Arethusa al Tavolo

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1837 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

My favorite restaurant of all time. I have been there tons of times and am never dissapoonted!

F
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It is a dining experience not just any lunch or dinner out. Everything my friend and I sampled was like a party in your mouth. Awesomely delicious!

LH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another incredible meal and experience can’t wait to come back. Everything was perfect from start to finish. Our friends said it truly tasted like so much care was put into each and every bite. Spectacular!

D
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

The food was fabulous. The wait staff very polite and efficient. The noise level was awful. Conversation was made with much effort. Sometimes we could not hear the description of the food the waitstaff was saying. If I go again it would be at an off peak time so we could enjoy each other’s company as well as the wonderful food.

CT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I love the full experience. Each item on the menu has a unique combination of seasonal flavors. Everything is special. The staff are very knowledgeable. And, the restaurant and menu are sensitive to dietary restrictions (gluten-free, in my case) - with many choices that work.

P
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing. The menu has a great variety to suit every taste. Service is excellent. Our server was very personable and helpful. Fine dining in a warm and cozy setting. Perfect for any special celebration. I can’t wait to go back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was impeccable. Food was fantastic, I dined on the
Grilled Prime Strip Steak with Black Garlic Crust prepared Medium Rare best I ever had. My significant other ordered the Rohan Duck Breast Glazed with Apple Cider Syrup prepared Medium Rare cooked just right. The comment was would order that again. We shared the Valrhona Chocolate Trio. Compliments to all the staff.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it! The entire experience was amazing!

g
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best restaurant in Connecticut period. Congratulations.

j
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

2nd visit. The food is outstanding, and in most cases, different from what you might normally experience at a high-end restaurant in Litchfield County CT. Arethusa is is on a par with the best in NYC.

We were seated immediately at the time of the reservation. We shared Beausoleil oysters from New Brunswick, that were excellent. Wife had their vegetarian ravioli, which was terriffic and I had the short ribs, also wonderful.

This is a loud space, but there was sufficeint space between tables so much of the sound became background noise. Service was very attentive and knowledgeable. We'll be going back!

SR
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and lovely lunch!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food as always, friendly atmosphere and a leisurely meal with dear friends.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience2

The quality of the food was incredible. The service was impeccable. Price for lunch was very expensive

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everyone was very accommodating and the food was delicious. All the servers were knowledgeable about the menu and made excellent recommendations. We will definitely be dining here again!

HV
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

This was our first time at this restaurant. We drove an hour to get to the restaurant as we heard this was an amazing place. The octopus and arugula salad were very good. My husband ordered the steak which was very average. I got scallop which was very good. We for the fall desert which we didn’t like at all. The service was excellent though. I don’t think we will go there again given the distance and good but not great food.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best restaurants I’ve been to! Everything was perfect.

DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our dinner at Arethusa al Tavolo was simply amazing. The servers were wonderful, the food was fantastic, the ambiance was delightful. I will be returning and would recommend to a friend/family member.

O
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We’ve been here several times and each time the entire experience has been fantastic. This time we brought family to celebrate a birthday. As usual the food was outstanding with beautiful presentation. Everyone in our party raved about the food. In addition, the service was outstanding.

SP
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved it!! Food was excellent, beautiful display, loved the extras! We look forward to going back soon.

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I came from Kansas City to spend the weekend with my daughter who lives in New Haven. Enjoy a day of fall foliage and fine dining with a visit to the dairy farm. It felt like home.

TM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always a wonderful dining experience. Words can not do justice for the overall experience.

AA
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff and food were outstanding. They made my birthday very special!

JF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This meal was a “10” on all accounts— the taste, quality, presentation, and service. It was one of the best meals I’ve had in my entire life. The one slight downside was the noise level in the room, but everything else was so fantastic we forgot about the noise. We will definitely be back when we want a very special dining experience.

L
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We were seated to a great table by the front window, the service was friendly and very attentive. The table next to ours was quite close and the party of three were very loud. The food however made up for the noise big time. Presentation was artistic, the flavors perfect on the palate. A delicious night.

KP
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an anniversary dinner at Arethusa al Tavolo and we had such a great experience. The food was all amazing and we were very impressed with all the flavors of the dishes. The butter alone was extremely good! The service was excellent and they even gave us a handwritten card for our anniversary celebration. We could definitely come back!

PD
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our food was delicious and the service perfect.we will be back!

AS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Absolutely delicious! The gluten free bread is savory and fabulous, I totally loved the beet soup and short rib ravioli. Can’t wait to return!

W
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely evening - very pleasant, knowledgeable staff and fabulous food.

SF
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Overall amazing food and service. Highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great the food and the staff were great.

n
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

food is delicious and beautifully present, service very friendly, attentive and efficient.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food! Had the halibut and the hamachi. Both amazing

TG
New England
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Probably the best meal I’ve ever had in Connecticut. Congratulations.

m
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Meal from apps to dessert was fabulous. The chicken liver dumplings were absolutely delicious. I also had the halibut entree which also was so so good. So many other dishes we want to try.
We have always had the best service you could ask for here, but on Wednesday night, our waitress was just ok. We waited over 35 min for dessert and during that time she never came to our table to explain why. Very disappointing!! Acted like it was our problem.

s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful food and service! Can’t wait to go again and try something different. Food was excellently prepared and absolutely delicious.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went on a Sunday night. From the moment we walked in we were treated well. Staff were great in explaining the drink and food options. Given the great reviews, I expected a mis step. There were none. All the apps and mains were perfect. Scallops and salmon were cooked to perfection. Each item had its own flavor profile and didn’t take away from the protein. Manager was nice enough to warn me about the deer in the area. Can’t wait to return.

JZ
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We've already recommended Arethusa to others. Consistently outstanding on all fronts. Creative, delicious food, super attentive staff without being overbearing, clean kitchen...they just knocked it out of the park (again).

Sorry for only giving it 4 out of 5 on the value metric. That's because I'm a cheap SOB. I will say that if you are going to pay a lot for a meal it better be memorable. I recently had a number of expensive meals in Napa at notable restaurants and was unhappy with all of them...Arethusa is memorable and I have never come away unhappy. Great job everyone.

m
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is the best restaurant in the area. The food, staff and service is above excellent. I have never been disappointed and we go there often. Brunch is especially good. Highly recommend.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My girlfriend and I came in on a busy Saturday night with reservations. My hope was that she would leave with me as my fiancée. I told the hostess my plan weeks in advance and she was very quick to accommodate anything I needed. When we arrived, the hostess took us to the best table in the house. Our waitress’ knowledge was unparalleled and I knew we were in good hands.

We had the large cheese board as an appetizer which was incredible. Every single sample was delicious and we wished we had a second board! For our main course my girlfriend chose the duck breast, and I went with the strip steak. We’ve traveled extensively but let me tell you, this was one of the best steaks I’ve ever had. The phrase “melts in your mouth” comes to mind. The duck was equally astonishing. For desert we shared Pumpkin ice cream. We’re regular patrons of both Arethusa’s ice cream shop and coffee shop, and this was the best ice cream we’ve ever had!

On top of all the great food we ordered, the chef kept adding complimentary goodies to try. Totally creative, delicious and very bold. We loved it.

The service from the host to the food runners, the bussers to the the waitstaff, and the manager was superb. Everyone made their way to our table to converse, to help, and to show warmth and love throughout the evening. I can’t talk enough about how much it meant.

After dinner, I got down on one knee and popped the question. The room filled with maybe 80 people suddenly stood quiet. All that was left were several cute whispers and gasps. She of course said yes and we were accompanied by a round of applause! It was a moment we’ll remember for a lifetime.

We chose Arethusa because we knew they’d be there for us. They completely outdid themselves.

B
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

No highchair but we saw other table with their stroller but this is a small place. Food and service 5 stars!