Claire's at the Depot

4.8
2466 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2466 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.6
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Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the perfect day for dining outside!!

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lisap
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the pleasant greeting to the birthday candle in our chocolate flourless torts… a fantastic birthday luncheon. Could not have asked for better service or food!! Thank you for making our birthday so special!

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kathrynW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant! The She Crab Soup is sublime.

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BRoseL
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent and within walking distance for us -- we are lucky! Had a lovely evening with friends on the patio. Food and service was great -- thank you!

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ArneC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, creative, flavorful food! We both loved every bite.

JY
JYongue
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Claire's never disappoints. From the She Crab Soup, daily specials to the daily menu, you cannot go wrong. Best in town!

DB
DBC4
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, interesting menu, attentive service, fun ambiance. We will be back regularly

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DarceeT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The She Crab soup was the absolute best we’ve ever had. And the Filet Mignon was so tender and cooked to perfection. The items with the filet were roasted shallot mashed potatoes, tobacco onions and wax & green beans which tasted awesome. After dinner, we had Claire’s Irish coffee and Vanilla Bean Brûlée - delicious! There was also fresh baked hot rolls!!!

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vipMary
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

I took a friend, a former chef ,to Claires for her 70th birthday. The hostess greeted us and said that they were just setting up our table. I apologized for being late the traffic from Silver Spring to Warrenton was awful. We had a great table. The server came and gave us the menus told us about the special cocktail and said she'd give us a minute. Ten minutes or more went by and I flagged someone clearing tables to get our server. She came over and said, " Are you ready to order now?" I responded, "We were ready quite a while ago." She said, "I have a large party that I am taking care of." Friend ordered the Ahi Tuna sandwich and I had the Shrimp Cobb Salad. They were both excellent. We had the Mojito Key Lime Pie for dessert and there was a candle on it. Claire the owner was there and my friend really enjoyed the atmosphere. I was disappointed with the service and this was a first for me.

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KateM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was fine, service slow.
I’ve been a loyal customer for years.
Yesterday was disappointing.
Salad served was not cold. Service was slow.
The worst was after we ordered desert. We asked for the coconut cake, two forks to share. Fifteen minutes later, server came with Key Lime pie. I mentioned that we didn’t order. Fifteen minutes later coconut cake appeared. When I noticed on the bill that we were charged for the key lime pie, the server said he would correct. I signed the corrected copy. However, my credit card online account shows a charge that includes the pie. I hope this is corrected as soon as possible.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Claire’s for our 5th anniversary dinner. The special (herb-crusted halibut over cheese ravioli) was amazing. Service was amazing. Right before they brought out our dessert, they brought us complimentary champagne for the occasion. It was unexpected and very nice. We’ll definitely be back if we’re in town.

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AngelaK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Table was ready upon arrival, ambience was classy and comfortable, food was exceptional (I had the halibut special and my friend the Jack Daniel’s Shrimp), and the staff was friendly and helpful. Highly recommend Claire’s for lunch or dinner.

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anitaB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent, consistent food quality with service that is caring and efficient without being overly attentive causing interruption.

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SamanthaG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and the staff was amazing!! Now the food... wow!! The steak was cooked to perfection

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GillianL
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Wedge salad was excellent. Unfortunately, I was served my hot entree (filet & frites) while only halfway through my salad so it sat there cooling until I finished. Having to swat away a bothersome fly between bites put a damper on things as I not only felt rushed by the server but in competition with the fly for my food. Husband said he would go back for the wedge salad but not the Jack Daniels shrimp as he felt it was bland.

The hostess who seated us was lovely.

As we had a better experience on a previous visit we may try again, but having to request multiple courses not be served at the same time will be cause for hesitation. Trouble finding a parking spot nearby will also factor into the decision.

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makemewannacomeback
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Always delightful ambiance and service, I was slightly let down that the notation in the open table reservation that this lunch was a birthday celebration, was missed. Also, I had called ahead or time and gave my credit card number over the phone to avoid any wrangling over the check at the end of the meal. That got overlooked as well. The other disappointment was that I felt my hamburger did not have the finesse I expected after eating at Claire's several times before. I'm going to chalk this experience up to an off day that can happen at any establishment. I'm looking forward to going to Claire's again to verify it's still a wonderful place and this was just one of those days.

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ChrisK
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great dinner, the Wait staff was fantastic. Never Disappointed

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RandallB
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Claire’s is our go to place for a wonderful dinner. We often meet friends there due to the relaxed ambiance and outstanding food. Normally service is also excellent.

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JamesS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a joy to eat at Claire’s. It never disappoints. The food is excellent and service outstanding. It does not get any better.

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vipMMRM
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food was great, the waiter was not.

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Bonandshar
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We always love to have lunch, or dinner, at Clares's. The food is consistently excellent as are the wait staff. A shout out to Louis for his perseverance last night with a full house and the heat. He was literally running!
Clare's is charming no matter what the weather. The crowds last night were especially noisy so it was hard to hear my companion across the table. Better luck next time!
Thanks to all for a fabulous evening out!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greeting at the door was friendly and energetic. Wait staff were informed and super attentive. Smoked salmon appetizer was delicious and appealing on the plate. Drinks well made and no cheap on the alcohol. Main course arrived timely, fresh, well plated, and ABSOLUTELY delicious. Fillet mignon was cooked to perfection, crab cake had plenty of crab and not too much filler and cod was superb. To top it all off was the hit of the night….fresh carrot cake made in house. OMG! Died and went to heaven! Have been here many times, but this night was one to remember. Compliments to the Chef and staff for making a birthday dinner one to remember.

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SuziS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Claire's! The food, service and ambiance are perfect. I never feel rushed to finish and leave. It is a very relaxing atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night

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AnneMarieS
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate inside in the dining area next to a window. The view was lovely. Our waitress was wonderful and she - and the kitchen - took our food allergies very seriously (which is comforting). The food was very good. Service was very prompt (but not overbearing - the perfect balance). Prices were reasonable given the quality of the food/atmosphere/service.

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Pjl0857
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An eclectic building that harbors a hidden trove of culinary excellence. The appetizers, entrees and sides were all excellent, and served at the temperature requested. The wait staff ensured the table was never in want of anything. A delightful experience.

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, wonderful. One of our guests was surprised to find onions in the risotto, but they comped it, except they charged us for the chicken, since he ate it off the top! :-)

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JKoehr
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best fine dining in Warrenton by a wide margin. Food is superior. Add Daniel behind the bar and Louis at your table side and you have the formula for a wonderful evening.

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Adiner
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I highly recommend Claire's at the Depot. I have always had good service there before. However, this time the service was poor. The server apologized to us for being "distracted". I felt he was "distracted" the whole time we were there while at the same time lavishing much extra attention on the table next to us. I will say that he had a lot of tables and one large party in the adjoining room.

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LoriL
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can never go wrong when choosing Claire’s at the Depot. The menu and food are outstanding..as is the service!

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RachelB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here for lunch. Came here for a business meeting. Good environment for that, excellent lunch menu and very good service. Will come here again for next meetings.

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MikeF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there to celebrate my wife's birthday . Service was great as was the food. Will definitely be back .

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CLock
New England
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had lunch for a family birthday. Claire’s is our all-time favorite for special occasions, with consistently outstanding food and service, in a charming space with a bank of windows overlooking a lush garden. Highly recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. She crab soup and filet is the perfect way to end a summer Saturday!

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Joey
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the first time I have been to Claire's. What a charming place. The menu was varied and the food delicious. Service was great. I will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing for an intimate date night!

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lizzie
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restoration of the train depot is so well done. Claire's at the Depot is charming in every way. All five of us were first time visitors and will definitely be back. The food was great, service efficient and the atmosphere is wonderful and completely accessible.

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Connect
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful in every way...lovely setting, delicious, carefully prepared food, and attentive service. What more can you want in a restaurant?

LB
LauraB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful location, food was excellent. Definitely worth the trip to Warrenton.

FAQs

Claire's at the Depot offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (540) 351-1616.

Claire's at the Depot is rated 4.8 stars by 2466 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.