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Railway Cafe

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$$ - $$$American, Cafe,
210 N Palestine St, Athens, TX 75751-2006
+1 903-264-7245
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good15%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“lunch” (55 reviews)
“burger” (17 reviews)
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11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Hours
American, Cafe, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
210 N Palestine St, Athens, TX 75751-2006
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Reviewed July 30, 2018

My husband and I stopped into this charming eclectic cafe on our way thru Athens. The reviews were great and the burgers surpassed the reviews. I had the burger with the bacon and pimento cheese with the herb mayo. Sounds strange I know, but people...More

Thank Melissa P
Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

Decided to eat here based on the spectacular reviews and it didn’t live up to my expectations. I had the grilled chicken wrap with fries and it was just OK. This place is very small and really loud, the tables are so close to each...More

Thank WildHaireHiking
Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

My coworker and I stopped in for lunch & we were both extremely pleased with the service, the ambiance, and the food! I ordered the grilled portobello sandwich on sourdough, roasted bell peppers, grilled onions, with herb pesto, and without the sourdough. As a vegan,...More

Thank Norma R
Reviewed July 19, 2018 via mobile

WOW, I was blown away by this place. We stopped here on our way to Tyler for lunch. I had the chicken quesadilla. It was hands down the best quesadilla I've ever had. Awesome jalepeno avocado sauce. The pico was outstanding. Price for lunch was...More

Thank Guy M
Reviewed July 16, 2018 via mobile

Although this place is only open for lunches monday thru Friday, it is awesome!! The food is unbelievably delicious and there daily specials are as equally great! The staff in very prompt and courteous. But you better come early if you want in as this...More

Thank Ken W
Reviewed July 12, 2018

I love it when I find a place that understands the issues with being gluten free. The brownies were awesome.

Thank Kathy P
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Staff was exceptionally attentive and polite; food was delicious. Would recommend if you live here, or just traveling through.

Thank pamdH3480JJ
Reviewed May 26, 2018 via mobile

I decide to stop for lunch after checking the reviews. The building has great character. I order a burger, fries & tea. The tables are very close like someone else mentioned, and the place has real subdued lighting. I was seated next to some local...More

Thank Iflyfish28
Reviewed May 10, 2018 via mobile

We had lunch and were seated at the last available table. The tables are kind of close together so if you don’t mind listening in on other peoples conversations, you will be fine. We enjoyed our meal and would go back. I like that presentation...More

Thank Karen D
Reviewed April 30, 2018

We visited my sister-in-law and her husband for the weekend at their fishing cabin just outside Athens. We arrived mid-day and they suggested that we meet at the Railway Cafe for lunch. I ordered the daily special (grilled redfish on a bed of roasted vegetables...More

Thank teds759
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February 18, 2015|
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Response from Chantal V | Reviewed this property |
My answer is just a guess, but if you could talk to the owners Justin & Deanna Boswell, am sure that while the restaurant is closed and they are cleaning up, they would let you visit a bit. Call them @903.264.7245! :-)
January 5, 2015|
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Response from Melissa B | Reviewed this property |
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 210 N Palestine St, Athens, TX 75751-2006
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Athens
  • Phone Number: +1 903-264-7245
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