There are a multitude of establishments to eat and drink in our little town. I have listed my favorites here and locations are presented in geographical order. I also separated restaurants, bars, cafes, bakeries and places to snack, so read on…
The Roost For breakfast -you gotta have waffles or a breakfast sandwich [might I suggest The Williston?] or a sticky bun, snazzy gourmet lunch, dinner and snacks are available all day as are coffees, drinks, fabulous desserts. Great vibe here, wifi as well no electrical outlets available here. Come with a full battery, if you expect to roost and work.
1 Market Street 413.587.2625
Joe’s Pizza People line up at this old neighborhood establishment for pizza and spaghetti. There is a fully stocked bar and extensive beer and wine list. Opens @4pm weekdays and noon on weekends.
33 Market Street 413-584-3168
Paradise Bar Grab some appetizers, sandwiches, and much more while you watch sports on the many TVs. Burgers, beer and fries served daily from 4-5 pm. for $6.95.
1 Bridge Street 413-586-2664
Thai Garden Authentic Thai food. Cozy seating and take out.
2 Bridge Street 413-587-3336
LaVeracruzana Authentic Mexican food served here in a basic friendly setting. Great selection, beer and wine and the TV is usually turned onto soccer or Latino soap operas. Eat in or take out.
31 Main Street 413-586-7181
Fitzwilly’s The Fitzwilly’s story began in 1974 as an exercise in comfort, quality food, great service, and moderate prices that would cause our customers to come back time and time again. Good food, seating at the bar and tables.
23 Main Street 413-584-8666
Ibiza Tappas Small authentic dishes from Spain served here along with a great wine list. Come for a snack or full meal.
7 Strong Street 413-303-0808
Sierra Bar & Grill They have a wonderful wine and beer selection here and a full menu. Cozy seating in front and tables in back.
41 Strong Street 413-584-1150
Local Burger Burgers, fries, shakes and more! It’s not fast food… It’s good food fast. Veggie burgers are also available. Be sure to have a plate of fried onions rings to share with the whole gang.
16 Main Street 413-586-5857
Zen Sumptuous, Asian fusion cuisine is what you’ll find here. Weather permitting, reserve a window table, sit upstairs or sit at the sushi bar.
41 Main Street 413-582-6888
Karma Pure food, organic, raw, juices and music, entertainment-even yoga is offered here.
48 Main Street 413-727-8143
Amanouz Café Authentic Moroccan and Mediterranean Cuisine, coffees and pastries as well.
44 Main Street 413-585-9128
Spoleto Delicious Italian cuisine with great atmosphere and a full bar. Come for a cocktail and check out the posters. Weather permitting seating outside.
50 Main Street 413-586-6313
Sylvester’s Serves breakfast @ 7am daily followed by lunch. Walk into something wonderful! The baked goods are to die for. This is the home of the graham cracker-really.
111 Pleasant Street 413-586-5343
Mimmo’s Pizza The biggest slices of New York style handmade pizza for the buck. Made to order. Grinders are available as well.
71 Pleasant Street 413-584-1711
Siam Square Café Authentic Thai food made with only the freshest ingredients. Lunch and dinner served. Friendly service. Eat in or take out. Closed on Monday’s.
84 Pleasant Street 413-582-6799
Coolidge Park Café Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Seasonal outdoor seating allows for eating out in the cobblestone garden.
36 King Street 413-584-3100
Jake’s Basic and good breakfast and brunch.
17 King Street 413-584-9613
Bruegger’s Bagels Bagels, coffees, drinks, sandwiches and salads. Opens M-F @ 5:30am and Sat-Sun @ 6am Stop in for some fresh bagels or grab a bag of day-old for the gang.
96 Main Street 413.585.0275
Teapot Chinese and Japanese cuisine available to eat in or take out. Fun people watching when you sit in the window.
116 Main Street 413-585-0880
Pinocchio’s Pizza Slices of thick and thin pizza [or buy the whole pie] eclectic variety, cash only, eat in [slightly cramped] great take out and always yummy.
122 Main Street 413-586-8275
Bueno Y Sano Burritos, quesadillas, tacos, salads Open daily 11am to 10pm. Eat in or take out.
134 Main Street 413-586-7311
Lhasha Café I lived in China for fifteen years and never got to Tibet. This Tibetan cooking, is richly varied and comforting food. Lhasa café has very kind service, indigenous music, and a pleasant environment.
159 Main Street 413-586-5427
Osaka I think this is the best Japanese fusion menu in town with sushi bar and hibachi tables available as well. Full bar and you can also sit at the sushi bar and watch the rolls be made.
7 Old South Street 413-587-9548
Caminito Argentinean Steak House Wood fired grilling of hand-cut steaks. Only the best, for meat lovers here.
7 Old South Street 413-387-6387
Northampton Brewery This is the oldest operating brewpub in New England. Stop by for a brew and American food. When weather is permitting, sit in the rooftop beer garden.
11 Brewster Center 413.584.9903
Paul & Elizabeth’s Specializing in natural foods, fresh fish and tempura. Open for lunch and dinner and Sunday brunch.
150 Main Street #5 413.584.4832
Eclipse Eclipse has an eclectic menu featuring fresh, local ingredients, artfully prepared, great wines, and wonderful people watching. Open evenings and you’ll probably find a small jazz quartet playing here as well. You might want to call for reservations or sit at the bar and eat.
186 Main Street 413-584-6006
Taipei & Tokyo Yummy Chinese can be found here to eat in or take out.
16 Crafts Avenue 413-582-1888
Bela’s Eclectic vegetarian dining for lunch and dinner served Tuesday to Saturday. Open noon to 8:30pm. Cash only.
68 Masonic Street 413-586-8011
India House The very best authentic Indian cuisine is served here in a charming atmosphere. Voted the best in the Pioneer Valley since 1984.
45 State Street 413-586-6344
Viva Fresh Pasta European cuisine with the flavors of the Americas. Tapas, pasta, salads, desserts etc. Get fresh pasta and sauces to go.
249 Main Street 413-586-5875
The Green Bean Socially responsible breakfast & lunch menus created with locally grown food geared for people with varied diets. Come early, as waiting is part of the experience and worth every minute.
241 Main Street 413-584-2326
Mama Iguana’s Authentic Mexican foods served along with the largest selection of tequilas and mescals in all of New England. Opens at 4 pm daily.
274 Main Street 413-586-0400
Down near the library are a few more eateries worth the short walk to this end of town. Then again, you’ll probably be heading down here anyway, to visit Smith College.
Bistro Les Gras Finest farm to table dining. Sustainable, French cuisine served here along with lovely wines in a cozy atmosphere including a small bar.
24 West Street 413-320-4666
Lunch This bistro has omnivore’s menu, emphasizing lighter yet fully flavored food with tempting choices for the sophisticated vegetarian as well as the confirmed carnivore. Open 6am to 8 pm. Closed on Saturdays.
40 Green Street 413-586-2443
Green Street Café Very, very, good food, service and libations. Menus change seasonally and reservations suggested. Full bar and impeccable service.
62 Green Street 413-586-5650
Side Street Café Serving lunch and dinner these folks do it right. Simply prepared fresh foods delightfully created. They also have a beautiful beer and wine bar. Live music and outdoor seating [weather permitting] round out this experience.
42 Maple Street, Florence 413.587.8900