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Press Quotes

Yankee Magazine

“All too rarely, you find a restaurant that seems capable of redefining food, unlocking from even familiar ingredients qualities so unexpected and delicious that you may wonder whether you have only just discovered the sense of taste. This is such a place. The focused, frequently changing menu is dedicated to local produce and artisanal cheeses, wild fish, and organic poultry and meats, including grass-fed New England beef. Chef-owner Dan Smith expertly uses fire to concentrate flavors – caramelizing carrots and onions here, roasting figs or whole heads of garlic there, reducing vegetable stocks to complex sauces, free of cream and butter. Dishes are beautifully presented, without being intimidating, and desserts are, as you would expect, to die for.”

Hudson Valley Magazine

“Off the beaten path, but well worth the drive. One of the Berkshires’ best, according to the Wine Spectator and Zagat.”

Berkshire Style

Reviewers from east to west coast have expressed their delight with phrases such as, “top notch,” “definitely in the top three in the Berkshires” and “a fantastic seafood stew that could have been at home in Hanoi or Hillsdale.” (September 10, 2012)

Travel & Leisure Magazine

“Hit the Road! Like nearly, every new restaurant in the area, the bistro owes a debt to the architects of modern Berkshires cooking, Dan Smith of John Andrews in South Egremont and Peter Platt of the Old Inn on the Green.” (2004)

Metroland, Farm-to-Table Forever

“I couldn’t agree more that John Andrews embodies the site’s requirement that it has ’embraced a bucolic spirit on (its) own accord,’ and that it creates ‘a memorable journey.’” (August 22, 2013)

Edge on the Net, Well-Preserved: The Berkshires Take Manhattan

“Just when I thought I couldn’t taste another piece of cured meat, chef Dan Smith presented a house-cured ‘lambcetta.’ Delicately rolled and accompanied by pickled turnips and the first spring onions of the season, the musty, intense flavor trumped its predecessors with the perfect balance of fat and flavor.” (March 5, 2013)

One for the Table, A Memorable Meal in the Berkshires
by David Latt

“In August I visited the area for the first time. Beyond the charms of small New England towns and the pleasure of world class art, the Berkshires also has great chefs who take advantage of good products from local farms. Chef-owner Dan Smith at John Andrews Restaurant has his own garden so he can supply his kitchen with fresh produce during the summer and fall. After more than two decades in the area, he has close relationships with local farmers who bring him high quality meat, poultry, milk, cheese, produce and honey.” (December 6, 2012)

The Boston Globe Magazine

“Governor Deval Patrick names John Andrews Farmhouse as his number one favorite restaurant in the Berkshires. Tucked into a farmhouse in South Egremont, near the New York border, John Andrews is a restaurant popular for special occasions that emphasizes farm-to-table dining in surroundings that are at once simple and elegant. ‘The menu changes all the time, and it’s very seasonal, which is what’s fun about it,’ says the governor.” (September 9, 2012)

The Daily Meal, World’s 25 Best Farmstead Restaurant Experiences

Selected one of the World’s 25 Best Farmstead Restaurant Experiences by The Daily Meal – the fastest-growing food site on the web with more than 7.1 million unique visitors. John Andrews Farmhouse Restaurant was one of only two U.S. destinations in the Northeast selected in 2013. (August 9, 2013)

Food & Wine Magazine

“John Andrew’s Chef and co-owner Dan Smith has turned this into one of the Berkshires’ hottest restaurants with his skillful modern cuisine. The menu neatly sidesteps clichés with dishes like free-range strip steak with Swiss chard and a potato-and-Fontina gratin, and the so-called ‘risotto’ of wild rice and wheat berries with scallops, asparagus and arugula oil. The setting – two connected rooms of a country house, plus a garden – is romantic by night and sunny and serene for an early dinner.”

Rural Intelligence

“Simply gorgeous,” “genius,” and the topper —“the best meal I’ve ever had.” (August 27, 2013)


  • Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Lonely Planet Top Choice
  • Selected one of the World’s 25 Best Farmstead Restaurant Experiences by The Daily Meal
  • Yankee Magazine Massachusetts Editors’ Choice
  • Wine Spectator Award of Excellence

Trip Advisor

  • “Extraordinary meal.”
  • “Some of the best food in the Berkshires.”
  • “Local, fresh, modern, inventive and delicious.”

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