The River and Rail Restaurant

4.7
423 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
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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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Aaron Deal
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
22nd St. SW
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
What 423 People Are Saying
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SB
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always! I had the burger and my husband had the oysters and quail. Our waiter provided a great beer selection.

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food, excellent wait staff and I loved the soft shell crab appetizer.....always a special time at River and the Rail....look forward to more wonderful dinners there....

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LJ
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best restaurant in Roanoke! Great food and service. Very creative cuisine. Bit noisy but we will definitely be back!

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific venue, food , and very pleasant staff. My wife and I eat here at least once a month and we haven’t had a bad meal yet.

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GO
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Steak was over cooked. The flavors were not as on point as the first time we ate their 7 months ago.

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OT
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great!!! The River and Rail knows how to take good care of their patrons!!

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SB
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Resturant in Roanoke! It never disappoints. Unique dinner options, fabulous cocktails and the best staff ever.

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W
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything on the menu from the drinks, appetizers, entrees, were phenomenal. Definitely going back again & again.

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KS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Very very very slow service… Some of the things on the menu were not available… Food was good but overpriced

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PN
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fun to try new cocktails and River and Rail didn’t disappoint!
We tried several and each was unique and paired well with our meal. Octopus appetizer seemed a little small but big on flavor. Whole Sea Bass cooked perfectly and the Scallops has that just crunchy perfect sear!
Highly recommend River and Rail if you are in Roanoke!

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B
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Being that i travel all over the world, for work, and i get the option to eat anything i want daily, i choose R&R when i am on off the road. It's just like eating at my house. No. We are not taking reservations....
Favs!

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OT
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth the hour drive! There's not a single thing on the menu that we've had that hasn't been fabulous! The deviled eggs are to die for!!!! We absolutely LOVED the hanger steak, grilled octopus, and banana pudding!

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MC
Greensboro
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed our meal here. Interesting approaches to both their cocktails and dishes. A bit pricey, but not extraordinarily so.

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RB
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I visited this restaurant on a business trip. It’s in a beautiful, smaller space with a fantastic view. We were seated by the window, which deemed perfect for conversation. The food was incredible. Pork rinds with pimento cheese, cornbread, fried oysters, steak, and scallops.

I have tried oysters once in my life at a renowned restaurant. Upon having no desire to try again, the server’s recommendation proved true. THIS DISH. Every flavor was next level. My hanger steak and pork rinds gave me a quite similar feeling. I will be back!!

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AV
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best visit ever!! We’ve eaten here many times and it was always good, but had not been in a while (not the restaurant’s fault). We were blown away by the new chef (and exec chef was also in the kitchen), new menu and brilliant execution. The oyster / lettuce wrap appetizer was phenomenal as were the fish entrees. A seasonal drink called Sex in the Garden is not to be missed. Bravo chefs!!

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L
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and interesting drink menu. Service was fantastic in a warm, welcoming setting

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T
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are visiting from the UK travelling in the Blue Ridge Parkway and stopping overnight at Roanoke. Made a reservation based upon other reviews and were not disappointed. Excellent cocktail, beer and bottle of wine. Superb steak and pork main courses. Would recommend.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

We stopped by last week during a family trip to Roanoke, Virginia. Our food was okay, not great, not out of this world just average.The portions were good sized. The service was average. I expected a lot more due to reviews. Overall it was a good place to check out.

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UV
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

My meal was so extremely salty that I had to send it back. My date enjoyed his meal.

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HM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always a great meal here. Sitting outside is the best while warm outside

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SB
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy coming to The River &Rail for pleasure and lately I have been bring business clients to lunch.

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CM
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I was hoping for something better. Food was ok but very pricey. I cook a lot so I guess it takes more to impress me. The server was not very attentive other than wanting to sell us more drinks. She never once asked how our food was. I don't know her name because she did not tell us. I took my son there for his 22nd birthday. They knew this and didn't even say happy birthday. When you spend over $200 you expect a little more than a restaurant just thinking they are so good they don't have to ask you what you think.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent as has always been the case.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a perfect evening. The food, as always, was extraordinary, but our waiter (Nexus?) made the event even more special. He was attentive without being intrusive, and was a sheer delight!
What a memorable, beautiful experience that was capped off by impeccable service!

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OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

It appeared to be only two servers on a busy night....this is usually a VERY good place to dine.....it took 30 minutes for initial cocktails....food was borderline not warm enough. Overall a disappointing experience

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AS
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this place... The cuisine is creative, haute Southern comfort food with an elegant twist. I almost always order some form of seafood (most recently the catfish, though shrimp and grits are my personal fave) and I am never disappointed. Expect something chic but never stuffy ... a great spot for a lady date, special occasion dinner, business lunch or Sunday brunch.

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, scallops will fill you up. Over all very pleased and will return

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K
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was good but pretty over priced for what you were getting.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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JB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good atmosphere great service, amazing food. And try to save room for dessert.

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GH
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good oysters, even better catfish and terrific steak. Our waiter was a real courteous pro! We will come back.

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OT
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the restaurant and highly recommend their brunch!

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GW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very much enjoyed our experience at River and Rail. Food was outstanding, service was great. Would recommend it readily.

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B
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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e
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really delivered on all levels. Fried oyster kimchi sliders mmmm

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SG
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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LS
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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SE
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is delicious and the service marvelous... Wonderful people who always want to please. My very favorite restaurant in Roanoke.

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w
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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