The Red Lion Inn
30 Main St
Stockbridge, MA 01262Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $30 and under
The Red Lion Inn
- Dining Style: Fine Dining
- Website: http://www.redlioninn.com/
- Phone: 4132985545x
- 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: Comfort Food, Contemporary American
- 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 4132981604x
- Entertainment: We offer live entertainment nightly in the Lion's Den pub, year-round and never a cover charge!
- Special Events: 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.
- 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 Service
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The Red Lion Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
127 reviews since May 20, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
special occasion (81)romantic (52)neighborhood gem (37)great for lunch (35)fit for foodies (34)notable wine list (26)good for groups (22)great for brunch (20)great for outdoor dining (18)scenic view (14)kid-friendly (10)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (3)Show More
- Host didn't have our reservationGreensDined on 9/10/2014We arrived here at our appointed time on the correct date and the host couldn't find our name on the reservation list. He ended up seating us near a cold drafty window in a back room. We could look out and see the nice chandeliers in the main dining area but ours had plain lights and we were sat near the service station and service entrance. The wait staff started getting a bit slap happy towards the end of our meal and hooped and hollered into the kitchen. The host also added insult to injury and asked us about three times whether we wanted to eat in the main dining room or the tavern despite the fact that we were all dressed up for the main dining area. We would have been way over dressed for the tavern. Next time we won't bother.Special Features:
- Good as AlwaysnycatpeopleDined on 9/10/2014We've been eating at The Red Lion Inn for years. We live in upstate NY, so we meet relatives from MA for lunch there as it is half way for each of us. The food, service, and atmosphere are just great; we highly recommend it. However, as cat people we're always disappointed if we don't get to see the Inn cat!Special Features:
- Average RestaurantKSaxVIPDined on 8/30/2014We ate at Red Lion over Labor Day Weekend. We ate outdoors, as the indoors is a more stuffy atmosphere. Same menu. Food was good. NOT WOW. the chocolate dessert was the best part of the meal. Service was professional. Prices are high- comparable to NYC. We are happy we tried it, but likely would not return. Tip- if you eat outdoors- be prepared for mosquito bites.
- 60th Birthday lunchblondieDined on 8/26/2014The food was outstanding. Two of us had the turkey sandwich and one had the turkey dinner. It tasted great. Plenty of it. The soups had a great taste and plenty of it. The service was also outstanding. Very attentive and our server new the menu frontwards and backwards. The tip was prefigured for 18% and 20% which made the paying easier. We had a great time and will come back. We have suggested to our friends to come and visit the Red Lion Inn.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/26/2014We enjoyed the whole experience from start to finish.Special Features:
- Classic old world inn diningKH41Dined on 8/25/2014This was our first time in Stockbridge and felt that our journey would not be complete without a visit to the Red Lion, which is one of the last remaining classical old world inn's for dining. And we were celebrating a special occasion so it seemed a good choice. The food was classic - well prepared and stellar service plus affordable fine wines - however we should have dined later than 6:30 as the entire restaurant was treated to a family that consisted of two young active children (both under the ages of 7) seated almost dead center - whose parents kept them occupied with buttered rolls and cartoons on an ipad - However our server was very pleasant and helpful and we enjoyed the antiques and classic décor.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- lunch at the lioneddietreatsDined on 8/24/2014this was our first but not our last meal here everything was cooked to perfection and the service was very niceSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Newer food in an older venueCallistoVIPDined on 8/24/2014The historic Red Lion is a wonderful landmark and luckily it does not fall into the trap of serving only the more "regular" "comfort" food that one comes across in such places. We enjoyed our lunch - both had the thin-crusted pizza special with feta and sun-dried tomatoes - but we were each tempted by several other options as well. The younger waitstaff was good, albeit not overwhelmingly gracious/attentive.
- Birthday CelebrationPucksDined on 8/20/2014We spent a few evenings at the Red Lion Inn and had dinner in the main dining room to celebrate my wife's birthday. The atmosphere, service and food were wonderful. I had the ribeye special which was presented and cooked perfectly. My wife had the vegetarian Faro based risotto which was tremendously enjoyable. The service matched the quality of the food and atmosphere. We recommend it highly.Special Features:
- Not really disappointed, but.......OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/20/2014It was OK. Not terrible but not that great. Expecting a lot more.Special Features:
- Bit of a DisappointmentFoodFanaticVIPDined on 8/20/2014We had lunch at the Red Lion in the main dining room on a Wednesday afternoon. There were five of us and we had reserved a table in advance. I made the reservation and noticed the "dress code" on the web page for The Red Lion, and so warned my companions that business casual would be required. It was disappointing to see that the dress code was not enforced: shorts, jeans, flip flops, and T shirts all managed to gain entry. The clam chowder was delicious, if a bit thin on clams or other potato. I had the fish and chips and have to say I was disappointed. The beer batter was flat rather than being puffy, and the fish (haddock) was very much over cooked. The fries were ok. Others in my group seemed to like their lunches; no raves.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- red lion innOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/19/2014food was excellent,service was great,ameal to remember!Special Features:
- ExceptionalLolaSVIPDined on 8/19/2014The food is some of the best I've had. It's American with a very elegant flare. They also have a great wine selection- wines by the glass are actually very high quality and many have recognizable names. Wines by the bottle are reasonably priced.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Refined!BobbyVIPDined on 8/17/2014The Red Lion Inn is perfect dining destination if you seek true New England hospitality. The lovely colonial atmosphere and menu will sooth your soul. The young-ish staff working the summer shifts are probably on school break, but they are exceedingly polite and well trained. This was our second visit for lunch before a summer musical performance at Tanglewood. With limited time we enjoyed a leisurely meal. With more time on our hands we plan to drop in for dinner next, because that menu looks so much more tempting than the very nice lunch menu. Highly recommended.Special Features:
- outstanding experienceFoodieDined on 8/15/2014Whenever we are in or near Stockbridge we make it a point to dine at the Red Lion dining room.it is the best restaurant in the Berkshires.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Cannot live by reputation aloneLopapDined on 8/13/2014Nasty waitress and horrible food. Medium prime rib served overly well done with dried out hard as rock popover. When I expressed concern about the overcooked meat, I was told it was the last slice left and if I didn't like it I could have the turkey. Tried to eat the meal but it was inedible. When surly, disinterested waitress came to clear, I told her the meal was inedible and she snarked because I had eaten a couple bites, "we don't normally give money back when you eat the meal." I had two bites of meat and one bite of popover to try to eat it, yuk! She said she'd give me a free dessert, but a $7 dessert really doesn't cover a $34 dinner. Worn out atmosphere, worn out waitstaff, worn out food. Disappointing all the way around.
- A Berkshire gemTaletellerDined on 8/10/2014For some it is a little expensive but the food selections and service are outstanding! The warm brown sugar cake served a la mode is not to be overlooked.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice Setting, ok foodOpenTable Diner Since 2001VIPDined on 8/8/2014It is a special feeling sitting in this bit worn but nice restaurant located in the inn. We were seated promptly for a 9 pm meal with the room half full. The server recited the specials rather clumsily and thought she would have perfected this so late in the evening. We ordered Caesar salad to start which was good but not great and followed with the salmon (slightly over cooked) and the lamb (unremarkable). Had a nice bottle of wine but the server did not check back to refill our glasses. She did check back once to see how our meal was and even offered to replace the salmon which was a nice gesture. In the end, we skipped dessert and went down to the pub and listened to some great live music.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A Cosy TavernMrandMrsTVIPDined on 8/8/2014We arrived early for our reservation and enjoyed sitting on the porch. We were seated promptly. Had an excellent, friendly server. When we told her we live in Florida she told us that she goes to college here in Florida. The chowder was a bit bland. We ordered Caesar salad to share and were told there would be a $4 charge if it were split in the kitchen! Our entrees were very well prepared. My husband enjoyed his prime rib and my sole piccata was very good. Overall it was a good dining experience. Glad we went there.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 8/8/2014The food was pretty good. Our server Dan was very good. I had requested 2 glasses of champagne on the table and a quiet table, as we were celebrating our anniversary. The champagne never arrived, I believe he was never told, and we were seated right next to the kitchen and listened to dirty dishes clanking most of the meal. I hate when little details are missed, anyone can prepare food, we went there for something special hoping for more.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- skabootchVIPDined on 8/6/2014Very impressive in all respects. Entrees of turkey and chicken were both excellent. Kudos to the bartender who remade my wife's several times to reach her satisfaction level. In fact, all the Inn's servers did an excellent job (Dorothy was very helpful). If they offer any sort of special appetizer, consider it. Our lamb risotto was the perfect size and all of us enjoyed it.Special Features:
- Great dining at a grand old innLarryDined on 8/3/2014The dining room at the Red Lion Inn is old-fashioned and comfortable serving very good food that is up-to-date in freshness and taste. We enjoyed seasonal gazpacho soup and had excellent entrees of rib-eye steak and pork tenderloin. The chocolate-cherry tart for dessert was delicious. The service made us very relaxed and we went up to our room later feeling very happy with the mountain atmosphere, the ambience and the service at this grand old inn.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lovely old innNinaLDined on 8/3/2014This delightful old inn has managed to keep its ambience and service intact over many years. The food is well prepared and served, not exciting, but always delicious, with ample portions. An elegant space for a meal at any time of the day. The Chicken Pot Pie was a great success with this family group, and the apple pie was delicious. The food is local and of high quality, and the ambience should be bottled!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Never Disappoints!CTCommuterDined on 8/2/2014The Red Lion Inn is a special place!! Every trip to the Berkshires must include a stop here and we are never sorry! Menu offerings were fresh and tasty! And food was served promptly, but no rushing.Special Features:
- Red Lion InnwineanddineDined on 7/25/2014Great prime rib, and a quaint setting. We enjoyed a leisurely dinner here while vacationing in the Berkshires.Special Features:
- Gentile and deliciousGerryDined on 7/24/2014This 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.Special Features:
- Lots of old New England charmOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 7/20/2014The 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.Special Features:
- Historic gemLuv2travelDined on 7/20/2014Red 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Amateur service. Highly Overratedoperalover212VIPDined on 7/20/2014We 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!
- In a word... wonderfulwmw322VIPDined on 7/19/2014It'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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- CharmingOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 7/19/2014Nice place in the Red Lion Inn. Good food and attentive/friendly staff. Loved the cippino stew - Great apple pie to end the dinner!Special Features:
- A ClassicLindaCDined on 7/17/2014If 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.Special Features:
- wonderful dinninggrannienannienj63Dined on 7/17/2014My 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Restaurantcookief18Dined on 7/16/2014The 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.Special Features:
- Lovely lunchljbarDined on 7/15/2014Old time charm. Restaurant has a lot if character. Food was deliciousSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Go for the place, not the foodbibawasbestDined on 7/13/2014As 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.Special Features:
- Pre-Tanglewood LunchNPinBerkshiresDined on 7/6/2014There 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.Special Features:
- A Classic Dining ExperienceFoodieVIPDined on 7/5/2014This 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- wonderful experiencecountrygirlDined on 7/5/2014We 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.Special Features:
- A classicPhillyAmyDined on 7/5/2014Red Lion Inn is a Berkshire tradition. You'll get good service and good food, in a "quasi-colonial" setting.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.