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“Usually excellent”

Allium Restaurant & Bar
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: American, Contemporary, Gastropub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Main Street
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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.
Reviewed October 21, 2016

Thus is my favorite restaurant in Gt. Barrington. The small plates allow you to sample several dishes and the fried red onion rings and fish tacos are favorites. Last night the tacos weren't nearly as good as usual which was disappointing. Consistency is important and it is not always there at Allium. The servers could be better trained to not clear until everyone at the table is finished. It's not cheap but the food is well conceived and balanced. Just hope that the chef doesn't have the night off.

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Thank 99GB
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Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

Allium has a simple, but delicious menu. One solid option- their hamburger. Another route- pick a few smaller portions and share. Kale salad really fresh! Easy, laid back atmosphere. More parking spaces around back.

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Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

Hen of the woods mushroom followed by kale salad and light battered fried chicken. Most amazing biscuit as was crunchy on outside and moist inside with wonderful flavors. Great wines as well. Fresh food and wonderful combinations.

Thank mauracurry
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Reviewed October 4, 2016

We tried the Allium on a recent Saturday evening, our first time in this restaurant in downtown Great Barrington. Few patrons, perhaps too few for 6:00 PM on an early October weekend in the central Berkshire region. With no reservations, we were seated at a small table in the nearly empty dining area near the bar. We ordered drinks and perused the menus. Server said there were specials, but then oddly left without sharing details. Server returned in a few minutes with drinks, and revealed the specials, which were uninteresting and did not seem very special as described. Server answered a couple questions and took our orders for salads, small plates and one entree from the menu. The empty bar and dining area were belied by the slowly upward creep of the volume of a mis-placed soundtrack of a live Johnny Cash concert, much too loud and much too brash for a dinner-time upscale dining room - conversation being nearly impossible. With no tender on hand, I chased down our server and requested that the volume be reduced, if not the offering replaced with something more appropriate. Server responded "of course" but only the volume was adjusted. Songs of prison and doing hard time don't mix well with an attempted romantic dinner setting, generally speaking.

Salads and small plates were served contemporaneously with entree. Kale salad and ( slightly over-) roasted " hen-of-the-woods" wild mushrooms were delightful. Pasta entree with winter squash was enticing, although the pre-al dente pasta was not quite toothsome, and the namesake squash was disappointingly under-represented on the plate, although the wild mushrooms were delightful nuggets in the mix. Requested grind of black pepper did not materialize, as server was not interested in follow-through...had to track her down and repeat my request, which was eventually fulfilled with a barely functional grinder.

We skipped coffee and dessert, with leftover home made apple crisp awaiting us at home. Perhaps the fresh kale, cherry tomatos, squash and leeks from the home garden would have been more satisfying in the first place, with a fully functional pepper grinder readily at hand?

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Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

Allium was very busy on the night we ate there, midweek after Labor Day. The menu featured small plates and entrees but not very many of each, so we had a bit of trouble finding something that sounded good to us. The entree we chose was nicely done, oven-roasted trout, split and deboned and stuffed with lemon, which was served sprinkled with sea salt atop a bed of delicious roasted delicata squash and arugula. This was quite good. The house salad was described as having radishes and pepita. The greens were freshly picked but there were two minuscule slivers of radish and no pumpkin seeds at all. The vinaigrette, however, was a very flavorful light one with just a hint of sweetness. My husband's iced tea was served in a Pilsner glass from the bar and he was charged for each refill. The menu stated that if you wanted bread you had to ask for it. Those two things seemed a bit mean-spirited given the prices of entrees ($28 for the trout) and small plates. Service was very inattentive; the meal was over before I could get my water glass refilled. The restaurant was lively and modern in ambiance but a bit loud. In summary, the food was good but prices seemed a bit high for the experience delivered.

Thank CarolinaBecky
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