Stefano's, an italian kitchen

Stefano's, an italian kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://stefanosonthemarket.com/
  • Phone: 5403436644x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Small Bites and Cocktails 2:30 - 5PM

    Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday - Closed


  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European, Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Meghan Gill
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Market ST SE and Campbell Ave
  • Parking: No
A word from Stefano's, an italian kitchen


Our goal is to exceed your expectations while delighting you palate and your eyes.

Stefano's, is located on the Downtown Roanoke's Historic Market Square. We are a 20,000 sq ft facility housing Stefano's Bistro and Cafe, Roanoke's Only in-door Cigar Bar, working Art Studios and varied Event spaces.

Our menu is available both in the casual Cafe, in the relaxing and more intimate Bistro, as well as on our Outside Dining Patio on the Market Square.

We specialize in Italian and Mediterranean dishes, classically composed and then plated with a hint of France. You will find the Marsalas, Picattas, Ossobuco, House Made Ravioli, classic and innovative salads, appetizers, desserts and More ..... All Made From Scratch and prepared Fresh for each order.

"Try it, you'll like it" :))

Stefano, Owner and Kitchen Meddler
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Stefano's, an italian kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
14 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (8)fit for foodies (8)neighborhood gem (6)notable wine list (6)good for groups (5)great for outdoor dining (5)romantic (5)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (3)great for lunch (3)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I have dined at this restaurant a few times to date and the food, service and ambiance is always consistent! Excellent!!! Five Stars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mightymouse
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We did like Stefano's however some of the pasta dishes lacked flavor. Have had better Italian food elsewhere. In our party of eight, three of the diners were not satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food
    passingthru
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Really enjoyed dinner. Ordered the special Delmonico and was very glad I did. Cooked to perfection and sat atop delicious sides. Perfect pairing. As previous reviewers have said, order a side salad. They are tasty and a great way to start the meal. While other reviewers had an off night for service, we did not. Had very good service and we're tended to throughout the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This restaurant is excellent!! I dine out frequently and the food at Stefano's compares to some of the best restaurants in Washington, DC. Thrilled to find such a quality restaurant in Roanoke, VA. Highly Recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    Danny77002
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    They handled my team of 17 people very well. The food was terrific! And the service was top-notch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We should have read some of the reviews as it was sad to be at lovely place that seems to be dying. When we finally got the food it was delicious. Service was very slow and when I later went inside to the rest room saw that our waiter was also the bartender so no wonder. We ate outside on a lovely evening and we surrounded by empty half cleared tables .
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  • Good food
    MikeyVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Good service, great wine list, and good food. We know and like the owner, who is also very personable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    picky
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This is the second time I have eaten at Stephano's. Both times I had the Grilled Salmon...the best I have ever eaten. Others in my party had chicken and spahetti with meatballs. All of us "cleaned our plates." We experienced good and friendly service. The cherry on top was the bowl of cotton candy at the end. Highly, highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • John
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food was okay, the service was poor. The people were friendly but seemed like they hadn't been trained.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • two nights in a row
    Saba
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Ossobucco was excellent, we tried 5 different entrees , all were delicious and presentation was excellent. Owner on premise, he was friendly and hospitable. My only complaint, the wait staff although plesant provided slow service , was not as polished as they should be for an upscale dining experience .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stefano's
    Bill
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We were disappointed to find the same 202 Market restaurant and was expecting a brand new Stephano's Italian restaurant. There was much of the same 202 menu with some slight changes but did not find a robust Italian menu. The staff and owners are all the same from 202 Market. Regret we probably will not return.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprised at Stefano's
    Starcity4food
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Not sure what we expected, especially when we found the restaurant dining room almost empty at 7:30pm (we later found out that the outdoor dining was packed!). The food was fresh, light and well seasoned. Portions were very appropriate (not overwhelming). Chicken Marsala and the stew were fabulous. Pasta was extremely light and flavorful. The tirimasu was a perfect finish. The dining room was excellent setting (music a little loud). Definitely a return visit, especially for downtown residents!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 2 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 57 reviews are from the Stefano's, an italian kitchen reviews archive.
  • Bad experience
    2foodiesVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    This place recently changed their menu (again, it seems to happen every other month). We decided to try out the new Italian fare and were disappointed. Service was terrible... staff could not answer basic questions about the menu, and everything took an extremely long time. We were one of only two tables in the restaurant for dinner (?). Tables are not intimate or comfortable. Of all the great restaurants in downtown Roanoke, I would stay away from this one. It is still the same poorly managed 202.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Fantastic
    Alinenthal
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This is our "special"night out place. We've been here a lot and never let down. The filet is the best in town and they have a great wine list. Just absolutely fantastic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    karrot
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Good, varied menu. Accommodates special requests. Service was good, though sometimes it can be inconsistent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nightclub w Good food
    PUpton
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    The place was not what I expected - had only small round tables, no place to seat a table of four who wanted more than just drinks. We were there at the beginning of the evening, some of the tables didn't look clean like they missed wiping them down at the end of the night - chairs had crumbs on them....which makes you wonder how clean the kitchen is. However, the food was very good, but the service was a bit disjointed.
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  • An Unexpected Delight!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    My husband and I chose Stephano's for dinner returning from a conference in DC. Living in "foodie friendly" Asheville, NC, and my husband being an Italian from Montréal, we expect a lot from a restaurant, especially an Italian restaurant. We were not disappointed-in fact, we were amazed at the quality of not only the food, but the service, the ambiance, the music-everything was superb! The pasta is home-made and delicious. We both had the Pappardelle Bolognese,which was divine. We had the flourless chocolate lava cake for dessert, which was wonderful, and very artfully presented. We will most definitely return. We hope that Roanoke embraces this gem of a restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Parmiki
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    My husband and I go every year for our wedding anniversary. We always receive fantastic service for everyone there!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Ate dinner with another couple. Food/ambience/service were all very good, and setting was perfect for talking, not a lot of background noise. Had a separate area with live music as well as outdoor seating, both of whih seemed great also but we opted for more intimate setting.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ideal location, but on food
    JJones
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    This was my third attempt to eat at 202 and I was greatly disappointed (mirroring my last two experiences). The Sunday Brunch did not have a "brunch" item, but merely powdered eggs, frozen sausage, and overcooked bacon. There was a salad bar with only lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers, and desert pieces that were under cooked. I tried hard to over look these mishaps, but the owner insisted to hover over my shoulder the majority of my time sitting down with my wife-to-be. We will not be returning to 202, even though we live a few blocks away. It's an absolute shame that someone owning this establishment has allowed so many discrepancies take place over a lengthy period of time
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty food and classy ambiance
    roanokediners
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    4 of us ate here last Sat. evening to celebrate a job offer. The restaurant had a very classy ambiance with low lighting and an intimate number of tables. We started dinner with a bottle of wine and the 202 Market Spread (4 spreads with grilled pita and toasted bread). The spreads were delicious and just the right amount of appetizer to split between 4 people. Our service was excellent, and the owner came over to speak with us and make sure that everything went well. For dinner I enjoyed the Pappardele Bolognaise, which upon first glance looked like a small portion but turned out to be just the right amount of food to fill me up. My boyfriend had the 18 Hour Braised Short Rib and also enjoyed his dinner. Dessert was a mix of 4 gelatos. Yum!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • valentine's day
    kleats
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My fiancé and I went to this restaurant for dinner and expected a romantic well run restaurant based on reviews online. We were sat down in a lovely room with good ambiance but the waiter did not appear for at least 10 mins to take our drink orders. Another 10 went by before he brought them. Every stage of service was slow and customers around us were all complaining. We received the wrong appetizers and no apology. We were informed after 3 hours that the reason it was taking to long was that their credit card machine was down. The food was fine but the reason I won't go back was the poor service and lack of communication to patrons about issues along with no sign of an apology for all the problems.
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  • Great ambience and service
    JOinVA
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    While nearby construction may have lessened the numbers at the restaurant, I had a great meal, accentuated by great service and ambience. I definitely would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Our waiter Justin recognized immediately that we were new to the restaurant and unaccustomed to the level of finery on display. The food was incredible; easily the best chicken I have ever tasted. Justin recommended lime mint sorbet for dessert coupled with a lemon sorbet; amazing decision. He even brought out cotton candy at the end. The entire night went by smoothly. Even the owner came by the table, dressed in a pristine tux, and thanked us for our business.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening
    DonC
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Food was great. Service was very attentive. Will definitely return. New menu was a hit.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    3 people in my group had the 8oz filet, all different temps, and they all came out cooked perfectly and were probably the best steaks we've ever had. The service was very good and the dining room was nice and quiet for a Friday night. We would definitely go back again for a special occasion or nice night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has potential
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    Had a business lunch there. We were placed in the back dining room which was very nice. Perfect ambiance. We would have left if that option were not available. Normal lunch seating area is way too loud and not comfortable at all.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food slow service.
    nikki
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Amazing selection of gluten free items and the best chicken around. Wine is overpriced (10$ a glass for wine that I just got for 13$ a bottle). Service was once again veeeery slow.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet special evening
    annon
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    Dinner in the gallery was special. It was quiet, dark, candle it with dark wood and red walls. Food was outstanding. Service was first rate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb food
    LadyD
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Really have to recommend the Ossobucco...it was fabulous! The PEI mussels were really good and would highly recommend these. The wait staff is thorough and does not interrupt the dining experience. The wine selection is reasonably priced and the recommendation by the server was just right for our entrees. Also enjoyed a quick visit to the kitchen and watching the preparation on the screen...foodies will LOVE it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit
    1Martian
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    This was our first visit to 202 Market. We found the atmosphere quite and inviting. The food was excellent, proper sized portions, unique tastes, great presentation. The prices were what we expected but reasonable for what we received. The wait staff were very attentive. An excellent find for special occasion dinners.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Dinner!
    Dinner4two
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    Went on a quiet Tuesday evening and it was fantastic. We had some questions about the menu and everyone was very friendly and even the owner came over to chime in. Each part of the meal was delightful. We were already talking about going back and then they brought us out a complimentary bowl of cotton candy. Now we are definitely going back.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyed it
    luvlb
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    First time for dinner. Food was delicious and good portions. Dining area a little dark. Service a little slow since only a total of 5 tables of 4 or less people were dining. We were too full for dessert but surprised the offer to order was not presented to us.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    The restaurant is in a separate room, behind the stage and bar. Well appointed, warm atmosphere, inviting. The background music contributed nicely. Fairly quiet; easy to converse with others at your table. Broad menu. Our large group selected a variety of meals, and each was excellent. Full bar; extensive wines. Great desserts. I would highly recommend and will return soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first impression
    maestroVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Will probably visit again, in case the entrées selected were an anomaly. Dishes were rather bland.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent restaurant
    TravelerVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Food, wine and service was excellent. Don't pass this restaurant bye.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience!
    JENJR
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    My wife and I had a wonderful experience on Halloween evening and highly recommend 202 for it's fine food and superior service. The Osso Bucco was the best I have had anywhere in America. My wife's salmom was delicious and cooked perfectly. Our server Chris did a nice job of making us feel welcome and was attentive to our needs. He went the extra mile to ensure we had a memorable experience. Try this place; you'll love it!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some of the dishes were good
    Mike
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Some of the dishes were good and some were very average. The staff was nice and attentive.
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  • Great Dinner before a show
    Cutter0104
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Very good meal utilizing their new italian menu. Reasonably priced, good atmosphere form a date. Quality drinks from the bar. Loved the "cotton candy" as a fast free dessert
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    table4sheetz
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    The food and atmosphere were both exceptional. We chose this venue to celebrate my husband's birthday and were not disappointed. I chose the Red Snapper special and it was delicious. My husband ordered the ribeye and it was perfectly cooked. The dining area was intimate and romantic and the staff were attentive. I would highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.