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River & Rail

4.6
145 reviews
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$30 and under
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Farm-to-table
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Farm-to-table
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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
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Phone number
(706) 940-0312
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Bradley Andries
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
13th ave.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 145 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.8
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
value
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 21 hours ago

Fantastic restaurant. Brittany was our server and was so knowledgeable and helpful in making our decisions on what to order. We tried several menu items and everything was awesome. Staff is great. Food is great. Location is nice.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great atmosphere. Nicely renovated old space. Broad menu choices.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Very eclectic menu and drinks: Delicious craft beers, wonderfully unique cocktails, and small but delicious plates of amazing food (the rabbit and the octopus were our faves). Service was great too. Thoroughly enjoyed!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We went to River & Rail for Sunday Brunch. It was my husband's birthday. He absolutely loved it. He had the open faced biscuit with crabby patties (still talks about how good it was), and I had the pulled pork over Texas toast with scrambled egg. Price for the quality and quantity of food was great. Would definitely go back again.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We had smoked hen; wild game pie; spaggatino; burgers, tater tots and sweet fried alligator. Everything was delicious, including our chocolate soufflé and cheesecake. One dessert was complimentary because it was my husband’s birthday. Our server was great! Didn’t get to try the wines though as we don’t drink. My family will definitely come back. Highly recommended place to dine when you’re in Columbus.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Outstanding food and global aesthetics.
If you are a foodie River and Rail needs to be on yout short list.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The variety and originality of the menu is commendable. The wait staff is great. I haven’t had anything on the menu, I didn’t like and I usually order multiple appetizers and an entree

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Went for Easter Sunday brunch. Beautiful place, classy decor. We sat outside in the back courtyard, lovely. No kid menu but our boys were able to add scrambled eggs and fresh bacon to a pancake order. It’s a farm to table restaurant and foodie’s delight. Our server was fantastic! Becky, I think..forgive me if that’s not right, was very attentive, best we’ve had in a long time. Just remember adult libations can’t be served til 12:30 on Sundays 😕

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Bday dinner

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Very attentive staff, great food. Portions on the smaller side but very good and the drinks are jigger poured so... but very nice place. I went on a Monday and basically rented the place. I would guess Wednesday thru Saturday to be much busier.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Loved the food, server was outstanding, and the decor beautiful.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

My husband and I enjoyed the pre-set Valentines menu. The food was creatively paired with different yet delicious flavors. We will definitely be back. It was the perfect setting for a date night.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

It was our valentine dinner. The place was not very busy when we arrived and yet every table right next to us was used before the rest of the place. It would have been nice to have some separation. Our waiter, John, was very informative and enthusiastic. The food was delicious.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

My girlfriend and I enjoyed our lovely Valentine’s Day dinner. We heard some great things about the restaurant and figured it was the perfect time to try it out. Will definitely return for brunch!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Brittany a trainee served us and did a great job. Everything was fresh, balanced and tasty

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Sitting across from the kitchen, have to listen to the chef shouting was not very pleasing,
need to have some sound barrier.
Waitress Kelsy was very certious

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2.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Disappointed with the food, the restaurant was nearly empty as there was only two other tables occupied in the restaurant. The kitchen was slow to put out the food and when they did it was wrong. The hostess failed to inform my server of the notes I filled out on open table.
Server was great and did his best to make up for the poor experience.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

We enjoyed our dining experience! We tasted several different appetizers, and everything was delicious. Our waitress was kind and patient with our group - we can be a little overwhelming! Great place for a special birthday celebration!

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Great fish

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4.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Beautiful restaurant with great service! It was my sister's birthday and they offered a free champagne glass or dessert of her choice, which was an unexpected treat! The food is fun to try and very good. We have been here a few times and are very satisfied. Tonight, my husband ordered the pork chop option, which they didn't ask how he wanted it cooked so we just assumed the chef would know. It came out well done so it was a little too dry for his liking. Also, the bubbly options offered are listed with the "white wines" so it took us a minute to find them and they were out of the two bottle options we wanted to drink. Highly recommend this restaurant for those visiting Columbus!

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

The waiter was very knowledgeable and attentive. He gave us really good recommendations based on menu items he likes. The food was fabulous! Our son has been there before and said the food is always good. You will not be disappointed!

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food and service. Seating not conducive to intimate conversation.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

This was our first visit to this restaurant. Service was excellent with our server, Stormy. Food was well prepared with unique twists on each dish. Looking forward to our return.

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3.0Dined on January 25, 2018

I thought the flavors were good but nothing special, actually a bit bland. They did go off menu for us for a sauteed vegetable plate which was the best thing we had. We liked the menu (very different).

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

I was visiting from Atlanta and was thrilled to find this farm to table restaurant. Dinner at R&R was a delicious enjoyable experience. $1 roasted oysters $3 Mexican draught beer, High west whiskey, pickled grapes gulf shrimp risotto. All outstanding!

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3.0Dined on January 23, 2018

the potato salad did not compliment the etoufee. Also we did not enjoy the fennel. a little pricey as well

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

The food was good, and the meal choices are very good. We had brunch, and enjoyed Mimosas. Very quiet play, with great service.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Out of towners here. We had a lovely experience. The food was good and the cocktails were as well.

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

First time visiting, restaurant looks great. Menu was a bit incomplete in my opinion but our meal was delicious.

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

This isn't eating, this is savoring. Their food is so good, I don't know why they're not in NYC. Every dish was exquisitely prepared, especially the alligator. Also delightful was the grilled romaine, the rabbit pot pie, the burger sliders & the pork chop. Unfortunately, we are only in Columbus for 2 days but ate there both nights. Both servers were completely knowledgeable about the food & preparation & the service is fantastic. The restaurant & ambience are lovely. One of the best places we have ever eaten.

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2.0Dined on December 27, 2017

The wait staff was very nice however our waitress brought my husband one of the entrees he asked about and not the one he ordered. My fried catfish was not cooked through and was raw on the inside. We also waited more than an hour for our dinner and there were no more than 10 tables being served including the bar. The menu was very interesting and had great choices. I will say that my husband loved his dinner even though it was not what he ordered.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

I had heard great things about River& Rail but nothing compared to experiencing it ourselves. This is going to be one of our regular spots in no time!

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on December 6, 2017

Great lunch draft specials

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5.0Dined on December 1, 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).

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4.0Dined on November 24, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on November 18, 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.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

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

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