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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

4.5

ambience

4.0

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (12)
Special Occasion (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
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Casual (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Authentic (8)
Romantic (7)
Great Beer (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Fun (5)
Healthy (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Business Meals (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Live Music (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Live Sports (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Cozy (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined 3 days ago

Oysters Rockafeller..smothered in cream cheese? Nasty, just plain nasty

However, the fries on my husband's plate were excellent.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We were seated within minutes of our reservation time. Staff are friendly and efficient. They have a very nice wine list. There are many offerings and the prices are very good. We had a lovely bottle from their Interesting Whites list. Food was average. The bread in the bread basket was dried out. It is served with a nice olive oil dipping sauce. I had a shrimp and veal dish that was good but the sautéed vegetables had a musty taste to them. My dining partner had a Brazilian stew with mixed meats and sausages and he liked it. I’d try them again but probably for a more casual entree like one of their subs or sandwiches.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Consistently great food over a number of years. Have favorites we enjoy as well as sampling specials offerings. Had a great server who made helpful wine and food recommendations.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

The food we ordered was very cold and not good at all

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Nice restaurant. Very pricey. The night that we were there it was very noisy Steak was not cooked the way it was ordered. Made reservations and it is set up you wait in line behind the ones that do not have reservations. Should have an area to check in for reservations.

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

We enjoyed most of our experience at Montanos. We made the reservations on line and had no problems upon arrival to be seated. HOWEVER, we were seated at bar-height chairs/table which was uncomfortable for our older friends to sit for that length of time. AND we were not happy to be seated near the live music because it was hard to talk loud enough to hear. We left without dessert and coffee because of the music. The on-line reservations might consider having specifics about where seated. Not near live music, not on bar-height chairs. BUT, we enjoyed the meal, and the wait staff was thorough and efficient.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Best place in the Roanoke Valley for good, fresh, prepared-to-your-likes food. Great service. Desserts you can't resist. If you haven't been, you are missing great food and service.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Live Sports, Afternoon Tea, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Casual, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

We have been to Montano's several time usually for a special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) and have never been disappointed by the food. This time we requested a quiet table for five to celebrate my wife's birthday. We were placed in the middle of the bar and the noise level did not allow for good conversation with our guests. The service which is usually very good was only fair as the waiter kept complaining he was busy working too many tables that evening and judging by wait times for drinks and refills he may have been right. Upon making the reservation and again at our arrival to the restaurant I mentioned we were there that night to celebrate my wife's birthday. This fell on deaf ears as no mention of it was ever made again. I'm sure we will go back for the food, but our overall experience on 12/21/17 did not meet expectations or live up to our past visits.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Had dinner with a group of 4 friends. The noise level in the restaurant was so high I could not hear the dinner conversation. The server seemed overwhelmed. He forgot one friend's salad and another friend's beer. The food was good and served reasonably quickly.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Casual
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Crowded noisy seating in side of gourmet foods store. Food is very good.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Service was excellent. I had the Tuna with crabmeat. I expected a better piece of fish but it was ok. The tuna also came with a handful of asparagus and a baked potato. The asparagus I expected the baked potato I didn't. I wish I had been given a choice. Next time I will quiz our server on what comes with the main dish.

Tags: Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Using Open Table really made the difference for us getting seated on time. People that had called in had to wait a little longer since Montanos is always busy.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The menu is huge and varied. The food is good. It is a busy place where locals dine frequently.

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·Dined on December 13, 2017

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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