The Southern Pacific Depot
207 East Oak Avenue
Visalia, CA | MAP IT

reservations: 559. 732.8611

about us

Our building first was opened as a restaurant on February 14, 1971. Today, antiques, historic photographs, newspaper articles, stock certificates and other elements of Visalia history adorn its walls. Its historical importance is well documented, and its future role in downtown Visalia's commerce is equally as vital.

The Oak Room
Lunch and dinner are served in The Oak Room, which once enjoyed the bustle of passengers awaiting forthcoming trains. Today, it is a place to relax and enjoy time with friends, family or business colleagues. Seventy-six bulbs illuminate two elegant chandeliers, imported from Spain. Beveled glass partitions from a New Orleans hotel create three intimate booths for two.

The 612 Room
A working locomotive light from Southern Pacific Locomotive Engine 612 shines at the entrance of our bar, The 612 Room. A wide selection of wines and appetizers are offered. And as those trains pass through town today, we ring a deeply toned bell above the bar to honor past and present. (We’ll ring it for your birthday party or anniversary, too! Just ask...)

The Dome Room
Throughout The Southern Pacific Depot, stained glass from Italy is enhanced by depictions of railroad scenes. In The Dome Room, often available for dinner and special events, a gorgeous skylight incorporates hundreds of pieces of stained glass from Europe in an impressive design we cherish.

The Conductor's Room
Once a baggage-holding facility, the Conductor's Room now is a popular choice for family, church, club and business events. Its shape and open floor plan turns the event-planning process into a pleasure. Although menus are available on our website, we welcome the opportunity to customize your event to your specifications

read: our history

“a great place for a
business lunch or romantic supper”
5 out of 5 stars

"The Depot should be great as it is managed by the same family that owns and operates the award winning Vintage Press, only a few blocks away. Known as a watering hole for locals, the old railroad depot was not the place you would go to impress anyone. However, a couple of years ago, the Vartanian family took it over and as result it's now a 5 star restaurant with superb meals and first class service!"

dining experience”
5 out of 5 stars

"The tables are elegantly set and the wait staff are attentive without being intrusive. My husband ordered the pork chop which was very thick and juicy with lots of great flavor.

I had the salmon over the spinach with rice. It was perfectly cooked with the outside seared and the inside flaky. The chopped salad was very tasty."
"Had a wonderful
dinner here tonight!"
5 out of 5 stars

"We started with bacon wrapped dates, crispy Monterey Bay calamari, and
grilled slab bacon for appetizers. We had The Depot French dip and the  612 Room burger for our main dishes. We had chocolate mousse cake and  cheesecake for dessert. We had a Southern Belle and a traditional
martini for our drinks.


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