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The River and Rail

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2201 Crystal Spring Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24014-2483
15404006830
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11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Fri 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went for lunch and had the burger (which was tall enough for lock jaw). It was good and juicy. You have choice of steak fries or home made chips. I chose the chops and was not disappointed. The burgers and bbq both were $12, which I felt was kind of expensive for lunch. It may be a better place for... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped and had lunch. This would probably a great dinner venue.The Fried Green tomato blt was fabulous. My wife had their chicken sandwich and it was way to big to eat all of it.

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1 Thank Kenneth K
Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

Been traveling around the world and the River and Rail still has the best burger ever. Today having with a fried egg on top to honor brunch. Aaron the owner is very personable and always takes time to talk. Defiantly worth the visit.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

This surprise of a place is a true jewel. Farm to table food with the best chicken and steak ever. And, sit at the bar so Shane can mix you a great drink and serve you dinner. You'll love it.

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Thank sararobinson2015
Lauren E, Owner at The River and Rail, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the kind words - we hope you will be back soon. Lauren Ellerman More 

Roanoke, VA
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128 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

River & Rail doesn't get as much attention since it's in a neighboring residential community from downtown but it is consistently better than any restaurant downtown and worth venturing a couple of miles to experience. Small, chic and usually very busy, R&R is a cool spot for lunch or dinner. Small but very good menu, cool cocktails and great (but... More 

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

Craig - thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences with others - we are so grateful and hope to see you again soon. Lauren More 

Virginia
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65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

I recently had one of THE BEST MEALS of my life here. I can't even describe how delicious the food is here. Service is amazing too! This place is a class act. If you're looking for the best restaurant in Roanoke, this is it, in my opinion.

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

Rhonda - thank you!!! So glad you had a great meal. Come back - soon! Lauren More 

Rocky Mount, Virginia
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55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

Have been wanting to try this place for a while, did not disappoint. Ordered the croque Madame (?), had always wanted to try it. Good stuff. Has a bit of a hipster flair to it but in a good way. Also saw that they had Red Rooster Coffee from Floyd, so props for that.

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

Thank you so much for the kind words - and for mentioning our friends at Red Rooster. Come back soon! Lauren More 

Bethesda, Maryland
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70 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Loved this restaurant. Terrific food from a smallish menu but 8 of us found things we liked the sound of without any trouble. Appetizers were spectacular and the entrees did not disappoint. One person declared it the best meal he had ever had bar none! Go, give it a try.

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

Thank you so much for the kind words and for taking the time to share your experience with others. We are so grateful you took the time to do that. Come back soon. Lauren Ellerman More 

Smith Mountain Lake, VA
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57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Yes, there really is a five star restaurant in Roanoke, Virginia! It's called River and Rail and is run by a group of highly creative and experienced chefs who concoct new and interesting dishes and tastes in-house. Even my coffee tasted as though there were flower blossoms in it. The oysters were huge and amazing, the homemade pickled vegetables were... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Menu changes every day, and supplied by locals. Unique items to please the palate. All served with a smile, and with a dash of pleasantries sprinkled here and there. With definitely go again.

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

Thank you so much for the review and compliments --- we hope you will return! Lauren Ellerman More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$12 - $30
Cuisine
American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2201 Crystal Spring Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24014-2483
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Roanoke
  • Phone Number: 15404006830
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?