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Serving exquisite meals and creating memorable dining experiences.
Since 1996
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The Rail Stop

Offering a quality, gourmet dining experience

Nestled in the beautiful Plains, Virginia, just off Route 66, The Rail Stop offers a fine dining experience for everyone. Renowned for its high-quality and consistently outstanding cuisine, The Rail Stop is one of Northern Virginia's premier dining establishments. All breads, pastas, and desserts are crafted on-site, alongside other meticulously prepared items, to create a top-tier dining experience. The Rail Stop Restaurant proudly serves gourmet-quality dining for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch.


The Rail Stop Restaurant

In 1996, renowned Chef Tom Kee partnered with actor Robert Duvall to open The Rail Stop Restaurant in The Plains, Virginia. The Rail Stop quickly built a reputation as one of the region's finest restaurants and remains a favorite among locals and visitors to Northern Virginia, celebrated for its exceptional cuisine and welcoming atmosphere. In 2023, Sandy Freeman took over as Proprietor and Chef, continuing the legacy of The Rail Stop as a beloved dining destination.


Locally Sourced, Fresh and Organic Ingredients

The cuisine at The Rail Stop is renowned for its high quality and consistency, establishing the restaurant as one of Northern Virginia's premier dining destinations. All breads, pastas, and desserts are made on-site, along with other items, to ensure a top-tier dining experience. We focus on using fresh, local, and organic products to craft our dishes.

Sandy Freeman

Proprietor and Chef
About Us

Proprietor and Chef

Classically trained in Nashville, Tennessee, Sandy Freeman apprenticed at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel where she honed her craft and love of everything culinary. She dedicated the next several years in Nashville to refining her skills and developing a flare for Southern inspired cuisine.

Sandy's culinary journey took her south, down the east coast with a brief stop in South Carolina, and then on to Florida where she opened a fine dining seafood restaurant on the gulf coast.

Sandy relocated to Northern Virginia and has been local ever since 2004 when she started working with Tom Kee at his second location, The Whistle Stop. In 2006, she helped open Claire’s At The Depot in Warrenton, VA. Sandy takes her creative inspiration from the seasons and locally sourced produce bringing rich flavors together with style and passion.

Catering and Special Events

We specialize in special events!

Let us make your event special. We work with you to make event menu choices that are both delicious and tailored to your unique tastes and preferences. Our dedicated team ensures every detail is perfect, creating an unforgettable dining experience for you and your guests.


Host your event with us and enjoy an exclusive setting paired with personalized menus and exceptional service to make your occasion truly extraordinary.

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Our catering service provides exquisite cuisine and impeccable service, tailored to make your event a memorable culinary experience.

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The Railstop Restaurant features award-winning American cuisine and is located in the heart of Virginia's Wine Country.

All Breads, Pastas and Desserts are made on site along with other items to help create a top dining experience. We focus on using fresh, local and organic products.

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Monday: Closed
Tue - Thur: 5 - 8:30 PM
Fri: 11 AM - 2:30 PM Lunch
Fri: 5 - 9 PM
Sat: 11 AM - 2:30 Lunch
Sat: 5 - 9 PM
Sun - 10 AM - 2:30 PM Brunch
Sun - 5 - 8:30 PM


6478 Main Street The Plains,
Virginia 20198. United States.