Front Street Station a Railroad Eatery

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Welcome to the Front Street Station a unique and unforgettable eating experience in an authentic 1910 train station transformed into your one stop for lunch, dinner and cocktails! Located in historic Northumberland, Pennsylvania, we're an easy drive from just about anywhere in beautiful Central PA. Get on board, next stop is the Front Street Station...we've got your ticket.
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VictoriaC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful dining experience in a converted train station...menu offered many selections from "simple bar food" such as wings, pretzel, sandwiches, burgers to full entrees such as new york strip steak, bbq ribs, crab cakes; I especially like the smaller portions section offering full meals including beverage, entrée with choice of potato and side and rice pudding or ice cream for dessert. My date ordered the fish and chips special which he enjoyed very much the fish was very flaky and lightly coated with I think was a panko coating (large portion that even appeared to look like a fish) served with a home made coleslaw and fresh cut french fries. I chose the smaller portion crab cake dinner and it was a perfectly portioned lump crab without any filler just lightly coated with bread crumbs on the outside to hold it together very nicely seasoned this was accompanied with a baked potato and I chose the squash medley (veg of the day) which was perfectly prepared and slightly seasoned. The bread basket and the spreads were fabulous; however we did ask for an additional slice for there were only three slices in the basket and it was so good I wanted a second (two people 3 slices?) Coffee was fresh and my cocktail a fruity margarita was very well made. Service was wonderful...we had made reservations however had gotten there a few minutes late but were joyfully greeted upon entering offered seating indoor or outdoor-due to the heat we chose to eat indoors and taken to a very nice table in a beautifully decorated room that appeared to be an addition added onto the original train station overlooking the train tracks very bright and airy, we had walked thru a darker more intimate nicely decorated more formal dining area but really enjoyed the openness of the "sunroom" dining. After dinner we did walk thru and view the "ballroom" which was a beautifully decorated room flanked on both sides by train cars with dining accommodations; the main diningroom had many photos

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teribwk
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place to eat. Food was good and service was great. I would go back again.

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AnthonyM
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food, service was great. Music on patio was a bit dated for me. Only big complaint, won't stop me from going back.

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BaileyGG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was good. Waitress was slow and disorganized. We got our pre dinner drink after we ate dinner.

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CYNTHIAF
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Poor service. Waited over an hour for our food, some items were cold, sent baked potato instead of mashed, forgot corn. Very disappointed, has really gone downhill

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KenR
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and atmosphere were wonderful. Beer was way overpriced.

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Dmdaniel07
Mississippi
10 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The bar was busy but the dining room was not so the noise level was our table. The dishes we had were the lasagna and beef tips pasta. The food was decent. We had the upside down cake and pecan pie for dessert. We wait staff was very attentive and professional.

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vipKathrynM
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The menu on open table was not as presented at the restaurant. When I asked about it, I was told, where did you see that menu? I said, on open table. He said it’s wrong. The male host was telling the servers where to wait on tables and the servers were taking wrong tables. Very mixed up people. We were seated and waited over 30 minutes for a drink to come and it never came. Customers sat after us had drinks and salads before we even had a drink. Not even water. After waiting the 30 minutes, we decided to leave. The manager said he would give us another server and it was not that appealing anyway. So we left. It must have been the only restaurant in town.

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KimberlyS
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

There was a band playing, yet only 1 bartender scheduled to work. Took over 35 minutes for drink orders. Waitress kept apologizing- owner finally stepped in to help after waitress complained.

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AnneS
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We stopped in after going to the LLWS as it appeared like this was one of the few restaurants close to Williamsport without driving over an hour south. Maybe it was because it was 8pm but it was OK. Apparently the Blackened Chicken Alfredo is their go-to dish as it was the special when we were there and I have seen it on multiple reviews. We couldn't help but wonder what was actually made fresh vs heating up out of a jar/can/etc. Honestly, this restaurant would be well served by reducing the food choices on the menu and sourcing fresh produce. A nice frisee or field green salad with goat cheese, some select pasta dishes with homemade sauces, a couple cuts of meat seared, some locally sourced and organic produce...it could go a LONG way. On the bar side of the house, sure have your pub-grub, but in the sit-down part of the restaurant they need to pick up their game.

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Survivorgirl
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

We go for the music on the patio. Wait staff is not experienced, nice personallities but not around to give you a menu...always bring the wrong drinks....wait forever to order and for food. Food is below average. Music on patio is very lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Mother’s Day dinner. Slow service. Food was ok.

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EricaD
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Went for the mother’s Day buffet and it was absolutely awful. There was barely any food and what was there was dry or cold. Took forever for a waitress to even greet us. Dirty chairs and table cloth. Paid $125 just for 5 people. Absolutely worthless and awful.

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KennethW
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We have eaten here a few times time the past two years and never had an issue till tonight. Service was slow, orders were wrong, of the five dinners, two came out and then the three that ordered the special came out about 10 minutes later. Asked for refills on drinks and that never happened. Overall very poor service, we won’t be back.

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JanineF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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HARRYT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten here several times over the years. Ou experience Saturday night was was typical. The food was superb, service was excellent, and the atmosphere was pleasant, quiet and cozy. Parking is right in front of the Station (Building).

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JasonR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We enjoyed our evening at Front Street Station. My guests liked it better than I did. It wasn't bad, just not the food I like to eat. For instance, while minor, they use battered fries. They just aren't what I like.

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RexH
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have eaten there many times over the years. It has always been an enjoyable experience. Outside on a summers evening is very pleasant.

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TomR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Service was very slow and when our food finally came it was obvious that it had been held under a light for some time.

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DonnaF
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful service wonderful food. The prime rib melted in your mouth. It was worth every penny and we will return soon. Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good as usual but the comedy show was mediocre. It was so cold in the room during the show and they were not very entertaining.

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FoodScientist
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Visiting our son at Susquehanna we found all local restaurants were booked except this one. We gave it a shot. Unfortunately I cannot say it was awesome. It was ok. Food was actually on the small side. I had the fish sandwich and the fish piece was seriously tiny. My father in law had a burger and he asked for medium rare, it was well done. We asked for a dry martini - DO NOT ask for a dry martini. They have no idea how to make it. So for a quick bite, grabbing a beer, watching a game I'm sure its fine. For decent food I would consider something else.

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RobertF
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

service was slow and the food was not cooked correctly

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JennyS
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The restaurant did NOT recognize the reservation that I made online. It's a bad start to a meal when your reservation isn't even recognized.

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KenC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Sid reservations on-line and requested dining to be on their 2bd floor level. Arrived early and was promptly seated ib that area. We were the only ones ln 2nd floor dining that night so most restaurants would not fulfill that request, I
am sure. Waitress was always smiling, even though we were seated on the 2nd floor dining area and that required her making repeates trips to us. Highly recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go eat nice food selection and great service

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BillW
Poconos
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Overbooked on New Year’s Eve. Had 2 shots of warm vodka in a glass that they called a martini. Prime rib was luke warm and baked potato was hard on the inside. Server kept apologizing for the kitchen and thanking us for our patience. It’s usually been a favorite place for dinner but will think twice about going back.

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vipScottS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love coming to the Front Street Station Railroad restaurant. The food, service, and ambiance are always nice. If you have not been here before, you definitely should stop by!

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PaulM
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always enjoyed this dining experience. The trains that can be viewed through the windows are always interesting. Food is excellent.

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JanelleP
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Friends and I were in town for our reunion at Susquehanna University. I remembered Front Street Station as a decent place to take my parents when they visited, so I made a reservation. The service was pretty decent, but the food was definitely uneven. We ordered the crab dip and agreed it wasn't very good--it lacked flavor and even tasted a bit off/ammonia odor. My friend ordered a martini and it came on ice in a high ball glass (what???). The house salad tasted watery. A friend enjoyed her french onion soup. My crab cakes were pretty tasty. My friend who ordered the tour of Italy enjoyed some of it but felt that the spaghetti was overcooked and the meatball tasted terrible. Nothing was consistent, and out of 6 of us, no one entirely enjoyed their meal. I feel like the place/menu might need some freshening up and updating. There's still hope for this spot, but it can definitely use some work.

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NickF
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Server was clueless, restaurant was running a special that ended at 7 pm, we arrived about 6:45, it took 5 mins to get a seat in an empty dining room. We asked about the special, and the waitress had no idea, so she went to ask the manager about it, and she came back and told us about the shrimp special, we ordered it, by the time she got the order in it was 7:04, we checked because she knew it ended at 7. she asked the manager if we could still get it, he said no, but would be more than happy to give it to us for regular price. We asked the price and again the server had no idea, we declined the manger's generous and ordered our dinner. the food was mediocre at best, highly disappointed as the prices were not cheap

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debrat
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience2

i haven't been to fss for over a year. i was looking forward to all my favs. i made a reservation online. when we arrived i was told i didn't have a reservation. i took a copy with my phone to show but he said i couldn't do it online something about open table and phone reservation. i had no idea what he was talking about. all i know is i went online and clicked reservations and received a confirmation on my email. finally we were given a seat with no view of the band which was the reason we came in the first place. also the table wobbled so i had to sit with my foot against the leg to keep it from wobbling. next the food... my fav food was crab cakes, crab dip and cheese soup. well you no longer have cheese soup and the crab dip was ok but not hot and not nearly as fantastic as it once was and the crab cake was ok. i didn't want a baked potato and was told my only option was potato salad which turned out to be good but i saw other people had french fries. our waitress was so sweet but it was her first day and she was very nervous which didn't bother us at all. actually she was probably the best part of our experience.
all in all this was our last experience with fss. for what we got $47 was way overpriced. (my husband had a taco salad and we had soda.)

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EdHin
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall4food3service2ambience5

We normally order the crab appetizer, always a favorite. We were disappointed they no longer serve pita bread with it. Although my steak was very tasty, I ordered it medium, it came out well done. I tried to flag down my waiter but he never came around until we ate everything. Growing tired of waiting I ate my meal. We ordered dessert. Our coffee was cold. We have been dining at least once a year for the last 33 years. This was by far our most disappointing meal we ever had there.

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RhondaT
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Dad is a true railroad buff, and We loved the ambiance in the past. We were seated by a window to see the tracks. The window was filthy. Waitress forgot our salad and gave to another table. The food was just ok, nothing outstanding and extremely expensive for what we received. A special Fathers day was a disappointment sadly.

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JeanH
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is our second time visiting the Front Street Station. Both times the food has been prepared exactly as we requested and tasted great! To top it off the birthday desert was incredible and enough for four of us to share. We will be back there this summer for music on the patio.

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MindyC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

grew up as a kids playing at this railroad station when my dad worked there for the PRR.. now it is a great touch of memory to share it with my family and friends.

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Robertk
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall1food2service5ambience3

They didn't have any of the craft beer that was advertised on their menu. The food we ordered didn't come as described in the menu.

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RandyK
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my wife and I's anniversary and we have been coming there for more than 25 years it's a Sentimental visit for us. We loved our waitress Ashley hope we can visit again soon

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StephenR
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are always very pleased with the food and ambience at this restaurant!

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Katrina
Poconos
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We ate at the front street station probably 3 to 5 years ago and it was great. We recently went this past weekend and all of the food was overcooked. The blackened chicken Alfredo was bland. We got strawberry cheesecake for dessert ... I thought how can you mess up cheesecake right?! Well the cheesecake was ok but the canned strawberries with the watered down juice or whatever you want to call it was disgusting. I expected much more from this restaurant. I expressed my feelings to the waitress and she just said sorry and we still paid our full bill even though maybe 3 bites were taken out of the disgusting 7 dollar cheesecake. I dont care to go back, ever. Next date night we will just go to BJs.

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