The Rail Stop
The Rail Stop

The Rail Stop

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.railstoprestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5402535644
  • 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: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • 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 5402535644

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 WinnerGreat for Brunch
The Rail Stop reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (39)fit for foodies (30)special occasion (30)great for brunch (25)great for outdoor dining (22)great for lunch (20)romantic (18)kid-friendly (17)notable wine list (15)scenic view (14)good for groups (5)vibrant bar scene (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Incredible food
    mickeyVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We've wanted to try Rail Stop for quite a while. While in the area visiting the wineries, we decided to stop by for dinner. We arrived upon opening so there were very few in the restaurant. Hands down the best place around. The Lobster Stir Fry was fabulous. Flavorful with succulent fresh lobster, I couldn't have chosen a more delectable meal. My spouse chose the scallops with Sobu noodles. Again, succulent scallops, perfectly cooked paired with a very tasty sobu noodle. It was an incredible experience that we hope to repeat soon.
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    fit for foodies
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  • NewporterVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    First time at the Rail Stop. Was very impressed. Food was good, service great. The Plains is a charming small town. Will come again!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • eating in the Plains
    jumpinjackVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This restaurant offers very good food,with a varied selection.Also had nice wines at a fair price.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good
    epmeehanVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Best overall restaurant in the area. We always have a pleasant time and great meal. Looking forward to seeing the duck springs rolls back on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very High Standard
    mdfoodie
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We have dined here on several occasions but this was our very first Sunday Brunch experience. What a pleasure! I had the chorizo hash and eggs and it was truly superb. Eggs perfectly poached and the hash was a very tasty alternate to regular corned beef hash. Not too hot but very flavorful. Would also recommend the bread basket. Made to order cinnamon sugar donuts and lemon pound cake. Tom Kee is one of the best chefs around. My wife and I have dined at quite a few "name" restaurants and the Rail Stop is right up there with any of them! What I most especially like is the lack of pretentiousness. If you want an excellent meal with excellent service, the Rail Stop is worth the effort to try out. My highest recommendation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do Stop at The Rail Stop!
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We hadn't visited in a decade, but our recent meal was every bit(e) as good as the last. From cocktails to desert, the entire dining experience is prepared with seasoned care and we especially appreciate the friendly service. When in The Plains, a stop at The Rail Stop is always called for. PS: I might recommend that more Virginia wines make their list to feature the local "growing" industry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I was excited to eat here but the service was average and the food was just not good (except for the crab meat). They are kid and dog friendly and the staff is nice but the food is a let down.
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  • Little town gem
    Foodnfun
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had heard about this for years. It was comfortable, good food, nice wine and a great waitress.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • severely underwhelming
    haycon1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is one of the strangest restaurants I've ever been to. I bet the locals love it, but as an outsider I thought it was overpriced and the service was very unprofessional. Our food took almost an hour and when it finally showed up it was just ok. The reviews and fanfare are misleading. The restaurant itself is old and dirty. You don't really get served. It's like there's a lady running around taking people their food, but you aren't being "served". Again, I'm sure if you live in the area you probably love this place, but save the gas if you live in NOVA.
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  • Best restaurant ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Have yet to eat in a restaurant as good as this one. The food is superb
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rrddppVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The fresh tomatoe and red pepper soup is really really delicious We always have a great time and good food here
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fresh
    rrddppVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The little seafood appetizer is delicious, fresh lobster, crab, shrimp and a colossal sea scallop on a bed of baby greens with my favorite lemon vinaigrette .... YUM But then, we always have a fresh meal and a good time at the RAILSTOP
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    Chebbe
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The Rail Stop offers offers upscale dining in a relaxed atmosphere. We come here for special occasions and have never had a bad meal. The specials are always exceptional as is the service. We highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We stumbled on this Resturant as we were driving home and searching open table for a place to eat. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. The crab cakes were all crab. The mussels were succulent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Uninspiring
    WineNDine
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We were very enthusiastic about having dinner at The Rail Stop. It came highly recommended to us as a gem a little off the beaten path. We were promptly seated at a table by the front window in the room attached to the kitchen, but noisy and too bright. More ambiance in other room. The two individuals who waited on us were very friendly and personable. We each ordered a salad, an entrée and a glass of wine. My wife's salad (cherry tomatoes and goat cheese) was skimpy - especially for the price. My mixed-greens salad was much better, but it was drowning in dressing and the flavor was lost in the vinegar. My wife's entree was fantastic (veal). My entree (salmon) was over-cooked, crusty and dry. Lots of potential, but inconsistent!
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  • overcharged
    luvVA
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food was great. However, my wife was overcharged $20 for a streak.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A secret Sunday brunch getaway
    RKM2VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We have come here several times and it has been a wonderful experience each and every time. The staff is fun and friendly and the food is very satisfying. I'm a big fN of the chorizo hash, the eggs Benedict and the pecan waffles. I should probably try some other menu options, but those three are worth the drive out there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Far but worth it
    LadiroFairfax
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food is delicious. Very nice atmosphere. Great for special occasions.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gateway to Virginia Wine Country
    PatSullivan
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Enjoyed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner with friends, looking forward to returning again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BankerManUSA
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Evening
    McLeanHiker
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant!
    Love2dine
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I have loved The Railstop since the first time I dined here. I have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food & Ambiance
    Bobsreview
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Always enjoy
    epmeehanVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Great food and staff. Just a pleasant place to eat and relax
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Continues to hit home runs
    WallyWood
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary dinner
    fivestarfood
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 327 reviews are from the The Rail Stop reviews archive.
  • The Rail Stop Never Disappoints
    Chebbe
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Vey nice little Restaurant....
    nani
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    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.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • patteVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Excelent, perfect every time we have gone, cant say enough......5 of 5 stars for us
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic
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  • The crabcakes were to die for!
    lindaVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First visit, will return!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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.
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    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Friday Night
    SpecialDining
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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!
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    Romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding again !
    ChiefVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exccellent As Usual!
    Dizaru
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Always a wonderful meal/night out. Never disappointed.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Sunday
    Luvthemouse
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Very nice brunch with breakfast and lunch items. Everything was well prepared and tasty. Will go back again!
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    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Great Brunch Menu
    StageCoach66
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal, great quiet location
    DaveT
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfortably Sophiscated
    Ironbear
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.