Alexander's - Roanoke
Alexander's - Roanoke

Alexander's - Roanoke

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.alexandersva.com/
  • Phone: (540) 982-6983
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Wednesday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer on site catering services for parties of 8 to 80 in our second floor private gallery dining room. Alexander"s is one of the premiere catering operations in the Roanoke/SW Virginia region, offering full service for cocktail parties, private dinners, receptions and similar events. Our clients include many of the better known businesses, non profit organizations and social luminaries of the area. Our services offer a private, comfortable and beautiful venue for downtown businesses in need of a convenient location to entertain business clients, associates and friends.

    We are also a very popular choice for guests and groups staying at Hotel Roanoke who seek an off-site location for receptions and dinners for business functions, reunions and wedding rehearsal dinners. We also provide auditorium style seating for meetings and seminars.
    In addition, Alexander's is the go-to place for top quality carry-out cuisine for office and home entertaining.
  • Private Party Contact: Boni Webb 5409826983

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Campbell/Salem
  • Public Transit: Adjacent to City Bus Station and Smart Bus from VA Tech, Blacksburg & New River Valley
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: On street parking is available after 6pm as well as several surface lots and parking garages within one block of the restaurant.
A word from Alexander's - Roanoke
A destination for food and wine lovers located a stone's throw from the historic Farmer's Market, Hotel Roanoke and the Taubman Museum, Alexander's offers relaxed, sophisticated dining at its best. Cooking with superb ingredients,fish, seafood, prime-quality Virginia aged meats and locally sourced organic produce, our cuisine showcases years of collaboration among the most talented chefs of our region. Enter a refurbished 19th-century storefront, low lit with big square windows that open to the bustle of Roanoke's downtown; a little of old New York, New Orleans,a favorite European haunt? Inside you'll find a mix of vintage and modern accents, burnished tin ceilings,well-spaced tables and a wall-long, scarlet banquette. Order a cocktail or a select glass of wine and enter the serene vibe of the Alexander's experience. A destination for couples and business diners, Alexander's cuisine will delight you with an interplay of flavors that keeps you expectant and interested.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Alexander's - Roanoke reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (53)fit for foodies (36)romantic (34)neighborhood gem (21)notable wine list (19)good for groups (11)late-night find (3)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • dining locally
    huskyfan
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Arrived early so had to wait until our 7 pm reservation to be seated. We were told our table was being set and 7 minutes after our reservation we were asking why we are not being seated. Most patrons were locals and we were dressed nice casual while others were in suit coats. Once seated our waitress was awesome and food was excellent
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alexander's ....again!
    Starcity4food
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We decided to conclude a week of celebration for a milestone birthday by walking over to Roanoke's great dining experience...Alexander's. Once again, the entire evening was superb, from the warm greetings as we entered to the last sip of coffee and nibble of dessert. The appetizer special (fried green tomato with shrimp) was delicious, light, and complex. The striped bass addition to the menu and the mixed grill (lamb, chicken, and shrimp) were spectacular. Our server made sure the wine pairings danced with our entrees...and they did! Dessert and coffee capped a beautiful evening and celebration. Alexander's is a special place because guests feel that the entire staff, not just one wonderful server, care for each guest. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME TIME
    Destined
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    My wife and I really enjoyed our dining out at Alexander's - Roanoke, the staff was very friendly, polite and hospitable. The food was exquisite, we really enjoyed the presence of each dish. We highly recommend Alexander's, definitely worth the price.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A real charmer
    Appalling
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Quiet, sophisticated dining, well spaced tables, attentive service, excellent quality. All round a great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rcbsjb
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The dining experience was wonderful. It is one of our favorite spots for excellent dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always 5 stars
    Molly
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Consistently excellent. Service, food and ambiance always the best in Roanoke.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great restaurant!
    Barb
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Not living in Roanoke and coming to town for theater performances, we've been going to Alexander's for a number of years. It's still my restaurant of choice!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A winner in Roanoke
    Ox4dinerVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We stayed at the old Hotel Roanoke and walked across the railroad tracks to Alexanders. Wonderful food, excellent service, and a very, VERY comfortable atmosphere to enjoy a great meal. I would recommend Alexanders to all who enjoy good food in a nice setting. The downtown Roanoke food scene is very underrated, and this restaurant belongs at the top.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very good evening
    Blackwing
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The wait staff was excellent. The food was very good. My only complaint is that it is a little over priced for what it is but not way out of line.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very special experience
    mimi
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    dinner at alexander's was a wonderful dining experience for our party of four. a varied menu, all fresh, not prepackaged . Lovely staff and a little (delicious) surprise at the end of the meal. A nice touch
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem for Fine Dining
    finediner
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Wonderful restaurant for fine dining with excellent, professional service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    youngatheart
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    After seeing an ad for Alexander's and reading about it online, I made a reservation for four. We were not disappointed by the choice. The food was excellent as was the service. They made us feel welcome from the minute we stepped into the door. I would definitely say this is a restaurant not to miss when you are in Roanoke.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some things never change
    southernfoodie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    For out of town guests, I never hesitate to recommend Alexander's. We had not been there for several months, so along with our company we were introduced to a new menu. We all had a difficult time deciding what to order, as every item had an ingredient that was intriguing. We finally settled on duck, lamb and fillet. All were excellent. The salad, sides and shrimp and scallop appetizers were very good. The new menu came with new prices, so I would now say the rating is more in the $$$$$ range. Combine the food, service and attention to detail, and you'll find it is well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    EmKBH
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our post-wedding dinner with a party of 13 was absolutely fantastic. The servers were fast, enthusiastic, and friendly, the cuisine was original and delicious, and our overall experience was simply wonderful. I particularly enjoyed the mix of Californian and Cajun cuisine, and the pecan chicken is excellent. Ambience is pleasant and comfortable, particularly at the large table in the main room, which is in an alcove with a large window view. It provides some degree of privacy without claustrophobia, and I recommend reserving it for any large groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently perfect!
    TravelingdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    This fine restaurant has been in business over thirty years in Roanoke. The food, stellar service and ambiance create one of the very best dining experiences in southwest Virginia. Highly recommend Alexander's!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Return
    CEW1
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Third time to dine here. Always very good food, excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Impressive
    RandRVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife won't stop raving about the lamb ragout, I also tried and was very flavorful. My veal scallopini was very good, I've had better. The service and staff were impeccable. A stand out was Bjorn. The chocolate cheese cake and house made caramel sauce was outstanding. Often great restaurants fail at dessert. As we try and find getaway smaller cities Roanoke defiantly made the list and we'd hope to be back. I would add however living in Atlanta and before that Chicago, Alexander's is hitting the higher end of big city fine dining price wise, but that seems to be the way things are going and at least Bjorn delivered that level of service, which no matter the skill of the chef if I'm paying these prices I'd like the whole package.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    AnniversaryDiner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great service! Excellent timing - nothing came too quickly or took too long. Fun little "specials" on the drinks.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A classic
    BlueRidgeFoodiesVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Alexander's has been a consistently excellent performer for my wife and me for nearly 20 years. Excellent every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal
    EileenVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We always visit Alexander's when in Roanoke. The preparations are creative, there is a very nice variety of main courses and the desserts are simple but excellent. One nice touch is that a dinner salad is included with the entree, hard to find these days and a nice touch. We also always ask for Bjorn to be our waiter. He attends to every need and we've come to enjoy him over the years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overrated and overpriced
    BoboVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The title of my review says it all. The portions were ok, but the quality of the food, Salmon and Veal, left much to be desired. We went there because of the positive reviews, but must have hit the chef on an off night.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing In Every Way
    luv2dine
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I took my husband here, our first visit to Alexander's, for his birthday and I couldn't have made a better choice. The meal was exquisite (and there are many more entree choices I want to go back and try), and the peach shortbread melted in your mouth. Even my husband said, this was the best meal he had ever had! The service was outstanding (and personable), the atmosphere was elegant, and the prices were within reason. A perfect evening!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Punching below its class
    dicknogs
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This place has a menu and price structure similar to fine restaurants in big cities, but it's not on the same level. Relative to the class this place positions itself, the food is "good" and not outstanding. The service was not on par. They had no idea which seat ordered which item or drink. Then, after they screwed up the bill by first of all not paying attention to the person-who-made-the-res's wishes to settle it as a single tab and then after screwing it up badly, they decided to add themselves an auto-gratuity on the bill instead of letting me tip. Well they limited themselves to their 20% gratuity but ensured I'd think really hard about the quality we observed instead of overtipping like I usually do and that we'd never be back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good choice for Mom's bday
    hookemjsk
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Having taken my parents to practically every other fine dining restaurant in the Roanoke area during their past visits I wanted to come up with a new idea for my mother's birthday. I forget how Alexander's popped into my head, but I'm certainly glad it did. I made the reservation through open table, and noted that it was my mom's bday. When we walked in we were greeted with glasses of champagne (complimentary). We were too stuffed after our meal for dessert, but the staff wasn't going to let Mom leave without being recognized. Out came homemade chocolates with a dab of whipped cream in the middle providing sufficient anchoring for a lit birthday candle. The meal was outstanding as was the entire experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday celebration
    N2goodfood
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We had dinner at Alexander's to celebrate my mother's birthday. We were brought champagne to toast her and had a special dessert at the end of the night. My mom felt very special and it was because of the staff. The food is also wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Simply the best!
    4greatdining
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Alexander's offers a gracious welcome that immediately makes you feel comfortable and appreciated. Service from a staff that cares--about your visit, each course and especially you, their guest. The menu is varied and always delicious--chicken encrusted with pecans or roasted, lamb ragu, a mixed grill offering, steaks, seafood and more. The salad of greens is well-dressed and appointed with a 'surprise' garnish. Vegetables served with your meal are never overdone and always flavorful. Of special note are excellent beverages from the bar including seasonal favorites, Cherry Mojito and Blueberry Margaritas. From appetizers--shrimp or heirloom tomato tower to dessert, the very best dining experience in Roanoke.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining
    Lynn
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Over several decades Alexander's has provided excellent cuisine and a consistency to its service that is unmatched by any other area restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining at its best
    Critical
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    On top of all of the above, the servers know how to serve correctly which is refreshing and adds greatly to the total dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SMLFoodie
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This restaurant was specifically chosen from our past experience and we needed a very nice atmosphere for our friends significant wedding anniversary. it was a Tuesday night and the dining area noise level was very quiet and enjoyable. We were greeted promptly and by reservation name. The servers were very good. Our food was cooked well with very nice presentation and had the proper seasonings. The mixed grill was very good as were the crab cakes. Dinner was very filling and the desert menu was passed by all in our party. However, the little chocolate treat at the end of the meal was excellent. Excellent restaurant for price, service, quality of food and ambience. I would highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • myrtleVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Always our favorite go-to restaurant for special occasions. Celebrated my birthday with my husband and son at Alexander's and it was perfection. The food just continues to get better. Service is impeccable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Once again
    Rotowillis
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    It has become a tradition to choose Alexanders for special occasion and once again, they managed to make us feel completely satisfied and glad we chose them. We will continue to travel the long distance for another enjoyable dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 272 reviews are from the Alexander's - Roanoke reviews archive.
  • Of the highest standards
    2eatout
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    My out of town guest was more than delighted with the entire dining experience. The Gold Standard in restaurants in Roanoke
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Starcity4food
    Starcity4food
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The evening at Alexander's was simply outstanding. Every aspect of dinner was a pleasure. Our group each had a different entree and the conversation on the best selection was fun! The unifying element perhaps was the chef's sauces that accompanied each dish. Portions were appropriate and appreciated. Service was remarkable, always available, always informed and never intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Restaurant
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    My wife & I enjoyed an excellent meal at Alexander's on our anniversary. We both had the grilled filet of beef & shrimp, which were delicious. The salad was very light and tasty. The desert was wonderful. The Head Waiter and servers were all very friendly and the service was excellent. The price of the dinner was high by our standards, but we had a gift certificate from our daughter that paid most of the $125. This restaurant is very much suited for that special occasion. The only negative that we had was that there was an additional charge for the after-dinner decaf coffee with our desert. We had tea with the meal & most restaurants include the cost of tea & coffee as one cost.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Rick
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 17th anniversary at Alexander's on Friday. It was a great meal and they had a very good gluten-free selection. Since my wife is a celiac, it was important to have GF options. Being able to make the reservation online via OpenTable was also great!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Food and Service
    Sensational
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Nothing like starting your meal with a complimentary glass of champaign! Food and service is exceptional! Great variety and the service is truly outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alexander's
    pennyandjon
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    As always, service and food were wonderful. Price may be considered by some to be on the high side but this is not a restaurant we go to daily or even weekly. The quantity is just the right amount -- in other words, it is worth the amount charged.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classy in Roanoke
    din4domesticexecutive
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The atmosphere and service was excellent and allowed for a quiet conversational dinner. Both of our fish entre's were tasty, although the dinner salad and required some creativity. If they could bump up the quality of the bread and offer a couple of dinner specials it would put them over the top. It was nice to have a pleasant dining experience. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always perfect, all ways great!
    SecretChef
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We were the first to arrive at 5:00 on and seated where requested. We had an excellent wine and the grouper which was perfectly prepared. The service was excellent and unobtrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We enjoyed the great food and ambience at Alexander's, but felt the service was a bit slow. Though there were not more than 4 parties in the restaurant when we arrived (exactly at our reservation time), it was going on 10 minutes after we were seated before we were presented menus. The food, however, was worth the wait, and we would highly recommend this restaurant for special occasion dining.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall