The Southern Pacific Depot

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$31 to $50
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American
The Southern Pacific Depot serves grilled steaks, fresh fish, lobster, oysters, cocktails and fine wine in a remarkable setting: a 1916 train station featuring stained glass, historic photos and elegant chandeliers.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
4.7
ambience
4.0
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Noise · Quiet
60% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very happy

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good but expensive for what you get. Wine too $$$. It was 3x+ what the store prices are.


Nice decor though.

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CynthiaN
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Although I had a reservation , the server(who also seated us) didn’t bother to take my name, so had no idea of “special requests “. She was friendly, but distracted, and got several parts of both our orders wrong. Got the shrimp jambalaya, instead of snapper, which she returned to the kitchen and an additional 15 minute wait. Did not get the Yukon potatoes. My sister didn’t get avocado on her hamburger. Stale, hard bread was served when we were seated. Cocktails were “so-so”, certainly NOT worth $13 each. AND, although I declined a second cocktail, server brought it. Food was good, atmosphere was relaxing. BUT....This wasn’t a $145 meal, by any means....and I did leave a $20 tip, but reluctantly.
I have eaten here before, always good service, but this was an extremely disappointing occasion.

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RobertC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Hostess set us down and soon our server will be right with us then see our server for about 20 minutes just to order our drinksonce our drink orders were placed didn't receive them for about another 15 minutes sat down for about 20 minutes 25 minutes before we even got to even place a order for food food came out wrong steak wasn't cooked like I asked and also got charged for twice baked potatoes $9 when we only received regular baked potatoes don't think I'm going to be eating here anytime soon again just wish the experience would have went a little better

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TimoLin
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We came for the steak and it was outstanding. The bread and sides were fine but nothing special. Desserts were disappointing but the accompanying coffee was excellent. So overall, it was hit-or-miss but we enjoyed the ambience, had a pleasant server, and would probably give it another try some day.

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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating Valentines Day with friends. We had a nice quiet table in the bar, in front of the fireplace. We enjoyed the tomato bisque, the chopped salad, pork chops, and citrus cheesecake. After lunch, we lingered to visit with our friends and listen to the music that was played at just the right level to enjoy without making conversation difficult. We never felt rushed. It was a wonderful, relaxing meal - with great leftovers to take home.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and great service! The steak was prepared perfectly! The ambiance was a bit kitschy but relevant to the history of the building, so overall this is one of the best restaurant experiences we have had in Visalia.

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WilliamI
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The experience was not memorable. It was average or maybe a little above average.
Nothing baad just not what I expected for the money

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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They went above and beyond! Set us up a table next to the fireplace. Even recorded me proposing! Food was amazing

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vipGaelTir
Sacramento
83 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service

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Martin
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed the pork and lamp chops. Both were cooked to perfection and seasoned well. Food was also nice and hot when it arrived at our table. Our server was great too. Nice wine list as well - our wine was nicely priced for the age of the bottle. No surprise given that this is one of the Vartanian family owned restaurants.

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AftTea
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Usually come here or Jack and Charlie’s for dinner. Never disappointed by the service or the food. 10/10 love it.

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SheilaB
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Making the reservation online was very easy. They asked for dietary concerns, which I greatly appreciated. The staff were knowledgeable and gracious, and offered suggestions for working around the special diet. Serving portions were satisfying for the cost. This is an upscale restaurant, so we were expecting to pay $$$, but it was definitely reasonable. Our server was very helpful and considerate. It was overall a very enjoyable experience, which I hope to repeat for special occasions.

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LoriW
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place. Quiet. Every bite was scrumptious.

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shellir
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister was visiting from the Midwest so I took her to the depot for a really amazing dinner. You
did not disappoint!! Service was perfect, food was absolutely delicious and cooked perfectly and the
restaurant was beautiful and quiet and very relaxing. A++ experience as it is every time I come here.

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NormaF
San Joaquin
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food; nice ambiance. Service was very good. Price is on the high end, but can enjoy it occasionally. Special event restaurant.

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vipCharlesS
San Joaquin
16 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try the summer dinners. Monday night is fried chicken, Tuesday night is pork chop, Wednesday is lamb chops, Friday night is seafood pallella, and Friday is steak for two. Each meal comes with wine or champagne for a special price. I have had the fried chicken, pork chop and steak. I highly recommend these delicious summer specials. The service is great and they continuously fill my ice tea.

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AngelaA
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Even though the food was okay, it took a lot of time to be serve!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Looking for a great date night value? Look no further—The Depot’s Chicken and Champagne Monday Night Special is exceptional!

My boyfriend and I were blown away by how moist the chicken was (3 pieces), the 2 sides were more than enough, and the single glass of champagne was perfect... Plus, the service and ambiance there is unbeatable. We got out the door for just under $60—and that’s including tax and tip, and adding a shared dessert.

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Davey
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pretty rooms in a restored train depot. Pleasant, friendly staff. High-end environment and god menu choices (pork chop was the size of a small roast and delicious) Very expensive entrees 28.00 to 54.00

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vipScottS
Charleston
307 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dinner at the Depot was pretty nice. I started with a salad and then had one of the specials which was sea bass. The salad was a champagne vinaigrette over mixed greens it was nice nothing special. The sea bass was served over a corn and bean and tomato that was really nice but I felt the fish was overcooked. The first glass of wine they finished off one bottle and started a new bottle but it was obvious that the first bottle has started to turn so I had to return my wine which they had no problem replacing. It's a nice place it's worth the visit

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LarryG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, served well, good service, pleasant environment. We will be back....

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Tanya
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great evening! Yummy food, service was good, looking forward to the next event.

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CarlP
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m from out of state and when in Visalia, I try to host a dinner there. As in the past, everything was perfect.

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JanelleH
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and good service. The Mother’s Day options for lunch all tasted great!

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JS80
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The building was a bit in need of repair.

The waitress was nice but we were served very fast courses. I’m positive that the mashed potatoes were instant. For 48 dollars a person I would prefer a real potato.

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wallbanger
San Joaquin
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice birthday evening. Well taken care of and dinner with family. My wheelchair bound wife received excellent care and accessibility was good.

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vipmopasghetti
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant certainly takes you back in time. It is rich in wood and stained glass windows. Just beautiful.
Our server was wonderful and the food was delicious. The pork meat fell off the bone. It was a great date night.

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lezer
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I took my family there for Easter brunch, I knew it would be pricey but didn't think the food lived up to the pricey menu, $4,50 for coffee is a little overpriced. the service was very good but none of us had rave reviews for the food and we all has something different.

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Chad
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing food, it was a tiny bit salty for our tastes, but that well could of have just been us. Staff was awesome, as well as the environment.

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SamAngCho
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The overall experience was great. We got the pre-selected 4 course meal with lobster and salmon as the main course. We usually do not order salmon but gave it a try and it was amazing. The only negative of the meal was the lobster because it was under cooked but we did not send it back. We tried escargot for the first time and it was not for us. The oysters were some of the best we have ever had, especially with the homemade cocktail sauce and a vinegar dressing pairing with it. The staff was great in giving us the history of the depot and the bartender went across the street to Jack and Charlie's to have them make a special drink for us. Great jobs guys. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service, not a great place for those under 18 due to limited selection.

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PreSymphony
San Joaquin
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The service was great. The food was ok. The price was high. The building is interesting and historic. I guess I like this place much better for lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our once a year fancy

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a reservation on New Years Eve and they were on time for our seating. Great meal and friendly, accommodating Staff...will definitely go back...

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DonnaM
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was terrific, presentation was beautiful. Great service

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Christmas Eve

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MikeM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience1

Reserved table near fire place three weeks prior with walk in appointment with Cory.

When we arrived a Book Club was at our table. We we taken to the general open room. No reason given for this mishap. Asked for Cory. She never came by to explain.
Food was good but would considered nor as good as Vintage Press. Food was also more expensive. Paid $ 550 last year with same 8 people. Your bill was $ 777. With tip was $ 900.00.
We will be returning to Vintage press for Special Occasions including next years Christmas Office Dinner. Just thought we would try the Depot.

Michael Messerschmidt
Valley School Shelter
President and CEO

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LynnM
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A long time favorite in the Central Valley, I’ve been coming here since 1994. Food and service is always spot-on and the ambiance is old style. The wine list is thorough with a good selection. The shrimp and swordfish were excellent. It’s a restaurant that I look forward to every time my travels take me to the Hanford - Visalia area.

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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girl friends and I had lunch here. I wasn’t sure what to expect, since I had not heard much about the Depot. My calamari was excellent. My escargot was excellent. I will definitely be back.

FAQs

The Southern Pacific Depot offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (559) 732-8611.

The Southern Pacific Depot is rated 4.3 stars by 44 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.