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The River and Rail

2201 Crystal Spring Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24014-2483
+1 540-400-6830
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Overview
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good24%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travelers talk about
“deviled eggs” (12 reviews)
“hanger steak” (9 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
DETAILS
2201 Crystal Spring Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24014-2483
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11 - 20 of 162 reviews

Reviewed February 15, 2017 via mobile

My wife and I had a fabulous time at this restaurant for Saint Valentine's Day. They're offering was a three-course meal with wine pairing. Everything was excellently and professionally done especially our waitress. We certainly will go again and highly recommend this restaurant.More

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

Joseph - we appreciate your kind words, and are so glad to know you had a great experience. We also appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with others. Thank you - glad you enjoyed the special evening and look forward to seeing...More

Reviewed February 14, 2017 via mobile

The River and Rail serves delectable dishes that you won't find in other local establishments. We dine here every few months and have yet to have a bad experience. The food is always perfectly prepared, the portions are ample, and the staff is delightful. If...More

1  Thank patiencein03
Lauren E, Owner at The River and Rail, responded to this review

You made our day - thank you for sharing your great experiences with others, we are so glad to have you as loyal customers. Lauren Ellerman

Reviewed February 14, 2017

We were traveling through the area and I looked on Trip Advisor for ideas. The River and Rail was recommended so we decided to give it a try. Chef Aaron made us feel right at home at the bar while we waited on our table...More

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

We are so glad you stopped in - and got to meet Chef. Thanks so much for sharing your great experiences with others. We look forward to serving you again. Lauren Ellerman

Reviewed January 30, 2017 via mobile

Very fresh and tasty, great service, great value and classy evironment. We had a nice salad and the blue plate fried chicken. Both were yummy and satisfying! Would definitely come back again!

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

Braden - thank you so much for the kind words. So glad you enjoyed your experience. Lauren

Reviewed January 28, 2017 via mobile

Meal was excellent. The beef tartare was exquisite. Catfish was delicious. Waitress was courteous and friendly.

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

Thank you so much for sharing your great experience. We love it when guests have a wonderful meal. Come back soon. Lauren

Reviewed January 16, 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...More

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!

Reviewed January 8, 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...More

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.

Reviewed January 1, 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!

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

Reviewed December 14, 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...More

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...More

Reviewed December 10, 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...More

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

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551sandy
Are you going to be open Christmas Eve?
December 14, 2015|
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Response from TheMadTraveler_13 | Reviewed this property |
I suggest calling. Open Table is not accepting Reservations for December 24th, so I would expect it to be closed. However, it could be a special menu and could be reservation only. Good luck.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$12 - $30
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, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, 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: +1 540-400-6830
  • E-mail
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.