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The Ironhorse
The Ironhorse

The Ironhorse Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ironhorserestaurant.com
  • Phone: (804) 752-6410
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am-2:30pm; Saturday Lunch 12:00pm-2:30pm; Dinner: Monday-Saturday: 5:30pm-10:00pm; Bar: Monday-Saturday: 11:30am-1:00am: Sunday Brunch 10:00am-2:30pm. Entertainment: The Ironhorse offers local and Richmond regional entertainment Tuesday, Friday and alternating Saturdays. Live music beings at 8:30pm Tuesdays and 9:00pm on the weekends, continuing until midnight. An eclectic mix of jazz, bluegrass, folk, New Orleans-barrelhouse piano and the occasional ensemble band perform on the bar stage.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Rusell Stone
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Ironhorse can provide on-site banquet dining for up to 25 guests in our private dining room. Custom menus may be created to suit guest specifications. The Ironhorse also can deliver custom designed, staffed cocktail receptions for up to 250 guests. Drop-off, off-site breakfast and lunch delivery is also available.
  • Private Party Facilities: A la carte or buffet private dining for up to 24 persons may be arranged by reservation of our Calvert Room. Should your needs exceed the capacity of our private room, the restaurant's main dining room may be reserved by prior arrangement.
  • Private Party Contact: Charles Cannon (804) 752-6410
  • Entertainment: The Ironhorse offers local and Richmond regional entertainment Tuesday, Friday and alternating Saturdays. Live music begins at 8:30pm Tuesdays and 9:00pm weekends, continuing until midnight. An eclectic mix of jazz, bluegrass, folk, New Orleans-barrelhouse piano and the occasional ensemble band perform on the bar stage.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Special Events: Seasonal celebration menus are offered throughout the year highlighting local farm produce from Hanover County and bi-monthly wine tastings.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: England Street
  • Public Transit: The Ironhorse Restaurant is located at 100 South Railroad Avenue, on the corner of England Street (Rt. 54) and Railroad Avenue - conveniently, one block South of the Ashland Train Station.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: On-street parking is easily available.
A word from The Ironhorse
With a two-story sign located on the busiest rail line in the East, The Ironhorse is an undeniable landmark in Ashland, VA. Since 1993, The Ironhorse has provided fine food and drink to locals, travelers and destination diners in the heart of Ashland. As Ashland has appointed itself “center of the universe”, The Ironhorse serves as the “restaurant at the center of the universe” where you’re always “welcome back.” The Ironhorse presents a seasonally changing, market-driven menu that features hand-cut steaks and fresh regional seafood, as well as chef-inspired nightly specials. Lunch (11:30-2:30) and dinner (5:30-10:00) are served Monday thru Saturday – with a light fare menu continuously available all day. Sunday brunch is served from 10-2:30. A welcoming Bistro on one hand, an inviting neighborhood pub on the other; Ironhorse also offers a family-friendly, casual fare menu. Dining reservations gladly taken. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "The Ironhorse was such a great find for our family after a long day at Kings Dominion. The food selection was excellent, the specials were creative and house-made; we enjoyed everything from apps to dessert. Visit them, you'll be glad you did!!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Our food was excellent. Great tile fish and beef cruet specials. Service was good with the exception of a forgotten wine order. Outdoor dining gave a neat view of the old Ashland downtown mainstreet but was noisey due to traffic."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "It was my husband's birthday and I was looking for a special place to have dinner. The Ironhorse restaurant was perfect! Everything from the table near the window to the delicious food and wonderful wait staff was excellent. I would definitely go back to this restaurant!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We don't get up to Ashland enough but when we do the Ironhorse is always fun and always good food!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Service very slow at the beginning. Water poured, menus presented, cocktail orders taken, told specials would be explained later. (Ended up much later). After at least 10 minutes and looks around, finally cocktails arrived. Food had a lovely presentation but a salad with 3 watermellon slices, blue cheese between layers and priced in double digits is a little expensive for the venue. Ashland is a lovely town and the railroad location has its charm, but this establishment needs to do some evaluation and adjustments."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Just passing through Ashland for business and a personal commitment. We tried for lunch and enjoyed it so much, we returned for dinner. Experience exceeded expectations. Great food, reasonable price, attentive staff, and small town atmosphere - what more could you ask? Have notified Guy Fieri that Diners has to make an Amtrak stop and visit this place."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We used this as a dinner break traveling along I95. What a find. Great food. Great service. We had the duck breast and salmon dinners and both were cooked to perfection."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "It was almost a scene from a novel - I ran across the street through the rain to get to the restaurant and when I turned the corner, I looked through the glass door and saw people gathered 'round the bar, smiling and chatting. As I entered, I was immediately enveloped in this cozy atmosphere. I was immediately shown to my table, where my dear friend of 40+ years awaited me. Wait staff very quickly appeared and provided us a great wine recommendation. She wasn't intrusive but was always available through the evening. She also provided us with samples of the two delicious soups of the day. My meal (salmon) was absolutely terrific, so visually appealing I almost hated to disturb it! And the dark chocolate dessert carried me off to heaven!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Saturday night (ealry evening) food was imaginative (feta and watermelon salad) and presnetation was excellent. Prices were reasonable. Sevice was great, Laura was engaging and was well acquainted with choices and was very attentive to usewhile we were there."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The specials are always interesting and delicious, as well as everything else on the menu."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I love finding local places in our travels and we have had some wins and some losers. Iron Horse in Ashland Va is an absolute gem, cool location awesome food and we loved it! Not cheap but worth it. The Key Lime Pie is to die for."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "My wife and I dined here for our 27th anniversary. The food was excellent as well as the service. I would recommend The Iron Horse to others and hope to return soon myself."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We took a couple of out-of-town friends here for a visit. After listening all day to them trash Richmond with their obnoxious "Well, it isn't like Rome (or Malaga or ....) but...." drivel, the Ironhorse proved to be a relief. The food was fantastic. They can't get crab cakes where they live and the cakes worked their magic. The arrival of no less than four trains while we were dining reinforced the uniqueness of the setting and an attentive waiter completed the picture. It may be a long time before we have our friends back for another visit but we'll be going back to the Ironhorse frequently."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Celebrated my wife's birthday here with our two adult children. Service was excellent - the food even better. It was the best dining experience we've had in a long time. We will dine here again, soon."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "This is an excellent place for adults who enjoy good food and good company. There are a variety of menu choices and the restaurant changes this seasonally so there are always a few pleasant surprises. The food comes out at a nice pace, not rushed like some restaurants who want you in and out. The level of noise is appropriate with the options of restaurant dining and bar dining. It isn't loud and it isn't a sports bar. There were no crying children or rowdy children running around while unsupervised."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We were looking for a place to have a nice lunch as a family when I found the listing for The Iron Horse. The food was excellent and the locale was charming. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Ashland as a local gem."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "On Saturday, we came in early because we were seeing a show at Ashland Coffee and Tea. We wanted to get in early, but wanted more to eat than sandwiches. The hostess was very welcoming and our server was excellent and a true professional. The cocktails were perfect and our 2 glasses of red wine were delicious and well poured. The food portions were disappointing: I had one of the specials-the beef short ribs. The meat was delicious, but the quantity was ridiculously small. The 'ribs' consisted of 2 beef tips that looked like were stolen from another plate. I don't know if the wine list changes often, but the choices for champagne were pretty sparse (I was looking for Moet Imperial). For $96.00 (+ $20.00 gratuity), we were still hungry."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Enjoyed our recent visit to Ironhorse. It was a return after too long an absence. Delicious scallop crepes with quinoia and perfectly seasoned Swiss chard. Chicken cordon bleu was classic. We will be returning sooner rather than later to this quaint Ashland gem situated along the train tracks."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "White tablecloths, cloth napkins, attentive servers, and excellent food and wine all combined to make a special dinner before we attended a fancy-dress ball at the nearby Arts Center. Two delicious soups: a chilled cream of pepper, and a hot pureed asparagus. Excellent pork loin entree suited this pork lover perfectly, and my husband's two crab cakes were perfect. The waitress helped the third member of our party choose a vegetarian entree, the generously sized black bean quesadilla. Alas, we were on our way to a dance and had no room for dessert, but another time we surely will try some."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The dish I ordered did not taste as described on menu"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Nice staff. Good food. Enjoyable lunch experience."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Situated in the heart of downtown Ashland, this place has great food, drink and wonderful atmosphere as folks bike along the street and the train makes its way through the center of town. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "great lunch spot with outdoor seating, was a little loud with the trains roaring by"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "MY MEAL THE SHRIMP OVER LINQUINI WAS NOT THAT GOOD. IT WAS SERVED OVER SPAGHETTI NOT LINQUINI AND THERE WAS A HEAVY DARK GREEN CAPER SAUCE THAT OVER POWERED ALL OTHER FLAVORS. I GENERALLY LIKE CAPERS IN PASTA BUT SOMETHING WENT WRONG IN THIS DISH. I WAS EXPECTING THE CAPERS TO WORK AS AN ACCENT FLAVOR NOT THE MAIN FOCUS OF THE DISH. MY FRIEND ORDERED THE STEAK SPECIAL AND IT HAD GOOD FLAVOR BUT FOR $35 WE WERE EXPECTING A THICK CUT STEAK. IT WAS ONLY AN INCH THICK. OVERALL WE WERE DISAPPOINTED WITH THE FOOD, BUT THE WAITRESS WAS KIND AND DID BRING US A SAMPLE OF THE TOMATO PUREE SOUP WHICH WAS VERY NICE. THANK GOODNESS FOR A GENEROUS POUR OF WINE. IT KEPT ME SMILING."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Great food, great wine, in fact had a great time. Looking forward to try again in near future."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "When staying in the area for a kings dominion trip, I found this place online and made a reservation not knowing to expect. After eating here we've decided that this is going to be our "must go to place" whenever we travel the ought the area. Food was amazing and the staff were very courteous and professional. It was a nice night and we are outside. Can't wait to visit this hidden gem again. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This place is the total package. Fantastic food, superior service, and warm ambience in a blue jeans and button-down environment "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Great family meal. Place settings absent until our appetizers arrived. Made for a small distraction as we were handling small plates, napkins and silverware simultaneously. Also a couple of lags in our server's attentiveness, even though it didn't seem too busy."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "I have been a customer of the Ironhorse for 20 years. However Mother's Day brunch did not meet my expectations. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I've been going there for about two years, and I've never had a bad experience! It's probably one of my favorite places to go altogether, and the service is impeccable. The staff is also extremely friendly and they definitely treat you like royalty. Five stars!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Lived in Richmond year ago. Was in town for mother's day and went to Ironhorse. The menu was a nice change from the ordinary without being too electric for mom's taste. Everything was good from the service to the menu selection to the salad dressing to the dessert. The location near the railroad tracks and view of the trains provides a bit of nostalgia."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We enjoyed the historic location on the railroad tracks (and even took the Ashland walking tour after lunch!). My husband thought his cheddar beefsteak sandwich was delicious and I felt the same way about my Rueben and potato salad. Service was exceptionally friendly and efficient. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Having used Open Table for years, we have always gone to great lengths to honor our part of the contract. We arrived on time at the Iron Horse, announced we were with Open Table and were listed as a "no show". Having a receipt and living only a few miles away and personally going back to the Iron Horse, this was resolved, but took effort and time which is not what one desires when having an evening out."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Excellent, unique preparation of old standards. Very nice service."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "The food and service were remarkable. I would love to see some different music groups. Maybe a little country, a little rock and a little jazz."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This was great! Fit the need and very comfortable."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The server that provided our service for table 11 was great. Also she was there and with a smile At was a special day for us. THANKS"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This restaurant was recommended to my husband and I by staff at the hotel we were staying at. Our waitress was fantastic. Attentive, friendly and showed up at all the right times. The food choices were great. The menu was not large but varied. We couldn't decide and the appetizers looked so good we just chose four and went with that. We took home left-overs from appetizers! The muscles were melt in your mouth as were the oysters. The restaurant sits on the busiest rail line in the east. Yup we saw 5 pass while dining. But unless you were looking you wouldn't have know. The building didn't shake, nor was there noise. Excellent place to eat!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Had their soup du jour and beet salad! Satisfying and delicious!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Our meal was outstanding. The waitress was very efficient, accommodating, and friendly. We will be back."
    Dined on 3/29/2014