10 Castle Street, Great Barrington, Massachusetts 01230  413-528-5244
"Where to Eat in Great Barrington"
Award of Excellence 1994-2007
Wine Spectator

Albany Times Union
"Where to Eat"

Castle Street Cafe is located next to the Mahaiwe Theatre. Click to view


Dinner Menu
Celestial Bar Menu
Music at Castle Street
Castle Street Caterers
Seven Hills Inn
Castle Street cafe offers catering at the beautifully restored Gilded Age Mansion in Lenox
We cater at this National Historic Trust property with perennial gardens and sweeping views.
Stockbridge Sportsmen's Club
Round Table Recipes
HomeStyle Essays
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Cooking Videos
Chef Michael Ballon prepares
Lamb Scaloppine with Babaghanouj, Mushroom Soup, and Warm Cranberry Cobbler

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Chef Michael Ballon opened the Castle Street Cafe in 1989, after 10 years cooking in New York City.

Located in downtown Great Barrington next to the historic Mahaiwe Theater, The Cafe has received rave reviews from the day it opened.

Prior to moving to Great Barrington, Ballon cooked in New York, as Executive Chef at Lavin's , Sofi, Wood's, The New York City Bar Association, and Plum's, a full service catering company

Michael is also The Roundtable Chef on WAMC Public Radio, where he hosts a bi weekly cooking show which is broadcast over a large area of New York State and western New England. Recipes with photos appear bi weekly on the Public Radio web site.

Michael’s food essays also appear monthly in Berkshire Homestyle Magzine, a regional lifestyle publication distributed in the Berkshires and Albany area.

He was voted Berkshire Grown’s chef of the year in 2000