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The Sierra Grille
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 21
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
41 Strong Ave
phone: (413) 584-1150
(Place added by: OBCT on 08-10-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 25 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
With the daughter now in school in Western MA, we're finding ourselves in the Amherst-Northampton area much more often, to the point that we needed a change from the two towns' respective (and respectable) brewpubs. We are so glad we checked out BA and found the Sierra Grille.
Last Sunday, we stopped in (with a younger daughter) for an early dinner. We were seated in the almost-empty rear dining room, which steadily filled as our visit progressed. The atmosphere was both upscale and relaxed, though my daughter found the wooden booths uncomfortable.
As others have noted, the beer selection is top-notch. We enjoyed Stone Lucky Bastard, Green Flash IPA, O'Hara's Celtic Stout and a Belgian red. It's great that they offer half-pints - that's my kind of beer sampler! I also liked the inclusion of local beers at very reasonable prices. If I were passing an afternoon at the bar with friends, the BBC Steel Rail ($2 for 8 oz., $3.50 for 20 oz.) makes a great session beer. Wines are also offered in a range of portion sizes, a great idea I wish more restaurants offered.
From previous reviews, we were prepared for the mix-and-match entree format of the menu. The servers clearly are very used to explaining it to first-time customers. We passed on the entrees and shared selections from the small plate and specials menus. When we ordered the house-smoked salmon plate, the server reminded us that they has a gravlox (cured, rather than smoked, salmon) special that night, and it was delicious. We also shared the slow-roasted pork shank, which was dressed in a light barbecue sauce that didn't overwhelm the flavor of the meat. My daughter loved the drunken chicken sliders. The food highlight, though, was the duck confit panini, which included a healthy portion of duck meat with arugula and goat cheese grilled in artisanal bread.
Prices for food and beer are very reasonable. Dinner for three, with a variety of beers for two, and dessert for one, for under $60! The service was also great. Our server invited our questions about both the food and the beer, and clearly knew his way around both menus. We will definitely be going back to Sierra Grille!
11-30-2010 16:19:18 |
More by quincyships
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visit date 3/10/07
The Sierra Grille is my new favorite restaurant.
As a connoisseur of craft beers, I find that going to a new restaurant can often be a bit of a crapshoot. I like to enjoy a beer or two with my meal, and many restaurants stock only bland macro-brews. I generally consider myself lucky to find just *one* beer that I like on tap at a given restaurant. Just sitting down at my table and seeing the beer list was awesome, knowing how much the owner of the Sierra Grille must care about beer to assemble a lineup like that. 18 beers on tap, all of them quality craft beers.
The list leans heavily towards Belgian or Belgian-style beers, with approximately half of the list being comprised of these. (Bonbon's review has most of the beers that were there during my visit). I started my dinner off with a Chimay Tripel. I followed this up with a Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, which went quite well the Thai sauce on my duck. Unfortunately, I did not have time for a third drink.
Food: Very good. Put it this way: Three members of my party weren't BAs (and one even had wine instead of beer) and they all came away very impressed with the restaurant.
The menu is very creative. I would recommend checking out the restaurant's website to get a better sense of this. The Belgian fries deserve mentioning. I chose the fries with duck gravy as one of my sides (each meal comes with two). Delicious.
Other: Service was good, atmosphere was fine, prices were reasonable given the high quality. Entrees run $15-20. Beers are very reasonable as well, at around $4-6 a pint.
Bottom line: The Sierra Grille is definitely worth a trip for the food alone. But if you love beer (and I'm guessing you do, seeing as you're reading this review on beeradvocate.com), I cannot think of a better place to get a meal.
03-12-2007 20:52:05 |
More by OldTex29
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Simply amazing. My favorite spot in the city only seems to get better as time goes. They rotate taps fast enough it seems that each week I go in they have something new. Being a frequent visitor I have become accustomed to amazing karma-like atmosphere that has me coming back very often. They recently just put on the sixpoint obama tribute amber/red ale which was amazing but they keep their 20 taps fresh each week. Service is outstanding, the bartenders are friendly and sociable. The owner is a stand out guy who knows what people in this area want. The food is great for the money, small plates and the fries are top notch. The beer dinner each month are spectacular, I believe Southern Tier is up for April (can't wait!) It's a must for anyone in the area to try out
03-27-2008 23:02:40 |
More by Cakanator
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I were in Northampton to visit the Dirty Truth. Since it was closed, we wandered down the street to the Sierra Grille. How lucky for us.
The beer selection, though limited, had no real throwaways. It seemed everything we tried was at the very least interesting. The highlight had to be Southern Tier's Creme Brulee Stout. We started with it and finished with it in place of coffee with dessert.
Most of the beers were served in appropriate glassware. The bar also offers half pints of many of the beers to allow for more variety.
The food was exceptional with a variety of sauces prepared in house. Selections range from pub food (my wife says the pork panini is the best she ever had) to full entrees. They allow you to mix and match foods with sauces. This might be a little gimmicky but it leaves you no reason to complain. Hell, they even made asparagus taste good.
We sat at the bar. Service was great and our bartender was able to answer all of our questions.
We will definitely be making the 2 hour drive to visit this place again.
02-17-2010 23:29:30 |
More by mummy178
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Stone Beer Dinner at The Sierra Grille.
-Rabbit Stew paired with Stone Vertical Epic 08
-Thai Shrimp paired with Stone IPA
-Ground Boar Enchilada with a mole sauce paired with Stone 12th Anniversary
-Lamb Shank, white beans, brussel sprouts paired with Stone Double Bastard
-Baklavah paired with Stone Old Guardian
Exceptional to say the least. I have been to beer dinners before but these pairings were amazing. It is obvious that the owners and the kitchen staff take these dinners very seriously and it shows in the uniqueness and quality of the food. I would highly recommend this establishment not only for a beer dinner but also for a regular night out. I live only twenty minutes away from The Sierra Grille but I would gladly drive 2 hours to make the next beer dinner. I love this place and I can't wait to go back!
12-03-2008 14:59:19 |
More by patsliquor
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