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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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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good24%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (18 reviews)
“hanger steak” (11 reviews)
“deviled eggs” (12 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
2201 Crystal Spring Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24014-2483
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Everything was absolutely delicious! We shared Heritage ribs, fresh oysters, cornbread, homemade pork rinds, monkfish, blue sweet potatos, golden beets, and brussel sprouts and it all added up to a FABULOUS dinner! The River and Rail chef will create a meal for you that you...More

Thank patiencein03
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Friday night was packed. Bar was full of youngish local housewives in short shorts and baseball hats, tables had couples of all ages. Very busy, excellent food, noisy.

Thank designtraveler2015
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

What a great little restaurant. Very nice Decour and absolutely no TVs at all. This place was built for quiet night out and good conversation. Not to mention absolutely delicious menu with great entrées and the cornbread is absolutely tasty as can be. If you...More

Thank williamjs0413
Lauren E, Owner at The River and Rail, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your great experience, and yes, it's true - no TVs! Please come back, and thank you again. Lauren Ellerman

Reviewed 16 October 2017

I visited The River and Rail 2 weekends ago and I have to say that I'm glad I stopped by. Even though I didn't have a reservation, I was sat and taken care of very promptly. I forgot the Bartender's name, but he was very...More

Thank Gabbyrhart
Lauren E, Owner at The River and Rail, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Thank you so much for the generous review. We do take pride in what we serve, and how we do it. Your noticing this sure made our week - please come back and see us! Lauren Ellerman

Reviewed 11 October 2017

Went for Sunday brunch without knowing you needed reservations. Sat at the bar, and the bartender was very nice. The server was so friendly. In fact, it seemed like all the staff was friendly. The food was very good. I had the scrambled eggs, sauerkraut,...More

1  Thank lantz1ct
Lauren E, Owner at The River and Rail, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Thanks so much for the review --- come back and see us again!

Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

We had dinner here Friday night. The best things we had was the oyster appetizer. That was worth the visit. Main course was good but not exceptional. We would go back for the oysters but not the main course. Drinks, dinner and a split dessert...More

1  Thank Debbye L
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

Made a reservation on open table. Upon arrival I was told “I don’t know why it let you do that”. No tables available. There were 3 tables vacant. No effort was made to accommodate us and we traveled a long distance to eat here. Will...More

Thank foodietothemax
Lauren E, Owner at The River and Rail, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Dear Foodie - I know you don't want shallow apologies. I don't blame you. I wouldn't want one either. I am however, deeply sorry this happened and so very sorry your trip was ruined. We would like to make it up to you - would...More

Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Stopped here on our way to Williamsburg. Great service, exceptional burgers and the best she-crab soup I've ever had. Definitely worth the trip!

Thank Robnkendra
Lauren E, Owner at The River and Rail, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Thank you so much for the kind review. We are so grateful. Come back next time you are on your way through town. Lauren

Reviewed 27 September 2017

Was visiting the Blue Ridge Parkway and stopped overnite in Roanoke. Read how the foodnetwork rated the dessert here as one of the best. We were blown away with the entire meal. My other had the appetizer ribs. He still cant stop talking about how...More

Thank yankeetravels_12
Lauren E, Owner at The River and Rail, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

So glad you enjoyed it --- please come back again!

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Questions & Answers
14 December 2015|
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
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$30
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
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
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
  • E-mail
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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