From Open Table 2/15/2016
"Amazing - Wonderful atmosphere. The service was amazing and the food even better. It was expensive but worth the money. Enjoyed having my birthday/Valentine's Day dinner there. Our service was amazing and the Moscato is one I will have to find so we can enjoy it again. Hope to make it a tradition to come on my birthday every year."


From Open Table 2/16/2015
"Excellence! - Food was excellent. Service was impeccable. Bonnie (general manager) always has a smile ready and runs a knowledgeable, friendly, energetic staff. We will return and advise any of our friends and family to make a reservation at Alexanders for any special occasion. Thank you Alexanders for a great meal! We had a great night! Food was excellent, service was incredible! You have won us as regulars!!"


From Trip Advisor, April 2016
"Alexander's exceptional cuisine, highest-quality ingredients, professional and attentive waitstaff and overall consistency make for a dining experience that never disappoints."


From Trip Advisor, November 2015
"elegant pre show meal - We loved eating here before a Wynton Marsalis concert at the old Jefferson High School! My scallops were unbelievable! The salad was perfect and the bread delicious. Our waiter was attentive and never in our way. He made sure that we got our food in a timely manner so that we would not be late for our show. We finished our meal with coffee; it is VERY good!!."


From Trip Advisor
"Never rushed and never disappointed!! - Alexander's remains my favorite for a special dinner out. It is a dining experience best enjoyed with people you want to share a fun evening with. Waitstaff are attentive but never intrusive or pretentious. "


From Trip Advisor, January 2016
"My wife and I agree that their scallops were some of the best we ever had. The corn pudding was more like a soufflé, super delicious. The bowl of tasty squash and smoked salmon soup was served hot, though not a large portion. Overall, the chef's selection of spices made the favors subtle and not overpowering. Overall, a most enjoyable evening"


  • Voted best place for business entertaining
  • Voted best place to pop the question
  • Voted Best downtown restaurant
  • Voted Best pre-theater restaurant
  • Voted overall Best Restaurant
  • Voted Best server
  • Voted Best place for Lunch

From Yelp, 1/19/2016
"We went here for my birthday on a cold January Saturday night. We thought there might not be many people here so soon after Christmas but they had a full house. This was a very good experience from start to finish. We were greeted warmly and welcomely. We started with mixed drinks expertly made by their very good mixologist. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and was very attentive. This restaurant makes sure you are taken care of very well. They have several servers taking care of you to ensure that things happen in a timely manner The Shrimp Carbonara appetizer we tried was very good. We love the fact that a salad is included with your meal and a very good one at that. Serving a mini croissant with it makes for a special treat. I had scallops with corn pudding (more decadent than it sounds) served with roasted root vegetables. Outstanding! My husband had the filet and shrimp with two different sauces. Awesome as well! We both said this restaurant deserves a place on our list of special restaurants in Roanoke! It is a restaurant which many might reserve for special occasions, but we will definitely be going back as often as I can create a "special" occasion."


From Yelp, 11/6/2015
"Food was outstanding. I didn't think I was as expensive as people said...this quality of food is going to be pricier than most run of the mill restaurants. Ordered the scallops with a half salad and their house made vinaigrette. Salad was a good size, vinaigrette was very nice. Scallops were very tasty, portion was appropriate and I felt the price was fair for the quality of food and service. Great restaurant and I'll be back when I return to Roanoke for business."


From Yelp, 12/3/2015
"Alexander's is an elegant and intimate restaurant. It has an understated yet refined decor. Food and service are superb...probably best in Roanoke (besides my mom's). Their menu changes often and have a good selection of wines. Everything we had was wonderful."


Dined on 3/26/2015
"Appalachia Gem - Where to dine in Roanoke? There maybe few sophisticated restaurants downtown in the Tripadvisor's list. But Alexander's showed really outstanding. Welcoming. Comfortable. And with an intelligent menu. As well for the wine list, including tricontinental vineyards (we had an excellent Agentinian Malbec), as for the kitchen : Polyface rabbit & wild mushroom bolognese capellini pasta nest was quite perfectas was Shrimp risotto & roasted vegetable melange. Staff is attentive (ie : not overwhelming). Our main regret will be to leave the Valley without returning as soon. But we'll keep Alexander's in our memories."


Dined on 3/17/2015
"Still thinking about that amazing meal - While staying at the Hotel Roanoke our small group had dinner at Alexanders. We had read about it in an issue of Garden and Gun in the fall 2014. Our decision to go there was confirmed by a review some other friends gave it after dining there the night before. Everything about the evening was fabulous. When you enter the restaurant you are greeted with warmth and enthusiasm. The wait staff was genuinely personable and attentive. The seating was comfortable. I had a glass (or two) of the house Malbec (Argentina) that was rich and smooth. Our party ordered lamb, duck, pecan chicken and shrimp. It was all mouth watering and delicious. There was a bit of sharing because it had been so hard to choose. Still thinking about it my only regret is that I live so far away. A highlight of my trip to Roanoke!"


Visited March 2015
"The food is consistently outstanding. The service is equally outstanding. It is a restaurant one can go to and have a conversation with their table mates where one can hear and be heard. Varied menu. Excellent wine selection, wonderful deserts. We highly recommend Alexander's. If you are looking for the bar scene, this is not the place. If you want an excellent meal with outstanding service, Alexander's is the place! "


Dined on 3/21/2015
"Entertained an out of town guest from the District of Columbia. The guest was very impressed with the service, the quality of the food and overall ambiance of this fine restaurant. In business over 30 years in downtown Roanoke, Alexander's continues to be a gem. Delightful in every way!"


Dined on 2/14/2015
"Wonderful experience - Recently my wife and I had dinner here and it was wonderful. The service was amazing from everyone. Very romantic with the best attention to detail we have experienced outside of a 5 star resort. The food was incredible. We will return and thank you Alexander's for a fantastic dinner."


Reviewed November 17, 2014
"Romantic "White Tablecloth" Restaurant- We picked Alexander's for our Saturday dinner on our getaway weekend in Roanoke, and it was a highlight of the trip. This cozy restaurant offers great food and service at a surprisingly reasonable cost. The menu offered number of fascinating dishes, such as my Deconstructed Cajunese California Roll appetizer (with onigiri, marinated lump crab, avocado, aioli wasabi, and toasted nori) and Louisiana Shrimp Etouffee (with yellow grits). The food was imaginative and delicious and the service impeccable. We especially liked the romantic atmosphere of quiet and warmth. If I lived in Roanoke, I would be back for every special occasion. Maybe I'm used to much higher prices in the Washington DC area, but I thought the cost was very reasonable for such a high quality dining experience. "


"Once again, the entire evening was superb, from the warm greetings as we entered to the last sip of coffee and nibble of dessert. The appetizer special (fried green tomato with shrimp) was delicious, light, and complex. The striped bass addition to the menu and the mixed grill (lamb, chicken, and shrimp) were spectacular. Our server made sure the wine pairings danced with our entrees...and they did! Dessert and coffee capped a beautiful evening and celebration. Alexander's is a special place because guests feel that the entire staff, not just one wonderful server, care for each guest. Bravo!"


"AWESOME TIME - My wife and I really enjoyed our dining out at Alexander's - Roanoke, the staff was very friendly, polite and hospitable. The food was exquisite, we really enjoyed the presence of each dish. We highly recommend Alexander's."


"A real charmer - Quiet, sophisticated dining, well spaced tables, attentive service, excellent quality. All round a great restaurant."


Dined on 10/27/2014
" The dining experience was - The dining experience was wonderful. It is one of our favorite spots for excellent dining."


Dined on 10/21/2014
"A winner in Roanoke - We stayed at the old Hotel Roanoke and walked across the railroad tracks to Alexanders. Wonderful food, excellent service, and a very, VERY comfortable atmosphere to enjoy a great meal. I would recommend Alexanders to all who enjoy good food in a nice setting. The downtown Roanoke food scene is very underrated, and this restaurant belongs at the top."


Dined on 10/06/2014
"Great Dining Experience - After seeing an ad for Alexander's and reading about it online, I made a reservation for four. We were not disappointed by the choice. The food was excellent as was the service. They made us feel welcome from the minute we stepped into the door. I would definitely say this is a restaurant not to miss when you are in Roanoke."


"Superb Dinner" Reviewed 10/27/2014
"We were at the Hotel Roanoke for one night and the staff recommended Alexander's. We were able to walk from the hotel and that was an added bonus. The service and food were outstanding and it was truly a wonderful experience. Staff is well trained and very knowledgeable with great recommendations for both food and wine."


"Exceptional Downtown Roanoke" Reviewed 10/24/2014
"We walked from the old Hotel Roanoke to Alexander's using the covered footbridge to the happening downtown restaurant scene. This was an absolutely wonderful surprise. Serious cooking served in a comfortable setting with exceptional service. This establishment delivers on all fronts. Visit Alexander's if you are looking for quality and imagination in a restaurant."


"Superb food with excellent service" Reviewed 09/25/2014
"It was nice to find such a well run establishment after spending several days wandering."


Dined on 7/23/2014
"My out of town guest was more than delighted with the entire dining experience. The Gold Standard in restaurants in Roanoke."


Dined on 7/18/2014
"The evening at Alexander's was simply outstanding. Every aspect of dinner was a pleasure. Our group each had a different entree and the conversation on the best selection was fun! The unifying element perhaps was the chef's sauces that accompanied each dish. Portions were appropriate and appreciated. Service was remarkable, always available, always informed and never intrusive."


Dined on 7/11/2014
"My wife and I celebrated our 17th anniversary at Alexander's on Friday. It was a great meal and they had a very good gluten-free selection. Since my wife is a celiac, it was important to have GF options. Being able to make the reservation online via OpenTable was also great! "


Dined on 6/7/2014
"Food and service is exceptional! Great variety and the service is truly outstanding!"


Dined on 6/04/2014
"We were the first to arrive at 5:00 on and seated where requested. We had an excellent wine and the grouper which was perfectly prepared. The service was excellent and unobtrusive."


Dined on 5/24/2014
"Alexander's is wonderfully consistent. Bonnie, Bjorn and team are outstanding. The food was fantastic and be service equally as good."


Dined on 5/22/2014
"A real gem in downtown Roanoke. Great selections with daily specials for variety."


Dined on 5/22/2014
"Alexander's is my Downtown Roanoke go-to establishment for a business or celebratory event for 10 or a quiet dinner for a smaller group. The restaurant is very or moderately quiet depending on the crowd, relaxing and each course is enjoyed leisurely. They do a great job refreshing the menu seasonally as well as maintaining the favorites many love. As it's been for the 10+ years I have been going to Alexander's, the service is excellent. I've recommended Alexander's to many without hesitation!"


Dined on 5/20/2014
"Alexander's continues to be our favorite restaurant in Roanoke to celebrate special events. The service and food are always fabulous and our experience on Tuesday night didn't disappoint. Roanoke is lucky to have this gem!"


Dined on 4/15/2014
"We (party of 4) had a wonderful dinner at Alexander's. The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. We were treated to a lovely table in the window. I highly recommend this restaurant for fine dining."


Dined on 4/4/2014
"Alexanders is tops on our list for special dining. They serve the perfect amount of food with exquisite taste -- you want to let it linger in your mouth. "


Dined on 4/3/2014
"Selected based on reviews and was not disappointed. Four of us for dinner. We all chose different entrees. Everyone was pleased. Service was professional, attentive but not obtrusive. Would not hesitate to recommend to best friends." 

Dined on 3/5/2014
"Our group of four dined here for a business dinner, and appreciated the very attentive service, well-prepared food, and low noise level that allowed us to actually talk over dinner. Thank you!"


Dined on 3/22/2014
"We were visiting the Roanoke area and I picked Alexander's from the internet based on the menu, pix and reviews. It is definitely a place for a quiet, even romantic evening. The service was top notch, the food was very good. I had a rabbit dish while my wife had a filet. Both were excellent. If you are looking for restaurant with this vibe, I'd say you would be very pleased. We were seated right on time and the service was attentive without being intrusive. Nothing but good things to say; would certainly go back next time we are in the area. "


Dined on 3/20/2014
"They simply execute the food and the experience better than anyone else in Roanoke."


Dined on 3/8/2014
"My bride and I went here en route to our honeymoon. The staff was some of the friendliest and most professional we've ever seen. "


Dined on 2/26/2014
"Our group had a superb evening. I ordered the tuna with balsamic reduction and it was fabulous. Alexander's continues it's tradition of excellence in food, service, and atmosphere. "


Dined on 2/25/2014
"Not only the FOOD but the SERVICE was IMPECCABLE! Background music selection and the ambiance were perfect too! We were greeted immediately and our coats were hung for us. I made a few notes while making the reservation with Open Table... Our round table I requested was beautifully set upon our arrival with our water awaiting and they acknowledged the birthday girls! Alexander's wait staff works as a TEAM to give you the best dining service you deserve. Wonderful Experience Overall! Can't wait to go back with a party of 6 , party of 2, and I would feel comfortable dining alone there too. Wonderful selection for entrees that change weekly. Desserts and coffee..a must!! Don't think twice about going, if you want to feel special and great food "


Dined on 2/22/2014
"It is always a pleasure to arrive at a restaurant where you know, ahead of time, that everything will as good as the last visit. Alexanders is the "go to" destination for any special event in our family, be it an anniversary, birthday celebration, inviting out of town guests for dinner or simply enjoying a night out. Once again we weren't disappointed, the food, service, ambience and the attention to details is always consistent, and that is what makes this place so special, we will return."


Dined on 2/19/2014
"Alexander's is consistently wonderful. The service is impeccable and the food delicious. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a lovely meal in Roanoke. "


Dined on 2/14/2014
"Alexander's gets better with time! The staff continues to go above and beyond! The food is the best that you can find in Roanoke! "


Dined on 2/7/2014
"It is the best all around dining u could ask for!!!! The very best in the Roanoke valley "


Dined on 2/6/2014
"Thanks again for a wonderful evening of delicious, beautifully displayed food, great service, and a fantastic ambiance. "


Dined on 2/1/2014
"There are few words to describe the dining experience at Alexander's. From walking in the door, being sat at the table, gracious but unobtrusive service, and of course, delectable cuisine, it is truly an exercise in entertaining, culinary perfection. Each course was resoundingly delicious, evoking praise from each diner, the wine splendid, and dinner--pecan chicken, and a brilliant fillet of grouper--was outstanding. If one is searching for an exquisite evening of fine food and service in Roanoke, there is no finer place. Truly, a remarkable Saturday evening, one we shall look forward to in the near future. "


May 2013 from Open Table
"Superb!-Having lived in Paris for almost 10 years now, and generally well travelled bur loyal Virginians, we kept our expectations modest in making reservations at this positively reviewed restaurant in Roanoke, where we were staying the night at the Hotel Roanoke. Alexander's turned out to be one of the finest dining experiences we can ever remember. It was really quite close to perfection, and without the slightest pretention. Whenever we're in Virginia, we will now plan a trip to Roanoke simply to return to Alexander's. This is Michelin star quality, rest assured. When we have a bit more time, will write a more detailed review for trip advisor, which we are rarely compelled to do! "


May 2013
"Alexander's the Greatest!-Superb evening from opening to closing. Our table shared the bbq shrimp with sauces And bread (yes, you must dip!). Salads were a refreshing respite. Entrees were wonderfully prepared. The duck breast was moist And savory, the striped bass delightful (especially the essence of wasabi in the sauce), pecan encrusted chicken fabulous and the shrimp ( yes more shrimp!) spicy and nice. Service was outstanding. We in Roanoke have wonderful restaurants and Alexander's is the best! "


May 2013
"How in the world can you do something new and something so exquisite with chicken! The pecan encrusted chicken breast was so incredibly good that I couldn't stop discussing it all the way home. Seems silly but it really made my night." 

May 2012
"Most memorable meal in a while!-Was traveling on business and found this little gem on Open Table so gave it a try. It's situated in the historic downtown of Roanoke so walking there was a cool experience and ambiance was great. Service was exactly how I like it - not at all rushed so you could enjoy a leisurely meal. Would be great for a date or just a nice night with friends and conversation. Suggestions from the server were top notch and really made the experience. I could not decide between two entrees and she pointed out one was available as a small plate option so could be an appetizer. Even though small plates technically ended at 7pm they accommodated me. Best lamb I've ever eaten. May return here on vacation just to try it again."


May 2012
"I highly recommend Alexander's. We had a party of 15 for my daughter's graduation. The staff executed the dinner flawlessly. The scallops and rack of lamb were cooked to perfection. The boutique wine list has several reasonably priced options. A great choice for all foodies! Note to the Restaurant: Thanks or an excellent dining experience. My family kept telling me the next day, great food, great service, great place. "


May 2012
"What a find! If I could rate it more than 5 stars, I would. Very friendly and knowledge staff They make you feel like family. Good menu diversity and not just the same old entrees. Ambience is simple elegance, not overdone. Lively but not loud. Food portions are just right and skillfully prepared. "


March 2012
"This is the fifth occasion I have had to host a business dinner party in the last six years. As always, the quality of the food, wine and service was great and received a lot of compliments from my guests. Looking forward to joining you again." 


February 2012
"Best place in Roanoke for a Romantic Dinner! My wife and I have tried all other contenders in the area and this is the only place that consistently lives up to our high expectations. "


March 2012< br/> "Outstanding attentive service without being intrusive. The food was excellent from appetizers to desserts. The scallops were perfect in all respects. We liked having the salad included with the meal. A very nice selection of wines by the glass. We will go back in the very near future. It was a great evening!!"


Diners' Choice Award 2012 Diners' Choice Award 2011


Tony Barbour, The Roanoker Magazine| June 2010
"This was some of the most impressively crafted and designed food I've had in Roanoke...Too special to save for only special occasions." 


Travel and Leisure Magazine | May 2010
Recommended restaurant in Roanoke


Lindsey Nair, The Roanoke Times | Novemeber 2009
"Whenever I bring up the subject of impeccable service with Roanokers, one restaurant name always floats to the top: Alexander's."  


David Landsel, travel writer N.Y. Post  | March 3, 2009
"Of course, you also can't miss crawfish, shrimp and grits with tasso cream (or whatever else they've got going) at Alexander's on Jefferson Street. There are more restaurants, but start with this."
Frommer's Review  January 2009  | Alexander's: Very Highly Recommended
In operation since 1979, Alexander's was the first trendy restaurant to open during downtown's Renaissance, and it's still one of the best. The pinkish lighting, widely spaced tables, and extraordinarily attentive waitstaff make this a great place for special occasions. Using organic meats, vegetables, and cheeses, the New American menu blends the classics with flavors from Louisiana, Asia, and the Mediterranean. Veal Alexander, with lump crabmeat and a hollandaise sauce, is a regular, as is shrimp étouffée with grits cakes, which will exercise your taste buds.

Scottie from NYC on egullet
Oh, Roanoke! Gifted Gourmet is right. Alexander's has the best food in town these days, and has had for awhile. They are open for lunch on Wednesdays, but you will have to fight my Daddy to get a spot.