Preston's

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
“The leading restaurant in the New River Valley, Preston’s specializes in farm-to-table dining featuring premium meats and sustainable fresh seafood choices. Preston’s local artisan cheese selection, signature dishes such as the Seared Atlantic Salmon, the locally famous House-smoked Trout Crostini, and - of course - sumptuous house made desserts are some of the reasons you want to visit. Preston’s is known also for its progressive Wine Spectator Award winning wine list including many fine Virginia labels, hand crafted cocktails, and attentive service . Various nightly promotions make Preston’s always a fun place to celebrate great food and drink.”


Preston's serves breakfast and luncheon buffets daily with a rotating menu providing a variety of delicious fare including healthful selections. Dinner features an a la carte menu with selections for the most discriminating palette. Preston's is also the place for the New River Valley's finest Sunday Brunch.
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WD
Richmond
48 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We dined at Preston's for Sunday brunch. We arrived promptly at 11:00 am when brunch begins. There were several customers already seated and in line to be seated. Our server, Melanie, was pleasant and responsive. We enjoyed Mimosas before initiating the grazing process. The atmosphere was pleasant with a pianist playing hits from the 40s. Preston's brunch is well laid out and easy to navigate even when the dining room is fully occupied. There are several attentive Preston staff members ensuring that the dishes are hot/cold and neatly presented. The prime rib and steak were especially tender and the bacon crisp. The sides included crusty (this is good) mac and cheese, sauted vegetables, and a broccoli/cauliflower casserole. There were no potato dishes or breakfast starch (i.e., grits). My husband missed an omelette to order. Regardless the selection was quality. Bottom line: brunch at Preston's is the best value in the New River Valley. We will return.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is now a tradition for our family. What a wonderful place to celebrate Christmas 🎄✝️ with your family! The General Manager is Awesome!! The Servers are ALWAYS incredible! Every single person who works here on this particular day celebration is truly the epitome of what you want to get when you go to a five star restaurant! (And we’ve been to quite a few of them!) Amazing! Beautiful! Incredible! Awesome! And then there’s the Christmas Trees 🎄 🎄 WOW! Breath taking!
What a beautiful, beautiful place to go! Merry Christmas to each one of you!
Gratefully and Respectfully,
The Donaggio family

JS
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience3

Food from buffet was not hot at 9am when we were there. Pancakes were lukewarm and tough. Disappointed because I had guests visiting from out of town. Had not had such an unsatisfying experience there before.

TW
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

I wouldn't recommend the brunch. Preston has remodeled and the food quality and number of choices was disappointing. They had a great Santa and photographer for the Santa brunch, but we'll most likely look for another option.

JM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Not a large menu but the food was great. Was a bit busy when we arrived (and we arrived early). We were going to sit at the bar for a drink so we were early but the bartender was off delivering a room service order which we thought was rather strange - not sure if that's an unusual occurrence or if the bartender often wears multiple hats. The manager jumped in to help which helped.

ST
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This was my second time attending a Sunday Brunch at Preston's. My friends and I enjoyed ourselves. Two things: our water was not refilled and checks were placed on our table before we asked for them. I believe I can have an opinion about this because I was a waitress for years in college. Everyone forgets things, that is a guarantee. However, it is your job as a server to be observant to your tables and what is missing. You never just print out checks and place them on the table. What if we wanted more mimosas? You're missing out on a chance to get more money for the restaurant which would lead to a higher tip. Also, it makes your customers feel as if they were rushed. We let the checks sit there until we were good and ready to pay for them.

B
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Worst seafood buffet I ever had!!!

Food was dry, very dirty buffet tables, many empty dishes and bowls for offerings .

Service was slow and incompetent.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Need more international vegetarian options

DA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The perfect place to meet for brunch with our daughter and her friends after game day.

H
Richmond
26 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice quiet restaurant on the Virginia Tech campus and a nice place to enjoy Sunday brunch. Price at $22.50 was a little expensive although they include a champagne mimosa. Food was very good but nothing special. The usual brunch items were available (scrambled eggs, eggs benedict, bacon, sausage, fruit, french toast) as well as several lunch items (carved roast beef, salad makings, salmon). Several desserts were also offered. My one small complaint was that there was no omelet station and the only bread offering was a dinner roll - no toast or English muffins. Coffee and tea were included.

RM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Friday night seafood buffet was delicious. There was a good variety of seafood items, and the service was excellent.

MI
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding. The seafood buffet was delicious and fresh. I will certainly return whenever I am at Virginia Tech.

JR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the absolute place to go for Sunday Brunch. Period. We've now been several times and it's spectacular every time. Their Eggs Benedict is always on the buffet and it's some of the best I've ever had. From breakfast to lunch items, make sure you eat small portiond because you'll want to try a lot of different foods.

RM
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner following an awesome Virginia Tech football game!

HM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. The service was wonderful and the staff was friendly and attentive. We will go back on our next visit to VT. Always pleased with this restaurant.

JH
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We had a table for 12 and the service was as bad as it could be. We waited an hour for two appetizers to be served, then another half hour for food. When the food was served half of the dinners were wrong and two did not come until everyone else had finished eating. I realize we had a large party but there were only a few other people in the restaurant. Must have had a problem in the kitchen. Food was actually very good.

DS
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Business was extremely slow when we were there for lunch. The dining room was empty except for our party and one other party. Ours was a business lunch, for which we had reservations, and thought the restaurant was open until 2 or 2:30. At 1 p.m. the server indicated that since the restaurant was not busy, they would probably close early at 1:30 or 1:45. We tried to finish our conversation by 2:00, but it was uncomfortable because we were aware the staff was ready to close and obviously we were the only reason they could not. The staff was not unpleasant or rude, but it was not a good atmosphere. Evidently turning The Inn into a partial dorm has made a negative impact on the restaurant. We have made a business decision to conduct our lunch meetings elsewhere until Preston's service returns to what it was before the current housing situation.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Visiting my daughter at VT. We had a family group of 5 for the Sunday brunch and really enjoyed the entire experience. They had a young lady playing the guitar and singing and she added beautifully to the setting. The food was wonderful in terms of both taste and variety and the staff were quite pleasant and helpful. We will definitely go back.

CQ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Fantastic food, decent service, but the ambiance is more cheap banquet hall than the fine dining the prices would indicate and food quality deserves. Even dimming the lights would help a lot.

P
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

About the only thing I can suggest is that the bread pudding would be improved by the addition of a few (or a lot of) raisins. Otherwise, everything was great.

AF
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is one of the best restaurants in town. I proposed here and we spent our 1 year anniversary here as our "special dinner" it is a true fine dining experience. It gives me a classy Chicago vibe, and I love it.

MK
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was unbeatable. My son has a milk allergy, so they offered options to supplement the buffet! It was great!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

It was fairly empty so we expected better service, especially given that it was a buffet but the service for drinks and the check was very slow and the food was cold, dry and just not very good. Especially since it was over $100 for 3 people. Wouldn’t recommend based on this experience.

FT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dining experience. Will be back shortly!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So very accommodating with my gluten allergy and multiple other food intolerances. Made to order special items for me even though it was buffet style dinning that particular evening. The food was top quality and absolutely delicious. Everyone enjoyed there meals. The chef was fabulous and the wait staff including Clay our waiter was just terrific! We’ve got a new freshman and are members of the parents club at the hotel which qualified our son to enjoy a free meal while dinning with us. Even without that the value of the meals was well worth it! We will be back many...likely with each college visit.
Thank you!!!!

JR
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

It is hard to find fine dining in Blacksburg. This is one place that promises that, but ends up being more style than substance. Excellent wait staff and food presentation. They hit the mark there. Ambience was okay but brightly lit - think fine dining atmosphere with cafeteria lighting. Food was bland, lacking complexity and definitely not living up to the expectation put forward by the price.

CH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Salad: the “tastiest” part of meal
Appetizer: Pear/Brie; very disappointing, all I could taste was the pastry it was in.
Main entree: Very Bland, it had a very “colorful” presentation, but definitely lacking in flavor! Another disappointment. The Beef tenderloin said it was Herb crusted....there was no herbs on mine or my husbands that we could detect....
Preston’s private reserve Merlot: very good.

d
Charleston
77 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Relaxed atmosphere with live music and great service. Enjoyed the food options - lots of choices.

L
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our "home" institution within the Inn at Virginia Tech, so we've been there many times. The food is always good, staff friendly and efficient, and the ambiance welcoming. Best thing is that you can always count on their bread pudding!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Wonderful campus restaurant. The wait staff was outstanding, many of whom were students at Va Tech.

JR
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience! We are not a family who easily spend $22/person on a buffet, but we will absolutely be back and recommend Preston's Sunday Brunch at that price. The location was gorgeous. The service was fantastic and the food was phenomenal! That's a lot of superlatives, I know, but it's truly that good. It's worth every single cent.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Initially when I made my reservations I did not look at the menu. I thought oh being from Baltimore, MD and DeRidder,LA this was going to a great idea for SWVA; a seafood buffet. Well I got to see the menu the day of my reservation and I was very hesitant going (the menu didn’t scream seafood buffet). The husband still wanted to give it ago (it was date night). Items that were on hot plate warmer were cold and the poached shrimp were too ice cold. I went to look for a low country boil and I found soup/stew, which is not a low country boil. I wanted to eat the cook crawfish but I found nestled next to a dead whole fish, so I didn’t eat them. We each had almost one of everything. Dessert was decent but it appeared to be fresh off the Sisco food truck. The only items to that were fresh were the fruit selection. Disappointed that crab legs were not on the menu. Oh the cold mussels were horrible - the mussels were paired with blue cheese - that a blessed seafood sin ! The fish always had a sauce. Not one fish shined for what it was. Don’t know if I would go back.

CW
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food selection and everything is wonderful! fresh, inviting, and delicious. new buffet design is great and aesthetically pleasing. Will definitely try out the new seafood buffet on Fridays...

HH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect from the service, to the food, to the location, to the noise level. The staff in the buffet area were super friendly, helpful and talkative. One of the cooks/chefs even came to our table to check on us. It added a nice touch to the meal.

L
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we had a lovely time and a great lunch. I brought my family from NC here to enjoy the buffet, and it was delicious as always!

JC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The seafood buffet was very limited without crab legs and other items.

HH
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food was great for the most part. I was with someone who has celiac disease and she discovered that the potato casserole that was labeled as "gluten free" was actually NOT gluten free.
The mistake was corrected while we were there, but it creates a level of discomfort when food items are labeled inappropriately....especially if you are someone who has food allergies.

MG
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience1

We reserved a table at Preston's believing that we would eat in the dining room and select from the regular menu. When we arrived, we were led to a banquet room and provided only an opportunity to dine from a buffet - this was apparently the only service being provided because of graduation. We were not informed of buffet only dining when we made the reservation, otherwise we would have likely made other arrangements. While the quality of the food from the buffet was generally acceptable, it was not a very interesting selection of choices and certainly was not a very good value for the price that was charged. This was an extremely disappointing experience.

DK
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience1

There was a special Graduation Buffet the night we went. It was our prom night so i wanted to take my girlfriend somewhere extra special. I was extremely UNDERWHELMED and DISAPPOINTED. I paid over $80 for overcooked skirt steak and a salad. The deserts were OK. There was no notice about the buffet being that night either. I just wanted a sit-down dinner with m girlfriend. And It was 80 freaking dollars!!!

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch buffet for graduation weekend!