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17 Railroad St, Great Barrington, MA 01230-1577
+1 413-528-4343
12:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 12:00 - 21:30
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 22:00
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New York City, New York
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 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
North Bay Village, Florida
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102 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2015

Was really looking forward to some good sushi and was very underwhelmed. Perhaps the rolls and other items may have been better.

Thank SalGold
bizensushi, Owner at Bizen, responded to this review

Dear Sal.Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your experience at Bizen. As the owner, I would just like to say the"Okay I guess" as a reaction to Bizen Sushi is simply 'Not Okay'. Not that I would question your opinion or undervalue your personal experience but from the point of view of my restaurant it... More 

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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015

We've been going here since the late 1990s soon after they first opened, and always stop in at least once a year now that we've moved out of State. Michael, the owner, artist, and head chef is great and ensures quality is maintained throughout your experience. Delicious food, raw or cooked, is the norm, and the Hijiki Salad is a... More 

Thank aaronlife
Brooklyn, New York, USA
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2015 via mobile

Quite possibly the best sushi we have ever eaten. Great rolls. Wonderful warm hot sake on a rainy night and attentive device. A must when you are in this area.

Thank philbecke
Wolcott, Connecticut
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104 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015

We've dined here many times and the food is always excellent including items from the raw bar, sushi and entrees. Our favorite dish is the Chilean Sea Bass with maple syrup. The only issue we consistently have is dealing with wait staff. On our last visit the waiter was (or seemed) annoyed with questions about the menu. We are easy... More 

1 Thank rossclaudine
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015 via mobile

Bizen is absolutely incredible, it is unlike any sushi restaurant I have ever been to before and still remains my favorite year after year.

Thank RandomName1234
Great Barrington, Massachusetts
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25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2015

There are other sushi places in town, they're ok, but Bizen is amazing. To me it's a spiritual experience to eat there. You could be having fine day, and the food from Bizen will elevate you to the next harmonic level of enlightenment.

Thank MonksVoicecom
Stockbridge, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015

By far the very best sushi in the Berkshires. Can get crowded, with the seating tight, but that is a testament to how good the food is. The staff could be a bit friendlier, but overall they do a good job.

Thank Carolyn G
Snohomish, Washington
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138 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2015

Bizen has a wide variety of sushi and sashimi choices, along with an extensive sake and other beverages list. All of our dishes were well-prepared and very nicely-presented. Most of the tableware was made by the owner in his traditional wood-fired kiln. This restaurant can get very crowded at dinnertime, resulting in a line to get in (even when having... More 

Thank ALFriedman
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65 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015

I LOVE the sushi here, and I strongly recommend going omakase, letting the chef choose. The owner takes the art of sushi quite seriously. Lots of non-sushi options as well. If you have celiac and must eat gluten free, this place is a haven. I had the tempura on my last visit because it was there, and it was fabulous.

1 Thank Abbe C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Healthy
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?