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“Really good food belies the lack of ambiance”

Clocktower Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #8 of 130 Restaurants in Staunton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $23
Cuisines: American, Bar
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Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Staunton, Virginia
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94 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Really good food belies the lack of ambiance”
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
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Thank ValleyGuy71
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English first
Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia
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402 reviews
302 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
“Fun place!”
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
Thank sunflower35
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109 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great Place to Stop Off I-81”
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
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Thank murraymonsters
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Blue Ridge Mountains
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118 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
“Great place to people watch!”
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
Thank Leo35
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Winchester, Virginia
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Happy to have stopped at the Clock Tower.”
Reviewed February 20, 2012

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!

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Thank Coleslaw13
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