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Lucky Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.eatatlucky.com
  • Phone: (540) 982-1249
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, French American, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Jeff Farmer
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Able to accomodate up to 25 people on select days and only at certain times. Please call Lucky to make arrangements.
  • Private Party Contact: JP Powell (540) 982-1249

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jefferson St
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available ($3.00) in a lot directly across the street from Lucky. Please prepay. Additionally, there is ample free parking available on Kirk Avenue and other nearby streets.
A word from Lucky
Lucky specializes in Country French and Southern American comfort food, paired with great wines, craft beers and classic cocktails.
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Diner Reviews
  • "From classic cocktails to fine wines to great starters and extroidinary entrees, LUCKY continues it's commitment to the customer."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "As previously demonstrated! Try the Cube, and the nightly special."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Smaller menus lead to perfect prep and presentation. From appetizer through main course, everything was PERFECT. Portions more than adequate. Only regret, too full for dessert. Do be adventurous with a cocktail, they are superb! Definitely on my good to go list for a follow up visit. Hope the rock fish is on the menu again! Excellent service,timely but not intimidating or stuffy."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Delicious generous southern comfort with a French twist food. Great drinks! Reasonable prices. Highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Food and service were very good. Choice of background music a little off-putting. Wine selection fairly limited and pricey."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Lucky is our place to introduce visitors to Roanoke. Our friends, like us, are always impressed. The fried chicken was moist, flavorful. The duck was perfect. The star however was the swordfish. The portion, perfectly prepared, was superb! Wine pairings were spot on. Lucky remains the place to begin a visit to our city ...... it is also a great treasure for us Nokers as well!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "A little pricey but worth it. We had steak, oysters, and pork chops. Everything tasted phenomenal. Service was pretty good, and there was a nice vibe in the restaurant, casual and relaxed. It was early--we arrived at 5:30 p.m. on a Saturday"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The whole experience at Lucky's is amazing. Started with fabulous innovative cocktails. Very different delicious combinations including an applewood smoked glass/ bourbon delight called Vieux Carre. The food is fantastic. We had bone marrow, duck pate, oysters as apps which were all amazing. The buttermilk fried chicken entree cannot be beat. This is definitely one of my favorite restaurants in Roanoke."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The atmosphere at Lucky makes you want to stay for hours to eat, drink and visit. Hunter, the on-site mixologist, has created a drink list that is amazing - fresh ingredients, top quality liquors, and some funky add-ins make every drink an experience. The wine and beer choices are always on pointe and the food is consistently outstanding. I could eat bowls of the kale and their fried chicken is top-notch. But, if there is seafood on the menu - GET IT! It is always incredible. Ask the wait-staff for their recommendations because they know their food and drinks. It is a small staff overall, but they are personable and happy to make your meal enjoyable."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Myself and 3 friends had dinner at Lucky. 3 of us ordered the fried chicken and it was out of this world. The drink special was a watermelon and gin concoction that was awesome! Great atmosphere; lively, but quaint. We had a great time."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I took my boyfriend to Lucky for his birthday and they certainly did not disappoint. The both of us consider ourselves to be somewhat well-versed in good food and this was a place in DoRo that we had not tried. My boyfriend ordered the Carolina red grouper with tomatillo gazapacho and yellow squash. That gazpacho and squash combination was one of the best things I have ever eaten. I was totally envious of his plate. The confit duck leg was moist and delicious, with the duck fat contributing a silky lushness to the accompanying risotto. The food here never disappoints. I save this one for special occasions. My only complaint was that our table location was in a busy area with lots of foot traffic by the staff. The waiter was also a tad slow."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We've eaten at Lucky many times and are always most intrigued with their specialty cocktails and menu that's updated with the seasons. This time was no exception. Wonderful soft shell crab dish!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "My third visit to Lucky, and once again, they do not disappoint. Had a lovely New York Strip that was perfectly cooked with all the flavor intact. My spouse had the pork chop, also perfectly cooked as well as humongous. My server recommended The John Foster, and it is among the best of any cocktail I have ever had. The delightful pot de creme was rich while not being too rich to finish. We are gluten free and the server was knowledgeable and helpful. Plenty of choices!! Lucky is becoming my favorite go-to spot for when we get to Roanoke."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "As much as I really, really enjoyed a romantic first date at Lucky, it's unlikely I'll be able to come back often — it's simply out of my league in terms of pricing. The food was great, the service was outstanding, and they reserved the most intimate spot for me, knowing it was a special date. I'll definitely keep it at the top of my list for the most special occasions, but unless you're accustomed to spending over $100 for a dinner date, it's gonna hurt when that check comes."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "The cocktails here are truly inspired, and the beer and wine selection is also good. The owners and staff are charming, helpful and attentive and the the food is gourmet quality (and I work with an award-winning French chef so I feel I can say that). We had the oysters, mussels, and duck, and it was all wonderful. Great atmosphere too! If I lived in town, I'd be a regular for sure!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Fantastic place if you're in Roanoke. A bit off the beaten path but well worth the effort. Very friendly staff, owner/bartender Hunter. Very creative cocktails I never seen, and great taste. The chef is top notch, porchetta, mussels, octopus, duck confit, fried chicken, pretty much all on menu were excellent! Bone marrow one of the best I've eaten. I recommend you sit at the bar and enjoy the company of patrons and bartenders."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "New to the area and as a bona fide foodie, I can honestly say this restaurant is a gem. My new favorite. Never been to a restaurant that actually has Prosecco on tap - gotta love it!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Food was unimpressive. A single fried soft shell crab with cucumbers & a piece of bread $28.00! But our waitress was great. The other staff greeted us & were friendly. Would probably not go back."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The meat fell right off the bone onto the best rice pilaf I have ever tasted... The balsamic vinegar based drink( Strawberry/Cucumber Crush?) was amazing. Thank you for a great evening."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "My wife and I had appetizers and a glass of wine at Lucky. We were looking for a place to have dinner for our anniversary. We sat in teh bar since the "dining" area is very small. the bar was crowded and very noisy. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated her birthday here, our first-time visit, and we were totally WOWED! The Rappahannock River Oysters on the half shell, (flown in overnight!) were the absolute freshest and tastiest we have ever had, and we go to oyster festivals regularly. The goat cheese and beet salads with walnuts & cranberry vinaigrette were a perfect lead-in to the decadent, roasted marrow bones with charred lemon and parsley tapenade. We then shared a Thai-style soft shell crab sandwich, deconstructed on baguette with pickled Daikon & jalapenos--just the right amount of heat. And then the ultimate, decadent dessert: creme brulee made sinfully rich with foie gras. Chef Jeff Farmer is a pure genius, totally dedicated to Lucky's lucky diners."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our server and the food on Saturday night!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Outstanding service and friendly staff; Food was fantastic!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I had the foie gras twice during the night. Waitstaff outstanding, food outstanding, drinking outstanding and I miss you already."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "We sat at the bar here which was fun as we were able to talk to the owner who is an interesting guy. The food was good. They are known for their drinks and the drinks are made with the freshest of ingredients. I thought the margarita and bourbon based drinks we ordered could've been tastier though. On the other hand, my duck confit main course was VERY tasty!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "We went to Lucky's on a Saturday Night, the bar was full as was the restaurant. We had reservations and we were seated promptly in a booth. The noise level was high but we could converse without having to yell. The service was timely and the cocktails were great, but they were out of the wine we selected for dinner. The wine list could be expanded. The portions were good and the food was excellent. All in all, we have a great meal and evening with friends. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Love this place! Very interesting items on their menu. My friends are Gluten intolerant and they were able to have a few choices on the menu. I had Rockfish which was wonderful. The Crème Brule we had for dessert tasted like fresh whipped cream. Wonderful! "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "This was my first visit and I was excited about attending. Our waiter was awesome!! He patiently listened to our questions about the drinks and the food and was able to describe or explain everything we asked about!! We're that group of people who ask about everything so it's nice when the waiter takes the time to talk to you. The food was good, but my chicken was a little over cooked, burned on the outside, but my mashed potatoes and kale was tasty. My sister had the pork shoulder and it was pretty amazing along with the bacon grits that accompanied it! Also, the drink were very tasty and well made I had a mint julep and some other type of drink but I can't remember the name. It had champagne in it and it was lovely!! "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "So glad we came across Lucky, as I was in town for work. Sincerely one of the best meals we have had all year. Awesome, intricately prepared craft cocktails, nice selection of wines by the glass. Pork shoulder with grits and potliker was absolutely fantastic. Bone marrow appetizer was just perfect. Wow. This place is impressive !! The service is knowledgeable, polished and professional as well. 5 Stars!!!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "If someone brought me to Lucky blinkfolded, the atmosphere and the quality of the food (and sublime cocktails) might convince me that I was in New York City. Our handful of dinners there have been consistently exceptional. To say we appreciate Lucky's presence in Roanoke would be an understatement."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Enjoyed our lovely meal at Luckys. Our server was very accommodating and gave good suggestions on what were some of the favorites on the menu. The Avery Quinn Chardonnay was yummy with a nice note of vanilla, this is served by the glass. Salads on small plates were plenty and delicious, just enough to tag along with the main course. We will go back."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Had a very nice date night at Lucky! The wine was very good, appetizer was interesting and good, the salad was excellent as were the scallops. We had not planned to order desert, but the dark chocolate cinnamon combination proved irresistable and is one of the better deserts that I have had in a long time! The place was busy, but we felt well taken care of the whole time. I will return here again!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "House made tonic water that went in my vodka was outstanding. Fried chicken was superb as always. Portion size of the soft shell crab was surprising meager."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "This is wonderful date night place and dinner place for the family (minus the kids). The cocktails and dishes are memorable. We will definitely be returning!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Had a great time on Friday night. Food and drinks are always great! We had the mussel bowl and a dozen oyster then split the lamb shank. We couldn't have been happier."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I arrived before my reservation time to have a drink at the bar. The bar was busy but the bartender was great and it only took a few minutes to get a drink. Their cocktails are inventive and the ones I had were very good, they also have a great whiskey selection. I moved from the bar to my table once my group showed up (5 people) and the tab transition was seamless. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful. The food came out in a reasonable amount of time and was delicious! I had the pork belly which was one of the best meals I have had in awhile. Two people in our group had the buttermilk fried chicken looked wonderful and I was told it tasted as good as it looked."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Lucky, just off Market Square in downtown Roanoke, looks like a little unassuming neighborhood bar that should be serving the usual average "pub fare" - but, oh no - what comes out of the kitchen here is truly special. Innovative French-American cuisine with flair and style, absolutely delicious. The wait staff is equally professional and knowledgeable. The wine list, impressive. And the variety of cocktails - well, they too are both innovative and sinfully good. Get lucky, and if you haven't, discover "Lucky" in downtown Roanoke. You'll be thanking your lucky stars."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Lucky is one of our favorite restaurants in Roanoke. The food is consistently excellent, and the cocktails are imaginative and vary withe the seasons. It is obvious that a lot of thought and effort goes into this place!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "I've been to Lucky several times now, and every time it's been a perfect experience. Great service, great ambience and food that is ideally prepared. Lucky is interesting is that it's a bit of a chameleon: it's a great place to hang out and have drinks, it's perfect for meeting a group of friends for dinner and it's ideal as a romantic dinner spot, too."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Consistent and friendly. Hunter always makes you feel welcome."
    Dined on 3/31/2014