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  2. Distance: 6.55mi
  3. Distance: 7.56mi
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About The Rail Stop

The Rail Stop offers Contemporary American Cuisine in a Country Casual setting, with everything from Bread to Pasta to Desserts made on Premises.

6478 Main Street
The Plains, VA 20198
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:30 pm

Cross Street:
Route 245

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(540) 253-5644

Website:
http://www.railstoprestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Street front and small lot through walkway to rear.

Executive Chef:
Tom Kee

Private Party Facilities:
We offer a small private wine room that seats up to 8 people, a side dining room that can be available for Rehearsal Dinners seating up to 32 people and with advance notice, the whole restaurant.

Private Party Contact:
Diane Hilton: (540) 253-5644

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

The Rail Stop Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (14)
Local Ingredients (14)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
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Worth the Drive (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Cozy (10)
Good for a Date (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Authentic (7)
Business Meals (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Fun (6)
Healthy (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Good for Groups (4)
Organic (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Seasonal (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Romantic (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

My wife an I come here for most special occasion meals. The chef and staff are excellent. I've never had anything from the menu that wasn't amazing. It's our personal favorite restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Organic, Casual, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Delicious and perfect Everytime we go.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 3, 2018

It was my birthday and Diane was a gem of a waitress. She made sure, throughout our meal, we were happy with our experience. Food was incredible, the ambiance for the occasion lovely. The only thing I would have liked to have changed was the temperature in the room. It was chilly! Perhaps a floor heater would do the trick. All in all we had a wonderful evening.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Very good as usual,,,good food, service, and ambience,,,just wish they did a saturday brunch

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Our group of five friends met for lunch and were treated very warmly. We all enjoyed our meal and found The Rail Stop to be both convenient and comfortable for a gathering.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My husband and I ordered off the dinner specials menu. My seafood dinner was very good. My husband’s seafood pasta was just okay. Both meals were pricey ($36 each) and that combined with a couple glasses of wine made the final bill way overpriced for a very casual place. Most entrees were $25+.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Anniversary

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 10, 2018

My lunch hamburger was delicious--juicy and flavorable--and a good size. They use organic beef.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Rail Stop never disappoints. Food quality, service and ambiance are professional and confident.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Four friends out to celebrate the Birthday Girl. Cocktails, dinner and dessert. Everyone enjoyed their selections. Most delicious veal I've ever had...and my husband and I have dined in a lot of restaurants on 3 continents and 2 islands! Really great food at The Rail Stop.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Fabulous food and welcoming. Super cute place. Awesome service. It's why we return each year for our family Christmas Eve Gathering!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2017

This was our first time to the Rail Stop but we will definitely return. The food was outstanding as was the service. We ordered the crab cake appetizer and it was the best crab cake I have ever eaten - lots of crab and excellent seasoning. Three of us had the grilled Angus strip which was excellent and was offered in two sizes which was a welcome option. One person ordered the pork chop which was good but not seasoned as well as the strip steak. The ambience is upscale casual in the dining room while the bar side appeared more casual for dinner or drinks at the bar.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

A very good local restaurant with creative and delicious choices. Uses local produce and meat. Great service, friendly and welcoming.

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Organic, Healthy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent quality. Always know you will be well taken care of at The Rail Stop.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The Rail Stop is our favorite local restaurant and has been for many years. We tend to go early in the evening (at opening) and are usually on our way out by the time it's getting busier. Always good food and prompt, friendly service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

It was our grandson’s 21st birthday and we met him for lunch on Sunday after church. Food was wonderful, service excellent and we all enjoyed ourselves.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Wonderful service, healthy menu, and delicious food, as usual!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Nice dining experience until the end. Asked for a little sauce for two remaining raviolis and was told there would be an extra charge. Disappointing!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants. Great service. Excellent food made from locally sourced ingredients. Never disappoints. Small menu that frequently changes. Love it!

Tags: Organic, Special Occasion, Healthy, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Business Meals, Casual, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Always a warm, friendly atmosphere. Easy to become a regular here. Staff are all friendly and attentive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

My favorite place for brunch on Sunday, love the drive to get there, but love the food more. The Doughnut basket is too die for.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The food here just keeps getting better and better! The crab cakes are superb, and I love the duck spring roles. The bourbon chocolate pecan pie was a real treat.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The dining area is divided into two rooms, one seemed more formal with tablecloths, the other was casual and has a hanging lionel train track, open kitchen and small bar.

Tags: Great Beer, Fun, Casual, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Although the food and service was very good, I thought the value was lacking. I got sauteed spinach (salad), which had bacon and shrimp. It tasted good, but a small plate of sauteed spinach with 4 shrimp in my book is overpriced at $14! It was good ... but not a good value. We enjoyed our time there, and the folks were very kind and accommodating.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We have been here several times. The food is good. I am a picky eater but I still found a good choice despite the fancier choices which everyone else likes so much. The lady who seated us and waited on us (the owner?) is delightful. She's very friendly and helpful, answering my questions so I could make an appropriate choice. I don't drink so I can't help with that. The place is cute and not loud so we could easily talk. We'll definitely return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Good service, great cooks, and a great place, where you will always meet with good friends!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Appetizers: calamari salad and warm spinach salad. Entrees:: crab cakes and veal saltimbocca. All were excellent. The waiter recommended the wine, which was a good pairing (I forget which one). Great place for a date. We will be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 15, 2017

For my wife's birthday, she decided we should try The Rail Stop. We have eaten there on several occasions and very much like the ambiance and the chefs specials. The service is always outstanding.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Best food around!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 9, 2017

You can never go wrong at The Rail Stop!
Excellent food and service, consistently wonderful! Our favorite restaurant in the area bar none.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We decided to try the Rail Stop now that we live closer to The Plains. You can tell it's a "neighborhood gem;" everyone seemed to know everyone else. The rockfish special was delicious, with a butter caper sauce that could have used just another squeeze of lemon. The asparagus were nicely done. The wine list is small but interesting, with such finds as a pinto gris and pinot blanc. You need reservations on the weekend. The noise level increased as the tables filled. All in all, an enjoyable if somewhat noisy experience.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Celebrating a friend’s birthday. Superb in every way!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Healthy, Authentic, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

A favorite of ours in VA horse country.. creative cuisine especially with meat and duck...attentive service. Nice wine list..conducive to quiet conversation - at least on weeknights. Pasta special not as impressive as duck specials in past bu husband loved the pork.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We had lunch reservations on a Sunday afternoon.. Several of our party were running late. I call to let them know this. We got our lunches around 2:30 and ate while we talked. The place had lots of empty tables. Their site says open until 8 pm on Sundays. Imagine our surprise when at 3:40 they asked us to leave saying they needed to close so they could reopen at 5:00. When I asked about this I was told rudely that we had been there a long time past the time of our reservations and even though it was only 40 minutes after their 3 pm closing time we still needed to leave. Apparently they think than 40 minutes to eat even on a non busy day is appropriate.
We are local and somewhat regulars but we will not be back.
As an aside the food was good but not worth the rudeness or time restrains.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

My wife and I made a reservation to have brunch at The Rail Stop in The Plains last Sunday. Despite that we arrived on time and had a reservation, the greeter wanted to seat us close to the bar, at a table with no table cloth, when the restaurant was less than half full and the dining room with nice tables was almost empty. When we asked to seat in the dining room, she agreed. Why the host has decided to seat us in the less attractive part of the restaurant when it was almost empty?

Once we were seated our waiter was very nice and helpful answering our questions on the menu.

The brunch menu is very limited. You shouldn't go expecting something special.

I ordered Eggs Benedict. The the eggs were put on very thin muffin, not the best you can find at any grocery store. The coffee was ok. The prices are reasonable.

The noise is above the comfort level to have a quiet conversation.

We cannot say it was an awful experience, but we will think twice before coming back to The Train Stop. The best: The waiter service, efficient and friendly.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Small, cozy, casual, relaxing. Good food and drink. Salads need to be a bit larger.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

My only negative thing was we were first seated near the kitchen. It was very noisy. We asked to be reseated to a different room and they accommodated us. We could still hear kitchen noise, but not as bad. Overall experience was great. Staff was great and food was delicious.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

This restaurant has continued to improve on all fronts while maintaing a very local and authentic feel. A great choice for any occasion.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Unusual night at the Rail Stop. Very busy, the staff appeared some what over whelmed. We sat at the bar and enjoyed watching the guys cook.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Very pleasant, nice service and good food. Great "go to" place in the area for a nice meal with fresh ingredients. Atmosphere in dining room pleasant but not fancy.

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