Bistro Roca and Antlers Bar
Bistro Roca and Antlers Bar

Bistro Roca and Antlers Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bistroroca.com/
  • Phone: 8282954008x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Every Day: 11:00am - 3pm
    Dinner: Every Day 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Foreman
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining room for up to 14 at one table and up to 20 at multiple tables.

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Bistro Roca and Antlers Bar
One of Blowing Rock's most popular restaurants, Bistro Roca serves inventive American Bistro cuisine from Chef Seth Parker in a rustic yet elegant setting. Bistro Roca's superb staff combines efficient service with gracious hospitality and will delight you with a great selection of wines and mixed drinks from Antlers Bar.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Bistro Roca and Antlers Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
295 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
99% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (202)fit for foodies (158)special occasion (129)great for lunch (99)romantic (99)great for outdoor dining (85)great for brunch (76)vibrant bar scene (68)good for groups (61)hot spot (52)notable wine list (46)scenic view (30)kid-friendly (28)late-night find (19)Show More
  • Always a good time at Bistro Rocca
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Food was great as well as service! One of our favorites..
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • visitor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had a great time with our two sons and daughter-in-law and everyone enjoyed their food. We were fortunate enough to be seated on the porch so the noise level was so much better than inside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Labor Day weekend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We have been to Bistro Roca many times and had a great experience but Sunday night was not one of them. We had reservations at 7:30 and were seated inside next to the kitchen although there were table available on the outside porch. The restaurant was hot and stuffy. The kitchen had run out of several items we wanted to order, which was disappointing. We were told when served sorbet for dessert there were no more spoons so our waiter brought fresh fork. He was personable, which made the experience OK.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had a 6:00 reservation on a holiday Saturday night and the place was already packed. The menu has some unusual items, such as Mac & Cheese with various topping. Everything our party of 6 ordered got rave reviews. It's a bit hard to find off the beaten Main Street. But well worth the effort.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Four of us came for Sunday brunch after church. We each had a different entree, 2 salads, a wrap and a flatbread. All were well prepared and presented and tasted great, with unique combinations of tastes. Our server, Tracy was very friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the menu items and advised us when we were choosing between a couple entrees. A very relaxing time and we were very happy that we made a reservation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent brunch
    MollieDog
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Excellent food for brunch with interesting options alongside it for lunch if you're not craving breakfast foods!! Highly recommend this spot, easy to walk to from downtown Blowing Rock.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Usually Fabulous, Sometimes Good
    CarolinaGirlVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Some evenings at Bistro Roca are fabulous and some are good. A crowded Friday night in the midst of tourist season is not the best indication of the true quality of BR. Our waiter tried but found himself with too many tables so our service wasnot at the level one normally expects. The food was delicious as always. The new wine list is missing some old favorites, but the new selections continue to offer a wide variety of wines at good prices. Again lots of tourists added lots of noise to the restaurant and made talking difficult. BR obviously has become a favorite for out of towners as well as locals. Parking is annoying but a nearby village parking lot offers an alternative to the craziness of the restaurant lot. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely surprise
    Paddymac
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We went for lunch after some friends said it was their personal favorite. We could certainly see why! We both had the open face salmon sandwich, which was absolutely decadent. Great menu and good selection of craft beers. Bistro Roco will now become our go to place when in Blowing Rock!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and service was phenomenal
    Delivers
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    What a great place to just have dinner, drinks or celebrate something special. We've been here many times and NEVER been disappointed. Try it, you won't be either!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always exceptional!
    NCBlondie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is one of our favorites every time we visit my daughter who is a student at Appalachian. Love the food, atmosphere, wine list, and service. Was packed even at our 8 pm reservation time and food was pretty slow to come out even while we were enjoying our leisurely dinner. It is always worth the wait! Lobster Mac n cheese--divine! Blue cheese steak, awesome! And my Tuna was fabulous! 5 stars all the way!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bistro Roca--Rocks!
    KathyPeterVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A great dining experience at Bistro Roca in Blowing Rock. Put it on your Go-To when next in the area. We "had to have" the figs which were fabulous. Also had the night's special of Swordfish which was excellent and the Salmon which was also prepared to perfection with the right touch of Thai curry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great food and drinks!
    mangiagurl
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I am never disappointed eating at BR. The staff is always friendly, great food and cocktails. Lunch and dinner are both great times to go there. Make a reservation they are always busy! The Calamari Frites is unique and the best I have ever had so tender. The Pork ribeye is so good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • September25VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We love this restaurant . We are seasonal residents & this is our first choice. Unfortunately this Friday lunch on the patio fell short of being attentive. This is a rare occurrence. Lobster roll is divine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We always Eat here
    carolina61redman
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    when we come up to Blowing Rock. Great atmosphere, good food and service.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 6 for dinner
    nottoohappy
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    First of all our waitress Jessica was great. Sweet, friendly and attentive. We sat on the porch and that was very nice I will say we were treated rudely when we came in. We stood beside he hostess desk for probably 2 full minutes while the hostess read an email to the manager and a young man that later took us to our table. Not one of them acknowledged that we were there. REALLY!!!! I didn't say anything until we were leaving because I didn't want to spoil our evening but did address it with the manager and hostess as we left. The manager said "thank you for sharing that with us". We will come back because we live here but I feel this should be given to Cindy and Cobb's attention.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not usual service
    Leftylovesfood
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    WE had eaten at Bistro Roca several times before and had great waiters. This waiter was super friendly when taking our order (party of 4) but then forgot us. Had to remind her to bring salad and the wine. Salad was beginning to get warm by the time put on table. Entrees great even though 3 meals delivered at same time and one member of party had to wait. 3 almost completed their entrees before 4th one had food. Not the usual great service but I will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and beer
    luv2taste
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    mussels, pizzas, octoipus, salads. were all fantastic. great waitress!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Based on our experience, rating bistro orca poor might be a tad generous. We went on a Sunday night; it was not crowded. They "ran out" of their only special and salmon -yes, salmon-leaving one fish- tuna- which we were told was "sushi" grade. It was ordered rare. It came out medium to medium well and was not sushi grade. ($28) All dishes including the admittedly tasty but skimpy octopus appetizer had an extraordinarily generous helping of potatoes. Though half empty, the service was astoundingly slow. Pluses? A very good beer selection and some reasonable wine choices on a small wine list. There did not seem to be a manager on duty no one seemed to care how we were doing-etc.The restaurant was quite pricey even if everything had been good
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RJMJr
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    As always, Bistro Roca continues to be one of our favorite eateries in Blowing Rock - as are the two other aligned restaurants: New Public House and Gideon Ridge. The owners take great care in providing delicious cuisine and service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bistro Roca always satisfies
    RutledgeNC
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My wife and I travel to Blowing Rock at least twice a year and never, ever miss Bistro Roca when we are there. Just really good food, great comfy chairs, and a wonderful overall evening. Just an easy stroll from the main drag, but far enough off that beaten path to avoid the masses. We will see them again this Fall!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A hit and a miss
    JimP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great location and a brisk Saturday night business is always a good thing. The menu is right on point for a date night (or birthday in this case). They were having issues with the tap system, do draft beers were out. It didn't start well, nor did it finish well. Our server just seemed off and it showed. No specials, no recommendations, no bread for that matter. My wife's steak was overcooked, and mine under cooked. If they were the same cuts we might have swapped, but we ordered different so we just got through it. We didn't even get the obligatory "how's the temperature on your steak" question after our first cut. A different server came to grab plates as we finished and were never offered dessert. Big Birthday Fowl!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Busy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    It was very busy, and we waited at least 30-40 mins for our food, need to hire more cooks..Especially when there is Art in the Park…on that weekend. The waitress said, the kitchen is getting slammed..No kidding, but if you know ahead of time the amount of people that will be in Blowing Rock for that weekend..duh
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Off Night for Pizza
    JJSReviews
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Returned to Bistro Roca after great wood-fired pizza last year. Even reserved 2 separate nights. Must have had an Off night, because the pizza dough was doughy & not seasoned adequately. We have cancelled our 2nd booking & will try another restaurant this trip. Disappointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good place for something special!
    LeChat
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This is a "special event" place to be! Good good, fairly quite, excerpt bar ( but no Wild Turkey 101 or "WOOD-FORD Reserve" bourbon! PS There is no hyphen in the name of that bourbon, but the open table spell check will not let you use the word!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful restaurant
    MFoyVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Nice menu and everything was great...food and service. Drinks a little pricey. Beautiful atmosphere off the main road downtown Blowing Rock.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very pleased.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    A local in a coffee shop recommended the restaurant and raved about the salmon. We enjoyed that and a halibut dinner in the screened outside room. Server was attentive and animated. Food was tasty and nicely presented. We were visiting from FL and are picky about our fish. They did a great job. Highly recommended! Blowing Rock has lots of dining choices. We were lucky to be directed to Bistro Roco.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed feelings.
    DWandzVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Our favorite restaurant in Blowing Rock! Eat there often and always take our visiting friends. I usually make a reservation on Open Table but it was last minute so we ran over at 7:30. I figured they must leave a few tables open for walk in regulars! Nope. We were told they weren't seating for 45 minutes. I could see many open tables but figured a staffing or reservation issue so we sat in the bar. And logged in to Open Table. Lo and behold a seating in 15 minutes. We were seated 15 minutes later. Many tables remained open for our entire stay. Still love the atmosphere, love the food but have mixed feelings about the experience. Open Table was the way to go but would have loved some accommodation from a fav restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dlcunn
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Love it when a restaurant has your table ready at your reserved time! Great food & service. Only comment, it was unfortunate that they were out of Gluten Free Pizza Crust, as GF is a necessity for my wife & the Pizza is her favorite item, but she still enjoyed her second choice-a salad with grilled chicken.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • September25VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Consistently superb cuisine & service. We enjoy going around 6 when noise level is lower. We are seasonal residents who know this bistro well & it is our first choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    julie
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Nice location, charming and quiet. The food choices were great and the flavor amazing. Adequate price and good service. Will return again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't miss if in Blowing Rock
    lulu
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This was a return visit to this restaurant and I definitely will again. Love the ambiance and the food is superb!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Luckyman
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Dinner was wonderful, had a reservation for 4 and they upgraded it to 5 with no problem. The salad sampler that comes with the entrees is wonderful and it can serve as a meal as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great experience
    SirenaVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We have been to Bistro Roca several times and also take our out of town guest with us. Everyone is always very impressed with the food. Great service and we love sitting in either indoor or covered patio. Love their signature drinks. Kitchen & bar really know their stuff. It's not a large menu but it's a great one. I'm always a bit leery of restaurants with pages and pages of menus.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dlcunn
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Favorite Place for Food and Atmosphere in Blowing Rock NC
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jsk
    GrammyK
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Excellent dinner, as always. Mountain trout was delicious as well as the crab cakes. The sides are always wonderful complements to the entree and not the ordinary sides. We leave each time looking forward to our next trip to Blowing Rock and dinner at Bistro Roca.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The food is quite good for the money and the service makes it a comfortable , cozy place to dine. My 10-year old grandson enjoyed it and it was casual enough for him to feel at ease.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Blowing Rock
    2merrymunchers
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Great atmosphere, food and service. Always fun and always a new dish to try
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale casual
    JPP1995
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Bistro Roca has created an intimate dining experience where everyone can be comfortable! Whether you or your guests prefer a wood-fired pizza or something more dramatic as in a five-course dinner --- all will find what they want! Great ambiance and if you love dogs you will spend hours reviewing all the photos in the bar --- with a martini in hand of course. Only criticism was the attentiveness of the wait staff to details such as explaining the family style serving of the salad, providing clean dishes, and removing dirty plates, empty glasses and silverware before serving dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Aug 5, 2014, dinner
    John
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    dinner was excellent and the staff was kind and friendly. the pork ribeye was cooked to perfection with the grits and fennel. the trout was great as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy place to meet & greet!
    BRloversSnL
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    One of our favorite places to go for a special meal. Only an hour from home and worth the trip. Great experience every time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.