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The Red Lion Inn
The Red Lion Inn

The Red Lion Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.redlioninn.com
  • Phone: (413) 298-5545
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Please note: The Main Dining Room is open daily for breakfast year-round. We serve lunch and dinner daily from mid-April through December. On Mondays and Tuesdays from January through mid-April, lunch and dinner are available in our Tavern only.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Brian J. Alberg
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: According to tradition, some of the Inn's first guests were colonial Yankees who met here in 1773 to defy King George III-with revolutionary results. Today, our fully equipped meeting rooms continue to provide quiet, distraction-free settings and modern amenities for companies, associations and non-profit groups with their own important agendas. Paired with exceptional service, renowned dining, and convenient access from the Northeast's major metropolitan areas, The Red Lion Inn offers an exceptional and refreshing choice for meetings, conferences and retreats.
  • Private Party Facilities: For generations, The Red Lion Inn has helped families celebrate weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, engagements, and other special occasions with great food, exceptional service, and warm New England hospitality. Whether your event is a party for eight or a banquet for eighty, we'll be happy to help you choose a location and plan the perfect event-with menus to accommodate every style and circumstance. Contact us at the restaurant.
  • Private Party Contact: Red Lion Inn Sales Department (413) 298-1604
  • Entertainment: We offer live entertainment nightly in the Lion's Den pub, year-round and never a cover charge!
  • Special Events & Promotions: Celebrate your special event with great food, exceptional service and value, and warm New England hospitality. We'll be happy to help you plan the perfect event for 8 to 80 that will accommodate every style and circumstance. Contact us at (413) 298-1604.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 7 & 102
  • Public Transit: Several bus lines get folks to the Berkshires -- Peter Pan and its affiliates stop across the street from the Red Lion. There is public transportation in the Berkshires through the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: There is ample parking behind the Inn, but guests may also park out front (no overnight parking on Main Street in the winter!).
A word from The Red Lion Inn
Since welcoming its first guests in 1773, The Red Lion Inn has earned a reputation for outstanding food and genuine country hospitality. Those traditions are continued today by Executive Chef Brian J. Alberg, whose kitchen features contemporary cuisine that is rooted in the region's history and harvests. Emphasizing the use of fresh, local ingredients and a huge proponent of buying locally and sustaining the region, Chef Alberg regularly updates the Inn's menus to reflect the bounty of each season. Guests choose from the elegant Main Dining Room, the cozy Widow Bingham's Tavern, the casual Lion's Den pub, or, in warmer months, the flower-filled Courtyard. The wine list offers 450+ selections, and has received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for ten consecutive years; Sommelier Dan Thomas helps pair wines with meals. *The Inn accepts reservations for the Main Dining Room only.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "This was our second visit to the Main Dining Room. We brought another member of the family who enjoyed the luncheon and the gentile atmosphere we associate with the Red Lion Inn. It was a treat and we will return when we are in the area once again."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The Red Lion Inn has lots of old New England charm but we were disappointed with the quality of the food. The prices are high and yet we found the food to be just average. We are glad we experienced this Stockbridge treasure but would probably make another dining choice next time."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Red Lion has been the Grande Dame of the Bershires for decades, and Tanglewood is only a few miles away. The food was excellent and the service attentive. The ambiance is quite dated and lacks the charm this old hotel deserves. However choices are limited in the Bershires and we were delighted the food was superb. The outdoor patio serves the same menu at lunch, and is surrounded by colorful plantings. Next trip, we'll dine outdoors, under the shade of the umbrellas."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We decided to have lunch here prior to a Tanglewood concert. We sat at a tiny table with a buzzing fly. The worst part was the waitress who rushed us from the very start. The white wine was not chilled, and the soup and entree were served at the same time. She gave us those ugly metal covers to "keep the food hot.". My husband gulped down his soup, but his main meal was tepid as was mine. The food was bland and unremarkanle. The maite'd rushed in to help, but that did not change the fact that a restaurant with such a reputation should have a better trained wait staff. We poured our own wine because she was nowhere in sight. The dining room was not crowded so we could not understand why we were so rushed and then ignored.Stay away!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "It's been more then 2 decades since I've eaten here. It is better than I remember. Gracious hostess & host. Fantastic seamless service. Ronny was our server supreme. Gave us fantastic service despite how very busy this huge dining room was. Great cosmos and we recommend the Red Lion Inn Chardoney. The salads were small and uninspired but the turkey and chicken entrees were superb. Great chabada bread served. The cappuccino was served perfectly piping hot. I won't wait 2 more decades to return. Hi kudos."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Nice place in the Red Lion Inn. Good food and attentive/friendly staff. Loved the cippino stew - Great apple pie to end the dinner!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "If you want classic American food, beautifully prepared with fresh, local ingredients, this is the place for you. The roast native turkey was the best I'd ever had anywhere - succulent and tender, accompanied by creamy, fluffy mashed potatoes, which also came with my husband's excellent prime rib. The lemon tart should be a controlled substance, and the warm brown sugar cake was every bit as moist and delicious as that sounds. Did I mention the mashed potatoes? Service was attentive and cheerful. An excellent meal in a lovely, quiet place, with surprisingly reasonable prices given the high quality of the experience."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our 41 anniversary at the Inn with dinner there. Just wonderful. Service was exceptional, our server was attentive, helpful and friendly. Thefood was tasty and wine list can meet every taste. We had the signature turkey dinner and were as pleased as always. Hot apple pie had a crunchy crust that gave extra spice with the warm apples. Cannot wait to go back."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The prices are on the high side, but for a special occasion it was worth it. The service and the food were outstanding and the hotel dining room provides a unique experience, surrounded by history as you enjoy your meal."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Old time charm. Restaurant has a lot if character. Food was delicious"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "As historic as it gets in New England! Lovely setting and classic colonial decor. Young but eager service. The food is slightly updated from the 18th century (!) and it's perfectly fine, but is not a gourmet experience and I suppose it is not supposed to be. Not a lot of flavor but big portions and very pleasant ambience."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "There are many fine restaurants closer to Tanglewood, but we wanted to have a reserved table for lunch with friends before the Sunday 2:30 concert. The menu was not particularly innovative, but the food was better than I had anticipated: real turkey sliced from a roast in the sandwich two of us ordered; an interesting chicken pot pie, with the chicken stew poured atop a puff pastry, rather than baked in; and a nice lobster salad roll, which, like the turkey sandwich, could be (and was) had on excellent multigrain bread instead of a hot dog roll. The waiter was very accommodating; when one of our party complained that the $24 lobster roll had way too little lobster salad, the waiter brought an additional large serving."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "This place must be 100+ years old, but is still in great shape and has all of the elements for success. Charming, well trained service and very good food quality at reasonable prices. Inside seating is semi-formal, but the patio is very casual during warm weather days. They even have an old world pub and "Lion's Den" bar tucked away in the basement."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner Saturday evening to celebrate our anniversary. We were seated promptly in the main dining room and in a fairly quiet location, as requested. Our waitress did not seem shocked that we were not ordering wine, and she very graciously answered all our questions on the selections. Everything was delicious, and arrived at a pleasant pace. The inn is really a feast for the eyes. Just strolling to the ladies room was a cultural experience, with the live piano player in the spacious lobby, the resident cat and the amazing collection of antiques, there is so much history in one place. After we finished dinner, our gracious waitress beckoned us to see the tavern, and opened the door to the very loud Lion's Den."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Red Lion Inn is a Berkshire tradition. You'll get good service and good food, in a "quasi-colonial" setting."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Food good but high priced for the quality. Went because of its reputation but there might be better choices in town. Hotel is dated."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Always have lunch here when visiting Stockbridge for the day. Great atmosphere, very good food and top-notch service."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "My wife and I returned to the Red Lion Inn for our 25th wedding anniversary. We had been there for part of our honeymoon week, and wanted to return when we arranged to see a concert at Tanglewood nearby. A meal in the main dining room was a must, and we were not disappointed. The food was excellent. The waiter acknowledged our anniversary and the service was also excellent."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I meet my friend every month, we drive over an hour to meet, we sit on the porch or in the living room and chat for two hours before noon. Then we have a window seat and sit for another hour and a half. We love the seasonal menu, fresh local foods, delicious cheese plate, marvelous fresh desserts and attentive service."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "There's a reason why we keep coming back to the Red Lion. The food is great, the service impeccable and the ambience is unique. Plus so many gorgeous antiques. Unusual, beautiful things to see everywhere. Fresh flowers on every table & in every room. Always a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Delicious! It was the perfect spot for my mother-in-laws' 75th birthday! And the front porch was difficult to leave- gorgeous!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The Red Lion Inn is a "must experience". The service and attention to detail are unmatched. The 1700's atmosphere is real, authentic, classic. Yet above all, their chef prepares a magnificent meal. A tradition of excellence! We will return again and encourage you to do the same."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "the smoked duck was delicious and simply melts in your mouth. the lamb london broil was cooked perfectly ordered (medium side) but the kale greens was over cooked and heavy on the salt. the prime rib is nothing to rave about and under seasoned."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My wife and I planned a trip to Stockbridge and we made a reservation for a Wednesday lunch. We did not wait long for our table though we were early. Our waiter was courteous and prompt. Our meals were excellent. I had the fried haddock and my wife had grilled salmon over greens. Both were tasty and the portion sizes were perfect that left room for desert. I had the lemon sorbet which was just right, not too tart but not bland. Will definitely go back there when in the area."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We had to wait 1 hour and 15 minutes for our order to be served. Had to ask for bread after sitting for 1 hour. Ordered medium rare fillet mignon but received medium well. Mary Anne's medium prime rib was too tough to chew and she left half of it. Our guest's lamb dish had only 4 small slices."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "It was a beautiful day but we opted to sit inside to get the full Red Lion Inn experience. Our server was friendly and the service was very good. We were expecting more of a brunch menu, but enjoyed having a heavier lunch. Our dishes were very good, and their salad dressing is memorable. Would definitely go back on future Berkshire trips."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We had a party of five and had lunch in the Dining Room, as my Mom wanted to eat in that room. It wasn't a full dining room, as there were a lot of empty tables. The décor was nice, but not five star. The lunch selections were quite expensive for what you got and we all agreed, just o.k. Our son had pasta and it wasn't cooked, he said it was still hard. We didn't send it back, but thought that is one of the easiest things to cook and were disappointed for him. Overall, if we came back, would probably try the tavern instead. It was a beautiful day and we still enjoyed the time at the Red Lion Inn."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "i have been to the Red Lion before. the food is good tho' i feel the lunch menu is a bit pricey. but it has charm and atmosphere. and it is well situated for our group of 8 to rendezvous from NY and Mass. usually we are pleased with the service but on our latest visit, we had a waiter who seemed stiff and inexperienced. and when we were finished and wanted to linger, he was too eager to get us out even tho' there was no need for the table and serving had stopped for lunch. at the Red Lion there is a long break in the dining room between lunch and dinner. we felt insulted when he started with the carpet sweeper under our chairs when we were still sitting in them! maybe it's time to find somewhere else in the area for lunch."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "It had been several years since I had dinner at the Inn. The food was disappointing. The beat salad appetizer was good but the other appetizer we got - like a mini pizza - was too salty. The cod entrée I got was greasy and the other entrée was average. The food should be much better for the price. I will stick to having breakfast at the Inn which I normally do - I will not have dinner there until they bring their standards up."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "I cannot adequately review the Red Lion Inn. I was most disappointed with the unsympathetic and unpleasant hostess, when I arrived. What should have been a 3 hour drive took 5 hours. when we arrived at 9:10, the hostess refused to seat us. To say that I was unhappy is an understatement. Since I could have made a 9:00 reservation at the time I chose to make an 8:30 reservation, the failure to accommodate us, was disgraceful."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Elegant dining in pretty surroundings. The food was very good and everyone enjoyed what they ate. Be prepared for an expensive meal. The prices are not cheap. But it's elegant and worth it. The service was very nice. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "a decent choice in Berkshires bot do not expect NY quality of food; fantastic old inn, nice service, but the food is not up to the expectatios "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We celebrated our 20th Anniversary at the Red Lion Inn main dining room. The food was wonderful! Very pricey, but it was a special occasion. We sat on the front porch for a while after. Very relaxing!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "They just don't make like this anymore! Beautiful Inn, great food. Just a beautiful destination, love it!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Though I felt like I stepped back in time, the meals ( we had dinner and breakfast in the dining room) the food was delicious by today's standards. The perfect serving size of delicious food, presentation wonderful. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Everyone should dine here at least once in their lifetime to know what fine dining is like!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "My two daughter's took me here for Mother's Day and it was the Best! Wonderful elegant decor, fantastic food, great service! It is located in one of my favorite nostalgic towns, Stockbridge, MA. The Red Lion Inn has been here for a very long time , with good reason . You won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Met my elderly parents for an early Mother's Day Lunch. Waiter Ronnie did a fantastic job recommending perfect and beautifully matched main corse and dessert for his no lactose no gluten dietary needs. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We always have a wonderful, special, and classy lunch when we go to the Red Lion Inn! We enjoy it tremendously, and you get the royal treatment from everyone."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "This review is for the main dining room. Overall, it was a good dinner. The menu is not particularly exciting, just classic American food. Service is a little more casual than I would have liked, but pleasant."
    Dined on 4/19/2014