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The Ironhorse

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.
78 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
(78 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 78 reviews
5 stars
(31)
4 stars
(31)
3 stars
(9)
2 stars
(6)
1 star
(1)
Food 
4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4 / 5
Service 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Ambiance 
3.9 / 5
(Very Good) 3.9 / 5
Noise Level
2 / 3
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • neighborhood gem(38)
  • fit for foodies(23)
  • special occasion(22)
  • romantic(16)
  • great for outdoor dining(12)
  • good for groups(11)
The Ironhorse Reviews List
Review 1 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 10/30/2015
 2005
Dined on 10/30/2015
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 10/30/2015
 2005
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Review 2 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Ambiance is nice BUT

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"The brunch menu is skimpy with no side shown or mentioned, and there are no other choices. The portions are very small, not what one would normally associate with Sunday brunch. We drove up from Richmond on the recommendation of a friend. We left still hungry.
The musician was wonderful and not loud.
We will not go back for brunch and not make a special trip to come back"
Dined on 12/06/2015
 2004
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Review 3 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 10/29/2015
 2014
Dined on 10/29/2015
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 10/29/2015
 2014
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 4 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 11/14/2015
 2011
Dined on 11/14/2015
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Dined on 11/14/2015
 2011
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Review 5 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 11/11/2015
 2012
Dined on 11/11/2015
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 11/11/2015
 2012
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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Review 6 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great spot for enjoying the company you are with

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"I loved the food, the quiet atmosphere, great service. I actually could hear and enjoy the company I was with. The wait staff was attentive without being annoying. The food was excellent. Good menu choices and nice wine list."
Dined on 11/09/2015
 2015
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 7 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/14/2013
 2012
Dined on 2/14/2013
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Nice food and good service. The decor was a bit lacking at the time."
Dined on 2/14/2013
 2012
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Review 8 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Been Awhile

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Had not been for a few years- have dined twice there in the last few months- both times very good- new parking lot around the corners helps a bunch- soups are outstanding, fresh, homemade - prices on the upper end but quality backs it up."
Dined on 10/24/2015
 2014
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 9 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 10/18/2015
 2013
Dined on 10/18/2015
 2013
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 10/18/2015
 2013
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Review 10 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/10/2015
 2011
Dined on 10/10/2015
 2011
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 10/10/2015
 2011
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 11 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 10/03/2015
 2008
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Review 12 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/09/2015
 2012
Dined on 10/09/2015
 2012
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 10/09/2015
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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Review 13 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 9/26/2015
 2008
Dined on 9/26/2015
 2008
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 9/26/2015
 2008
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Review 14 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 9/19/2015
 2006
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Review 15 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 9/19/2015
 2014
Special Features: romantic, hot spot, special occasion, notable wine list, late-night find
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Review 16 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Absolutely Fabulous! A hidden gem !

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 9/18/2015
 2010
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 17 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/18/2015
 2014
Dined on 9/18/2015
 2014
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 9/18/2015
 2014
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Review 18 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Good lunch meeting place

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"I entertained a business colleague here for lunch. I had the shrimp and grits, she had the B&O chicken salad with fries. Both meals were very good. The wait staff was very professional and very attentive. We also got to watch 3 trains roll by the restaurant, an entertaining event as you are only about 20 yards from the tracks. This place has a lot of atmosphere, the food is always good and the wait staff is always on top of their game."
Dined on 9/08/2015
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, scenic view
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Review 19 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/02/2015
 2010
Dined on 9/02/2015
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 9/02/2015
 2010
Special Features: special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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Review 20 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 8/29/2015
 2010
Special Features: scenic view
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Review 21 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 8/28/2015
 2014
Special Features: special occasion, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 22 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Excellent Food but eat inside

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"The food was excellent. Lots of variety on the menu. The service was quite good also. It was a beautiful evening so we sat outside and it was very nice except for when the trains come by. It is VERY VERY LOUD whenever a train does come by. I would strongly recommend dining inside. Otherwise it was a very good dinner. We have been there several time and will be back but indoors next time."
Dined on 8/26/2015
 2010
Special Features: good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 23 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Disappointed

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"We had eaten here a few years ago and were pleased, so went back recently. We were disappointed with the food. The fried oysters were nearly all breading; in fact one was all breading. The fried green tomatoes were delivered with a sharp knife as if they might be nice and crisp, but sadly they were so soggy from overcooking that they fell apart on the plate. Fish in the main course was well cooked but served in a very sweet sauce that tasted like it would go better with beef. Server was not very familiar with the menu; perhaps he was new. Very nice setting with train station theme and train track right out the door."
Dined on 8/20/2015
 2007
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Review 24 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 8/09/2015
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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Review 25 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 8/08/2015
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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Review 26 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/06/2015
 2015
Dined on 8/06/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 8/06/2015
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, scenic view
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Review 27 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 7/30/2015
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 28 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 7/25/2015
 2010
Dined on 7/25/2015
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 7/25/2015
 2010
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 29 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 7/17/2015
 2012
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 30 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 7/17/2015
 2014
Dined on 7/17/2015
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 7/17/2015
 2014
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 31 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 7/11/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 32 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/08/2015
 2013
Dined on 5/08/2015
 2013
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 5/08/2015
 2013
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Review 33 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Attention Train Lovers

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"This quaint restaurant offers diners a unique up close and personal view of local train traffic. How close? Patrons can literally take a few steps from the front porch tables and place pennies on the tracks! Even if you are not a train lover this place is worth a visit for the sake of experiencing its nostalgic charm. We arrrived on a hot humid evening so opted to eat indoors. Our fried oyster appetizer was fresh, warm and delicious. Equally impressive was the Pearl Cabernet Sauvignon. For entres we tried the pan roasted salmon and the tequila-lime lobster rissoto. Both were average. After dinner we opted to enjoy coffee at one of the vacant front porch tables. Confession - a few pennies got flattened during our stay!!! Will definitely bring dear friends back to this little gem."
Dined on 6/18/2015
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for outdoor dining
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Review 34 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great spot in Ashland

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Celebrated a birthday with out-of-town guests. service, food, and atmosphere was very good. Our go-to spot in Ashland"
Dined on 6/17/2015
 2009
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 35 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The shrimp and grits, the fried oysters and the creme brule were perfection.. A really great dining experience which we look forward to each year before our even"
Dined on 6/13/2015
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 36 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 5/15/2015
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 37 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/10/2015
 2014
Dined on 1/10/2015
 2014
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 1/10/2015
 2014
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Review 38 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Business lunch

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/12/2015
 2011
Dined on 5/12/2015
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Had a business lunch here. Both ordered the caesar salad with blackened chicken. Excellent. Service was very attentive. Quiet atmosphere. Perfect."
Dined on 5/12/2015
 2011
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 39 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"There are few restaurants where you can sit outside on the Main Street and watch a train go through the center of town. The Iron Horse is that place. Downtown Ashland is a rare gem and the Iron Horse capitalizes on that fact by serving great food while providing a front row seat to the uniqueness of the town. I have been there for lunch and dinner and have enjoyed both."
Dined on 4/17/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, great for outdoor dining
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Review 40 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Another Great Dinner

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"An excellent martini, flavorful appetizers, interesting specials and creative entrees make The Ironhorse our go-to destination when considering area dining. It's a great place to treat oneself to a terrific meal before taking in some live music, whether on-site or just across the street. The Ironhorse never disappoints."
Dined on 4/02/2015
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch
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Review 41 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Tried this restaurant after reading good reviews

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Had the crab eggs Benedict. Very flavorful. Only downside was the eggs were over poached. Three of us ordered the same thing and 2 of us had the same issue. Since I can't poach an egg myself I like to get them out. Bloody Mary was very good."
Dined on 3/29/2015
 2013
Special Features: great for brunch
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Review 42 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Diamond in the rough

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Ironhorse sits on the railroad tracks in a small town north of Richmond, Virginia. While the decor may not fit into a trendy New York neighborhood, the food was honest and delicious. The menu is simple and limited and focused on fresh, seasonsal offerings. I had the artichoke soup with truffle oil; amazing and the artichoke flavor did not over overwhelm. My entre was the bison; delicious, moist, and only slightly gamey. My wife had the boneless short ribs, and she loved it so much she wouldn't give me a bite until the very end when she was too full to finish it. The mashed potatoes are buttery and delicious. We had a piece of pecan pie for dessert. You must try it! It was buttery and gooey and awesome!"
Dined on 3/25/2015
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 43 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The food is very good and the service is very good. If in Ashland you should eat here."
Dined on 3/07/2015
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 44 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 3/07/2015
 2014
Dined on 3/07/2015
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Excellent food and mostly good service, but the long delay getting our dessert made us late for our show."
Dined on 3/07/2015
 2014
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 45 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

4-5 star prices for 2-3 star experience

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Dined on 2/27/2015
 2015
Dined on 2/27/2015
 2015
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Chicken tasted like it was cured in brine...similar to the meats you can buy in bulk from home delivery trucks. Salmon looked like it was from frozen as well. Definitely not worth the 40 meal price tag. The bar and bar menu looks interesting for drink/bar food dates. I will not eat off the full menu again as I can get the same quality from Perkins or any other two star restaurant for a much lower price"
Dined on 2/27/2015
 2015
Special Features: romantic
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Review 46 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Perfect

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Outstanding experience and look forward to returning soon. We were greated warmly by the staff, and our overall service was excellent. Great menu, with wonderful selections and great flavors that complement each other. We all loved the ample portions that allowed us to share and taste, inlcuding the 16 oz ribeye steak. One of members of our group left her pursue and the staff quickly tracked us down."
Dined on 2/28/2015
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, great for brunch, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 47 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

OK food but very expensive

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"The food was OK. Very small portions for the price. it may be the only one in Ashland but Short Pump or Richmond are not that far away. The server was excellent and very attentive."
Dined on 1/16/2015
 2015
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Review 48 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

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Dined on 2/14/2015
 2010
Dined on 2/14/2015
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"We've enjoyed this restaurant in the past but were disappointed this time. Smoke from the kitchen filled the dining area, fish and chips on the menu had not been available for some time, menu in general was uninspired."
Dined on 2/14/2015
 2010
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Review 49 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

jarhead

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Overall food and service was very good. Entree could have been served at a higher temperature."
Dined on 1/03/2015
 2009
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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Review 50 for The Ironhorse
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Ironhorse Missed the Station in Ashland

Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Although we must compliment the waiter for trying to cover for the kitchen, the 4 trys by the kitchen to offer the meal orders taken, we were frustrated and hungary by the time the kitchen finally found something to serve. The special of the night, Cod, was not served after the waiter returned and said the kitchen "burned the last piece of fish". So I reordered the next fish, salmon, only to have the waiter return a few minutes later to say they were out of salmon. So I took the waiter's suggestion to try the barbequed shrimp, only to have him return a third time to hear that too was out of supply. So he suggested the crabcakes, and after almost an hour of waiting (to the dismay of my hungary traveling dinner guests), I received a gooey, creamy, bread mixture of something that didn't resemble a crabcake expected by a finer restuarant. So despite the waiter's attempts to appease, never try the Ironhorse on a Monday night. (Our waiter, Evan, mentioned he thought the kitchen was resupplied on Tuesdays)"
Dined on 12/29/2014
 2011
Special Features: vibrant bar scene
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