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“Really good food belies the lack of ambiance” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Clocktower Restaurant & Bar

Clocktower Restaurant & Bar
27 West Beverly Street, Staunton, VA 24401
+1 540-213-0665
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Ranked #9 of 106 Restaurants in Staunton
Price range: $6 - $23
Cuisines: American, Italian
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Good for: Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
Staunton, Virginia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Really good food belies the lack of ambiance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2012

The Clock Tower Restaruant in downtown Staunton has a surprisingly good meal at a reasonable price. Looks like it might be a bar food establishment, but it far transcends that in recent years.

Clock Tower specialize in Italian dishes, and my wife has twice had and twice loved their portabella mushroom ravioli. They by no means slight other kinds of food, and I had a wonderful shrimp and andouille sausage over cheese grits entree on special on our last visit. Entrees come with a choice of soup or salad for starters; we had salads, which were fresh and tasty.

They were busy on a Friday night, but the service was quick and efficient and the owner stopped by twice to make sure everything was satisfactory.

I think the presence of many good and even fine restaurants in Staunton is creating a feedback effect -- a place is not going to thrive unless it can offer a good meal, and increasingly even the more modest places are doing that.

There is table seating for everything from couples to small groups and a bar with seating. (Tip: Don't sit near a group table as they are often noisy because they are having so much fun.)

There is also a separate bar with entertainment (" Downtown27 at The Clock Tower") attached. The main restaurant is closed Sunday, the back bar open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia
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206 reviews 206 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
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196 helpful votes 196 helpful votes
“Fun place!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

The Clocktower is an excellent place to hang out, people watch, and enjoy a glass of wine. Service was good and the ambiance was relaxing. Overall - good experience!

Visited February 2012
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great Place to Stop Off I-81”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

We wanted to stop for lunch during a roadtrip, but didn't want fast food, and were so happy to have found the Clocktower Restaurant and Bar. We had a great lunch with burgers, a ruben, and sweet potato fries that hit the spot and gave us a great break from driving. The downtown area of Staunton was so cute and busy, and everyone was very friendly. The restaurant was clean and the staff was efficient and friendly.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Blue Ridge Mountains
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155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
“Great place to people watch!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

My husband and I grabbed a nice glass of wine at the Clocktower while waiting on a local band to start playing nearby. The service was fast and friendly, and the window seating was comfortable and perfect for people watching. Next time, we might grab a bite to eat because the nearby diners appeared to be loving the food!

Visited February 2012
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Winchester, Virginia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Happy to have stopped at the Clock Tower.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012 via mobile

Clean, charming atmosphere, friendly and the staff was accomodating with our personal preferences and dietary needs. We're glad we stopped here on our way through town!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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