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17 Railroad St, Great Barrington, MA 01230-1577
+1 413-528-4343
12:00 - 21:30
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Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to go to Bizen in spite of mixed reviews just to see for ourselves if the restaurant is as excellent or as bad as some people say. After the visit I would definitely side with the people who wrote very positive reviews. We enjoyed the service, as the waiter was very sweet, funny as attentive to our requests.... More 

Thank Ekaterina M
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've spent many years in Japan, and went here when it was described as an excellent Japanese restaurant. It was a quiet lunch hour, most of the staff (none of whom were Japanese) seemed to be on break. While our waitperson tried to be helpful, his communication skills were limited, and the food we were served was unfortunately terrible. Even... More 

Thank aloom3
New York City
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 April 2017

After being a vegan for 18 months, my first meal as a returning pescatarian was at Bizen! My “staples” are the Chilean Sea Bass, Hijiki salad with ume-scallion dressing, and the Kukicha (non-caffeinated) tea. The freshness, creativity, and impressive variety of high quality menu options are complemented by a replenishing atmosphere. The design of the restaurant, with its small private... More 

Thank Hem M
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112 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Went on President's Day weekend. They were totally overwhelmed and the service was poor. The waiter could not communicate well. Sake came out at room temperature. The grilled vegetarian entree came without the ginger sauce. The brown rice was mushy. Really bad experience.

1 Thank almost406
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Valentines Day Nightmare! A true disappointment in service all around.This was my second time returning to Bizen and also indefinitely my last. From the moment we walked in barely greeted by a stressed out and less than friendly hostess, to witnessing an aggravated apparently over-seated waitress scolding the host telling her to her to not seat her for at least... More 

2 Thank retriangulated
Amherst, Massachusetts
2 reviews
Reviewed 12 February 2017

If you were ever wondering if healthy, even healing meals could be off-the-charts delicious, creative, and truly satisfying, Bizen Japanese restaurant offers a resounding "yes" to all of the above. We have been eating at Bizen for many years and have never been disappointed. The sushi is fresh, clean, and delicious, the simplest vegetables are cooked with deep appreciation and... More 

Thank Tom M
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133 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017

I have eaten at Bizet for many years- in fact if we are going to be anywhere near Great Barrington, we make sure to reserve a table. We have tried many dishes on the menu and have never been disappointed. Great fresh sushi every time! The cooked dishes are terrific too. It is dependably delicious!

1 Thank NYfolkgirl
bizensushi, Owner at Bizen, responded to this review

Dear NYfolkgirl On behalf of my entire staff I want to thank you for your supportive review and loyalty to Bizen. It gives us the inspiration and encouragement to continue doing what we do,which is gently nourishing body and spirit in the Berkshires, an oasis of tender,caring souls in a fractured world. With gratitude Michael More 

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38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Came for an early dinner, and scored a nice table near the sushi bar. Got the last hamachi Kama and it was large and cooked to absolute perfection!! Chris the server, and Dan the sushi chef were simply the best in the business! I am from the Pacific NW, so the only downside is that the pricing is a little... More 

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

Dear Nodeh Thank you for taking the time to write such a sweet review. I really appreciate it and my hard working staff does as well. It is so important when we get acknowledged by our clientèle which makes us work harder to please our valued customers whom we never take for granted Thank you Michael More 

North Chatham, New York
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

I would not recommend. Hot, cramped restaurant. Must take shoes off on dirty floor. Too pricey for the quality. No standard sushi type options. Excellent Thai restaurant around the corner...

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

Dear Buxom OK is not even in the realm of possibilities to describe this restaurant. Please come back when the temperature is not 110 and a full house in the middle of August.Then I will point out the most extensive sushi list of over 50 sashimi items every day and a glorious selection of sushi rolls colorful and delicious. Now... More 

Brooklyn, New York
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed our last meal in the Berkshires here and it was delightful! We started with grilled scallops and then had the omasake-wonderful choice! Everything was delicious and reasonably priced. Service was fantastic and I will definitely return when I visit. Can't wait to try more of the grill items or the traditional Japanese tea service.

1 Thank koluwa

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Healthy, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
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?