Station House Cafe
Station House Cafe

Station House Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.stationhousecafe.com/
  • Phone: 4156631515x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner six days a week. Closed Wednesdays. Open Thursday through Tuesday 8AM - 3:30PM and 5PM-9PM; Bar menu available from 3:30-5PM. Closed Wednesdays.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Wayne Pratt
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Planning a reunion on the beach? A break from the daily office routine? Delicious boxed lunches are available for groups to go - please order in advance.

    We specialize in on-site weddings, rehearsal dinners, receptions & family reunions. Our garden patio, private dining room, or entire facility are available for private celebrations.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining room available for up to 32 guests. Our outdoor patio is also an ideal setting for garden parties and receptions for up to 75 guests. Also, the entire restaurant, bar and garden may be rented for private parties for groups up to 120.
  • Private Party Contact: Sheryl Cahill 4156631515x
  • Entertainment: LIVE Music-Every Sunday at 5pm - no cover. For full calendar listing: www.stationhousecafe.com/music
  • Special Events: please visit our website at www.stationhousecafe.com/community

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mesa Road
  • Public Transit: West Marin Coach travels twice daily from Central Marin.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: In addition to street parking, The Station House Cafe has a private lot located in the back of the building with access through a garden path to the dining room.
A word from Station House Cafe
Station House Cafe celebrates a 40th anniversary in 2014! Best known for great food, friendly service and gorgeous outdoor garden dining, the Station House Cafe, established in 1974, is situated amid the beauty and bounty of West Marin at the gateway to the Point Reyes National Seashore. With a long-standing emphasis on fresh and local, the menu features sustainable seafood; organic produce – some from the cafe’s own gardens – and Niman Ranch beef and lamb with classic American cuisine as the central theme. Music lovers will appreciate some of the Bay Area’s best musicians as they swing by to entertain in the Station House Lounge on Sunday afternoons. A private dining room is available for special events.
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Station House Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (42)great for outdoor dining (36)fit for foodies (31)kid-friendly (26)great for lunch (25)great for brunch (23)good for groups (19)vibrant bar scene (16)special occasion (13)hot spot (9)romantic (7)late-night find (3)notable wine list (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Too warm and too loud
    Dbrown8302
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    We arrived hoping to sit outside but the outside was closed. We were seated inside and it was very warm, loud and bright. Food was tasty but service was inconsistent.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent service!
    Bobk
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Service was great, food was good. The sauce on the shrimp appetizer was fantistic!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was a wonderful little
    ebugVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    This was a wonderful little neighborhood restaurant. The Mushroom Polenta was spectacular, and the Burrata was absolutely The Best that we have ever had!! Nice atmosphere- Point Reyes is a "hidden gem" on the California coast!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oyster Country
    Outandabout71
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    We enjoyed their fried calamari. We appreciated the fact that it was ALL calamari and a generous amount too. We ordered a satisfying Fried Oyster Po'Boy Sandwich and a bowl of oyster stew. The stew was sublime. The oysters were tender and plump. The vegetable mixture and oysters were sitting on top of the cream...I was glad that the cream was not mixed in with the oysters and vegetables, I was able to control the amount of cream I drank. Even though the rich cream was delicious enough to lift the bowl to ones mouth ( and I wanted to) most of it had to be left behind. We are planning a trip back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food in great little town
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2013
    Our group of sophisticated eaters had a delicious lunch. It was difficult to choose from the great selections on the wide-ranging menu. The oysters on the half-shell were incredibly fresh and deliciously briny and sweet. The steamed mussels were plump and tender and cooked to perfection in a delicious broth; the oyster stew with cream, chard, leeks, mushrooms, potato, and very tender oysters was complex, well-balanced, and delectable; and the mushroom sandwich, which was topped with bacon and egg was very good. All were very carefully prepared. Very attentive wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always fabulous
    AmySF
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    I've been coming here for many years, and the food has always been wonderful, fresh, organic, local, and if anything seems to be getting better! Great seafood - fish, mussels. Great chef, friendly servers who didn't seem too harried despite incredibly busy night. Interesting cocktails. Will always return when I'm in Pt Reyes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still awesome flyer all these years
    PapayaMichal
    Dined on 8/19/2013
    The Station House Cafe remains a great place for dinner. The food is fresh. Salads, local oysters are tops. If you get the popovers right out of the oven, you're in luck. I don't eat burgers but they looked great. Good drinks and wine choices. They support local produce. Music in the bar. It can get crowded, but there is an outdoor seating area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visiting Point Reyes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    We stopped here on the way back from visiting the light house at Point Reyes. We were starving and were seated immediately. The table next to us had the mac and cheese and it looked really tasty. That inspired my husband to order that. I ordered the po' boy oyster sandwich and my son had the tuna melt. My husband was disappointed that his mac and cheese lacked seasoning. My son was very happy with the tuna melt and I liked the po' boy oyster sandwich. Service was good and the restaurant had a nice ambiance. It was a Saturday and the restaurant was pretty packed still from lunch diners and we arrived around 2:15. If we're ever in the area again, we would visit again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food not as good as we had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Food not as good as we had remembered. Two of the wines we asked for first (including one on tap) were not available
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice place but very bland food
    fortunateVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    We were disappointed in the food. Ambience and service were excellent. Fish and chips were soggy and lacked flavor. Squash dish was bland.
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  • Still Wonderful after all these Yea
    OMCAFred
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    We've been going to the Station House for almost two decades, and love a place with a neighborhood vibe that's still friendly to tourists and weekend visitors, serves meals appropriate for special occasions or a quick bite with the kids, and allows us to be comfortable in the jeans and boots we've been hiking in all day. The popovers were just as hot and delicious as they've (almost) always been, and the friendly server offered us more when the kitchen got backed up on a Saturday night and our entrees were late. They don't serve cornbread with the popovers any more, and the old standards are maybe a little too familiar, but oh well. We still love them.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    FantasticVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    We drove to Point Reyes from Sausalito on a beautiful day to have brunch at Station House. The hostess seated us immediately at a perfect table and was gracious and very welcoming. Our server, although informed he was new, was very good. He was professional and on hand if we needed anything. My mother ordered their Classic Eggs Benedict and I ask if the chef could prepare a vegetarian version and they said absolutely. They made mine with sauteed kale in place of the standard Canadian bacon with the poached egg and hollandaise and it was delicious! The hollandaise was light and lemony and wonderful. The crispy potatoes served with it were perfect. The coffee was good and my mother's Bloody Mary she said was spicey and great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Feelings
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    The food and service were were good and the music was great
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    We have come here for years, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and this local treasure just seems to get better and better. The staff is friendly and capable, and we've never been disappointed with a meal. Items like popovers, and polenta with mushrooms are some favorites. A warm and wonderful spot with unexpectedly high quality food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Apres hiking.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Come hungry, you will be rewarded with delicious choices. The kitchen turns out lovely, unpretentious fare in a happy, congenial environment. Save room for dessert!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great, but overall
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    Food was great, but overall service experience wasn't good this time. Which was disappointing because we brought friends with us and had informed about how great this place is. It started at the front desk when phone calls and fed ex packages were being addressed before we were being helped. Not really the gals fault, it's a busy desk at times clearly. Then once seated we got water right away, but it was just shy of 15 mins before anyone came by to ask if we wanted something to drink. Also, the waiter was not very professional which is why I gave the low rating. It's a shame because I really do like this restaurant, but will be taking a break from it until the service gets better.
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  • Dine instead across the street...
    IndaknowVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2013
    Waited almost 5 minutes for someone to show up at the front desk to check us in ::: Slooooowest service experienced all year anywhere, and restaurant was less than half full ::: Food was heavily salted, fresh fruit cup was more like three days old ::: NOT coming back.
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  • Sweet Find in Point Reyes Station
    Kate
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    Everything we ordered was delicious. The parsnip soup was incredible so order the bowl, but very filling so order the cup. Delightful presentation. Excellent service. Ambience was "energetic," noise level made conversation a bit trying.
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    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem in Point Reyes
    House20
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    The Friday night special is an outstanding bargain: salad, main course and a glass of wine or beer for one price. Nice menu, something for everyone even if you don't want the special.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what it used to be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    I've eaten here many times over the past 10 years and have always been pleased with the experience. They got our order wrong, the meat was dry and tasteless. We could not even finish eating it. The cold carrot salad I was expecting to be hot cooked carrots was instead an overly vinegary crunchy pile of carrots that were not good at all. They should mention this on the menu. We also rushed from our event to get to our reservation on time. It was earlier than we had wanted but Open Table showed no table available for a 1 1/2 hour time period after that. That wasn't the case. The entire time we were there until we left there must have been 10+ tables that never had anyone seated at them. We won't be going back there any time soon.
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  • A gem of dining delight
    Travelgal1
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    This is the second time I have been to Road House and it did not disappoint. Each time I have brought visiting family members and they love it as much as I do. The wait staff is freindly, the food varied, local and excellent and I will return again and again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Almost great
    DynastyVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    Though cheeseburger is supposed to be cooked to your specification, it was quite well done and tough (despite my request that it be medium). Otherwise, food was good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for breakfast
    penmo
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    We enjoyed our breakfast, particularly I liked my Mexican omelette. We found the fresh local marmalade a great and unexpected treat. Service was efficient though she was not particularly warm in her interactions with us. We would return there when next in Point Reyes area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay
    solomom
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    We made a recommendation for a Saturday lunch but we needn't have bothered. A group of 3 walked in right after us without a reservation. In fact, they were seated and served before us. The hostess at the front desk did not acknowledge us, rather she took two phone calls for reservations and made those and then hurried off with other groups' credit cards. Only when a passing waiter noticed us were we shown to our table. It took an incredibly long time for our waitress to even take our drinks orders - the group that walked in after us was seated, placed drinks orders and served those drinks before we had even had water! We ordered the hangfry omlette, buttermilk pancakes and white beet salad. Nothing special. No hurry to return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We couldn't get a reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    We couldn't get a reservation until 8:30 for a Friday night, but the hosts were able to accommodate us Well before then. The service was great and very welcoming. We began our meal with a beet salad which was tasty...just the right amount of dressing. Unfortunately our main meal, the blackened ahi dish was coated in butter, making it difficult to digest the meal. I was also surprised at how white colored this meal was between the potatoes and the ahi. A red sauce of cherry tomatoes or mango would have added a lot compared to the white raisins that dressed The dish.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, kinda noisy
    ThelmeenaVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2013
    Busy and noisy but friendly staff and good food. Highly recommend the polenta
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner was tasty
    windwish
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    We ordered the BBQ'd oysters for an appetizer and they were very good. I ordered the Butternut Squash dish and it was really good. I liked the flavors and the portion was huge. My friends ordered the Polenta and the Blue Cheese burger which was equally tasty. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good enough
    OaklandDennisVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    Perfectly ok place if you're in town, but not destination dining.
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  • Great food, especially popovers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    Great food, especially popovers and oysters. Although it is quite pricey given the ordinary decor & ambiance. We enjoyed the nice service and will go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable outing
    contented
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    Our group of four adults thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Station House. We were seated immediately (thanks Open Table) and service was prompt and polite. Our order included homemade Macaroni & Cheese (yum), Oysters (they let us order half bbq and half steamed) and mussels. Everything was prepared well, served attractively, and tasted great. This dinner was actually our favorite night out in Point Reyes Station.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Its' not nearly as good as
    foodie49
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    Its' not nearly as good as it used to be. I had the polenta. It's now a vegetarian meal. The plate arrived and the food was cold. I sent it back, and it came back almost warm. My husband had a burger, which he enjoyed very much. I had the peu decreme for dessert. It was not as creamy as I remember it -- almost curdled. The wait-staff was excellent, though and the Café is a hub of activity for Pt. Reyes Station.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Saturday nite out
    horsinaround
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    We were in town for a horseback ride at Pt Reyes park and this was dinner after. There was a big group outside in the garden which slowed service down a bit, but we didn't mind, since we were there for the weekend with nothing else pressing. We found the food good, the menu eclectic and the bar a busy one. Don't miss the bread pudding, some of the best I have enjoyed in a while.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice visit
    naflux
    Dined on 6/2/2013
    My wife, daughter and I drove to the Station House Cafe from Saratoga. Mostly, I wanted to try it on the advice of the "Check Please" show. We also planned to explore the area a bit. It was easy to find, and there were plenty of open tables at 3 pm (Sunday). We were seated promptly, and the service was very friendly. The calamari starter was a great idea, and the jalapeno dipping sauce was excellent. The wild mushroom sandwich was a simple, yet clever blend of fried egg, lettuce, bacon dressing over thick bread. Caesar salad was decent, not great. Bread pudding seems to be their best bet for desserts, though they were out of berry pie. Solid food, reasonable prices, not pretentious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant in Point Reyes!
    BarbaraVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2013
    Food and ambience is always good. It's a great place to begin an adventure to Point Reyes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • business lunch
    Tuki
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    Took an out-of-town business associate there for lunch recently. We both had the bleu cheese burgers. Burgers were pretty good; beef was great. The fries though left much to be desired. Wouldn't order those again. Young waitresses were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent sea food though
    GDog
    Dined on 5/21/2013
    Excellent sea food though our server was a little slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is always good. I've
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    The food is always good. I've been there many times over the years, and it's always been a pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Same price as the good restaurants
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/16/2013
    Same price as the good restaurants - Sir & Star, Osteria Stellina - with awful food.
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  • Sad to see the quality slipping
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    We have visited the Cafe for several years. We went to dinner for Mother's Day. It was busy but no more crowded than some of our prior visits. It took 1 hour and 20 minutes for our main dishes to be served (after ordering). There is no excuse for not planning the cook staff arrangements better. We may have been willing to overlook the delay if the food had stood up to prior visits. Sadly, it didn't. The food was bland, some of it overcooked (burger) or wilted (salad). The last time we came here the standard comfort food mac & cheese was grainy and lukewarm. We thought it was just a one-time problem. Our meal was $100 and not worth it. We will probably return again in the future if we see reviews correcting the downward trend.
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  • Perfect for Champagne & Oysters
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    We went to Station house for Mothers Day, with the main goal of having Champagne & Oysters. Station house surpassed our expectations on those basics, but floored us with amazing calamary. You must try!! It comes with a Jalepeno-yogurt sauce that is to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.