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17 Railroad St, Great Barrington, MA 01230-1577
+1 413-528-4343
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible8%
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“sashimi” (14 reviews)
“hijiki” (5 reviews)
“katsu” (5 reviews)
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Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Healthy, Gluten Free Options
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17 Railroad St, Great Barrington, MA 01230-1577
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Reviewed 6 January 2016

Because of it's convenient location in the center of Great Barrington, because I often get a hankering for sushi, and because the staff was welcoming and they draw a nice crowd. BUT... food just wasn't that good. We tried a couple of the special sushi...More

Thank Bookistan5
Reviewed 27 December 2015

We travel from Albany to Great Barrington to enjoy all that it has to offer; however, the main attraction is Bizen. Since discovering this gem shortly after since its opening, we dine there regularly and have never been disappointed! It is our favorite restaurant and...More

Thank adgold3261
Reviewed 15 December 2015

Nothing special about Bizen. Food is OK, but uninspired. Sushi maybe slightly above average. Service could be better. Unless you're dying for Japanese food, you won't miss much by skipping this one.More

Thank esmith2112
bizensushi, Owner at Bizen, responded to this reviewResponded 16 December 2015

Dear esmith 2112 I'm sorry to read the two lines of your profound critique where you so cavalierly dismissed 20 years of a restaurant's existence. What goes into a restaurant to make it great? What is omitted to render it'nothing special'? Do you even understand...More

Reviewed 15 December 2015

I've been going to Bizen for over 15 years. There was a time where I was concerned with the quality and direction of restaurant but it's like a rebirth, this place has never been better. The owner is great and socialized with his guests.

Thank Flashy73
Reviewed 19 November 2015 via mobile

Not pretentious. Amazing menu. Yellow tail cheeks, oh my! Has a tuna salad and seafood tempura and a good high end room temp saki . Life is good !

Thank Mms1952
Reviewed 14 November 2015 via mobile

Very crowded on a Sat evening. Family of 4 thin people - we were squished between 2 tables, and the waitress had to keep moving my husband to serve another table. The service was slow. Clearly they did not have enough wait staff to cover...More

Thank lpaustian
bizensushi, Owner at Bizen, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2015

I valued very much your critique of Bizen and want to acknowledge your disappointment for the experience you had. Since you referenced every failure and weakness from service to seating to quality I can only share this review with my staff in hope of improving...More

Reviewed 30 October 2015

A lovely place with a wide variety of Japanese foods including sushi and sashimi, but tons of other offerings too.

Thank hippocrates38
Reviewed 28 October 2015

My job consistently takes new job candidates to Bizen. The atmosphere is great, the food is great, and the service is great. I wish my husband liked sushi enough to go more often!

Thank Thetis_In_Winter
Reviewed 21 October 2015

Love Bizen! Have been a patron for over 15 years. Food is always fabulous. We have a few wait staff that we love (have been there a long time and know what we like). As in most sushi restaurants, sushi comes out when it is...More

Thank EcoM8s
bizensushi, Owner at Bizen, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2015

Dear EcoM8s I want to sincerely thank you for taking the time to write a review of Bizen and really appreciate that you have had a positive experience with both the cuisine and staff. It means even more to me that deducing from your ecological...More

Reviewed 11 October 2015

Excellent sushi spot on Railroad Street with great menu and friendly owner-chef. Ordered festive roe sushi, miso and dumplings. Highly recommended. Lovely decor. If I lived locally I'd be a regular.

Thank OperaGirlNYC
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Response from Neil B | Reviewed this property |
Not much for them to eat here. Staff was not very accommodating for adjustments to menu

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 40
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 Railroad St, Great Barrington, MA 01230-1577
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Berkshires  >  Great Barrington
  • Phone Number: +1 413-528-4343
Japanese Gourmet Restaurant, Sushi Bar, Robata Charcoal Grill, Kaiseki-traditional Cuisine of the Japenese Tea Ceremony, private Tea Ceremonies, Bizen Pottery Gallery
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