Rails...a Cafe at the Depot

4.7
230 reviews
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Enjoy indoor dining or enjoy the beautiful Hill Country outside next to the fountain, surrounded by lush landscaping on the patio. On a weekend night, catch the soothing sounds of classical guitar under the stars.
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OT
1 review
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we go every Friday as end of week celebration. We love everything about this place and will continue visiting Friday evenings. Great food and service

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NP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the lunch special. Interesting and different menu My soup and sandwich were very good. Others in my party enjoyed theirs also. Dessert was awesome! Bailey's Chocolate Cake. We will be back!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday dinner celebrated with pasta!!!

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DD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the character of this place. The food was outstanding - it was hard to decide what to have. Looking forward to our next visit.

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RQ
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The restaurant has character in that it is housed in a quaint historical building that was once a train depot. There was plenty of parking, and the place was easy to find. We are outdoor dining aficionados and the outdoor dining area is in a nicely shaded courtyard-like area. This is Texas, and it was hot outside, but the outdoor area was comfortable and shaded. They do have wrought-iron chairs that screech on the concrete when you move them and that can be quite annoying. The wait staff were courteous, friendly and attentive, and the food was very good, if not great. The wine list has a good number of selections and the prices will fit any budget. I enjoyed the Norwegian Salmon with green beans and wild rice. All in all, a nice experience, and we will return, even though we have to drive from the Boerne area to get there.

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RC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Went with high expectations from reading other reviews, left underwhelmed. The appetizer selection looked so good that we ordered three for dinner. Brussheta on cucumbers? Thyme instead of basil on caprese salad? Cool and wet shrimp? Can do better with more attention to the details.

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was very good, ambience was great, server could have been a little friendlier, she must have been having a bad night.

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SM
Amarillo
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our daughter attends camp at Kickapoo. Eating at the Rails has become a tradition for us. The food was delicious and the service was exceptional! Can't wait to come back next year! Thank you!

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

The food was excellent and our waiter was so friendly! It happened to be my birthday and they were so sweet and gave us some cupcakes to celebrate. We also ordered dessert, which was excellent as well. The building is super cute with a nice outside seating area. We had just picked up our daughters who had been at camp for 2 weeks without a/c, so they begged to sit inside. But, the outside area looked very nice as well. We will definitely visit again!

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Mexico City
25 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Place, great service, really good food and the desserts were amazing!!! Everything wounderful :)

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FW
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been dining there regularly once or twice weekly for the 12 years we've lived in Kerrville. Rails has only been here 15 years and one of their servers, Stephanie, has stayed with them all that time. All of their staff are well trained and as competent as those in better Houston restaurants where we lived for over 30 years. Their menu is balanced and satisfies all tastes as far as I am aware. John and Melissa, the owners, have maintained the antique city railroad depot character as well as two surrounding historic buildings (all some 100+ years old) as part of their restaurant. Rails is always at the top of our list for dependable fine dining.

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M
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the food was spectacular. The specials are always good and most of our group of 8 had them. Dessert is a killer. Love the chocolate and blackberry cake. OMG. My only problem was the young man playing the guitar. The place is too small for that. I am hard of hearing and had to turn my hearing aids off. The food made up for that little inconvenience.

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KC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and our waitress was exceptional! We will definitely return!

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DH
San Antonio
18 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and good service!!! Best restaurant in Kerrville by far!

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NH
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great local spot for lunch or dinner. First time at Rails for dinner. We will return. The selection of different cakes for dessert is fabulous! Eight the night we were there plus banana pudding, pie, creme brûlée and more.

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CP
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

They were really busy on the night we dined. Our steaks were a little overcooked and the owner could see that when she checked on us. She immediately rectified the situation and took them off the bill. Then after having our wonderful desserts, she did not charge us for those either. I have dined here quite a few times and am always satisfied with the service, friendliness of the staff and the quality of food. We will be back. The owner and our waitress Brandi were very nice, accommodating and professional. Many thanks to them.

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u
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Although we had to wait too long for our drinks, the rest of the service was excellent. the food ensured we will return. Cool place you have.

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KB
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, pasta with shrimp delicious and desserts are great too.

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MD
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I would have given you five stars across-the-board but I feel a high-end restaurants such as rails should have a bar .

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C
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed good food and superior service.

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w
Tallahassee
21 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One does not normally find such great restaurants in a town of this size. We always choose this place when we wssnt special treatment. The Mahi Mahi tacos were outstanding with the spicy sauce.

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JF
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The overall ambiance of the restaurant was very nice. Lots of people enjoying a nice summer evening. The menu is very broad - almost scary to think they could do all of this well. We liked the restaurant and would return again if we are in this area.

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RP
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find while driving through on vacation! We had a very nice dinner on the patio under a large shade tree. Great food, great service, and great location (in a old train depot). Sometimes you find a hidden gem in the most unlikely places!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

50th wedding anniversary

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D
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We sat outside because the weather was beautiful but it was a mistake because we could not keep the flies off of our food. There was no room to move inside. I ordered osso buco which is traditionally a slow cooked lamb shank and I got lamb chops.

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FG
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent dinner. Had stuffed flounder and wife had filet mignon. Flour less chocolate cake and Amaretto creme brulee for dessert. Food was delicious and wait staff was very helpful. Will go again next time I am in Kerrville.

Enjoyed the Spanish guitar music that accompanied dinner. Artist was Kevin McCormick.

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SE
Austin
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! A favorite place for special occasions. Never disappoint.

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PR
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All aboard, this fine dining restaurant is housed in a former railroad station. The appetizers, salads, and entrees are beautifully presented and taste delicious. The desserts are numerous and tempting. The wine list is thoughtful and includes great selections not normally found in most establishments. The ambiance is engaging whether you dine indoors or outside. Finally, the wait staff is friendly and personable without infringing on your meal. Be sure to make this place your next stop in Kerrville!

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DH
San Antonio
18 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good, as always! A great dependable place to take friends and never be disappointed...

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o
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very nice, dinner was outstanding. plan to return soon.

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OT
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my mom here for an early Mother’s Day lunch - it was very nice and the food was great.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for a office birthday celebrations so we're all on our lunch hour. Our group expanded to be larger than anticipated and our waitress flexed with it and did a superb job. Colleagues helped her serve the food to our group of 14 and we were able to get back to work on time. Well Done.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BEYOND AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! It's so rare these days to find a place with delicious food, decadent desserts, fine wines AND SERVICE TO MATCH!!!! Rails has nailed it! My family loved the experience and I can't say how grateful I am to have found this treasure!!

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DM
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend. Service was suburb. Food was excellent. Don't pass this place up.

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NW
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Love guitar player!

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San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town for an event and needed a spot for a nice dinner. Rails was the perfect choice! The ambiance is cozy and relaxed yet sophisticated. Great place for a date or a group outing. The menu has a wide variety of choices, and everything we ordered was delicious. My beef tenderloin was cooked perfectly. The tomato Florentine soup special was fantastic. They have a great wine menu with a wide variety. We did not have dessert, but they looked amazing! Our server was wonderful, attentive but knew when to leave us to our conversation. Price range was perfect, and they have dishes that cater to vegetarians. Would definitely return!

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B
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the food and atmosphere were second to none. Just can’t say enough about this gem.

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OT
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third visit and this time we sat outside. Lovely, quiet covered patio. Special of the day was crab stuffed flounder and it was wonderful. Generous serving for about $26.00. Save room for dessert. All homemade and big enough for 2-4 to share.

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TM
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside and had an enjoyable evening. Good food and great service. I highly recommend this place if visiting Kerrville!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So amazing we changed our reservation for another restaurant fr the next night and went to Rails two nights in a row.

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