Arethusa al Tavolo

4.9
1608 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Worth the Drive
Located in quaint Bantam (CT) in the scenic county of Litchfield, Arethusa al tavolo offers an innovative farm-to-table menu that celebrates the products of the Arethusa Dairy Farm. Chef Dan Magill’s cuisine is modern and comfortable; it features daily-chosen farm ingredients and the freshest and most select products.

Arethusa al tavolo offers a progressive dining experience to the Northwest Connecticut dining scene.

We look forward to serving you.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is always fresh and delicious, with nice creative touches. And stopping by their ice cream shop is an extra treat.

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AP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food with nuanced flavors. Well executed and well presented.

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MK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Arethusa is a tremendously satisfying dining experience -- my only concern is that word will get out and it will be difficult to make a reservation. But that concern aside, it's the perfect place for a terrific meal in a lovely part of the country.

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JH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, service and experience. Highly recommend the restaurant.

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KL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome dining experience. The food is exceptional and creative.

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BS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for my wife’s 50th Birthday. Everything was outstanding- each dish, service- everything. Better than most restaurants we’ve been to into NYC. We will continue to return here for special occasions. It is definitely worth the drive!

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P
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always my favorite place to dine. Food is excellent and the presentation of the food is always a treat.

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C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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TZ
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was impeccable. Bartender (mixologist) was very friendly and imformative. Don't have anything bad to say other than for a birthday one may think that a dessert may be complimentary given how much money was spent.

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DC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So creative and delicious each time we go! Wish it was closer to home!

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TK
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The most outstanding dining experience in my life and I have done a lot of entertaining for business!

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JD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I booked a table for my birthday. When we arrived, they gave me a birthday card from the staff. The food was amazing, service very friendly, and everything was so unpretentious. The food is on par with any Michelin starred restaurant I have eaten at but at a VERY reasonable price. I would absolutely eat here again. This is such a gem!

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LL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Favorite restaurant in Connecticut! Food is farm fresh, creative without being too complex, and delicious. Fantastic experience every time.

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MH
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent all the way around. Food, service, ambiance. Perfect. *

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MM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Arethusa was divine, as always. Everything is a taste sensation. Service is attentive but not intrusive.

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s
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was fantastic!! Service excellent!!

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NB
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

We have been here multiple times. Lunch has always been amazing. Somehow, food was very sweet . By the end, it was too much sugar. Didn’t feel it was worth the value.

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GD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful dining experience for our 50 th Anniversary! Special day...Special place!

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NG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been to the restaurant many times, and it is always absolutely incredible!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants anywhere. The farm to table experience is perfected from their locally owned farm. The ice cream from their dairy farm is some of the best I have ever had. I would give them a 6th star if it was possible.

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AL
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Made booking for my husbands birthday online & never spoke to anyone. Upon arriving we were greeted like family, handed a lovely birthday card and treated to one of the most impeccably timed, visually stunning and mouthwatering brunches we’ve ever had. Every bite from the deviled eggs to the butter poached halibut to the rhubarb cake dessert was perfection. Owner, manager, all staff members seemed so happy to be working there. The vibe is casual elegant but definitely NOT stuffy. I remembered to make note that Every table had smiling faces. I predict it will named the best restaurant in the country. Can’t wait to go back!!!

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CT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

This is our favorite restaurant in Litchfield county and we hope it was just an off night!
Service was rushed and boarder line rude! If you can’t provide the same service and quality at a later seating please do not honor reservations at those times!

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JF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Food was incredible but not worth the price. Atmosphere just ok and service was very rushed like they wanted to turn the table. Wait staff just ok. The type of restaurant that if you aren’t a regular service is just okay. For the price I would expect perfection.

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E
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the minute we arrived, the staff was extremely welcoming. They couldn’t have been more attentive or helpful about the menu. Our food from appetizers to main dishes were inventive and delicious. Especially loved the Deviled Egg Sampler and Artichoke Soup! Owner stopped by to chat, which was lovely as did the General Manager. Even staff who did not wait on us stopped by our table to wish us Happy Anniversary! Highly recommend this restaurant! We will be back!!

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TS
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and atmosphere are fantastic at this gem in NW Connecticut. Truly a great destination and always worth the trip which is 90 minutes from our house.

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LT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another perfect meal. Service, food, overall perfection. Enough said.

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H
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent food and pleasant experience. Their attention to details were truly remarkable. We wish the waiters were more knowledgeable of the food being served, although they took our inquires back to the chef to find answers.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food delivered on flavor and presentation. Wait staff was attentive and plentiful. Fine dining experience without being snooty, we were casually dressed yet felt very welcomed. The only ding I could give the experience was the view, but the truth be known, if your staring out the window at the abandoned Shell station across the street your missing out on the eye catching artistry right there on your plate.

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TM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

The male host was rude and disrespectful of our disabilities...we walked out. We made reservations months in advance...our needs explained clearly. We waited 45 minutes patiently do to the day being a holiday and then were seated. The floor was extremely loud and we could not hear each other, and in trying to sit closer; we were yelled at. The host was belittling and disrespectful, along with trying to embarrass us in front of the whole restaurant with his "tantrumming;" to which the table next to us openly stated that they had no problems with our seating arrangement.

This is so sad, since the last time I was there, years ago...it was a wonderful experience. The host also misrepresented us and recorded us as "canceling" our reservation, which we didn't.

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TM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had Easter Sunday dinner .it was fabulous!

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Super good as always

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have wanted to try it for a long time and it was worth the wait! Will definitely go back again.

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E
New England
13 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our dinner was delicious. Service was amazing and we love every chance we get to eat at Arethusa.

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3
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Can’t say enough... the best food I’ve ever had. Everything else was above high expectations as well.

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d
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The presentation and food quality is superb. My wife and I had a wonderful time and look forward to our next visit

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MP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent gourmet “farm to table” experiential dining. Superb service and graciousness from all staff. Fourth time. Will return when geographically possible!

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JA
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our second time dining here. The menu is always full of great options. The dishes are cooked perfectly and the flavors complement each other, always in the right proportions. The wait staff is professional and attentive. The price is right for something this good. I recommend the soup, this time it was asparagus. I had the pork on home made rolls, delicious fusion of asian influence with seasonal ingredients.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food was Amazing. The people that go in there are very uppity. Snobby litchfield crowd.

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DW
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our third time dining at Arethusa al Tavalo, and another excellent meal. My beet salad and my Halibut entree were excellent as was my wife's crab salad app. The chocolate dessert and coffee ice cream were great as well. The service, with one minor exception (I ordered my soup without egg yolk dust topping as I dislike egg and it came with that) was excellent and consistent. The staff there is clearly and justifiably proud of the food! One of the co-owners stopped by our table to ask about our dining experience, which we appreciated. While expensive, the food here is excellent and has always been worth the hour drive to Bantam. We look forward to returing this summer!

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j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful birthday celebration

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