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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.
Roanoke, VA 24014
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
22nd St. SW
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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
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
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 .
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!
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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