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Lucky

4.5
4.5
1075 Reviews
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Lucky specializes in shareable small plates/Tapas with influences from all over the world with commitment to using local sustainable products, paired with innovative cocktails, eclectic wine selections, and a massive spirits list.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (540) 982-1249

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Nicholas Kincaid

  • Private party contact

    Cameron McWhinney: (540) 982-1249

  • Neighborhood

    Roanoke

  • Cross street

    Jefferson St

  • Parking details

    Parking is available in a lot directly across the street from Lucky. Please prepay. Additionally, there is ample free parking available on Kirk Avenue and other nearby streets.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wine

What 1,075 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Virginia

    Fit for Foodies

  • Virginia

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Greater Roanoke

    Best Service

  • Greater Roanoke

    Best Ambiance

  • Greater Roanoke

    Fit for Foodies

  • Greater Roanoke

    Healthy

  • Greater Roanoke

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Greater Roanoke

    Special Occasion

  • Greater Roanoke

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. MK

    MelK

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Despite enthusiastic attempts from the lovely Lucky staff to prepare us for the fact that you need to spend a lot of money and order many plates to leave without planning your takeout delivery to arrive at your house half-way through your meal, there's nothing that can quite prepare you. The food was creative and interesting. There's no doubt everything was local and much thought and talent was put into each dish. This does not change, however, the extreme issue. There was NOT enough food to constitute a meal. If you'd like to not leave hungry, you are going to need to order the entire menu of small plates (for 2-3 people if everyone likes almost everything). This alone will cost you about $180. We ordered four plates (one scallop - literally, octopus, salad, and potatoes) for two people. We both had to eat when we got home. That, a glass of wine (5 oz) and a couple coffees the size of cappuccinos set us back $80. Lucky's wants to be fine dining. Which I can understand and it seems like they have the chef talent to do that. However, they need to couple their small plates into actual meal sets. I've been to plenty of tapas restaurants. Few of those experiences could have prepared me for a $15 scallop (singular). Some other potential suggestions: - mark vegetarian/vegan plates as such. It's hard to understand all of the menu item ingredients (because so many are quite rare). - include free bread or SOMETHING. I've never before left a restaurant hungrier. - thank your wait staff - they're doing some heavy lifting for you. They did a great job, still didn't actually feed me. - include decently priced wine you can get at less than $11 for 5oz. Common. House wine. - get some stevia for your coffee - as stated above - figure out a way for people to easily leave knowing that a certain price will actually leave them full. To say I'm frustrated at that is an understatement. If I know I need to spend $100 to be full, at least I can know that.
  2. M

    Maman

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lucky’s small plates were excellent. The summer flavors were exceptionally brought together. Highly recommend the ceviche, tomatoes and African vegetables and the scallop and the oysters, as always.
  3. HS

    HarryS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    Had been in the past and the menu was better and there were entrees available. The new “small bites” menu was very esoteric and small. Had to go home and eat a frozen pizza. The Hurricane drink was good.
  4. p

    pdi4ever

    Baltimore

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was small plates and we ordered the menu! Wait staff was amazing and chef came by several times! Cocktails are unique and delicious 😋
  5. C

    Cumbria

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Great place to eat if you like food that is fairly tasty, stupidly pretentious, and equally overpriced. A couple of examples. A plate of scallops for two that only has one scallop. A plate of alleged octopus that might have two grams of actual octopus suspended in gelatin. All that, paired with a wait staff that spent more time talking to each other than paying attention to customers. This is the new version of Lucky, a formerly great restaurant. Now it's just a place for people with more money than sense.
  6. LE

    LaurieE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and wonderful service. What a dining experience ❤️
  7. SM

    SusanM

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious! Small plates with big flavor. Fabulous bar! Gorgeous quaint restaurant with tons of character. We loved oysters on half shell, scallops, veggies with an Irish Coffee for dessert!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, cocktails and staff are the best in town!! Always a fun evening at Lucky!
  9. S

    Steven

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice atmosphere. I’d suggest getting “the full menu” option for a date with two to just get every plate. They came out and talked about each plate and what it was which was a nice touch. Waters and cocktails were refilled frequently. Just a cool place.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is always a good time at Lucky!
  11. JJ

    JJones

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the new menu and cocktails. We ordered everything "the menu" option, and it was all fabulous. Can't wait to come back soon.
  12. d

    daver

    Western NC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner and experience at Lucky! We did the full tasting menu and was wowed by all the great flavors and tastes. A very unique restaurant, will definitely go again!
  13. c

    clairen

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not what we expected as the menu changed since we made the reservation but we ended up enjoying the unusual choices and were totally impressed by the servers’ knowledge of every ingredient
  14. M

    Mollymolly

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Greeting, service, food - all amazing. I love the new small plates focus. Flavors were wonderful and our server explained everything perfectly.
  15. SR

    SoRoFam

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Lucky closed for renovations and reopened as a small plate restaurant. The old Lucky was one of our favorites. We miss the old Lucky, and some of the dishes they were known for, especially the upscale Southern cuisine. The menu has changed and its just not the same. They need to offer entree sizes in addition to small plates like Blue Apron did.
  16. GW

    GabrielWright

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New menu options were surprising but extremely delicious & well balanced. The cocktail list paired well with everything the pairing menu had to offer. Since their recent re-opening, things have changed, but Lucky still remains one of the best places in Downtown Roanoke for an intimate dining experience.
  17. K

    Kbru

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Lucky is no longer lucky. Basically a different restaurant with the same name/location. Food was ok, however, it take several plates to have a full serving of food. Not what we were expecting when we booked.
  18. HS

    HeidiS

    Richmond

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The new menu is outstanding!! We love it and cannot return fast enough!! Great job!
  19. J

    Jonesie

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Wishing the new Lucky all the best but doubting that Roanoke is ready to sustain the concept of a strictly small plates menu. The preparation and presentation were good but $15 for one scallop on a bed of kimchi isn’t filling. It was easy to run up a $100 tab but we left feeling vaguely unsatisfied and still hungry. The wine by-the-glass selection was very limited, a half glass of Gamay was $9, no basic whites like Chardonnay or Pinots. We used to love Lucky and went frequently but we won’t go back. 😢😢😢Maybe we’re just not hip enough so it’s probably not their loss. We do hope they do well.
  20. G

    George

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was great. Would recommend switching back to a limited number of seasonal dinner dishes like fried chicken, pork shank/eisbein, salmon and stick with this. Loved the drinks.
  21. A

    Awalters

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    Used to be one of my favorite spots but since the menu has changed so drastically I don’t think we’ll be back. Don’t get me wrong, the food was good but the portions were minuscule. I know that’s their intent for people to order different items from the menu and share but the portions are so small you only get a bite or two. For example, if you order the scallop, you get exactly one scallop.
  22. S

    Shelma

    Richmond

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the new Lucky! Each dish was delicious, and the service outstanding as always. Bravo!
  23. BH

    BillH

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    First time back since re-model. New menu is fun, like the small plates. Tried several and talked with the chef - Nick - about his plans to make changes often. Enjoyed the meatballs, beef dish, octopus, and mutton. Special dessert menu was a nice surprise after dinner. We sat at the bar because we like to see what's going on and enjoyed pleasant conversation with Steve and Elyssa. It was good to see Taylor again after being away a while. Really liked the Vieux Carre even though is was not on the drink menu Overall, a very nice evening out and will return.
  24. SP

    SarahP

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Interesting menu, we got “The Menu”, and it was all delicious. Food arrived on time, not early or late, cocktails were tasty as well.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed the new menu and drinks. Taylor did a fantastic job behind the bar!! We were extremely appreciative of the staff’s attentiveness to our food allergy. The new Lucky is going to be a fantastic spot!!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The vent over the table was blowing ice cold air on us and our food. Maybe something to deflect/disperse the airflow? The dinner was fantastic! We had everything on the menu! So glad to be back at Lucky
  27. JB

    JacobB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The new Lucky is an excellent experience. We continue to enjoy well paired cocktails and a variety of flavors in the recently renovated classic bar.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the best meal I've ever had at Lucky. The new menu is incredible
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Immediately greeted. Menu explained. Staff is personable. Accommodating. First class. Attention to detail in every facet of the business. You can dine at the bar or at a booth or table.
  30. S

    Scooter

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a fun dining experience. You pick different items from the main menu .. mix it up. Portions are small but any 3 items on the menu will fill you up. Very exotic menu. The presentation was great. Staff was very friendly. Cocktail list is very unique and creative!
  31. JL

    JeffL

    Richmond

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The fare was very tasty and beautifully plated. We were interrupted several times by the waiter eagerly wanting to explain what was served. I was sad that I could no longer a “Handsome Devil.”
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Love love love this place and everyone there. I did like the previous concept better…but the new dining experience is something new and different in Roanoke. Thanks Lucky!
  33. G

    Greg

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding!! Great new menu.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lucky’s new concept of small plates was delish! It’s focussed on flavors from India, South East Asia and Peru and we enjoyed the meal throughly! The oysters were also delicious with the different sauces to go over them highlighting the three regions. Excited to see what else they add to the menu and which other regions they feature!
  35. TG

    TaraG

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, so many vegetarian options, which I find rare. Love the dishes, ambience, and the friendly service.
  36. KW

    KirstenW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dining at Lucky and was able to go on the week of their reopening- it was amazing. Love that the dishes are made to share, themed, and there's an option to taste "the menu". I set high standards for recommending food and the chefs at Lucky are so talented- they created dishes that brought together a myriad of complex flavor and were wonderful. The drinks are equally crafted and delightful. Definitely my new go-to spot.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    This was the first night of the new Lucky, and my wife and I were sooo disappointed! The food was lacking in a lot of ways. To give the menu a fair shake we tried everything on the menu, and was disappointed with it all. I hate it, because I loved Lucky before this transition.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    My wife and I came to lucky tonight on a recommendation from a friend. We ordered Thai lettuce wraps, Risotto balls, Charcuterie and Cheese, the scallops and lamb. The food was decent but really small portions, if you are hungry get the large portions as the small portions are mainly a small individual serving. The presentation was nice but lacking in flavor. For dessert we had the plantains and white Christmas sundae, the plantains were bland, the other was good but not worth $7. Might be a good place for drinks and appetizers before you head over to another Steak restaurant down the street. The price for two of us was about $180 and we left hungry.
  39. G

    Gknick

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and cocktails are amazing! If you never been I’d recommend checking this place out!
  40. S

    Shelma

    Richmond

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorites! Foodis amazing, the staff is both professional and very friendly. It is wonderful neighborhood place to us, even though we don't live in the neighborhood. Can't wait to go back after they're done renovating!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Lucky is rated 4.5 stars by 1075 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Lucky

18 Kirk Ave SW Roanoke, VA 24011

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Jefferson St

  • Neighborhood

    Roanoke

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking is available in a lot directly across the street from Lucky. Please prepay. Additionally, there is ample free parking available on Kirk Avenue and other nearby streets.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Nicholas Kincaid

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, Wine

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