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The Rail Stop
The Rail Stop

The Rail Stop Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.railstoprestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (540) 253-5644
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Tom Kee
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area (bar only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer a small private wine room that seats up to 8 people, a side dining room that can be available for Rehearsal Dinners seating up to 32 people and with advance notice, the whole restaurant.
  • Private Party Contact: Diane Hilton (540) 253-5644

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 245
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street front and small lot through walkway to rear.
A word from The Rail Stop
The Rail Stop offers Contemporary American Cuisine in a Country Casual setting, with everything from Bread to Pasta to Desserts made on Premises.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "The food is delicious. Very nice atmosphere. Great for special occasions."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We started a tour of Virginia Wine country at the Rail Stop. Good menu and service. Recommend Sunday brunch. We spent the rest of the day at a number of vineyards in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Pretty delicious food but pretty noisy with the main road right next to you. Lots of motorcyclists find this to be a popular route to drive through, so plan on that if you sit outside..."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Had a wonderful dinner with friends, looking forward to returning again!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We were at the Upperville horse show and needed a restaurant on the way back to Washington, D.C. metro area on a Saturday evening on short notice. This restaurant came with good reviews. Reservation was honored. Seated inside. There was outside seating, not offered us, which seemed more casual and nice on an evening with pleasant temperatures. Enjoyed the warm calamari salad, veal medallions with crab, and rock fish special. Service was attentive and water glasses filled numerous times. Wine list was inexpensive compared to many. It was a most pleasant evening of dining."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I have loved The Railstop since the first time I dined here. I have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My wife and I have been going to The Railstop for a decade now...always a good time and the food and wine are excellent! We love to sit at the counter and watch Tom and the team put out plate after plate of nicely assembled meals made of the freshest of ingredients. Here's to another decade."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Great food and staff. Just a pleasant place to eat and relax"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We love The Rail Stop and have ever since we moved out here 10 years ago. The food is consistently excellent and the staff is always extremely pleasant and attentive without hovering. It's wonderful for dinner, lunch or brunch."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We celebrated our anniversary at the Rail Stop., which was highly recommended by several friends. Although we made a reservation, we arrived early and were seated immediately. The service was excellent and the food was outstanding. The appetizer crabcake was very moist and lightly breaded. The scallops were fantastic as well as the veal. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We've been going to the Rail Stop for birthdays and anniversaries for at least the last 10 years. The food and service are always exceptional."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The food was very healthy and very well done... Simple but exquisite!!!!! Is an excellent place to meet and socialize with friends in a quite ambience, low key. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Excelent, perfect every time we have gone, cant say enough......5 of 5 stars for us"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "My husband and I and friends had Easter brunch at the Rail Stop. This has been a favorite restaurant of ours for a while as we love the little town of The Plains and its surroundings. My friend and I had the crab cakes which were absolutely divine - some of the best that I have had in the Washington DC area. My friend also began her meal with an antipasto plate which included fresh roasted tomatoes that were incredible with beautiful slices of mozzarella drizzled with a pesto sauce and bright green crisp asparagus spears. For dessert, our key lime pie topped with raspberries was subtle, just a hint of lime, but fabulous. We made plans to do the same thing next year!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We were looking for a fine dining experience to meet friends that live in Winchester for dinner, we were so pleased with everything that we had, we will definitely return. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Easily made reservations for a Friday night. Table was already set and we were seated immediately. Food was outstanding (as usual). Service is fast and friendly. A great place!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "My wife and I eat dinner here often and are never disappointed. The food is as good here as many restaurants in DC that are much more expensive."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Always a wonderful meal/night out. Never disappointed."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Tom is always great at preparing special requests and providing a consistent dinner at quite reasonable prices. Everything was prepared very well and looked great. Can't say anything bad whatsoever and we've been coming here for over 10 years. Consistent, high quality food."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Very nice brunch with breakfast and lunch items. Everything was well prepared and tasty. Will go back again!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Brunch menu is diverse and they also have specials too! Portions are a little smaller than average but are priced accordingly - it's actually kind of nice because you don't fill up on the entrée and have room for dessert or an additional side. I checked the "scenic view" box on recommendations but this really refers to the area - great area for driving. The Rail Stop does have a patio but I have not eaten outside yet; the little town they're in is definitely scenic."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "A clear and better difference from the suburban mega-restaurant experience. Located in the heart of The Plains. Personal service, great food, and good wine. Recommend it for a quiet dinner for 2 or a small group."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Tried The Rail Stop on a whim. I heard some good things and was able to get a reservation on new years eve. The food was excellent. The Filet was cooked perfectly and had exceptional flavor. The Lamb rago on fresh pasta was equally delicious. This is one of those neighbor places that is serving upscale food but in down home fashion. Very cozy romantic feel particularly (we went in the evening). This is must if you are in the area."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Made a reservation for brunch on Sunday after Christmas. Reservation was unnecessary since there were only 3 other tables occupied at noon. Service was friendly although not real attentive (no refill of water glasses). About 8 choices of breakfast type entrees for brunch and a couple lunch selections. They make their own sausage and the bacon was good. The potatoes (big hunks of potatoes) were good. But no bread with breakfast. We had to order the toast after being served and they charged $1.50 for two slices. For $10 a plate you would think a piece of toast would come with it."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Te Railstop has always good , fresh food we love this restaurant"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Service was excellent despite it being a busy night. Food was very prepared. A good time all around."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "This is a great little restaurant that has been around for years. It is a great local establishment with friendly staff. The night we went it was very busy and they accommodated our last minute larger party. The food was great and they have an excellent wine selection."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "We have been going here for a long time and never had a problem. The food and service has always been tremendous."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "My wife and I have eaten at the Rail Stop many times and have never been disappointed. This last dinner was no exception. The Flounder special was great and the mushroom appetizer made a great meal as well. But the highlight was the ginger bread pudding cake with lemon creme. Very well done."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Lunch was fine, not very crowded, good service. Food was okay, I would not drive out of my way to find the restaurant. We had brunch everyone ordered something different and it was just okay, nothing special but the place is cute. Chairs were hard wooden seats but very casual and fun. Train wasn't running but when we asked they turned it on."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "Waitress was lovely, very positive about the restaurant in general and raved over the food...I ordered a wilted spincah sald with scallops - came out cold/oily and scallops were dry and overcooked little hocky pucks/no flavor. My guest ordered the special pulled pork sandwich - that came out WITHOUT any pork! The waitress came embarrassed to our table and brought the pulled pork on the side. Would not return."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "On Sunday, I enjoyed a yummy omelette (cheese and FRESH spinanch), crispy potatoes. For dessert, divine pecan bread pudding with Creme Anglaise (the dense dark bread is made onsite). Delicious food, charming decor and ambiance. Servers were pleasant and did their level best but service was slow. I think they were slammed and/or short-handed. It won't stop us from returning."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "rock fish was delightful.. asparagus needed another minute if I an being picky.. loved it all..."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "The right ambiance for a catch-up lunch with a good friend. Wilted spinach salad with scallops, Fantastic! Sole with asparagus, PERFECT"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "If the cozy village of The Plains only had one restaurant, the one you would invent in your imagination would be The Rail Stop. From the moment you enter via the front porch until you give in to the temptations offered for dessert, the varied dishes and top notch preparations and unobtrusive service seem the perfect match to your conversation and satisfaction over having selected well. The only thing to question while dining there is when to come back."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "You will not get a better meal or better service than at the Rail Stop!"
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "This is our favorite special occasion restaurant. We love the food."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "We had to make a last minute reservation. Our group consisted of two couples, we each had a child (ages 4 & 5). The food was excellent. very high end and unexpected. No children's menu which was a little disappointing, but they worked with us."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "The Rail Stop has been a family favorite for many years now. This past Saturday we made reservations for 5:30 p.m. - good thing, too, since it was busier than we've seen in a while, and we saw at least a few parties turned away because they had not made reservations. Our waiter was prompt, friendly and just attentive enough to take care of our needs without making us feel rushed or intruded upon. The vodka martinis were perfect - as usual, and the meal was fabulous. The steamed mussels with vermouth, parsely and butter were delicious. We each had the Petite Prime Angus NY Strip - cooked perfectly. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "On our way to Middleburg, VA, we decided to take a slight detour to The Plains, VA for brunch. The Rail Stop is a charming, small country restaurant with delicious brunch. I had the open faced tomato basil omelet and my husband ordered the chorizo hash with poached eggs. Both dishes were excellent! The basil and tomato were very fresh and aromatic and the chorizo hash tasty and spicy. The service was excellent and we were seated across from the open kitchen where we could watch the ballet of the two chefs preparing both brunch and lunch dishes. Everything looks so good we were tempted to order more! I will definitely be back here!!"
    Dined on 10/20/2013