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Stefano's On The Market

4.2
139 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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About

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

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean, Modern European
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Monday-Saturday: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Dinner:
Monday - Thursday : 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday and Saturday : 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday : 5PM - 9:00 PM






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Phone number
(540) 343-6644
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Meghan Gill
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Private party facilities
We became a five-star restaurant by doing things differently than most. When it comes to hosting events, parties, meetings or receptions within our beautiful historic space, we follow the same rules.
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Private party contact
Event Coordinator: (888) 981-6152
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Market ST SE and Campbell Ave
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Parking details
Hundreds of very inexpensive parking spots within a 2 minute walk and many adjoining
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2  based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.1
service
4.2
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Quiet
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Sheri24012 (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2016

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.

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vipsunsetdon (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2016

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.

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Underwhelming (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

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.

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GreatFood (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

(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.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on December 27, 2015

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.

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foodieinva (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on December 26, 2015

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.

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vipFishersChick (Indiana)
4.0  Dined on December 26, 2015

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.

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HaraldS (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2015

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.

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JENJR (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on December 11, 2015

The crispy black bass and pork osso bucco were outstanding!

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Kpatpen (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2015

We came to Roanoke to have a special dinner with my husbands parents, both age 84. I requested a quiet table because my FIL is hard of hearing. The table was perfect. Everything from the appetizers to entrees was excellent! Our waiter was Jay and he took care of everything. My only regret was not saving room for dessert! Hopefully, we'll be back soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Richmond)
2.0  Dined on December 8, 2015

Had dined here previously and had an excellent meal with great service. This time the food was disappointing and the service even more so. It is a shame because the owner tries so hard to please and it is such a beautiful venue.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 6, 2015

in town for business, booked this for dinner for 3 of us. didn't have our kids with us so didn't think in those terms but for adults it was very good. great food, nice folks, good wine list and competent staff. found out as we were leaving they have a cigar bar and back room, cute spot.

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vipHelpinghandVA (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on November 30, 2015

Loved the in house made pasta. Food had flavor that exploded in our mouths the dining room is epoch

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vipJuice (Toledo)
4.0  Dined on November 28, 2015

We were visiting Roanoke and chose Stephanos based on Open Table reviews and posted menu. We liked the menu because it wasn't loaded with cream and cheese like many Italian restaurants. Mussels excellent. Veal dishes quite good although the menu didn't indicate that the veal was over a large portion of pasta.
Service was strange. The hostess who seated us was disorganized to the point of confusion. When we asked to have our table wiped she brought what appeared to be a dry towel and wiped it. When we questioned this she said it was treated but another person came immediately with a spray bottle. No one explained the large number of wines available by the glass--a big plus for any restaurant. Our waitress was totally clueless about the menu--no excuse for that. So we left feeling that although our food was good the overall experience needs some serious help especially considering the high quality of service in other Roanoke restaurants we visited

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RegisterMcFloyd (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2015

Ate in the back bar, recently renovated. Great live music.

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TherapyThursday (Richmond)
2.0  Dined on November 19, 2015

There were 7 people in our party. The prices were high and the food was nothing to write home about. The entrée did not include a side other than the pasta which was not great. The service was great but the food wasnot.

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vipkingjc (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on November 14, 2015

Everyone's entree was cooked to perfection. Awesome Gluten Free Chicken Marsala!!!!!!!! Desserts were fabulous.

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vipTony (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on November 12, 2015

Awesome! We enjoyed our cocktails and dinner very much! Can't wait to return again soon!!

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vipDarlingScott (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 30, 2015

Excellent food. Charming location.

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