The Red Lion Inn

4.4
1511 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.
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Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great dining experience

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1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Love the history of this place but it is getting a little worn around the edges and can use some attention. Waitress very professional provided excellent service. Clam chowder was great. Huge wine list. Food was a solid “B”. A bit pricy for the meal but overall good

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JF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great historic inn with a fine dining room and cozy fireplace

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Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

I would recommend eating at the widows tavern or downstairs at the bar over the main dining area. Food had a caterer taste and service was very slow.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent lunch venue. Would definitely recommend this location to my fussiest friends!

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 5

Wendy the server was not that friendly. Had to wait for a drink and ask for bread basket to be refilled.

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

A wonderful meal.

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New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I was looking forward to fish. I asked the waitress if the trout was filleted. She said it is pan fried in butter. I had to explain I wanted to know if it came with bones. She did not think so. I decided to try the salmon. It was very good but served lukewarm. We were staying at the inn and due to a snow storm and it being a slow week the restaurant was very quiet. My Salmon dish did not come with a salad or soup and was $33. It was served over wild rice. My husband had a carved turkey sandwich which he loved. The soup he also really enjoyed.

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RH
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The price of the meals are high. Which i knew ahead of time but was taking a friend out for her b day. The food was as average as going to 99. Restau
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KB
New England
11 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Twice a year, in winter and summer, my friends and I meet in Stockbridge with our families to catch up. While the men take the kids skiing or hiking, the ladies meet at the Red Lion Inn for lunch. It never fails to impress. The atmosphere is charming, the noise level just right for conversation, and the simple menu selection offers enough variety to please any palate, but is uncluttered enough as to not overwhelm. The bisque is always delicious, and we enjoy the grass-fed burger with tossed salad. The staff is always warm and solicitous, and the kitchen will accommodate special dietary requests. We highly recommend a visit to this icon of the Berkshires.

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

We had a get away at the Red Lion Inn. We had a wonderful time. The food and service were really great! The ambiance was festive. We would definitely come here again!

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OS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been visiting the red lion inn for years but this was the first time I went for a holiday and had a sit down dinner in the dining room. The food was absolutely incredible and the wine pairings were perfect choices! The atmosphere was warm and romantic and the staff were very friendly! I wish I could dine here every evening!

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JA
New England
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and accommodations. Being gluten-free, I was accommodated very well.

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RL
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The place is a classic but feels a bit stodgy. I don’t think servers should be wearing maid outfits in 2019!
The staff from host to servers were very friendly and welcoming

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F
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to the Red Lion Inn for lunch to celebrate two birthdays in the family. The service was great -very attentive waiter and the hostess was very helpful also. Food was good - my wife raved about the pot pie, my vegetarin daughter-in-law was pleased with her dish, I really enjoyed the grass-fed beef, as did my sons. We had a nice bottle of wine with lunch, and finished off with tea. Worth going to if you are looking for a nice lunch.

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PF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

I have been to the Red Lion quite a few times over the years and it always had a subdued atmosphere fitting a historic inn along with good food. Times have changed . This time the term family friendly has been taken to a new level. Kids were running through the dining room and on the floors above us. Sounded like cattle. Don't get me wrong have nothing against kids , have two of my own , but young children should be better behaved. Maybe this is politically incorrect now..but if you want a quite dinner this is no longer the place. We did bring it to management attention and they did comp us for the drinks and desert but instead of the money which I gave back in a tip, we wanted a romantic birthday dinner and that's not what we received. The food by the way is still good.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delicious dinner and excellent service!

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JM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Red Lion has a reputation for class that's well earned. The ambience, while perhaps in need of a freshening up, is nonetheless lovely and comfortable. The food and drink are excellent and the wait staff is wholly professional, attentive and sharp. My only reservations were with the overall price points. It really could afford to drop by about 20% We dined there twice during the past weekend and didn't make it to the Lion's Den, which probably requires a return visit as its menu appears to be better than the tavern. Overall, not bad, but could be a bit better.

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JM
New England
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The Red Lion lots of old school class. We like that. Food and wait staff couldn't have been much better. Our only (minor) complaint was the cost. It seemed a bit pricier than it should have been.

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

Our waitress, Wendy, was wonderful. The sommelier was knowledgeable and super helpful with their wine list. Very nice dinner. Red lion inn is a great place in the berkshires to hang out and have a good meal and/or some drinks.

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New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is far better than a few years ago. My trout was superb, as were the pork chop and salmon. Starters were excellent too. Squash ravioli with lobster sauce and the roasted beets were delicious and beautifully presented. This has become one of the best restaurants in the Berkshires. Not to be missed.

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

This was a perfect night out for couples- excellent food and service. Bonus: the resident cat in the lobby, Norman.

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KM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Red Lion Inn continues to be a wonderful place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The food is wonderful and the service is above the norm. Eating at the Inn is always a "dining" experience as opposed to an "eating" experience. Throw in the town of Stockbridge itself and you have the quintessential New England memory in the making!

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

Our waiter Ronnie was wonderful, the food superb and the icing on the cake was the delightful live piano music.

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AH
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service we received was exceptional, and the food was outstanding. We will return for sure!

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TE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure when traveling through the Berkshires. The smell of an open fire in the fireplace as you walk through the front door set the mood for a peaceful and relaxing New Years Day lunch.

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BC
Key West
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The chicken pot pie is the best!! It’s a beautiful place in a quaint New England town.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Would have given 5 stars, but our entrees could have been hotter. Also, our server was SO attentive, we felt a bit rushed. Butternut squash bisque and pork chop we’re delicious though.

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 3

I was over charged on my credit card and the situation has not be taken care of ...CHECK YOUR BILL ..poor management..food good but WATCh out

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M
New England
76 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We drove 2 hours just to experience what we did in the summer... thank you.

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LL
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

The quality and taste of the food was enormously disappointing for this beautiful, historical restaurant that we’ve been going to for years. Unfortunately, we will not be going back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

It is a wonderful restaurant. We go several times each year for special occasions. It truly has over the years been the singular dinner experience for meaningful occasions.

The negative this time was that it was understaffed. Our waiter was running, not his fault, but was assigned to many tables with no help. We had to wait unreasonable periods for water refills silverware placement and the like, as well as the food delivery. That distracted not only from the service attention, but from the food, which sat inside too long.

We will go back, but if this occurs again it will be our last visit.

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J
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

Beautiful inn. Lovely dining room. Poor service from depressed waitresses. Food insanely expensive for its simplicity. Walk around the lounge have a drink but for goodness sakes don’t waste your money here.

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GO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Traditional fare in a historic setting. Dining room was full, yet we had very good service.

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k
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Do not come for the food— much of our meal verged on the inedible. I sent back one shoe leather “prime rib” au jus sandwich for a soup that was almost as equally bad but they graciously did not charge for sandwich or soup. Shabby Yankee, ye olde New England Christmasy atmosphere is where it’s at.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas at the Red Lion Inn was a delightful experience. The entire Inn was decorated beautifully and, even though every table in the dining room and tavern was filled, the service was great. All our meals were delicious and the portions were perfect. It was a quintessential Nee England experience.

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SB
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A lovely old inn with excellent food and responsive, hard-working staff. The ambience is old-fashioned inn from yesteryear. If you are gluten-free, they offer most dishes as a G F option.

We love it here.

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SB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I long time favorite for me and my family. A must stop during the holidays.

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CD
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our brunch. Though it is over an hour drive, we shall return.

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Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was adequate. Slightly understaffed. Nice historical experience. Overpriced for the quality. Worth the experience if you're into history. Waiter was not very educated on gluten free options, but to his defense they were extremely busy.

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