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About Gala Steakhouse and Bistro

Gala Restaurant and Bar is warm & inviting restaurant located inside The Orchards Hotel in lovely Williamstown Massachusetts in the heart of The Berkshires. With it’s not often found blend of classic and contemporary cuisine Gala offers something for everyone. Since becoming Gala in 2006 the restaurant has been reinvented to provide an experience not easily rivaled. Gala boasts an elegant dining room with breathtaking views of it’s adjacent courtyard. The menu, created by Executive Chef Bill Sheridan, satisfies both the casual and formal diner.

222 Adams Road
Williamstown, MA 01267
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Bistro, American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Weekdays: 7:00am - 10:30am; Saturday and Sunday 7:00am- 10:00am; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am- 2:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 9:00pm. Menu served until 10:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Cross Street:
Main Street (Rte 2)

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(413) 458-9590

Website:
http://www.galarestaurant.com/

Catering:
We offer both onsite and off premise catering for any function. Contact our Director of Sales and Catering, Janell LaFleche, at 413-458-9611 ext. 506 for more information.

Executive Chef:
Bill Sheridan

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We offer both onsite and off premise catering for any function. Contact our Director of Sales and Catering, Janell LaFleche, at 413-458-9611 ext. 506 for more information.

Gala Steakhouse and Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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3.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.7

service

3.7

ambience

3.7

value

3.3

Noise

Quiet

60% would recommend it to a friend

Quiet Conversation (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
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Good for Anniversaries (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Cozy (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Business Meals (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Romantic (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Authentic (1)
Casual (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Nice place Food good. Service slow but that may be to make experience more leisurely.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 4, 2017

The duck wings are amazing!

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Comfortable setting,well prepared food, good service for Sunday brunch . Guests from out of town are looking forward to returning with us for another meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Casual, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Perhaps this was an off night for this restaurant, but the service was slow and the food was really a disappointment. Our cocktails arrived after our appetizers. The waiter kept forgetting things we requested, for instance, a glass of water with our cocktails. The oysters had clearly been shucked hours before being served. They had sunken deep into their shells and were dry and sad. The duck wings must have been fried at least twice. They were just crunchy, dried things. The duck breast was dry and unappetizing. Sadly, the waiter was somewhat spaced out, so the service truly lacked, too.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Our experience here was mediocre. Located in the Orchards hotel in Williamstown, the restaurant, like the hotel, is in need of an update. The place felt dated and run down and we noticed lots of areas that needed to be painted or repaired.
The food was okay, not great, or even very good, but not terrible, just okay. I had the mushroom ravioli, a little bland, but fine.
The prices were high for the value received. The waitress was attentive.
Overall, rather disappointing, as everything looked so great in the photos, but certainly not the worst hotel and restaurant we have ever visited.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on August 30, 2017

My friend forgot her cane, and we were pleasantly surprised with the availability a wheelchair! Our evening was saved-no return home for a cane. The food was excellent, the cook does a fantastic job. Overall it gets a 5 plus!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access
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 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We were greeted and seated promptly. Our server was very attentive. Dinner was delicious and they even made up a special birthday dessert!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

The food was good but not great for the price. Wait staff very pleasant. Ambiance relaxed but decor incredibly dated--flashback to an 80s idea of fine Euro-dining.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

A steakhouse with only one steak option! I got chips and three small dipping sauces for around $7 very expensive bag of chips! I actually thought it was french fries and dip like fish and chips. Wait staff very cold, limited interaction, but efficient. Beverage prices outrageous. Overall poor experience and value. Will never go back and will not recommend.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Servuce was reakky poor considering that this is a high season of sorts and there was plenty of open tables at the time. Food was OK but lacked some extra special flavor that was expected.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Food was very good and varied. Server was pleasant but slow . Orders not taken correctly.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 18, 2017

The food is quite good at this restaurant located in the Orchards Hotel in Williamstown, MA. Service was pleasant but uneven and unpredictable. The bartender was very nice, but inexperienced to the degree that she seemed unfamiliar with the fact that chardonnay was a white wine, not a red. All the staff at the entire property seemed similarly ill equipt for their positions and/or just unhappy to be there.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on July 16, 2017

First rate breakfast, reasonable prices, great service.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We visited based on Open Table reviews. What a great find. The restaurant is associated with the Orchards Hotel. The dining room is nicely decorated, though we chose to eat out on the patio. We were surprised that the prices on the menu did not compute with the restaurant. I expected much higher pricing, not that I'm complaining. The food was beautifully presented, and was tasty. Our waitress, Mariah, took our order without writing anything down, and it came perfectly prepared and delivered to the correct person. Very impressive. All in all, this is a restaurant that will make our "visit often" list. There was, truly, no place for improvement, as none was needed.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Ambiance outside was lovely and service was very good. Overall the food was good.

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 (Naples)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Macaroon dessert was sensational and quite reasonable.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Service was excellent and menu very creative. Wine list so-so but decent for the area. Ambience a butt coffee shop - with - white - tablecloth, but ok. Food prep spotty.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Excellent for dinner
Excellent for breakfast

We were very pleased with our waitress and food

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Very tasty food and nice presentation.
Friendly attentive service, reasonable prices.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Food was so-so, there were flies and ants near the table, wine options by the glass were poor. Would not return.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 2, 2017

I had dinner years ago at The Orchards. I needed to find a great restaurant on Commencement
weekend for very good friends coming up for the evening and night. Gaia was much better and
really superior to my initial first and second choices that were both booked. I'm so glad to
know there is an excellent restaurant that is quiet, spacious. friendly, and with a varied
and interesting menu, beautifully prepared and presented.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on May 20, 2017

The restaurant was beautiful but the food was mediocre. I got the lamb ribeye and asked for it medium and it came out well. Lamb is not good cooked well but my husband and I wanted to eat together so I just ate it anyway. I thought the prices very high for the quality of food. Our waitress was fabulous though.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We had a lovely brunch on Easter Sunday. Festive and delicious. The outdoor terrace was best of all.

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2017

the easter brunch was not very good for a vegetarian.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on March 21, 2017

Visiting Williamstown on a college trip to Williams. Stayed at The Orchards. Bartender (45 year old guy) was great and very personable. It went downhill from there. My daughter ordered a steak medium rare that came out way overdone. Tried to have breakfast the next morning but were told it would be a very long wait. Looked like they had only one person who was doing double duty as hostess and waitress despite having a lot of diners, including a tour bus group. Knowing who was checking in to the hotel, why wouldn't the on-site restaurant staff up accordingly? We had to bail and go to Dunkin Donuts. Would not go back.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Great food and service. We ate in the dining room/bar area where the fireplace was going. A very comfortable atmosphere. Definitely will come back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Food was too salty for mine not seasoned enough for a fellow diner. Service was slow and not too friendly with only two servers covering the large area. I would not go again.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 18, 2017

My husband and I ate here on a weekend trip. The restaurant was almost empty but this shouldn't have worried us as the meal was delicious. Williamstown isn't much of a dining hot spot so we were glad to find this high end option for our trip. My husband's prime rib special was a very large portion and cooked perfectly - quite a deal for the $24 price point. I had bison short ribs served on a bed of creamed corn, cheddar mashed potatoes and fried leeks. The meat was fall apart tender, the creamed corn was to die for and the fried leeks lended a nice salty crunch to the rest of the plate for some much needed textural contrast. I would say the only miss was one of the two desserts we ordered - a chocolate mousse served in a chocolate cup. The mousse was delightful but the use of the chocolate cup was a bit of overkill and one notedness. The other dessert we tried, a maple cheesecake with granola/pecan crust, sweet butternut squash puree and fresh blueberries - was inspired. Overall a great spot if you are in Williamstown and looking to drop a chunk of change.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2017

An interesting menu. Prices were a little steep, but the food was delicious. Very quiet for 6 PM on a Saturday night - there was one other table with just one person who I think was a hotel patron. Another couple came in shortly after, but I would still call it quiet for a Saturday night.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2016

We stayed at the Orchards Hotel where Gala is housed. The hotel was a wonderful experience and highly recommend it. Breakfast was included at the Gala, and based on other reviews we read, we made New Years Eve dinner reservations there.
Breakfast was fine, no complaints per say, but there was no host(ess) to seat us, and the staff seemed untrained, and unprofessional, but the food was good.
New Years was an interesting senecio. We made dinner reservations for 9:00pm, and changed them to 8:30. When we arrived the hostess wasn't immediately available , and a waitress started to seat us. When the hostess did come, she seemed confused about why we were there, and told us she only had 2 tables available. The place had very dinners and there were plenty of tables open. We picked the one we wanted(not one of the two offered). The other tables never did fill up.

Although it was not crowded, dinner took a long time to arrive.
My faker of sole was actually very good, my fiancé's Iron steak was served raw, not rare and only 2-3 prices were eatable, the rest of the steak was all fat.

Absolute no ambiance.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Food was good, ended up being perfect for new years eve. Held our reservations and had a table for 10 ready when we got there.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2016

Had dinner here on a Friday night before attending a Ghost Tour USA adventure in near by North Adams. My friend and I each had the burger with fries . Yummy! My son had a turkey club, the biggest I've even seen. He thought it was tops! My son's friend had the Fish and Chips and he also enjoyed it. We even had small taste of a chef special that was offered to us in the cutest tea cup. The people were pleasant and the fire place was roaring! Totally recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Quick Bite
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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2016

We were there for the Thanksgiving buffet. It was horrible. thin slices of prime rib were offered and hacked bits of turkey. Both were cold. We were seated in the bar, in a corner and couldn't really get out very easily. The buffet was in the dining room. We had to go through the reception area past the hostess desk through the crowds of people waiting for their tables with plates of food. Service was disgraceful. When we got our desserts we had to ask another waitress for coffee and waited 15 minutes for our waitress to come over and confirm we wanted coffee. Waited another 10 minutes and then another 20 minutes for our bill. Overpriced!!! Almost $40 per person and $2.50 for a 6 ounce cup of lukewarm coffee. This was our 5th year going to Gala for Thanksgiving. We are so disappointed. This is not the Gala we went to last year.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2016

The Gala salad days have passed. Everything, the decor, carpet, food & service were all Ok, even good for some, but it's not a "you've got to try it" kind of place

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 15, 2016

Overall quite good though bus tour crowding a little disconcerting. Would certainly recommend once the foliage season bus tours are over.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2016

Very Disappointed. Overpriced for what we expected. Server was fine, but the lady who seated us was grumpy and threw us in the bar area. They seemed to want to save the nicer area for hotel guests, as it is in the basement of the hotel. We asked to be moved to the other area since it was quieter and nicer, and she obliged, but not very happily.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 9, 2016

Pretty good. My duck breast was excellent, but my wife's poached salmon, while very good, was a little heavy on the citrus glaze and sauce. The sides were excellent--and pretty innovative. The baby spinach salad was good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Had to return wife`s meal - much too salty. Also, the prime rib "au jus" lacked flavor. In general food was just fair.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 3, 2016

Food was excellent

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 (New England)·Dined on September 1, 2016

We love Gala. The service, food and ambiance in the "bar"/bistro make it one of our favorite Williamstown spots. The local Misty Knoll Farm Statler chicken was wonderful with a tempura like broccolini and the Flat Iron steak is always a favorite. The banana peanut mousse cake ....fabulous.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Bar Seating, Casual, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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