Alexander's - Roanoke
Alexander's - Roanoke

Alexander's - Roanoke

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.alexandersva.com/
  • Phone: 5409826983
  • 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 Food
Alexander's - Roanoke reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (36)romantic (24)fit for foodies (23)notable wine list (17)neighborhood gem (10)good for groups (6)late-night find (3)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • 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
    Eileen
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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.
  • 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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 263 reviews are from the Alexander's - Roanoke reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Alexander's is wonderfully consistent. Bonnie, Bjorn and team are outstanding. The food was fantastic and be service equally as good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JoineMeForDinner
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    A real gem in downtown Roanoke. Great selections with daily specials for variety.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • As always, excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Alexander's is my Downtown Roanoke go-to establishment for a business or celebratory event for 10 or a quiet dinner for a smaller group. The restaurant is very or moderately quiet depending on the crowd, relaxing and each course is enjoyed leisurely. They do a great job refreshing the menu seasonally as well as maintaining the favorites many love. As it's been for the 10+ years I have been going to Alexander's, the service is excellent. I've recommended Alexander's to many without hesitation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality Dining
    Briargal
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Alexander's continues to be our favorite restaurant in Roanoke to celebrate special events. The service and food are always fabulous and our experience on Tuesday night didn't disappoint. Roanoke is lucky to have this gem!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dont order the NY Strip steak
    dontcareto
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    This is our second time to Elexander's The first time was 9 years ago when our son graduated from VaTech. We had such a good experience that we decided to come back for our daughters' graduation dinner. Everything was perfect as it was 9 years ago. However, this time we were so disappointed with one of the dish: the NY Strip steaks. It was cooked wrong, and it was hard as like eating beef Jerky. We did change to a different steak knive but I still have to work hard to cut it. I should have refuse it but being an easy going person, I just let it slide. Really disappointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An Excellent End to a Great Trip
    1happyvisitor
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    I looking for something "special" for our last night of a vacation in the area. Checking on line, the website gave me a good idea of what to expect at Alexander's and we were not disappointed. The food was excellent, nicely presented and the service attentive, without hovering. The wine, one of the least expensive on the list, was very enjoyable. I would recommend Alexander's and certainly put it on my "to do list" if I return to Roanoke.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    Deerfield
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Five friends and I had dinner before a concert, and it was the best dining experience I've had in many ears. The waitstaff anticipated every wish that we might have. It was really a unique experience, and the food was delicious and extremely creative.
    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.
  • Great Anniversary
    DinerfromVA
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    My wife and I went to Alexander's for our 24th anniversary and had a wonderful time. The food, service and attention to detail were exceptional. Everyone went out of their way to make our special occasion very memorable. Thanks for everything!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alexanders A++
    EatWisely
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    My wife and I had dinner reservations at 5:00. Since the restaurant opens at 5 on Saturdays, we had the entire place to ourselves the first half hour, which was a bit strange, since outside was very crowded and busy on the Market with the Cinco De Mayo festival. But the staff was very friendly and we enjoyed our quiet moment with our salad. By 6:00, the restaurant was about half full. We both chose a mixed grill, which had beef, chicken, and shrimp. The food was excellent, and the service was outstanding. Alexanders is definitely A++ on food preparation, presentation, and service. Highly recommended for special occasions or a fine dining experience in a more casual setting. We will be going again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always exceptional!
    foodiechik
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    My family has been visiting Alexander's for almost 20 years! Whether it's just two or a table of 16, it's always an wonderful experience! This past weekend there were 13 family and friends, ages 8 to 76, celebrating my oldest son's College Graduation. As usual, the service and food were exceptional! It's always a special treat, regardless of the occasion!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hokie38
    Tucker
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Just an outstanding evening. The food and service were outstanding. Waiter was wonderful and very helpful and anxious to be of assistance.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once again... A+
    LLV2VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We dined here last October. This time we brought the spouses and had a great table by the window. Veal scalloppine and filets were excellent as were the oysters. Keenan Cab '09 rounded out the evening. Will be back whenever we are in Roanoke.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food and service!
    FoodieDM
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    We (party of 4) had a wonderful dinner at Alexander's. The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. We were treated to a lovely table in the window. I highly recommend this restaurant for fine dining.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    Missy
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I have eaten at Alexander's many times and have always had outstanding food and service,
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Enjoyed Both Evenings
    KESM
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I've been to Alexander's twice in the last year. Once with a good friend on a week night and this last time with my husband on a Friday night. The ambience was great both times. I love to people watch and on a Friday night the place was busy and it was fun to figure out who belonged to whom. The food was great both times, but I was a bit disappointed with our desserts, a chocolate cake something that was a bit on the dry side. My husband and I enjoyed drinks (the Lemon Drop was very good). The service was excellent. I enjoyed my first visit more than my second. The first was more casual and had more interaction with the staff, who were laid back and happy to chat. When I travel back through I'll be back for a week night evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    My husband and I have been married nearly 13 years and Alexander's is our favorite, special place to celebrate.....Each time we have been there we have created memories...either just the two of us, with family or with special friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.