24 Best Restaurants in Sturbridge and The Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts

Herrell's Ice Cream

$ Fodor's choice

On the lower level of Thornes Marketplace, Herrell's is known for not only having some of the state's best ice cream, but also for being the first ice-cream shop to mix in brand-name candies with its ice cream. Flavors often rotate, but an up-to-the-minute list is available online.

The Student Prince & The Fort

$$ Fodor's choice

Impressive beer-stein and corkscrew collections at the bar and dark-wood paneling lend this restaurant the feel of a convivial hunting lodge, which the antlers and stained-glass windows in the side dining room accentuate. The menu is decidedly meat-centric—beef, chicken, veal, lamb, pork, and delectable homemade sausages—focused on German dishes with some must-have sauerkraut.

Amherst Coffee + Bar

Grab a coffee or a cocktail before the movies at this hip café-by-morning, bar-by-night spot that shares an address with the Amherst Cinema building.

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B.T.'s Smokehouse


Walk up to the counter and order perfectly cooked barbecued meat by the pint or tray at this no-frills barbecue joint. There aren't many tables: grab one while someone else in your group orders.

392 Main St., Sturbridge, MA, 01566, USA
Known For
  • Friendly staff
  • Pulled pork and beef brisket
  • Constantly busy
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.

Bombay Royale


The deep-blue walls and spacious interior lend a calming vibe to this Indian restaurant, whose extensive menu ranges from South Indian to Indo-Chinese dishes. Whether you're in the mood for chicken, lamb, or something vegan, you'll have a dozen good options in your chosen category.

Bub's Bar-B-Q


You can smell the sweet and tangy homemade barbecue sauce even before you enter this down-home rib joint where awards and positive newspaper reviews line the walls and a stuffed pig carries your order to the kitchen. Everything from hush puppies to pulled pork is expertly done, and the dinners all come with a large and sumptuous buffet of sides.

Caminito Steakhouse


Caminito's red-and-black interior offers casual elegance in spades. The menu is small, but the flavor is not, so you can count on excellent results whether you order your steak raw as tartare, baked into empanadas, or simply as a large individual cut.

7 Old South St., Northampton, MA, 01060, USA
Known For
  • Filet mignon
  • Empanadas with rotating fillings
  • Live Spanish guitar music at a reasonable volume
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues. No lunch

Donut Dip


This family-run business has been making doughnuts since 1957. Doughnut purists go there for the Old Fashioned Sour Cream, Apple Cider, and Honey Dip, but if you're feeling more adventurous there's plenty to choose from in the jelly, frosting, and sprinkles department, including a decadent bacon-topped creation.

1305 Riverdale St., Springfield, MA, 01089, USA
Known For
  • Old Fashioned Sour Cream doughnuts
  • Friendly service—if you don't see a doughnut you want, ask for it
  • Freshly brewed coffee

Flayvors of Cook Farm

The main advantage of stopping for the delicious homemade ice cream at this family farm is that you can see the dairy cows from the dining tables—and even pet them, if you're brave. Sandwiches and mac and cheese are available as well, if for some reason, you're not in the mood for ice cream.

Food 101 Bar & Bistro


There's nothing basic about this popular restaurant across from the Mount Holyoke campus, and the atmosphere—from the fancy plating to the nice lighting—almost justifies the high prices, which is why this little spot is a magnet for foodies, yuppies, and college students on their parents' tabs. Dishes—everything from seafood to steak—are complicated but mostly successful.

19 College St., South Hadley, MA, 01075, USA
Known For
  • Pricey, yet elegant
  • French fries with wasabi mayo
  • Filet mignon
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. No lunch

Hearty Eats


You don't have to be vegetarian to appreciate the fresh, local, organic offerings at this tiny community-focused café. Sharing an entrance with an arts co-op, the café itself lacks ambience, but does offer up a tasty variety of healthy options that exclude any meat except fish.

IYA Sushi and Noodle Kitchen


With puns on the menu and the staff's shirts, this sushi and noodle bar serves up fun in addition to ramen, bao, and a wide variety of sushi. The atmosphere is upscale casual and would be even more pleasant if it weren't always busy, but that's the price you pay for good food.

15 College St., South Hadley, MA, 01075, USA
Known For
  • Amusing food puns located everywhere
  • Big bowls of rich-brothed ramen
  • Poke bowls

La Fiorentina Pastry Shop


Springfield's South End is home to a lively Little Italy, including this full bakery that has doled out a wide variety of heavenly pastries (and coffee) since the 1940s.

Mission Cantina


Diners pack this loud and colorful cantina daily to enjoy Mexican food at reasonable prices. What the small menu lacks in variety, it makes up for in reliability; everything from the crispy fish tacos to the carnitas enchiladas is worth trying.

485 West St., Amherst, MA, 01002, USA
Known For
  • Long waits during prime dinner hours
  • Delicious (but not free) chips and salsa
  • Offbeat margaritas with interesting fruits and flavors
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No lunch weekdays

Mocha Maya's Coffee House


Locals come here for the cool vibe, live music, and great coffee. Local art, which is often for sale, decorates the rich red walls, completing the artsy vibe.

47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, MA, 01370, USA
Known For
  • Live music
  • Craft/micro-brewed beers
  • Fun blended drinks like frozen hot chocolate

Northampton Brewery


In a rambling building in Brewster Court, this noisy and often-packed pub has extensive outdoor seating on a deck. The kitchen turns out sandwiches and comfort food, including stuffed peppers and burgers with blue cheese and caramelized onions. The main draws here, though, are the local and international brews, best enjoyed with some appetizers.

11 Brewster Ct., Northampton, MA, 01060, USA
Known For
  • Flaky-light catfish bites
  • Humanely sourced meat
  • Beer-battered appetizers
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Reservations not accepted, Closed Wed.


The hillside enclosed porch overlooking the center of town makes Osaka the most recognizable restaurant in Northampton, as well as one of the best dining spots. Whether you're in the mood for sushi, a bento box lunch, or a full hibachi dinner, Osaka serves up traditional Japanese favorites in a welcoming atmosphere.

Pho Saigon


A little out of the way, this understated eatery serves authentic Vietnamese cuisine at wallet-pleasing prices. Whether you enjoy the eponymous made-from-scratch soups, fried dishes with meat, or plentiful vegetarian options, the menu has you covered.

400 Dickinson St., Springfield, MA, 01108, USA
Known For
  • Variety of authentic homemade pho
  • Bánh xèo
  • Getting your car towed if you park in the lot across the street
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues. and Wed.

Red Rose


Featuring massive chandeliers, an open kitchen, and a large dining area, this half-century-old family restaurant is a big, brassy eatery where everyone from canoodling couples to huge parties can feel right at home. The menu features the usual gamut of Italian favorites such as the exquisite eggplant dishes, as well as a variety of pizzas made from a half-century-old recipe.

1060 Main St., Springfield, MA, 01108, USA
Known For
  • Eggplant Parmigiana
  • Primavera pizza
  • Heaping platters of pasta
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon., Tues., Reservations essential

Richardson's Candy Kitchen


The name is no joke: the back half of this store is a kitchen where you can see delectable chocolates being made. A short drive from Historic Deerfield, Richardson's sells luscious cream-filled chocolates, truffles, and other handmade confections, not to mention ice cream.

The Duck


In a Greek Revival–style building known as the Whistling Swan lie two restaurants; the more notable one is on the second floor in an unpretentious space resembling a barn hayloft. The Duck offers up generous portions of everything from salad to braised lamb as well as various dishes, which, naturally, incorporate duck.

502 Main St., Sturbridge, MA, 01518, USA
Known For
  • Duck confit poutine
  • Lobster deviled duck eggs
  • Bar and sister Italian restaurant (Avellino) downstairs
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.

The Roost


The Noho coffee scene is filled with small spots for college students to refuel and tourists to take a break, but none have the same vintage-meets-industrial charm of The Roost. Grab a house-drip coffee with a breakfast sandwich or one of their bakery items.

West End Pub


Overlooking the Bridge of Flowers and Deerfield River, this quaint upscale pub filled with plants and local artwork is a charming place to catch lunch. Tables on the enclosed porch offer a nice view while you enjoy a hearty burger or fancy salad.

16 State St., Shelburne Falls, MA, 01370, USA
Known For
  • Grass-fed Black Angus beef burgers from local farms
  • Gluten-free rolls and pasta
  • Tough to access bathroom
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.--Tues.

Whoopie-Doo & Cupcakes too


This small bakery is big on cupcake creativity. Beyond your basic vanilla or chocolate, this spot offers flavors like Root Beer Float, Strawberry Crunch, and the occasional Unicorn Poop, which is a fun, colorful sprinkle concoction.