Claire's at the Depot

4.8
1597 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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.
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J
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Claire cares. Always fine quality, attention to details and presentation. Claire did the flower vases herself and very tastefully done. The specials are always good, but the swordfish was terrif. The Parmesan polenta was amazing. Restrooms spotless. This is a great place. Would be regulars if we lived closer.

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JF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

“Love”ly, and we redeemed a generous Gift Card❗️❗️❗️😁😃 Please Thank Dear Christine, our Stellar, “Person”able Server, and All of the Staff❗️❗️❗️Matthew 5:16

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

elegant, great service, great food.

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DH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was excellent. We always look forward to our dining experiences at Claire's.

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JK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Server was cordial and on top of things. Ambiance was conducive of an intimate dining experience. I would recommend Claire's to anyone looking for a special occasion restaurant(Bit on the pricey side for everyday dining).

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TD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very lovely lunch - the salmon atop my salad was perfectly cooked, moist, medium rare as I had
ordered and very tasty. Appropriately attentive, pleasant server and overal excellent experience.

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JP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love thus place! Been there many times and look forward to many more

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JM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Claire's at the Depot has always been an extremely enjoyable experience for dinner and brunch. I have always felt extremely welcomed by everyone on the staff and the menu always has several choices that I truly enjoy. The depot ambience is very special, and words can not convey how much I would recommend this restaurant for any occasion. John M.

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Q
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Claire's is always a special treat. We both tried the grilled veal chop with blue cheese sauce. Wonderful. They take such good care of you.

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MR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can count on Claire's to deliver an excellent dining experience every time. We have never been disappointed with anything - food or services. I recommend this dining experience to anyone!

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P
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, and atmosphere.
Wine and salad with salmon was delicious.
Highly recommend.

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SS
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The rockfish on the daily specials was amazing - both myself and my guest ordered it because we liked all the items in the dish - the combination of the fish, the kale and sweet potato hash all complimented each other.... I usually stick to my favorites on the regular menu - so glad I tried this one.

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LF
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I'm truly spoiled - don't think I can ever get a roast beef sandwich anywhere else; best one I have ever had.
The she-crab soup was great too. My wife had the quiche and it was great too. Only minus 1 star was having to ask for more coffee.

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W
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always choose Claires for any special occasion. The food, ambience, and service are unbeatable.

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SK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to have lunch with friends in such a great place!!

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JQ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine here; my go to dining place in Warrenton.

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MS
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very pleased with our visit to Claire’s for Sunday brunch. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. I always like to go to places that thank me for my business, and they did numerous
times. I will definitely go back often with my wife and family.

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l
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Claire's is a wonderful restaurant in downtown Warrenton, Virginia. To find such quality cooking and ingredients in a small town in Virginia is great. From the welcoming you get when you come in to the lovely wait staff..it's a gem.

We have been there many, many times, lunch, brunch, dinner..never disappoints. take friends, visitors, my bookclub..they always want to go back and so do I.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was top notch

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d
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A quality restaurant. Have been there several times across one year. Always good. Quiet, dignified ambiance. Interesting menu choices. Well prepared. Excellent service always. Nice attitude. Imaginative adaptation of the historic train depot. Much more interesting than a brand new building. I only wish Claire’s were located in my own neighborhood - sadly I am from California.....

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TT
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection. Reliable quality every time, never had a bad experience here. Somewhat limited menu, says husband, not me.

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AB
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Was not happy at all with our waiter. When we needed a correction in the bill he just looked at us and the hostess had to assist us. Not happy that this was my first experience. I get mistakes happen, then say sorry and correct it. Don’t just look at us and not assist and then I have to have the hostess do it.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bartender John was amazing! Everyone’s food was delicious and service was great too, as always. Highly recommend!

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OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

What has happened to this restaurant? The last few times we have gone, the service has been abysmal. 2 hours to get an entree, and most everyone had left by the time we started eating. No apologies, just the waitress saying “ well the chicken takes a little longer than the other entrees.” As the only decent fine dining restaurant in town, we sure hope they get their act together! We need you...

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, well-presented and the ambiance was delightful. We had out of state guests who thoroughly enjoyed the historic setting and fine dining.

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g
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a delightful lunch. A true favorite. All of us couldn't have been more pleased.

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SW
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional! My wife and I agree... One of the BEST meals we have ever had. Warm and cozy ambiance, attentive and thoughtful service, and reasonable prices that made our special evening even more special. My wife really enjoyed the veal and I loved my double cut, stuffed pork chop. My daughter highly recommended the crème brûlée, but we just couldn't squeeze it in! Already making Valentines reservations!

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CA
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Absolutely lovely way to celebrate a graduation! Had the stuffed pork chops and they were to die for, and my daughter had the veal scallopine which was just heavenly in a creamy mushroom sauce. Ambiance was lovely, if a bit loud around the bar. Beautiful old redone train depot, excellent food, great atmosphere. Perfect special occaision restaurant!

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KB
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service at brunch. The building and decor are wonderful.

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VA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was so impressed with the food and the beautiful decor. Will be returning and bringing friends with me!

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CB
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was excellent as always, but the service this time was just abysmal. At the end of the meal, after being promised a dessert menu and the tea that we ordered, we waited so long that we were ready to give up and leave. The tea arrived and the water was tepid at best. The dessert menu finally arrived and we did order, but again, it took way too long. This is a good restaurant and should do better.

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JA
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My personal favorites are the shrimp and grits and the elderflower cocktail, but at my most recent visit I tried the mushroom risotto. It’s now vying for favorite. Their lamb dishes are always super. Service is attentive but not intrusive- just what you want when dining with friends. I watched as the hostess carefully escorted a patron with mobility issues. She was discrete and helpful. All around great experience.

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LI
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good and matched by attentive service. I love the shrimp cobb salad and was not disappointed. I eat of al the ambiance was quiet enough that conversation was easy.

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CL
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Claire’s is always one of my favorite Warrenton restaurants. It’s my go-to place when I want a nice meal. Good food, good service, friendly staff, nice atmosphere. It’s more expensive than a chain restaurant but well worth it.

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NC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Royal Sea Bass with Forbidden Rice was so delicious!

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M
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem! So happy to have stumbled upon this place and scored a reservation thanks to snow cancellations. Great ambiance, delicious food (and drinks), and wonderful service! Will be back next time I am in the area!

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LT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been dining at Claire's for many years and have taken family and a number of friends there for dinner and lunch. They never disappoint. We have friends from Grand Cayman who visit every year and insist on going there for dinner especially for the "She Crab" soup. We particularly enjoy lunch favorites of the crafted Quiche and a Cobb salad with grilled shrimp.

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KR
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time as always. Laurie did a wonderful job as our server. We look forward to visiting Warrenton again and dining at Claire’s!

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AC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took my mother-in-law here for her birthday. The staff was outstanding and assisted with a surprise cake and gift at the end of our meal. There is something for everyone on the menu. We recommend the calamari, beet and goat cheese salad, and the Angus and Frites were outstanding.

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GS
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch at Claire's was outstanding, as is the norm. Service, food and drink were all excellent.

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