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About River & Rail

With it’s name offering a nod to the city’s rich history, River & Rail is a farm to table restaurant. Our Executive Chef is determined to buy from local farmers and provide the freshest ingredients to our guests. Our décor is reminescent of the post-prohibition 1930’s and we are housed in a L.E.E.D. certified building.

1232 Broadway
Columbus, GA 31901
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Farm-to-table

Hours of Operation:
Brunch
Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Tue–Fri 11:30 am–5:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

Cross Street:
13th ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(706) 940-0312

Website:
http://www.riverandrailga.com/

Executive Chef:
Bradley Andries

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

River & Rail Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
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Notable Wine List (7)
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Seasonal (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Business Meals (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Romantic (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Casual (3)
Cozy (3)
Fun (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Tapas (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Good for Groups (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Love the atmosphere and the ability to eat local and the unusual menu, which includes rabbit, lamb, alligator, quail, and venison. Everything was brought to the table quickly.
The four of us had:
Antipasto / Charcuterie / Cheese / Black Garlic / Pickles $16: Good appetizer.

Gumbo /Blue Crab / Alabama Okra $14: Flavor was ok, but not very filling. Once the inedible, uncrackable, tiny whole crab was removed, there was not much substance remaining. Since we wanted to crack open and taste the crab, I asked the server how, hoping he would bring us a tool, but he said he does not have any way to open the crab. Therefore, the crab was wasted.

Catfish / Fried Whole / Pimento Grits / Pepper Jelly / Louisiana Slaw $12: Good, but tedious to navigate all the bones of a whole catfish.

Venison / Osso Buco / Spaghetti Squash / Braising Vegetables $18. Good, but not memorable. The portion size was too small to share. If we go to River and Rail again, I would be more likely to get a lower-priced, more filling dish. The server said a more filling dish is the Lamb / Bolognese / Semolina Pasta $12.
The chardonnay is good.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Have been twice and have nothing but good things to say about food and service

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Great lunch draft specials

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

My wife and I have eaten at this restaurant a number of times since its opening and have never had a bad meal. While some of the dishes will challenge conservative eaters everything we have ever eaten at R&R has been amazing. Brunch on Saturday or Sunday is also great (one of the few restaurants open on Sunday in the area).

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Authentic, Seasonal, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Service was fantastic. Cost was incredibly reasonable for the food that was served

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on November 24, 2017

A comfortable venue with some personality. The staff were welcoming and friendly. Our server was very good by explaining the menu and had a nice balance of being attentive but not disruptive. We were all a little disappointed with the food preparation but in fairness what was lacking for us may have been on point for another. We would definitely go back again because the menu changes with the local seasons.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Casual
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Im a foodie and i also have a culinary degree. So i am open to prices and foods and i understand that its geared for sharing and tapas kind of idea. And while the prices themselves werent bad i personally felt as if the portions were to small food and drinks. I had counting sheep a 12 dollar cocktail which was yummy but it had ice sphere (very cool) it took up most of the space in the glass again very little alcohol for 12 bucks. But overall the food was delicious service great ambience was nice. I just left there hungry.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tapas, Romantic, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Fabulous, friendly, fun, yummy, creative menu and great wait staff.

Tags: Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Paleo Friendly, Great Beer, Local Ingredients
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The quail we had was outstanding. Two dishes were okay. Two dishes we sent back. The restaurant has a good atmosphere and our server was nice but not attentive enough. We never received drinks quickly when asked. Overall, we will not return.

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Went in for drinks at the bar. The bartender was well versed in everything they carried especially the beer on tap. We ended up eating multiple course and sharing everything. Left absolutely stuffed and wanting more. Can not wait to return.

Tags: Great Beer, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

What a delightful find in uptown. We went in for oysters and beer and ended up staying for the entire evening. We sat at the bar with Kelsey(?) who was an absolute delight. She guided us through the menu and had plenty of beer knowledge. After the oysters we had the tartar, the Rosso buco and finished with goat cheese cake and local honey. This was an absolutely amazing experience. We will be back for more very soon. Thank you guys for what you are doing.

Tags: Great Beer
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great menu with local ingredients. We were informed most of the farms are from Georgia and Alabama but Chef will go a little further to buy the best quality product. You can really taste the love and passion they are putting into everything. I loved the beer list, my S.O. really enjoyed their cocktail and after dinner drink. Great atmosphere and vibe in the building, it did not feel like Columbus but was as welcome as Columbus is. Can not wait to return.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients
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 (London)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent food, great cocktails, fantastic service

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

What a find. Maybe this town is finally coming around. The changes and directions that are being made in downtown are apparent with these guys. To start the decor and vibe is absolutely amazing, then to be topped by top notch service and mind altering food. Beer menu was superb. The alligator, cauliflower soup in a pumpkin and tartar are must haves. We shared a whole stuffed flounder with crab, fennel, and shrimp topped with a herb saint citronella. Chef Bradley prepared this for us as an off menu item he was working on he said.
Can not wait to return.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 31, 2017

This was our second time at River + Rail, and it lived up to our memories! Excellent and interesting cocktails (bring back Don Quixote!), delicious food, great service. We will continue to recommend this restaurant to friends, and return whenever we are in Columbus.

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This was a wonderful experience. I will come back when I come back to town. The owner greeted us at the door and welcomed us to the city. The oysters were amazing.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We arrived late, really late. The hostess couldn't not have been kinder helping us get to a table and have an amazing dining experience. We were blown away with the food. This town has progressed in a great way. We are so lucky to have a southern chef that has traveled and is bringing his passion and love to Columbus. Alligator, Chargrilled Oysters and Whole fish are must haves. Beautiful setting, great staff. Can not wait to return. Keep up guys.

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had a wonder evening at River and Rails. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. We will definitely be returning.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Cozy
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

We ate on the patio. Absolutely stunning environment. Our serve Jon, was on point helping us through the menu. Every suggestion was on point. The Cheese platter and Cauliflower soup were amazing to start. We then split the Veal, Venison, and the rabbit gumbo. Finishing off with Goatcheese cake and local honey. Ill be back for brunch this weekend.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

We arrived very early for our reservation after wrapping up at a conference early. We had been recommended this by a colleague. We dined on the chargrill oysters, Cauliflower soup that was served in a PUMPKIN and finished off with the best bread pudding that I have ever had. The owners have put tremendous thought into the decor, the food, and have trained their staff well. Really the total package. Will be returning for a work Christmas party in December.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great Beer, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Reminds me of my grandmothers cooking. Meet Chef Bradley, he's from Louisiana. You could tell thats where his cooking started, its subtly there in all the food. He said he tries to draw inspirations from his life, obviously being an LA boy that was a huge influence. Stormy and I think Tyson were whom we spoke to on staff, they seem to in love with their jobs which is quite refreshing. Try the meat board and the quail. I think I'm still full

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Inventive menu; small plates, which I like but not a preference for all. Great to have another Monday night option in Columbus.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Enjoyed the patio, which is one of few in Columbus. Jon our server kept us laughing through our dining experience. We are returning soon for our sons military graduation next month and our looking forward to that experience. Really can not say enough about this place and wish it continued success.

Tags: Quick Bite, Great Beer, Organic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Absolutely amazing, from decor to food to service. One of my favorite meals. The staff was very accommodating and Chef stopped to speak to our table. We will be returning soon to try the rest of the menu.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Fun
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 9, 2017

What a gem in Columbus! It was a special, delicious, and romantic meal. Such a diverse menu that stayed true to Southern cuisine with flair in the details. A must for a special occasion, with incredible hand-crafted cocktails. You won’t be disappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Everything was wonderful! We will definitely be back again soon.

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 (London)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We went on a Saturday night with a party of 8. The food and cocktails were amazing and the decor and ambiance are sophisticated and beautiful! The chef prepared several items for us that were not on the menu and everyone in our party left happy. Will definitely be back again and again! Best spot in Columbus!

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Romantic, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 6, 2017

What a great meal. My veal was amazing, The Mrs' Venison Osso Bucco was delicious, my 12 year old daughter loved her Sliders and my 10 year old daughter devoured her Lamb Spaghetti. We will be back.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 4, 2017

This was an outstanding dining experience. The food was delicious, the ambiance welcoming and our server (named Stormy) was delightful. It is clear that each dish has been thoughtfully prepared and presented.

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Very good food but the amount of food u get for the price is a little ridiculous. However was a fun experience. Not sure I'll ever go back.

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

To say I was disappointed is an understatement. Although the decor was gorgeous (love the large Bo Bartlett painting in the front - but you really should educate your hostess on who the artist is), the specialty drinks were interesting, and our waiter was dynamic, the food was so terrible that I will never go back. My order of shrimp encrusted flounder: the fish was overcooked and tough, and the shrimp tasted so fishy I was afraid it had gone bad - literally, I could not eat it. My grandson ordered the hamburger sliders, and the meat was so overcooked it was tough and inedible. My daughter's rabbit was passable, but only passable. My other grandson had the octopus, which he couldn't eat because it was too spicy. The only good thing about River and Rail is that Kilwin's chocolate shop is next door, which is where we went to at least get something delicious to eat before heading home.

Tags: Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Went back to celebrate another milestone accomplishment! This time, we were there for dinner and the food was outstanding. The cheese plate had pickled blueberries (oh, wow!) that were such an unexpected treat. Seriously great food, and super nice folks to boot.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

The overall experience was excellent. We will be back

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

The overall experience was just missing some of the nicer refinements for a restaurant of that price. I’m being really picky here but the service needed some more practice. They didn’t clean the table before bringing out more food. We had to help with the process of moving dishes around. They did a great job on keeping my water filled. I would have liked a description of the food when it was delivered. The cocktail I had was watered down. My wife’s cocktail was really good. The scallops were a little cold. The cheese was good and the flounder was excellent. Lastly the restaurant was beautiful and really well layout. Very impressed by the decorations. I would go to this restaurant again.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Great place! Turner was a great bartender. Will go back!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Fun
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The experience was overall underwhelming. I went in thinking this would be some really good food with great service. The food was just okay and the service was pretty similar.

Tags: Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 27, 2017

I booked River & Rail for a late brunch with my son before I had to fly home. The food was excellent, our waitress was super nice, and the bartender was willing to tackle making me a drink she had never heard of - and knocked it out of the park! We will definitely go back next time we're in Columbus.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on August 21, 2017

I had high expectations based on the menu and website reviews but the ambiance and decor was the part that was best.
The food was just good to very good and the service was below average especially for a nicer restaurant.
The charcuterie was to come with beignets but they were more like Native American indian fry bread thicker and chewier.
The bullfrog breading was coming off as I tried to eat it and was not crunchy because too bathed in the sauce. Part of thighs were undercooked.
The Octopus and pork belly was a disappointment because the Octopus texture and also the pork belly was cut up too small and lost in garden of kale.
The elote was the best taste of everything.
I wanted to try dessert but received my check before I could order any.
Also I would recommend more mid level wine options.
I may give it another chance but will try other items.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 5, 2017

tasty meal- chef made creative dishes. tried almost every appetizer and was pleased with almost all. favorites-corn apettizer, gnocchi, meat plate, cheese plate all delicious. enjoyed hamburger and venison. great place for sharing. will be back to try everything we missed. Next time I think we will order desert first as we saved no room this visit. nice find for hard to please miami crowd.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Really enjoyed the food (burger and venison osso buco) and the don quixote cocktail was excellent. Had a little trouble finding the place though as Open Table sent us to an address 3 blocks away. Would definitely return though.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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