Juniper Lounge at The Gin Hotel

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Rocca Bar Ristorante is located on the second floor of the Robert E. Lee Hotel. Overlooking Lexington’s Main Street, the bar and lounge have become a local favorite for after-hours cocktails, date night dinners, and live music in the warm season. The atmosphere is lively and informal, the cuisine is stylish and contemporary, and the flavor is authentically Italian with an award-winning wine list and adventurous cocktail offerings.
*In accordance with Governor Northam's Executive Order Number 63, all persons over age 10 are required to wear a face cover as described and recommended by the CDC in outdoor dinning areas*
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vipCritic
Richmond
62 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Waited half hour for server to arrive and another half hour to get appetizers. She never provided bread though we saw that it was served to another table by a different server. Sword fish was over cooked.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at Rocca’s the other night. We were promptly seated at a nice table on the outdoor patio. Our server was friendly and efficient. For apps, we shared calamari and cauliflower. Both delicious! We all had burgers that were perfectly cooked to order. We will be back!

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JenniferB
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good place to eat - good location. Indoor and Outdoor seating.

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MichaelT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good ambience overlooking Main Street in Lexington.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love the vibe here! The menu is small but everything is good. They have a gorgeous balcony overlooking downtown that’s awesome to sit on, weather-permitting.

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KayBee
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a very nice time dining on the outdoor terrace on a Friday evening. The restaurant was quiet as there are still restrictions due to COVID but we had an enjoyable time. The food was good quality considering it is a hotel restaurant, we enjoyed the fish and beef entree options which were served with fresh local vegetables. Despite being understaffed (we think? - and again, probably due to COVID) the servers were attentive to our needs and prompt in bringing everything to our table! Would visit again!

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Yaya
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was so reassuring to know everyone was following pandemic protocols. We had a wonderful experience.

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SaraV
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Menu is limited due to the virus. The only pasta dish was too spicy. Fist and Chips were excellent. Love the outdoor seating. Miss the flatbread and lasagna that they use to have.

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SamB
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Amazing service. Friendly staff. Will be back

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Jack
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad to have Roccas open again. We missed it. Great new entree the Angry Bird

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LindseyB
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at Rocca, the food was good and we loved sitting on there deck.

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vickig
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

cute place. busy Friday night at end of happy hour. Sat at the bar for drinks and dinner. Large parties ahead of us for meals. Pasta and chicken dish were very average. Caesar salad had no dressing using shredded romaine lettuce. disappointing

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine and great pasta!

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LisaN
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Lovely setting, excellent food, service a bit slow for this type of dining on a slow night.

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vipMike
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Our server was delightful but apologized a lot as she hadn't tried a lot of the dishes. Instilled with a bit more confidence and she would have had one more star.

There was a guitar player who was quite good but a bit loud.

The food is fantastic as is the value.

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LarryP
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The acoustics were awful. The noise level was to the point of being disorienting. The restaurant needs to be carpeted, and possibly add some sound dampening panels on the walls. The noise somewhat negates the good food and service that we experienced.

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SusanB
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The Rocca rolls were fantastic! Great spot to sit outside and enjoy the sunset.

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vipDave
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was sub-par even though we went for an early dinner. For example, silverware and napkins were not provided even though appetizers were brought out. We had to ask for it. Water glasses not filled up frequently enough.

The quality of the food is excellent so that is a solid plus for this restaurant as well as being in the historic Robert E Lee Hotel.

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SSLocal
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent dinner for anniversary and college visit. Balcony seating had a great view of Main Street. Temp was a little cool and music a little loud, but neither diminished our experience. Highly recommend.

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PeterK
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

A very good meal, start to finish...service was generally good but a little slow and not when needed. The noise level was quite loud, too loud.

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ChristianZ
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.. live music that wasn’t too loud.. overlooking main st. Was great

JH
vipJoanneH
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrating our daughter’s birthday. Very nice evening

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MAmama
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We visited during Parents Weekend, and requested outdoor seating. We were fortunate enough to be seated outside, and it was a great combination of delicious pasta, fun company, and good service. Prices were reasonable, too. Very happy to return when we're in the area!!

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DonnaD
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

My family had a nice dining experience. The pasta dishes were quite good. During nice weather, I would recommend sitting outside. The service was slow

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RfromPA
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined at Rocca several times in the past and have enjoyed it each time. The menu is varied and interesting. It's has choices for you whether you are looking for several courses or just something light. The staff is just charming. They really seem to enjoy talking to the patrons.

We like to sit outside where there is a great view down Main Street but it was a bit cold for that this weekend.

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NaniJani
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, waitress & waiters fast and efficient and great music on Wednesday night.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine dining restaurant in simple elegance. Al fresco seating is available and highly recommended on a pleasant, temperate night. Three of the four in our group selected the four-course, wine-paired meal option, and enjoyed it a great deal. The servings were well proportioned and the paired wines were excellent complimentary choices. The service was friendly, helpful and the meal was well paced. Talented chef - on par with the very best restaurants.
Be prepared for a wonderful evening. Reservations are a must.

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vipwilliama
Richmond
29 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Weekend regional Italian prix fixe menu continues to be excellent. Service was friendly. Highly recommend dining on the outdoor patio that overlooks downtown.

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BrendaE
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love the option of dining outdoors--very pleasant!

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JayR
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second time here and it does not disappoint we sat outside on their rooftop dining overlooking the quaint town the food was delicious the service was outstanding highly recommend the chocolate martini and the salmon that my husband had was delicious as was my chicken cutlet meal can't wait to come back!!!!! Thanks to ALL!!!!!
Totally our favorite here!!!!! Well done guys!!!
Mmmmmm
Suggestion-MAKE A RESERVATION !!!!
To avoid longer waits :)

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BrianM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Arrived Saturday night anniversary dinner wonderful experience had to wait a little while for outside seating waited at the bar small but interesting outside seating has great views down town Lexington dinner was very good on both sides of the table had one miscue quickly resolved if your looking for a place that’s different and well run this is it.

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RobertL
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice big booths in dining room. Best damn steak I’ve had in a long time. Very tender!

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KimS
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We were disappointed this visit. Our waiter was friendly but to start we were told there were four rolls in an order and only received three, then the calamari had only a handful of pieces and no marinara sauce. The steak was thin, the gnocchi is lemon sauce were much and the sauce had no flavor. We had to ask the man giving out water (who checked on us often, was very friendly) for dessert menus as our waiter was gone for 15 minutes. Ordered the chocolate martini, it came out in a rocks glass, looked like a Kahlua and cream with chocolate syrup squirted on the sides, no whipped cream or chocolate on top. Were told they were out of glasses and ingredients-no effort to change or comp anything. We filled out comment cards but still have not heard from anyone.

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Geoff
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The 4 course weekly specials with wine pairing is amazing. The food, combined with great music on roof top patio make for wonderful date night. A bit pricey, but well worth it.

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AmandaN
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed an amazing meal on the patio while enjoying great music. All of the staff are super friendly and very attentive and the food was absolutely amazing!

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vip6inBarca
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Spacious and airy restaurant with terrace seating on the 2nd level. Our food was really very good and our server was awesome!

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vipwilliama
Richmond
29 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Tuscan tasting menu with wine pairings - everything was excellent. Heather our waitress was very pleasant and efficient. We were told that Rocca is have a tasting menu from different regions of Italy each weekend. We will definitely return to try another region.

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dakota2037
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Recommend with reservations - and I don't mean a table scheduled! We've been here several times and there are ALWAYS issues. Last night was ridiculous. This is supposedly a top flight restaurant. We had a 19 year old male with us - who ordered a gourmet burger with fries. They had NO ketchup!!! One of our party ordered a gin and tonic which came with no lime. She asked for lime and was offered lemon because they had NO LIMES!!!! This place is 3 blocks from a Kroger. Send the bus boy to the grocery store!! NO excuse for this! NONE. The management (Up to Par) manages several places in the area and they are always deficient in some way. The meals we had were a B or B+ - not outstanding, but it was a nice atmosphere, the waitress was nice and efficient, but disappointing because they obviously do not care about the little things that make it better than mediocre. Get it together, management!

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NancyB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful happy hour drinks and appetizers. The Spinach Artichoke Dip was awesome with homemade potato chips. !!! Very reasonable dinner prices too. Bar tender is a sweet girl and very tolerant of 12 senior ladies.

KB
vipKyleB
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was amazing! Spinach artichoke dip is to die for. Scallops n shrimp ala vodka was excellent as was the chicken n gnocchi ! There was a loud large party which made it unpleasant but not the places fault. Our waitress started out on point but let it go when she didn’t keep coming back to clear our dirty plates and since the doors are open to the balcony flies were a bit unwelcoming. But the food was well worth the trip and I’d go back despite this.

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