allium restaurant + bar
42 Railroad Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $31 to $50
allium restaurant + bar
- 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 French / American, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
- 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: Allium Restaurant + Bar hosts special events for organizations, companies and individuals. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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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allium restaurant + bar reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since July 31, 2014
- Ambiance4.1Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (54)neighborhood gem (40)special occasion (19)romantic (16)vibrant bar scene (16)hot spot (12)good for groups (11)notable wine list (5)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
- Service was fine but the restaurantpmbtVIPDined on 6/11/2010Service was fine but the restaurant was very very very quiet for 7 on a Friday night! The food we ordered was good, but the menu was very very very limited!Special Features:
- We were visiting Great BarringtonOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 6/1/2010We were visiting Great Barrington for the holiday weekend. As city folk, we were excited to experience country life without roughing it too much. A number of locals recommended Allium for dinner. Allium had everything we were looking for. The farm to table concept was exciting as we were in the heart of the Berkshires. They even listed a dozen farmers on the menu. The food was both interesting and approachable. The freshness just "popped", as my wife said. Service was very professional and friendly. My waiter knew the menu, the ingredients, even the farmers who raised the food and animals (we eat organic meat). The manager came by to talk wine. He was very cool and down to earth. The wine, a Huet Vouvray was organic as well! Awesome!Special Features:
- Our 2nd visit. Very good bynazzDined on 5/29/2010Our 2nd visit. Very good by big city standards, excellent for the Berkshires. Local food oriented. Menu is adventurous enough to be interesting to foodies, but also registers high on bistro-comfort elements. Wine list is short but well chosen and well priced.Special Features:
- Nice concept -- using local;yOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 5/9/2010Nice concept -- using local;y grown produce and locally raised meats. Maybe it was just the season, but the fare was not impressive, and I was disappointed. The actual menu was thought by some in my party to be "pretentious," and "interesting" and "conversation-provoking" by others. All agreed that you should be prepared to look up some of the culinary terms used on the menu (I actually used my Blackberry!). The wait staff, though very pleasant, did not appear to be incredibly familiar with the menu offerings (which is not unexpected as the menu apparently changes every evening). The meals themselves were disappointing and the portions meager. I left hungry. I doubt I will ever go back.
- Food was very good, as wereOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 5/9/2010Food was very good, as were the cocktails. The service is subpar and unacceptable for the price point. Although our waiter was polite and well-intentioned, the kitchen and management did not seem to execute the delivery of the food in a timely or consistent fashion. We went recently for brunch and the food took over 45 minutes to come (we're talking eggs, pancakes and burgers). When it finally came, one person's food (the eggs) took an additional 10 minutes. Although the food was very good and well prepared, the ridiculously long prep time and failure to bring out everyone's food at once left a bad taste in our mouths. I'd go back to sit at the bar but I probably would not go back for a meal, especially if I am a party of more than 2.
- They were very gracious whenOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 4/24/2010They were very gracious when I called from intermission of a concert to say we would be late. The menu changes frequently with interesting items and everything is perfectly cooked. They understand rare, medium, etc. The service was slow as was our meal. Although the service is lacking, I keep going back because the food is good and the price is reasonable compared to other restaurants of like quality in the area.Special Features:
- Like many restaurants in theOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 3/28/2010Like many restaurants in the Berkshires, the menu, food preparation, and ambience at Allium are first-rate, but the service is not up to the standard of the food or the prices charged for it. The servors are polite, earnest in their desire to please, and charming, but not sufficiently trained or just too inexperienced to know what it takes to serve a meal in a "high end" restaurant.
- We had a great time last weekend,OpenTable Diner Since 2002Dined on 2/28/2010We had a great time last weekend, shopping for beautiful things at the Berkshire Grown Farm Chic event, then sitting down for a wonderful brunch.Special Features:
- The service was nearly theOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 2/20/2010The service was nearly the worst I have ever had at a restaurant rated better than McD's. There were five of us, the first appetizers arrived at least 5 minutes befroe the fifth. The difference in meal delivery was slightly better, but the portions ranged from miniscule to abundant. The 'abundant' spaghetti with crispy meatballs was dreadful and left nearly untouched. The burgers that we were warned would come medium, and requested medium rare, were nothing less than well-done. We were not given the opportunity to complain at the restaurant, as no-one ever asked how things were. The only redeeming part of the meal was the young man that kept our water glasses filled, unfortunately we still gave up two hours of our lives.
- Food was excellent with newDarcamDined on 2/14/2010Food was excellent with new exciting dishes that your not going to find in any chain restaurant. Stripped bass was cooked to perfection as well as my girlfriend's steak. Service was adequate although a bit slow, but it was a busy night so it was expected. Coffee is served in french presses which is a huge thumbs up!! As another reviewer stated, front of restaurant seating was chilly.Special Features:
- Great food and huge portions.OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 2/14/2010Great food and huge portions. Have a very nice time.Special Features:
- The short ribs with eggs wereOpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 2/14/2010The short ribs with eggs were flavorful and delicious. The hash with eggs was different with the red beets but worked and was very flavorful. The donut holes aka beignets were somewhat disappointing, since they were unremarkable. The Italian roast coffee and green tea had a great taste and warmed us on a February afternoon. Need to come back to try the dinner.Special Features:
- Clueless hostess, no waitingOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 2/13/2010Clueless hostess, no waiting area except drafty window seat, understaffed, overworked barman, dinner was tasty and table service was good, after main dining crowd cleared out.Special Features:
- My ratings are based uponRogerKDined on 2/7/2010My ratings are based upon Sunday Brunch. I've had dinner here before and would have given it a higher rating. I'll return again for either brunch or dinner. This place is a wonderful find in Great Barrington. Fresh local food very well prepared.Special Features:
- Server only average for aOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 1/30/2010Server only average for a fine restaurant doing all the right things with food. Also, portions definitely on the small side for the "community." That is, with 5-10 comparable restaurants in the area, they're out of line on this one metric.Special Features:
- The food was excellent, butKathyDVIPDined on 1/23/2010The food was excellent, but the service was very slow. We allowed 2 hours for dinner, and that was not enough time to include for dessert and coffee.
- Excellent food. ExcellentOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 1/23/2010Excellent food. Excellent service. Love the fact that the food is from local farms.Special Features:
- If it is cold out ask to beOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 1/23/2010If it is cold out ask to be seated towards the rear of the building because they do not have double doors to break the cold draft that overcomes the front of the restaruant each time the door is open. Great short Ribs! Great breads!Special Features:
- I had one of the nightly specialsOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 1/23/2010I had one of the nightly specials (quail) which was to die for. Unfortunately there was only one vegitarian dish to select from and one fish selection, which was not a problem but the Flounder entree was sadly overcooked. I understand fish is not the flagship dish for the Allium, however I took someone who does not eat meat dishes, so it was important to have at least one well prepared fish entree. In addtion I drove 2 hours to try this location.Special Features:
- I would have loved to giveljpwineVIPDined on 1/22/2010I would have loved to give this restaurant 4 or 5 stars...but the food was just not that good or flavorful. The service is stellar. The restaurant was quiet and comfortable with adequate lighting. However, the food lacked flavor and imagination. The "fried Meatballs" with spaghetti was really disappointing. It tasted like fried greasy unseasoned pork over dry bland red sauced spaghetti. The salad was also uninspiring. It is not enough to have local greens when you don't do a thing with them. Buy locally sourced food all you want, but when you choose not to make properly seasoned and flavorful dishes, you may as well not bother.
- Allium dining represents theCherpVIPDined on 1/16/2010Allium dining represents the way we eat now - direct farm to table dining. The ingredients are fresh and presented in delicious, imaginative ways without being contrived. Even the bar list had cocktails not seen elsewhere. Try the "Rebecca." And wines by-the-glass included Viognier, a real treat. We will return.Special Features:
- After regularly frequentingregularDined on 12/31/2009After regularly frequenting and never having a bad experience, the New Year's Eve menu and entree choices were very disappointing. The chicken was dry and the lentils ruined when mixed with an overabundance of bitter greens. First course and dessert were up to their usual standard and very tasty. Service at the table was very good. Upon check in, though, the reluctance/delay to check coats readily in the middle of winter is puzzling, given there has always been a coat room.
- The atmosphere was warm andkmstDined on 12/30/2009The atmosphere was warm and welcoming on a cold night. Local foods like the pork and short ribs were delicious as was the butternut squash soup. Delicious apple crisp for dessert. Our only complaint was the PEI mussels, they were very "fishy" and did not really have enough broth. All in we will return for sure!Special Features:
- Allium is a welcome bloomOpenTable Diner Since 2002VIPDined on 12/5/2009Allium is a welcome bloom in the Berkshire garden. The food is straightfoward and delicious, not pretentious or fussy, but carefully prepared, imaginative and taking advantage of many local sources. The wine list is well-chosen and reasonably priced. Our waitperson was knowledgeable about the wines by the glass, also a nice variety of choices. She was also very attentive, without being intrusive or obsequious, as was the busboy who made sure that our water glasses were kept full and that we had additional bread if we wanted it. Although the restaurant was full, our reservation was punctually honored. And the price of dinner is very reasonable for the value.Special Features:
- Some things they did veryOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 11/27/2009Some things they did very well (Lamb shank, Berkshire pork) others not so well (mussels). Our server was very helpful and pleasant, however not as knowledgable as I would expect for a restaurant that seemed to caterer to the "city" or weekend crowd. We loved the space (warm and unique)and we did not feel rushed by the staff - actaully sat after dinner for 1/2 hour and they still kept filling the water glasses.Special Features:
- Excellent food and our serverSteveVIPDined on 11/19/2009Excellent food and our server made the evening a real pleasure.Special Features:
- Though perhaps not truly outstandinnazzDined on 11/15/2009Though perhaps not truly outstanding by big city standards Allium is surely one of the best restaurants in the Berkshire area of Western, MA. It has a strong local food orientation with attention to proper cooking and thoughtful presentation of featured ingredients. The menu contained both fairly predictable and more out-of-the-ordinary items, such a cod-fritter share plate and a pinenut-rosemary dessert tart. The wine list is short but very well chosen, and Banaspaty Estate Assam tea is a nice touch I haven't seen elsewhere. The restaurant offered a 20% discount in conjunction with concerts at the nearby Mahaiwe Theater on the day we were there, which made the meal an exceptional bargain.Special Features:
- +++ Focus on local productsOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 11/8/2009+++ Focus on local products sourced from local farms Interesting wines, excellent breadSpecial Features:
- Tremendous food - though myOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 11/7/2009Tremendous food - though my flounder entree was too salty - lively atmosphere and even better desserts. Really, the apple cobbler and flourless chocolate cake were waaaay beyond expectation. They should have less-common names for them - they were that extraordinary. The delicata squash with piccolo farro, hazelnuts and dried cherries was incredibly flavorful, moist and memorable. Our waiter did disappear a few times, but our meals arrived hot and other staff were attentive in his absence.Special Features:
- Our food was delicious allpianoladyDined on 10/31/2009Our food was delicious all around. Squash soup was delectable. Vegetarian squash entree with farro, flounder and steak & fries were all terrific. We tried a pinenut & rosemary tarte that sounded weird, but was out of this world. Highly recommended.Special Features:
- This was my second visit toOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 10/30/2009This was my second visit to Allium, and as before, the food, service and total experience were all first class. I will be back again (and again)!Special Features:
- The manager and waitstaffMonkVIPDined on 10/17/2009The manager and waitstaff were delightful and the food was quite good. It was a very enjoyable evening.Special Features:
- We spent a great deal of timeJuliusDined on 10/15/2009We spent a great deal of time previewing places on the various boards before heading to The Berkshires. This was our absolutely favorite place. The food prep is innovative and fresh. We really enjoyed everything about our meal. The bread is from Berkshire Bakery and could be a meal in and of itself.Special Features:
- I picked Allium based on someOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 10/12/2009I picked Allium based on some links found online to various travel articles when researching our trip to the Berkshires. The evening we went was a quiet Monday night, and the service was attentive. The food was excellent, with obvious thought having gone into the ingredients and the presentation. We started with an excellent cheese plate, served at the perfect temperature and with wonderful flavors accompanying the cheese. My scallops were excellent, and my husband's pork chop was delicious. I would go back in a heartbeat!Special Features:
- Unusually creative nouvelle-americaOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 10/9/2009Unusually creative nouvelle-american menu with exceptional flavors and exquisite presentation.Special Features:
- what a wonderful find in GreatOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 10/8/2009what a wonderful find in Great Barrington. A true farm to fork restaurant with superb food. a most friendly and welcoming experience.Special Features:
- Regulars hog the barroom tablesOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 10/6/2009Regulars hog the barroom tables and stools on Tuesday "Pizza Nights" while the dining room proper remains practically empty. Food is generally okay, but some dishes are a little skimpy for the price. Service tries to be friendly and efficient. But since Pearl's closed, Allium ranks with Napa down the street as the two best picks in center Great Barrington.Special Features:
- The food was tasty with complexSarahDined on 9/19/2009The food was tasty with complex and interesting flavors -- including a good vegetarian entree. Servings were somewhat precious for the price. The ambiance was friendly and bright. The service was a bit lacking. The waiter was gracious, but gentleman who appeared to be the manager made us feel a bit like whiners for asking where the entrees were, at least 45 minutes after finishing the appetizers. (Checking for his friends to arrive while telling us that the delay was because everybody came at once. Isn't that part of the point of reservations? Even on a Saturday?) Dessert was excellent -- standard dishes with an unusual twist (cookie plate and maple pot de creme), or simply but perfectly executed (apple crisp).
- We have eaten there many timesregularDined on 9/18/2009We have eaten there many times and have never been disappointed. Delicious food, fresh ingredients, good, consistent service.Special Features:
- Excellent food, well-prepared.MPByDined on 9/18/2009Excellent food, well-prepared. Wonderful emphasis on local or near-local sourcing of food. A little pricey, but a decent value for the price.Special Features: