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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
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good22%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (19 reviews)
“hanger steak” (13 reviews)
“pimento cheese” (15 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
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Value
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LOCATION
2201 Crystal Spring Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24014-2483
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11 - 20 of 199 reviews

Reviewed March 31, 2018

Our return visit this week to River and Rail was just fabulous- Beginning with their caring and gracious staff with hostess Juli, to our wonderful and perfectly attentive server Leigh- the impeccable cuisine was made even better. Our Pimento Cheese appetizer w/toasted bread was said...More

Thank Sarah R
Reviewed February 25, 2018

We have eaten there once for dinner. The food was good but not great and the prices were high. We tried again at lunch and the food was better and the prices were less. There is also a Brunch on Sunday, but we have not...More

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Reviewed February 23, 2018

We were anticipating a romantic night out and a great meal experience out on our anniversary, but it fell very short. First off, my husband and I could not even hold a conversation in this place because the NOISE FACTOR IS OVERWHELMING. It is a...More

Thank Sarah R
Lauren E, Owner at The River and Rail, responded to this reviewResponded February 25, 2018

Sarah - we are very sorry your anniversary was not the special one you intended. We would like to invite you back for a second chance - perhaps a week night when the bar is not so full? Please let us know. It will be...More

Reviewed February 15, 2018 via mobile

This is usually a good resturant. On this occasion they had a limited menu. That's usually the case on Valentine's Day and I am OK by it. Three courses for $75.00 each. A little bit of price gouging. In this case the mussels had sand...More

Thank George G
Lauren E, Owner at The River and Rail, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2018

George - I am sorry your experience did not meet your, or our expectations.

Reviewed February 9, 2018

I've brought my family here, had an informal brunch here, and had drinks here. This place does everything with high quality products and whole heartedly. Good experience every visit. Highly suggest brunch.

Thank saesavoie
Lauren E, Owner at The River and Rail, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2018

Thank you so much for the kind words - we are proud of our brunch and hope others take your advice and come by!

Reviewed February 9, 2018

Because it was so highly revered on trip advisor, I stopped in for lunch at The River and Rail today. Thank you so much fellow culinary connoisseurs! The River and Rail occupies a lovely little corner of the historic strip mall on Crystal Spring Ave,...More

Thank Paul L
Lauren E, Owner at The River and Rail, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2018

Thank you for taking time to share your great experience. Please come back!

Reviewed February 9, 2018

We live in Florida but my husband's family lives in Roanoke and we visit them at least once per year. Any time we are in town we make a point of eating at River and Rail at least once. Even with these sporadic visits we...More

Thank AndieTravels
Lauren E, Owner at The River and Rail, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2018

So sorry to hear about the emergency that kept you in Roanoke so long, but we appreciate the time you took to share your great experience with others. We work hard to be kind and consistent and are so glad that your experiences have been...More

Reviewed February 2, 2018 via mobile

Visited here based on TA rave reviews and was not disappointed. Thank you to our server for offering a veggie entree with my choice of five favorites. It was delicious (and not on the menu) so definitely recommend asking for it. Collard greens, grits, black...More

Thank Jobo14
Lauren E, Owner at The River and Rail, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2018

Thank you so very much for sharing the details of your evening with others. We are so grateful. Please come back and enjoy it again!

Reviewed December 21, 2017 via mobile

If you are looking for a great unique brunch place...check this one out. Literally everything I tried was great.

Thank Bradley T
Lauren E, Owner at The River and Rail, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2018

Bradley - thank you for this great review. We appreciate you taking the time! Come back soon.

Reviewed November 18, 2017

We ate with family and friends. The food and service were exceptional. Our group had duck, oysters, beet salad, ham crusted fish, and a neat "flight" of ice creams/sorbets. All wonderfully prepared and presented and yummy!

Thank CofCMom
Lauren E, Owner at The River and Rail, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with others. We are grateful to you!

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551sandy
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
US$12 - US$30
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, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Thursday
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
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
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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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