allium restaurant + bar
allium restaurant + bar

allium restaurant + bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.alliumberkshires.com/
  • Phone: 4135282118
  • 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 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
allium restaurant + bar reviews from OpenTable diners
94 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (65)neighborhood gem (51)special occasion (23)vibrant bar scene (20)romantic (19)hot spot (16)notable wine list (16)good for groups (11)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (3)scenic view (2)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • The short ribs with eggs were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2010
    The 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:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Clueless hostess, no waiting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/13/2010
    Clueless 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My ratings are based upon
    RogerK
    Dined on 2/7/2010
    My 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:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Server only average for a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/30/2010
    Server 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • The food was excellent, but
    KathyDVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2010
    The 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.
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  • Excellent food. Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/23/2010
    Excellent food. Excellent service. Love the fact that the food is from local farms.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If it is cold out ask to be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/23/2010
    If 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I had one of the nightly specials
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/23/2010
    I 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.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I would have loved to give
    ljpwineVIP
    Dined on 1/22/2010
    I 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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Allium dining represents the
    Cherp
    Dined on 1/16/2010
    Allium 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • After regularly frequenting
    regular
    Dined on 12/31/2009
    After 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.
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  • The atmosphere was warm and
    kmst
    Dined on 12/30/2009
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Allium is a welcome bloom
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 12/5/2009
    Allium 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Some things they did very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/27/2009
    Some 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:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • Excellent food and our server
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2009
    Excellent food and our server made the evening a real pleasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Though perhaps not truly outstandin
    nazz
    Dined on 11/15/2009
    Though 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:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • +++ Focus on local products
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/8/2009
    +++ Focus on local products sourced from local farms Interesting wines, excellent bread
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tremendous food - though my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/7/2009
    Tremendous 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:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our food was delicious all
    pianolady
    Dined on 10/31/2009
    Our 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.
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    fit for foodies
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  • This was my second visit to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2009
    This 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The manager and waitstaff
    MonkVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2009
    The manager and waitstaff were delightful and the food was quite good. It was a very enjoyable evening.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We spent a great deal of time
    Julius
    Dined on 10/15/2009
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • I picked Allium based on some
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/12/2009
    I 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!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unusually creative nouvelle-america
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/9/2009
    Unusually creative nouvelle-american menu with exceptional flavors and exquisite presentation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • what a wonderful find in Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2009
    what a wonderful find in Great Barrington. A true farm to fork restaurant with superb food. a most friendly and welcoming experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Regulars hog the barroom tables
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/6/2009
    Regulars 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:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was tasty with complex
    Sarah
    Dined on 9/19/2009
    The 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).
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  • We have eaten there many times
    regular
    Dined on 9/18/2009
    We have eaten there many times and have never been disappointed. Delicious food, fresh ingredients, good, consistent service.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, well-prepared.
    MPBy
    Dined on 9/18/2009
    Excellent 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:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • While we don't get here often,
    discerningdinersVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2009
    While we don't get here often, this meal and dining experience was a terrific as our last visit. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and guided us to a perfect wine and food choices. We all had fish and each dish was perfectly prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Our reservation was honored
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 9/4/2009
    Our reservation was honored on time. the food was very good.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We loved everything about
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2009
    We loved everything about Allium. The food was terrific. Our two vegetarian diners really appreciated the wide selection and delicious options. Everything was fresh and tasty. My duck was incredible. The service was professional and nice. The prices are a little high but worth it. Enjoy!
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  • Food was very good with very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/16/2009
    Food was very good with very fresh ingredients. Service efficient, warm and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It is rare to find vegetables
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/11/2009
    It is rare to find vegetables so fresh that they pop flavor. In the vegetable plate (assiette), they were cooked simply, delicately with fresh herbs and a smear of goat cheese. In the cucumber soup, they were layered and very deep in flavor. I am a serious meat eater and I found myself enjoying the intensity of everything "around the plate". My friends Halibut was perfectly cooked. My Berkshire Pork was so moist, abundant and more flavorful than anything I ever tasted. The wine list was truly original. I found some very cool wines. I had a great Gruner from Austria, a brilliant rosado from San Sebastian and was guided through the reds by very in the know servers. The waiters were very friendly and knowledgeable. This place is a gem.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • service was poor because there
    PamSVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2009
    service was poor because there was only one waitress for an almost full dining room. We had to wait for dinner, never offered dessert. very disappointing meal. Food was fine.
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  • Excellent food, lovely ambiance.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/8/2009
    Excellent food, lovely ambiance. I had the chicken and I enjoyed it so much that I returned several days later with another friend to sample more of the menu. Excellent wine list, very attentive waitstaff. This is a fabulous local restaurant that I highly recommend!
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • The restaurant was pleasant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/5/2009
    The restaurant was pleasant and the decor reflected their "farm to table" approach. Their olives and almonds appetizer was fantastic, the "pink" burger including the optional fried egg on top was maybe the best burger I have ever had. The dessert was delicious - toasted almond ice cream had a tremendous flavor.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • A really superb restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/3/2009
    A really superb restaurant in every way: food preparation, menu selections, wine list, ambiance and service. Puts sister restaurant Mezze to shame. We can hardly wait for our next visit to the Berkshires and we're letting all our friends know as well.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • very nice experience. good
    samziamVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2009
    very nice experience. good menu, but a bit too limited. would be nice to add 2-3 appetizer/entree items for more variety.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • We loved it. Great fresh from
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2009
    We loved it. Great fresh from the farm food with inventive cooking and presentation. Highly recommended!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate