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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W
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

food was very good, as was service. only negative - coffee and tea were not hot but waitress addressed the issue and brought us fresh.

CG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant. Clean, modern, great and thoughtful menu, and wonderful service and value. Really enjoyed it.

AB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time at Claire’s, but hopefully not my last! Enjoyed a leisurely lunch with my sister overlooking the garden. Great food, lovely ambience, wonderful experience!

CS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love to lunch at Claire's at the Depot! A very dear friend recommended this restaurant years ago. Since then, I have visited many, many times and have enjoyed every tasty meal! The location is great, the restaurant is comfortable and inviting, the food is delicious. What more could you ask for?

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Claire’s always does a wonderful job in both food and service. What a great place to take me College age children to celebrate a birthday!

WC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Brunch was not the same experience that I’ve had at lunch or dinner seatings at Claire’s; the menu was disappointing.

Service was also lacking in this visit—providing refills on beverages, checking with patrons a few minutes after food is served, asking if we wanted dessert/coffee instead of just getting the check.

KC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Claire and her staff have the best menu in the area! Her food and drink specials are always top notch and we consider it an absolute treat to get to enjoy the culinary mastery that consistently flows from the kitchen and bar. The wait staff and bar tenders are always friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive to every patron's needs. Any time family or friends visit from out of town, this is a definite "go to" spot. Can't praise this place enough!

DG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently outstanding experience. We only go there to recall or celebrate something or someone special and Claire's never disappoints. Perhaps the best restaurant for many miles around. A bit on the high side, yes, but the meal is excellently prepared and always comes with a wonderful presentation. Staff are equally attentive but never too much and well informed. The food melts in your mouth.

MD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Claire's. The service is top rate, the food is exceptional. Since we have moved to Haymarket it is our go to special occasion place of choice.

JM
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is always amazing every time we go. I would recommend Claire’s to anyone looking for a great meal.

CH
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose 'Claire's at the Depot' as our dining destination to celebrate a birthday.Having been friends for over thirty years, we are always seeking a great spot to enjoy and share a special evening. Claire's never disappoints. The atmosphere has a quiet elegance, without feeling stuffy or pretentious, and the food and service is always first rate. I have been a longtime patron of this venue, whether for lunch, brunch, or dinner,and have always felt fortunate to have discovered it. I highly recommend you give it a try....you will be happy you did!

TC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful first experience. Food and service was outstanding. My wife had the filet and it was prepared perfectly and delicious, my veal scallopini was superb. A bit loud (didn't catch our waitress' name because of it) but everyone was having fun and enjoying their dining experience as much as us. We'll be back.

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food. We really love this place and frequent it at every excuse. On our latest visit, our server Sherry gave amazing service and if you have questions, she really knows her stuff. If you’ve never been, try this restaurant, you wont be disappointed.

KH
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Salad was good, but not worthy of being labeled as Southwest. The only addition for it was adding corn. Dessert was excellent. Waitress was super nice and really on top of it.

SS
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Has been my favorite for many years - brought a friend that had never been and she totally loved everything we ordered.

TO
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As the daughter of a Norfolk and Western brakeman, when this restaurant was recommended to me I was thrilled. The experience was wonderful; the venue was gorgeous. "Fine dining" without being arrogant. I was seated next to the fire, which was lovely on that cold day.

The food options were diverse, and I treated myself to the tuna wontons, the ceasar salad with salmon, and the creme brulee. Everything was perfectly prepared and presented. The bread was warm and crusty, with a light butter in a dish. The tuna on the wontons was fresh and seasoned. The salad dressing was the right proportion to the crisp lettuce.

Claire's at the Depot is on my recommend to other's list, and will be visiting again every time I am in town.

PS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite meeting place with out of town friends. Love the ambiance, food and service. Highly recommend!

D
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are never disappointed at Claire’s! Everything is consistently good so you never worry bringing a guest.

ML
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal as always! Claire’s never disappoints!

OL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a last-minute reservation to celebrate our anniversary. Not only did we get in, but the staff treated us like royalty! The server heard me asking my husband if he was going to order a specific appetizer. I told him that if he ordered it, I would eat the cucumber salad that was part of it, since he's not crazy for veggies. Well, he did not order that dish, but the server (Laurie) suggested I could just order a small cucumber salad for myself, which was a great idea! I had a cocktail that was not listed on the menu, and asked what the ingredients were. I was graciously given the information, even though they could have argued it was proprietary (I have looked it up online, and everyone has a different recipe!) My husband had the filet and I ordered the lamb chops. It was the first time I had ever eaten lamp chops because I thought they might be too gamey, but they were pleasantly mild, accented with a fig and balsamic sauce. When dessert time came, we really were not all that hungry, but we shared the raspberry sorbet. It was so rich and creamy, it made a big impression, even though our appetites were waning at this point. (Although I was tempted to eat another one of their delicious rolls!) At the end of the evening, we were given two glasses of Prosecco as an anniversary git. In the past, we have gone to the Inn at Little Washington for celebrations. While I'm not crossing them off my list, Claire's is much closer and much, much less expensive, and just "feels right."

SK
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my friend there(her first time) to thank her for doing something for me. She loved it and knows she will definitely will come back.

S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE THIS RESTAURANT!!!!!! I LOVE THE FOOD AND THE PEOPLE

F
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Claire’s it’s one our favorite restaurants! Food is amazing!

CY
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was potentially the best meal we have had since moving to this area. It was to die for! And really reasonably priced for what we got. The ambience was amazing, and we were literally seated at the best table in the house! We were originally going to be sat at booth, but due to a recent hip surgery that I had, I can't tolerate sitting in booth seats, so they moved us to a regular table in an effort to accommodate me, even though they had other folks who would need to be sitting where we were within the hour. We promised to eat fast. I can't say enough about this place. We will definitely be returning!

B
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Claire's at the Depot consistently infuses a sense of pride and attention to detail through their entire staff. I am always impressed at the attention to detail and follow up not only during our dinning experience but through every phone call I have had with them. Attentive, respectful, friendly and most of all always professional - and of course the food is always FANTASTIC. Wonderful dinning experience - always.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. Outstanding service and food. Will go back without a doubt.

TP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Filet Mignon was excellent. Def will be coming back to this hidden gem

JG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a special occasion for two friends that had never been to Claire's. They were extremely impressed with every aspect of the luncheon at Claire's and I was overjoyed with their response.

TK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
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 on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!

EB
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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
28 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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 on February 13, 2020
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 on February 13, 2020
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 on February 13, 2020
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 on February 13, 2020
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
59 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
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 on February 13, 2020
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 on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolute enjoyable evening. Excellent food, service and value.