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Montano's - Roanoke

4.3
178 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Good for Anniversaries (10)
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American
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Hours of operation

Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 10:00pm
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(540) 344-8960
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Casual Dress
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What 178 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.0
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4.1
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Greensboro)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Most might say a restaurant in a strip mall is not going to be "all that" but our Valentine meal here was rather nice. the food was great. the server was wonderful and the deserts amassing. The entire night's meal was wonderful and came out fast considering the holiday.

Will come again.

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vipRushfan (Richmond)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

It was Valentines Day. Despite a huge crowd the service and food were great

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Judy (Richmond)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

We eat here frequently. We like the ambiance. Service is always good. We have a few dishes we particularly like. We do not like all their choices. The salads are good and pasta dishes. It can get very noisy.

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BeverlyD (Richmond)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Enjoyed a nice Valentine dinner. The service was excellent - even on such a busy night. They limit you to a 90 min dinner, but with no issues, that’s plenty of time for four courses.

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NancyG (Richmond)
1.0  Dined 7 days ago

We have always liked Montano’s and decide to go there with friends for our anniversary and Valentine ‘s Day. We were told about the one and half service time wish we had been told this when made reservation. Waitress took order and right away our salads came out. Maybe 3 minutes later our dinner came no place to put salads which we had just started. The table was very small for salads,dinner plates ,wine glasses ,water glasses and plates for oil. From the time we sat down till the waitress brought the bill 45 minutes had passed could not enjoy meal or conversation with friends. Food was good ...steak was little dry and veggies were not hot. Not please with this dining experience.

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DebbieS (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The waitress was excellent and right on top of things. Very attentive. The order was taken quickly she refilled our glasses and checked on us numerous times. The food came out quickly and she even asked if we wanted her to bring the toddlers' food out first (which we did!). Food was excellent. The only thing I was disappointed in was our table was crammed in a corner with hardly any room against the wall to pull the chairs out, plus there was too much extra "stuff" on the tables, i.e., flowers, mason jars, etc., for toddlers to play with. We asked the waitress to take all of that away. I should have stated that we had 2 toddlers and an infant with us; perhaps we would have been seated at a better angled table with a little more "wiggle" room; but that was my fault I didn't state that on the reservation form. Overall a good experience with the exception of the crammed table.

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OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent, unfortunately their seems to be a disconnect with the Opentable reservation system as the reservation was not on their books. We had called to change the number in our party and found they did not have the reservation. We were told this was not uncommon and we should call instead. I’m glad we called. We tried to change the number of our party through Opentable and were unable to do so.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

I took my friend for her birthday dinner. The meal was delicious and the service excellent. I can always count on Montano's.

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vipdreinker (Toledo)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Unique and tasty food matched with great service.

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MarF (Richmond)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We were taking some friends to dinner and chose Montanos over other options for two reasons....creme brûlée and great wine selections. Unfortunately we drove an hour to find that there was not a single bottle of moscato in the place and they were out of the second option..a sweet reisling. After eating our meal, which was delicious as always, we ordered dessert only to be told they were out of creme brûlée. Very disappointing to drive such a distance and not enjoy what we drove there for.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Great! Crab cakes were on point as usual and I had the twisted surf n turf that was spectacular!

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LThompson (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Montanos has the best selection of food in Roanoke, and the meals we've ordered have always been delicious. We were seated promptly, and our server was excellent. The food came out promptly although the restaurant was busy. We had wine, various entrees and desserts. Montanos has the best dessert menu in town, and everything we ordered was great. There were only two real complaints. The tables at the rear of the restaurant were packed so closely together that our guest kept getting his chair bumped everything someone walked by and it happened a lot. The staff kept pushing tables together to accommodate larger groups and there just wasn't enough room. Second, while we were finishing our dessert and wine, the hostess came by and put a reserved sign in the middle of our table for the next party which was rude and seemed to be trying to force us out. My friend commented "well, I guess we're getting kicked out." She could have waited until we got up because the sign she put on the table indicated the next party's reservation wasn't for another 45 minutes. Anyway, that is a small issue. Overall, I have very positive things to say about this restaurant. I love coming to Montanos.

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vipmaestro (Richmond)
2.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

In spite of our specific request to be seated in the rear dining room as a part of our reservation, the host hustled us off to the bar, where it was very noisy and not the most pleasant dinner environment.

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vipsunsetdon (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Montano’s is one of my favorite restaurants in Roanoke. The service is always outstanding, the selections rival the menu at a Chinese restaurant and the food is always excellent. We had a nice lunch - soup and salad for me, Reuben sandwich for her.

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Hokie (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Found a great new to is wine. Need to go more often!

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

We loved everything we ordered! We will be back! It’s our family’s new favorite?

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vipswirtRN (Richmond)
2.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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

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

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Thanks, again, to Chris for GREAT SERVICE. Yep, it was worth shouting about.

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vipMariatini (New England)
3.0  Dined on January 5, 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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Doc49 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 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.

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Foxeod (Richmond)
2.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
3.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

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Elizabeth (San Francisco)
3.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

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

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THATguy1 (Richmond)
3.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 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.

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Magoo (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

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

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