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Lucky

4.6
4.6
1101 Reviews
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Lucky specializes in shareable small plates/Tapas with influences from all over the world with commitment to using local sustainable products, paired with innovative cocktails, eclectic wine selections, and a massive spirits list.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (540) 982-1249

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Nicholas Kincaid

  • Private party contact

    Cameron McWhinney: (540) 982-1249

  • Neighborhood

    Roanoke

  • Cross street

    Jefferson St

  • Parking details

    Parking is available 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.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wine

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What 1,101 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Virginia

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Greater Roanoke

    Best Overall

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    Best Food

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    Best Service

  • Greater Roanoke

    Best Ambiance

  • Greater Roanoke

    Fit for Foodies

  • Greater Roanoke

    Healthy

  • Greater Roanoke

    Notable Wine List

  • Greater Roanoke

    Romantic

  • Greater Roanoke

    Special Occasion

  • Greater Roanoke

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was very good the size of the plates were very small for what you paid
  2. KV

    KenV

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never a bad meal. Food and cocktails are the best Roanoke has to offer.
  3. TH

    TracieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous way to spend my birthday. Our server Helen was wonderful. I give 5++++ stars
  4. D

    Dstein

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unbelievable. One of our best meals ever. All the staff are incredibly friendly and helpful. They really seem to enjoy working there. And the food was both adventurous and delicious. We had several different dips for the oysters and I noticed one was based on flavors from Zimbabwe. (We have the only Zimbabwean restaurant in the US in Durham, NC, which is the only reason I would have recognized this.) Enjoy!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner! Everyone was extremely nice and helpful. The food was amazing. We had the pork belly small plate and the flat iron steak... highly recommended both!
  6. WR

    WilliamR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There's always an inviting atmosphere at Lucky. The food is sophisticated, the portions exactly right, and the cocktails inventive, delicious, like no others.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great staff!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Pros: The food was wonderful. Service was outstanding. Ambiance was very hip. Great for a younger crowd! Cons: The noise level was very high, which made it difficult to carry on a conversation with my date. The facility is not wheelchair accessible. Parking is not fun...especially if there's an event downtown. While the food was good, I didn't think the pricing was reasonable for the quantity of food we were served. Overall, we had a nice dining experience for two people who don't get out much!
  9. EK

    EKSLAGEL

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every time I go I don’t think it can get better… but it does.. I came here for a business dinner 7 years ago and it keeps getting better and better. The attention to detail in the presentation, ingredients, flavors is unmatched. They go beyond just ambiance, this is a full experience with no detail left unturned. Even down to the cocktails that hit every sense from the look of the glass, first smell of the garnish to the balance of flavors. (For bourbon lovers try the Cube and check out their amazing selection of bourbons) This is the perfect date night, solo dinner, out with friends, business meal, or just when you need that Lucky flair! Their flavors pull from all parts of the world. It is art from the moment you walk in to the first sip and the last bite. You know those moments where you take a bite of amazing food and suddenly everything else going on doesn’t matter? Where you look at the person across from you with wide eyes and smile shaking your head like “wow”? Those moments happen on every bite, every cocktail, and each dish. Lucky is a must go to when you are any where near Roanoke! #cheers
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food2service5ambience5
    Luckys staff and drinks are unmatched, just awesome. If they could just improve the food menu it would be just perfect. I can tell that they have been working on this lately so hopefully they will get there soon! Otherwise I love this place!
  11. j

    jables123

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    I used to love Lucky, it was quite possibly my favorite place to eat in Roanoke. I'm all for small plates, but if I'm being fully honest if you're going to charge someone $30 for two scallops then they need to be mind blowing. They were good, but not $15/scallop good. Also, some of the dishes feel unnecessarily small. Like the mushroom caviar, why not just put it in a nice dish and then give us 4-5 pieces of baguette. That way we at least feel like we're getting more bang for our buck. We spent over $200 and felt like we needed to go eat somewhere else afterward. We'll give it a shot again someday, but I'm hoping they can work out the kinks with the new menu. The cubes, bourbon selection, and service were wonderful as always!
  12. KG

    KathleenG

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you are in Roanoke you must go to Lucky! The craft cocktails are the best and the farm to table food is to die for! Sit at the bar if you want to watch the bartenders do their magic. If you want a more private setting, a booth is perfect. Everything about Lucky is pretty fantastic!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Definitely lost a lot from what it used to be. I don’t even think it is even owned or operated by the same people. The menu was much better, don’t like the new tapas. Not worth it for what you get. The service was excellent and the drinks were impeccable.
  14. G

    Gmkni

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Love this place! Best cocktails in roanoke! Food was absolutely delicious!
  15. S

    Strider

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Lucky is a lovely restaurant with excellent service.
  16. KV

    KenV

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Cocktails awesome. Food incredible.
  17. BR

    BillR

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience5
    I brought customers here before the pandemic and had a wonderful experience. Totally different experience this time. This is what we had: caprese salad: very good dozen oysters: very good, but sauces were bland...no horseradish octopus: very good gumbo: no flavor, dry and undercooked rice scallops: $30 for 2. Not much flavor flatiron steak: very good Mochi bites: good taste, very tiny bites Asked for salt and pepper half way through the meal, which made some things better. I just expected much better seasoning and flavor for the portion size and price.
  18. LA

    LexA

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    The food tasted amazing but the portions were very tiny. We shared multiple small plates and still left quite hungry. The drinks were delicious and the service was great. Would definitely return for drinks but not for dinner.
  19. RL

    RobertL

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and fantastic service. Will definitely return when I’m back in Roanoke.
  20. CN

    CNB1

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food, service, and atmosphere. Especially appreciate that so many menu items are gluten free or modifiable. We get to Lucky every time we are in town. Such a treat! ♥️
  21. C

    Carla

    Kansas City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and drinks! Service was top notch!
  22. F

    Foodrebel

    Las Vegas

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love small plates (tapas) dining and Lucky did not disappoint. The service was superb, food was timed perfectly and was delicious. We tried several dishes and look forward to our next visit to try new dishes. Highly recommend
  23. TM

    TaylorM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were gifted a $50 gift card to Lucky with the warning that it wouldn't get us (2 people) all that far at the notoriously pricey Lucky. We had a great time and made sure to research their offerings in advance as to not be taken aback by the pricing, portion sizes, etc. Our cocktails were delicious and featured local goodness and were definitely a summer treat. The servers did a great job of explaining the menu and cocktail concept, describing our dishes, and making recommendations. We enjoyed cocktails, the oysters (and especially loved the shakalaka topping), caprese (admittedly more of a greens-heavy salad than a true caprese, but still delicious!), short ribs, and the quail. Everything was balanced, well-seasoned and fun. My biggest tip for visiting Lucky: be prepared to treat yourself and approach it as an adventure, not your next stuff-yourself meal. I think there's something to be said for small plates. Are you really enjoying your 20th bite of ribeye and fried potatoes? By the point, I think taste leaves the building. We savored every bite of each plate at Lucky and, as farmers, are grateful for the farm sources listed at the bottom of the menu. Looking forward to returning the next time they have a menu change-up!
  24. CN

    CaraNoms

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dinner and service. Loved the cocktail offerings as well. And the restaurant space is absolutely lovely.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend ‘the meal’ for 3-4. Plenty of food, timing was perfect and all dishes were exceptional!
  26. P

    Poffy

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was a bit reluctant to try the “new” Lucky because I really LOVED the “old” Lucky. BUT…we gave it a try and really loved everything we ordered. We had a party of three and each ordered 2 items and the cheese plate. And we were pleasantly full. Sharing was nice with this group however I wouldn’t want to share with less familiar people. Each dish had excellent flavor and there was a nice variety. We thought about ordering “ the menu” but didn’t because there were a couple of items that no one wanted to try. Favorites included the short ribs, potatoes and caprese salad. Drinks were excellent! Menu is pricey. We will definitely go back!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was a great dinner with some dishes we have never had . We ordered the whole menu of the small plates and was great to try everything. The staff was great and very friendly. Drinks were amazing!! Great place to celebrate my husband for his birthday. Thank you
  28. T

    Tonithefoodie

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I was excited to see the new menu. I liked it better than the old menu except I miss their amazing Brussels sprouts! I hope they change it seasonally. It’s pretty expensive for the area too, but the cocktails are amazing.
  29. MK

    MelK

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Despite enthusiastic attempts from the lovely Lucky staff to prepare us for the fact that you need to spend a lot of money and order many plates to leave without planning your takeout delivery to arrive at your house half-way through your meal, there's nothing that can quite prepare you. The food was creative and interesting. There's no doubt everything was local and much thought and talent was put into each dish. This does not change, however, the extreme issue. There was NOT enough food to constitute a meal. If you'd like to not leave hungry, you are going to need to order the entire menu of small plates (for 2-3 people if everyone likes almost everything). This alone will cost you about $180. We ordered four plates (one scallop - literally, octopus, salad, and potatoes) for two people. We both had to eat when we got home. That, a glass of wine (5 oz) and a couple coffees the size of cappuccinos set us back $80. Lucky's wants to be fine dining. Which I can understand and it seems like they have the chef talent to do that. However, they need to couple their small plates into actual meal sets. I've been to plenty of tapas restaurants. Few of those experiences could have prepared me for a $15 scallop (singular). Some other potential suggestions: - mark vegetarian/vegan plates as such. It's hard to understand all of the menu item ingredients (because so many are quite rare). - include free bread or SOMETHING. I've never before left a restaurant hungrier. - thank your wait staff - they're doing some heavy lifting for you. They did a great job, still didn't actually feed me. - include decently priced wine you can get at less than $11 for 5oz. Common. House wine. - get some stevia for your coffee - as stated above - figure out a way for people to easily leave knowing that a certain price will actually leave them full. To say I'm frustrated at that is an understatement. If I know I need to spend $100 to be full, at least I can know that.
  30. M

    Maman

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lucky’s small plates were excellent. The summer flavors were exceptionally brought together. Highly recommend the ceviche, tomatoes and African vegetables and the scallop and the oysters, as always.
  31. HS

    HarryS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    Had been in the past and the menu was better and there were entrees available. The new “small bites” menu was very esoteric and small. Had to go home and eat a frozen pizza. The Hurricane drink was good.
  32. p

    pdi4ever

    Baltimore

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was small plates and we ordered the menu! Wait staff was amazing and chef came by several times! Cocktails are unique and delicious 😋
  33. C

    Cumbria

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Great place to eat if you like food that is fairly tasty, stupidly pretentious, and equally overpriced. A couple of examples. A plate of scallops for two that only has one scallop. A plate of alleged octopus that might have two grams of actual octopus suspended in gelatin. All that, paired with a wait staff that spent more time talking to each other than paying attention to customers. This is the new version of Lucky, a formerly great restaurant. Now it's just a place for people with more money than sense.
  34. LE

    LaurieE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and wonderful service. What a dining experience ❤️
  35. SM

    SusanM

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious! Small plates with big flavor. Fabulous bar! Gorgeous quaint restaurant with tons of character. We loved oysters on half shell, scallops, veggies with an Irish Coffee for dessert!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, cocktails and staff are the best in town!! Always a fun evening at Lucky!
  37. S

    Steven

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice atmosphere. I’d suggest getting “the full menu” option for a date with two to just get every plate. They came out and talked about each plate and what it was which was a nice touch. Waters and cocktails were refilled frequently. Just a cool place.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is always a good time at Lucky!
  39. JJ

    JJones

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the new menu and cocktails. We ordered everything "the menu" option, and it was all fabulous. Can't wait to come back soon.
  40. d

    daver

    Western NC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner and experience at Lucky! We did the full tasting menu and was wowed by all the great flavors and tastes. A very unique restaurant, will definitely go again!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Lucky is rated 4.6 stars by 1101 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Lucky

18 Kirk Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24011

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Jefferson St

  • Neighborhood

    Roanoke

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking is available 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Nicholas Kincaid

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wine

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