The Red Lion Inn

4.4
1387 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, or, in warmer months, the flower-filled Courtyard. The wine list offers 500 plus selections, and has received the Wine Spectator best of Award of Excellence for ten consecutive years; Sommelier Dan Thomas helps pair wines with meals. If you would like to dine in the Tavern or Courtyard please choose the Bar or Outside respectively when making your reservation.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Daily 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(413) 298-5545
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Max Kipperman
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Catering
According to tradition, some of the Inn's first guests were colonial Yankees who met here in 1773 to defy King George III-with revolutionary results. Today, our fully equipped meeting rooms continue to provide quiet, distraction-free settings and modern amenities for companies, associations and non-profit groups with their own important agendas. Paired with exceptional service, renowned dining, and convenient access from the Northeast's major metropolitan areas, The Red Lion Inn offers an exceptional and refreshing choice for meetings, conferences and retreats.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Route 7 & 102
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Parking details
There is ample parking behind the Inn, but guests may also park out front (no overnight parking on Main Street in the winter!).
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Public transit
Several bus lines get folks to the Berkshires -- Peter Pan and its affiliates stop across the street from the Red Lion. There is public transportation in the Berkshires through the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority.
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Entertainment
We offer live entertainment nightly in the Lion's Den pub, year-round and never a cover charge!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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m
New England
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

In Stockbridge the quaint elegance and friendly service at the Red Lion can’t be beat. Always impeccable and great food to match the service.

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D
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service!! Our waiter was very attentive and the experience was great!

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MR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Very nice old inn, beautiful setting, wonderful service, very limited menu and overpriced. I had a small overcooked, dried out piece of swordfisd, $32.00.

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ML
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Landmark restaurant in great town. Waitress was exceptional at making group feel at home. Dinner was outstanding, presentation, taste, and quality was 5 star.

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DL
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were staying in Lee, Massachusetts and decided that we would have dinner at the Red Lion where I had visited nearly 50 years ago. We were not disappointed in the ambiance or the service.

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J
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Ordered steak medium well. Long wait for my meal and my friend’s salmon. Guess what. My steAk actually came out well done. Charred. Burnt to a crisp. Since it was late and I was hungry I subbed the steak for rib roast which the server assured was actually just waiting to be sliced. My friend and I waited nearly 20 minutes. By then HER food was cold. She started to eat. By the time MY food came out ske was done. I ended up packing it up and dumping it outside since the rooms do not have fridge.

Also has to keep reminding server for cutlery

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New England
23 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We ate out in the courtyard twice this past week. VERY nice, and of course nice and quiet (no echo). It can be buggy after sundown (esp with all the rain this summer), but we asked about the mosquitos and they provided citronella candles, and one of our party asked at the front desk and they gave her an anti-bug wipe that we all used with great success. The food is great, though waiters like to not write the order down, and with 5 he messed up on one; quickly remedied. Staff is very nice. Burrata appetizer is great; chicken pot pie was good (~7); salmon (an 8); scallops (8); turkey burger (7).

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B
New England
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Fun spot with two taverns and a fine dining restaurant. All have a different feel and menus. Food was great, waiter was not great but we were his second to last table.

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G
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Appetizers and entrees were excellent. Service was on point and concerned.

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WW
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dining room is very traditional...old-fashioned in some sense...but a welcome relief from other uber-trendy restaurants in the area. Excellent service. Food is fantastic with a large assortment of entrees and salad choices. Large wine list with several half bottle selections. Red Lion has a very large, spacious dining room and they can handle large groups without having the other diners overwhelmed. Definitely a spot for special occasions as it is a bit pricey.

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L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, food and atmosphere. We weren’t rushed through out meal like some places would do on a holiday weekend. Would highly recommend this establishment Also nice to sit on the porch for an after dinner drink

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D
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

There were 4 of us in our group. One had filet of beef, that was delicious. One had salmon, fish was okay but on top of large beans- kind of strange. Two had scallops over grilled vegetables. Scallops were okay but veggies were tasteless. Worse than that one diner has nut allergies and some kind of nut was in with the vegetables. She became sick at restaurant and upon arriving back home. Nuts should always be listed on menu when in any dish.

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FS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal. Wonderful service. Excellent food.

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

Wonderful birthday celebration with family. Always enjoy the Red Lion for any reason.

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BJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We always LOVE coming to the Red Lion Inn at least annually. The atmosphere and ambiance is terrific and steeped in history. Food and wine are always the best.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Historic restaurant in Stockbridge. Service and food were very good. Very nice experience.

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t
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We had a lovely meal. My husband had clam chowder, and I had the cold pea-asparagus soup, both good with vibrant flavors. I ordered the special of lamb sausage bucatini, quite tasty, and my husband was a happy camper with his Thanksgiving platter in end-August. We saw couples and groups of couples around us. In fact, the absence of children was notable and, from my perspective, highly appreciated. Service could have been faster, but all in all, we would dine here again if we were in town for two nights.

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OT
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very nice and the atmosphere and decor very New England hotel.

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AB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The Red Lion Inn dining room has outstanding food, which is quite nice for a place as popular as this hotel is. It is quaint and charming and has a surprisingly varied menu. You can have your American comfort food here or venture into more interesting fare.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omar was the best!!

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MF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Drove 1 1/2 hrs to bring my mom for a special lunch. Menu is limited and the day we were there they did not have the quiche, which is what we had planned on ordering. Inn is nice but feels like it could use a facelift. Disappointed in the day that we had looked forward to for a while.

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S
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

initial encounter with hostess top notch- she held a special booth for us and brought us wine while we waited. Waitress service was at first prompt and then dropped out of sight. We ordered a second wine and I had to go to the bar to pick it up. Dinner was good, but very long in coming- Again, I went to the maitre d' and asked for the meal- it was then promptly served- He told me several late tables had come in and my waitress was swamped- why didn't they have enough staff ?? We enjoy the ambiance and charm of TRL
I , but very unhappy with the service.

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OT
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Red Lion Inn is an historic inn and restaurant which is always good for an elegant yet comfortable spot for lunch. There is also a tavern for a more rustic place to have a meal. As usual, the food and service were very good. We always request a more quiet location which was acknowledged and our lunch was enjoyable since the restaurant was not as busy as usual. We will return especially for a pre-theatre lunch.

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DL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, good service, cozy atmosphere. The Red Lion Inn dining room is quiet and cozy.

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S
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We usually love eating at The Red Lion Inn. However, lunch outside this weekend was not very good. Only 2 waiters to service the outdoor seating area meant that the dinner was not hot nor was the coffee. The cooks must have been in a hurry also because my husbands fish was rubbery. My scallops were tasty, but the temperature of everything on my plate was not hot. They need more staff (waiters) outside.

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DD
New York Area
182 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to place in the Berkshires without exception. No better restaurant between Great Barrington, Lenox or Lee. Inventive cuisine, but also great comfort food. Classics well done here! Had a great chorizo tostada recently, followed by first- rate turkey dinner. We love this place!

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W
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It is a nice cozy, historic place to dine and it is situated in Sturbridge, Massachusetts and the town is quite nice. The menu was limited and I gathered due to the huge crowds that were staying at the Inn and the dining room was asked. Our dinners were good, but my wife had to send her swordfish entree back as it was cool and not heated through.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place

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GK
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My salmons cake was absolutely delicious! Better than any crab cake I have ever had!

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C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A beautiful, historic inn. The dinner was outstanding as were the overnight accommodations. This is truly a wonderful destination for a romantic weekend

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m
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the great ambience of an old hotel, although it is getting pretty ragged on the edges.

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OT
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Any visit to Stockbridge is made more memorable by visiting the always charming old world ambiance here. The decor remains as quaint and timeless as my first visit years ago, the food never disappoints and while the slightly too “chummy” waitress didn’t quite match the finesse of the experience, it won’t prevent me from bringing guests again and again.

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J
Kansas City
20 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Solid. Great service, food was decent, and nice setting.

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SS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice dinner. Not really any very creative offerings, but everything was good. Nice attentive staff and great old place.

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N
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was exceptionally good. Our waitress was Kelly and she was charming, knowledgeable and provided outstanding service

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K
New England
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The clam chowder, cold pea and asparagus soup, chick pea and quinoa pattie and omelet were all outstanding. The omelet was SO fluffy. And the soups were terrific. It was a love.y venue for lunch on a rainy day. We did not have drinks or dessert.

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C
New York Area
473 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was really good, especially the appetizer. Wine was a surprisingly good value for sancerre, which is often overly marked up. My husband a,d I enjoyed the dinner.

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r
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

This was our first time dining at the Red Lion Inn and it was a birthday dinner. We were greeted and seated right away and the host was very welcoming. The Inn is filled with historic charm and ambiance. It went somewhat down hill from there. We each ordered an appetizer, which for some reason took a significant amount of time to come out. We watched guests who came in after us get their appetizers as we continued to wait. Meanwhile, a woman behind us was complaining about her filet she ordered and now I'm getting worried about mine, as that is what I ordered. The appetizers finally came and they were not bad, but nothing over the top. Our main course came while those after us were already finishing dessert. My husband had the salmon, which he thought was good, but not as good as you would have expected at the Red Lion Inn. I had the filet which was served covered in a sauce and was not easy to cut and was chewy. Now I could see why the woman behind me complained. I ate it, but didn't feel good about it. The waitess we had was not very experienced, which we believe was most of the problem. We were given dessert menu's, but not offered tea or coffee as other tables were with different waitstaff. Again, a beautiful place with historic charm, but not sure we will go back unless it's to look through the gift shop, which is great!

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RM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Excellent. Great Location with Excellent Service and Food. Great Value.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and eally enjoyed the scallops the entire meal was so nicely presented .

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