The River and Rail Restaurant
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.
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
It was good but pretty over priced for what you were getting.
My boyfriend and I were greeted with the utmost respect and friendliness the moment we walked through the door. They remembered us from previous visits, and we appreciated that greatly. The food never disappoints. We had the burger, and while there was a mix up with our side orders, Nexus took care of us in a very timely manner. Our cocktails were delicious. We sat at the bar and loved it. We have been coming here for years and always encourage people from out of town to come. One of the best restaurants in Roanoke!
Good atmosphere great service, amazing food. And try to save room for dessert.
Very good oysters, even better catfish and terrific steak. Our waiter was a real courteous pro! We will come back.
We loved the restaurant and highly recommend their brunch!
Very much enjoyed our experience at River and Rail. Food was outstanding, service was great. Would recommend it readily.
Great meal. Every bite was full of flavor. We loved all of it-oyster wraps, ribs, grouper, scallops, cheeses, and panna cotta. Service was attentive. Highly recommend for an intimate evening.
Really delivered on all levels. Fried oyster kimchi sliders mmmm
We were their on a Friday night so it was pretty busy. It was quite loud and energetic inside. Our server was attentive, and not overbearing. That being said the overall service was a little slow. Drinks, food and desert were outstanding. I would definitely go again.
The experience as a whole was great. The restaurant is very cute and inviting. I enjoyed the Asparagus Salad with the Blackened Catfish, which was juicy and flavorful, cooked perfectly. My son had the Fried Chicken, it was excellent. The beer was delicious. Fortunately, we were not in a hurry because the food did take quite a while but I enjoyed the atmosphere and the beer so it was not a problem and we had started with the Oysters on the Half Shell. These were sweet tasting.
We had come from California to Virginia Tech Orientation and my son had just learned he got accepted into the Engineering Program. I had mentioned this on our Open Table Reservation and the server and bartender both congratulated my son and provided us with complementary Ice Cream (3 Kinds), the coffee ice cream was probably the best ice cream I have ever tasted! Thank you. I hope to be back!
Been for dinner many times but recently enjoyed brunch. Was excellent as always. A last minute change in my reservation was required and management made every effort to allow the change which we are grateful for. Can't wait to visit again.
The food is delicious and the service marvelous... Wonderful people who always want to please. My very favorite restaurant in Roanoke.
What a fantastic meal. We split a salad and cheese plate. The salad greens and dressing were amazing and the pairings of the cheese plates to various savory pickled items equally so. My wife had a perfectly prepared fish entrée and I had the hanger steak. We didn't have dessert but we did share a glass of nice Amontillado sherry. My wife also got an interesting cocktail that was the best we've had in quite some time. We will definitely go back. Note that it does take a little while to get your food because the kitchen is small and everything is made to order but well worth it.
Excellent, as always!
Derives was excellent. Food that should have been hit or warm was not.
My wife and I went there for her birthday, and we were not disappointed. Great food and service!
One of Roanoke's best restaurants, in every way. Costly, but worth it.
Great food and great service. We really enjoyed the oysters and hanger steak.
Food was fabulous!!!! Had the pimento cheese for an appetizer and shared biscuits and gravy. Leah was excellent. Will definitely go back!!!
We had dinner on a Friday evening. Oyster wraps were incredible. Dinner was delicious and flavorful. We will be returning.
Food reflects the season. Unique items thoughtfully prepared and presented. Excellent quality ingredients. Service was attentive and on- point. These folks are serious about presenting a terrific dining experience.
This is a very difficult review for me to write. It seemed like for every excellent thing that was done, there was something not so great to counter its act. We walked into the restaurant and were immediately greeted with a “Happy Anniversary” which meant they read the comments I left in OpenTable....something very few restaurants even do...let alone acknowledge. Our waitress greeted us within three minutes of us sitting down and explained the menu since it was our first time. I ordered a $12 Ascot cocktail that was very good, but I was caught off guard at the size of the drink. I went on to order a half dozen oysters on the half shell (which was great). For my entree I ordered the soft shell crab and my wife ordered the steak medium well. This is where it begins to go downhill.
Once our meal came, my soft shell crab was very small and over cooked...which was disappointing for someone who grew up next to the beach. My wife’s steak was very dry and over cooked as well. Since we are not ones to overly complain, we kept it to ourselves...especially since the waitress never asked us how our meal was...and then even sent another waitress to pick up our plates.
The kicker is as we were wrapping up our meal, the table next to us was brought out a complimentary dessert as they told them “Happy Anniversary”. When the dessert menu came out, we decided not to get anything...as we were pretty disappointed in our entree. I waited to see if we would be offered a complimentary dessert as well...to find out that the answer was no.
Great people work and very friendly, but extremely disappointing for the cost of the meals to receive the quality we did. We will probably not return.
We had a wonderful lunch sitting outside! The service was fast and the food was delicious! Our server was attentive and thoughtful.
Enjoyed everything about the River & Rail.....tried the cornbread....it was delicious....main course was fantastic.....the serve local beer.....all around it was a great dining experience.
Fantastic food. Always consistently good service.
We have eaten at The River and Rail previously when in Roanoke and were able to introduce friends from Charlottesville who were equally impressed. Always a great meal and pleasant atmosphere.
We waited for nearly an hour and half to get our lunch with several tables who were seated after us - without reservations - got their meals (one actually finished eating and left the restaurant) before we got served. The restaurant was terribly busy, and we did not order anything exotic - it seemed our order just got misplaced and our waitress seemed to pay little attention.
We were there for Friday lunch. The food was as expected; very good. My wife had the she-crab soup of the day and a hamburger while I had the pimiento cheese spread with toast and the special of the day, ribs. My disappointment was in the time it took to complete our meal - one hour and 40 minutes.
Home run on the biscuits and I'm picky. Chef Deal has them down perfect. Cocktails are a must. Best bartenders in Roanoke and fantastic wait staff.
My husband and I eat at River and Rail quite a bit. We decided to play hooky from work and go to lunch on a Friday. Service was a bit slow on this particular day, but the food was awesome as usual.
Great farm-to-table restaurant. Only serves what’s local and seasonal.
Soft shell crab with Carolina gold rice and soft cooked egg was delicious. Cheese plate and chicken liver mousse outstanding. Panacotta dessert did not disappoint.
We’re it not for long wait for the check, we would give 5 stars all around.
You will not find a better place if you are looking for a great dining experience! We go here for every special occasion.
The Air conditioning was not working. Very warm
The food is good and I like the motif - brings back old memories.
We arrived at 1pm on a weekday and it wasn't too busy, but the man who met us at the door hadn't looked at the reservations and even though we told him OpenTable, they canceled our reservation later. Had to login to ask for credit (no answer on phone at restaurant).
Also, the dishes we ordered weren't prepared at the same time so when we finally got them, the fried chicken was cold. The other dish was hot.
Outstanding food. Terrific service from Ally; she is incredibly knowledgeable. Oyster wraps were totally awesome as was the green asparagus salad. Rockfish and scallops also excellent. Wonderful wine options. We will be back when we are next in town.
We selected River 'n Rail because we were in Roanoke on business and needed a lunch spot. My husband has an onion allergy, and they were great to work with, finding things he could eat. I ordered the grilled pimento cheese which came with the house chips. The sandwich was absolutely delicious, and I could die happily in a bucket of those chips. They are paper thin, crisp and crunchy and just the right amount of salt. I also ordered the deviled eggs appetizer, and that was delightful - creamy filling with a slightly spicy/pickled topping on a bed of arugula. I ordered decaf coffee and was delighted to find they french-press their coffee - it was wonderful. My husband had sorghum ice cream for dessert which he really enjoyed. The service was impeccable. And it was fun to be able to see the cooks do their magic out in the open. We'll definitely return!
Made an Open Table reservation and told the restaurant that I was driving down from Baltimore to have dinner with my son on his 30th birthday. They remembered the occasion and gave us the best table and an excellent server. The food was wonderful. We weren't rushed. They even lit a candle and sang happy birthday to him with a complimentary dessert. Couldn't have been a better experience! Thank you River and Rail!! We will return!
One of my favorites in Roanoke, hands-down. Chef Aaron Deal is outstanding, creative and worth it, EVERY time!
Our first visit to this restaurant was wonderful. We enjoyed its Easter Sunday brunch. We were greeted enthusiastically. Our waitress was attentive, while being both charming and funny without being intrusive. The atmosphere is attractive and bustling, informal, relatively loud but not overpowering. The brunch menu was not long but each item looked interesting--a nicely conceived culinary adventure was in store for us.
We began with a chicken liver mousse accompanied by pickled sweet onions and crunchy toast for spreading, which was deliciously light in texture while rich in flavor, and also with deviled eggs beautifully topped with a light chow-chow and snipped chives--these could have been a meal in themselves (if ordered again and again). Each appetizer went well with the per-glass chardonnay and the bloody mary--albeit going off in divergent taste directions!
The wine bottle list is thorough, interesting, unusual, can stretch your budget, leans toward California, and it--along with the beer list and the cocktail list--should be a draw in themselves. The restaurant provided us a decent-sized per-glass pour and therefore value in addition to a good choice for its per-glass chardonnay.
When it came to "Seconds," we were tempted by the omelet, the striped bass, the crepes, etc. (the brunch menu is all priced in the teens), but our son had his eye on the all natural R&R burger, which was enhanced with cheese, onions, B&B pickles and--in his case--with bacon and a fried egg. The hanger steak with fries and eggs, and a light tossed salad, was a good choice. Most unusual and interesting was the poached eggs benedict, almost like a reuben version of the same--gruyere cheese, good pastrami, a light hollandaise, perfectly limpid eggs and...red cabbage! (Misleadingly called sauerkraut on the menu.) This was an excellent dish--exciting!
Here, they know how to cook. We anticipate returning regularly to The River and Rail, for lunch or dinner.
Terrific experience. Our first time there was Easter brunch. Outstanding in every respect!