The Red Lion Inn

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1565 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Since welcoming its first guests in 1773, The Red Lion Inn has earned a reputation for outstanding food and genuine country hospitality. Those traditions are continued today by Executive Chef Max Kiperman, whose kitchen features contemporary cuisine that is rooted in the region's history and harvests. Emphasizing the use of fresh, local ingredients and a huge proponent of buying locally and sustaining the region, Chef Kiperman regularly updates the Inn's menus to reflect the bounty of each season. Guests choose from the elegant Main Dining Room, the cozy Widow Bingham's Tavern, the casual Lion's Den pub. The wine list offers 500 plus selections, and has received the Wine Spectator best of Award of Excellence for ten consecutive years; Sommelier Tim Eustis helps pair wines with meals. If you would like to dine in the Tavern, please choose Bar when making your reservation.
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Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We were visiting from Orange County, CA and wanted to have lunch in a restaurant that typified the New England vibe.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience. A part of history with great food.

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SK
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Somewhat uninspired and fairly bland. New staff didn't entire know what they were doing. The sandwich we had at the coffee shop in Great Barrington was much better at a fraction the price. It was where we needed to be, so some stars for that, but we would probably not go back.

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j
New York Area
161 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The finest restaurant we have been to in the Berkshires. Fresh food, wonderful service, beautiful dining room.

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R
New England
433 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A bit old fashioned but lovely. Service was superb; food was tasty but boring.

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AP
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had beautiful and delicious plates: salmon and halibut with fresh vegetable sides, as well as a lovely farrow and beet salad, and even discovered a new wine we liked. All of the staff were extremely courteous, the place is beautiful, and it was a very fun experience.

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S
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant dinner in a historic inn. Cant beat the great food and service.

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ET
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

When in the Berkshires we always try to have at least one meal at the Red Lion, and this time the food was even better than usual. Our waitress was very, very sweet and helpful. Unfortunately when we were at the point of ordering dessert, she was obliged to take the entire dinner order from a large party that seemed to be playing "stump the staff" with endless questions about ingredients etc. so it took a lo-o-ong time before she was able to come back to us for our dessert order. While she was occupied, we tried repeatedly to get the attention of other wait staff who were doing non-customer-sensitive things like setting vacant tables, but they resolutely ignored us.

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AB
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Old New England Inn with nice atmosphere. The menu needs to better accommodate vegetarian diners on the dinner menu, however. For such a nice restaurant it is inexcusable not to have any real vegetarian options. We were only offered a bunch of side dishes on a plate -- this isn't good enough. Management: get your menu up to date!

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CA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The service was excellent but food was so so. Also,. A major problem was that food Allergies were NOT adhered to.

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New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The service was a bit slow, longer wait in between courses than desired. And the prices seem to have increased a bit from last year. (We visit the area twice a year). We are not local. $24 for a beer batter haddock plate is a bit overpriced.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out waitperson was Wendy. By far one of the most professional I’ve ever had privilege of being served by. Perfect for the ambience. Very knowledgeable about the nuances of the menu! I will be back!

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TJ
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

$12.50 plus tip for a poorly-made Aperol Spritz. Are you kidding me?

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P
New York Area
111 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. The waiter was excellent. Very attentive and knowledgeable

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a
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Cheerful, attentive service. Perfect meal in their outdoor space.

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MC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very limited menu, slow service considering the nearly empty dining area

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s
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had the wittiest waiter and the food was so good. Think his name was Justin? Wonderful risotto and desserts not to mention entrees.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Ordered the lamb dish with couscous. Couscous was undercooked. No one came to check how was the meal, after .30 minutes. The server apologies and offered a free dessert. We then ordered the apple pie. Disaster! It was burnt and dry. I told the server but she didn't react. Wont go back. Sad, we were celebrating our anniversary.

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NY
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always enjoy the Red Lion for lunch, especially before a play in Stockbridge, MA. We wish the menu had more variety, but the food and service is very good. It was a quieter lunch than usual, probably because there was no senior citizen bus groups there that day. We will return again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was wonderful but at the prices I would have expected a much more pleasant server. We found Wendy to be curt with no warmth or sense of humor, very dry and actually took away from the experience.

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j
New England
103 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

It's been 40 years since the last time I ate here, I remember it being better than it is now. I had the turkey dinner which was probably a mistake but you hardly see that on menus anymore and the Red Lion is as traditional as you can get, it's 250 years old, so I figured that this would be the place to order it. It wasn't good. I suspect that it's turkey roll as opposed to a proper turkey, the slices were suspiciously round and there was no skin. It wasn't terrible but it wasn't very good. The stuffing looked like it came out of a box, it was inedible and even the mashed potatoes weren't good. The service wasn't any better, waitress was a bit surly. It's will be another 40 years before I eat here again, by then I'll just be a brain floating in a jar with tubes and wires coming out of it so I won't mind if the robot waitress is surly.

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LD
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We've enjoyed the Red Lion over the years, mostly for the ambiance, so we don't mind the price for a nice evening out or dinner before the theater. We felt compelled to write a review at this point because while we enjoyed our evening, our food was simply not very good. My husband's appetizer lacked flavor and my salad -with 1/2 slice of burrata - had a piece of prosciutto so hard I (embarrassingly) had to remove it behind a napkin. The bread in the salad was so hard I couldn't bite it. My husband had some lovely scallops, but 5 without much accompaniment left him admittedly hungry. The turkey dinner was fantastic, as always, but had about 3 tablespoons of everyone's favorite: the stuffing. We certainly appreciate the cost of ambiance and don't expect a Michelin dining experience, but felt the food should have a little more care. We had a great table and our waitress was cheerful and attentive, but not obtrusive. For the price, just wish the food was a little better.

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S
New England
27 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

As always, service was great; however we had to wait awhile for our entrees. I think the menu needs some updating to offer something new or a special now and then. It’s very old New England; you can get turkey dinner on a plate year round. Red Lion house wine isn’t very good.

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i
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The wait staff was great and the ambience was fun. But the food I had wasn't good. The chicken pot pie was soupy and over seasoned with rosemary. It was topped by a puff pastry, which was fine, but it was in too small a bowl. When you pressed down on the pastry to cut it, the filling spilled over the bowl.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last night before moving out of town.

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CC
New England
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife had not been to the Red Lion for many years, so this was a dream of hers. We arrived early for our Father's Day reservation and enjoyed coffee and tea on the porch, which is a good idea! You get to sit and enjoy the passersby while enjoying your beverage and conversation. Our waitstaff was a wonderfully friendly, warm, helpful, and generally great person. The food was delicious and well prepared. Dinner at an expensive restaurant is not usually part of our lifestyle, so we enjoyed lunch and the difference in price! We even got to enjoy a dessert. We would love to return for another fabulous meal.

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Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Father’s Day. Hoping for brunch but lunch was very good.

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LC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

My husband and I went to The Red Lion Inn and ate in the main dining area the other night for dinner. We were celebrating our “babymoon.” Based on appearance we were easily half the age of the other about 12-14 patrons that were in the dining room with us. And we unfortunately felt like we were treated that way. It took my husband a while to get his first drink (I obviously wasn’t drinking) and the second one he asked for was forgotten about. I know I don’t know everything that’s going on but the waiter didn’t appear to be that busy. We were just barely checked in on bs other patrons. It was unfortunate.

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A
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Extremely overpriced, which would be excusable if the quality of the food was high.

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NY
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We always enjoy the Red Lion for lunch. While the menu is limited, the food is very good and so is the service. It's a prefect place before seeing a play in Stockbridge.

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

My wife and I really enjoyed dining here! I have done gourmet cooking as a hobby for a long time on a nightly basis. As a result it is hard to find restaurants that we really enjoy. The chef here has their own touch and taste. We found the specials to be distinctive in taste that reflects talent and artistry. They also have some comfort foods like the turkey dinner that taste locally sourced and tastefully done.

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BE
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Nathan, was fantastic. Knowledgeable and professional. And of course the food was fantastic. Can’t wait to return!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food!

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SF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The mussels appetizer was the best I have had! Excellent service, very nice dining room and great meals. Strongly recommend!

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C
New York Area
504 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We ate in the Tavern. Wonderful, historic atmosphere. The Caesar salad was tasty but rather skimpy - not all that much lettuce and 3 grilled shrimp. My family enjoyed their dishes - the burger, fish and chips and the French dip all got thumbs up.

It's always fun to be there. And we found Norman the cat asleep on the couch, which certainly made it worthwhile.

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JH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a problem with a dish not being done enough they fixed it fast and comped a desert

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MA
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Dinner was good but our experience was marred by a rather loud couple sitting near us. Also the waiter never told us about
“ specials” that were on the menu. We heard about them when he told others dining near us. And I thought $9.00 for a small cup of chowder was excessive.

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DM
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Red Lion dining room was perfect from the moment we sat down until we left. We has a table for two at a window that overlooked an outdoor sitting area with flower boxes filled with inpatients.
Started with a glass of wined.
Excellent clam chowder with a hint of apple bacon.
The salad was fresh and crisp.
The prime rib was cooked to perfection, flavorful, tender, and juicy.
My wife’s scallops were outstanding.
Dinner was followed by sorbet and coffee. Both were great, finishing off a perfect evening.

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WT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food in a beautiful setting. . A wonderful place for a weekend away.

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WH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

This was our first time here and sorry to say we won’t be back. Our meals were just terrible. The only thing we ordered that was decent was the salmon. The gravy on the turkey dinner tasted absolutely rancid, the pasta bolognese was limp and tasteless and the chicken pot pie had a biscuit on top that was hard as a rock. The wait staff was pleasant, but slow. They seemed overwhelmed on the busy Mother’s Day weekend.

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