Whether you’re looking for a quick cup of coffee, craft beers, fine dining or a quick bite, Roanoke has you covered. Choose one of the more than 60 restaurants in downtown Roanoke, or branch out for more unique dining options.  Please support our race sponsors.

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Martin’s Downtown (Sponsor)

**Official venue for the Freedom First Down by Downtown Music Festival**
Martin’s is THE SPOT in Roanoke for killer live music acts almost every night of the week. Famous gourmet burgers, killer mac & cheese menu, the area’s best hand-pressed cuban pork sandwich and great local beers on draft. They will be offering AMAZING marathon weekend specials, so definitely plan to stop by and stay tuned for more details

Address:  413 1st Street SW, Roanoke, VA 24011 /540-985-6278  /

The River and RailThe River and Rail

A southern Bistro located in the heart of Roanoke Virginia. Chef Aaron Deal changes the menu weekly based on the availability of seasonal products from our local providers. He and his team produce Southern and French classic dishes for this neighborhood restaurant, located just a block off the course at mile 16 . River & Rail is fine dining, but casual dress is allowed.

2201 Crystal Spring Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24014/(540) 400-6830 /

The Vault

The Vault is a haven for dining enthusiasts, offering an eclectic menu of shareable plates featuring authentic recipes from around the world paired with specialty cocktails, international wines, and local craft beers.  The Vault’s selection of menu items are the perfect match with the grand décor of The Liberty Trust.

101 S Jefferson St, Roanoke, VA 24011/(540) 299-5100/

City Market Building

A food court-style venue with an eclectic mix of cuisine from around the world. It is also the heart of Roanoke’s Historic Market District.

32 Market Square, SE Roanoke, VA 24011 /(540) 342-2028 /


Enjoy a brand new dining experience within a historic landmark. Stock offers a unique variety of Nordic inspired fare and handcrafted libations from the bar. Every detail, from the meal on your plate, to the drink in your hand, to the very bar and barstools at Stock, was intentionally handcrafted with you in mind. The café is fully furnished with Txtur furniture made in Roanoke, VA.

13 Church Ave SE, Roanoke, VA 24011/(540) 414-0545/

The Village Grill

Close to mile marker 24 on the full marathon course, The Village Grill has been serving up burgers, sandwiches, salads, and time-tested entrees for more than a decade as a staple in the historic Grandin Village. During the warmer months, we keep our patios available for open-air seating, and dogs are welcome. The bocce court and outdoor stage create a day of fun.

 1802 Memorial Ave. SW Roanoke, VA 24015/  (540) 767-0057 /

Scratch Biscuit Co.

Close to mile marker 24. Scratch Biscuit Co. is the place to start the most important meal of the day. Serving down-home, southern made from scratch biscuits is our passion. We offer a wide array of breakfast biscuits and sides. Of course, we have the sweet stuff too. Our coffee, Rooster Scratch Coffee, is roasted in-house daily. Rooster Scratch is a medium-blend coffee exclusive to Scratch Biscuit. Located in the Historic Grandin Village we are excited to join a vibrant community of food options as the only breakfast location.

1820 Memorial Ave. SW Roanoke, VA 24015/  (540) 855-0882 /

Texas Tavern

Texas Tavern is a Roanoke icon and has been locally owned by a single family since 1930. Known for its “World Famous Chili” from San Antonio, TX, and its “Cheesy Western” burger, many foodies make this a must-stop shop for the experience alone. There are only 10 bar seats in this tiny tavern and you’ll feel like one of the family as soon as you step foot in the door.

114 W. Church Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24011 /540 342-4825 /



Local Roots Restaurant

With roots deeply embedded in the lush farmlands of Southwest Virginia, Local Roots Restaurant is dedicated to bringing farm fresh food to the table.

1314 Grandin Road SW, Roanoke, VA 24015/ 540 206-2610 /



Wasena City Tap Room and Grill

Relax with friends and family at Wasena City Tap Room and Grill while satisfying your appetite with a mouthwatering selection of foods and drinks. With the use of a hard wood grill and brick oven, the food has a unique touch with extra flavor!

806 Wasena Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24015/ 540 562-8584/

Sweet Donkey Coffee

Sweet Donkey Coffee strives to bring a new way of enjoying coffee to Roanoke. Just as craft brewers of beer and dedicated vintners of wine work meticulously to bring out the natural flavors of each grain or type of grape, Sweet Donkey brews coffee to showcase the unique flavor of each bean rather than the intensity of the roast it receives. The inviting coffee house serves breakfast items, fresh baked goods, beer and wine.

2108 Broadway Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24014 /540

Table 50

Table 50 offers a fine dining experience using classic techniques and local ingredients, along with a selection of affordable wines, hand-picked from around the world. Great food, excellent wines, and a nice ambiance.

309 Market St SE, Roanoke, VA 24011/ 540 904-2350 /


Lucky Restaurant

Lucky Restaurant is a farm-to-table eatery with Southern and global influences, plus craft cocktails, in a cozy store front.

18 Kirk Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24011/ 540 982-1249/



Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Fortunato is the region’s only traditional Italian Kitchen and Neopolitan-style pizzeria. The restaurant combines both modern and rustic architecture to create an atmosphere that encourages patrons to eat, share, and be family.

104 Kirk Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24011/ 540 400-7315/

Macado’s – Downtown Roanoke

Regional favorite known for their super-stacked sandwiches, great prices and pop culture memorabilia.  Just blocks from the start/finish line in Elmwood Park and the Market Square.

120 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke, VA 24011 /  (540) 342-7231  /