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Iron Horse Restaurant

100 S Railroad Ave, Ashland, VA 23005-2076
(804) 752-6410
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Ranked #13 of 72 restaurants in Ashland
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: England Street
Transit: The Ironhorse Restaurant is located at 100 South Railroad Avenue, on the corner of England Street (Rt. 54) and Railroad Avenue - conveniently, one block South of the Ashland Train Station.
Description: With a two-story sign located on the busiest rail line in the East, The Ironhorse is an undeniable landmark in Ashland, VA. Since 1993, The Ironhorse has provided fine food and drink to locals, travelers and destination diners in the heart of Ashland. As Ashland has appointed itself “center of the universe”, The Ironhorse serves as the “restaurant at the center of the universe” where you’re always “welcome back.” The Ironhorse presents a seasonally changing, market-driven menu that features hand-cut steaks and fresh regional seafood, as well as chef-inspired nightly specials. Lunch (11:30-2:30) and dinner (5:30-10:00) are served Monday thru Saturday – with a light fare menu continuously available all day. Sunday brunch is served from 10-2:30. A welcoming Bistro on one hand, an inviting neighborhood pub on the other; Ironhorse also offers a family-friendly, casual fare menu. Dining reservations gladly taken.
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108 reviews from our community

67% Recommend
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English first
Hanover, Virginia
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We have had ups and downs at the Iron Horse but this was a happy return. We came on a Saturday evening without reservations but were received and seated, even getting a nice outdoor table. We had a cheese plate to share which was very good but not enough crackers so we asked for extra bread to compensate. We had... More

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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We prefer the bar side, but if you go on a weekend evening, you have a band, which might be too loud for some (us). The food on the restaurant is pricier but good quality. Nice corner location on Main Street, and many opportunities to see trains pass by, Amtrak and freight!!

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Doswell, Virginia
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We arrived after the Strawberry Faire. We wanted a bottle of Moscato. Our server came back with something else because they were out promising we would love it. We didn't. Sent it back. The 2nd bottle was better but not great. We settled and later found out it was almost $40. The cheese plate we ordered was ok but the... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The Iron Horse is located in the historic town of Ashland VA within walking distance to a small railway station. The railroad runs right through the middle of town and this restaurant is located on the corner of its main street right beside the railroad track. In the summer they offer both indoor and outdoor seating. On our visit to... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

HOLY COW WORST SERVICE EVER 05/18/14 DINER FROM RICHMOND • allysinger • 1 review This was one if the worst dining experiences we have ever had. The only redeeming quality was that the food was great. My boyfriend has owned and run numerous restaurants and we consider ourselves foodies... I had been here once before with my Dad and had... More

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Friendly, interesting menu, tourists and college students and locals make a good mix. Interesting music in evenings.

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Pleasantville, New York
Top Contributor
215 reviews 215 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

With the same name as the best restaurant in my hometown,this Iron Horse is also THE PLACE in Ashland, Va. Given the quality of the food & service it would be "the place"just about anywhere...including New York. Ashland is a convenient stop for me en route to NY along I-95 from the south. After a long day's drive the Iron... More

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Ashland, Virginia
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Iron Horse is by far the best dining experience in Ashland. Located on the tracts, trains rumble by, shaking your cocktail... can't get any closer than this! Food is tasty, healthy, and original.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

After stopping along the highway and desperate for a healthy meal instead of the usual fare of fried food ... we discovered the Iron Horse in Ashland VA. Thank god. The space was creative and authentic ... lots of room and comfortable. Thanks to Rusty Stone who is listed as the person responsible for this place. Our waitress was super... More

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Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We were treated by friends to the Iron Horse while in town. Great wine suggestions by our very attentive waitress. We tried multiple appetizers, which were all perfection. During our wait for the main course, we were treated to samples of a few different soups the chef was preparing, which were outstanding and may have been the best treat of... More

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