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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
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
Closed now
All hours
Tue - Sun 11:00 - 14:00
Tue - Fri 17:00 - 22:00
Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Roanoke, Virginia
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My husband and I visited the restaurant this week using a gift certificate we found buried in a drawer. The food was good but we felt uncomfortable when it was pointed out that our gift certificate had expired (even though there was no expiration date on the actual certificate and on the restaurant’s website, it clearly states that gift certificates... More 

Thank Arrington8688
Wirtz, Virginia
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food and service is good. Bathrooms are clean. Not a single screen on the walls was good for me but not the teenager.

Thank Kathleen O
Region of Waterloo, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were in Roanke Nov 3 - 8'16 visiting friends and had the opportunity to have lunch at The River and Rail. It was an outstanding experience in every way possible - the quality, presentation, taste, quantity, décor, service - everything possible within this restaurant was outstanding! Thank-you greatly to the staff for making my birthday luncheon so special -... More 

Thank rtoronchuk
New York
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a great find for foodie New Yorkers traveling through Roanoke. They were very accommodating to my dietary needs (gluten free vegan).

Thank JJ315
Lauren E, Owner at The River and Rail, responded to this review

We love vegan guests - thanks so much for coming in and taking the time to share your good experience. Blessings to you! More 

Alexandria, Virginia
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

My father and I sat outside and had an excellent dinner of catfish and blackened cod. The dishes were large enough and seems to have a southern flair. Very tasty and complex flavors. The lighting is very nice both inside and outside.

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

Beth - thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to share your good experience. We hope you will come back and see us. More 

Charleston, West Virginia
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69 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We enjoyed a very flavorful lunch here. I had the burger and my wife the catfish sandwich (their daily special). The burger must have been 6"-8" tall and was cooked perfectly. My wife really enjoyed the catfish sandwich and said it had amazing taste. The service was laid back and prompt. Thanks!

Thank DWill48
Lauren E, Owner at The River and Rail, responded to this review

Thank you so much for dining with us - and for sharing your great experience. Please consider coming back for Brunch or Dinner next time! More 

Atlanta, Ga
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

I absolutely love this place. Can't go often enough, but I've tried multiple menu items and they've all been excellent. My personal favorites: trout dip, pickle pot, deviled eggs for the appetizers/snacks the burger (more on that), and I really love the vegetarian entree. I'm all over the map, but they do it all well and I've never had a... More 

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

Your enthusiasm and kind words made our day - thank you! We are lucky to have such lovely guests that enjoy eating our food as much as we enjoy making it. Thank you again for sharing your great experiences and advice with others! Lauren Ellerman More 

Port Clyde, Maine
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79 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Casual unpretentious and very high quality with great food a friendly vibe and an excellent wait staff. Fabulous liver paté. Excellent pickle jar. I had grouper which was delicious, then an absolutely epic green salad. I travel all the time and this goes on my A list.

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

Evelyn - thank you so much for the great review. We feel so lucky to be on your A list and hope you will return! Lauren More 

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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Great neighborhood restaurant that would be fun to meet friends. Staff was very attentive with every detail. My steak was excellent and my husband said this was the best chicken he had ever eaten.

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

Thank you so much for the kind review - come back. We would love to serve you again. Lauren More 

Fairfax, Virginia
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35 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Started with literally a jar of pickles. Good flavor but the pickled carrots did not work. Too much carrot, not enough pickle. Vegetable chopped salad was underdressed and the salad lacked any real flavor punch. Even the fried onions did not come with much flavor. Still a good salad. The North Carolina BBQ pork was moist and tender and subtly... More 

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

Richard - we hope you will come back and see us again. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. Lauren More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 12 - USD 30
American, Gluten Free Options
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
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
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
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?