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“Poor service but good food” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Allium Restaurant & Bar

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: Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, 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.
Sandisfield, Massachusetts
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“Poor service but good food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

We had a reservation for 6 people. We all agreed that there were too many good dining options in Great Barrington for us to want to return. When we arrived we stood at the hostess station for 5-10 minutes before anyone came by. The bartender looked at us but did not tell us someone would be with us soon or in any way recognize that we were there. At the front door we could smell smoke. When we were seated the smoke was so thick that our eyes were watering. When we inquired they told us that they had a wood stove that was not venting properly. They opened a back door to provide ventilation and moved us to a table where the smoke was not so bad. We waited another 5-10 minutes before orders for drinks were taken. About 30-40 minutes after arriving, we had our drinks and had ordered dinner. The menu on the Web site was from October 2013; several items had changed. The food was actually fine. People at our table had the fish tacos, the salmon, and a steak. I ordered a second glass of wine to go with my entree. At least 15 minutes later it had not arrived and so I inquired at the bar (our waitress was nowhere to be found). The bartender had the order; he just had not filled it. I took my wine back to my table. The mystery to use is that there was hardly anyone in the restaurant and there seemed to be ample staff. There just was not timely or caring service. The music was too loud and jarring for the type of fine dining that the Allium purports to be.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great place in the middle of Great Barrington”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

We had a wonderful time on a rainy night and enjoyed the food here very much. The food is eclectic, wholesome and made with local ingredients. Very friendly service in a nice environment.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Delightful surprise in Great Barrington”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

We went on the recommendation of a friend and boy... They were right. Refreshingly different tasty cuisine in a spare, modernist space who let you linger and enjoy the fine food and wine. Worth the trip to the Berkshires for this fine cuisine interlude.

Visited January 2014
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

You cannot go wrong here, and you can go very right here. The reception, service, decor, and wine list are all on point, though nothing mind blowing; all top notch, not memorable. The food, though, is memorable. The chef works her best to source locally, and executes her dishes with finesse, care, and love. All the dishes we have had are extremely good, sometime great, often clever. Try the wonderful faro salad; so fresh, vibrant, and healthy. Pastas are extrememly good, though the house made sausage in the orchiette needs more umph. They are not shy about mains, with a delicious and succulent rabbit on the menu. Make a reservation; the place is justifiably packed.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Sharon, Connecticut
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“Food is good but not great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

This restaurant has been under numerous names over the years and the food for the most part hasn't changed too much. There are two sections to the restaurant, one on the left is a full restaurant and the one on the right is a bar/restaurant....the menus are the same. The noise levels in the bar side can be quite high and the music can also be turned up...so depends on the type of dinning you desire.

We had the mussels ($14) which were quite good with a different flavor compared to the usual mussel dishes elsewhere. The Kale Salad ($9) was good also. The Tagliatelle ($26) was OK but not great.

Service was quite good at times and other times you had to flag down someone. This restaurant is OK for a change but there are much better restaurants in the area.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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