River & Rail

4.4
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$30 and under
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Farm-to-table
With it’s name offering a nod to the city’s rich history, River & Rail is a farm to table restaurant. Our 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.
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4.3
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4.5
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4.6
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jbeard
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Closing of this spot will be a real loss for the dining community.

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BradK
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience!! If you’re looking for different, this is the place. Upscale menu that is expertly cooked and presented. Our server, Johnny was amazing, and was able to adapt to our ‘unique’ sense of humor( aka, extreme smart a$$...). The owner, Faye, was present all evening throughout the restaurant, interacting with the patrons. Unfortunately she informed us the restaurant was slated to close shortly, due to management decisions beyond her control. This is so unfortunate because this place is a gem! Get there quick if you can, and enjoy the excellent food and service!! Good Luck to everyone there, and I hope to see you all back open in some form or fashion here in Columbus!!

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BillG
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner. Loved the food and atmospher. Love Fay.

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WilliamL
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, creative cocktails, exceptional service.

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Tamerra
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Simply amazing!!! Flavors were awesome and the experience was wonderful!

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BobbyR
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Slow service on a slow night, small portions. Incorrect drink orders delivered multiple times. Food was meh. Won’t be going back unfortunately.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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MichelleT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the Lobster coconut bisque,the seafood risotto and the pecan pie parfait. All were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Waiter was incredible, but the menu was a little staunchy for our taste. We couldn't even choose our own sides. Amazing lobster bisque, though!!

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John
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing. Ordered off menu drinks and bartender made some of the best cocktails I had in a long time. Rabbit was perfectly cooked and the seafood risotto was amazing. Will be coming back for future dates

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vipBitterPartyOfOne
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dinner.

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DanKim
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was amazing,however I was unable to order the basic martini I wanted because the server said they were “too busy”, however the food was amazing! We will definitely be going back next time we visit Columbus!

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Excellence
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Farm to table and smaller portion sizes are two amazing trends that I definitely support at this restaurant. The star of this restaurant are the ingredients and they are worth every cent and every savored bite!

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THixs
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The server was not very attentive. Had to ask 2 or 3 times for the same thing. Asked for black pepper. Never got it. My friend's food was cold. Food was not worth the value of $30.

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VincentB
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Service was very slow, the appetizers were not very good, and the environment was loud, cramped, and uncomfortable. The entrees were the redeeming quality in terms of taste but the portions were incredibly small. We finished our plates in about 5 minutes and felt like we hadn't even eaten yet.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great dinner for our wedding anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John was FANTASTIC! Made a lovely birthday dinner 100x better!

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DottieL
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall4food2service5ambience5

On your website it doesn't inform us that brunch menu is different from dinner. I was under the impression that the same food would be served. My husband is a picky eater and didn't like anything on the menu so he picked something simple and still didn't like it. He only ate about 4 bites of his food and was finished. I'm more of an adventurous eater and liked my food. The plates are to small for the brunch because half of my food fell off my plate and onto the table.

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vipFloweryBranchFoodie
Atlanta
43 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick lunch at R&R was actually exciting in that the menu offerings were intriguing to read and truly satisfying!
Kudos to one of the best restaurants in the greater Columbus and Phenix City areas!

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CasseW
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Our service was horrible. The waitress was not attentive at all. She was supposed to check on certain drinks for us and let us know but we did not see her again until they brought our food. The portion is extremely small. There are no appetizers, no sides and no side salads. Not very many options and it was really over prices for what you got and the taste of the entrees.

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WandaD
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Columbus lacks these types of quality restaurants. Me and my sisters absolutely loved it. The food was delicious!!! Many people in this area don't want to pay a few extra dollars for this quality of food. That is why Columbus can't keep a good restaurant opened. Some of the portions were a little small for the price like the beet appetizer. It was fabulous! But overall, it was a great experience and great food. We will definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grilled oysters are phenomenal. Very friendly service

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JeanetteJ
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for a girls nite out with a dear friend that I don't get to see very often. John, our waiter, was wonderful! Very knowledgeable, friendly and not once did we feel rushed. The food was nothing short of amazing! 5 star all the way, will definitely be back!

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DelightedCustomer
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great find! Excellent food and service, great ambiance. This farm-to-table restaurant uses fresh local ingredients in a very unusual and creative way. I highly recommend this restaurant for people who like to try new food combinations. Everything was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall1food1service5ambience5

This food was very high priced and unfortunately not worth it. We didn't enjoy anything on that we had. And i was sad about it.

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RobertR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had noticed several negative reviews, but we were very happy with the meal and the service. Our waiter, Stormy, explained all the dishes to us and gave us some great recommendations based on our desires.

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JoeM
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food wonderful service warm friendly will be back

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viplawdawg
Atlanta
37 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chargrilled oysters at River and Rail are excellent and best deal in town on Tuesday-Wednesday. Other selections such as veal and steak delicious. This is truly a neighborhood gem.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Dinner was fun. I loved the rabbit! The tea sauce glaze was very good on the rabbit. Unfortunately the corn bread was very dry/over cooked. The side was kale and it was drizzled with the tea sauce and the dark green vegetable balanced the sweet taste of the rabbit very well. My husband had the veal Parmesan. He was very disappointed in that the Parmesan red sauce was very bland. The service was really good and the restaurant was nicely decorated, quiet and clean. I would go back and try another house specialty but would forego another veal Parmesan.

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vipIvyO
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As one of the few restaurants open for Sunday Brunch, River & Rail does it right! The restaurant has a great atmosphere, offering indoor and outdoor seating, and impeccable service! Stormy, our waiter, was so welcoming and was quick to offer descriptions and persona recommendations in addition to insight on menu items popular with customers. My husband and I ate outside and enjoyed started with delicious and well-dressed Bloody Marys (served promptly at 12:30 pm, in accordance with Georgia state laws). We split the Fried Green Tomatoes with crawfish as an appetizer, which came highly recommended by Stormy. They were perfectly fried and are great for a shared plate (for 2 or 4). My husband got the Alligator BLT, and I got the Gulf Fish with grits. Although much creamier than I usually like grits, I still really enjoyed my entree. At the end of the meal, we ordered coffee and cleared our table to enjoy the bench seating/lounge area on the patio, where we enjoyed some sunshine! I highly recommend this restaurant!

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Jeff
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I met friends for dinner and wine. The food is great and they have a good wine selection. I highly recommend River & Rail.

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vip561Foodies
Las Vegas
23 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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CSGBrown
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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AshleyL
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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ErikW
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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MoBrown
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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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River & Rail is rated 4.4 stars by 177 OpenTable diners.