Railstop Restaurant & Bar

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214 reviews
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Contemporary American
Rail Stop Restaurant & Bar is a fine-dining restaurant offering contemporary New England cuisine, craft beer, the finest spirits, Boston's only barrel-aged cocktail bar, and an exceptional wine list. From the moment you step into Rail Stop Restaurant & Bar, the experience is one of vintage elegance. Mahogany paneling and gas lantern chandeliers provide a warm, timeless setting for our dry-aged steaks, chops, fresh seafood, and acclaimed world-class wines. We look forward to welcoming you soon.
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New England
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was third time we have been there, first time we sat at the bar. The cocktails, the food, the service and the ambiance were top shelf. Their wait staff and bartenders were professional and engaging. We had a great time and will definitely return...our Friday night place.

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SC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seafood was outstanding, chowder amazing. Service delightful.

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New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I had requested a booth for the four of us. I could see empty booths but was told that they were reserved. I said I had requested one when I made the reservation but was again told that they were reserved. We were offered a table (not a booth) in a back room which we took as it was a little more quiet. I requested blueberry and banana pancakes or all plain. I received blueberry, banana and chocolate chip. The food took 45 minutes to come out.

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BP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The cocktails were terrible. Would not recommend this place for drinks. The food was outstanding! We ordered far too much. I do recommend the scallops and the mussels.

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ME
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always - tuna tartare was amazing!

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I may just have a new favorite restaurant!! Drinks were fun and the food was delicious! Our party had the salmon, halibut and chefs risotto with scallops. Every meal was beautifully presented and so tasty!! Service was great. We never had to hunt down our waiter but never felt rushed either. Overall a pretty perfect night!

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LM
New England
14 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall a good experience. I loved my Cobb salad, but my husband's steak frites were just ok. Very small portion of steak. Next time he will just order another dish. Drinks were good, and atmosphere was great for watching the Red Sox and the Celtics...several TVs at the bar. Huge space, and very clean and modern. Staff was very helpful.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday Brunch was absolutely fantastic!! I highly recommend their Bloody Mary!!

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! Went for dinner with my family and the staff was extremely well trained and kind, the food was incredible, really hard to go wrong here

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M
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service at the Railstop was unquestionably the best I have had in many years in the Boston area. Absolutely wonderful experience. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good was excellent although the entree salad that I had was a little small. Great waiter, excellent wine suggestion and wonderful experience.

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AC
New England
96 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have reserved a spot here several times and really enjoy the experience.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great!

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Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Wine and atmosphere were excellent but the food was so-so. Would probably only come back here for drinks.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner! The food was delicious. We will definitely recommend this restaurant.

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YK
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server (Matt) was very knowledgeable of the menu and walked us through each sections making great reccomendations. Eli (Bar Manager) was amazing and makes some of the most well-balanced drinks I have ever experienced. We got 5 star food and cocktails. Looking forward to the next visit.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

I came here for Dine Out Boston on Friday night, and unfortunately had a poor experience. The New England clam chowder was good, however it doesn’t taste the same as a classic chowder. My lobster mac and cheese had absolutely NO lobster in it. The chef’s choice dessert was a sad tart (maybe store bought) filled with a mediocre/bland mousse/whipped cream and fruit to garnish on top. The service was extremely slow even though the restaurant wasn’t full. I felt like I was an inconvenience to my waiter, so I didn’t feel comfortable speaking up at all about my food and unpleasant experience.

The purpose of Restaurant Week is for customers to experience restaurants and menus in the Boston area. I was so excited to try this place, but I won’t be returning after the poor service and food.

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LL
New England
16 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Nice ambience with good food. Wish they served bread, and offered pepper for the salad.

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LP
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for Dine Out Boston - the app and main was great. I had the clam chowder, which was flavorful and full of bacon, and the salmon, which came with lots of lobster underneath. My friend had the butternut squash bisque and lobster Mac and cheese, which he loved. The drinks were delicious too. What we were super disappointed by was the dessert! The menu said “chefs choice,” which ended up being a store bought tart cookie thing with a little bit of grainy mousse in it and two blueberries on top - honestly it was embarrassing after the great meal we had and it was obvious they were skimping on the dessert option. Not impressed for Dine Out.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Small plates were amazing. Cioppini was filled with so much fresh seafood. It lived up to our expectations!

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was good except it was extremely quiet - just a handful of tables and a few people at the bar at 7:15

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All dinner entries were wonderful!

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RJ
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Looks like it would be a great lunch spot. We ordered off the wine and Dine menu that had limited options but it was worth it for the price

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New England
21 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was excellent except it took quite a long time to arrive and to add insult to injury the table next to us order later and received their food faster. I mentioned that the food took a long time and our server was like a ghost not to be seen and they apologized but they were slammed. Oh yeah maximum occupancy is 280 and including us there was 32 people in the restaurant.

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JM
London
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Railstop is located convenient to my house and to public transportation. Parking is also available on the street or in a large adjacent parking lot. The ambiance is warm and very pleasant. On a Saturday night the noise level was surprisingly low, despite full attendance. Service was cordial and prompt. The prices are reasonable.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day was very well spent at Rail Stop. Our waiter was tentative and provided great suggestions. Our drinks and food were on point. Definitely a must go back on my list.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful spot!!! Great food, great service and great atmosphere!! We love it here.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Railstop looks like a new addition to the burgeoning development in Allston along the rail line. It is not intimate but it has a pleasant ambiance. The food is good but not exceptional. The service was very good although we were there early in the evening for an event at WGBH. It is worth a try IMHO.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The service is really slow. Our waitress was great, but every time that I’ve been, it has taken an excessive amount of time for the food to arrive when it’s not even crowded.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Xavier was funny and knowledgeable about the entire menu as well as how the specialty drinks are made through the mixology process. He was attentive and made us laugh. We had a fantastic time and would definitely come back. We would also ask to be seated in Xavier’s section.

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KD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere but pricey meager drinks. Mussels app and truffle fries were great.

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JZ
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu has changed for the BETTER. They now offer a great assortment of salads, appetizers and entrees at good prices. I am so glad they got rid of the pretentious menu for one with lots of options. The restaurant may now survive. I was worried that we wouldn't go back,but luckily they made changes.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Mediocre food, very noisy. My Caesar salad was limp and the prime rib sandwich was composed of brown, not pink, thinly sliced beef which seemed to have been under a warming light. Not what I would call prime rib!

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KG
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

LOVED IT. So many delicious options on the menu, it was hard to pick just one! Alcohol selection was good too. Very cozy, unique, and comfortable environment . Good for groups. Would definitely recommend and will return.

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New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for a quick evening meal before attending an event in the area. What a delightful discovery!
A lovely, open, airy space with wood and stone accents, subdued lighting, and a long elegant bar that wound gracefully from front to back of the restaurant. The menu had small plates options in addition to entrees and sandwiches (always a plus in my book), the cocktail menu was fun and interesting, and the food was excellently prepared, nicely presented, delicious, and reasonably priced. Definitely will go back.

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was exactly what I was hoping it ewould be. Had my grandchildren (ages 14-16) they loved it.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I don’t drink alcohol, so I do what I normally do when visiting a cool, trendy place with great cocktail options and asked for a mocktail. Bartender #1 says, “well, it’s not gonna be much.” And he did not disappoint because it was literally soda water, lime juice, and a fruit juice (I think strawberry). He didn’t shake it- no garnish- nothing.

“Fluke!” I say to myself. So I decide to ask a different bartender for a mocktail to see what he whips up. I suggested something mojoto-like but end up with lime juice and soda water. Even worse than the first! Now, I don’t mind paying $5 for a mocktail, but ya gotta make it worth the $5!

My meal was great, but my partner’s wasn’t at the quality that we were expecting. Fortunately, they were good about fixing the issue and made a solid recommendation on a different meal.

Would we go back- maybe. Recommend to a friend- maybe not until we try again.

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NT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great option in the Boston Landing area. Cool vibe with great menu and drink selections.

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KM
New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great cocktails. Fantastic space. Looking forward to next visit.

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RC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We were seated in the noisier front room in close company with a large and boisterous group. That did not hamper the service or the food so much as our hope for a quiet dinner for two. The service was prompt and attentive. I ordered the lamb loin, cooked medium and it was delectable, but a little closer to medium rare. There was ample polenta but a much smaller portion of spinach to accompany the meat. My husband ordered the tuna special over fried rice. He ordered the fish to be cooked medium well, but when it arrive a large portion of it was rare or seared. We waited for some time that to be remedied, but in the end agreed that the food overall was fresh and comforting, as good as homemade. I gave my compliments to the chef and we left for the movies satisfied.

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