Stefano's On The Market is an upscale American restaurant. The interior of the restaurant is decorated with an eye for contemporary style. Each table in Stefano's has chairs that alternate between a brick red and hunter green, keeping them from looking too uniform. The dining doom features an exposed brick accent wall and several paintings from local artists hung up throughout the space.
Stefano's menu takes inspiration from both France and Italy while giving each dish a distinctly American twist. Popular entrees include a classic filet mignon, pork ossobucco, veal piccata, braised short rib and chicken marsala. Stefano's is also known for its delicious desserts, including a house made sorbet, flourless chocolate cake, tiramisu made with bavarian cream and a creme brulee made from Tahitian vanilla
We tried out Stefano's during Roanoke Restaurant Week and will definitely be back. Tender 8 oz filet mignon, fall apart Braised Short Ribs and nicely cooked Sea Bass. Our server, Ty, had a lot of personality and helped make our evening a great time.
This restaurant is consistently at the top of it's game in both food preparation and service. The food is prepared exactly as ordered and the available dishe are often unique or prepared in a different method than the traditional. Extensive wine menu and delicious deserts. And the restaurant has a very knowledgable and friendly wait staff. Located at one of the strategic corners in the Roanoke Market area with lots of parking available with 1-2 blocks.
Looked like it was a good bar scene but this was NYE and we went for dinner. Yes, the kitchen was slammed and I think they were trying but wife's food was luke warm at best and my Special was not really as flavorful as I had expected. Overall a mildly disappointing experience. Probably would try a different spot if in town next year.
The food was fine; nothing extraordinary. Our server had zero personality. She was not friendly or welcoming. I can forgive that if service is impeccable; it was far from that. She reached across the table without saying excuse me, she tried to take plates without asking, drinks were left empty. 1.5 hours for entrees to be served. That's a bit much, even on a busy night. Overall, I wouldn't choose to go back and I wouldn't suggest this restaurant to others. There are many restaurants downtown that are much better.
(New Years Eve) Booked through open table, we walked through the door, gave our name, and they stated they had a special table for us for booking online. Placed us center of the band in the back room, a hidden gem for anyone who has ever been to Stafano's. The food was amazing, the service fantastic. I highly recommend you give it a try for yourself.
Stefano's is one of my go-to restaurants in downtown Roanoke. I like it mostly because it is not a "family restaurant" ... it is more appealing to foodies and wine lovers. It is quiet... which is nice. The owner will come check on you at your table. Someone will walk you from the front door to the restaurant area. Feels fancy and welcoming.
Each of our group of 5 had a wonderful dinner at Stefano's the evening after Christmas -- from the mussels, salads, pasta, to pork -- as well as great bread and dipping oil to start. The atmosphere is great with the brick walls, cozy and pleasant. The only downside was the waitress -- although she brought everything in a timely manner and took care of our needs - there wasn't a bit of enthusiasm nor a hint of a smile the entire 1.5 hours. I know we all have bad days - and I'm chalking it up to that - but when you are in this type of business you need to chalk it up and pretend you like (even enjoy) waiting on us.
We dined here on the spur of the moment when in downtown Roanoke. We were surprised when we walked in because there was a big waiting area that was empty (it looked like the place wasn't open), but as we walked into the dining area we were pleasantly surprised at the lovely atmosphere. The food was very good, but in spite of being only one of two occupied tables, service was spotty. I had to get up and get the water pitcher to refill our glasses finally. (The server wasn't in the room with us unless she was serving something, which makes it hard to manage anything that isn't working out.) I had a grilled romaine salad that was good, although the dressing was a little tangy for me. My husband and I both had the Manhattan Clam Chowder (a tomato-based chowder) which was fresh tasting and good. My husband also had the braised beef entree which he described as outstanding (quite a compliment from him). I asked for an extra bit of bread to eat with my bowl of chowder, which was slow in coming, but I saved a few bites to eat with it. We shared the dessert that was pudding, vanilla wafers and butterscotch, which was also very yummy.
All in all, this was a very good meal and it's not that uncommon to have spotty service when you're just about the only person in the place (strangely enough), so I won't hold that against them.
We recently moved to Roanoke and we're looking for a dinner spot after Xmas eve mass. Most places are closed on Xmas eve but Stefano's was open. We were among the early guest there, it eventually filled. We were greeted by the owner Steve who shared the story of Stefano's with us. The food was truly outstanding and on par with the best restaurants in most major cities. The waiter was professional, courteous and funny. Make sure you try the salmon speak appetizers and safe room for desert. A great experience for an affordable price. Did I mention. It's on the market place downtown, the best spot in Roanoke? Easy walk from hotel Roanoke.
The crispy black bass and pork osso bucco were outstanding!