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The RailYard

4.3
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315 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Farm-to-table


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Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 315 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.3
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4.2
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4.1
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GaryD
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Diverse and quality tap list and bottled beer selection.
Attentive service.
Food was good.
Seems popular with a 'mature' (not to mean old) crowd, based on our one visit.

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DonnieH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food was good, service was not. Sat almost 10 minutes before anyone came over. Very nice atmosphere, staff just wasn't very attentive. Went on a good friend's recommendation, but will not be going back.

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Aprilc
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

take a sweater..a bit chilly inside--food was fantastic as well as service and atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good. Enjoyed the place. Will go back.

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IsaacL
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn’t been in a while, but as always the food and service were great.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at the Railyard. Highly recommended for localvores trying to stay away from chain restaurants. Food, spirits, deserts, and wait staff are the best in Decatur. Priced
Right as well.

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KimberlyD
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent as always. A change of plans led us to dining at 4 instead of our reserved time at 6p.m. So glad they were able to accommodate!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The surf and turf was delicious and cooked to perfection. Desserts were fabulous! Love the new chef!!

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William
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Disappointed.

My fiancé and I were excited to try the new chef and mgmt since the railyard has recently reopened. Our cocktails tasted like a college freshman was behind the bar. I had a pontchartrain which was all over the place. The fish was tough As a shoe, the shrimp was alright. And the grits were dry as sand. My fiancé’s fillet was still cold in the center when she had asked for medium-rare. For the prestige the railyard like to hold itself in; we both feel that is a load of hot air now.

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ChipW
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good menu. I love the RailYard. The service is good too.

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JoshuaG
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Menu seemed a little more limited than times past and a little pricier than usual. But, very pleasant and enjoyable experience as always. Great service as well.

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TonyR
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table was ready when we arrived. The food and service was excellent.

JD
JeffD
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

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JennieS
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We were terribly disappointed!! Our waitress was wonderful, however apparently there was a large party that caused us to be "left behind". Not only was our meal late getting to us but it was terrible!!!! My husbands chicken was tough as leather, his brussel sprouts were way over cooked. I had the Scallops, not even sure they were done,mushy is my best description,the rainbow carrots were very difficult to cut with a knife..much less chew them. We felt bad for our waitress so we did not complain but honestly, most of the time, we will give a restaurant a second chance, this one no,absolutely will never visit again!!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never had a bad meal at the Railyard

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SacredChickens
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is really great! The appetizer was pretty big, which would have been nice for a larger party than just my husband and myself, but the entrees were delicious and perfectly sized.

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Gordon
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We have been fans of The Railyard since it opened several years ago, but hadn't been since we had learned the original owner/chef moved on to open another restaurant.
Though we had reservations, we were met with news we'd have to wait until a table came open -all while we saw our name placard on the host's stand, instead of out in the restaurant. Maybe everyone there had been there for over an hour, who knows?
We were seated, and our waitress took our drink orders, then food orders. Then we waited. Salads came up pretty quickly, though not made as we had ordered. 45 minutes and no food later, we had passed the time watching our meals - along with 6 others - come up for pick up in the window of the kitchen. As the cook rang a pick up bell each time a plate was ready, not a single one of the wait staff - who were standing within 10 feet -made any movement to the window to get the orders for their tables.
Once it WAS picked up, our food was taken to another table. We commented that we must have been mistaken, it wasn't our order, only to have those same plates come back to our table, having been taken to the wrong place. We each took a bite of our dishes and not surprisingly, found them cold. We sent them back. Suddenly, a new face in the kitchen took charge and the whole kitchen and wait process improved 100%. Our meals were remade and delivered to our table, and this time they were hot and delicious.
During this whole dinner event, we kind of expected a manager to come to us to apologize for the cold meal fiasco. That never happened. After sitting there for an hour and forty-five minutes, we agreed there was no one in charge that night. If there was, they should be ashamed.
Summary - service was poor, wait staff is not attentive, and we felt more like an inconvenience than a guest with a reservation. The food- when served hot - was delicious. After several years of enjoying the Railyard, we won't be back. Very poorly managed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall the experience was good but it took a really long time to get our food. We were there almost 2 hours. We have been there previously and it has never taken this long

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FredN
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice alternative to all the standard eateries in Decatur.
Took a first time date that lives in Huntsville and she was extreamly pleased with my choice .
Food was excellant and atmosphere delightful .

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SaraB
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We loved RailYard! Great atmosphere and the filet was outstanding. Definitely would recommend for a date night or night out with friends!

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Jessica
Nashville
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Service and ambiance were good. Food was ok. I could have gotten better food at a normal food chain restaurant

JP
JasonP
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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ChipW
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just really good food and drinks. I love the Grouper Pontchartrain. Some unique drink selections too. And everything is reasonably priced.

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Annon
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Food was cold and appetizers was brought late. Very noisy inside.

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ToddE
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience2

Food was excellent!! I’d highly recommend! It would be nice if there were more private dining options. Instead of one open space. Overall great choice!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh meat burgers and good ribeye sandwiches.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table was ready when we arrived and we were seated. The food came out hot and was delicious. I would recommend the shrimp and grits. 4 out of 6 of us ordered them.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a good experience. The taste and quality of the food is consistent. The RailYard is my “go to” place when I’m in Decatur.

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dennisf
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Food was good, it took a long time to get seated with reservations. Server ( Sergio) was excellent.

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JohnR
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I think it is worth trying the Railyard at least once. Our first visit was great. The second one was not bad but not great either. That was the day after Valentine's Day so they might have been very busy and worn out from the previous day. Good menu options. The big room gets loud because of all of the hard surfaces.

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vipStuartO
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

This is basically a bar that serves decent bar food, but then tries to offer some fine dining and seafood options. We had a table of 4 and one of us got a burger, which was very good. The seafood options were much pricier but failed to deliver on quality. They are trying too hard to be a fancier upscale restaurant and failing at that. If they stuck to the basic sandwiches and drinks they would earn a higher score.

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NealN
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Food was good, not great. I think they forgot to put the honey glaze on my salmon. Portion was a bit small. My wife’s dinner, scallops, was very good!! They were way behind!! Took us a hour to get our food. Appetizer was excellent. Overall it’s a nice restaurant with good food, but a little pricey for the quality. Server was attentive but was busy, took awhile to get my second drink during the hour long wait for the main course.

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TyroneE
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was wonderful. Great service. Was blown away by how great it was. Will definitely be coming back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food preparation and appetizing presentation together with very attentive service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We have eaten here several times and it has been so good. However, I am not sure what happened tonight, Valentine's Day of all days. It was just OK from food to service....meh. The drinks from the bar were OK and our entrees were OK. The best things about the night was the company and the appetizers. The fried crab cakes and the savory cheesecake with blue crab were absolutely wonderful!!

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PaulaB
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I had the salmon and rice and carrots. The salmon was ok but not great, the rice was dry and plain and the carrots were pretty but not cooked enough. My husband had the filet and crab cake and said it was slightly overcooked but very tender and overall his meal was good.

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JulieK
Northern MI
18 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was good with decent portions but the service was very slow and did not keep up with drink orders.

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CHal
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Noisy and pricey but good food and good service. Will definitely go back again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My husband and I eat here quite regularly ,and have, for the most part, had great experiences. Tonight was no exception. I had the wagyu meatloaf and my husband had a bunless burger topped with venison chili and cheese. Our food was delicious and the service was pretty good, considering it was a busy night. The only thing I would ask is if they offered a larger portion of green veggies with their entrees. This is definitely our favorite dine in restaurant in Decatur.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience other than the loud atmosphere and couldn’t hear the dinner conversation.

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The RailYard offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (256) 580-5707.

The RailYard is rated 4.3 stars by 315 OpenTable diners.

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