About allium restaurant + bar
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.
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Contemporary American, Contemporary French / American, Gastro Pub
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30 pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00pm | Late-night bar 'til 2 am
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
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.
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.
Private Party Facilities:
We specialize in farm-to-table modern American cuisine. We would be happy to individualize your event using local products.
Private Party Contact:
Nancy Thomas : (413) 528-2118
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Allium Restaurant + Bar hosts special events for organizations, companies and individuals. For more information email email@example.com.
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allium restaurant + bar Ratings and Reviews
Visited Allium a year ago for the first time. Great, imaginative cuisine, loved the deviled eggs. A year later, new chef, limited menu, no deviled eggs. Service is still good, but the cuisine is not what we expected. Will monitor their menu to decide whether or not to visit next year.
The food was delicious, as was the wine. However the portions were too small for the amount of money paid. 3 scallops and some veggies was $30...
Fine if you're ok with spending a little extra money. Small portions, get appetizers. Beautiful ambiance, kind staff.
We had a very nice experience at the restaurant. It was our anniversary and staff acknowledged the occasion as we were seated which was a good touch. The menu was interesting. While my just ended up being a bit more bland than I had hoped, the chicken was perfectly cooked. My wife had the fish which was better. My feeling was that we just picked the wrong dish but that overall the food in this restaurant was carefully conceived and prepared. We had a very good experience and would go back.
The food was very good, but the service was outstanding. Our waitress, Sandra, was the perfect level of observant and attentive. There was what could have been a major mixup with our order, but she got things sorted quickly and efficiently. All of the dishes were fun and tasty. Definitely get the peach Pavlova.
My wife and I were making our first visit to Tanglewood but were staying overnight in Great Barrington, MA. This restaurant would hold its own in any American city - large or small. The beet salad was superb, seasoned with a sweet vinaigrette. My tomato and burrata salad was the essence of summer. My wife enjoyed her striped bass and I inhaled my small roasted chicken with mushrooms and the best corn pudding I have tasted. Baked pears with mascarpone and meringues was original and a perfect end to our dinner. The staff was extremely congenial and efficient. We were seated at the first table in the bar area which was light at 7 PM and quiet. Do not miss Alium if you are 10-20 miles away from GB.
If you are in Great Barrington a good place to try if staying in town! The cocktails are good and the food is well presented. Be advised that service is slow bu friendly so if you are in a rush... relax or go somewhere else. It seems they have a lot of large parties. Enjoy!
Very creative and innovative menu. I had the Scallop Risotto (the parsley emulsion was awesome) and my husband had the salmon. Both prepared perfectly. Good plate presentation. Very comfortable environment. The bartender was both efficient and friendly even though she was slammed with drink orders. She was a plus.
The only negative was the service element was weak. The water server was very attentive but the other waitstaff were absent. I had to flag down someone to discuss the menu and order. Lots of staff running around but they were not stopping at our table.
The food we ate was prepared beautifully and obviously with much care. The same could not be said for the very slow and somewhat disjointed service as well as what the restaurant considers to be fair value for the price. Our initial server disappeared after taking our order. From that point on several others stepped in for various reasons. After enjoying a starter and our salad, no one reappeared until a good 30-35 minutes had passed and a gentleman who might have been the owner suddenly swooped down with apologies for the delay and delivered our next items.
I understand the concept behind "tasters" but an heirloom tomato dish for $14 included one large slice of a tomato, another smaller and then three one square inch pieces of green, yellow and orange tomato. Pretty, but a little skimpy for the price. Though the tomato dish was halfway through our meal when we commented that we could almost drink the delicious olive oil it was so good, we were finally offered some excellent toasted bread. What about at the start of the meal? Do they not serve bread? Tables around us seemed to be enjoying the basket.
Our main meal, the falafel, included what could be measured as about two tablespoons of feta, labneh and an 1/8 cup of tabbouleh joined by four falafel balls. All were delicious but the amount of the accompaniments was insulting. This dish was not described as a "taster" .
With so many great restaurants in the Berkshires we might find another choice when in the area.
We have been regulars at Allium for 5-6 years. This was the first time we were disappointed. The quality of the food was not the usual. Some items were over priced (risotto) cherry desert. Chicken was good. Tomatoes & burrito were very good but a bit too salty. Hoping this was a blip and that they will get back on track. The bar dining room has better acoustics than the regular d.r. As always the servers and bartender were excellent - enough attention without stifling. Very personable.
We enjoyed a delightful meal at Allium after spontaneous drive out to Berkshires for the weekend....warm and friendly upscale bistro located proximate to what looks like exciting new development in Great Barrington, 10 minute drive from the crowded summer streets of Lenox & Stockbridge. Started with tomato/burrata salad (vinegarette was outstanding), followed by perfectly cooked/seasoned hanger steak. I didn't want carb offered with the meal & chef prepared a tasty side of sauted kale/hen of wood mushrooms. Unique dessert selections included a delicious meringue nectarine tart, also, don't miss the truffle infused popcorn! Staff was welcoming & enthusiastic, it's a winner! If we lived closer, we'd be regulars!!
We had a wonderful dinner. In fact we both agreed it was one of the best dinners we have had in a while. The service was friendly and attentive and the meal well paced.
We began with delightful cocktails, and a scrumptious appetizer of crispy potatoes with bresaola and avocado mousse. The complement of flavors and textures was perfect. I thoroughly enjoyed the falafel platter. They were savory and light and accompanied by a variety of yummy tastes including feta, lebna and quinoa tabouleh.
We concluded with the Peach Pavlova which was divine. There were both fresh and cooked peaches, marscapone, a crispy, chewy meringue lightly flavored with almond and a delicate sauce.
We will definitely be back!
This was our first time dining at Allium and are not local to the area. It was everything we had hoped for and that was suggested by other reviewers and by reading their menu online. It was authentically seasonal, creative and delicious. My only suggestion is that they work on their wine list. It seemed uneven--either there were wines at the high end (for such a relaxed atmosphere) and not much at the low to mid-price. There just seemed to be gaps in regions/countries and price points. Otherwise, I would say this is the place to go when spending a few nights in the Berkshires.
Burger was good service was poor
Waitress switched our burger orders acted like she was unsure didn't seem to care we wound up eating the wrong ones
Forgot to bring my requested condiment until fries were cold we had to flag down the beverage server to get some attention meanwhile the meal was getting cold. Waitress disappeared for long periods
The portions were on the small side. The $16 short rib burger was very small and only decent. That certainly could have been more substantial. The falafel platter was tasty but also could have had more hummus and tabouleh and falafel for $22. Mezze, the sister restaurant was a much better value and far superior taste wise.
The food here is excellent, and on weekdays it's probably a great place for a quiet dinner (business or romantic or just friendly). But on weekends, the noise level was deafening (people were literally shouting at one another to be heard). Service, which used to be excellent, has become iffy. On this occasion, our server was impatient -- we wanted to sip our cocktails before ordering, which annoyed her no end -- and brusque. Fortunately, the food was so good we ignored the rest of the experience and had a good time. But don't count on a quiet, intimate, or warm ambience. You might get lucky, or maybe not. Be sure to start with the fried chickpeas -- a great accompaniment to any opening drinks. One great feature: they're open late.
Such a great meal. Ingredients were fresh and dishes unique in presentation and taste. Lovely turnips, creative mussles and the Head Lettuce dish (all small dishes) were so fresh and tasty. The main were equally as good - fish and steak were innovative yet homey. Service was a bit so so, and the hostess more than a bit off. But the food saves the day and we will be back!
Our annual trip and Allium met and EXCEEDED our very high expectations. Drinks were great. Every course was perfectly crafted - even the burger is something special here. LOVE IT. Service was a little haphazard and they tend to get overwhelmed at busiest times.
My fiancé and I were looking for a great local restaurant for our last night in the Berkshires. The town of Lenox was exactly what we were looking for and after hearing the buzz coming from Allium we had to try it. There was a long wait for a table, but we found 2 seats at the end of the bar that were perfect. The bartender quickly cleaned up the station and we had a full meal. I'm very particular about my margaritas, but they were exactly how I would have made them - strong and with no sour mix. We had the crispy polenta for our appetizer with honey and tomato jam and it was to die for. We both ordered the trout which was the perfect light entree and the pieces of fish were cook perfectly. Finally for dessert we had the citrus creme brûlée and shared another margarita (because they were that good!). To make the dinner that much better, I was shocked at how reasonable our bill was! Overall a wonderful experience - I will definitely be going back there out next trip up to the Berkshires!
We've been here before and always loved it. This time was no different.
My only issue is that one of the dishes was a curry dish and neither the menu nor the server mentioned this. When the food came, my wife was unable to eat her dish (she can't stand curry) so I had to switch meals.
Dishes with strong flavors like curry should be explained prior to ordering to prevent this kind of mishap.
They did so the right thing and they took the meal off the bill when they saw we switched and asked about it. We will return but will be more careful about ordering.
Kale salad, beet soup, deviled eggs, seared halibut, and mocktail were all super fresh, inventive and delicious. The chicken paté tasted as if it had come out of a tin---lots of mayonaise flavor, no sense of freshness. So, overall excellent with one oddity.
Noise level OK, but quieter would have been better. Tons of hard surfaces plus medium-loud music didn't help.
A great place to go with friends. That way it is possible to sample and share more of the small plates. The fried, pickled onions were particularly addictive. The whole grilled trout entree was very good if unexpectedly spicy. One diner in our party has issues with too much spice. Sriracha seems to be in a lot of dishes currently on the menu. The kitchen is very willing to adjust the level of spiciness in a dish or work around food allergies. Just be sure to let your server know in advance of ordering. I sampled the small plate tacos on offer as my entree: the fish was nice but somewhat bland; I really liked the pulled pork. There was a nice selection of craft beers and wines by the glass to wash it all down. Three of us shared a chocolate hazelnut budino for dessert. This turned out to be a rich, chocolatey pudding topped with a bit of whipped cream and olive oil. The olive flavor was a little too strong for my palate. Ice cream, on the other hand, was very good.
Everything from our greeting at the host stand to the food to the wine and our service at the table, A+ all the way. Coming from a foodie city like LA, I was so happy to find something so on the mark as Allium in the quiet town of Great Barrington. Highly recommend!
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