allium restaurant + bar

4.4
823 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 823 People Are Saying
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Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
25 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
15 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
12 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
5 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
37 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
5 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
3 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
40 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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J
New England
33 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative. Innovative. Delicious. My picky vegetarian kosher keeping stepson loved the veg dish. Wines esp Greek White was excellent and well priced. Very helpful and congenial wait staff. We loved the chicken on corn and char dishes and raspberry chip ice ream in chocolate macaron was yummy.

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w
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food—you must try the fried pickled onions starter—and good choices of small and large plates. One of the best in the Berkshires.

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D
Baltimore
50 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Table setting crude, one out of 2 main dishes tasteless (fish), and all mail dishes very small for the price. No amenities such as bread and butter and not even salt and pepper on the table. This is a very over-priced restaurant with a very limited menu.

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B
New England
74 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We have been to allium a number of times and love the interesting and delicious food. The only problem the other night was that we were initially served the wrong entrees, and then it took quite awhile to get ours--but no one came to explain or apologize. We did have enough time to get where were going. Also, portions are relatively small for the price

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C
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jason our server is fabulous. As is Taylor, Mgr , and all the staff. We had chicken liver mouse, fried onions, skirt steak and a succulent cake. Make a reservation!

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c
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

My salad consisted of a few leaves of Romaine for $12. No bread was offered. My wife’s steak, ordered medium-well, came out red. My pasta was glutinous. Avoid unless desperate.

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JL
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

allium is one of the reasons we like to stop in the Berkshires while traveling between Pennsylvania and Maine. There is always something new and interesting on the menu and on the wine list. Service is first rate.

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c
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, informative and friendly service. Great dinner, one of my favorite places in the Berkshires!

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SK
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Allium’s one of my favorite restaurants in Great Barrington. This time we went for Pizza night-the maguerita pizza was delicious-thin and very tasty. The kale salad is yummy too. And we love the ambiance.

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SR
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was great. We found a wonderful wine on the list. All good.

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N
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Best kale salad around! Also had the mussels and they were lovely

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was just as inventive and delicious as we recalled. Unfortunately we hoped to impress our parents who are also foodies and we had a tough time enjoying the outstanding food and drink because of the service. Our server was not attentive and rarely present. It’s really too bad because we travel far to come here and only make it once every few years.

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m
New England
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We have been dining here for years, but the food isn’t nearly as good as it once was and the bar service was very slow.

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AR
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall our dining experience was okay. Server was lovely and he was accommodating. The 4 of us thought the food was ok, a bit inconsistent. The friend onions, burger were tasty and the pasta dish all get a thumbs up! Not so much for the steak and chicken dish. Room for improvement. Lovely ambiance.

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OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

We found a table at the last minute. We sat down, for fast, and order food. The first appetizers were good. We shared chickpeas and onion rings. The food took a while to get in and other tables that have arrived later than us were served first. We had to remind the server to bring us the food. The food itself was actually good, I had mostly vegetarian place and I was very satisfied with it. When the server came to the table with the food, the ketchup cup fell on top of my mother-in-law's wool sweather. Her sweater was stained with ketchup and although the server seemed apologetic, she did not bother to at least waive my mother-in-law dinner or offered her a drink. She basically said I'm sorry and continue her service as if nothing had happened. I found this rude and inconsiderate given that she screw up the wool sweater my mom-in-law was wearing that night. Based on this I would definitely not come back.

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TM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and creative. The waiter was engaging, informative and could not have been more welcoming. Will return again.

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HE
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Why would the waiter respond to a wine request by telling me it is “cloudy”? Just say “it’s not available tonight”?
Why can’t the kitchen debone my fish filet?
The guests at two tables of 6 to 8 on either side of our table of 3 were boisterous to the extreme and ignore simple motions from me to lower the volume. Not until we requested assistance from a member of the staff did they bring the decibel level down and it wasn’t really a pleasant noise level until 1 table departed. The food and drink were delicious and the service was very good. I’d go back and be sure I was in a table isolated from larger groups.

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