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About Rocca Bar Ristorante

Rocca Bar Ristorante is located on the second floor of the Robert E. Lee Hotel. Overlooking Lexington’s Main Street, the bar and lounge have become a local favorite for after-hours cocktails, date night dinners, and live music in the warm season. The atmosphere is lively and informal, the cuisine is stylish and contemporary, and the flavor is authentically Italian with an award-winning wine list and adventurous cocktail offerings.

30 South Main Street
Lexington, VA 24450
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Contemporary Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Fri–Sun 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
Happy Hour
Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

Cross Street:
Nelson Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(540) 461-8484

Website:
http://roccaristorante.com/

Parking Details:
Parking is behind the hotel building

Executive Chef:
Michael Pascarella

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Located in historic downtown Lexington, VA, the Robert E. Lee Hotel is the perfect venue for your event. Whether you’re thinking small cocktail party or formal candlelit dinner, the Robert E. Lee hotel and Rocca can provide the ideal setting for your special celebration. Our modern yet classic design creates a perfect backdrop for your guests to have an unforgettable time.

Before you hit the dance floor, please raise your glass and enjoy a delicious reception dinner with your friends and loved ones. Our food and beverage team will work with you to create a customized menu to complement your unique style.

After your event, we invite you to settle into one of our stylish, comfortable guest rooms.

Rocca Bar Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

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food

3.7

service

4.3

ambience

3.9

value

3.3

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Quiet

60% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (4)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Seasonal (1)
Special Occasion (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 26, 2018

This was our second visit, first with the new chef. The service was EXCELLENT, the setting was upscale and other diners were lively. Our server was attentive, clear, checked back in several times, friendly. I had the squash/apple puree soup, which was a little too sweet (could have been a dessert); it needed more savory elements. My entree was sausage ravioli - the sausage filling was savory and flavorful, but the pasta itself was a bit dry. It was swimming in a butter sauce that totally rocked. I added a side of brussel sprouts - big serving, cooked to perfection. My friends had the lamb shank and carbonara, respectively. The lamb shank was HUGE, though my friend said she didn't think it had enough flavor. The carbonara was "good, but not outstanding." A side of oyster mushrooms were wonderful. We split a chocolate mousse, which also seemed pretty ordinary and overly sweet. The beer selections were good and very enjoyable, and my whiskey sour was quite good. Happy to say, they had good decaf coffee (though not decaf cappucino).

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The food is exquisite as well as delicious. The service was attentive and friendly. Be prepared to spend a relaxing dinner with the ambiance of a restaurant in Italy where you have the table for the evening and are treated like a family friend. Absolutely the kind of place I want to go for an authentic Italian meal. Do not miss the Eggplant Parmigiana

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Buffet was exhausted despite reservation. Too dry chicken substituted for turkey and other buffet items substituted as well. Only stuffing and rabbit terrine were good. The hotel made the meal gratis for our party of four without our asking. Servers tried their best to make our meal acceptable.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Selections from the new menu were very good. Prosciutto pizzette appetizer, new favorite; I could have this for my next meal. Loved the mushroom pasta, hubby had the porch chops. It was a little loud, many students out on the patio celebrating homecoming. At times we could not hear ourselves talk. But, since we're local, we will go back and try something different from the new menu at a quieter time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great service. Very accommodating and friendly. Nice set-up. Good for visiting with friends around a fire pit. The menu wasn't varied enough for our taste and the food was good but not excellent.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We recently had lunch and then dinner a few days later. Lunch was great in the outside seating. The bar area is beautiful. Dinner was another story. I understand we came in after a very busy weekend however that should not change the quality of the food. The pasta dishes were bland - no flavor. No salt or Parmesan cheese was on the table or even offered. The wine "list" was laughable - one bottle for each wine category. This makes me think this restaurant will be closing soon

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Parents weekend at W&L

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The service was very slow the evening we were there. No silverware or small plates provided for the bread. Water refills very slow. Got our check with dinner plates still on the table. The food was good - but the price is high for what you get. There are limited dining options in Lexington so I want this to be better but I would say the value wasn't there.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 4, 2017

First time in Roanoke, I asked around and was referred to Rocca’s for good Italian. I love Italian and so did my date so it seemed like a perfect fit for the evening. We love Main Street and were both impressed with the hotel and restaurant set-up. We ended up skipping a table and sitting at the bar. My date and I were starving having not eaten all day.

Our bartender was Justin, he was very knowledgeable and friendly. He suggested a few cocktails and we ended up going with Nono-Sanchez and a Shenandoah Sunset. Those were delicious cocktails, our food choices were even better. We had the Gnoochi con Ragu and Wagyu Beef Check (amazing). We were both taken back at the quality of both the food and drinks at Rooca. We certainly expect this from restaurants in Houston (where we are from) but not a small town restaurant.

Between the knowledgeable at times funny service if Justin and the quality of food, we left both entertained and full. We would highly recommend Rocca to visitors or Lexington. Defiantly worth a stop if your passing through Virginia like we were. Bravo Rocca!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 30, 2017

While our waitress was very good, the wait time for the food was long and the quality disappointing.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 26, 2017

The ambiance, food and service we outstanding. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys food.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great food Nd excellent service. Sit on the patio for a nice dining experience

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The new menu is Very limited and pricey for what is offered. Miss the appetizers that used to be on the menu. Lovely seating outside, but only redeeming trait.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Lovely evening outside on Main Street.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great restaurant right in downtown Lexington. We sat outside on the veranda, and it was very pleasant. We stopped for lunch on our way to white water rafting; an adventurous getaway! It was a fabulous lunch, and we're so glad we found this gem!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Lovely selection of multiple course options, but it's a bit over priced.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Rocca is the place to go for an authentic Italian menu. It is not the usual pizza restaurant food, but rather what you would find in southern Italy. Limited choices, but beyond delicious.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Everything we ordered was delicious. The calamari was crispy, the steak was perfectly cooked, the chicken was moist and juicy.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 12, 2017

enjoyed the food new chef is a plus for Rocca... attending the horse show

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Service and food were outstanding. Treated as though we were the only guests.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 30, 2017

We stopped at Rocca for Sunday lunch while traveling through Lexington. We ate on the balcony, which was amazing! One of us had the tomato salad with salmon, and one of us had the arugula salad with Salmon. Both were delectable and the salmon was some of the best I have ever had...simple, fresh ingredients. The panna cotta and peach dessert with basil gelato were perfect. We only live an hour a way, so we will be back. Although we come to Lexington from time to time, I did not know this hidden gem was there.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 28, 2017

We ate at Rocca during Lexington restaurant week and sampled 2 apps, 2 entrees and 2 deserts.
They have a new chef as of mid June who has gone farm to table. All 6 plates were good+. This is the best meal we have had at Rocca. We have been going since it opened and always hoped for 'a little more' in the food quality. It looks like the new chef is meeting that goal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Good (not quite great). Ever since it opened, people have said Rocca's service is a little erratic. It still is. On balance, you can't really hope for more in a small town. A pleasant evening.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Rocca used to be my favorite place in town, but something has happened and it's really gone downhill. I've seen a decline the last two times I've eaten there. Last week, I didn't recognize any of the staff. The menu and the chef were new. Neither was an improvement. Our waiter was new, too (first night), but he did just fine. I used to recommend Rocca to friends who were visiting from out-of-town. I'm not sure I can do so anymore.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Western NC)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Great cocktails Vieux Carre to start, Calamari with green goddess dressing deserves to be repilcated at home its so good .Main courses great ! Outdoor space made the whole experience
truly Memorable . Great Staff!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Salad and entre and wine were good, but the flatbread appetizer was tasteless. Also, remarkably, the server did not tell us the specials. We didn't know there were any until we overheard her tell folks at the next table when we were almost done with our dinner! Unacceptable to say the least.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Overall good impression. Nice space. Great outdoor space on second floor of hotel, looking out on Main Street with view of mountains and VMI.

Waitress was sweet but unfamiliar with menu. We had allergy issues and she was helpful but not familiar with options. For example, it states clearly on the menu that all pasta dishes are available with gluten-free pasta (one of the reasons I chose the restaurant), but she did not know that. Perhaps she just needs more experience.

Interesting menu. Great fig flatbread appetizer. Nice wine and cocktail selection.

A bit pricy for Lexington.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Healthy, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Nice location with balcony overlooking the charming Lexington downtown Main Street. Great food and service. Reasonably priced. Street parking as well as other parking options close by. Will return!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 10, 2017

For a wonderful authentic Italian dinner Rocca is the place to go. Seating on the outdoor second floor patio is delightful. We always want an unhurried dinner with family and friends and enjoy the waitstaff's knowledge of how a typical Neapolitan dinner would be. The best of the best!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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 (Richmond)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Even though the new menu is not completed, the newer entre' options were quite good. Enjoyed a relaxing evening with friends, good food, good drinks, great service from Kimmie, who never disappoints. She is very attentive, thorough and friendly. Of course, the evening begins when you are created by Grant. Great smile, friendly, accommodating, super addition to the restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Everyone in the front of house at Rocca was trying very hard and they were quite friendly, though they seemed generally inexperienced and understaffed. If you can sit on the veranda, the ambiance is probably the best in Lex. The cocktails were superior, though the poor bartender was overwhelmed. On a Friday, they really should have two.

The food was adequate, but not up to expectations. Poorly seasoned, with one dish too salty and the other too bland. Perhaps a third entree would have been "just right."

Tags: Scenic View, Happy Hour
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Service was just OK. We ordered the house lasagna for $19. One serving was about 3" square and the other was about 4" square. The only other thing that came with it was bread. I thought the price was very high for what was served. The lasagna was Ok but certainly not worth $19.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 19, 2017

My wife and I like casual elegance. Rocca Bar Ristorante meets that need. We also like downtown Lexington and sitting on the deck put us there. I was surprised to see that the prices are very reasonable for the service, ambiance and food. Service was especially good.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Happy Hour
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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Not a big variety of food. If you're hungry, you may want to choose another restaurant. Should give more food for the price.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 29, 2017

We celebrated our daughter's college graduation at Rocca. The decor was lovely, the food was delicious and the waitstaff was great!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 28, 2017

We have been coming to Rocca for years... love the bar staff... and most of the wait staff... but this past visit, we had a waitress who was rude and abrupt and really 'killed' the meal for us... the food was great (as always)... but the services, this time, left a lot to be desired (and it wasn't even that crowded.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Second floor porch dining in beautiful spring weather is always a treat. However, I don't think that Rocca was expecting lots of people dining with them on the evening we chose. The service was totally disorganized with the wait staff not assigned in a sensible way. We were served our drinks promptly and our order was taken in a very timely fashion. But the wait person did not seem really knowledgeable about the menu - particularly the draft beer menu. Our side salads were served quite promptly, but there was a long wait for rolls and an even longer wait for our main entrees. The food was, however, excellent. I had a large house salad with salmon that melted in my mouth. It was grilled to perfection. The other people dining with me both enjoyed their pasta dishes. The chicken parmigiana always pleases. As I observed the other diners I was noticing the awkward serving of appetizers, rolls and dinners. The restaurant more than doubles in size when the weather allows outdoor seating. I guess the lesson is, if it's nice enough to be outdoors your dinner will be great but the service, unless they change how it's run, may cause some delays and confusion.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Richmond)·Dined on April 15, 2017

I love to sit outside and eat dinner On the balcony. The historic atmosphere is so unique. The food is delicious. We have always had friendly servers. Would recommend this place for dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Richmond)·Dined on March 24, 2017

I was dining alone while on a business trip. The only negative is the lasagna was cold. I was able to take the onions off the beet salad, however there were too many. Otherwise the server was friendly and accommodating. Price was ok

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 (New England)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Four of us all enjoyed our dinner. Two had the house salad to start and found it delicious. Two of us had a Caesar salad which was good. We were not fans of the polenta croutons. I ordered pasta primavera which was good but to my taste it had way too much garlic. Others enjoyed their pasta entrees, particularly the chicken Parmesan. The two members of the wait staff worked together to serve the dining room. The service was very good. It is a nice dining room which would be really pleasant on a warm night when guests would be able to dine on the outdoor porch overlooking Main Street. I recommend Rocco when dining out in Lexington.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour
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