allium restaurant + bar

4.4
788 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
  • Special Occasion
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.
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Gift Card
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 788 People Are Saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New England
3.0
Dined 4 days ago

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
3.0
Dined 6 days ago

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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Miami
3.0
Dined 6 days ago

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
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

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
3.0
Dined 7 days ago

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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g
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 14, 2018

Our sixth annual visit. The menu style has changed significantly though the focus on local inputs and simple prep remains and is very well done. Prefer former selection range but overall still an excellent job. Bar has gotten a little too esoteric though still good preparation.

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J
New England
5.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

Consistently delicious. Very friendly staff and a very welcoming, made to feel comfortable vibe. Unique, unusual offerings, especially the snacks and small plates.

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MA
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Modern country menu, attentive service and nice room

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

This is the second time we dined at Allium. The food, the ambiance and the service were all excellent. It is also a beautiful restaurant. I would heartily recommend this dining spot.

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D
New York Area
3.0
Dined on July 4, 2018

I was disappointed that the menu that is on their website is not at all like what they have when we were there. We came with 3 guests that only eat fish or dairy, and the options were limited. The only fish item was a porgy. yuck!

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S
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 3, 2018

We were impressed with how much they cared about my daughter’s allergies. Would highly recommend

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TT
New York Area
4.0
Dined on July 3, 2018

When traveling we try to find places that source local, fresh ingredients and are more apart of a community than a tourist spot. Allium fit the description perfectly and we had an excellent meal! It was a very pleasant evening in a warm, welcoming restaurant.

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R
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 3, 2018

Waiter friendly dinning: exceptional salads. Great bar.

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l
Naples
2.0
Dined on July 3, 2018

We've been here before and were disappointed with the menu, which seems to have changed drastically since last year. There are very few items on the menu, and most of the small plates don't have any (or a minimal amount) of a protein source. In addition, the two small plates we tried were bland and tasteless. My drink was well prepared and my husband's wine was good, so a happy hour or late night drink would be fine.

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M
New York Area
4.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

We always enjoy the food at this casual restaurant in Great Barrington. In the past, service could be spotty. This was very different during our most visit, which showed a marked improvement. when it was professional, attentive and helpful. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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E
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

Love our waiter. Always makes great suggestions.

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JA
New England
4.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

Share plates were especially good, main courses less interesting. Great service and decor. Seated in the main dining room, we found it to be quiet so easy to have a conversation. Wines by the glass were unique and quite good. We did not find Allium to be a great value for the food quality and originality, but we would not hesitate to go back.

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San Diego
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Wooo hoo .... drinks were well done; bourbon selection could’ve been better. Appetizers like hen of woods mushrooms rocked!! And the burger was unique and awesome

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B
2.0
Dined on June 25, 2018

Made a reservation giving us 2 hours before a theater performance next door. We were seated and did not receive our first course for 45 minutes. Patrons who did not make reservations but merely walked in were served before us. We had to race through our 2 other courses and were almost late for the performance. The food was lackluster and the service was chaotic and terrible. That will be our first and last visit to Allium.

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m
Cleveland
5.0
Dined on June 22, 2018

We are from Ohio and plan our trip east to include dinner here

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j
5.0
Dined on June 19, 2018

The food and service was fantastic. Our waiter Jason was friendly and personable, the food tasted great with seasonal ingredients and beautiful presentation. Will be sure to visit again.

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TS
5.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

Chef Kevin came out to check on us, the food is exquisitely prepared, local and very fresh. The wait staff is very attentive and never intrusive. Knowledgeable about the food and libations. Dishes and cocktails are unique and beyond compare.

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GM
5.0
Dined on June 16, 2018

My wife and I were here for a special occasion.....our first week of summer! The food was simply top notch in every way. The kale salad, Hen in the Forest, the organic burger, were absolutely great. The Rhubarb Pavlova is aptly named....a memorable dessert if ever there was one!

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B
New England
5.0
Dined on June 3, 2018

Went in early for dinner reservation. Great time and service.

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DH
Central Coast
3.0
Dined on May 11, 2018

The menu was very limited. 0ne person ended up just ordering a salad and it was pretty small. Everything was overpriced. The service was nonchalant.

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b
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on May 9, 2018

Our meal was absolutely delicious! Cody, our waiter was wonderful. He was fun, attentive, flexible and kind. It was a perfect evening, meal and location to catch up with an old friend. I also had to go back the next day with my mom to have her taste one of the incredible appetizers. Cannot wait to get back there for dinner (I live out of town).

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FC
New England
5.0
Dined on May 6, 2018

Been to Allium multiple times (~6) and its always great. We had not been for awhile (trying other spots, no food or service issues) and we were so happy we decided to go back. Allium is comfort and creative at the same time. A great place to eat healthy, good cooking that has a unique spin. Allium gives you so much - without going over the top with fancy or $. While we will keep on trying new stops - Allium remains a go-to spot.

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L
New York Area
3.0
Dined on May 6, 2018

My risotto was good but I think the menu was too limited. Small plates were not enough for a dinner meal and the bigger offerings were very few.

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TW
Louisville
5.0
Dined on May 4, 2018

My husband and I were seeing the sights and locals while on vacation. The restaurant was reminiscent of some very nice and memorable places we had visited in Europe. Our server was sweet and attentive. Overall a great experience. Thanks so much!

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Denver
5.0
Dined on April 28, 2018

Wonderful!

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New York Area
3.0
Dined on April 28, 2018

Alium had been a go to place for me for many years. It had some of the best and most interesting food in the area. However there is a new menu and it is very limited. Many of the best dishes are off the menu and the replacements aren't good. Perhaps there is a new chef but I believe they will definitely lose business. So my vote went from very good to good and can't go often because there are not enough good choices.

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MP
New England
5.0
Dined on April 28, 2018

Loved our meal, wish they had mashed potatoes on the menu or sides option.

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C
New York Area
5.0
Dined on April 28, 2018

The food and drinks were perfect. It was a great atmosphere, even thought the place was packed, the tables were not cramped and we felt like we had our personal space. Our server was delightful and it overall was a great evening. We are coming back for more food!!

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ML
New England
5.0
Dined on April 14, 2018

We shared several small plates, and the dishes were all interesting and delicious, as well as beautiful. Our server was busy and a bit distracted -- so not always easy to get her attention -- but she was also friendly and knowledgeable.

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BH
New England
5.0
Dined on April 14, 2018

Outstanding dinner at the bar Saturday night. Sophie took wonderful care of us with great cocktails and delicious creative food.

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OT
New England
4.0
Dined on April 6, 2018

Good food, nice space, too limited a menu - rarely changes and no specials

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on March 31, 2018

Great family dining with outstanding food.

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WW
New England
5.0
Dined on March 27, 2018

Great for dinner after a movie or theater; wonderful service.

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New York Area
5.0
Dined on March 18, 2018

Allium is a terrific restaurant. Modern and delicious food. Many small plates to choose from as well as full size entrees. The staff is excellent and after a few visits definitely knows you.
Hippest place in Great Barrington.

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KJ
New England
5.0
Dined on March 16, 2018

Consistently fine restaurant. Creative food, interesting cocktails.

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