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Railway Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
American, Cafe, Contemporary
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210 N Palestine St, Athens, TX 75751-2006
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Railway Cafe today. The food was wonderful and the service could not have been better. Our drinks were never more than half empty. This is restaurant has it figured out. The room is simple yet very well decorated. We had the black eyed pea hummus for a starter. It was unique and delicious. I ordered the pimento... More 

Thank Kickbazar
Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a restaurant I would drive all the way from Tyler, where I live, to enjoy great food and fantastic service. They do things so well, servers know their food and are energetic and engaged! If you are ever in the Athens area for lunch, this place is a must. Be ware! It is only open M-F 11-2. You... More 

Thank chadwallace
Athens, Texas
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They serve Lunch only, very good, anything they have also Daily Specials. Get in line they have been DISCOVERED, people are making a must to do list. For the most part Sandwiches,Salads, and Soups. Railway Cafe has been RATED at the top by several Magazines, you just can't go wrong with this eating experience.

Thank davidmcm903
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a small town gem! Justin and his staff are amazing and create the best daily specials topped off with desserts you can't pass up! My "go-to" favorite is the jalepeno pimento cheese sandwich!

Thank J G
Troup, Texas
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

My friend and I went at lunch, the wait was less than 10 minutes. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable and attentive. I ordered the fresh fish, sea bass open sandwich. It was done to perfection, the condiments were a wonderful addition, not over powering. My friend had the chicken breast over a fresh salad with local vegetables. We shared the... More 

Thank Abacos07
Rogers, Arkansas
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

We were here this last week while visiting the area. Food was amazing. Reasonably priced with quality of food. What was really amazing was watching all the locals come in who came frequently enough and some of the servers even knew what they wanted to drink what they usually ordered etc. We sat next to a local patron she said... More 

Thank Leah F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

This place always leaves me wanting more! When they ask if you want to hear the specials say, YES! All of their food is mad with locally grown produce, eat well live well!!

Thank Alejnadra M
Dallas, Texas
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

We could not have been more pleased with this lunch stop find in Athens. In fact, we'll drive from Dallas just to eat here! Hubby had the 1/3 lb cheeseburger with fresh fruit. Sounds so normal but was absolutely delicious! I ordered the special, cod over fresh veggies, and WOW! My tastebuds exploded!! This lunch stop uses local farmers' fresh... More 

Thank admarshtx
Keller, Texas
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18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

Was intrigued by the reviews of this cafe so we stopped here specifically after a morning of berry picking at Echo Springs Blueberry Farm. We were not disappointed. We were greeted instantly and our waiter was with us right away. Everything on the menu looked delicious and it was hard to choose. We opted for the pimento cheese and crostini... More 

Thank ladynna1
Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

What a find in Athens! Nice to have a quality restaurant with unique and delicious food in a small town. Definitely not fast food, fresh and natural selections served by a cheerful and attentive waitstaff. Waitress recommendations were a hit and served with a smile. Our water glass was never empty, dessert looked spectacular but we were so full we... More 

Thank Mary B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Cafe, Contemporary
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children
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: 903-264-7245

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Gatesville, Texas
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?