Rails...a Cafe at the Depot

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$30 and under
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American
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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DH
San Antonio
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely good strip steak!!! Very tender and well-seasoned... thanks, John!

AF
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely server and a great lunch!

LD
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome as always.

S
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had reservations Sat evening 9/28/19 just before the rain shower started. Just before we were seated it started pouring rain, and then in 10-15" was done- but what a mess for the restaurant staff. Was VERY impressed with how the staff responded to this weather event. Did not catch her name, but I presume the manager who attended to our seating and was obviously in charge of coordinating the recovery from the weather event, was charming, professional and efficient. Very impressed. Our waitress "Jasmine" was WONDERFUL. Cant say enough about her and the entire restaurant. High class act! From out of town - but every time we find ourselves in Kerrville, will be dinning with you.

J
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really great goat cheese and smoke salmon bruschetta. Had the tenderloin and shrimp which was spot on. Desserts were great. Nice wine list to select from for each course. This is a usual pre-triathalon dinner for us and never fails to deliver. Cheers!

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. And when some rain interrupted the outdoor service, the entire staff swept in double-time to provide cover, towels, and resumption of dinner as soon as possible. It’s consistently a pleasure stopping in at Rails when we’re in the Texas Hill Country.

t
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In town for the Kerrville Triathlon festival and got to eat at Rails. Loved the food and the whole vibe of the this restaurant!

DH
San Antonio
22 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

👍👍👍 Always great!

JB
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I would recommend Rails with reservations. Don't order the steak. I had the NY Strip and it was poorly cooked. There were parts that bordered on medium-well, medium and medium rare. I had ordered rare. The appetizers were good as was the desert.

G
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I was in Kerrville for a business meeting and took the client to Rails at their recommendation, and what a great choice. There were 15 in our party, which was immediately seated upon arrival. Our server, Steph, was WONDERFUL providing great service. We ordered about five of the appetizers, which were my favorite, the entrees were delicious and the desserts were a wonderful finale. The restaurant is small, but quant and cozy.

I will return again whenever I return to Kerrville.

DH
San Antonio
22 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pork tender with with cranberries was delicious!

JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exceptional!

F
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice experience. Ivan was a great server and understood we wanted to relax and he paced everything accordingly for us. We always enjoy the food and the presentation at Rails.

CC
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

ML
Nashville
15 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Was a cozy evening bite. Great dessert

T
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting setting. It would have been nice to have a write up somewhere at table or on menu. Food was excellent. Fillet cooked exactly as ordered and the salted caramel cake was exceptional.

MB
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great food, nostalgic, oh and good music!

DH
San Antonio
22 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and service, as always!

BH
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in Kerrville.
Service by Ivan was excellent and we had Celebrated our anniversary there.
Just beautiful people inside and out,cannot say enough about our times there.

VH
Shreveport
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to sine at Rails and we were not disappointed. The food and service was fantastic. We will definitely go back again...it was worth the 40 minute drive!

LK
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lots of wait staff and they appeared motivated and coordinated. The food came out quickly. It was good but could have been a little more of it.

CL
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I got the filet mignon which was very good but the accompanying shrimp wasn't. (It just isn't possible to get good seafood here like you can on the coast.) The sides were ok, they needed a bit more seasoning. The desserts were exceptionally good! The service was very attentive. I did think the prices were a little bit on the high side for the meals we received. Overall a good experience.

KD
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous food. Highly recommend The Rails for lunch or dinner.

MD
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second visit. There were ample menu choices, service was prompt and cordial, food was very good and promptly served. Though we live in San Antonio, we will certainly return.

AG
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Do they have a new chef? Food used to be terrific, not anymore. My wife’s salmon was dry and too orange looking. Sysco? My osso buco was dry, tough, sinewy. We would go again, maybe it was a bad night, but off our list for regulars. New owners?

M
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. Love the specials. Unbelievable desserts. Wait staff is wonderful and very creative with special requests.

GW
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant offers great food choices and all are delicious! This visit I enjoyed a delicious spinach salad with strawberries and grilled chicken. A dinner companion had osso bucco, and I’ll try that next time. Our server, Laura, did an excellent job. The dessert tray made me want to try everything! I’ll be back...

LK
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding dining experience that I definitely recommend. Rails has air conditioned indoor seating, but our group of four opted for a very nice, shaded outdoor area. The setting was comfortable and relaxing.
The food was was excellent. Especially noteworthy were the mahi mahi tacos as well as the grilled beef tenderloin medallions. The desserts were all amazing. We tried the banana pudding, the salted caramel chocolate cake, the Bailey’s Irish Creme chocolate cake, and the carrot cake. All were delicious. They offer several high quality wines by the glass. The prices are moderate and very fair for the excellent quality.
I think the wait staff at Rails is some of the best anywhere. They work as a well trained team and provide wonderful service. Several team members helped out as they passed by, and since our primary server was great, it made for an amazing experience. Service was timed perfectly and it (unlike too many restaurants these days) was unhurried, very friendly, and totally efficient. Definitely hope to return the next time we are in the area.

AS
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and amazing service! My husband and I ordered an appetizer, two entrees and two desserts. The stuffed flounder and the key lime cheesecake were stand-outs! Yum!

WF
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

would recommend with caveats!

we made specific res for a specific time(6:45) and 'romantic' table. this was a special birthday.
we arrived on time.
we were met as we entered and of course we said we had reservations.
not even half the dressed tables inside were occupied but we were told 'all those tables are reserved'...we again said we have reservations.... this banter went on 3 times.
finally we were given an undressed table along the traffic route from the kitchen to the garden tables.
food was excellent....thank goodness!

we were under the impression that Rails had a little something 'special' for birthdays.
it was a verbal 'oh, happy birthday'!
we really dont feel this experience was 'up' to the reputation of Rails.

TL
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Wonderful staff, very accommodating. As per our reservation our table was ready on a very busy day. Thank you.

L
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have always enjoyed eating at Rails. The food is always excellent.

B
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and nicely crafted dishes. Very good.

HC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We made an early reservation and were seated at the worst table in the place. The hostess was not really pleasant to us. Our server was very good and she was also pleasant. For the price, I won't make it a place that I would return to again and again.

R
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was such an amazing environment. The staff was very polite and helpful. Loved everything about it and will definitely be coming back in the future!!

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

THE BEST SALADS EVER! Such friendly people. The waitstaff are so accommodating and personable. The food is consistently good! This restaurant gets an A++ rating from us. Very clean! Highly recommend EVERYTHING on the menu!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, very nice ambiance and the best service!!!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant!!! Delicious Deserts!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
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

NP
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
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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