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Railway Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Cafe, Contemporary
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210 N Palestine St, Athens, TX 75751-2006
+1 903-264-7245
11:00 - 14:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Great soups, sandwiches and salads in a rustic, friendly atmosphere. They also have pasta dishes and a few other entrees, as well as daily specials. Local produce and fresh fish and other ingredients. Always good.

Thank skboals
Saint Louis, Missouri
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Extended family was enjoying the holidays at Cedar Creek and decided to do lunch "in town". We were a party of 11 so we had a bit of a wait for a table but it was worth it! Great atmosphere and lots of enticing options on the menu. We had several in our party with dietary restrictions and all found... More 

Thank marieallenedward
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4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

I realize I am walking on sacred ground here to write about this well know and respected establishment in Athens. I had heard about the Railway Cafe long before moving to Athens. Texas in 2015. When I finally ate there, I was disappointed. First of all, the noise level is off the charts. so it was pretty difficult talking to... More 

Thank Deborah W
Athens, Texas
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

I frequently meet my wife here for lunch during the work week, conveniently located on the square in Athens, fantastic food, friendly service, never once had a bad experience here.

Thank FlyJB1979
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

When my daughter is home from college, Railway is always a request! The Boswell's do a wonderful job in presenting great food in a welcoming atmosphere. The pimento cheese is our go to favorite!

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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

We were looking for a place to eat a late breakfast as we passed through Athens and found the Railway Cafe. This is not a breakfast place and is only open from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, but the menu was fairly extensive and the food was delicious. Not the typical fare you might expect from a small town cafe.... More 

Thank Calvin W
Coppell, Texas
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

I live in Dallas and it's almost worth the hour drive just to eat lunch at the Railway Cafe. The food is imaginative, fresh and delicious. I would expect to see a restaurant like this flourishing in Uptown in Dallas but it is thriving in Athens, Texas. It's only open for lunch Monday through Friday.

1 Thank gnatpew
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Stopped by on our way to San Antonio and was amazed by the freshness and flavors! Everything was superb! The best salad ever and the service was phenomenal! Impressed by the natural soap in the restroom also. 😉

Thank Greg W
Athens, Texas
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

The Railway Cafe is a wonderful place to have lunch on weekdays. (Not open on weekends) The food is always fresh and made from scratch, even the ice cream. My favorite is the Pimento Cheese Sandwich which has jalapenos on toasted bread. The hamburger is outstanding as well. The sweet potato fries...yum! There is always a daily special usually incorporating... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Contemporary
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?