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“Pretty Skimpy”

Iron Horse Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 90 Restaurants in Ashland
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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.
Mechanicsville, Virginia, United States
1 review
“Pretty Skimpy”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

My wife has been pushing to give IronHorse another try. So went out on 2/16. We understand austerity but this was ridiculous. my wife orders scallops at $29. I thought that was a bit pricey, but, to beat that the entree was THREE SCALLOPs, THREE pcs of Fingerling Potatoes and FIVE "Creamed Brussell Sprouts......Couldn't believe it. my entree included Brussell Sprouts and I asked for Asparagus in lieu. NO SUBS...But for $1.25 I could get Asparagus on top of a $34 entree. OK what the heck....I received FIVE asparagus tips at a weight, my guess, of less than two ounces. WON'T EVER BE THERE.......EVERY RESTAURANT IN THE FAN BEATS THIS

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Rick C
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English first
Fairfax Station, VA
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62 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“One of nicest restaurants in Ashland, but...”
Reviewed February 8, 2013

The menu is appealing although the quality of the food was not the best. I'd still come again as it is the most upscale restaurant in town and very accessible to the Henry Clay Inn.
Fried oysters were not available.
Scallop dish was very salty and could not discern the white/potato looking item in the center of the plate. Did not look or taste like pureed cauliflower.
Warm beet salad had goat cheese on it which waiter said would be feta. Menu says mozzarella.
Very noisy on Friday nights and could not hear my colleagues. As a result did not have dessert.

Breakfast/Sunday Brunch
Disappointed that you have to pay for multiple tea bags.
Water for tea was not hot and wasted one bag. Waiter would not provide another. Fortunately my colleague provided me with one from her purse.
Requested family serving plate of sweet potato hash to share at table and received small bread-sized plate which did not permit everyone to share.
Poached eggs on the eggs benedict tasted like they had something in them. (Maybe vinegar to keep them together?) Would not have this dish again. Did not eat the eggs.
Would not accommodate colleague who was gluten free by substituting potato with her egg dish.
Other colleagues seemed pleased with their selections.
Would have basic eggs and bacon or omelet next time.

With a few tweaks and attention to detail could be top notch.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Finiky
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Ashland, VA
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Our special occasion restaurant”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

My husband and I have come to Ironhorse for birthdays, anniversaries, and just because for many years. The food is consistently good, and we love the atmosphere of the old high-ceilinged building overlooking the center of the historic part of town. They have a good wine list, and the service is well done.

Visited December 2012
Thank jcwords
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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283 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Surprisingly Good.. More than a Tavern”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

Quite unusual menu for a Tavern atmosphere...

House-made meatloaf with Bourbon Gravy... Shrimp and Grits as good as Charleston.. and deserts that are also 10 on 10. Especially the Pave: Flourless Chocolate Fudge. Don't miss it.
Enjoyable sitting by the window as trains, people and cyclists go by.. quaint little community for sure.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank bmwbillk
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A bit pretentious”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

Can't decide between average and very good. My meal, duck, $26, was very good, husband got pot roast $22, liked the meat but sauce was overly salted. Wines on the expensive side. Waiter tried hard, he was rather new, when I asked for a subsitition on the veg, said he'd have to check with his chefs. They had sweet potato hash and it was Nov 27....kind of sick of sweet potato after Thanksgiving and leftovers.....subsitution was okayed but it seemd a bit pretentious. The other problem is the noise factor. It wasnt really crowded but there were a few tables of 8-10 people. Had to keep asking waiter to repeat himself, I could not hear him!High tin ceilings do not make for a cozy experience. They need to insulate somehow. They did have some wine specials at half price, more down to earth pricing. Overall though, good to very good.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank funex
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