The Red Lion Inn

4.3
1440 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
Main Dining Room
Mon-Fri 12:00pm-2:30pm
Sat-Sun 12:00pm-4:00pm
Tavern
Daily 12:00pm-4pm

Dinner - Main Dining/Tavern
Sun-Thur 5:30pm-9:00pm
Fri-Sat - 5:30pm-9:30pm
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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
What 1440 People Are Saying
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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We’ve been coming here once a year for 30 years and have never been disappointed

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AO
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I love the cozy atmosphere of this historic inn. The food is always good and the service excellent. Our server Warren was very attentive and pleasant.

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DS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our lunch was delicious and the dining room is so charming. Also, our server was so kind and friendly.

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EN
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I love the setting of this restaurant. It’s like stepping back in time 100 years. Very lovely.

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SH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always consistent service and lovely food. its our "go-to" place whenever friends visit from out of town and we want to show them the area.

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JM
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I was a little disappointed in this most recent experience. I have been at the RLI before and really enjoyed it. The service was the best but food and dining experience was mediocre.

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RF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The appetizers (butternut squash bisque and butternut squash ravioli) were excellent. The ravioli had an added treat of lobster claws to go along with the lobster Newburg sauce. The Lila's Braised Lamb was flavorful although a little fatty in spots. We had our usual desserts (molten chocolate cake and apple pie a la mode) which are old favorites. My only comment was that our server did not tell us what the specials were, or that there even were specials. We heard another server tell a neighboring table about the specials. One of them was something I might have wanted to order instead of the lamb had I known about it.

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BE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice. I had the special, which was tuna, fantastic. My wife had the Salmon, excellent. Professional Waiter. Great atmosphere. Loved it!

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G
Naples
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Been going to the inn for over 40 years. We like it there it's quiet and mostly very quiet dinners. If you want to get roudy do not go there. Also the dress there is smart casual. We will make another trip up in December before we leave for Florida. Geno

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

Was a bit loud. Menu pricing was too high for overall value of the experience.

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S
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Our recent visit was not as good as our many previous visits. I ordered the beet salad to start and it just didn’t taste as good as the last time I ordered it. The salmon was just ok, but the entree was not as hot as I would have liked. The waiter was very nice but rather awkward in his serving style. All in all, a rather blah meal as far as I was concerned.

My husband ordered the turkey dinner and while it was fine, wished there was more dressing.,

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SA
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has been our recurring go to for our anniversary dinner for over 10 years. Always outstanding, and ideal location for special occasions.

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p
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Red Lion Inn is located in the historical town of Stockbridge, MA. Dating back to the 1770s the Red Lion captures the ambiance of days gone by with delicious fine dining meals. On the pricey side, but not outrageous, my daughter and I celebrated my 53rd birthday here and was treated like royalty. I've wanted to dine there for years and it was as delightful as I imagined it would be.

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NC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Keep Norman. Ditch the apple pie. Having the cat is a great addition. Very welcoming and homelike.

The apples were undercooked and hard. The crust was bread like and burnt.

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MK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food carefully prepared with excellent service

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BD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate at The Red Lion Inn for our 30th Wedding Anniversary and were very pleased with the service, the food and overall experience. Our preference was to order the Prime Rib which was excellent! It was served with home made mashed potatoes with string beans and horse radish on the side, which added to the taste experience.
Our waiter was wonderful, very attentive! The pace of the meal was just right!
We love The Red Lion Inn and will be back.

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A
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Red Lion Inn is a hidden gem and wonderful place for a relaxing wonderful lunch. Great town and history. A must stop for everyone!

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N
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tavern was a cozy comfortable place to eat. The shrimp cocktail was perfectly chilled with tasty cocktail sauce, & the poached pear arugula salad was delicious. My waiter was friendly & attentive.

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DR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

We have eaten here several times. The food is reliably good and the atmosphere is wonderful, if you like historical colonial dining rooms. This time, however, the service was both incompetent and rude. First, they forgot to give us bread. When we told the waiter, he simply blamed the busboy. Second, the food arrived before the drinks. The waiter’s reaction: “I’m not the bartender.” Third, when the food was served again after we received our drinks, mine was hot but my wife’s was lukewarm at best. When we told the waiter, he abruptly whisked away my wife’s plate without a word. He returned it the same way, after I had eaten about 2/3 of my food. Appalling.

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MR
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My sister and I had a lovely lunch heading back from the Rockwell Museum. I was happy that there was a herbal tea selection, coming in from a rainy and cold afternoon. The Chicken Pot Pie was delicious and an extremely generous portion with a puff pastry type popover in the middle. My sister loved the quiche and started with a hot bowl of butter nut bisque, that she raved about. The ambiance is so old New England; love it! Our server was nice, however, seemed distracted- they were preparing for the dinner crowd. All in all, delightful experience!

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RM
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

So glad I made a reservation because at the height of "leaf peeping" season it was very busy! We were seated immediately at a quiet table for 2. Had the Mediterranean plate for appetizer, salmon cake with mesclun salad and French dip sandwich for lunch - all were very good and good size portion although price tended toward high side. Overall had a wonderful time, attentive waitress and will definitely return.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent place for a friendly celebratory lunch with friends. Great service, friendly waiter.

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Berlin
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food ok. Classic old New England restaurant. Not a food destination. A bit tired.

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DP
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

the food was wonderful - it seemed like you might have been short staffed that day. good service just slow.
Wish there were more vegetarian options.

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JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful entry, fireplace burning people gathered around in comfy chairs. Perfect setting for a fall afternoon. Food was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the place!

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JS
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Waiter was slow to serve, water served was warm, other tables served bread with soup but we weren’t offered bread

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BG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I had dinner with 4 friends - they all ordered prime rib and said it was very good. I ordered salmon and it was not very good - overcooked and dry. I would have expected a better meal for such a pricey place.

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PC
New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We like to go to the Red Lion for lunch during the fall foliage season. We have never been disappointed with the food or the service. We love to walk around Sturbridge first and go to the various shops. Because the restaurant is always busy during the fall foliage season we new we needed to make a reservation in advance. Making this reservation through Open Table was easy and convenient.

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MC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Meeting with friends. Nostalgic location. This is a central location to meet friends, shop and take in the fall season.

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SV
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

The quality of the meal was very disappointing. Not like I remembered on my last visit.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff friendly. Provided excellent service. Chef made accommodation that was greatly appreciated. Warm ambiance and low noise level that allowed conversation was thoroughly enjoyed. The restaurant was perfect for our special occasion.

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SA
Miami
69 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

If you like Old New England Inns - this is a good place to go. Food is okay - in all - nothing special

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RB
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress was excellent. Friendly, but efficient. The atmosphere is classic. We were in the dining room on a Sunday lunch time and it was quite noisy. The Tavern seemed quieter, so we might try that next time. Had a beautiful walk around Stockbridge on a sunny autumn afternoon. Highly recommend it.

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p
New England
32 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

An old, charming dining room with a nice menu, always offering "Thanksgiving Dinner." Simple and unpretentious. Not for gourmets, but a nice place for a dinner in the Berkshires.

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LS
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

We heard so much about The Red Lion Inn and the restaurant, so we couldn't wait to go. The atmosphere was wonderful, the wait staff was attentive. The menu is very limited.
However, the salads were way over priced for what you got. My husband had the filet which was tender but extremely salty. I had the prime rib and needed a saw to try and cut it.
I would not go back.

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j
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

RESERVATION CONFIRMED SEATING 15 MINUTES PLACE NOT FULL MENU JUST NOT UP TO PAR FOR EXPENSIVE DINING SEATED IN A REAR TABLE LIKE A LAST MINUTE THING VERY DISAPOINTED BEEN THERE YEARS AGO AND WAS TOP SHELF NEEDS SERIOUS FRESHENING UP JUST IS NOT UP TO TODAYS STANDARDS

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DE
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Staying in South Lee, so this restaurant was convenient. The Inn looked lovely. The dining room was comfortable, but clearly old. My appetizer was great, but the fish was cooked too long and a little dry.

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T
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Red Lion Inn never disappoints! The food is always delicious and the service is alway excellent!

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San Francisco
100 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

A lovely space to dine, unfortunately, the kitchen does not equal the dining experience. Our two entrees were overcooked and not impressive. If you are looking for a lovely space this works well. If you are looking for fine dining try another restaurant. Service was excellent.

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