Claire's at the Depot

4.7
1398 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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In a casual yet elegant atmosphere, set in a recently remodelled century old historic train station, Claire's passion is great food and outstanding service. Offering contemporary American cuisine - local, seasonally focused - with a Southern flaire. The renovation honors the historic character of the Warrenton Train Depot, resulting in a warm, comfortable environment for casual meetings with friends, or special occasions and intimate family meals. The warm, elegant Garden Room provides seating for intimate meals, while the Tavern Room features a more casual dining experience in luxurious surroundings. A rotating selection of craft beers is available on tap, and the wine service is regularly expanded. Outdoor dining is available in season, and private events can be hosted in one of several areas in the restaurant. Awarded "Best of Warrenton" every year since 2006.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Southern, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation

Parties 5 or more or special requests please call for reservations.

Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00pm;
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm.
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(540) 351-1616
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Claire Lamborne
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Catering
Claire"s full service catering will make your next event truly special – from an elegant wedding - to an important business affair - to a company picnic of two thousand. Claire's offers a variety of fabulous foods to suit your taste and budget. Our menus are inspired by the seasons. We support local farmers whenever possible and are happy to accommodate vegetarian requests.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lee Street
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Parking details
Public parking on Lee street, 3 minutes walking distance
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Entertainment
For Special Events.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1398 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.7
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

I've been to Claire's a number of times. I love the place. Somehow the menu this time seemed ho- hum. The ahi tuna was perfectly prepared, but the salad it came with disappointing. Maybe it was just an off day for me, but the menu just seemed tired. The service and the staff were impeccable. I'll be back I am sure.

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Salads great, main course outstanding except for mundane french fries with filet mignon. Specialty drink not to my liking but acceptable.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Always consistent and only good restaurant in town.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

One of our favorite restarants! The food is always excellent!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

The food is always good here, and so is the coffee. Service staff are great even though they could use a couple of more to alleviate the pressure of a restaurant that is almost always at full capacity. My one complaint is that I would have preferred to be seated in the main dining area, and not the cafe - or at least have been informed of the location of the table when I made the reservation, especially since it was Father’s Day.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

As always, an amazing meal, never disappoints, the food came out quickly, was hot and delicious. The atmosphere and service were excellent. One of our favorite restaurants.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Thank the universe and the customer who bought the building which in turn kept Clairs open.
This is one of our top 5 dining establishments.
Clair and team,
Do not change a thing, it works.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Excellent in every way!

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

We had a lovely evening. We were there to celebrate a birthday and an anniversary. The food was amazing and the service spectacular. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Not my first time at Claire's. The staff members are always friendly, well informed about the food selections. This latest visit's special halibut dish was one of the best meals that I have ever tasted. My complements to the chef.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Incredible atmosphere, service and food! This was my first time there, but will definitely be back very soon!

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Always a favorite, was glad to see the service is better. The hostess at the front door on Fri 6/15
was not welcoming, took another 2 some without a reservation ahead of our party of 4 WITH a
reservation WITH a request for porch/table close to window. When party was seated (1130) she said that she couldn't seat us at the window tables. No "reserved" sign, no explanation, we felt
we were talked down to.... didn't set well with the forsome for a festive birthday.

Was pleased to see trout stuffed with shrimp on the menu but it was cold, tasteless, served with a table spoon or white rice with something in it and I dare anyone to find or taste any shrimp... very disappointing and NOT worth it$$.

Maybe better next time...

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Good experience. Good salad with tuna. Usually the tuna on this type of salad is cut thin rather than served as a large piece, but it was delicious anyway.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Very nice setting in the former train depot. Food was fantastic, service was great, and the setting was perfect! This was our first time dining at Claire's at the Depot (wedding anniversary), but we will definitely be repeat customers! Looking forward to our next visit!

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

My wife and I always seek out Claire's whenever we wish to celebrate a special occasion over great food. As usual we were not disappointed; the food was superb! We were a bit taken aback when my wife asked if the chef would incorporate into the "beet and goat cheese salad" either iceberg or romaine lettuce instead of the stated "organic mixed greens." The menu featured salads with both iceberg and romaine romaine. The chef's response was, "The salads are already made up and substitutions are not permitted." I can't imagine a chef being so touchy about how he/she has crafted a certain salad. This incident is really quite minor and will not prevent our return, but I thought it worthy of note.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

went to Claire's to celebrate 34th wedding anniversary.. Could not have asked for anything better. Great service, unbelievable food, fair price, and wonderful atmosphere. Will definitely tell all my friends about Claire's and we will be back as well..

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

While it was excellent food, perhaps still a tad more expensive than I thought it would be at
$ symbol. being with 'long lost friends' who had not seen each other for 4 + years I really did not take in the surroundings or walkabout the restaurant and so I do not feel I can comment on other areas.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Fantastic food and great service! Thank you Lewis for always taking good care of us! Looking forward to eating on the patio on Friday evening keeps me going all week at work.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

The food and drinks were outstanding; and they have a beautiful restaurant and bar. A great dining experience.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

My very favorite dining place in Warrenton, VA and beyond! Wonderful setting, impeccable service, delicious food well prepared, generous servings, superb ambiance, and more. It surpasses every restaurant in Warrenton and way, way beyond. Not inexpensive, but worth every penny!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Relaxing and enjoyable meal. Exceptional service and menu.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Delightful. Glad we had reservation; the wait, even after 8pm, was still 45 min.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

On our first visit, Claire's more than lived up to the mention in the local paper that brought us there. The combination of excellent food, a well matched glass of wine, the historic ambience and the pleasant staff will keep us coming back!

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

It was good as usual. Service was a little slow but it was a busy Sunday around brunch time, so not unexpected.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Claire’s never disappoints. Great food and great service in a beautiful location. Would always recommend!

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Another nice meal with great service.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We always enjoy Claire's. Tonight was no exception. Great table. Excellent service. Fantastic food! Lettuce wraps highly recommended. Crab cakes were great. Steak special was outstanding. French chardonnay was superb. A wonderful evening at arguably Warrenton's finest restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Great place. Beautiful restaurant with terrific food and staff. A real treat

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Greeted by the hostess immediately. She told us table was being prepared. We were early. Very nice server with great service. Food was great! The restaurant was busy but we did not feel rushed. We haven’t been here in several years. But we’ll be back!!

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4.0Dined on May 24, 2018

our server was very professional and friendly. the crabcake was well made and flavorful. the cakes werefresh.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Stopped in for lunch and was, as always, very pleased. I had the soft shell crab sandwich, which was excellent — perhaps the largest and plumpest soft shell crab I’ve ever eaten. My friend thoroughly enjoyed her salad with lamb chops too. Good all the way around.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

For years, this joint has been the best restaurant in Warrenton but lately they've stepped up their game; renovation a confirmed success. Definitely nothing comparable within a solid 15-miles.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

On a recent Tuesday afternoon, two couples met for a reunion lunch. Having a reservation was not a requirement but a nice option to ensure a nice table. The hostess was friendly and very welcoming. Our server, Christina, was prompt, friendly and super helpful throughout the meal, and was not the least bit concerned as we lingered for quite a while. Everyone's food was nicely presented, and served promptly. The daily specials were a nice addition to the regular menu. The quiche, the Mediterranean swordfish special, the curry chicken and the risotto were all delicious, even if the portions were a bit large for lunch. Oh and the salty caramel gellato for dessert was the best I've had outside of Italy! The bill for each couple was about $50 with tip, and included one cocktail each - a pretty good value. Warrenton may be a bit of a drive for some, but definitely worth it. And they also have outdoor seating in a pretty garden, weather permitting.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Second dining experience at Claire's - this time for my anniversary. Wonderful food, great staff and ambiance as good as it gets.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Dinner and service was amazing-- it's where we take the parents every visit-- the consistency is what keeps us going back. Mother's Day dinner was excellent.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

First time going to Claire’s that it wasn’t a wonderful experience. The whole evening seemed off. One entree was cold and two were over cooked. Waitress seemed slammed. It was a great disappointment as it was my birthday dinner.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great restaurant, always a terrific menu and attentive staff.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Our first time at Claire’s and we are adding it to our list of special places to eat. Worth the 40 minute drive for sure. Had a great cocktail (Painkiller) followed by excellent she-crab soup. Wedge salads with bleu cheese were superb. Loved the sea scallops on cheese grits and the curry chicken. Wish we had room for desert because everything was terrific. Service was equally good. Will be back.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Absolutely Fantastic! Claire’s at the Depot is without question, truly perfect. This is the one place you can go where there are zero hitches in your meal. Superb She Crab soup, phenomenal Shrimp and Grits, creamy Coconut Cake. The servers work together to ensure all the guests never want for anything. We must visit more often.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We ask our friends where should we meet for dinner, they always suggest Claire's. We always have great food, great service and pleasant professional staff. We will be back.

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