The Stagecoach Tavern

4.5
55 reviews
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The Stagecoach Tavern at Race Brook Lodge dates back to the early 17th century. The candlelit Tavern boasts hand-hewn beams and wide-plank floors spanning multiple levels. It has been a warm and convivial gathering spot for friends, families, and lovers for almost 200 years. Cozy up by our roaring fire in winter months or in the summer relax with a drink under the stars in our courtyard.

Chef Laurel Barkan is originally from San Francisco, where she learned the art of cooking working under acclaimed chefs such as Judy Rodgers at Zuni Café. She has spent the last decade in Mexico cooking for restaurants, retreat centers, and private families.

Laurel is passionate about local, sustainably-produced ingredients and slow food. She draws inspiration from a variety of world cuisines and uses whatever is fresh and in season to make real food -- from scratch.
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KW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I’ve been coming here off and on since I was a kid. Really like the simplicity of it now. Feels like it’s finally becoming the place it was always meant to be:)

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JT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, romantic atmosphere with warm and engaging staff. Amazing cocktails by Rafa and an incredible meal by the chef.

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MH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

ambiance was storybook new england country dining ... food selection is very limited and pricey

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MA
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Wanda & the jazz band were amazing!! The food and service were good and ambiance very nice.

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D
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We went for the 11AM jazz brunch with reservations. We were really looking forward to hearing the band. Got there at 11, they weren't ready. They seemed very disorganized. It was 11:15 before anyone was seated. We were then told that the jazz portion would cost each person $5 extra. This was not advertised. The brunch is on a porch, with canvas and plastic walls. It was 30 degrees outside and pretty cold on the porch. While the staff were seating people there was a worker was using a power tool to install some kind of bracket on a ceiling beam, above a table. As we waited we realized the room was very smokey, the porch seemed to be heated with a wood stove that had an open fire, not enclosed at all, with lots of smoke coming into the dining area. We left.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING ambience, food , service . The historical value / story alone is worth the visit .

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KV
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing evening out. Casey, is so attentive to his guests and all of the servers and staff are a true pleasure. We will be back as often as we can!

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DE
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and atmosphere. Every aspect of every detail has a charm and warmth. It is dining at its finest with friendly service which makes for an enjoyable evening that we must do more.

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R
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food, service and space made a lovely valentines dinner outing! The pre-fix dinner reminded me of one of my favorite restaurants Le Cheval D'Or of days past in VT. A superb romantic date night.

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the setting, love the food. Great spot. It is a cozy, funky spot in the southern tip of the Berkshires.

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RK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great destination venue- love when they have concerts in the barn.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance. The food was. It quite as good as when we ate there a year or so ago, but it was still tasty.

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r
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

DINING IN A HISTORICAL LOCATION WITH CHARM IS ALWAYS WELCOMED. HOWEVER, ENTREES SERVED DO NOT WARRANT THE EXPENSIVE COSTS. IT SHOULD BE ABOUT 20% LESS

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BC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food..bartender..atmosphere..seating..all very good!!!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitstaff was very attentive and friendly . The food was utterly delicious ! The ambience was magical !

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s
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We had New Year's Eve dinner at the Stagecoach. The ambiance and service were excellent. The Stagecoach is really a lovely, warm, cozy spot. For New Year's Eve, the only dinner option was the Tasting Menu, which usually is one of my favorite ways to dine. Unfortunately, it was a bit of a let down and the dishes were lackluster. Had the price been $35-45/person, I would have been content. However, at $65/person, the Tasting Menu was well below the quality level we've come to expect at that price point. I definitely would go back to the Stagecoach - just not for the Tasting Menu.

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LH
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff were attentive and accommodating. Relaxing and comfortable ambiance with live music that was enjoyable without being overwhelming.

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CH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places in the Berkshires. Amazing food, drinks, history, events. The menu is a bit expensive, but it is worth it for a special occasion!

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KC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

We (my husband and I) were visiting the Berkshires for the Thanksgiving holiday. We stayed at the Inn next door so thought it was perfect to have dinner at Stagecoach Tavern.
The atmosphere is charming, enchanting. The staff was excellent. All of them. The greeter, the bartender, the girl who sat us, the waiter ... all wonderful and professional and lovely.
The noise level was totally fine. The lightning was great too.
It was a prix fixe price $65 pp. The hot mulled cider was yummy. The first course salad (very small) was very good. Lightly dressed and fresh greens. The main course, however, was sad. Sad presentation (even for thanksgiving meals). All but the meat was cold. Soggy sad green beans with way too much sauce over them. Cold mashed sweet potatoes. My husbands meal the same. The flavor was good but overall it was a bit pedestrian and disappointing.

Dessert - the apple crumble with ice cream was a disappointment as well. Hard pieces of undercooked apple and not a yummy crumble part - my fav and I get it often. The ice cream itself was really really good ice cream though.
With two ciders (free with meal), 2 whiskeys, 1 glass of wine and 2 prix fixe meals -it came to $170 before tip. It just didnt feel like a $170 meal. So I have to give it a thumbs down.

We would go again however to try a different meal (thanksgiving meal can be tricky). Plus we loved the staff and environment so will give it another shot next time.
Hopeful

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JA
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner. The food was good, the ambiance was great and the staff were friendly and professional.

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E
New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Went for Thanksgiving dinner. The atmosphere is really cool. The salad and soup were excellent, however the main course was mostly cold and there was no stuffing or bread/rolls! The brisket was so fatty my sister couldn't even eat it. We had to ask for salt and pepper, and they didn't refill our waters. Definitely not worth $65 per person.

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VC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stayed two nights with my husband at the Race Brook Inn. It was a great weekend... cozy room...live music / hiking / food at the Tavern...loved! People warm and friendly!❤️🐝🌻

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a perfect choice for a special night out. The food was perfectly done and interesting flavors...delicious. The ambiance and historical aspect as well as the large open beams gave a very cozy but vibrant atmosphere. Love it!

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L
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I brought my boyfriend there for a vegan meal and I think the chef didn’t fully understand what encompasses that because we were served just a few vegetables on a suce puddle. No protein substitute like chickpeas and no rice or grain or quinoa or anything. Left starving. My boyfriend was very upset to have to pay $23 each for a meal that I could have made at home for under $10 for everything.

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J
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this spot! It’s a little pricey but worth every penny. It’s very historic and has a great vibe. The staff is always beyond accommodating and kind. Food is very original and always hits the spot with portions.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, sat us at our requested table, waiter was incredibly attentive to my wife’s special occasion

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KC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A delightful, delicious meal in the middle of the country. Charming pub atmosphere.

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a
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is set in an old stag coach stop. The furniture is eclectic mixed with an truly original Americana building. The food is out of the park great. It’s farm to table with a carefully curated twist. A Berkshire gem.

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C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The ambiance and service are very good but the food was disappointing. The bread tasted like day-old pseudo-French bread. The melon gazpacho was bland and tasted like pureed melon and not much else. The bok choy salad was very good. The pork chop was ok but we were surprised that there was almost nothing else on the plate (i.e., sides). The burger was good but overpriced for what it was (a burger with caramelized onions). We really wanted to like this place, especially for its atmosphere and friendly service, but the food was surprisingly unimpressive (given the praise for the chef on the restaurant's website) and overpriced for what it was. The volume of words in the entree descriptions was bigger than that of the food on the plate. Not sure if we'll go back.

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RS
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has a gem with their chef Lauren Barkan. Very creative menu even if somewhat limited in options but then this is a small historic site off the beaten track. Worth a detour if you’re in the general area of Great Barrington/Sheffield.

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FS
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Absolutely charming and romantic ambience. Unfortunately the food was not great....had a gumbo that had zero flavor and fish tacos that were drowned in aioli. Not worth the schlep or the money. It’s a shame because the place itself is really special.

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MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent. I loved the salmon which was crispy on the bottom and juicy and tender throughout. Vegetables were great too. My only recommendation is related to the bread which was not delicious bread and it also didn’t taste too fresh. If that changes, then it would be a five star meal. The others also enjoyed their meals and found everything exceptionally tasty.

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JM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Took my wife there to celebrate our annniversary and I found the place via the Internet. Loved the look of the place and the menu. When we arrived we were greeted by a very pleasant young lady who told us some of the history of the tavern. She sat us down at a table and then we were waited on by a waitresss that didn’t tell us her name and I don’t know if she was having a bad day but she had no personality and gave the impression that she could care less. We had to ask every time for a drink, appetizer etc she never told us of any specials or if a certain item on the menu wasn’t available (which the hostess had mentioned and said that the waitress would let us know what was replacing the item) she never did. The food was ok I enjoyed my meal ny wife’s meal was slightly over done. Don’t think I would ever go back

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MB
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We went on a night when that was a concert in the nearby music venue. Probably a mistake. No food for over an hour. And no word from the waitress. And restaurant workers flying by our table constantly. When we finally complained they did make good offering us a free dessert and comping the appetizers. Food was very good except the 'Gem' salad which was pretty bad - lots of green and not much else.

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TM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the leisurely pace to enjoy the evening and delicious food.

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SO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great except the air was very hot - don’t know if they have a/c but it was quite warm.

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CD
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What's not to love?

We sat at "Our Table" which is a cozy and romantic space. Our server Andrew was extremely attentive.

We enjoyed a cassis shrubbly and ordered the most wonderful cheese & charcuterie plate which was, to our surprise and delight, large portioned. Delish! We also shared the spicy fish ceviche which was quite good.

My husband had the grilled pork chop which was outstanding. I had the crispy fish tacos which were quite good.

Living in NYC we dine in Manhattan and Brooklyn all the time and frequently pay for meals that quite honestly don't live up to the standard The Stagecoach Tavern does. We found The Stagecoach Tavern to be very well priced considering the food is up to snuff and they use farm-to-table products.

A delight for us to have such a great dining option when we're in the Berkshires.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent cocktails and wine choices

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ML
Miami
21 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fish tacos were so delicious. Will be back again soon.

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d
New England
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Locally sourced food, has something for everyone, but with a little twist. The ambiance is great, the service friendly, prices reasonable. I'd go every week if I lived nearby.

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