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17 Railroad St, Great Barrington, MA 01230-1577
+1 413-528-4343
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good27%
  • Average11%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible8%
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“sashimi” (16 reviews)
“hijiki” (5 reviews)
“bento box” (6 reviews)
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Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
17 Railroad St, Great Barrington, MA 01230-1577
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Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Always consistent deliciously fresh sushi. Creative rolls named after famous regular clientele. Chef salad is beautifully created with seaweeds and tofu with a wonderful dressing. Great selection of SakeMore

1  Thank Liliana B
bizensushi, Owner at Bizen, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2018

Dear Liliana Thank you for your kind review of Bizen. It really means a lot to the ownership and staff when a customer acknowledges all the hard work and effort it takes to bring world class sushi to the Berkshires.That you got the fact that...More

Reviewed 21 August 2018

We've only ever had incredible food at Bizen. However, we tend not to go because the service reminds us of the slightly snooty service we see at NYC restaurants. Our last visit was with friends and to be fair it was really wonderful - we...More

1  Thank rmcnamara2017
bizensushi, Owner at Bizen, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2018

Dear rmcnamara2017 Thank you sincerely for your laudatory review of Bizen jaded however by the 'snooty' service you experienced. This is a dynamic that we are constantly evaluating in our commitment to evolve, mature and excel as a restaurant that has served the community now...More

Reviewed 18 July 2018

Had a rather odd (bad) experience at Bizen Friday night. We were seated promptly and given the restaurants menu along with the specials menu for the day. The menu looked great, and each of the three of us quickly decided what we wanted to eat....More

Thank Lissapb
bizensushi, Owner at Bizen, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2018

Dear Lissapb Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant even though your feedback was abysmal at best. I wish you had spent more time, however in perusing our extensive menu which has never in our history been accused of not offering enough...More

Reviewed 10 July 2018

We wondered into Bizen, not knowing what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised to get our own dining room, sitting on the floor Japanese-style. There were a lot of great vegan items for our group-- one just needs to ask to be sure there's no...More

Thank energirl
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

I was visiting with my sister. I would recommend reservations on the weekend. We ordered a Brussels sprout and a green pepper appetizer. They were a sample size and spicy which we weren’t prepared for. However the shrimp tempura was amazing and out 3 specialty...More

Thank debraschon
Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

Bizen used to be a glorious, soulful, much-appreciated sushi restaurant in the local landscape but is now, inarguably, COMPLETELY unappetizing, due to their woeful indifference to basic upkeep. The white walls in the server’s stations and elsewhere are streaked with grey scum, lighting is caked...More

Thank Mitch N
bizensushi, Owner at Bizen, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2018

Dear Mitch Thank you for taking the time to write a review of Bizen and especially want to acknowledge your precise and observant critique. Rarely do we read so detailed an account of specific areas in the restaurant that need cleaning, painting, organizing and TLC....More

Reviewed 18 June 2018

Bizen has been my go-to Japanese restaurant in the Berkshires since I discovered it back in the '90s. It's the only place I know of in the area that has a robata bar. You eat from hand-made earthenware in a peaceful setting (the rear area...More

Thank Charles F
Reviewed 10 April 2018

While there are other good Oriental restaurants in town, Bizen is best in terms of their fresh, delicious sushi and sashimi offerings. The restaurant can get very busy, so reservations for dinner is advised, particularly during the warmer months. I order the Sashimi Deluxe and...More

Thank Arthur H
Reviewed 4 April 2018

I've been to Japan five times in the last three years and each time I go I try some great restaurants. And when I come home, I go to Bizen. It's as close as you can get to authentic Japanese cuisine anywhere in the Northeast...More

Thank mikalis
Reviewed 13 March 2018

Good to have a fine sushi purveyor in the very center of Great Barrington! Portions are good-sized, elegantly served, by good wait-staff. Decorations of the dining room add to the overall experience

Thank Leonard S
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Gail M
19 August 2017|
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Response from bizensushi | Property representative |
Safety of Children and accommodating children are our first priority at Bizen. Seating arrangements are carefully made and we try to expedite the serving of children by offering rice or eda mame or such for their immediate... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
USD 40
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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
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Japanese Gourmet Restaurant, Sushi Bar, Robata Charcoal Grill, Extensive selection of grilled fish, salads and tempura, Vegetarian and Gluten Free Options, Dairy Free and Sugar Free Desserts, Kaiseki-traditional Cuisine of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, private Tea Ceremonies, Bizen Pottery Gallery of Ceramicist Michael Marcus
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