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About Montano's - Roanoke

Philip Montano always dreamed of owning his own delicatessen. In 1969, he opened Chef’s International Gourmet in the Roanoke Valley. His place was the first gourmet specialty shop in the area and it was a tough sell. Montano won customers with quality specialty ingredients on his shelves, a bright smile and a warm nature.

In 1988, the permanent location for Montano’s opened at Townside Festival Mall with 150 seats and a small but well stocked gourmet shop, complete with delicatessen, wine selection and imported beer area.

The restaurant now seats 252 and includes a private banquet room, an outdoor cafe and a 40 foot carved wood and mirrored cocktail bar. Phil Montano still regularly works in the business, which is now run by his son, Marty Montano.

3733 Franklin Rd SW
Roanoke, VA 24014
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options

Phone Number:
(540) 344-8960

Website:
http://montanos.net/roanoke.restaurant/

Montano's - Roanoke Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (12)
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Casual (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Good for a Date (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Romantic (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Fun (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Authentic (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Business Meals (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Healthy (4)
Live Music (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Live Sports (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Cozy (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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Spicy (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Service was Great and my Friends all had good food enjoyed our time together.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The bass was, as always, excellent. We were seated slightly ahead of our reservation time; the waitress was very attentive, but erred on my drink order and seemed to not be aware of the accompanying items with entrees. This only slightly diminished the evening. Montano's is a favorite of ours and never fails to brighten our day.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Try to get to Montano’s when we are in Roanoke. Still love this place after 20+ years.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Our family has been meeting at Montano's for our pre-Thanksgiving Day meal, the latest being November 22, 2017. Montano's is always very accommodating and the food never disappoints. We are looking forward to many more meals at Montano's -- not only for special occasions!! Our service is always good and this time Marty came out to speak to us. We shall return.

Tags: Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Two of us ordered shrimp pasta dishes. The shrimp were greatly overcooked. Service was slow and tables are crowded. I’ve had much better experiences there in the past.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

I took my husband there for his birthday and he was VERY happy with the meal and service!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Thank you to the wonderful staff at Montano's. You always make the evening enjoyable!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 8, 2017

This is a very popular restaurant that has been open over 40 years. Reservations are a good idea most nights and parking can be an issue. I had blackened Ahi tuna and my guesthouse the shrimp etouffee. Both were excellent. The service was also excellent although we could have used just a little more attention to our drinks. Other attractions: Trivia Tuesday and live music on Thursday and Saturday.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Consistently great experience. Great jazz music and great beer selection.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great Beer, Live Music
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Specials looked really good and my friend enjoyed his steak and shrimp special. Another friend had a beautiful plate of grilled vegetable as her main course. Shrimp FraDiavolo was also good as usual. I enjoyed my chicken Montano but I did not care for the brown sauce with the angel hair pasta. Our server was slammed all
Night but did an excellent job keeping our drinks filled and checking in on us.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Always a fun experience! Thank you for your great service and food!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Prompt attention in seating. Service was very good. Food was timely and delicious. Would recommend highly.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Extensive menu. The three dishes we had, shrimp, steak and ribs, were all very good.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on October 24, 2017

The best. Enough said. Doesn't get any better than this from the kitchen to the service to the overall experience: the BEST.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great service, great food, & the deserts are fabulous.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Healthy, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 21, 2017

As always, great food and service. Thank you! See you again soon!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 14, 2017

A local favorite. Great specials! Service is wonderful --- some of the staff has been there for over 20 years and they are helpful, skillful, attentive, and conscientious!

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

A little loud surprisingly but everything else was fantastic. Our server Kelly was very personable, attentive to our tables needs & made this experience even better. Our table of 5 was very pleased with our appetizers & dinner selections. Thank you, happy customers!

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Live Sports, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Seasonal
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Good food, great service, but VERY noisy and crowded. You sit on top of people.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Casual, Great Beer
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

The food was exceptional. The staff were very accommodating. The sun room was perfect for our needs even though sports on tv while dining is not our thing. But since there was no sound it didn't bother us.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Toledo)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Flavorful and interesting food, excellent server advice, perfect service, and even live entertainment...what more can I ask for?

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Summer did a wonderful job in surprising my Husband for his birthday! Great job!

Tags: Great Beer, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food was good, but not special. Wait staff was good, and appetizers came out ahead like they were suppose to, but the salads came too early. This place is very popular and they were slammed. Pretty good considering the circumstances. I had the burger and fries. They serve ketchup in pre-packaged packets. Unusual for a restaurant of this caliber.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Live Music
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Our waiter was awesome as well as the food! Would go again in a heart beat!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fun, Casual
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

I love this food! I've never gotten any menu item that wasn't delicious! The cheese and spinach stuffed salmon has become my go to even though I read the entire menu every time!!! Always seem to go back to it!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Fun, Casual, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

My favorite place to go in Roanoke! The food is always great and the live jazz combined with lots of screens for sports is a real plus. If you don't like those, choose the quieter side of the restaurant. They have more beers than I have ever seen in one place, plus wine and a full bar, and great desserts! Make a reservation on the weekend with OpenTable!

Tags: Live Sports, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 9, 2017

At 9:00 the staff began removing all chairs and tables. While diners were there they started vacuuming, cleaning the windows, floors, etc. Not a good atmosphere

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Great food and great service. The live music was just right....not so loud that we couldn't carry on a coversation

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Fun, Authentic, Cozy
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·Dined on August 30, 2017

Only concern had soup and sandwich combo. Soup was not hot enough when served. Did not have time to send back and wait for another bowl.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Reservation was to celebrate our friend's anniversary. They were impressed. Great food and wine list. Would certainly visit again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Food for four was very good and the service was excellent

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 24, 2017

This dinner occasion was to listen to the band with friends. The food at Montano's is always good and there's a wide variety of choices. The staff is always friendly and attentive. My favorites are the sea bass and the mussels with spicy marinara sauce. Bread is also delicious and served with herbed olive oil. Electric vibe is in the air when live music performances are scheduled. A true local favorite.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

This is the first time we have been there for dinner. The hostess was quite rude. The server was rushed and would not stay long enough for us to order. The food was quite tasty but cold.

Lunch has always been excellent. We will try again, but if we have the same experience, it will be the last time.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Excellent time had by the both of us! Was our anniversary and Montano's was just the place for such an occasion.

Tags: Romantic, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Just wasn't good food. My wife and I both had one of the specials and they were not worth the money. Not to mention the fact that the tables are shoved so close together you may as well join in on the conversations of your neighbor. This is the first time we have visited for dinner and will not be returning.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Very nice atmosphere. Good service and great foot.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Excellent choice when visiting the Roanoke Area. Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Authentic
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·Dined on July 21, 2017

Soup was cold and food was ok....waitress was great

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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Upon arrival the hostess was not friendly at all. Our food was not seasoned very good. Another party we were with got a sandwich that was far better than any of the entrees prices at a substantially higher price. Atmosphere was great but friendliness of the servers could be improved.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Always good food, always excellent service and always see friends eating there. Only problem this time was that out of six meals one was about 8-10 minutes behind the others, and that person elected to takeep most of his meal home. Not a huge problem.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Afternoon Tea, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Casual
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