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Alex's Railside Restaurant

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201 W Saginaw Rd, Sanford, MI 48657-9764
+1 989-687-2880
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Great food with family style atmosphere. Reasonable meal prices. Will definitely be back again to eat.

Thank Bones C
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

The owner and staff is great here and so is the food. They have a great breakfast selection with generous portions. It is no wonder they have been a staple in Sanford for so many years.

Thank Kevin M
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Food has been good but very cramped if you sit on salad bar side. Plus it echoes in there with noise

Thank MrDanRae
Saginaw, Michigan
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145 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

For the past 10 years a group of DC retirees have been meeting here for breakfast every other month, that should tell you something about the quality of food and service! I personally have never eaten dinner here but have had many a breakfast and lunch here. I would call it "Down Home Country" with large portions at a reasonable... More 

Thank LJB049
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177 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

In fact it probably should not be a choice. There are other places in town to eat. We ate here our second and last time a few days ago. Our waitress was poor. She scowled the whole time and could not seem less interested in her service. She had a small area to cover and even then took our food... More 

Thank MichiganDiesel
Mackinac Island
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34 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Came in with a friend for her birthday and got the smaller healthier portion of the chicken and potato with the soup and salad bar. The service was small town(more informal and one on one), and the portions were large. I just wish the salad bar was a little more... Magic filled? It just seemed to droop. When you have... More 

Thank Ohboyshecritiques
Midland, MI
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

This place is average at best. The food wasn't special (not bad, but not special) and the service was poor to mediocre. If I were biking by the rail trail and was hungry, I might stop, otherwise, I won't be back. Even in Midland/Sanford, there are better options for the money.

Thank jmkru
Coleman, Michigan
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

We head to Railside for breakfast fairly often, great little restaurant. Owner is very nice and often checks his guests out when you leave. They are also good supporters of the local youth, which is great to me.

Thank Kevin M
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

Everything else was closed in town, since their sign said they were open until nine and it was 8:25 we figured we had time, we sat down, had our order taken, you could tell they were wanting out of there because they were all cleaning, sweeping etc..We both ordered special, they said they come with salad bar and soup, but... More 

Thank Melissa G
Midland, Michigan
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

Ok, I'm in the hospitality industry and I give my all, expecting the same when I go out. Been here half a dozen times or so. It's close with a reasonably extensive menu. Convenience more than choice tonight. It was 8:15 and they were open til nine. Food was okay cod was pretty good, BUT, sweeping under my table, waitress... More 

Thank annmjg

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 201 W Saginaw Rd, Sanford, MI 48657-9764
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Sanford
  • Phone Number: +1 989-687-2880

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?