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The Butcher Station

3107 Valley Ave Suite 106

Winchester, VA

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

I have been wanting to go to this place. My friend and I decided we would get some steaks to prepare at home. Well the staff were very unfriendly. The set up confusing. Then we were shrugged off and told we couldn't buy anything they needed it for dinner service. So is this place not a butcher. Dumb never went back. — Anonymous Reviewer

Thursday, August 1, 2013

On July 31, 2013 my daughter and I had dinner at The Butcher Station in Creekside Station, at 3107 Valley Avenue, Suite 106. I was able to park in front to the restaurant, which is located in a row of buildings parallel to Valley Avenue at the very back of the Creekside complex. You enter into the right end of the suite, and find a small bar against the back wall, to your right.

Next to it is a glass case to the left displaying steaks, sausages, etc. that you can buy to be prepared to your order, or take home for your larder. Further to your left in the back is a refrigerated case with assorted beverages, including fresh milk in glass bottles, craft beers and also cheeses. Seating for diners has five booths along the front wall and its two small windows, with three tables for four along the center of the room. There are a few sidewalk tables outside. We elected to sit at a booth at the far end, after being greeted by John, our server.

The Butcher Station is a small place, open Tuesday through Saturday. Lunch is served from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, dinner from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM, and Happy Hour is 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Reservations are recommended, and the phone is (540) 662-2433. The market services are available 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM, with custom butchering only up until 5:00 PM. The Web site is thebutcherstation.com.

The Lunch menu includes Appetizers, Soup and Salads, A La Carte Sides, Beverage Selections, Local Beef and Pork Selections, Other Great Sandwiches, and Station Plate Specials. The Happy Hour menu includes a Raw Bar with Oysters or Clams, raw or steamed (at half price), Steamed Shrimp, and Wings.

The Dinner Menu includes Entrées featuring Local Beef, as well as Seafood, Sides, Appetizers, Soup and Salads. The Web site has links for daily specials, and the food is sourced locally where possible.

We were the only diners at that time, although there were several patrons at the bar. John, our server, seated us at one of the booths and explained that their beef and pork is grown locally and are brought in by the entire side and butchered in house. Chicken is also local and pasture-raised.

I decided to order from the Happy Hour menu and asked about the oysters and clams from the raw bar. Clams were not available that evening. I wanted oysters, and was given a choice between Blue Points and Chincoteagues. I decided on Blue Points, to be preceded by a bowl of black bean soup. However, John came back and said that they were out of the Blue Points and I settled for Chincoteagues. The soup was not too spicy, and included a bit of bacon. The oysters were surprisingly large, suitably chilled, and were served with cocktail sauce.

My daughter ordered crab cakes, with a salad and scalloped potatoes as her sides, along with German non-alcoholic beer. She was quite pleased with her meal, but was disappointed that the chocolate cookie she wanted for dessert was not available.

Other dining patrons came in while we were eating, and several people chose to eat at the sidewalk tables. The food was good, with excellent choices. I consider the place as a keeper, and look forward to dining there again.

Nevertheless, it was disappointing to find that several of the items we ordered turned out to be not available. I also overheard heard the diners at a nearby table being advised that the kitchen was out of an item they had ordered; the server should have know that before accepting their order. Also, although John was attentive, he neglected to return my Discover card, and we had to ask for it.

Incidentally, this was not the first time that I had eaten at this location. My wife and I had dinner there once, about five years ago, on June 6, 2008. It was a similar operation called Butcher's Choice, with different management and more emphasis on its meat market operations. It became The Butcher Station in May, 2011, with different management.

— Perry Crabill

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Best food in town! We eat here regularly and are always impressed with the freshness of the local food. I have not been anywhere else in Winchester and experienced the great service and flavors that are offered here. The steaks are superb and the local sides are always tasty. You need to try it out. Trust me! — Anonymous Reviewer

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Best food in town! We eat here regularly and are always impressed with the freshness of the local food. I have not been anywhere else in Winchester and experienced the great service and flavors that are offered here. The steaks are superb and the local sides are always tastey. You need to try it out. Trust me! — Anonymous Reviewer

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Would not go back....burger was so thick it came out raw....wanted medium that was never going to happen with the thickness of this burger! Only 3 other people having lunch but the wait time for our food was VERY long so did not send burger back to be cooked more. The restaurant was VERY dirty and the wait person who I think was owner/manager had uniform on that looked as if it had not been washed in days. Not a good lunch stop! — Anonymous Reviewer

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

We had lunch, for the first time, today. We both had the specials, a 1/3# burger with fries, and the pulled pork with fries. The pulled pork was ok, very heavy on the vinegar flavor even without the BBQ sauce, which was also very vinegar-sour. The burger was ordered medium, came out very rare and while he could have sent it back for further cooking, he just didn't care for the flavor of the meat, said it tasted onion-y. The buns were strange, not sure if they were gluten-free or what, but dry and kinda flavorless, although held together well. Nice service, nice presentation, great fries and iced tea, but just not to our liking. For those who love this place, enjoy! — Anonymous Reviewer

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

We just got back from a delicious dinner at The Butcher Station. I got a yellow tomato whip soup to start. It was like a ripe summer tomato burst in my mouth- soo fresh and good. The server also brought fresh bread, hummus, and roasted garlic to the table. It was an unexpected but welcome surprise. Our main courses were the excellent crab cake, leek gratin, and summer squash saute for me, jerk-rubbed short ribs with coconut rice and squash for my husband. Both were delicious. I would only recommend that they add a slice of lemon on the side of the crab cake and it would be perfect. Highly recommended. — Anonymous Reviewer

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

We dined here twice last week (they recently opened for dinner service) and were pleasantly suprised both times. The last time we ater here I had the scallops, asparagus and tomato cous cous and she had the grouper, both were excellent. We also tried the steamed clams as an appatizer and again were very happy. The wait staff was very attentive (filling glasses and checking back with us) The only thing we found lacking was the ambiance. The owners told us they were in the last phase of a make over and hope to have it completed soon. If you're in the area, check them out. I think you'll walk away with a smile on your face as well. — Anonymous Reviewer

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Just tried The Butcher Station for the first time. I'll definitely be back! The place looks like it's still a work in progress, but what they've done so far looks great. And smells great too! The smell of a smokehouse greets you when you open the door, but it's not overwhelming. I had the pork tapenade sandwich, and it is fabulous! A previous reviewer said they didn't feel they got enough for their money, but my sandwich was overstuffed, and half way through it I was stuffed too. The bread is excellent, the thin-sliced roasted pork is delicious. The tapenade isn't the typical italian style I'm used to, but it's yummy just the same. The only improvement I would make is to cut the bread slices a little thicker to help hold in the contents of the sandwich, and cut the sandwich in half to make it easier to handle. As is, the sandwich was about 6-8 inches long, and with the huge amount of pork and bacon, plus lettuce, cheese, and tapenade - it's a lot to manage without making a mess. I'm eager to go back and try other options! — Anonymous Reviewer

Friday, February 24, 2012

Such Great Food...and now have beer and wine. I've been going back to this place since they opened last year. It's located in Creekside Station behind IJ Cann's. I love some of the creations they make with their locally sourced ingredients. I usually get the Cuban sandwich for lunch. Yeah, it's that good. Also their burgers are freshly ground from local beef... don't think you can get a better burger in Winchester.

Talking to the owners they appear to be making some changes... They serve beer and wine now though a limited selection. And they appear to be getting in more and more seafood and serving custom selections for dinner service. They'll even stay open later than their normal hours if you call ahead and tell them you are coming in for dinner... great service... the one time we did this, the food was even better than their lunch selections. I had an excellent risotto and my scallops were all kinds of yummy. Gotta do that again... Their prices are slightly on the higher side, but worth it in my view. Though I must say their 6 dollar lunch special is a great deal. Check 'em out!

— Anonymous Reviewer

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I was really excited to go to The Butcher Station for lunch a few weeks ago. I understand that you have to pay a little extra for good quality food, and I'm not opposed to that.

I got the special, BBQ sandwich with chips and potato salad. The BBQ was really good, but I felt like there should have been a little more, considering the size of the bun. They gave me maybe two tablespoons of potato salad.

I also splurged and tried the basil lemonade for over two dollars. It was absolutely delicious, but I was denied a refill. Maybe I'm a cheapskate, but when I spend $2.50 on a non-alcoholic beverage, I'd like more than 12 ounces of it. The lady offered to get me some water instead and then only filled my cup halfway.

I guess I'd say that the quality of the food here is fantastic, and I understand that they're a new business and every penny counts--but I was left feeling a little bit short-changed.

When I eat out, especially in this economy, I like to leave feeling a little bit spoiled. I don't mind paying higher dollars for a sandwich, but when I do, I'd like it to reflect that price in quality AND quantity.

— Anonymous Reviewer