The Rail Stop

4.7
716 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
The Rail Stop offers Contemporary American Cuisine in a Country Casual setting, with everything from Bread to Pasta to Desserts made on Premises.
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BM
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent service is just the start of a wonderful dining experience. The food is creative and flavorful. The hot mushroom and spinach salad was especially good. And our host was attentive, but not intrusive. We'll be back.

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j
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the experience, will go again. The food was very tasty and wonderful portions.The draft beer was very cold's it should be.The staff was very helpful.

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AN
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice dinner! Had been meaning to try for a long time. Excellent veal medallions and crab cakes. The Asian appetizer rolls were fabulous. Cocktail wasn't great, but a very good wine list. Will be back!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great. Had the potato chive soup as appetizer. Pepperoni pizza for lunch. Thin and crispy. Delicious.

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P
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu is interesting, food very good and service excellent.

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ME
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rail Stop is one of my favorite restaurants and my friend & I love going there. It's so nice to be welcomed and taken care of especially by Diane. Ambiance is super, food is delicious and it's a great place to hold a conversation without having to shout across the table, like some other restaurants are these days.

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KS
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

our food was delicious. We’ve been going her over the five years and we are never disappointed.

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AB
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived 1/2 hr early for our reservation and were seated in the front window by the door. While we appreciated being seated as soon as we got there, that’s a cold location and we like to sit in Diane’s section. So, we left for a half hour and returned at our reservation time. The table we wanted was ready, Diane served us with her usual friendly charm and the food was delicious, as usual. It was a terrific evening and in the future we’ll arrive at our reservation time for this very popular little restaurant!

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HW
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. It was great seeing Diane again.

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SS
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience at the Rail Stop. Great menu with wonderful specials. Everything is fresh and temperature appropriate. Friendly and efficient service from everyone.

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e
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant for years. The food is always amazing and so consistent. Had duck rolls, crab cake, spinach salad and veal medallions. All delicious. Always great service from Diane, Jenny and Bruce and the rest of the staff.

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s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down best restaurant in the area. Always delicious, always an awesome experience.

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MW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really a great meal! We enjoyed the food and service.

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DB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always a great experience - this is our go to date night restaurant.
Our server - Diane was exceptional.
Food from appitizer to salad to entrees to dessert - fantastic.
FYI crab cakes are phenominal!

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RH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I really enjoyed my time at the Rail Stop. The place is very cute in a nice quiet town. We had a couple of great dishes. My girlfriend got some delicious ravioli, and my crab cakes were some of the best I have ever had. The only reason why I gave 4 stars and not 5 is that I felt it was a little pricey for the portions and they could have used another server to help with how busy the place was. I have already recommended it to some friends, and we hope to go back.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place. We have gone for years and will continue.

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G
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Repeat visit. Our lunch visits have been great, so we chose this spot for our first dinner date in 1.5 years (without the baby). The food was ok but the service was slow and unresponsive. Based on the owner/manager’s greeting of everyone but us, if you don’t live there or aren’t a regular, your presence isn’t needed.

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C
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The Rail Stop NEVER disappoints. It's a welcoming event every time we visit. Ron and staff are gracious, accommodating (We require a wheel chair accessible table.) and the food is always well prepared and presented. Out pizzas, chicken chili and blackened salmon (there were 4 of us.) and the dessert were very tasty and expertly cooked and seasoned. We'll just keep on going there until they throw us out!!!

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BA
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, service and location. We would highly recommend this special place!

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A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good casual dining location. Went for brunch and the menu, although limited, had excellent choices. Service was friendly and nicely done.

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G
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful place.

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BM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good but underwhelming. Dishes I’ve had dozens of times just aren’t making it anymore.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Rail Stop is where we go when we want a cozy dinner with fabulous food. It never fails to deliver.

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P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friend reunion

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most consistent food and environment experiences I have ever experienced. Joyous service as well.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had another wonderful dinner! Always good and Diane is a wonderful waitress!!!

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CH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always great though I generally get seafood. I got the petit filet this last time and I’m dissappointed to say it made Outback look good. It was a terrible cut of beef. I’ll still go back, but will stick with seafood/veal/chicken from now on.

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DL
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and customer service is consistently excellent. We’ve never had a bad experience in the 10 years we have visited. Tom Kee is an excellent chef!

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Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very enjoyable time celebrating our friends birthday. Food and service was excellent. Both my friend & I had the Mahi mahi and the portion was wonderful. I took a small piece home since I wanted to save room for dessert!

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B
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SO glad we found this delightful cafe! We were a bit surprised that initially we were to be seated near the door - it was windy and cold, we had a reservation, couldn’t we sit in the other room? Of course! (so why wasn’t that offered?). After being seated, the entire experience was perfect. The service was spot on and the food not only delicious, but a great value - burgers around $10, a couple of interesting specials (mahi mahi, chicken chimichangas), and bacon - not just any bacon, amazing, thick sliced, Smokey bacon! Whether brunch or lunch, be SURE to order a side of that!!

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SA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints!! The service is tremendous and they usually have two specials in addition to their regular menu. If you are there for breakfast or brunch, order an side dish of their bacon, it's the real deal!

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C
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Rail Stop and staff never disappoint. They are especially accommodating of my spouse who is in a wheelchair.

The food is carefully prepared and served. We go back again and again.

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RP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu. Outstanding food and service. Dined there several times. Never been disappointed.

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BD
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a great spot for dinner with friends. For us this is the best place for dinner in the area.

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P
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 1

We arrived 15 minutes early for a 5:30 reservation We were not allowed in the restaurant. We had to wait outside in the cold till 5:30. When we finally got in we had to remain standing because they were busy writing on a blackboard over our table. I asked if we could be seated at a different table in the warmer dining room and was told no because they were reserved. I had made my reservation Earlier that week.We were seated next to the noisy bar in an area that had a draft every time the door opened. They seated a family with two crying children next to us. The hostess was awful and did not care about our party.
The waiter forgot to put in half our order, so the food came out at different times. He did try to compensate us by giving us one crap cake to share and not charging two of us for our glass of wine and beer.
The food was good, but not good enough for me to overlook the nasty hostess and other issues. I expect better treatment from a restaurant that charges $30 an entree

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EC
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I met two friends for lunch and had a lovely meal and visit. The staff was attentive without being intrusive and our food was very good. Serving sizes are a bit scanty, but the good part of that is that we still had room to share the delicious apple crisp.

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SA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were two lunch specials Sunday, mahi-mahi and a penne pasta with spicy sausage, mushrooms, spinach and a white cream sauce. Both were exceptional!! Everything about this restaurant is outstanding. It will be a lunch favorite for ever!!

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D
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good meal at a reasonable price

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NW
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Only problem was a private party that was not so private - overly noisy and obnoxious. However, our very nice waitress asked those who continued to stand to please be seated and settle down. I was very grateful because I had an elderly relative who had flown in for a visit from Rhode Island - she was not amused but the inconsiderate behavior of this crowd during brunch on Sunday.

But, always love the Railstop! Great entrees and desserts.

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SS
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Rail Stop has consistently great food, service and ambiance. The menu changes with the seasons and the fish specials never disappoint. Whenever we want a special night out, this place is always high on our list of options.

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