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Railway Cafe

$$ - $$$American, Cafe,
210 N Palestine St, Athens, TX 75751-2006
+1 903-264-7245
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good15%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“lunch” (48 reviews)
“creme brulee” (7 reviews)
Opens in 29 min
All hours
American, Cafe, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
210 N Palestine St, Athens, TX 75751-2006
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the definition of hidden gem. Best food not only in Athens, Texas but for many miles around. Chef has a true gift for good comfort food at reasonable pricing. Very friendly and cozy setting.

Thank twatkins2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I have lived here for many years but I've never had the chance to eat here even though my wife has. I've read the reviews and have always wanted to try the food. Today was a rainy day and my wife's hair...More

1  Thank David H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Usually lines out on sidewalk so we picked a good day to visit, a rainy day. I had lunch special of seared sea bass...I will say it was the best I have ever eaten with fresh vegetables cooked perfect. Think will become our lunch go...More

Thank Marie H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food and service are always great. Chef Justin's specials are not to be missed. There are always unexpected menu items that are intriguing and never disappoint.

Thank AnnetteLeeDavis
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

Stumbled upon this restaurant passing through Athens. Came in 30 minutes before they closed at 2 pm, but got excellent service. Really good food, but not too fancy. Really liked the "trainy" atmosphere at the place - rough but friendly.

Thank tomthenorwegian
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

Always a great go-to favorite with a good friend. Food, service, atmosphere are always top notch. Loved the goat cheese on the specialty sandwich today...new flare!

Thank 3greens2017
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Great service and great food. Very busy many times had to wait but it is worth it. Casual dress is just fine no need to dress up to have fine dining in a small town. We had a child fighting Cancer and was leaving to...More

Thank Melody R
Reviewed 23 May 2017

this restaurant is only open from 11 am to 2 pm. and never have I heard of anyone not enjoying their meal. it is a very special place that has a chef. the food is out of this world.

Thank Gary M
Reviewed 2 May 2017

On a trip to Nacogdoches, we stopped in Athens and ate at the Railway cafe both ways. The food is excellent and the service is also great. Their strawberry shortcake is the best we have ever had.

Thank YerRoyalHighness
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This is an excellent café. The food is great and the service excellent. It is small and if you don't want to wait you need to be there early. It is located off the square in Athens and parking is good.

Thank Fancyceleste
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19 February 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! :-)
5 January 2015|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
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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