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allium restaurant + bar
allium restaurant + bar
  • Address:
    42 Railroad Street
    Great Barrington, MA 01230
    Great Barrington
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $31 to $50

allium restaurant + bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.alliumberkshires.com
  • Phone: (413) 528-2118
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30 pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00pm | Late-night bar 'til 2 am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Dan Hardy
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: From one-of-a-kind weddings and museum galas to dinner parties and cocktail receptions, Allium, in partnership with Mezze Catering + Events, provides exceptional event planning and design, and flawless execution. Our company works with the finest, most reliable vendors in the industry. We provide personalized service crafting customized menus of seasonal foods prepared from scratch and are committed to the local food movement providing a wide range of fresh, seasonal foods from neighboring family farms in the Berkshires and surrounding region. For more info, visit www.mezzecatering.com
  • Private Party Facilities: We specialize in farm-to-table modern American cuisine. We would be happy to individualize your event using local products.
  • Private Party Contact: Troy Kinser (413) 528-2118
  • Special Events & Promotions: Allium Restaurant + Bar hosts special events for organizations, companies and individuals. For more information email allium@mezzeinc.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main Street
  • Public Transit: For public transportation within Berkshire county, contact Berkshire Regional Transportation Authority (BRTA) at (413) 499-2782 or (800) 292-2782. Great Barrington is also served by Peter Pan Bus (800-343-9999) and Bonanza Bus (800-343-9999) companies.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on Railroad Street, at the end of Railroad Street in a municipal lot and in the parking lot behind the restaurant. During peak season and on weekends, parking may be challenging so be sure to allow enough time to find a space.
A word from allium restaurant + bar
Allium Restaurant + Bar serves casual contemporary American cuisine highlighting the best of the season in support of independent farmers and artisan producers using sustainable practices. Our chef sources local ingredients for a changing menu, paired alongside small-batch microbrews, local spirits and small-production wines. In addition to recognition as Boston Magazine’s Best New Restaurant, Allium has been granted an Editors’ Choice award in Yankee Magazine’s Travel Guide to New England. Allium serves dinner nightly beginning at 5 p.m. All major credit cards are accepted. Located in downtown Great Barrington, Allium is a member of Slow Food of Western MA and Berkshire Grown. The full-service restaurant is part of Mezze Restaurant Group which includes Mezze Bistro + Bar of Williamstown and Mezze Catering + Events, providing full-service event design and planning. For more info, visit www.mezzeinc.com. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food continues to be very good and inventive without trying "too hard". The service is casual - which is sometimes good and sometimes too casual for the mature crowd they draw. It has been stable and predictable which is good."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Real out of the box menu with lots of healthy and novel foods. Really the best restaurant in Great Barrington."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Go for the food, go for the service, just go You cannot do better"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Booked this on Open Table the night before and was told there were just TWO times available, 5:45 and 8 p.m. (Had hoped for 6:30). So it was surprising to see the restaurant fairly empty at 6 and 6:30. Food was good, portions modest, but there was a real lack of warmth, hostess wise, and it was surprising, for a place like this, to leave and have absolutely no one - not waiters, busboys, or hostess - say goodbye or even smile. (And we left a 20 percent-plus tip, in cash). Go figure."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Visited Allium again this year when in the area - fond memories from last year kept us going all year! It did not disappoint ..... the food is creative, fun, full of flavor --just fantastic! We tell everybody who might be in the area to make a special stop!!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Visited Allium with friends on a Monday night. Among us we had 7 or 8 different dishes; great salads, great vegetarian choices, great entrees. We requested and were assigned a table off to ourselves and very pleasant for conversation, but the main dining areas were quite noisy. Wine list was adequate. Service friendly; a bit slow, but OK. Prices more than reasonable. A top find, particularly in the overpriced, somewhat mediocre Berkshires dining scene."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Compared to other restaurants in this price level, the food was not remarkable. Although the restaurant clearly wants to specialize in inventive locally sourced dishes, we found it clumsy in execution and a bit humdrum for all the rave reviews on line. The most disappointing aspect of the meal was that the service was very slow and inattentive and our server was not informative. We waited nearly 20 minutes before she came to our table! Overall, we were surprised how much Allium missed the mark."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Loved the variety and quality of the food! Would gladly do it again if we are in the berkshires again. The chef is very talented."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Allium impresses upon arrival with an understated, somewhat rustic elegance. We had chosen it because it seemed to be one of the only high-end restaurants in the Berkshires that took reservations. It turned out to be a superb choice, and I look forward to returning next time I am in the area. The farm-to-table ingredients are combined with exceptional creativity, without being showy. The prices were reasonable. The service could be a tad more attentive--it isn't bad service, but it doesn't live up to the quality of the food. The overall experience was wonderful."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Well prepared food with unusual combinations of ingredients. The service was a bit slow but engaging. Decor was pleasant and riffed on the theme of allium. We will go again."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "For this, our second time to Allium, I brought my parents, who wanted a traditional appetizer and entree dinner. Alas, the "large plate" dishes were limited (just 5 or 6 as I recall, and one was 86) and relatively pricey, though generally delicious. We each ordered a different "small plate" from the 15 or so options as an appetizer and all four were outstanding, especially the salads. Next time I'd share 2-3 small plates per person. Think tapas!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Great service. We ordered lots of appetizers and they were all good. Fish tacos particularly tasty, as were the Beet salad and Kale salad. Lights went out due to the storm, we are by candlelight with a spirit of camaraderie."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The Farro salad, chicken confit and sticky buns were are scrumptious. The waitress advised us perfectly. She knew the menu inside out."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "This is not our first time at Allium, but we chose it for our wedding anniversary because it has a great variety of small plates that can be combined into a mini multi-course meal. I had farro salad, ham and white bean soup and pork carnitas and finished with a single scoop of Blue Marble organic vanilla ice cream. My wife shared the salad as well as a heaping plate of fried pickled red onions and fish tacos and finished with a rich chocolate budino. That should give you and an idea of the eclectic menu and the possibilities to mix and match. Excellent food and service in a beautiful setting that was a garage in the 1920s!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "My wife, two kids (8 and 4), and I went to Allium this last Tuesday as a sort of belated anniversary dinner. It was a lovely meal, start to finish. The wait-staff were helpful and friendly, especially to our kids, without being overbearing. The olives and popcorn were big hits with our kids and the deviled eggs with bacon jam--the right mix of creamy and salty--were with us. Then we ordered a few small plates--a farro with snap peas and other seasonal veggies that was fantastic; a half order of the tagliatelle with lamb ragout, which was rich without being too much; and a mix of PEI mussels and clams in curry, coconut milk--a risk, but it worked. I had a rhubarb crumble with ginger ice cream. A wonderful place we hope to return to."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "As someone who is very mindful of their dietary choices, and the impact on the environment, animals and my healthy, I find Allium to be the best spot to cater to not only my needs, but the preferences of my dining companions, whomever they may be. I was pleased to see the Hudson Valley duck was no longer on the menu. The Farm it comes from produces foie gras, which is egregiously inhumane, and in addition to water pollution violations in 2010, in 2013 they were successfully sued for false advertising over their inhumane treatment of ducks. I know the chef at Allium is very mindful of sourcing her food and it is refreshing to note that item is no longer on the menu there."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We were seated immediately, the server passed our table many times until we stopped her 15 minutes after being seated. She made an excuse that she didn't want to disturb us as one guest was on the phone he is an MD and had to take the call. One of us sent his meal back as overdone. He had made aLARGE point that he wanted his meat extra rare, it was medium towards well done. The nose ring and multiple tattoos our server had did not add to the enjoyment of the meal . Too too bad as Allium is conveniently located for us and usually serves excellent food."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Flavorful food and inventive dishes. The menu is not same old, same old. And a helpful and friendly staff is a plus. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "During the Berkshire Film Festival, Allium was able to accommodate large groups of people late at night. They were practically the only restaurant that would seat a group of 8 people at 9:15. Service was fast and the food, as usual, was fresh, local, creative and delicious thanks to Chef Dare."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Our waitress came off as rude and unfortunately that clouded our experience. But all of our dishes were tasty-- would recommend the deviled eggs and desserts. I'd go back, just have to make sure my husband forgets about the service-- otherwise, would agree with all positive reviews about the menu and food. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Relaxed friendly place, with tasty well prepared food."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We had fish tacos, pork tacos, beet salad, hedgehog mushrooms. Only the mushroom were good. Bread was good too I would not eat there again. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Although food quality remains above average, menu choices have devolved. After being a loyal customer for over 7 years, now not so interested... too bad."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "My Open Table request for the window table was not known by Hostess (she daus the reservation book showed "no requests"). Our server did not write down all orders and missed a glass of wine, had to double back to check dinner orders, and was confused about which of two pasta dishes my husband ordered. He specifiicaly asked for the vegetarian pasta, and she repearted the Italian name off the non-vegetarian pasta. My husband (who keeps kosher), wuold up eating a pasta dish with Pork in the sauce. The serve recognized the erros and appologized. The restaurant took the meal and drinks off the billed. Otherwise the food at Allium was a good as it has always been. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Three women friends -- all professionals, all well-traveled, who cook and love food -- in the Berkshires for a special weekend. We discovered Allium and it blew our minds. We returned the following night because there were SO MANY appealing things on the menu to try. Every dish had its own distinctive flavor in a welcoming, friendly, visually lovely environment. Tables well placed. Personnel both friendly and well trained. Food was superb, interesting and seasonal, wines interesting and well selected. If this were in our neighborhood we would be there every week with our husbands! This restaurant is a gleaming example of culinary excellence and warm hospitality. I can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My trip to Allium was a Mother's Day gift that proved to be wonderful. The food and service was excellent. The décor is very attractive and while the food is first class, casual dress is fine."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Dinner with my daughter for Mother's Day was sublime at Allium, a restaurant we frequent.. We were punctually seated adjacent to a window with a vase of fresh daffodils, presented with 2 glasses of champagne (and dessert) compliments of my son who lives now in LA. We shared our truffled parmesan popcorn , veal meatballs with ricotta and veggies all locally sourced, a beet salad and a sublime chocolate dessert. Our waitress was informed and informative when we coudn't decide which entre to order-all the staff is upbeat, warm and delightful. Every eating experience there is pure food-heaven!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We have been to Allium several times and are never disappointed. We love to try a variety of dishes, so their small plates menu is just right for us and everything is absolutely delicious. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We had a lovely dinner in Great Barrington during a busy bicycling weekend. Allium was a wonderful place. We had a great meal that accommodated both one gluten-free diner and one vegetarian diner. We ordered all "small plates" and shared them. This meant wonderful variety - tasty and beautiful. Thank you!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Daire and her crew served up outstanding local food with a creative twist to enhance the already great flavors from premium quality ingredients. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "This restaurant was simply divine. Great food, great service and two days later I am still talking and dreaming about the whipped lardo. Very creative. I will be back!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "A one page menu so you didn't need to move through several pages to decide your food choice. Several choices for vegetarians :-) We especially liked the small plates since we could have an appetizer, small plate AND dessert! Desserts are yummy! Bar selection was good though I would have preferred greater selection of single malts. The waitress did seem a bit distracted at times but overall was good. Bussers kept water glasses filled and were attentive. Definitely will return :-) "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Great food and good service. Unique dishes served hot and fresh. Local offerings."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "fried onions and fish tacos were great. Limited selection of entrees for non meat eaters."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "As new home owners in the Hudson Valley, we are devoting every weekend to discovering wonderful eateries. Last week, we spent the day in Great Barrington and happened upon Allium by happenstance. It was an incredible experience. We did not have a reservation, but the welcoming hostess was able to accommodate us quickly. The waitstaff is attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. Menu is interesting and flavorful. We discovered how incredible farro could be...and for my burger seeking husband, one of the most delicious hamburgers to be found anywhere. This past Saturday night, we made a reservation!!!!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "What a fabulous restaurant! It was recommended by a B&B owner in the area (Briarcliff Motel) and it did not disappoint! There are many delicious items to choose from as the menu is extensive and eclectic, appeasing everyone's palate. Each meal was fresh and it was easy to order for a gluten allergy as everything is made to order. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We've eaten at Allium for years, but the current menu is the best yet. The cocktails too."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "When we first looked at the menu, we (being food conservatives) were a little puzzled by a few of the food combinations, some of which included foods unfamiliar to us. But we plunged in and were absolutely delighted. Everything was beautifully fresh and flavorful, and served in generous portions. The star of the meal, though, was the wickedly rich chocolate hazelnut budino with olive oil and sea salt. Now we can die happy."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "After booking here we found out from Max, the restaurant manager at The Old Inn on the Green (fantastic B&B and restaurant) that he had eaten at Allium the night before. He recommended their small plates of Roasted Hen-of-the-Woods Mushrooms and also their bone marrow. Both were wonderful and my husband and I raved about the mushrooms. The bone marrow had to be scooped out with a spoon and spread on freshly grilled homemade bread. We had the clams and mussels which had a nice kick to it, and Korean short ribs. Total of 6 small plates between the two of us and we were hungry so polished off everything. Interesting cocktails, attentive service and restaurant was modern with clean lines. A wonderful surprise and we will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Wonderful place! Great varied menu selections for a vegetarian. Plan on returning often."
    Dined on 3/4/2014