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The River and Rail Restaurant

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363 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Southern, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(540) 400-6830
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Aaron Deal
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Cross street
22nd St. SW
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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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4.0Dined 6 days ago

The Air conditioning was not working. Very warm

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

One of my favorites in Roanoke, hands-down. Chef Aaron Deal is outstanding, creative and worth it, EVERY time!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Terrific experience. Our first time there was Easter brunch. Outstanding in every respect!

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

My first and last visit... the service was slow, and the food, while decorative, was less than expected and quite pricey. All four people in our group thought our selections were too spicy (and we like spice). The railroad decor was nice and the O. Winston Link photos were great, but sadly that’s my only positive take on the experience.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Went for our anniversary. Quite a few people there and they just started adding new items for their spring menu. Food was good. Fairly loud but tolerable. Our server was on top of things and very thoughtful. Would recommend as this is probably one of our favorite places to go in Roanoke.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Our favorite spot in Roanoke!

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1.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Last Wednesday was the first time my wife and I had been to River and Rail. We ordered the NC Catfish along with Old Fashions. Both were fantastic. Great ambiance, music- everything. Look forward to our next visit.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

This is a favorite for superior food choices and preparation. The chefs know how to be creative and put forth a variety of starters and entrees. While the dining area can get rather loud when large numbers are there, the noise level is offset by the great food and drinks. One of Roanoke's best restaurants. The servers operate as a team and the bar staff join right in to make sure you get your orders immediately when prepared. The deviled eggs are very unique, the pickles are house made and delicious, the pork rinds with pimento cheese are like nothing I've ever had before. Entrees are creative, fresh and presented impressively. Cocktails are well made for any likes or tastes. We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Sunday brunch and all the staff were aware of the event and joined in with congratulations. They made the time there special. We will return often as it is hard to live without this spectacular food experience. Pricing is reasonable. Frankly, we don't concern ourselves with pricing at a restaurant this good.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Always try to stop in Roanoke to dine at River and Rail. Food and service always excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

A local favorite of my wife's. She unfortunately gets to enjoy it far more often than myself. The food and atmosphere never disappoint. Highly recommend the experience.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Food and service were wonderful. However, when we got there we found they did not have record of our reservation. They were very accommodating and within a few minutes found us a table and all went well from there.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Our steak was cooked perfectly as well as the burger which we asked for both at medium. We had the pimento cheese toast as an appetizer and loved the little bit of spice in the spread. The waitress asked if we wanted more toast which was nice because we had some pimento spread left over. Attentive waitress, great atmosphere, friendly staff, and DELICOUS!!! Will be back soon :)

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Roanoke is lucky to have a restaurant of this caliber, normally found in larger cities such as Greensboro and Raleigh. The service was excellent and friendly and the quality of food was the difference between a true chef and a cook.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The food was of good quality. The menu was limited. My biggest complaint is that I made reservations for my sister's 65th birthday several days in advance for 1 pm. Upon arrival we had to stand and wait in a very cramped area for 45 minutes for a table of four to become available.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Excellent again!! A Roanoke Valley gem!!

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

The VA oyster wraps were amazing. The hanger steak (we were drinking Cabernet Sauvignon) was delicious. The service was perfect as usual. I eat at River & Rail often for a reason. It is consistently the best restaurant in Roanoke. Period.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I can honestly say having eaten numerous meals here, lunch, dinner and brunch the food has always been phenomenal. Service is always friendly and attentive.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The chefs here are awesome! Anything you order will be near perfect.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

River and Rail is one of my favorites in the Roanoke area. The menu is innovative and changes often, and it has a dependable pleasant ambience for all brunch, lunch or dinner reservations. Aaron and the R&R team go above and beyond!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was, as always, excellent. The lamb first course was an amazing expansion of flavor that very well set the scene for the beef tenderloin main. I could not eat any of the offered dessert (lactose intolerance), so the chef invented a dessert for me. Service was among the best I've had at any place.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

The River and Rail is an absolute jewel. Lively, happy atmosphere, absolutely fabulous meals, wonderful, friendly and cheerful servers. Upscale bistro/wine bar/tavern type restaurant, so casual dress is the ticket. I found this restaurant in the Roanoker Magazine Dining Guide AND their annual Best Restaurants article. We took a chance and positively LOVED it. We live at SML, so it's a bit of a drive, but I wouldn't hesitate for a second to go back AND take friends or family with us!

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

My husband and I dined here for Valentine's Day. The food was excellent. The flavor and personality of the food was priceless. I will always recommend the chicken liver mousse and blackened catfish to my friends and family.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

First class service. "Feels at home" environment with sophisticated yet comfort food type menu. Continues to raise the bar in the local food scene. A must visit in Roanoke.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Best service and handcrafted drinks from very knowledgeable drink makers. Not your average bar tender. Will not disappoint for any occasion! My wife and I will frequent this fine establishment regularly from now on.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

The food is always amazing, as well as the service.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Very courteous and knowledgeable staff, food was outstanding, a little loud but it was a Friday evening, great menu. May be a little pricey for some. Highly recommended and will return soon.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

Excellent!! A Roanoke Valley Gem!!!

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

We absolutely love coming to River and Rail. It is always a wonderful experience with delicious food, great service, great drinks - really fabulous staff. Everyone goes out of their way to provide excellent service. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Amazing food and the servers were extremely knowledgeable about the menu. Definitely my new favorite place!!

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Never disappoints! My favorite Roanoke restaurant! Always a delicious and satisfying meal that is unique and different each time.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Our waiter was great and the food was delicious. You can dress really fancy or casual with nice jeans and a shirt and still feel comfortable here. It was expensive but I knew that coming-in. Dinner was awesome and the drinks were too.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

The Sunday brunch is a favorite of ours. The Trout app was awesome. We needed a bit more bread though. (Love carbs!) And the house Chardonnay was delicious!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Decided to get a starter salad as my entree....waitress suggested adding chicken to it......best piece of chicken I ever had. Everyone in my group was pleased with the food. Portions were appropriate and staff was super friendly.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was exceptional and it was nice to try something new. The atmosphere was pleasant and cozy but I wish there had been live music given it was NYE. Other than that, we truly enjoyed the experience. We will be returning in the future.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

The New Year’s Eve dinner was lovely as a celebration. Gin punch was delicious. The prix fixe menu, however, was overpriced. $50 a person would have covered the quality of the food in the Roanoke market.

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Great dinner with friends. Fresh oysters are always good as well as the house made pickles. Escargot risotto was the best thing I've eaten recently! I had the small portion and regretted not getting the full serving. Banana pudding was great as well. But very noisy !

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