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The River and Rail

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2201 Crystal Spring Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24014-2483
+1 540-400-6830
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11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Sun 11:00 - 14:00
Tue - Fri 17:00 - 22:00
Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Roanoke, Virginia
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63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

My most recent visit was my fourth time. The reservation was made days in advance for a Fri. I used OpenTable app. I made a special request via the app and they followed up on it. Service was excellent. Knowledgeable. For drinks we had VA beers. Their cheese plate was very delicious. My chicken entree, a common dish done uncommonly... More 

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Thank Esteban M
Lauren E, Owner at The River and Rail, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your great experience, advice and recommendations. We are grateful to have such thoughtful customers. Come back! More 

Chesterfield, Virginia
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51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

It's a bit out of the way but worth the trip. Their menu is driven by locally available products. We were seated very quickly and served equally rapidly. We started with the Brussel sprout salad. Delicious. I had an entree with an interesting and excellent combination of homemade Spanish sausage and a grilled chicken breast. Exactly the correct amount of... More 

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Thank Tarynn W
Lauren E, Owner at The River and Rail, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing your great experience. We will tell Shane (the bartender) how much you enjoyed watching him work. Please do return. We are grateful to have customers like you. More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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101 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

This was a great pick for New Years Eve. Excellent service, perfect meals and food. It was a bit pricey-- so check that first, but if you need to celebrate a special occasion this place is amazing. You must try the dessert!

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1 Thank SuperGirl11
Lauren E, Owner at The River and Rail, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words - so glad you enjoyed your special evening. Happy New Year! Lauren Ellerman More 

Roanoke, Virginia
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118 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

We went here for lunch on a weekday, and the experience was impacted by the excessive time it took to get us seated (tables were unoccupied, so not sure of reason for the seating delay) as well as the long period of time it took for our orders to arrive. Our group had the R&R burger with large steak fries.... More 

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Thank robert p
Lauren E, Owner at The River and Rail, responded to this review

Robert - thank you for sharing your experience. I am very sorry our service did not meet your expectations as we do strive to provide excellent service. Obviously, the day you visited we didn't meet our own high standards and for that we are very sorry. We do hope you will return. Lauren Ellerman More 

Moneta, Virginia
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225 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Based on the reviews from TA we went there for lunch. The food was exceptionally good! We started with the jar of pickles, deviled eggs, and followed it with soup, salad, chicken sandwich, and goat cheese terrine. All the dishes were great, we had ice tea and some beers (on tap - great selection) to accompany the meal. I would... More 

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1 Thank MonetaMan
Lauren E, Owner at The River and Rail, responded to this review

Thank you so much taking the time to share your experience. We will make sure our staff knows that we did not meet ours, or your, service expectations. Do come back - we would love to serve you. Lauren More 

Frankfort, Kentucky
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

Stopped by this charming spot on a road trip. So glad we found it. The food was wonderful, the open kitchen made it entertaining and the price for the quality was amazing. Pork rinds and pimento cheese... need I say more? Just Yum.

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Thank Kelly1390
Lauren E, Owner at The River and Rail, responded to this review

Thank you so much for coming in - we are thrilled you had such a great experience. Happy Holidays! More 

Roanoke, Virginia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

My husband and I visited the restaurant this week using a gift certificate we found buried in a drawer. The food was good but we felt uncomfortable when it was pointed out that our gift certificate had expired (even though there was no expiration date on the actual certificate and on the restaurant’s website, it clearly states that gift certificates... More 

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1 Thank Arrington8688
Lauren E, Owner at The River and Rail, responded to this review

You are right - you never should have been made to feel uncomfortable, and we apologize for the negative experience. We are without excuse and owe you an apology. If you would email me your contact information - we would like to personally invite you back to the restaurant for a second chance. Again, we are so very sorry. lauren@riverandrailrestaurant.com More 

Wirtz, Virginia
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Food and service is good. Bathrooms are clean. Not a single screen on the walls was good for me but not the teenager.

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Thank Kathleen O
Region of Waterloo, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

We were in Roanke Nov 3 - 8'16 visiting friends and had the opportunity to have lunch at The River and Rail. It was an outstanding experience in every way possible - the quality, presentation, taste, quantity, décor, service - everything possible within this restaurant was outstanding! Thank-you greatly to the staff for making my birthday luncheon so special -... More 

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Thank rtoronchuk
Lauren E, Owner at The River and Rail, responded to this review

We loved hearing about your great experience - thank you so much for sharing. Please do come back. Wishing you all the best. More 

New York
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

This was a great find for foodie New Yorkers traveling through Roanoke. They were very accommodating to my dietary needs (gluten free vegan).

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Thank JJ315
Lauren E, Owner at The River and Rail, responded to this review

We love vegan guests - thanks so much for coming in and taking the time to share your good experience. Blessings to you! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 12 - US$ 30
Cuisine
American, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 14:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2201 Crystal Spring Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24014-2483
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Roanoke
  • Phone Number: +1 540-400-6830
Description
Southern, Local, Seasonal cooking in the heart of Roanoke nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Executive Chef Aaron Deal is James Beard nominated and is delighted to be serving traditional yet upscale southern classics in his Roanoke kitchen.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?