We have been fans of the Railroad Park Dinner House and Lounge for many years and were saddened and disappointed when they closed the restaurant a year ago. To be honest, there just aren't many good restaurants with atmosphere in the Mt. Shasta/Dunsmuir area. Well, two months ago the restaurant reopened with a new chef and we were eager to give it a try. We always go early to the Railroad Park Dinner House so that we can spend some time sitting at the bar. The bar is built inside one of the vintage railroad cars (The Wells Fargo car) and has a fabulous barmaid, excellent well drinks and a comfortable vibe. In the winter they even light a fire in the fireplace pit in the bar! For now, there is seating at the bar or outside on the deck. The view of Castle Crags and the vintage railroad cars/cabooses (where you can spend the night) is beautiful when the weather allows you to sit outside. To our delight, our meal was delicious. My husband had the end cut prime rib (Fridays & Saturdays only) which was big, tasty and tender. The meal was served with fresh sautéed veggies and a baked potato. Also worth a mention was the fresh sliced bread which arrived prior to our meal: just wonderful! I had the coconut shrimp. They were butterflied, meaty, deep-fried and quite tasty. The vegetable medley that I had could have been cooked a little longer but my thought is better undercooked than cooked to death. I also had a baked potato and added a wonderful spinach salad for an additional cost. The food was plentiful and we had enough in the doggie box for a second meal for two the next evening. That certainly made the cost of our meal a real bargain! The view from our dinner table (also in the Wells Fargo car) was lovely as we admired the old locomotive (late 1800's) just outside surrounded by a pretty water fountain with fish and attractive landscaping. After our meal we walked the grounds of the Railroad Park Resort and reflected on our delicious meal, fantastic service and perfect evening. The Railroad Park Dinner House won't compete with big-city restaurants but sometimes the food, the interaction with the restaurant staff and the ambience all combined make for an excellent dining experience.
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