About The Old Fourth Street Filling Station
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Drop into The Old Fourth Street Filling Station for good times and great food. The restaurant is a neighborhood favorite, and offers a casual, friendly dining atmosphere that you and your friends are sure to enjoy. The Old Fourth Street Filling Station also offers a friendly, professional staff of great people, who will make sure your visit is memorable and that it lives up to its reputation for pleasant dining and superb cuisine. The menu offers an inspired array of selections that is sure to satisfy everyone in your group, every time. Be sure to ask your server about new selections, daily specials, and chef's creations. Whether you're in the mood for casual dining or a special occasion, The Old Fourth Street Filling Station is sure to please.
Contemporary American, American
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Wednesday & Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Old Fourth Street Filling Station Ratings and Reviews
No problem getting in. Nice ambience with historic home-like feel. Then trouble...Our server (PJ) was forgetful about taking our drink orders, timely serving the drinks, and he actually served the bill before forgetting we ordered dessert. He did not write anything down, which might have helped him out a bit.
My food was just 'meh' (I got the tortellini as half of the $30 dinner for two) but my wife's filet of mignon was tasty. Oh, and we were overcharged (got billed for two specials-$60, instead of one). Won't be back. Sad!
We had eaten here a year ago during which the service was poor--long delays after ordering until the food was delivered to the table--but we decided to give it another chance. The food was good (jambalaya and trout as entrees, ahi tuna as an appetizer) but the service was substandard. When we entered the restaurant, the waitstaff seemed disorganized (we were being shown to a table before the hostess realized it had been cleared). Attention by the waiter was timely and the food came out quickly. But what we resented was the attitude of the waiter: he was distinctly unfriendly, and to call it hostile may not be going too far (we are both in our late 60s and one of us is Asian). We got the impression, which may not be true, that he'd rather we were not there. He frowned the whole time and his bodily motions, slapping things down on the table, quickly turning away, everything he did made us very uncomfortable (even though we barely said any words to him). We are in our late 60s (one of us is Asian) and we have never been treated this way, ever. Maybe he is not representative of the entire staff, but the manager needs to pay more attention to training. A small item: no coasters or napkins delivered with drinks. This left condensation covering the wooden table from every time we put down our drinks, which we had to wipe up with our cloth napkins so that it did not get on our clothes, at least until plates started coming out. What restaurant in the world pays so little attention to the basics? We are not looking for the fake cheery approach you see from too many waiters and waitresses. All we want is efficiency and to feel welcome, nothing more than that. Needless to say, we will not be going back.
Had 7PM reservation. They had overbooked and were running 1.5hrs late. There was no place to wait inside so you had to stand outside in the cold and they refused to light their gas heater lamps. After nearly 2 hrs waiting - the table we were sat at was dirty, service was non-existent and the food was almost inedible.
Moved my reservation up from 6:30 to 6pm. Restaurant was very accommodating. However, when we got there, we were seated outside on the enclosed patio, with space heaters. It was cold and noisy, as there was a large party seated next to us. It would have been nicer if they had asked us if we minded being seated outside. If it had not been for the very friendly waiter, we would have left.
It's a reflection to Sam's excellent service and the wonderful food that I write so glowing a review, because first impressions were dismal, from an almost lethargic young lady who seated us, to a surly server who practically scolded us for shifting a table that was balanced precariously, causing it nearly to tumble. But Sam's was a gem, the wraps were excellent, and the price was very reasonable. But for goodness' sake figure out how to manage the heat in the outside room, and get some new furniture so your servers have no reason to be so untoward. Thank you.
We ended up leaving without eating there. We had a reservation, but the restaurant clearly was not prepared. They did not have a table ready, nor did they know when a table would be available. They thought that they might be able to seat us one hour after our reservation time.
It's my suspicion that they include their outdoor, unheated, patio in their total seating, and don't adjust that for cold weather.
We would like to go back, as we've had good meals there before, but they need to get their reservation system working.
What was the Yogi Berra statement? "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded."
The food and service at Fourth Street Filling Station are always good. We made a reservation for 6:30 Tuesday on Open Table but when we got the restaurant we had to wait about 30 minutes to get seated. They were having a special for The Big Eat city wide food promotion and the place was packed. Although everyone was very nice, the service was excellent and the dinner special delicious, I do wish they had offered a free appetizer or drink for our 30 minute delay. Knowing that they had customers with reservations at certain times, they should have declined walk-ins at certain times that evening. We will definitely be going back to Fourth Street Filling Station because this is the first time we have experienced a long delay in our reservation time.
The hostess wasn't on top of things. People were seated ahead of us and they had later reservations. The table that we were finally seated at had been empty the entire time of our wait. Reservations were at 6pm and we were finally seated closer to 6:30. The spot for the hostess is not in a good location. There is a bottle neck and once you've given her your name, there is no where to stand, especially on the nights of the Big Eat.
With that said, the meal and waiter were great. Love eating outside in the warmer weather.
Had to wait 30 mins for a table even though we arrived several minutes before our reservation. Big Eat for $10 crab cakes was not worth the deal. Food was a disappointment. The $10 salad was delicious though. They also seem to have ran out of cloth napkins, so we had paper napkins. Waiter was great.
The meal we had a very good. We had the special as well as the steak off the menu. All cooked well and the table service was good.
What we didn't like was the 45 minute wait when we had a reservation booked and we were there on time. Why have a reservation if you have to wait 45 mins? That will make me pause before going back again.
The food was really great. We started off with the calamari. It was the most tender calamari that I have ever had. I wasn't happy that they ran out of the specials so early in the evening, I was really looking forward to one of them.
Our server was super awesome. Carissa was pleasant, funny, and did a great job taking care of our needs. She is the main reason we would come back and that's saying something since we were first time diners at this restaurant. We normally focus on the food.
We sat on the patio. It was cold outside but the heaters do the job! The only real complaint I have about the actual restaurant is the table we sat at. It was rickety and we had to ask the server to help us even it out. Cracked along the edges. It snagged my sweater a couple of times.
It was loud. Very loud but this can't be put on the restaurant. The patrons were definitely enjoying themselves, maybe a little too much but again it was New Year's Eve.
Had an early reservation for dinner on New Year's Eve. Food was okay. Service was nice, but it was swamped and noisy! Made for a nice evening.....had the Jumbalya.......it was average, but came out of the kitchen hot and on time. Liked the spice level but maybe the rice could have cooked a little longer. Our waiter was good, but he was busy, busy! Overall a great experience. I prefer dining there in the summer, spring or fall and being seated outside.
The appetizers are an excellent value!
We made our reservation on Open Table to cap off a fun night in Old Salem with a nice meal and were very disappointed to be led outside to the patio because it was so cold outside. The patio was wrapped in plastic and and contained some heaters so we decided to give it a chance when the hostess told us it would feel warmer when we sat down. It did not. The metal chairs were freezing and the wrap was not secure and the vertical strips that made the 'door' kept out no wind. The food was delicious and piping hot when served but cooled quickly once on the table. I think the restaurant should have contacted us when the reservation was made to let us know that the only seating available was on the patio. We would have gone somewhere else.
Have come here often, but this last time was disappointing. Had reservation for 7, was not seated until 7:30. Upon being seated waiter informed me food would take longer than usual due to a large loud party across the room. When the food came it was really good as usual though. When I got the bill I waited another 15 minutes for someone to come get my card for payment but no one came and so I walked it up to the front to pay.
I like this restaurant but this night my wife and I did not feel like a priority at any point in the night, it was especially frustrating to have to wait so long when I had a confirmed reservation. All the extra time forced us to have to cut our other plans short that evening due to later hour when we finally got out the door.
Had dinner here the night after Thanksgiving. Busy but not too crowded. I had the Blue Surf and Turf (small filet with blue cheese and 4 large shrimp), mashed potatoes and vegetables. Spouse had a small filet. Good size portions, hot and well prepared. Generous cocktails mixed perfectly. Only negative was they forgot to bring our calamari appetizer, but they brought it anyway and comped us. So we ordered dessert, which we almost never do. Chocolate lava cake was fabulous. Good attentive and quick service. Highly recommend.
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