Claire's at the Depot

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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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TK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Claire’s is one of our favorites. The food is excellent with a wonderful waitstaff combining for a value that is rare in Northern Virginia. The shrimp and grits, and the roast beef au jus sandwich remain unbeatable.

OT
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals in the N Virginia region! Nice decor, ample parking, historic area. Not to be missed.

EB
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose Claire’s for our Valentine’s Day celebration, and, as usual, Claire’s did not disappoint. We splurged on appetizers through dessert, and each course was delicious. James, our server, was attentive without being intrusive. As one might expect on Valentine’s Day, many couples were enjoying the sophisticated ambiance one has come to expect of Claire’s.

L
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are never disappointed with our lunch or dinner at Claire's Depot. We like to sit at the copper bar for a drink first. The atmosphere is perfect and so is the bartender. Summer time is even better with their lovely outdoor patio. The patio is also nice to look at off season from inside the restaurant se well. We will go back soon I am sure, no special occasion is needed.

M
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The steak and mashed potatoes were scrumptious, the restaurant is pretty. Claire’s is a great place to go for a nice dinner.

JD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a wonderful night at Claire's! The food was excellent, the wait staff very friendly and accommodating and the atmosphere was excellent. I have trouble with my hearing, but I was able to enjoy out time in the main dining room and have an enjoyable conversation. I highly recommend Clair's as a great place to spend time as a couple or with friends!

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our dining experience at Claire’s. The service is second to none and the food has never disappointed! I recommend Claire’s to all my friends.

EI
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shecrab soup = fantastic. Scallops and grits = fantastic. Veal Scallopini = fantastic. Everything was perfectly prepared and served very quickly. We will be back!

Q
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a pleasure to dine at Claire's. No matter what we get, it is always excellent. Service is outstanding and we are not rushed. The water is kept filled without asking for more. My favorite salad is the greens with red and yellow beets and goat cheese. Save room for dessert!

G
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience3

To avoid the overwhelming crowds and to actually get a reservation, I took my wife a day early a special Valentine's date. We ended up having the special that evening - New York Strip with melted gorgonzola cheese {BTW: This is a very strong cheese} and covered with a creamed peppercorn sauce. The main dish was paired with Scalloped potatoes and sautéed Broccolini. My wife truly enjoyed her meal, I cleaned my plate as well, but ended up scrapping the gorgonzola off of the steak. We shared a piece of Chocolate Cake for dessert. All in all, a good experience. A tad bit pricey. The noise level was a bit high since we were seated just beyond the bar area. Our waiter did a great job!

TW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolute enjoyable evening. Excellent food, service and value.

MR
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our lunch at Claire's was outstanding. The quiche and the rockfish were prepared superbly. The service was attentive. We were there to meet a friend and we didn't feel like we were being rushed to leave. It was our first visit, but we will definitely go again.

BS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful. Service and food we’re excellent.

JR
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal. Great atmosphere, super service and a wonderful menu. Nicely done.

LT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have lunch at Claire's once a month and dinner as often as we can especially if we have guests or are treating someone. It's a great place with a simple menu of excellent food and service is always excellent. We have friends who come from Grand Cayman for visits during the year who insist on dining at Claire's for the "she crab" soup. We have been going there over 40 years, since before it was Claire's, and Claire has made it a fine place for relaxed dining ever since. PS It's really nice to see her there from time to time.

k
London
405 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner helping Claire celebrate their 15th Anniversary of their opening. Service was excellent and food was incredible as always. Look forward to many more special dinners there.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our only regret is that we have lived nearby for the past 13 years and never dined here. This was our first time and we loved everything about it. The food was wonderful and the service was the best we have ever experienced. We will definitely be back.

C
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful time celebrating 15 years of Claire's with them . Food was wonderful and the free dessert was a sweet treat.

JM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great lunch in a lovely environment on a 15 year celebration day. I even won a gift certificate. Can’t wait to return and eat outside in the garden!

SS
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Still one of my favorites, the last time I was there for brunch it was fabulous - but this time it was a disappointment. Not sure what was going on in the kitchen but the scones that were amazing the last time were black on the bottom and too hard to be edible. The eggs in the eggs benedict were also overcooked, the muffin was soggy and the plates appeared to have sat in the kitchen far too long - which may explain why adjoining tables that came in after us were served before we were. Think most of the issues were due to the waitress - had her before and it always takes forever to get the food when she is taking the orders. The she crab soup was the best part of the meal - at least that is consistently delicious. I have gone to Claire's for years and it is usually a treat - hopefully this was just an off day.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I really enjoy Claire’s at the Depot. The food is fantastic and the service is always great!

RM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The sweet potato hash was perfect, and one of the best things I’ve ever eaten!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

I made a reservation in the back dining room at a table but we were put by the bar area. My food was nearly cold when brought out. For the price, and not giving attention to detail of where we asked to sit, the noise from the bar, it was not worth it.

PS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a fan of Claire's for years, she never seems to disappoint. For any event or just a casual lunch, I highly recommend it.

M
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love Claire's!! Been several times. Always a pleasure and delicious!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a pleasure to dine at Claire’s whether for dinner or for Sunday Brunch. My wife and I often ask ourselves why we do not eat there more often! That is a mistake we will have to correct!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Our sever was great however this place is most definitely NOT kid friendly and the hostess made that very clear with her demeanor immediately upon our arrival and further reprimanded us when my son tapped on the window. I had already addressed the behavior because I also didn’t want him misbehaving. I believe her name was Miranda and she made the whole experience uncomfortable and unpleasant so much so we took our entrees to go.

The food that is on their typical menu was good however the specials weren’t great, the salmon nachos in particular. I also sampled their “new” mock tail which was $12 and our sever kindly let me know prior to. Had I known what it would taste like I’d of definitely skipped out on it!

JQ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always a pleasant experience at Claire’s. My favorite restaurant in Warrenton.

DW
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another wonderful meal at Claire’s, our favorite restaurant in Warrenton! The food and service are consistently excellent and she has the best she crab soup you will find anywhere. If you haven’t been, go soon and once you do, you will become a regular! Plus, it’s always a treat to see Claire! Highly recommend!

FB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warrenton, Virginia is so lucky to have a place like Clair’s at the Depot. The crab soup is outstanding and a must starter. I think we have tried everything on their menu and have never been disappointed. It’s a great place for a casual lunch and the service is always spot on.

DB
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Everything in the menu is never disappointing!

JB
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was cozy. Enjoyed an exceptional meal with my wife and son. Everything on the menu looked delicious and I ordered the cedar plank salmon which was cooked perfectly! Also had the bread pudding for desert. It was my wife's birthday and they gave her creme brulee which was excellent. There are a couple of nice fireplaces and the service was fast and very friendly. I would definitely go back.

JP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always! Didn’t hesitate deciding where to take our 16 year old to celebrate her birthday!

OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Amazing food in a beautiful setting, the experience was diminished only slightly by slow service due to an overtasked, but very knowledgeable and polite server. The salads were flavorful. The scallops and the stuffed pork chops were prepared perfectly and hit on the flavor profiles we were looking for. Good wine list. I would definitely go back, but would hope not to compete with three large groups for a servers attention again.

m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we always celebrate special occasions at Claire's, the atmosphere is always just what you need, quiet, intimate, the wait staff is prompt, friendly, knowledgeable, the food is excellent, what more could you ask for in a restaurant.

j
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience3

Great dining experience but the service initially was a bit slow for me. I felt our server had too many tables but it wasn’t a huge issue. The dinner food was good but not great My dish was the blackened scallops and grits and I found the grits and the spinach pretty tasteless. The scallops were amazing so that made the meal awesome but would have like more flavor in the spinach or grits.

JY
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There aren't enough good words to describe Claire's! My two friends and I had a 1 PM Friday lunch reservation. I showed up at 1245 and was promptly seated. The owner kindly greeted me at my table and said "You must be waiting for friends. Enjoy your lunch." When I accidently spilled my glass of water, three different employees descended on the mess, removed and replaced all the linen and silverware, and dried the floor. Excellent. Our appetizers came quickly as did our main courses. All delicious and prepared to perfection. My medium rare duck salad was mouth watering. The three of us engaged in a calm but energetic political discussion for two hours. The waiter even came over and provided a really good joke. The only problem we had - - - not surprisingly - - - was parking. Claire's was packed. Luckily the three of us were able to get spaces just as other patrons were leaving. Reservations for lunch, especially on Fridays, is very recommended. We will be back at Claire's numerous times to explore the menu over and over again.

PL
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely restaurant with a great vibe, excellent service from Sherry, wonderful food and a very pleasant ambiance in this converted railway station. Highly recommended.

RF
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience4

If you use Open Table to make your reservation they put you at a table in the bar. Completely unacceptable. Great visit except for that. I did make them move us to the dining room, which is very nice.