Preston's
Preston's

Preston's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.innatvirginiatech.com/dining_lounge/prestons_restaurant/
  • Phone: 5402310120x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 9:30am, Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 10:00am;
    Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 1:30pm;
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 1:30pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Wine Bar, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: David Oehring - Preston's Restaurant Chef: Jason Smith
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: All of our catering options are done through the banquet department of the hotel.
  • Private Party Facilities: We provide two separate rooms to accommodate private dining requests. The smaller of the two rooms holds up to 28 guests and the other room holds 38. We have AV equipment for rent as well.
  • Private Party Contact: Bianca Norton 5402310115x
  • Entertainment: Live entertainment on Thursday's from 5pm-7pm and Sunday's from 11:00am-1:30pm.
  • Special Events: We have special events from time to time in the restaurant. We have a monthly Wine Society dinner, a beer tasting dinner in the fall, holiday buffets in our ballroom, & much more.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: University City Blvd
  • Public Transit: We have a few conveniently located public transit stops near the hotel. One on Prices Fork Road and the other on West Campus Drive. We also have a complimentary shuttle for our hotel guests.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: We have plenty of parking available for guests.
A word from Preston's
“The leading restaurant in the New River Valley, Preston’s specializes in farm-to-table dining featuring premium meats and sustainable fresh seafood choices. Preston’s local artisan cheese selection, signature dishes such as the Seared Atlantic Salmon, the locally famous House-smoked Trout Crostini, and - of course - sumptuous house made desserts are some of the reasons you want to visit. Preston’s is known also for its progressive Wine Spectator Award winning wine list including many fine Virginia labels, hand crafted cocktails, and attentive service . Various nightly promotions make Preston’s always a fun place to celebrate great food and drink.”


Preston's serves breakfast and luncheon buffets daily with a rotating menu providing a variety of delicious fare including healthful selections. Dinner features an a la carte menu with selections for the most discriminating palette. Preston's is also the place for the New River Valley's finest Sunday Brunch.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Preston's reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelQuiet
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (14)fit for foodies (12)great for brunch (10)notable wine list (8)great for lunch (6)good for groups (5)neighborhood gem (4)romantic (4)scenic view (2)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The menu is far overpriced for the portion size and ultimately the quality. The food is good but it is not as good as it is expensive. Most importantly the portion sizes are absurdly small.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Average to less than average food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food left a lot to be desired, but the ambiance was good and the wait staff attentive and polite. It was fairly quiet. My pasta was extremely heavy and lukewarm and my husband's chicken portion was very small (and the only thing on the plate). It was convenient because we stayed at the hotel, but we will not eat there again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Preston's
    live2eat
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The decor is pleasant, neat and clean, nothing special. The menu is very limited (which is not in itself a bad thing) hors de ouevres, salads and soups are lumped into one category "small plates" while main courses are under the second heading "plates". I had the baby romaine salad, the parmesan tuilles were stale, and the salad just o.k. I also had the the seared tenderloin which was very good, as were the dijon-potato cream sauce and roasted brussels sprouts which were served along side. Service was timely, although within five minutes of bringing our check the waitress came by and announced that if we would give her a credit card she would be able to run it for us... Hmmm, nearly empty restaurant, but I guess it was time to go.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Morning Breakfast
    BBJJVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Very much enjoyed the Sunday morning breakfast buffet and the friendly serve. Omelet Chef Hector did a wonderful three cheese omelet to order! Will return again when back in Blacksburg.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food!
    FoodJunkie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The menu was just different enough to make the dining experience special. Every aspect was 1st class all the way!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was good, but the dinner was an appetizer, the price didn't fit what we got
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good and getting better
    Quitepleased
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The habit of changing menues has produced winners in the last few years. The currnet lunch menue has some very fine dishes, developments of all time favorites. Well plated, inspired post nouvelle dishes and reasonable servings have promted me to take friends and family five times to lunch and brunch in the last two weeks. The incredibly friendly service, to be more precise, the entire floor end of the staff, make it a truly enjoyable occasion, whether for business or entertainment purpose. A very appropriate wine selection and cooks and chef willing to accommodate the occasional special request, (time permitting of course) make this restaurant unique in the best sense of that term.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best nice restaurant in Blacksburg
    foodie
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Good food, very reasonably priced, nice wine list especially Virginia wines. We think this is the nicest fine dining spot in Blacksburg we have found. We will come back here next time we are at Va Tech.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just excellent
    SeriousFoodie
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My son and I were visiting Virginia Tech. This restaurant was in out hotel and I highly recommend it. The food, wine, and service were especially excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Grad Student Dinner
    OT123VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I picked Preston's from OT as the "nice" dinner after we settled my VT grad-student into her new apartment. We had a most enjoyable time. The pork tenderloin was exceptional (good) though the side-dish green beans were exceptional the other way. The jalepeno crab cakes were very interesting, good, but not great. The blue-cheese salad dressing served with the Romaine wedge was some of the best I ever recall. I don't like deviled eggs in general, but my wife said the one that came with my salad was wonderful. The wine list was a pleasant surprise including excellent Virginia selections. The entree prices are incredibly reasonable given the apparent effort put into the food. We will visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rushed us out
    Frequentdiners
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had an 8:00 pm reservation. They did everything they could to push us out by 9:00 pm. It was not a relaxing dinner. The decaf coffee was weak to say the least. The food was good and the service was fair.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good entrees, pass on dessert
    Ronaldo
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Entrees were quite good, nice wine list. Our server wasn't experienced & needed to be reminded about a wine order, though she was pleasant. Don't order dessert. Never seen a dessert portion that small. It was two bites for $12. We all laughed seeing such a puny offering.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a great lunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The lunch buffet continues to surprise and delight. The variety and quality of offerings is great and the servers seem to know you if you have been there before.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wish Preston's had been there
    VTparent
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    .....when my son was going to Virginia Tech! It is so convenient to campus and not only is the food truly excellent, the prices are reasonable. The wait staff are students and they give wonderful, friendly service. The decor is elegant and the tables all have a great view. A very pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch
    jsax
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The selection and food quality were excellent, even in the summer when it is less busy. The servers were pleasant and attentive. The atmosphere has a simple elegance (despite some patrons wearing shorts and very casual clothing).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 142 reviews are from the Preston's reviews archive.
  • Great Business Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The professional atmosphere and "business casual" setting is appreciated. The buffet is always interesting with multiple choices and an extensive salad bar. The servers seem to know everyone in the room.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Seating
    SecretChef
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Asked for a table by a window for the view and least noise as am elderly guest had challenges hearing. Also picked a time when there would be few other guests. We arrived first and were placed by window. With the rest of the tables empty the next guests were seated next to us and asked that the curtains be drawn - ridiculous! Server rarely checked on us. Guests at next table were loud and should have been seated elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Breakfast, brunch, lunch oh my!!!!!
    mhp22
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    If you go here for brunch, be prepared to not eat anything else for the rest of the day! There is so much amazing food that you will eat until you physically can't take another bite! I would highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Misinformed
    Montespertoli06
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Was not told beforehand that this was to be a fixed-price buffet- Not worth it and had we know it was to be a buffet we would have made a reservation elsewhere. By the time we arrived of course it was too late to make alternate plans as it was graduation week-end.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great service! Love that it wasn't crowded so the ambiance was more private and quiet! Great way to celebrate my graduation! Loved it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Grad Night
    serialeater
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We were there with a group of 10 for our son's graduation from Virginia Tech. The Ball Room was set up for a buffet, which was very good. Everyone enjoyed it and has a lot to eat! The prime rib was exellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • graduation banquet at Preston's
    DeMdeater
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Nice variety of foods including shrimp, fried chicken with papaya, salads, hand carved roast beef and a wonderful assortment of desserts made this a good choice for our party when we did not want to wait a long time at a table after graduation at a restaurant that did not take reservations. The ballroom setting did make it seem a bit institutional/conference/cavernous rather than a smaller restaurant setting would have. Overall-a good setting for dinner on a very busy Blacksburg weekend. The live music was a nice touch-unfortunately we were seated in the hall-brighter with a window, but not accessable to music.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    Hokie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    went there for Mother's Day buffet. MUCH better than the Christmas buffet! Very, very good! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not up to expectations
    Benn
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food as usual was very good. Unfortunately all other categories fell short. The service was average at best with college students replacing the typical, professional staff. This alternate location was okay if you were attending a wedding or a seminar rather than a family gathering for Mother's Day! I will ask in the future if the brunch is being moved from Preston's dining area and if so, will not make reservations in the future. I was well aware that the per person cost was increased and was more than willing to pay the amount but I expected something extra for that added charge. I was surprised that each mother did not receive even a flower or a small gift!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mothers Day Brunch
    BbrgFamily
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    It was a terrific social occasion brunch. Staff was very friendly, food was phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Virginia Tech
    usetobeVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We had dined at Preston's last year while visiting our Granddaughter at Virginia Tech, and decided to take her and her boyfriend there for dinner this year. We had a wonderful evening at the restaurant. The food was fabulous, the service was great, and we enjoyed a wonderful visit to campus....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    bejehot
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We ate at Preston's prior to a concert at the Moss Art Center. They were offering a special for the concert and I had received an email advertising it. The concert menu included a wonderful arugula salad then a choice of 8 different main courses from Filet to Salmon to Short Ribs. We had the Filet and Short Rib which was perfectly done and with creative sides! Dessert was included as well. We were in and out in about an hour. Delicious and great wine! This will be our place before any concerts! All reasonably priced too!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blacksburg Treasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Our office has dined at Preston's for Hoilday lunches as well as busienss meetings/lunches and never have we been disappointed. The food is excellent and the choices are varied. There has never been a time that the food has been below our expectations. The service at this visit was not up to its usual as we were seated by the hostess and the server took our drink order and brought our check but did not offer refills this is not the normal from our past dining experiences. Great and we will return whenever the opportunity arises.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter Brunch
    MomFromMaine
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We had a 1:30 reservation. We were not seated until at least 2:15. There were plenty of open tables and food, there must not have been enough servers. They said they had a computer problem. The food was decent, but there was not much of a selection. Roasted lamb and pork both dry. Shrimp cocktail and quinoa salad both very good. Dessert seemed out of a box, not home made. Being Easter brunch they were set up in a large function room instead of the normal restaurant. I would not go again for Easter brunch.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food. Poor seating.
    John
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I made reservations for my family to have Easter brunch over a month ago. Most of the food items were very good and there was plenty of variety. The seating was horrible and made our experience less than enjoyable on a major family holiday. We were seated directly in front of a main access door to the kitchen, and had to endure the constant noise of wait staff going in and out of the kitchen directly in front of our table. The poor waitress told us that other guests had refused to be seated in her section as a result. The restaurant had moved all the seating to a large banquet room and made a very poor choice of placing the table we were sat. They should gone with a few less tables. This pretty much ruined our family experience.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Small menu, but good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    I was surprised that this very large restaurant had such a small menu and did not offer any pasta or rice. However, the wine selection and food were quite good. The high ceilings and restaurant size made conversations "carry" easily since there were not many diners - another surprise since it was a Friday evening during high school Spring Break, and the hotel was sold out.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best thing on a Sunday
    CoachVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    I go there almost every week. It is the highlight of the week
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Brunch had a variety of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    The Brunch had a variety of foods. We especially enjoyed the salad bar and really liked the guitarist playing music during our dining.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have eaten at Preston's
    Benn
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We have eaten at Preston's on a number of occasions and find the service and ambience to typically to be excellent. The food served on this occasion was very good but just slightly below what we are used to, particularly the buffet selections. We will return again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wish more dessert variety
    FgonzalezVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We love to enjoy Preston´s because of the excellent quality in its service and food. Although, we would appreciate a different variety of desserts, we have been enjoying this buffet since 3 years and we found almost the same desserts every time we go. Maybe we are too into sweets and we expect something different but pecan pie, apple pie, mini cheesecakes, cheese cake, a kind of hot bread and chcolate cake are constants. Wish you could change this variety and surprise us the same way as with the rest of the wonderful food. Suggestions: pastries, ice cream, chocolate truffles, lemon pie, crepes Thanks!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet buffet place for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Preston's does not usually have many customers unless there is a conference there- so it is a good place for a quiet buffet lunch.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Belated 25th Anniversary Dinner
    TwoNCHokies
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    We really enjoyed our dinners of duck confit and crispy chicken thighs. Brad, the sommelier, did a great job picking a wine that went well with both our dishes. The chocolate bread pudding was excellent. A bit of a cross between bread pudding and warm chocolate brownie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent lunch for 10
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    The lunch buffet was delicious and the restaurant accommodations made a group lunch meeting easy, enjoyable, and effective. The service and people were great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service!
    happymom14
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    I e-mailed Preston's that we were celebrating my son's 21st birthday and wanted a special desert for lunch. They delivered perfectly-portioned, decadent chocolate cake slices with strawberries and a birthday greeting! The lunch service was spectacular, in spite of a busy, full restaurant. We were very pleased with the wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good choice with few choices
    diningprofessorVIP
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Open Table lists only this restaurant in Blacksburg. That worked fine for us for two reasons: (1) Preston's was the restaurant at the conference center/hotel where we were located -- so convenient, and (2) it's darn good food and service. There were two in our party. Over the three days there we tried several dishes: chicken thighs, steak, pork belly, mix of appetizers. All of the food was prepared well; the kitchen allowed us to substitute sides; the service was excellent; the wine list provided good choices. All in all, a solid restaurant in a college town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.