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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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East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Our Roanoke Family recommended this establishment as a wonderful dining experience . We arrived early at opening and were seated at the window.. awesome table with view of the village . Our server, Leigh C. was knowledgeable on wine and the menu. She extended First Class Service! Our meals were each prepared with each of us in mind; fresh and... More 

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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

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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 you again soon. Lauren More 

Bedford, Virginia
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 you are looking for something delicious, fresh, and different, I highly recommend The River and... More 

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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 More 

Upton, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 , and we had the daily blue plate special -served in a small cast iron... More 

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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 More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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!

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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 More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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

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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 More 

Roanoke, Virginia
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62 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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43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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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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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100 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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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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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 

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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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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?