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About The Red Lion Inn
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 Brian J. Alberg, 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 Alberg 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 450+ selections, and has received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for ten consecutive years; Sommelier Dan Thomas helps pair wines with meals. *The Inn accepts reservations for the Main Dining Room only.
Stockbridge, MA 01262
Contemporary American, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Please note: The Main Dining Room is open daily for breakfast year-round. We serve lunch and dinner daily from mid-April through December. On Mondays and Tuesdays from January through mid-April, lunch and dinner are available in our Tavern only.
Route 7 & 102
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We offer live entertainment nightly in the Lion's Den pub, year-round and never a cover charge!
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.
There is ample parking behind the Inn, but guests may also park out front (no overnight parking on Main Street in the winter!).
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.
Brian J. Alberg
Banquet, Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Celebrate your special event with great food, exceptional service and value, and warm New England hospitality. We'll be happy to help you plan the perfect event for 8 to 80 that will accommodate every style and circumstance. Contact us at (413) 298-1604.
The Red Lion Inn Ratings and Reviews
Although we have eaten here many times, we were a little concerned after reading some reviews that were between neutral and negative. I knew that there was a new company managing the inn but it was a beautiful day and we really wanted to have our annual lunch in their courtyard. So we went and I have to say I have no idea what those people were talking about. We were greeted and seated immediately. Our charming waitress came over right away, took our drink orders and recommended a Russian River Chardonnay for my wife...which she loved. My drink, Bombay Sapphire up with the shaken rocks on the side is pretty simply but you would be amazed at how often it comes out wrong. It was perfect and the bartender even added an extra squirt of gin in the rocks glass, so I was a happy camper. My wife had salmon medallions with roasted potatoes and baby green beans and, although she usually doesn't, she cleaned her plate. And that was after she pilfered a few of my perfectly crispy french fries that came with my burger which was perfectly medium rare. We asked the manager to stop by because we wanted to tell her that we were a bit concerned due to some of the reviews we had read but were delighted with the service, drinks and food. (I brought half of mine home with us and her pilfering continued at dinner.) The Inn is a treasure that we have been enjoying for at least 40 years and hope to continue to enjoy in years to come.
Had a surprisingly good meal here. Although we've been coming to the area for many years we've never heard anything good about it. We had delicious comfort food- shrimp cocktail, prime rib au jus with a popover, mashed potatoes and fresh green beans, and one of the best pieces of cheesecake I've ever had with coffee for dessert. Delicious! Excellent service from a great waiter. Keep it simple when you order here.
This is one of those reviews I hate writing. I was so excited about coming here- looking forward to another great part of my already amazing trip to the Berkshires. This was not a highlight. The appetizers lack luster and the drinks were flat (change the keg much?). Particularly disappointing was a soggy overdressed salad covered in terrible, very sour dressing. Menu options on par with fine dining of 2001.
While I can see how the average octogenarian or septuagenarian would enjoy the ambience, friendly waitstaff and historical significance, it just wasn't for us (30-40s). A place to take your grandmother perhaps, not your date.
I have to give a poor review. While our server was excellent the wine steward was very haughty. My order of Merlot was not served until after our appetizers and dinner was almost served. My wife in the mean time never got her order until I sought him out. Not the kind of service would expect from a top notch restaurant.
I was disappointed in the evening.
normally i would give this restaurant 4 or 5 stars on everything but this weekend it took an hour and 25 minutes for our lunch items to be served, everything was cold and 1 item was wrong! We gave them the benefit of the doubt because it was very busy. But, we went back the next day for breakfast over an hour wait for our food, everything was cold, my eggs were overcooked and no butter on the toast! Don't know what was going on this visit, but they just didn't have it together!!! This is a yearly tradition for the last 6 years NEVER had anything like this happen before.
The Red Lion is a grand old property in the heart of Stockbridge. It is interesting as a historical site. Our table was ready promptly when we arrived. The service was very friendly and the food was prepared as we requested. Ambiance was fair. We have eaten here many times, preferring the outdoor area behind the pub.
The host kept telling us our table for 5 wasn't ready. Finally a woman came to check on him and explained that all he had to do was set an extra place setting at a table for four (which was ample to seat 6!). The menu is uninspired, the food bland. The ice tea was very weak. Our waitress was very pleasant and capable though. I had eaten here a year or so ago and my friend and I had to remind the waiter several times to bring our wine. They could do with a little training.
We periodically stay at the Red Lion and generally eat one dinner in the restaurant per stay. It's convenient and the experience is good enough to keep us coming back. However the menu needs some refreshing to include, at a minimum, "lighter" and farm-to-table options. More seasonal selections would also be nice given I just can't imagine eating a Thanksgiving-style turkey dinner in the middle of the summer.
We stayed at the Red Lion after a Tanglewood performance. It was our 40th wedding anniversary and we were seated in a quiet, cozy corner and enjoyed a well prepared meal served by a very personable waitress. A meal here takes you back to a time when food was enjoyed at a leisurely pace and conversation was lively. A great Berkshires experience.
The service was quite poor. After being given menus and ordering drinks I had to raise my hand like I was in grade school in order to flag down our waiter to place our order. We were never asked if we wanted "another drink"! It was even hard to get someone to refill our water glasses.
The restaurant was not very full and there seemed to be plenty of wait staff but our particular waiter was very bad!
Beautiful old inn makes it very special. Food was of good quality but mine was a bit on the cold side . I had the salmon. Salmon was warm but the vegetables it was served over were not warm. My husband had the prime rib. It was very good but also not very warm. I would have liked his popover warm as well. That was cold. Desserts were good . One was the apple pie and the other was the sugar cake .Wait staff was very good.
Well, let me start by saying we ate at The RedLion Inn twice last year - for lunch and dinner. Both times our experience was exceptional. Tonight we had dinner there before a show so our reservation was for 5:00 PM. We were seated at a nice table. Our server was great. We ordered wine, appetizers and entrees. The wine and appetizers were fine. Both my wife and I ordered prime rib - mine medium rare, my wife medium. Hers came out much too rare. Back it went. Mine came out fine, but it was cool. Back it went. Same for the mashed potatoes, asparagus and popovers. Back those went. When the meats were returned from the kitchen, they still were not hot. Not sure why anyone would serve meat any way other than hot. Our server offered to bring something else but by then we had seen enough. $140 bucks wasted. As much as we loved this place last year, .that's how disappointed we were this year. Our experience this year may result in our not going back.
Great place! We prefer the pub over the formal dining room, I made the open table reservation on the pub's specific page, but when I arrived they said the reservation was under the formal dining room and no pub tables were available. The restaurant should have a preference button or something. Luckily we were dressed nicely enough for the formal dining room. The bar is always packed, lively. Nice atmosphere overall. Food was great!
A must do when in the Stockbridge area. We had dinner here after a visit to Tanglewood making for a perfect day. Enjoy a drink while sitting on the porch before or after dinner. Beautiful colonial decor in this 18th century inn. Creative salads using seasonal fruits. The grilled pork loin was perfectly seasoned and cooked. Nice selection wines by the glass. Friendly, attentive service.
Very disappointed with the food especially the New England Clam Chowder. I was so looking forward to enjoying it again like I always used to years ago. I told everybody to order it. It tasted like starchy potato soup with a little bit of clams. We DIDN'T like it. The taste of the Big Y supermarket's clam chowder soup is superior to this very expensive soup.
We have dined at the Red Lion Inn for over 30 years and not much changes. The quality of the food, level of service, etc. are very good. We had lunch one day on this trip in the tavern and dinner another night in the main dining room and both were superb. Funny Matt our waiter waited on us both times and he was outstanding.
Disappointed. We had hoped that the chef's shrimp salad special would be good, but it was just okay and overpriced at $24. The shrimp were peeled completely which was nice, but the dish could have used more lettuce and accompaniments. Also, the salad was very salty which was a surprise. Service was business-like and could have been friendlier. The dining room is very attractive.
We had wonderful food in the lovely dining room of this old inn prior to attending a concert at nearby Tanglewood. The food was exceptional. My only complaint would be that the main meal was served almost immediately after our appetizer plates were removed. It would have been nice to have a little more time in between. However, this would not stop us from going again. Loved everything.
The main dining room is very old-world pretty. The service was also great! However, our entrees came out disturbingly quickly, and neither dish was hot. My steak had more fat than I've seen on a steak before. Essentially, the food was ok but not great. Everything else was nice.
We ate in the main dining room at the inn earlier this week, when we had decided at the last moment to get tickets to a performance at the very-nearby Unicorn Theatre at 7 p.m. that evening. Everything was delicious. My husband began with gazpacho, which was pleasantly chunky but not too spicy, and served with sour cream on the side. We both ordered the rainbow trout, served on a bed of red quinoa. Had we known the fish was going to be prepared with light breading, we would have ordered something else, but the coating, happily, was barely detectable. We had no dessert, but the list of $8 offerings looked appealing. The Red Lion Inn was where we had dinner shortly after we met over 40 years ago, and while it is too far for us to drive to regularly, it's always a pleasure to have the opportunity to return.
We had our anniversary dinner at the Red Lion and also stayed at the inn for a few nights. In addition to just a perfect anniversary dinner, we enjoyed breakfast, snacks, cocktails and casual food throughout our stay. It was all part of a great experience at The RedLion Inn. The staff is friendly and welcoming throughout the inn. The main dining room is really pleasant! The tables are spaced so that conversation is easy and you are never feel rushed to finish your meal. We have visited the inn for many years and are never disappointed!
The Red Lion Inn dining room is quaint and a fun place to eat. The service is excellent and perfect for an authentic olde New England experience. The food is way above average for this kind of place. They have one vegetarian entree option -- I would have liked to have been more. Nevertheless, this was a good experience.
We drive by the Red Lion Inn frequently and never stop. My sister came to visit, so we made a reservation. We saw a pop-up performance from Jacob's Pillow while we participated in a free rose wine tasting on the front porch before dinner. We were seated immediately. I had trout which was very good with a fresh shrimp cocktail before. Both were very good. My sister and husband had the turkey dinner and were pleased.
After dinner we wander through the Inn. It is very eclectically decorated and interesting.
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