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“Improving, but still has a way to go”
Review of MRKT Restaurant - CLOSED

MRKT Restaurant
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Surrounded by the quality farms of Western Massachusetts and Vermont, MRKT Restaurant is well positioned to bring in fresh, local produce. We believe that food should not only be delicious, but also healthy and high-quality. MRKT offers an intimate, fine-dining experience that food lovers everywhere will enjoy!
Massachusetts
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83 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Improving, but still has a way to go”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

Four of us ate recently here and had two different reactions: very good to so-so. The plus side first: Our server was attentive, knew the menu, and answered questions with ease. Our water glasses were filled without asking, and we were given more bread when we asked for it - both improvements from reviews on other sites. We all loved our first courses from the sautéed brussel sprouts to the beet salad to the steak tartare. All were prepared from deliciously fresh ingredients, attractively presented, and served within a reasonable amount of time. The main courses, however, were very uneven: The fish was overcooked, barely warm, and had bones still in it (not acceptable for the price it cost), the scallops were excellent, and the pork was heavily - and I mean heavily - salted. In fact, all of our main courses were too salty - don't know if the chef uses finishing salts or just adds too much to the dish. (Perhaps little salt dishes could be put on the tables for diners to use as they wish?) Only one of us had dessert, but it was superb - a rich chocolate creation! The prices are a bit high for this area - especially since there is yet no liquor license and since there are still quality issues (at least in terms of seasoning and seafood preparation). The night we were there, only 9 or so others were dining. We really, really would love for this restaurant to survive b/c fresh food (farm to table) is a great concept, the ambiance of the restaurant is lovely (a few new updates since the previous owners left - and a really nice bar... awaiting its liquor), and the staff is working to get out the kinks. But, until the overall quality of the experience equals the $45-$55 per person cost, we'll wait to return. Will look forward to reading reviews that reflect continued improvement.

  • Visited January 2013
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English first
Western Massachusetts
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Stingy and overpriced”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

Granted this restaurant may need some time to work out it's bugs, but to have to pay to get bread from the bakery next door, when you are laying nearly $90 a couple without alcohol, dessert or coffee is simply not acceptable to me. They have retained the pretty and sophisticated ambiance of the previous restaurants on the site, but the service was uninspired at best and not really very helpful or solicitous. The roasted cod was lovely, but unfortunately the little turnips in the sauce/garnish were cold. I was not crazy about the cornichons chopped into the beef tartare. The duck confit risotto was good and the portions were a reasonable size for the fairly high prices. I applaud their use of fresh local ingredients, and attempts at creative cuisine, but this new eatery has a long long way to go to be anywhere near what their prices deserve.

  • Visited January 2013
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massachusetts
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206 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“This will be one of the best restaurants in the Valley!”
Reviewed November 23, 2012

We had dinner at MRKT tonight and it was delicious! We started with the beet salad which had a hidden bottom layer of pesto. It was the perfect size to share. We each had the cod which was served on a bed of quinoa risotto with radish and arugula. It was the best cod we have had in recent memory. It was a thick, sweet and meaty piece of fish. The restaurant is BYOB right now but they hope to have their license in a few weeks and we predict that they will be very busy. It is great to have the Del Rey chef back in the valley! We look forward to many more good meals there.

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