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“Exceeded my expectations” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Perigee Restaurant

Perigee Restaurant
1575 Pleasant St./Rte. 102, South Lee, MA 01260
413.394.4047
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Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in South Lee
Price range: $7 - $25
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Vegan, Chowder
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Portland
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60 restaurant reviews
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“Exceeded my expectations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2010

First of all, it's now Perigee and has been for a while, so I wish Trip Advisor would eliminate the references to Sweet Basil, it's former incarnation.

We had stopped by the Bershire Theater Festival, just up the road, to pick up our tickets for that evening's performance. We asked the guy in the box office if he could recommend a nearby place to eat. Without hesitation, he named Perigee. We stopped and looked at the menu, which was really interesting, and made reservations for 6:00 PM.

We chose the less formal downstairs because it looked like more fun than the more formal upstairs. I started with a classic Martini. Then an Iceberg Lettuce Wedge (a vastly underated green) with Applewood Smoked Bacon, Currants and Blue Cheese Dressing. Follwed by Pan-fried Shrimp and Scallops over Sweet Pea Polenta with Horseradish Cilentro Pesto. My wife had Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup followed by Orange-Marinated Cornish Game Hen with Blue Cheese Polenta and Market Fresh Vegetable. Everything was perfectly prepared. Eric Anderson is a fine chef. We had a bottle of Firesteed Reisling '08 fom Oregon. I'm from Oregon and I usually don't order Oregon Reisling but decided to take a chance. It was excellent. As good as the best from Washington.

Our waiter was efficent and friendly but it was our busboy that really impressed us. How often do you find a truely profestional busboy nowadays? I clipped the edge of my Martini glass (empty, thank heavens) on the rim my water glass and it exploded, scattering glass snards all over the place. Our busboy instantly appeared and, with in two minutes, all evidence of my clumsiness had disapeared.

We had just started eating when a young lady walked in accompanied by a young boy. She was about 5'3" and looked to be in her late teens. I thought she might be the owners daughter. She sat the boy at the bar, where he as greated by our waiter and entertained by the bartender and the customer he was sitting beside. I thought, "what a friendly place." Then she started visiting various table. "Maybe she's the hostess," I thought. When she came to our table I discovered that she was Dawn LaRochelle, the owner and driving force behind the Perigee and a catering service, Epogee. She is also the mother of two other children. I had underestimated her age by at least a decade. She's a very interesting and knowledgeable person. Read her website at www.perigee-restaurant.com.

We had as good a meal as we've had in the Bekshires and we've had a lot of good meals there. We where so pleased that we a piece of Triple Chocolte Explosion Cake back to the guy at the box office as a reward.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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the Berkshires
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Perigee: Not worth the price”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2010

The restaurant is in the midst of tourist-heavy South Berkshire, and it is High Season. That said, however: we were four, special occasion, reserved a month ago. Seated promptly upstairs at 6pm, given water. Nothing else happened for about 20 minutes except a brief chat with the owner, Dawn. Finally had a server come with menus and take a drinks order(3 glasses of wine, one scotch). Another 15 minutes passed. She toiled back up the stairs (WHY don't they install a dumbwaiter?)and took our orders. Finally got the food. I had Jambalaya, which turned out to be a large dish of (mostly) rice, 1 scallop, 2 shrimp, 2 minute slices of andouille and a lot of chickpeas, for some reason. Two others had Dawn's Thai Beef, which was okay, well-presented but not very flavorful; and the honoree had Smoked Chicken Tortellini which was excellent. The wines were just average. We all had dessert: Strawberries Romanoff (no Grand Marnier on them, oddly), Boston Creme Cupcake (sliced horizontally, inexplicably), some Cocoanut sorbet served very attractively in a cocoanut shell, and something called "The Brooklyn", which was a little cupcake and a tiny glass of Egg Cream. The check was a little more than $200, which is far more an urban price than a Berkshire price for slow service and indifferent food. We will not return.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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ny
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“Perigee not there yet”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2010

With great hopes for Perigee, ten people walked in ready for a great meal. After a climb up the stairs (6 out of 10 were over 80) and a long wait we were asked for our order. One person wanted to switch out the carbohydrate- risotto instead of polenta. The waitress said there would be a $2 "Upcharge". Hmm? We thought about it and asked for the manager to see if it could be switched at no charge. (The prices were high to begin with, on a par with NYC). No manager came, but the waitress returned to say that he approved the switch. The food was very fussy- lots of ingredients, but without great results.
Loud ambience upstairs, we had to shout. We were sorry we didn't stay home and grill something. It was the Saturday night of July 4th weekend and we wanted to give the hostess a rest- it turned out to feel like more work to go to Perigee. I hope it improves, because people are rooting for it.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Hyde Park, New York
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“Great Resturant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2010

Good wine, a few veggie options- the mozzarella special appetizer was wonderful! Good Service.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Perigee - nice people, uneven food and service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2010

We just had dinner at Perigee on Memorial Day weekend. It was highly recommended by the B&B we stayed at. Based on the recommendations and the price of the dishes, we expected superior food with attentive service. The servers were all pleasant, but our waitress failed to check on us very often, as they seated us upstairs and she seemed to be based downstairs. No one remembered to bring our wine for a while, when we asked for ice water we were told there was no ice to be found, and then we waited a very long time for the main dishes after the appetizer. The server was apologetic, but the food seemed to a funny mish-mash of some parts being a bit overcooked (the hen) and other parts being under-cooked (the duck and the brussel sprouts, which were hard). Perhaps they were overwhelmed for the number of people on a holiday weekend, but we expected more. They kindly sent us desserts on the house because we waited so long for our meals. The flavors of the dishes were quite nice - if only the timeliness were better and more attention paid to whether the components of each dish were properly cooked, it would be an excellent choice.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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