allium restaurant + bar

4.4
840 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30 pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00pm | Late-night bar 'til 2 am
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Phone number
(413) 528-2118
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Oliver Antunes
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Private party facilities
We specialize in farm-to-table modern American cuisine. We would be happy to individualize your event using local products.
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Private party contact
Nancy Thomas : (413) 528-2118
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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
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Main Street
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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.
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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.
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Special events & promotions
Allium Restaurant + Bar hosts special events for organizations, companies and individuals. For more information email allium@mezzeinc.com.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 840 People Are Saying
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m
Los Angeles
276 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoy Allium. Went there prior to a show at the Mahaiwe. Couldn't be more convenient. Food was delicious....service was great and prompt...wine was excellent too! Great place in town....

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good tapas choices. Also. There is tasty vegetarian dishes. It was crowded, but we were seated quickly We have eaten there many times and have never had a bad meal. If you are a steak and potatoes person, go elsewhere.

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TN
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant. Looking for a place for dinner before going to a show at the Mahaiwe, and tried Allium for the first time. The restaurant I've gone to for years when in the area didn't accept reservations, so took a chance with Allium and I'm so very glad I did! Great service!! Very welcoming. Not a large menu, but some very enticing offers. The range of prices made Allium very reasonable. I highly recommend you give it a try!

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CT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was great. Obviously fresh. Staff member recommended Hen of the Woods and it was fabulous.

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A foodie delight. Good drinks, nice atmosphere and creative cuisine.

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JT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A great experience. We were seated before our reservation, which is a big plus for me. The cocktail list was refined and interesting, with subtle twists on old standards. The food was amazing. The roasted chicken was fall-off-the-bone tender, not overcooked in the least. The allium burger was just incredible. I would highly recommend this establishment.

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RZ
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food never disappoints; creative, delicious and well-prepared. Small and large plates allow you to put together a meal that fits your appetite. Though generally a fun, casual vibe and attentive service, it was crowded and understaffed the night we went, and pacing of the meal was a bit disorganized. Drinks and different courses came to the table when they were ready rather than in order, and it detracted to some extent from the usually nice experience.

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RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

very disappointed that one of the house red wines by the glass (they have 3) was unavailable. this was at 5:45 on a Friday night. Seems odd

Based on our experience from a year ago is seems to have gone down hill

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CP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the bar. Great food and drinks. Bartender and servers were great with awesome host/hostess. Would go again.

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SR
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant atmosphere and nice service. The food was quite good and the server allowed one of us to taste several beers before choosing one.

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AM
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very impressed with the food. Salads and Hangar steak entrees were delicious. Service was great even though the place was busy on a Saturday night. Great wine recommendation from the server. The entrees are limited but the portions were good.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was really amazing - we got the hen of the wood mushrooms and the ragu was great too.

The service was awful though. I felt like our waiter thought we were a burden and didn’t come over to us at all unless we flagged him down. The food was so good but I was really disappointed with the service.

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h
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Our meals were average in quality and interest. Nothing stood out as indicating there was any out of the ordinary talent in the kitchen. The menu boasts of locally sourced ingredients, but there is minimal evidence. Why bother when there are better options?

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J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Jason was a great server from first to last! My trout was cooked to perfection. Shared Hen of the woods was delicious. Hangar steak and burger were great. List of wines by the glass was disappointing but my Cab Franc was a good selection.

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OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A quirky menu and somewhat limited as well but it works. This was our second time there but I am sure there will be more.

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PL
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and atmosphere. The menu seemed a little limiting at first but our salad and entrees were excellent. Local and fresh ingredients along with great wine selection by the glass - great local find!

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S
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food! One of the best preparations of trout I remember ever having. Wife’s hanger steak was delicious. Good wine selection. Tasty dessert. Prices reasonable for the quality. Easy reservations on OpenTable. Street parking okay (had to go around the block once.) Attentive service. A lovely evening!

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S
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I loved the food! Crispy fried pickled onion rings were a total treat. Kale salad one of the best I’ve had. My cocktail was delicious as well.
We both ordered hanger steak. It was good but the glitch was the server described the sauce incorrectly, we selected the dish on that basis, she kindly informed us of the mistake and the new sauce was not appealing. Also, we had hoped for horseradish and the kitchen had none. Still good, but not as great.
We’d definitely come back!!

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PR
New England
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Although we told the server we had tickets to a show the food took forever to come out
We had 15 to eat our meal, pay and make it to the show
If you need to be somewhere after eating there you must book minimum 2 hours in advance
The kitchen is very slow. The food is good

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SN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Picked this restaurant because I had read it was farm to table. Food was fresh and delicious. Kale salad was amazing. Loved the options of small plates so my husband and I could share and taste more options on the menu. Jason was our server and was so friendly and made some good suggestions which we enjoyed. Great Barrington is such a quaint town and Allium adds to a wonderful afternoon experience. Thank you!

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B
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Our pasta dish was dry and had no flavor. An odd vegetable in the dish which we were told was like broccoli looked something like spinach leaves with no florets or flavor.

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m
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cuisine with the farm to table concept, we have dinned several time since we stumbled in to a couple years ago. The wine list is excellent and has changed over the time we have been dining here. We will be back

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P
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Enoyed meal very much. Waiter was excellent. He made several alternative suggestions to what we were going to order, which worked out to our benefit.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Only one veg entree option. Service was a little slow although a very busy night. The dining room was extremely loud and hard to enjoy a civilized conversation. Was not a great experience. Not for lack of effort though. It was clear the staff truly cared and were very pleasant.

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f
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While I missed the most delicious falafel I really enjoyed the toasted chickpeas and my burger was amazing! The cocktails were creative and refreshing. Our waiter was friendly, responsive and the service was well paced.

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MS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

AC was not working properly in one room. It was a very hot day. I feel they should have told us before we were seated. All other experiences there have been very good.

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ET
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service and food were excellent -- a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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JB
New England
16 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We loved everything about Allium. The food was incredible from beginning to end, and the people who work there are very hospitable and friendly. We recommend it highly!

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M
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Allium is a very nice, well managed restaurant. The decor is nice, rustic, but nothing special. Service was exceptional, the waiter was always nearby when needed. The food is very good. The problem is that the menu is very limited. And the prices are hefty. There are many other places in the Berkshires that give you better value and a better mealtime selection.

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KF
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Too bad we live in California and won't be back for awhile.

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CC
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

This was a good restaurant but it has changed. The menu is down to one page and the food is not as imaginative. I expect the chef has changed. It lost its soul. It’s not too late to bring it back up to its former self as it still has a good name and with a chef and management that can give the food and atmosphere some character it can do well. service was cheerful and attentive.

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j
New England
38 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The reception was welcoming. The waitstaff were helpful-I have a gluten allergy. The food was tasty. The service was too, too fast. We arrived at 7:30. There were few other diners. We asked for starters followed by another cours. Halfway through our starters, the remainder of our order was served. We felt quite rushed. Speaking of rushing, I will not hurry back.

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CG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very creative dishes..carefully prepared by a chef who clearly has worked in first class restaurants.

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N
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable and the food was exquisite. The seasonal menu was paired perfectly with vegetables, proteins, and complimenting accouterments.

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RM
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Just a great place to dine. Creative, mostly natural wine list. Interesting first and main courses. Happy place!

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EE
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Menu sparse,food not cooked to order. Service no attentive

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EA
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

1) The food was MOSTLY delicious and well presented. It's worth going if you love scrumptious dining.
1a) The 'fried onions' were presented strangely, like a greasy, well-constructed birds nest of ever-growing saltiness and under a pool of (deeeelicous) garlic aioli that required digging around to find.
1b) The mussels, burger and salad were all FANTASTIC. The fries were properly cooked, the burger was as we asked for it. Further, all the portions were fair.
1c) My cocktail was delicious.
1d) While one needs to request bread service, that's some dang good bread and worth asking for.

2) The service was pretty bad....weak?
2a) but not rude or anything like that.

Long story short:

REALLY GOOD FOOD. WEAK SERVICE.

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BH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, creative and lovely presentations. An attractive relatively intimate setting with friendly and helpful staff. All around lovely experience. I look forward to returning!

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S
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Creative, fresh salads. Pleasant ambiance, attentive service.

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E
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is great and the vibe is wonderful. It can be noisy in the back room because the acoustics are difficult. Best french fries ever and great salads too. Love this place!

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