Everything about it was outstanding
Everything about it was outstanding, from the little 'extras' provided gratis at the beginning and ending of the meal, to the very reasonable prices for the quality and presentation of the food. We ate in the bar/bistro area which was OK (a little noisy as one might expect in a bar atmosphere) but with nicely subdued lighting and classy furniture arrangements in the eating area. Next time we'll try the actual dining room.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Having never stayed at The
Having never stayed at The Orchards before, we were very pleasantly surprised by Gala. The food was delicious, ample and beautifully presented. It was the sort of meal you'd expect at an upscale Manhattan restaurant.
4/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, great waitstaff.
Excellent food, great waitstaff. Some eccecltic finds with traditional eats as well. Highly recommended!
5/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
What keeps us coming back is the relaxed atmosphere and fabulous food. From the little treats sent out by the chef while we are enjoying our cocktails to the recommendations for dessert from our server, we enjoyed every morsel and moment. We went on the last night of the spring menu so some items were not available and we were told this immediately. We will be returning!
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dine- o- mite
It was a wonderful experience. I am a pescatarian (seafood eater). It was my daughter's graduation day and I waited too late to make reservations. So a Steak House was a last resort hoping that I would at least be able to get a sandwich. Am I glad that this is where I chose. The service was excellent and the food was great. Not at all what I was expecting from a Steak House. This was 4 star dining. I definetely recommend.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice but not exceptional
The dining room was so quiet we wondered if we were in the wrong place. Most of the diners were sitting in the bar area instead of the dining room. Maybe another time. Food was good but again not as good as it should have been.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
good pre-theater dinner
Our waiter asked our curtain time when we were seated and made sure we had plenty of time to eat and get to the theater with 10 minutes to spare. Food was good but not great. For Williamstown MA, this is a very good place to eat. The chef tried to make the dishes attractive. They use all local foods except for the wines, of course.
The wedge salad was disappointing. I had to ask for more blue cheese dressing. It was served decontsructed. Should have been just a nice large wedge with dressing on top not on side. Steak was good and done perfectly. Shrimp were not special.
Bread service was good but pieces of bread were too small. It was actually miniscule.
We ate here both nights of our weekend, since we were staying in the hotel.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
A welcome addition to the
A welcome addition to the Williamstown dining dcene.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a delicious dinner on the enclosed lovely patio on a comfortably cool night.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely evening. Informative
Lovely evening. Informative chat with the Chef. Excellent food.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful evening, good wine
Wonderful evening, good wine advice, good food excellent service but courses follow each other too fast.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed the evening. Service
Enjoyed the evening. Service was good, my tenderloin steak was good, by my husband was disappointed in his choice of beef.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were visiting my daughter at college. We had a very tight schedule prior to a show. We were greeted warmly and told not to worry. All our dishes came out in a timely manner and we never felt rushed.
Our waiter so friendly and accommodating. The food was outstanding. We started with a cheese platter that came with a true assortment of 8 cheeses. We enjoyed the braised ribs with Bourbon dip. The ocean bass was so tasty, tender and flakey. A wonderful family gathering.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great place in Williamstown
Had a great dinner during parents' weekend. Great food for both meat eaters and others, exceptional service, nice portions, reasonable prices, good room. Does not leave anything wanting.....
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We ate here for Thanksgiving. The food overall was very good. I elected to go for the Berkshire pork chop, served with a maple-glazed Pork Belly in a corn chowder. All were quite well prepared, although the pork chop was a tad overcooked, but nothing serious. However, the pork belly and the corn chowder were sublime. My partner had a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the trimmings; I sampled it and it was quite good as well.
And the service was exceptional.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outdoor Dining Gem
My wife & I shared a Caesar salad that was a true Caesar with anchovies in the dressing as well as on top. She wasn't very hungry & got a huge Turkey club filled with fabulous turkey & bacon along with handmade potato chips. , I can't remember when I've had lamb chops that were so good. They were as good as it gets. The accompanying pear, garlic and pistachio sauce was remarkable as were the sugar snap peas. A reasonably priced Beaujolais went perfectly with the meal. We didn't have room for dessert but the kid at the adjoining table raved about a dark chocolate dessert embellished with Sriracha sauce, His parents agreed.
We sat outside on a patio bordering a pond & fountain with tree frogs. The complete ambience rated 11 out of 10 stars.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely food, lovely service. Had dinner before seeing a play at Williamstown Theater Festival and it was perfect. Interesting menu and interesting food combinations. The best pre-theater meal we've had in the area.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Kudos for Creativity
You might drive by this restaurant and never know it's there, hidden behind the gates of The Orchards Hotel. But i suggest you seek it out. Gala was a surprise even after reading the summer menu online. If you're willing to try the singularly creative when dining out you've found it. Snapper served alongside baked chili-infused meringue, chicken with a fig and sea salt ice cream, tuna tartare with a cooling blood orange "soup." A more conventional menu is also offered-- steaks, chops, chicken, seafood and pasta dishes. Our waiter, Sasha, was extremely professional and knowledgeable.
If you're in Wmstown or nearby for summer theater, concerts, etc. or autumn leaf peeping and appling, or winter skiing, put Gala on your list for dinner.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gala Bistro - a Gem
Third time in 4 months I've eaten here. Every time was the same experience: outstanding in all regards. Ate in the cozy bar area twice and once in the more formal dining area. Service was exceptional and the menu offerings varied, interesting and tasty. Prices are very reasonable for the quality provided: about $50 per person for a full course meal.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM