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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Central and Western MA

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Central and Western MA? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of The Old Inn On The Green restaurant
4.9
4.9 (937)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
New Marlborough
About the restaurant
Dining at The Old Inn on the Green is an extraordinary experience: fine wine, great food, attentive, knowledgeable service and the dining rooms illuminated only by candle light. Chef and Owner Peter Platt, along with his team, work to create innovative and memorable meals that are an event unto themselves. Currently, we are offering a $79 prix fixe menu with 5-6 choices per course every night we are open. The hours for dinner are Wednesday through Sunday 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm for both indoors and in an all new screened outdoor room. The wine list is graced with an array of thoughtfully selected estate bottled wines from France, California, Italy and around the world. In addition to candlelight, in the colder months there are wood burning fireplaces in each room. A copy of our current menu can be found on the home page of our website www.oldinn.com.
Top review
JamesWM
Dined 3 days ago
As always, a fine dining experience in an exceptional space !
A photo of Herb Lyceum restaurant
5.0
5 (22)
$50 and over
American
Groton
About the restaurant
We’re excited to introduce Herb Lyceum Bistro, where you, your families and friends can visit the farm for our inventive tasting dishes & inviting atmosphere, but with the more traditional restaurant experience of choosing your own adventure.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Always a great time with interesting people in a communal setting. Excellent food
A photo of Mezze Bistro + Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2288)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Williamstown
About the restaurant
Mezze Bistro + Bar serves a prix fixe menu inspired by the Mediterranean using local ingredients. Craft cocktails, boutique wines, and small-batch beers highlight the beverage program. We are nestled next to Williamstown Rural Lands' Sheep Hill. During summer dine al fresco on our deck, please make a note if that's your preference in your reservation. To learn about private dining options for groups of up to 25 contact: mezzebistro@mezzeinc.com.

Mezze Hospitality Group, includes Mezze Events, a full-service events company, BLUEBiRD & CO. casual, a la carte restaurant at the base of Jiminy Peak. Come for the food, stay for the rooms with Mezze Guesthouse, a five-unit, boutique & contactless accommodation only steps above Mezze Bistro.

Top review
IRL1vip
Dined 5 days ago
A favorite in the Berkshires. Great food and service.
A photo of Russo restaurant
4.6
4.6 (579)
$30 and under
Italian
Worcester
About the restaurant
Russo Italian Restaurant features traditional Italian dishes made from recipes handed down from generation to generation.
Top review
DeniseM
Dined 2 days ago
We always enjoy our time at Russo’s. We wanted to share one of our favorite restaurants with friends and requested the wine room for the ambience. Unfortunately it was closed. Still had a good dinner but the main room is always so much louder.
A photo of B Napoli restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1848)
$30 and under
Contemporary Italian
West Springfield
About the restaurant
bNapoli Italian is a contemporary Italian restaurant serving authentic cuisine from the Naples region of Italy using only top quality ingredients. Reservations are highly recommended as they are booking for indoor as well as outdoor dining on their 28 seat enclosed patio.

BNapoli is known for their professional yet approachable service, beautifully created from scratch menu and inventive balanced cocktails. They offer an eclectic 100 label variety of new and old world wine focused mainly on North America and Italy from a glass enclosed temperature controlled wine room. Their cocktail menu is culinary based and guest focused offering creative seasonal takes on timeless classics and they also offer six draft lines featuring local breweries as well as a small curated selection of bottles.

Top review
GlSG
Dined on Jun 27, 2024
First time here. We had an early dinner reservation so it wasn’t crowded, although it was completely filled by the time we left. Reservations recommended. Service was friendly and fast. Price seemed a little high (a glass of wine for $16) but the food and atmosphere were very good. The menu had many choices and we enjoyed the Pacheri (seafood over pasta), a Romaine salad (nice presentation), and veal bolognese. The lemon brûlée was okay, but was disappointed that it was more a pudding than a custard. We will definitely go here again.
A photo of 30 Boltwood - Inn on Boltwood restaurant
4.7
4.7 (993)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Amherst
About the restaurant
Open Seven Days. Brunch from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Dinner nightly from 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Outdoor dining available. Reservations are suggested.
30Boltwood offers traditional New England fare that highlights fresh and simple flavors in our downtown Amherst, MA restaurant. Our culinary team works closely with local area farms and purveyors to ensure the highest quality ingredients are used to craft menus that deliver exceptional dining experiences. 30Boltwood is a gathering place where old friends and new acquaintances can sip cocktails, enjoy satisfying casual comforts, and celebrate life’s special occasions.

Top review
Beck
Dined 4 days ago
Delicious food and drink. Friendly and excellent waitstaff. A bit pricey but you get what you pay for!!!
A photo of Chashu Ramen + Izakaya restaurant
4.8
4.8 (534)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Worcester
About the restaurant
Chashu Ramen + Izakaya is bringing fire to Worcester. The latest collaboration between Worcester’s own Son Vo of Kaizen and Pho Sure and Tam Le of Pho Linh and Reign Drink Lab, Chashu brings Japanese inspired fare to downtown Worcester. Power lunches, happy hours, and sophisticated nightcaps are about to be redefined.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
Overall was great! The service was exceptional. The only short fall was the chicken karaage, the chicken was a little burnt and not fresh. (Same goes to the chicken in chicken udon) other than that Chashu is my favourite go to in Worcester!
A photo of The Student Prince Cafe restaurant
4.7
4.7 (715)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Springfield
About the restaurant
Since 1935, Student Prince has offered largest selection of Bavarian and German beers paired with American, Seafood, Steakhouse, and European-inspired cuisine.

Top review
LisaB
Dined 2 days ago
We have been going to The Student Prince for years and have never been disappointed. Food, drinks and staff are always outstanding.
A photo of Tucker's Restaurant restaurant
5.0
5 (397)
$30 and under
American
Southwick
About the restaurant
Welcome to Tucker's Restaurant, a place to unwind and enjoy lunch, dinner, or that special occasion in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. Celebrating 24 years in Business. Chef Michael Anderson and his staff are ready to prepare a memorable and satisfying meal you're sure to enjoy. Visit us for lunch or dinner in one of our dining rooms, or even in our elegant bar if you prefer. We also feature two exquisite banquet rooms for your special function, in addition to catering offsite events of any size. As another option, Chef Michael can even prepare a sumptuous, one-of-a-kind meal for you and your guests in the intimacy of your own home! So when you are planning a wedding, shower, anniversary, birthday, corporate party, or any special event, remember to call Tucker's. We are here to serve you! Sincerely, Mike, Karen, Paige & Payton Anderson and the Tucker's Restaurant Staff
Top review
PeterW
Dined on Jun 25, 2024
I can't say this about many restaurants....every meal we have ever eaten at Tuckers is 1st class, from appetizers right through desert. Can't recommend it enough.
A photo of Forge and Vine restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2982)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Groton
About the restaurant
Drawing inspiration from the region’s history and natural surroundings, the 156-seat freestanding restaurant reflects elemental themes of wood, water, iron, and fire, reminiscent of the carriage houses and blacksmith shops that once dotted the landscape. The centerpiece of Forge & Vine is an eight-foot wood fired grill and open kitchen with counter seating where guests can enjoy dinner while interacting with the chef. Welcoming residents as well as visitors to the area, Forge & Vine offers a strong sense of place with a design sensibility that brings in the outside with floor to ceiling windows offering breathtaking pastoral views of Gibbett Hill. The restaurant boasts spacious and casual bar with service inside and out and features classic and comfortable cuisine sourced from the best produce, seafood, and meats that New England offers.
Top review
JackieM
Dined 7 days ago
Always awesome! Great staff and food, thank you! Authentic atmosphere and super menu options.
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