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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.
Lexington, VA 24450
Italian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Contemporary Italian
Hours of Operation:
Fri–Sun 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking is behind the hotel building
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
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).
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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