Railstop Restaurant & Bar

4.7
397 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Rail Stop Restaurant & Bar is temporarily closed for the winter season.

Rail Stop offers contemporary New England cuisine, craft beer, the finest spirits, Boston's only barrel-aged cocktail bar, and an exceptional wine list.

Offering outdoor dining, private dining rooms and an expansive bar/lounge area.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 397 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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vipJuliaF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall1food4service2ambience2

Booked this place on open table and showed up for it to be closed! Take your restaurant off open table if you aren’t open.

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artg
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

made a rseravtion for 7.45. Place was shut when we got there

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They were closed and forgot to turn off their open table availability. I booked in advance, took an Uber to the restaurant only to realize I booked a ride to an empty building. Had to Order another Uber home. I guess that’s what I should have expected for 2020’s NYE.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They weren’t even open. Got all the way to the restaurant and it is closed until the spring. Would’ve been nice to know that before making a reservation and showing up at the doors, would have went somewhere else.

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vipJulianneR
New England
29 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am looking forward to coming back after the hibernation period has ended. Best of luck

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Rika
New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks were great and beautifully made! Food was delicious!

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GuyB
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The parents of the restaurant far exceeded my expectations. I had the short rib hash and my wife had a lobster Benedict. The food was excellent. The price point was very good. The service was excellent! I will be back again to try the poutine!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! We love the Railstop!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had Xavier as our server and would go back just to get him again!!! Such great service and an amazing personality.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time and meal at Rail Stop, but I must say that our best experience was with our server Xavier. He is amazing. I was so early and had to wait for my friend for about 30 minutes, but Xavier was quick to get my drink order and make sure I was set while I waited. He knows the menu so well he was able to help my friend, a first time Rail Stop patron, select her entree based on her taste and mood. We were also curious about a dessert menu since it was not featured on the website and Xavier was quick to tell us about the giant cookie with salted caramel ice cream. Yum!
Also, we witnessed the sanitation of some of the tables after folks have left and they are leaving no stone unturned. I felt very safe eating indoors in the time of a pandemic. We will def be back! Thanks for the great service!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect socially distanced dinner date. Honestly probably the safest patio with COVID-19 raging across the country. Great food and drinks!

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Paula
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Railstop is a gem. The food was fresh, flavorful and "foodie-pleasing" in presentation and taste...highly exceeding the "average pub food" typical for Boston-area bistros of this sort. The staff were friendly and customer-oriented and the service was responsive but never felt rushed (we were there for lunch). We were outdoors and felt well attended and safe. Wonderful place and lunch overall!

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vipChristineT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

I am disappointed to write this review. Last time I reviewed our visit I gave a 5 star review. This visit was dramatically different. Our experience started well with drinks and appetizers. The mussels are fantastic! We then placed our order starting with a shared cesar salad and then dinners. We didn't see our waiter for another 15 minutes after our order and sat with empty drinks and no salad. When our waiter finally came to check on us I asked about the Cesar. He said we did not order one. I said that was fine I just wanted to make sure it didn't come with our dinner. He said no you didn't order one. 5 minutes later, my meal came along with salads. We then waited a few minutes for my husband's steak. Although my husband ordered a medium well, his steak arrived well done and grey! It had hopefully shrunk from the advertised 15 ounces to approximately 8 ounces. This $40.00 steak would be described as something you would throw away if you made it at home. Unfortunately, we did not see the waiter again for another 15 minutes when he came to check on us. I asked for a to go box for my salmon, which was delicious and explained our disappointment with the steak. We were just answering his question. Next a manager came over and we told him of the steak and salads. He was kind enough to take the steak off our bill. Not something we expected but appreciated. As we sat waiting to order an after dinner drink and dessert but our waiter came and dropped off our bill and left. I guess we are not having dessert! Once again, he did not come back and we waited with our card out to pay for 10 minutes. My husband had to eventually go into the restraunt to find someone to accept our payment. We respect that everyone has a bad night and we hope to return and give Railstop another try. We want to support our restraunts and servers. It is important to note that there was plenty of staff and the restraunt was not that busy.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great first time experience food and drinks were amazing will definitely be back

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vipHollyM
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was so fun. We loved our meals and the ambiance. The drinks were great and the music was fun. Our server was very attentive and we would totally come back again.

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Kori
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Railstop! It gives an upscale, but approachable ambiance that makes for a great overall experience. The food is always top notch and the service is always friendly.

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SarahP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dylan the manager took really good care of us for my birthday even after our issue with lunch. Our server was amazing as well.

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vipBelaS
New England
53 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Took awhile to get drinks, and the appetizer arrived before our wine. Then entrees arrived before they had cleared appetizer. Food was good, had the figs wrapped in bacon, and the sweet potato gnocchi. Wine list also good.
At the end of our meal we had dessert in the form of Espresso cocktails, also good. And then we saw a mouse. I'm not skittish, and I understand why there would be a mouse in a restaurant, however the manager instead of apologizing explained that the other businesses in the area was the cause. (and BTW as he was talking to us he saw it too...)
No offer of a coupon for next time, no real apology and nothing taken off the bill. I'm also not one to look for free stuff, but especially in Covid times you would expect a bit more of customer service. Not high on my list to return to.

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vipjeffb
Cancun
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great brunch menu, enjoyable experience

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MARKs
New England
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, very friendly, with huge TV screens for your favorite sports. Place is well designed, you could definitely hold a business meeting there. Its big and open, comfortable and not cramped. Great food, reasonably priced, with full craft beer selection. Highly recommended!

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Ohlala
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This may be my 8th time eating here. The food, service and atmosphere is great. I really like how it’s more casual/upscale with some tv’s at the long bar. I prefer places like these since you can have more fun and watch a game if you didn’t want to miss it. The prices are reasonable.
It’s been great with the outside dining, especially during the pandemic. They have the tables spread out and everyone practicing safety measures.
I’ve brought my husband here and a variety of different friends, each time was enjoyable. The wait staff are attentive, and friendly.
The last server we had was my favorite server of all time, Xavier! He was super funny, entertaining and was very helpful telling In us what certain dishes were. I felt like we got free entertainment with our service. It made the night so much fun.
I’m sure I’ll be back and I’ll keep recommending this restaurant.

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Davi
New England
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place to grab a bite to eat outside. Excellent drink and dessert menu as well! No complaints...

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StephS
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 Recommend!! Our waiter, Matthew, was phenomenal! He made the best recommendations to suit us and always checked in to make sure we were doing well. The atmosphere was very serene and pleasant. It is a little pricey, but definitely worth it!!

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vipCarolK
New England
26 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great brunch outside on Sunday. The food was delicious, priced well, great service, very pleasant outdoor sitting.

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CieraS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food was amazing.
The decor was very chic.
The champagne was too pricey and the mimosa flight didn’t even have champagne in it.

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vipKM504
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Restaurant. Melissa was a wonderful server.

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KavehM
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Hosting was awesome and it was very professional, however I expected better food quality. Not that it was bad, but it was not at the level of service the restaurant provided.

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vipKillamom
New England
29 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service was slow even though there weren’t that many occupied tables. Was disappointed with my meal. Was not what I expected. I ordered the white clams bucatini, which on the internet described as spicy sausage spinach and of course clams in a white sauce. When my meal came it way in a white cream sauce. My husband pointed out the paper menu does say white cream sauce. I chose not to touch the paper menu. I stated if the on-line menu listed white cream sauce I would not have have ordered the bucatini. I stated i would’ve have ordered the BLTA and that it’s on a toasted brioche bun. My husband said no it’s on Texas toast. Again difference with on-line vs paper menu. The dessert was good creme burlee.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I would have given 5 five stars, but the hostess was not nice, she was very bossy, and not a warm person, doesn’t make the customer feel welcome to the establishment, but the wait staff and specially our server were great!!

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EmilyK
New England
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great deal on half priced apps 4-6 and the drinks were amazing. Waiter was so nice too! Get the spicy marg

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SteveH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a business lunch. Chose to eat indoors. Dining room was quiet. Food and service was very good.

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vipTimora
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were amazing!

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David
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great desserts!

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vipChristineT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I both agree, this is the best food we have had in a long time. Such an interesting combination of fresh food. We will definitely be back!

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LaToyaB
Adelaide
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great experience, I will be back !!! Food was excellent and so were the drinks

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DeenaP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I seen this restaurant advertised on BostonChefs and had to check it out. This place will not disappoint.

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BillL
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails and food. Friendly servers. Always a great time out on their patio.

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Annitude
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside, was a beautiful night. From start to finish, a wonderful experience; drinks were fantastic, apps & dinner were even better! Risotto was incredible. Our server was friendly & prompt & the hostess was super accommodating by turning down the music as we were right under a speaker. Have been to Railstop many times & always recommend!

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Gabby
New England
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

service was fantastic. Firecracker shrimp was delicious, burger and sweet potato fries were good. The spicy pasta lacked a lot of flavor. Overall would come again and try other things.

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Rach
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience and really good drinks!

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Railstop Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 397 OpenTable diners.

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