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"A true hidden gem"
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2. Outdoor Dining
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3. Great food, Great view
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About
The Deck at The Alvah Stone is Now Open for Take Out. Enjoy Outdoor Food and Drink, Waterfall Views and Fresh Air. We are offering Take Out Food, Beer and Wine which you are welcome to enjoy on our beautiful deck. We also have a full bar with craft cocktails available should you decide to dine here on the deck with your Take Out. The Alvah Stone is an authentic American restaurant and bar open in the historic Montague Bookmill. Our space is a comfortable neighborhood joint with strong ties to the community and to local farms. Our goal is simplicity executed perfectly.
PRICE RANGE
$4 - $19
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
American, Bar, Healthy
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards, Waterfront, Dog Friendly, Non-smoking restaurants
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Reviewed November 8, 2019

This quaint, upscale gem is under the Montague Bookmill, and couldn't be in a better location. The food is delicious, plated beautifully and highlights local product. Small plates are great and all, but just get the tasting menu. The portions are great, the meal is...filling, and it feels like a bargain to boot. The eggplant with tahina and sour cherries was a stand out, as was the lentil soup. We skipped dessert because we were full, but that apple cake looked really good. Get thee to the woods!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 14, 2019

This was our second visit to the Alvah Stone. It's a jewel. During the day you can sit on the terrace overlooking the mill stream, in the evening there is a cozy dining room. Greenfield and Shelburne Falls have a lot of good pub-like establishments....The Alva Stone is different. The food is more sophisticated, expertly prepared, and intended for sharing. Each item is like a large tapas plate, so the average person might order two to make a dinner, and a couple could then share four different dishes. We had a) burrata, b) scallops, c) gnocchi, and d) cole slaw. All were fresh, excellent, and prepared differently from what we've seen anywhere else. The bar is also varied and well-chosen. I wish I had taken some pictures because each plate was a little masterpiece. You will be impressed.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 5, 2019

What a gem - gourmet at great price - unique setting - staff top notch - you have to try " the feast" four course prix fix with chefs creations of the day - can't wait to find an excuse to go to western mass

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed August 19, 2019

I had read good reviews here on TripAdvisor and had planned to go to the artists' gallery and to visit the Alvah Stone for lunch 2 weeks ago on a Tuesday. I read on their website that they were closed for lunch on Tuesday and...Wednesday so we postponed our visit until today, a Monday. The person I was meeting checked on Facebook and I had also looked at Google Reviews and TripAdvisor, which confirmed that lunch was available today. I arrived about 20 minutes earlier than my companion to stop at the art gallery but it was closed until 12 noon. I walked along the boardwalk and noticed a few other people walking around. Someone came out of the restaurant and went back in again, so it appeared to be open. I noticed that the gallery had opened and walked up to browse inside while I was waiting. At 12 noon, the person I was meeting arrived. We walked in back of the gallery towards the Alvah Stone, and, as we started down the path, I noticed 2 signs and commented that it was a good thing we had not come last week because they had been closed for the week. I also commented that we should have come 2 weeks ago because the other sign read that lunch was served M-F 12-2, so that Tuesday we had hoped to come 2 weeks earlier should have worked. It was only a couple minutes past noon and there was no one in the restaurant when we arrived. We could hear someone downstairs singing. Thinking they would soon be up, we waited almost 10 minutes before walking out and returning a few minutes later. Still, there was no one on the main floor of the restaurant but we could still hear the singing. I shouted downstairs and a woman came up and told us that the restaurant was not open for lunch. I told her that the luncheon hours were posted on the website, on Facebook, and on a sign by the entrance to the boardwalk and that if they were not open as advertised, they needed to update the information. I had driven from Chicopee 30 miles (45 minutes) each way plus wasted at least another half hour because the hours posted outside said they were open and they had left the door to their "closed" restaurant unlocked. Right by the door, near where someone would wait for seating, were unopened bottles of wine on a shelf that anyone could have walked off with. I wasted 2 hours of my time and drove 60 miles round trip because a business didn't take the time to update their website or the signs posted by their entrance. I will not return.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 10, 2019 via mobile

Visited Alvah Stone for the first time today and it definitely won’t be my last. I’m sitting here typing this review thinking...would it be really weird if I went back and ate dinner there tonight when I was just their enjoying brunch a few hours...ago? What an amazing experience. I was looking for a bit of rest and relaxation after a super stressful week and this was the perfect place to go. Situated in a compact complex of old buildings that used to be a former mill way back when, the Alvah Stone’s atmosphere is casual and comfortable with plenty of seating on the deck in seasonal weather and cozy spots inside by the fire place. The calming sound of rushing water can be heard everywhere. The brunch menu was impressive. You pick a starter and a main entree of the prix fixe menu with a price of $24 per person. The cocktail selection was creative and there were plenty of non-alcohol beverages as well. I picked the curried corn soup made with coconut milk. I’m not usually a big fan of chilled soups, but this my friends, was outstanding. Velvety smooth with the sweet taste of corn and a bit of a kick from the curry/chili spices. I thought about licking the bowl to get every drop, but restrained myself because there were other diners on the deck. My entree was the escarole caesar salad with heaps of pungent provolone, crisp bits of pine nuts, the essence of anchovies, and a back note of lemon. It was excellent, but I spied other diners’ burger and the smoked salmon rosti and thought next time I’m tossing my notion to eat lots of veggies out the window. I managed to check out the dessert menu and was convinced to try the salted caramel custard with a cappuccino as a kicker. It was just the right size with a butterfly/salty/sweet combo that worked to finish out my meal. Come for the meal, but sit and linger. Stroll around this old mill complex and visit the Book Mill. Stacks and stacks of books for your perusing. Grab a comfy seat and read for a few minutes. It’s strongly encouraged and there are plenty eclectic seating nooks there to settle into. There’s also a great art studio. I found a couple of handcrafted, one-of-a kind gifts there to tuck away for the holidays.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 30, 2019

Returned for a Saturday evening meal on the deck, which can't be beat on a nice day. Shared 5 plates including dessert and all were fantastic. Service was right on with some suggestions from Lauren when ordering and then the entire team serving during our...meal. Timing of delivery of the varied plates is important and the staff did a great job with that. Signature drink selection was varied and enjoyed the Montague Ice Tea. Finished with a great dessert and coffee, which I can be particular about, but was freshly brewed and bold finishing off a great evening.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 29, 2019

On a hot day, great place to rest after browsing the shops in the mill. Everyone on the staff were very friendly, offering different options. Very hospitable. Love this place.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 20, 2019

Despite a few poor reviews on this site, my friend and I had a totally wonderful experience at 5:30 on a hot Friday night. Fabulous, fresh food and caring service from the top down. We shared 4 plates plus a dessert, had 2 amazing cocktails,...constantly refilled water, and walked away for $53 each including tip for incredible food. Not inexpensive, not outrageous, and totally worth it. We shared the amazing brown butter cornbread, a summer fresh veggie salad, the sauteed shrimp and the gnocchi, plus a custard dessert and walked away full and happy. Gnocchi can be hard to do right and this was SO right. We'll be back!More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 19, 2019

The Alvah Stone sits in an amazing location, at an old mill beside a river, with rushing water refreshing the air, trees and birdsong. It is a lovely spot. But the chef has not gotten the message that uber fatty, gooey foods are not especially...popular today. The Escarole salad I had was made with beautiful ingredients, and then drowned in an over-bearing dressing. Less than one quarter of that amount of dressing would have worked very well. Instead, the little pond of dressing ruined the salad. I had to drain it through the tines of my form to make it edible. The "grilled eggplant," unrecognizable, was so covered with creamy goo that it was hard to eat. It actually seemed like a real kitchen mistake. I can't recommend strongly enough against ordering that. It's actually nasty. My father-in-law's hamburger was fine, and he enjoyed it. The cornbread came with bacon butter. Bacon butter? Too clever by half. The four shrimp served to my mother in law were fine, though I could have done better. The crispy potato wedge was heavily saturated with fat. Why? My Carolina barbecue chicken was adequate. Vegetarians suffer at Alvah Stone, and there is very little on the menu for them. Vegans will die there. The espresso was the sourest espresso I have been served in a long time. Plan far ahead to go to Alvah Stone. And then go somewhere else. This is too beautiful a place to see disappear. But keeping the Alvah Stone going will require a menu that works far better than what is currently on offer.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 17, 2019

Although folks have been telling me I should hit this place for a while, a combination or finances and the remoteness of Montague (which i know well, having run a record store in this very building for two years in the '90s) conspired against my...visiting. But my wife had a birthday last week. She had been to The Alvah Stone earlier this year with a pal and had been blown away by the food. When asked, she said THIS was where she wanted to go, so what the heck? And I'm so glad we hit it. We ended up taking our server's advice, and checking out the "chef's choice," option, which is basically a tasting menu for $40 (per person). My wife stays away from gluten, so they took that into account and served up an insanely great selection of small plates in all sorts of guises. Beautifully chosen and presented, it was a LOT of food for the price, and made for an exceptionally fun evening. With several drinks and dessert, it ran $125, which is about a quarter of what I paid for the last tasting menu I enjoyed of this calibre, We wanted to sit out on the deck, both for the sights/sounds of the river, and also to enjoy the warm evening. They do no accept reservations specifically for the outdoors. It's first come first serve. We made our reservation on the early side and had a choice of several sweet outdoor spots, but as the place filled up I'm sure there were some disappointments. Much of this is due to the fact that it's such a gorgeous setting you really just want to linger. But we eventually cleared out and yielded our table, so if you get there and naught is available, have patience. Anyway, I have eaten at every iteration of every restaurant that has ever been in this building, and I can say -- without equivocation -- that The Alvah Stone takes thing to a new level. I've read that some people have had service issues, but we had absolutely first class service on every level. So I do not believe it is systematic, None of the friends I've spoken to who frequent the place have made mention of it, but -- as we all know -- things happen. I can only reiterate that if I had the dough, I would be a regular.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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This is a very nice restaurant, although there is an outdoor deck where people eat in fair weather, so I wouldn't expect it to be a place where you could bring a pet.
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