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“Best Fine Dining in the Berkshires”

The Portico by Jeffrey Thompson
Ranked #15 of 64 Restaurants in Lenox
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$95 - US$158
Cuisines: American, French
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Wheatleigh's Dining Room awarded Forbes 5 Star and AAA 5 Diamond is one of the best restaurants on the East Coast. The Cuisine of Jeffrey Thompson is focusing on the freshness of ingredients and their natural flavors. An amazing wine list with over 850 references will complement your dinner. To focus on an amazing meal all our prices are inclusive of service. Taxes will apply.
Reviewed 16 February 2015 via mobile

Firstly, oenophiles rejoice! The wine list is a dream. The sommelier was very knowledgeable and charming, taking the time to explain the various wines and why he had selected them for us. We took a Coravin wine pairing and the vineyard and vintages that came one after the other were superb - including a 1990 d'yquem! The restaurant also offered us a complimentary wine to go with the amuse bouche, a first for me.

Staff were very warm. We were also staying in the hotel and were greeted by name by the restaurant manager as we were coming down from our room. I've not been escorted by restaurant staff from room to restaurant before but I could get used to it!

The food was first-rate. Definitely comparable to any fine dining restaurant in Manhattan (where we were visiting from). Our tasting menu was a thoughtful progression in the season's best - including lobster, squab, lamb, black truffles and so on. The chef showed a deft and creative hand in his plating and use of seasoning.

The dining room is a portico that has been glasses in. Eating while surrounded by freshly fallen snow outside was a pretty magical experience. I'm not usually one for long dinners but the three and a half hours I spent there flew by - facilitated by the charming staff and the excellent wine!

Definitely a must try if you are in the Berkshires and enjoy fine dining. The hotel and the surrounding grounds are also lovely. Well worth a visit!

1  Thank Ken S
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Reviewed 27 August 2014 via mobile

After a meal prepared with the greatest attention to detail and replete with a full bounty of culinary pleasures, our food experience at The Wheatleigh was completely compromised by a total mishandling by the manager of a question concerning the bill by one of the members of our party. Even though I was not directly involved in the conversation, it's effect on my dining companion left a bitter taste in my mouth. We left shaking our heads about a place that should have provided us with memories to carry forward but instead caused us to regret our visit. Decent kitchen. Really bad attitude. Enjoy, but beware!

6  Thank Ddfocus
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

We celebrated an important family birthday and elected to have the 7 course meal. Everything was delicious and beautifully presented. The staff treated us like royalty. The champagne was perfect and the cheese course was to die for. We're already planning our next visit.

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Reviewed 1 August 2014

It is laughable that other Lenox restaurants are compared to the Wheatleigh. It is not even close. This is a five star, totally upscale dining experience. The other places mentioned are typical small town, overpriced eateries. If you can afford the Wheatleigh, GO, you won't regret it.

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1  Thank fmptak
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

Go out of your way to dine here. The view is of the William Olmstead Law garden, the villa has been magnificently renovated, the staff is impeccable and the food can only be compared to the finest in the greatest cities. If you're visiting The Berkshires this is the place.

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1  Thank Islandhome3
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