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“Split personality (a good thing)”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hops and Vines

Hops and Vines
Ranked #8 of 47 Restaurants in Williamstown
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: American, Bar, Wine Bar
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Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Main Street
Description: Located in scenic Williamstown, in the heart of the Berkshires, Hops and Vines features both casual and formal dining rooms. The "Hops" beer garden provides a classic beer garden experience with an approachable, casual environment perfect for family style seating or group dining. The "Vines" Brasserie is a formal dining room with comfortable, elegant seating and top level service. Hops & Vines offers modern takes on comfort food with exciting twists on classically inspired French Brasserie Cuisine in a New American Menu. Complementing our cuisine - is a full bar, specialty cocktails, craft beers on draught and a discerning wine list. For a one of a kind dining experience, step in to our Chef's Tasting Room and dine at our Chef's Table where our Executive Chef,will create unique pairings of food and wine.
Newbury, Massachusetts
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122 reviews
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“Split personality (a good thing)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

On a trip to the Berkshires last week while touring Mass MoCA in North Adams we met a gentleman who lives part of the year in Williamstown where we would be staying the next two nights. His recommendation for the best restaurant was Hops and Vines and we certainly weren't disappointed with the choice. Essentially two eateries in one, Hops appears to be a beer-garden with picnic tables and communal seating, while Vines is a brasserie and geared to wine. (There is a Hops pub menu, but evidently the Vines dinner menu can also be ordered there.)

We opted for dinner at the Vines portion and started with the Bacon and Nut Brittle (mixed nuts and crumbled black pepper and maple bacon) which we rated as good, but our entrees were excellent. Their meats are local from Vermont Family Farms, the pork pasture-raised and finished with vegetable feed; the grilled pork loin was over the top. Also, their "lamb chop" turned out to be two ample chops, done perfectly. My wife and I shared the Coffee and Donuts dessert, tiny donuts with an espresso dipping sauce, giving it a good rating.

They have an extensive wine list, but we ordered by the glass and our server came back for another selection as the first I ordered wasn't available. A minor point knock-off. Otherwise the service was excellent, prompt and friendly. We would definitely return if again in the area.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
“Solid!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

This is the go to place for a day trip to Williamstown. They are open for lunch, unlike most of the other serious restaurants in this college town. We did the Clark and headed here for lunch before going to the Williamstown Theater Fest. It was a nice interlude to the culture. They have a lovely outdoor garden, but the tables are rather rickety, so we opted for indoors, where the tables are large and well spaced. The music is well chosen, the greeting warm and accommodating, and the service friendly and efficient. They have a nice international wine list, and a HUGE beer selection. The menu is nicely varied, and the food is delicious, clever, and healthy. We were not terribly hungry, so we shared a few things, and they split all the dishes for us in the kitchen.

  • Visited August 2013
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New Jersey
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“Sublime”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

A fantastic meal. Beer Garden, a lovely yet informal outdoor setting. Food is creative and wonderfully prepared. Standout dishes include the Bacon Nut Brittle, the Brandade, the Beet "felafel", and the Pork Loin. Signature cocktails a great value (Margarita=$5).

Only flaw was the service. Took quite a while to get the mains, over 45 mins. Anything requested took either a long time or a second request. However, the waitress was so friendly and charming it was hard to get annoyed about the service. We got a bit edgy as we had to make the theater. We had allowed 2 hours for dinner, so it was a good thing we did!

But the food was wonderful!

  • Visited August 2013
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NYC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Wonderful upscale sport”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013

We very much enjoyed this sophisticated chef driven restaurant with lovely outside seating. All our food was delicious and beautifully presented. My husband had a sushi grade ahi tuna special while I had seared scallops. Great wine options along with many craft beers. Would definitely return.

Visited August 2013
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Providence, Rhode Island
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“Excellent service, some excellent, some not so excellent food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

Every member of the staff proved extemely solicitous and helpful even though the restaurant had a large function in the main (or other) room. I had a very stingy heirloom tomato salad — 4-5 thin slices of a tomato — and a generous serving of a rich cheese appetizer as my main course. When I needed more bread, they brought a set of fresh toast. My wife had the very smallest and toughest chicken she'd ever had (and she likes chicken dishes), though this was probably an anomaly, because friends who live in Williamstown and who are real foodies were (1) shocked at this report, (2) ate there the next night and had excellent meals. They have a brilliant idea for desserts — a single small, but certainly adequate, scoop of ice cream with hot fudge for just $2.00 — just enough after a rich meal. If we return to Williamstown, we shall certainly eat here again.

Visited August 2013
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