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Tue, 6/19
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8:30 PM
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Rocca Bar Ristorante

4.2
126 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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 126 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.1
service
4.5
ambience
3.9
value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

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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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

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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2.0Dined on May 3, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Good food and great service from Amanda.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

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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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

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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3.0Dined 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).

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5.0Dined 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

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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

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4.0Dined on October 7, 2017

Parents weekend at W&L

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on September 26, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

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

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on September 22, 2017

Lovely evening outside on Main Street.

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined on September 3, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on August 12, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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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