Rocca Bar Ristorante

4.0
136 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Contemporary Italian
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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
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Phone number
(540) 461-8484
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Pascarella
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Nelson Street
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Parking details
Parking is behind the hotel building
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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.
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
What 136 People Are Saying
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K
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We were entirely forgotten by the staff, even after flagging them down and explaining we were in no hurry but wanted to at least be served the bottle if wine we had ordered 15 minutes earlier. Appetizer arrived scant, cold and still no wine. No bread. Salad arrived, still no bread. Entree arrived cold and in meager portions, still no bread. Disappointed.

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was cooked to perfection. Highly recommend the calamari. Overall a great experience.

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T
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time we have eaten here. As always, the service, cocktails and food were all excellent. Would have eaten outside on the balcony, but it was too hot.

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d
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Absolutely the worst restaurant the worst food the worst service I’ve ever had and 40 years of going out

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SB
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there on a Wednesday evening and was open-mike night outside on the second floor loggia. We had s fabulous evening- great food, wine and music! Will definitely be back.

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M
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food!

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J
New England
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh delicious Italian food. Not at all ordinary.

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ET
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was terrific and the atmosphere was perfect! My husband and I went for our one year wedding anniversary and were beyond thrilled with the experience we received! I would highly recommend this restaurant as one of the best in Lexington.

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JW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

My family of 7 met here for lunch after our daughter completed a 3 week camp. The service was great! The restaurant was almost empty as we were there during lunch. The flatbread appetizer was amazing - freshly sourced and tasty! The entrees - not so much. Boring spaghetti, overcooked grilled shrimp on my salad, hubby said the gnocchi were 'okay', and calamari looked about the same. Disappointing as the venue is so lovely. Maybe this is more for night life/bar scene.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside on a beautiful evening and had a very nice meal. Service was good and we enjoyed the whole experience.

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RW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time dining here and just like the 1st time it didn't disappoint.

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LA
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was less than average and the service average. Not a go back place for us.

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MS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely corner of this old hotel, especially fun seated outside where you step back in time as you gaze down on streets and architecture of a bygone era. First-class food, too!

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TA
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Needs work.

Food was expensive with small portions and really not very good for the money.

Service was painfully slow. Great location lots of potential but....

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TV
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was fresh and varied. We liked the selections. My only recommendation would be to make the dishes more flavorful by adding more spices. Not heat necessarily, more flavorful.

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SL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group to celebrate graduation and our service couldn't have been better. Everyone walking past our table, regardless of their assigned section, stopped to see if we needed anything. The food was all delicious and beautifully presented. I highly recommend for any special occasion.

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V
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

I've given Rocca a few tries and I hate to say it just isn't good. I have tried to love it because the location is perfect and they have the best patio in town, but I've never had a good meal there. I ordered a salmon & pasta dish. My friend an I both though the salmon was probably canned and possibly had gone bad.

Go for drinks on the patio and enjoy the setting but so someplace else to eat.

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CT
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and great service from Amanda.

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Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was very good. Service was not good. Need to improve performance of the wait staff. Will give them another try.

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JP
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sat on the patio. Nice view of downtown. Very good service. Good beer and wine selection. Only complaint that food portions could be bigger

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WG
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

It was very obvious that we were there pre prom and dinner took 2 hours. She was late.
The food, service, people were great.
We sat next to the door and there were cold drafts. They offered to move us, but it was not necessary since they closed the door. Next time I will request to sit away from the door.

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KL
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience, classy but mellow. Great food and service. Perfect for special occasions.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed our meals at Rocca. The food was great! We each had a specialty drink and they were quite good. Would definitely go back. The salads were especially fine.

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RB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive but not intrusive service, wonderful food, including the fresh hot rolls!

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BC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Classy and inventive chef. menu is great and the service was excellent. more than one person waited on out table which was great. see note below.

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LW
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was extremely slow. Took over an hour to get our food.

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DM
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrate my birthday at Rocco after making a reservation on Open Table the day before. We arrive early evening and request a booth. A group of ladies is chatting away at an adjacent table sounding like they are having a good time. We both select the arugula salad to get things started. The mixture is scrumptious with just enough goat cheese and candied walnuts with the fresh baby leaves. We enjoy a West Coast red blend bottle of wine. My lady chooses gnocchi with sausage ragu for her main. I’m having the hanger steak medium rare. Our meal is excellent. Our server is superb. My lady has the Tiramisu pot that she describes as a creamy coffee desert, and I have the Tortino Tiepido di Cioccolato that is warm chocolate cake with caramel gelato and strawberry coulis. We are satisfied with our delicious dinner, excellent staff, and splendid experience. Thanks to all those involved with making my birthday a happy one.

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CG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

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).

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DR
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

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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SO
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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D
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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

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a
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Parents weekend at W&L

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S
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

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

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G
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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KI
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

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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