbes Five Star Dining

This elegant hotel dining room near the White House serves an excellent seasonal American menu that’s inspired by what was grown in Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello garden; it works equally well for a special romantic evening or a high-power business rendezvous, and the really expensive tabs are reflected in its marbled, gilded and chandeliered setting. ZAGAT