The Rail Stop

4.8
729 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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P
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent luncheon. 2 specials particularly good.

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S
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Rail Stop! The food is always good and the people are friendly! One of my favorite places!

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LD
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Rail Stop. Jenny and Diana are fantastic. The food is outstanding. Only recommendation is that they change the menu once or twice a year. It never changes.

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b
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Promptly greeted upon arrival. Just a great evening - delicious food and great service!

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Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy this place

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K
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience, as always, great service and delicious food.

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SA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have recommended the Rail Stop to several of my friends and will continue to do so! I had salmon over a rice medley last Sunday and it was delicious!! The chicken burrito wasn't bad either!! Try it, you will like it!!

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WS
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible staple of The Plains. We went here for the first time in 10 years and the food and service was as excellent as I remember.

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l
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, small restaurant - food prepared to specifications - staff friendly - quaint setting

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JC
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and incredibly professional and friendly service. Just a wonderful restaurant.

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AF
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were warm, welcoming and patient with our 3 year old. Delicious food best crab cake in Virginia!!! We enjoyed a variety of food and all were outstanding.
Looking forward to our next visit, sans toddler.

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RP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant as always was terrific. The crab cakes are as good as any I have ever had. Total crab meat. Absolutely delicious. Ambience is outstanding. Went on a Saturday night. Full house so the noise level was high. Recommend going during the week. Much less noise. Do not miss this restaurant. It is excellent for any occasion.

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CW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was nice food was great. Always a good experience at The Rail Stop.

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BM
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
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 on March 17, 2019
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 on March 16, 2019
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 on March 16, 2019
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
16 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
16 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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