We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Bad food”

Fife 'n Drum Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 14 Restaurants in Kent
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$14 - US$28
Cuisines: American, International
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Amherst, Massachusetts
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Bad food”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

The food was horrible, I highly recommend skipping this restaurant. We stopped in around lunchtime for a beer and a snack. No complaints on the beer. I ordered the calamari, horrible mistake, it was the worst I've tasted in my life: It was obviously reheated -- mushy and unbelievably rubbery -- and doused in a soup-like tomato sauce to hide the sad shape it was in. My boyfriend had the Turkey melt and the bacon was burnt and resembled a piece of charcoal; he said the sandwich was the was flavorless and bland, save for the burnt flavor. Upon leaving the restaurant, we lamented leaving our beautiful campsite for this disappointment.

  • Visited April 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
1 Thank obotea
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

192 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Dover Plains, New York
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A must stop”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014

I have been going to the Fife since they have been opened and have never tired of going there! The food is always great and the service is the best! Elissa and her crew go out of their way for you and make you feel like family.

  • Visited March 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Jay D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hartford CT
Level Contributor
55 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Very few left like Fife anywhere at any price”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2014

We live over an hour away from the Fife, and used to stop whenever in the area. In recent years, we find ourselves making a special trip. The food is excellent, the service truly helpful and attentive, the decor peaceful, and Sir Dolph on the piano makes its all a delightful evening.

But there are other things we like too. Here's the short list: Because the owners are present and know that the food and service represent their name; there's no cut corners or "sorry about that."
Order a glass of house wine; you won't get a huge glass with a smidge in the bottom poured from a gallon jug, but a well filled glass of nice wine poured from a regular wine bottle. There's a good menu, but always a chalkboard of specials, and over the years we have had some memorable meals.

One snowy but crowded weekend night, we stopped in without a reservation. We were ready to leave but the owner said "Come on in, I know where I can make a spot for you." Sounds like family!

Sometimes we just feel like a couple appetizers and coffee; there's some small tables in the bar area and you get just as good attention as those ordering full meals.

Is it expensive? I guess it depends on your viewpoint. If you just need food, it is expensive. But if you go out for a wonderful evening and enjoy seeing friends in a warm and inviting atmosphere where you're treated as special, and sometimes great entertainment, then in our view, it's a bargain.

  • Visited January 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
3 Thank Mrjamie
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level Contributor
67 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Always a must!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2014

We have stopped at the Fife 'n Drum every time we have visited this part of New England. It is one of our favorites. The atmosphere is great as well as the excellent food and service. Dolph Traymon on the piano is an added treat.

  • Visited November 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank casey5508
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Amityville, New York
Level Contributor
10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Cozy, Warm and Friendly......”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2014

Small restaurant in the heart of Kent with very good food and service. Great music on the weekends with usually Dolph the original owner on piano.....he is in his 90's and still going strong.

Visited December 2013
Thank deeshedd
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Been to Fife 'n Drum Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing