2nd time dining here and just like the 1st time it didn't disappoint.
The food was less than average and the service average. Not a go back place for us.
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!
Food was expensive with small portions and really not very good for the money.
Service was painfully slow. Great location lots of potential but....
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.
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.
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.
Good food and great service from Amanda.
Food was very good. Service was not good. Need to improve performance of the wait staff. Will give them another try.
Sat on the patio. Nice view of downtown. Very good service. Good beer and wine selection. Only complaint that food portions could be bigger
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.
Great ambience, classy but mellow. Great food and service. Perfect for special occasions.
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.
Attentive but not intrusive service, wonderful food, including the fresh hot rolls!
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.
Service was extremely slow. Took over an hour to get our food.
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.
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.
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.
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
Parents weekend at W&L
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!
While our waitress was very good, the wait time for the food was long and the quality disappointing.
The ambiance, food and service we outstanding. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys food.
Great food Nd excellent service. Sit on the patio for a nice dining experience
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.
Lovely evening outside on Main Street.
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!
Lovely selection of multiple course options, but it's a bit over priced.
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.
Everything we ordered was delicious. The calamari was crispy, the steak was perfectly cooked, the chicken was moist and juicy.
enjoyed the food new chef is a plus for Rocca... attending the horse show
Service and food were outstanding. Treated as though we were the only guests.
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.
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.