The Barn lands on ‘hidden gem’ listing

The Barn & Bowl Bistro. —Courtesy Alisun Armstrong

The Barn, Bowl & Bistro in Oak Bluffs has been named one of Trip Advisor’s “Best of the Best Restaurants” in a nationwide ranking for 2023.

The Barn was ranked No. 11 in the popular travel website’s “hidden gems” category, reserved for under-the-radar restaurants. The ranking is based on customer reviews over a 12-month period. 

“The Barn, Bowl & Bistro, from the day it first opened in 2015, had as its primary mission to serve year-round Vineyarders,” owner Robert Sawyer said in a statement to The Times after getting word of the distinction. “We refer to the Barn as ‘the Vineyard gathering place.’ It is a restaurant where Vineyarders will always see friends and neighbors. We are proud to have achieved success in that unique mission.”

Trip Advisor says that fewer than 1 percent of the 8 million listings on its website are awarded “Best of the Best” ranking.

The Barn is the only Massachusetts restaurant named in the 25 top hidden gems this year. No. 1 on the list is the Cookie Dough Monster — Burgers & Shakes in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. The only other New England restaurant was the Travelin Lobster in Bar Harbor, Maine.