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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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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good24%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“deviled eggs” (12 reviews)
“hanger steak” (9 reviews)
All hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
2201 Crystal Spring Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24014-2483
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The staff opens the doors & welcomes you in with smiles. Everyone was polite & give you excellent service. The food was superb, I ate every bite.

Thank MissLadyK503
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So, I have eaten here once before and thought the food was good, although I'm not a fan of the acoustics. It is noisy and hard to hear your guests. But since the food was good, I made a reservation for my son's 20th birthday....More

Thank Loveofryen
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great neighborhood spot. Salad and fish dishes I had offered creative mix of flavors and texture. I also came near closing and they wonderfully accomodated me.

Thank WorkingMomTraveler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went with a large group, and everyone without exception was wowed by their meal. Appetizers of corn bread and ramp pesto was addictive, the pickles just the right blend of sweet and tart, and the pimento cheese a delicious delicacy perfectly paired with the...More

Thank Tanya C
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We went here for Sunday brunch to celebrate our anniversary and the food was absolutely fantastic! The most difficult thing was deciding what to eat. I can't wait to go back and try everything on the menu!

Thank Jessica S
Reviewed 23 March 2017

From out of town and decided to give this restaurant a try based on reviews. We arrived at 6:45 to be rudely asked if we had reservations. Nothing available until 8:15 we were told, please ignore the 2 four tops that were available when we...More

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

Alexandra - I am so sorry about your bad experience. While we are not in a city of Millions, we are thankfully very busy on weekends and almost always require a reservation. I understand your frustration at seeing empty tables - but please know, they...More

Reviewed 19 March 2017

We've been here a few times now, and will keep going back! The food is very unique and delicious. The drinks are too! I've never been let down. The deviled eggs are definitely worth getting. Also, the duck is amazing. The restaurant has a cool,...More

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

Jennifer - thanks so much for sharing your great experience. Do come back! Lauren

Reviewed 15 March 2017

My young adult children are foodies, so we were drawn here due to all the positive reviews. We were not disappointed. We opted for Sunday brunch, so we missed the signature desserts, but we did happily sip mimosas and just-spicy-enough Bloody Marys. Son praised the...More

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

We love little foodies and appreciate you bringing the whole family in. We also appreciate you for sharing your family's experience with others. Please come back soon! Lauren

Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

A friend and I stopped in The River and Rail for lunch as we had both wanted to try the restaurant for some time. We were not disappointed. The service was prompt, helpful, and friendly! The food was delicious! The menu was not large, but...More

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

Barrie - so glad you came in and tool the time to share your experience with others. Thank you! Lauren Ellerman

Reviewed 26 February 2017 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...More

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

Thank you so much for the thoughtful review. We look forward to serving you again next year!

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Are you going to be open Christmas Eve?
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
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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic
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.