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“Great market....but some annoyances”
Review of Wild Oats Market

Wild Oats Market
Ranked #12 of 48 Restaurants in Williamstown
Description: A full-service grocery and cafe specializing in local, organic and whole foods. We offer a bakery, deli, craft beer and wine and catering services. Enjoy prepared foods to-go, including sandwiches, soups and salads or the daily specials on our hot bar.
Restaurant details
Description: A full-service grocery and cafe specializing in local, organic and whole foods. We offer a bakery, deli, craft beer and wine and catering services. Enjoy prepared foods to-go, including sandwiches, soups and salads or the daily specials on our hot bar.
Williamstown, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
157 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Great market....but some annoyances”
Reviewed August 19, 2014

The quality of the food and selection of healthy, organic, locally grown products is first-rate. The dining area is clean and pleasant, and almost all of the personnel are cheery and helpful. The breads that are made on the premises are exceptional and are alone reason enough to make regular visits to the store. But it is the dining experience I wish to comment on.

Wild Oats features a hot and cold salad bar with some fine, fresh offerings that one can take out or enjoy in the low key and inviting dining section by the windows. I wish that the hot entrees had more variety on a day to day basis. Tofu and unboned chicken in rather unvarying sauces are not tempting and are the usual culprits. When dishes like eggplant Parmesan make a rare appearance they are most welcome. And while I love the curried chicken or turkey sandwiches, that area could use more variety as well. Soups are usually quite hearty (except when selfish customers drain out the broth and and fill their containers with the vegetables, beans and meats)

My main criticism is that while almost the entire staff are professional and courteous, I hate the experience of dining there when two of the young male workers are on duty. These two oafs conduct themselves as if they are in Animal House. Perhaps they are taking the first name of the establishment as an excuse to indulge in their loud, intrusive rants, songs and other assorted noises more appropriate to oat-eaters on a farm. The other night, I almost spilled my drink when one of them burst out of a door behind me singing like an out of tune Yahoo.

  • Visited August 2014
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English first
home
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Good variety of items”
Reviewed August 15, 2014

Fresh produce and baked items, cheeses and wines. On the pricey side, but the wines are quite reasonably priced. Conveniently located.

Visited August 2014
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Thank peterseremet
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Pick up a picnic and bottle of wine”
Reviewed August 11, 2014

Really nice market along the motel row of the highway. Walked there to get dinner-cheeses, fresh bread, specialty sandwich treats and wine. Nice people, upscale picnic components.

Visited July 2014
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Thank T_Andrea2014
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Boston
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Better than Whole Foods”
Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

Great selection of prepared foods. Good for a picnic at Tanglewood.

This place is compact but filled with everything you need. Lots of healthy choices but high quality treats too. Good local product selection also.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank EastBostonGuy
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Eastern Shore, MD
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Healthful food”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

We visited the Wild Oats three time to buy dinner. Once we ate "in" and the other two times we ate in the garden area of our motel across the street.

Visited July 2014
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Thank smittyhatboro
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