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About The River and Rail Restaurant

The River and Rail, a southern Bistro, is located in the heart of Western Virginia.

Chef Aaron Deal changes the lunch, dinner and brunch menus weekly based on the availability of seasonal products from our local providers.

He and his team are producing updated Southern/Appalachian and French classic dishes for this neighborhood restaurant, located just a block away from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in the old Lipes Pharmacy, in the City of Roanoke.

Have a signature cocktail at the bar or enjoy draft beer in our warm dining area.

We hope you also enjoy our thoughtfully curated wine list.

Whether it is a bite with the family on a weeknight, or a family celebration, we look forward to serving you the best the region has to offer.

2201 Crystal Spring Ave SW
Roanoke, VA 24014
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Southern, Comfort Food, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Cross Street:
22nd St. SW

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(540) 400-6830

Website:
http://www.riverandrailrestaurant.com/

Executive Chef:
Aaron Deal

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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The River and Rail Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (37)
Fit for Foodies (26)
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Good for a Date (23)
Special Occasion (23)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Authentic (17)
Cozy (17)
Hot Spot (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Fun (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Business Meals (11)
Seasonal (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Casual (10)
Romantic (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Great Beer (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Healthy (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Comfort Food (7)
People Watching (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Organic (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Live Music (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

The food was delicious, and service was great. I would definitely go back and try other dishes, and would bring some friends with me.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Live Music
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 (Columbus)·Dined 7 days ago

Service and food are always fantastic. One of my favorite restaurants in Roanoke.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined 7 days ago

Sit at the bar and watch the “magicians.” Great drinks and the burgers are fantastic and only available at the bar.

Tags: Comfort Food, Happy Hour
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 5, 2017

The meal and atmosphere here are exceptional. The pimento cheese spread and duck dumplings appetizers were out of this world. Love this place every time I visit. The staff is very attentive and prompt. My favorite restaurant in Roanoke hands down.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Even when there isn’t a specified vegetarian option on the entree menu, they will make a vegetarian entree with seasonal veggies and a grain. Always delicious and so worth it!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Wonderful service and the food was exquisite. Our occasion was for my boys birthday and they even served a wonderful birthday dessert.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We dined at The River and Rail for a belated Thanksgiving celebration. After some research, we selected this restaurant due to the unique menu that changes daily and the facility's ability to accommodate Celiacs Disease (gluten free with extra caution given to avoid cross contamination.) The menu didn't disappoint the service and atmosphere were better than anticipated. The evening was reminiscent of dining in a cafe in Nice.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Fifth time to R and R and it only makes me want to return again and again. From the appetizers to the last bite of dessert and sip of wine, this a Roanoke gem!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 19, 2017

As usual, R&R was excellent. It is the best restaurant in Roanoke.
Food is SUPER! Thanks to Chef Aaron who created this gem in Appalachia.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great Sunday brunch at a wonderful restaurant!!!!!

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Had a wonderful experience as always. This is my absolute FAVORITE restaurant in Roanoke. I used to go almost every Sunday for brunch but have unfortunately moved out of the area so I don't get to come as often as I would like. I celebrated my birthday there on Sunday and was not disappointed. Can't wait to go back very soon!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fun, People Watching
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

My Review;
Disappointed, we came both indenting on having the Red Snapper which was on the menu we were sent in an email confirmation of our reservation. We were surprised to find the menu was completely different and no Red Snapper! My wife didn’t think any of the other entrée options sounded appealing that night. So she ordered the scallops. She was told they were no longer available! We asked if you had shrimp or a shrimp cocktail, reply No!
Your menu has few chooses, I ordered the Sea Bass that I felt was just ok, my wife had oysters that were great but not as an entrée it was an appetizer.
It was our 33 wedding anniversary so it was very disappointing! Also my wife had one of your special drinks (north woods) she got sick a ½ hour later and was sick for the rest of the night. One would have to give you one star for the atmosphere.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Cocktails were great also the pork rinds

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on November 17, 2017

This was our first visit to River and Rail Restaurant. We were anxious to experience RRR because of its repeated recognition on local and regional "Best of" lists including Southern Living and USA Today's #2 in the South. It's apparent that reservations are a good idea especially on Friday night. RRR is small and intimate. We started out with the skillet-fried cornbread which was tasty. We left no crumbs. I had the monkfish and my husband had the pork shank. I was disappointed with my choice but then what was I thinking ordering this in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains? The pork shank was superb! I witnessed the adjacent table all ordered the pork shank. They were locals. Many locals frequent RRR and they all know each other and the chef. The wine list is interesting and features a wide variety of wines including excellent Virginia wines. We enjoyed the Veritas Vineyard Cabernet Franc. Parking is available on the street and in a nearby church lot across from Fork in the Alley, which we recommend for good casual food.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 17, 2017

An exceptional dinner! Everything clicked. The service was so friendly but not overwhelming. Our oysters were exceptional. And the monkfish was to die for. The wine we selected was very sophisticated and reasonably priced. Without a doubt, this is our preferred restaurant in Roanoke because they are are passionate about what they serve and it comes through in every way. Can't recommend River and Rail highly enough!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

The food, service, and drinks are always incredible. Top to bottom this is one of the strongest teams you should trust with your dining experience if you live or are visiting Roanoke, VA. Bravo!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Fun, Cozy, Healthy, People Watching, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Organic, Afternoon Tea, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The R & R burger never disappoints!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food was delicious. Although it is more expensive then the average place in Roanoke, it was well worth it!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

We've enjoyed River and Rail on several occasions and we are never disappointed. We sampled more this time as we were with a larger party and everything was spot on. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Disappointed! We really wanted to like this restaurant; but we could not due to the venue! The room was very cold the day we were there! Menu choices left something to be desired but we were happy with our sandwiches: pimento grill and the steak - both were tasty but the steak sandwich was greasy! The squash soup sounded quite appetizing ; however, the spice level was too high to enjoy the soup!! ( I like spicy... but this was way over the top! Resulted in no flavor - just too much heat!) server was attentive until we told her the room temperature was too cold!
Disappointed our experience wasn’t better

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food is exceptional and the staff hustles. Cool environment. The 3 stars (vs. 5) is because we had a reservation and were seated 20 minutes past reservation time then waited longer than 30 minutes for our food after ordering...to the point we almost considered asking for our meal to go. We'll be back, but will be more deliberate about the time we go. A Friday night is simply too busy for a place like this not to protect their reservations.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Service was a bit slow but the place was very busy. All the food and cocktails were outstanding. The most notable thing about the place is how loud it is. You cannot speak in a normal voice and expect to be heard. Again this may have been due to the fact that the place was crowded when we were there

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Once again great food and excellent service. Will be by again soon!

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Never disappointed! Food is changed often and based on fresh ingredients. The chef's specials are always over the top delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Organic, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Fun, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Amazing food. I've never had such high quality before. Things I thought I wouldn't like, I loved here.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 15, 2017

They were so pleasant and accommodating for my wife's very multiple food allergies. We always try to dine at least once with them when back in Roanoke.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Loved the new seasonal menu at River & Rail this week.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Amazing food and atmosphere. Great experience. Service was excellent. Definitely a place I'd recommend.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Was given the wrong Tea ordered decaf black but got Moroccan mint Details like this at this price point should not be missed
Sweet potatoes were not very good Too much of a lemon taste to them
Love this place though. Great and relaxing interior Excellent service Wonderful, wonderful cocktails even though we did have a bit of a wait for them Got our appetizer and had it almost gone before the cocktails came. Need to add soup to the menu especially in the fall Should be a couple of options for salads Expected a bit more of a fall flavored menu since it was October but it was not quite there. Roanoke is very lucky to have a chef of such talent in Aaron Deal. He does need to find a good sous chef that can really step up the desert options. Need something more than ice cream and mousses. Presentation of the food is always excellent Also really I don't understand not having a female designated bathroom. When a woman is dressed up for a nice dinner she doesn't want to go behind another mans raised toilet seat this issue alone will prevent me from dining there As it doesn't present the comfort that I would like to have at that level of dining experience

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 7, 2017

My wife and I have been here numerous times and it has been excellent every visit but this time the meal far surpassed anything we had had before. I had the pork shank and my wife the hanger steak, both were out of this world.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Atmosphere on a weeknight was quietly busy. Servers are terrific. The dishes are limited in number but the quality of the flavors are outstanding. Portions are never skimpy. This week, the duck dish was praise-worthy..as was the catfish dish. They will fire up a good vegetarian dish upon request .

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great food and great service! We were in the area attending a football game. Wanted to find a brunch stop before we headed back home. Found this place on Trip Advisor. The River and Rail did not disappoint. But make a reservation!

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Wonderful experience. Went for a birthday dinner. Will be back

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Amazing food and service, overall great experience

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Consistently the best dining out choice in Roanoke.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Excellent meal with a nice wine and cocktail list. Certainly one of the best places in Roanoke.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

We went for our 20th Anniversary...wanting to eat local in a casual setting.... We hadn't eaten pork in about 5 years and decided to splurge and get the ribs. If you die and go to heaven...and order the ribs :) I'm pretty sure they'll bring you the Heritage Farm Pork Ribs, prepared by the Chefs at The River and Rail in Roanoke. We also had the Oysters, Bibb Lettuces, Ice Cream Tasting and a few cocktails. The flavors were ALL mind-blowing! It's definitely worth the drive...but be sure to make a reservation...it's a best-kept secret that fills up fast!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Casual, Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great brunch...the porkskins were crispy and tasty with the pimento cheese, and the pork belly super delish as a side for brunch. Good bloody mary! Service was friendly and timing was appropriate.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

We were there for Sunday Brunch so the menue was limited. The appetizer of grilled bread with pimento cheese was very good. The omlete was okay. The eggs Benedict had a good flavor but was cold and the egg was not cooked. The white was way too runny. May try again for dinner but won't be going back for brunch.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

No complaints! Very enjoyable evening! (Noise level is high, but I've dealt with worse!)

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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