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“One for the "Plus" column”
Review of Hops and Vines

Hops and Vines
Ranked #9 of 48 Restaurants in Williamstown
Price range: $20 - $30
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
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.
Reviewed April 29, 2014

We had been hesitant to try Hops and Vines because of mixed reviews, but a generous gift certificate could not be ignored. We were seated immediately and ordered drinks while waiting for friends. Everything that followed was just short of perfect. Nice wine, not your everyday food - I mean that in a good way - even the dessert brownie was special. It was a bit loud at times, but our waitress was attentive enough to be around when needed, and the only real faux pas was getting soup but no soup spoon. Considering the cutlery ballet that takes place, that shouldn't have happened.
We'll certainly return. As frequent cruisers we've gotten spoiled by "fine dining" and Hops and Vines measures up.

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Thank Howie L
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Reviewed March 23, 2014

Last evening we had a birthday celebration dinner with our daughter and her friend (and their friends) and were blown away by not only the amazing food but also the service. Our waiter was well versed and attentive without being overbearing. All six of us felt our meals were some of the best we've ever had - anywhere! The desert pastries were lovely and just enough to top of the an incredible dinner. We ate in the more formal side of the restaurant and found it to be warm and comfortable. This was our first visit but it certainly won't be our last!

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Thank EffieMay
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

My wife and I almost fell over when we were served the most pretentious looking fish dinner we have ever seen. We didn't know whether to laugh because it was so stupid and preten-
tious or cry because it was so stupid and vacuous, We looked at each other, our hopes for a great meal dashed! We were jilted.
.There is nothing more disappointing then faux European, absurd minimalist plating compositions on dramatically oversized plates containing dehydrated bland contents, or, what they called dinner.

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4  Thank Zhee S
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Reviewed January 24, 2014

This is our backup place in Williamstown and we've had some decent meals here. But tonight the wait staff was very intrusive and hovering and kept coming buy the table to fuss over pouring water, wine, making sure we had no questions about the menu, etc. to the point of interrupting the flow of conversation several times. Very annoying. The red pepper dip was superb, my wife scallops were good, and my pro loin dish was extremely dried out and uninteresting. A very disappointing evening. I doubt we'll be back soon. Mezze is a far better choice if you're in Williamstown or Gramercy Bistro in North Adams.

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2  Thank Stephen W
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Michelle F, Manager at Hops and Vines, responded to this reviewResponded January 30, 2014

Thank you for your honest review of our restaurant. I am sorry that you and your wife didn't enjoy your experience here last week. We take great pride in our service and food quality and presentation. I sincerely hope that you choose to give us another shot, and we will make sure to provide the high service and cuisine level that you have experienced in the past.

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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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1  Thank RHM-64
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