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“Delicious -make reservations!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of John Andrews Restaurant

John Andrews Restaurant
224 Hillsdale Rd, South Egremont, MA 01258
413-528-3469
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Price range: $45 - $50
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: John Andrews: A Farmhouse Restaurant specializes in regional American cuisine with emphasis on local fresh and seasonal ingredients with Italian regional influences. The food is crafted by chef-owner Dan Smith and his team and highlights farms and food artisans in the Berkshires and Hudson Valley. Guests enjoy the cozy fireplace in winter months and, in summer al fresco dining is available on the terrace. John Andrews offers a full cocktail bar and a lighter fare bar menu. A “Featured Farm Prix Fixe” three-course menu is offered year-round on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday each week. Located at 224 Hillsdale Road/Route 23 in South Egremont, John Andrews serves dinner Thursday through Tuesday beginning at 5 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Wednesday evenings. All major credit cards are accepted.
Austin, TX
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Delicious -make reservations!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

This farm-to-table venue was fairly busy on a Monday night, so reservations were important (request the back room). The mussels appetizer, with a delicious broth featuring pastis, was so good that I could have easily enjoyed a second order for my meal. Everything was fantastic - our innkeeper recommended this restaurant, and I can understand why!

Visited October 2013
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
New York City, New York
Top Contributor
134 reviews 134 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
“Very good, not great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

The location is charming, at the right time. Autumn is best, with lots of lovely fall foliage on display. Unfortunately, the night we were there, the gardeners were there with their noisy leaf blowers for about two hours, just outside the windows. The rooms are spare, but appropriate; nothing ornate, but charming in it's way. The service, like all country service, is perfunctory, and not solicitous, so don't expect to be charmed; but they are efficient. The menu is broad, with many enticing options. The execution is largely very good, with the exception of the narly, boney, grisley pork chop, which, at $27, is largely inedible. The rest of the menu was delightful. Very nice wine list, with, among the obvious, they have some interestling selections.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Westport, Connecticut
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55 reviews 55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“First time visitor”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

This charming and friendly restaurant is well place in Egremont. The food and service were very good. The menu was varied with not your typical dishes in an up market New England establishment. The portions were the right size and the tastes were clearly defined. The had an extensive wine list. Overall very good of its kind and on par with the Old Mill down the road toward Great Barrington

Visited September 2013
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Richmond, Massachusetts
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“Overrated!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We dined on a fairly quiet weekday night. Our waitress made clear from the beginning that it was her first night and so her ability to help us with wine choices or food selection were extremely limited. However, there also seemed not to be anyone else there to help her or us out.
Our first courses we disappointing all around. The vegan cauliflower soup was flavorless, the oyster salad inedibly fishy and the polenta heavy and deep fried.
We did not fare any better with our entrees.....in the Berkshires where there is fine pork raised the chef somehow figured out a way to make it tasteless and so tough it was almost impossible to cut, not to mention unevenly cooked. The dessert was not at all special and the service was slow and ungracious....including when we mentioned the problem with the pork it was shrugged off. We had very little contact with anyone other than our novice server who did her best but it was an unfortunate evening and we will definitely not be repeating our visit. Be advised!!!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Still the best around”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

It's not surprising that John Andrews was recently chosen as one of the "25 Best Farmstead Restaurants" by The Daily Meal. Chef Dan Smith has been doing this for more than 20 years, as long as I've been eating there. Back when they called it "slow food," he was using local produce, planning his menu around what impresses him at the farmer's market.

Since eating a 5 course meal at John Andrew's 3 days ago, I've found myself daydreaming about it: sitting on their porch, sipping a few different selections from their wine list, listening to crickets chirp while friendly young staff brought a succession of beautiful plates, each with fresh flavors used in some surprising way. Oh, and it all happened while the sun set over the Berkshires. The heirloom tomato salad and fried oyster starters both tasted like their Socratic ideal. Then came the gnocchi, Smith's recipe uses housemade ricotta and a little rice flour (technically 'gnudi'), which makes them light and flavorful and incidentally gluten free. The duck and Scallop entrees were also excellent, just enough sweet in the savory sauces. For dessert, the ice creams (made on the premises) were creative flavors and as fresh as any I've had, favorites were the plum and fresh mint.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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