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Allium Restaurant & Bar

42 / 44 Railroad Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: American, Contemporary, Gastropub
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Main Street
Transit: For public transportation within Berkshire county, contact Berkshire Regional Transportation Authority (BRTA) at (413) 499-2782 or (800) 292-2782. Great Barrington is also served by Peter Pan Bus (800-343-9999) and Bonanza Bus (800-343-9999) companies.
Description: Allium Restaurant + Bar serves casual contemporary American cuisine highlighting the best of the season in support of independent farmers and artisan producers using sustainable practices. The food is handcrafted by Chef Dan Hardy and his team; they take great care to source local and seasonal ingredients including farm-fresh produce, meats and cheeses. Menu items are paired alongside seasonal and small-production wines, small-batch microbrews and local spirits. Located in the heart of downtown Great Barrington at 42 Railroad Street, Allium Restaurant + Bar serves dinner nightly beginning at 5 p.m. and offers a late-night bar. All major credit cards are accepted. Co-owned and founded by Nancy Thomas and Bo Peabody, Mezze Restaurant Group is comprised of Allium Restaurant + Bar in Great Barrington, Mezze Bistro + Bar in Williamstown and Mezze Catering + Events, which provides full-service event planning. Mezze Restaurant Group is a member of Berkshire Grown, Slow Food and the Berkshire Visitors Bureau.
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English first
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The headline says it all. Particularly to be recommended are the fries pickled red onions. I ordered them almost as a joke because I like to explore improbable foods. Although the portion was very large I didn't get to eat t as much as I wanted, because the other three people at the table, after laughing at me, tried them... More

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Leverett, Massachusetts
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126 reviews 126 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
275 helpful votes 275 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I think I had greater expectations for Allium than were met and so I had trouble writing this review. The food was 4-star and we (four of us) had the mussels, the flank steak, the burger, and the pork carnitas tacos - all were delicious, the mussels in particular were a delight for someone wishing to return vicariously to Bangkok.... More

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

On my recent trip to the Berkshires I stopped at Allium for dinner upon a friends request, so wonderful. larger appetizer/small plate menu with farm focus nothing disappointing, but service was a bit slow. Overall, I will go back when in GB.

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Mount Vernon, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I've been to Allium thrice although my wife has been there more. Some years ago I had one of my best meals ever at it. Alas, that was some years ago. We are in the Barrington area several times a year and always look forward to a nice dinner to cap the day. Friday night.There were Five extended waits: (i)... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We really enjoyed our meal here. My husband - a serious fish enthusiast - exclaimed "WOW!" involuntarily after tasting his fabulous halibut. We both thoroughly enjoyed our beet salad, and my skirt steak was also deliciously prepared. We went simple for dessert with Blue Marble ginger ice cream - a brand we hadn't seen elsewhere - and were delighted with... More

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Echternacherbrueck, Germany
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124 reviews 124 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

At the recommendation of a chef supply store in town we dropped by Allium. Pleasant seating in a minimally decorated but comfortable dining room, what to order? My wife selected tagliatelle, I opted for the burger. A creative Manhattan was served, a server kept our water glasses filled. After a simple yet delicious deviled egg snack, the meals arrived. The... More

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New York City, New York
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125 reviews 125 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Second visit here with friends. Don't remember the menu being so unusual. Many things we were not willing to take a flyer on even though we are generally adventuresome. It was very good -- but I would check the menu before I went. Our friends shared a raw kale salad each ordered pizza (individual). Not traditional NY-style slices but small... More

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San Francisco, CA
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61 reviews 61 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Remarkable food - they try to do things a little differently, and almost always succeed. Service was slow, and the server seemed uninterested in us.

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Northwest Corner, Connecticut
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70 reviews 70 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I see that there are some negative reviews, particularly of the service, but they appear to be old, and far from the experience we had. There were four of us, and, when we arrived, the hostess greeted us by asking whether we preferred the ambiance of the bar or a quieter meal in the dining area, which, since we all... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Food at Allium is very good, but our experience was less so. Made a reservation a month in advance. I called at 5 p.m. the day of to confirm. Got to the restaurant well on time. They had lots of empty tables but seemed flustered at our arrival. Sat our party of four at a table for six in the... More

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