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The Rail House 1449

261 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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A completely renovated and updated `19th Century home, the charming Rail House 1449 is conveniently located in Rahway’s Arts District, across the street from the Rail Station. Critically acclaimed by the NY Times-Star Ledger-and the Wall Street Journal, The Rail House 1449- rated #1 for "Romantic" by Open Table- features 2 floors of dining that seats up to 50 people in eclectic surroundings. Our wine cellar also accommodates up to 11 people in a uniquely private setting. The Rail House 1449 is proud to use Premium Sterling Silver steaks. You can also feast on our Shrimp/Scallop/Snapper/Duck/Lamb/Chicken/Lobster creations. Warm up with our delicious winter soups including Sweet Potato with Candied Bacon or our Roasted Mushroom. Indulge afterwards with a new array of luscious desserts to complete your meal. We are pleased to"warm-up" this winter with "cooled down" pricing.The menu is complimented by tasteful cocktails and our wine list, available by the bottle and the glass.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, American, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm -9:00pm

Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm -10:00pm,

Sunday: 4:00pm -8:00pm

Saturday and Sunday Brunch Buffets for Private Parties...Held next door in the RAIL YARD CLUB CAR ANNEX

We will gladly open for Lunch and Mondays to accommodate any special lunch...or function that requires a daytime time slot. Please call the restaurant to schedule any private party-business lunch /dinner-holiday party-communion-baby/bridal shower/ rehearsal dinner/repass or that small intimate wedding with our Event Staff who is waiting to assist your individual needs. Our trained staff is highly proficient in coordinating any and all special requests to make YOUR EVENT that SPECIAL ONE TO REMEMBER..Casual or Fine dining- THE CHOICE IS YOURS!!!!
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Phone number
(732) 388-1699
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Executive Chef Manny Salas
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Private party facilities
Rail House 1449 with its beautiful and rustic wine cellar has two additional floors that can seat up to 60 or 100 if standing. Our casual NEW Rail Yard with 14 ft ceilings-brick walls-oak bar for 20- has now opened next door.We will gladly customize our menu to suit your specific needs..Join Us!!!
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Private party contact
bobbi fishman: (732) 388-1699 ext. 14
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The Rail House welcomes all catering events both in-house or private. We can accommodate your every need. We are proud to be a venue for that small intimate wedding/bridal-baby shower/rehearsal dinner/private business lunch or dinner/anniversary/ birthday party/repass or holiday function. We will gladly cater your event at your personal location as well and customize any menu to suit your occasion. Our Brunch Buffet has become a favorite alternative to the sit-down dinner/luncheon for many who prefer that casual atmosphere. We will gladly customize our buffet choices to suit your menu needs.
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Parking details

There is on street parking outside the restaurant. There is also a brand new public parking garage is located next door between the Rail House and the Indigo Hotel. The garage has entry located on both Main and Lewis Streets. Very convenient! Parking fees are also very reasonable
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Public transit
Restaurant located downstairs from train platform on the Northbound side.
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We are proud to announce the opening of our next-door RAIL YARD/CLUB CAR addition that can accommodate up to 60 guests on 1 level with its 14ft ceilings, Large Screen TV's hard wood floors, brick walls, a custom oak bar that can sit 20 comfortably serving unique bourbon-scotch- whiskey and 50 Craft Beers, Our very popular Custom-Made Burgers is a favorite on our casual and affordable menu. Live music returns in this location Thurs-Fri-Sat nights along with themed dinners and sports events Don't forget to book your private parties for the holidays at either the cozy Rail House 1449 or the new more casual Club Car..the choice is yours!. SUNDAY BRUNCH BUFFET is now only available to those planning that very special private event. See website for menu selections.
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Special events & promotions
JOIN US at our RAIL YARD/CLUB CAR NEW ADDITION LOCATED NEXT DOOR at 1443 Irving Street, Rahway, New Jersey 07065

Our 5 Course Wine Dinners are scheduled every 5-6 weeks ..details can be found on our website

Look for our THEME NIGHTS scheduled every 4-6 weeks
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on April 23, 2016

The food and service was great. I took a date her for our anniversary and I was expecting a great experience however, the food and beverages took way too long to arrive my date ordered a alcoholic drink and myself a coffee, her drink arrived and I had to ask for my coffee 2 times before it arrived. The appetizers took at least 25 minutes to arrive we order mussels and a salad. To add more insult to injury our main course was so late that the server had to bring us another dish to make sure we would not complain more. It took over 1 hour and 15 minutes for our main course to arrive. I could understand if they were busy but the restaurant was not even 25 percent full.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on April 16, 2016

Small but cozy.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on April 9, 2016

Service is fantastic. The appetizers were ok. BUT All the sauces on the main entrees/dishes that we ordered was tooooo sweet. We ordered 3 different dishes and they're all sweet (too much !) overlooked shrimp The dessert special is banana pudding. Not!! It's sliced bananas sprinkled with brown sugar on the side with vanilla pudding in the middle. Not good. Thumbs down on food quality. Thumbs up on service provided.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 12, 2016

The food was fantastic. Service was great. We were seated right away and attended to promptly by all staff especially our server Kane who was very friendly and helpful with suggestions. We will definetly be coming back!

Mikeyc (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 27, 2016

I must say the food and service are fantastic at Rail House. Just amazing!!

amh291311 (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 24, 2016

My dining experience here was not bad, but I was also not very impressed. Average and mediocre would probably be the two best words I can think of. The service was good - our waitress was very friendly. Waited a very long time for a bottle of wine but besides that the service was on point. The Apple Salad was delicious. I loved the acid level as well as the perfect amount of cheese and nuts. It was a very well balanced dish. The Mussels Verde had a serious lack of harmony. The mussels were good and so was the sauce, but together they really just didn't make sense. The Duck entree was decent. It was cooked perfectly but lacking flavor and excitement. I enjoyed it but it was nothing special. The Scallops were very disappointing. They were bland and overcooked. It was also another confusing dish - lack of harmony. Overall a decent experience. I'm glad I came in and tried it out - it was worth it for a one time deal - but it's unlikely that I would return.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

A bit overly attentive service. Food is good and varied selection.

vipWestfriend (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

Rail House's special prix fixe dinner was unique, with tastes pairing that surprised and delighted. The staff was, as always, welcoming and knowledgeable, and the entire experience made the day truly memorable!

vestor (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

Had pre fixe 4 course dinner. Four of us each had good dinner with entrees covering: Wild Boar, Scallops wrapped in bacon, 2 way Duck, and Short Ribs..
Everyone happy and enthusiasic.
Kudos again to Bobbi, Kane and of course Chef.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2016

Parking: on street and parking garage on the next street.

We went on the Friday - Valentine's Day weekend. Felt like stepping into a cozy home dinning room. It was a slow night - only 2-3 other couples in the restaurant. Their beer list is okay - my bf had river horse ipa. I had the Italian lemon drop martini and was delicious! We started with the pan seared short rib which came with 3. I had the pan seared salmon - the coconut sauce was not overtaking but did not find any pomegranate. My bf had the stuffed French chicken- very moist and he raved about the horseradish mashed potatoes. (Total meal was about $70 + tip)

Overall I had no complaints on anything. Our server was nice and attentive and food was delicious. I am definitely coming back and recommending it to family and friends!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2016

The Rail House is a very friendly place that makes you feel special every time. The menu has great selections (which they will adapt to personal taste). We have gone there to re-connect with old friends and to celebrate family birthdays. We'll return for future celebrations as well.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 30, 2016

Our party of six enjoyed our pre-show dinner early on Saturday evening. The menu is varied and the food suited everyone at the table. The service was attentive without being intrusive. I would recommend Rail House to those attending shows at the nearby Union County Performing Arts Center. The restaurant gives a discount for ticket holders.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2016

Once again- SUPERB!!!! The Chippino Seafood Special was loaded with huge shrimps...scallops..clams...mussels...and a snapper filet..The corn soup with poached lobster and bacon garnish was just divine...Red Velvet cake is back....Yay...Can't wait to return!!!

vestor (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2016

enjoyed our 45th anniversary dinner...
dinners were excellent as was service. i had San Francisco Cioppino (daily special) and it was delicious. (could not eat it all.)
we have been many times and it is just perfect always!

thanks to Bobby and our waiter - Kane for a nice night!

Susan (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

Fabulous apple salad and tender lamb lollipops were my favorites. The quiet and intimate dining room was perfect for two couples celebrating the holiday together.
Great meal and a festive glass of champagne to toast the new year.