Arethusa al Tavolo

4.9
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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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4.9
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F
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Beautiful food and very attentive service - i highly recommend visiting the shop to buy the dairy products after lunch.

RC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent! Would go again. Only comment is that -because it was full it was rather loud. Hard to have a conversation with all parties at the table.

d
Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

I used to be in the restaurant business, high end dining, fresh organic ingredients etc.
I am a foodie.
The food and service were bothe awesome.
The prices for lunch were ridiculously and unnecessarily high and the portions small, therefore pretentious.

LB
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was celebrating my birthday with my cousin from NYC and was so excited to get a reservation for brunch on Sunday ! We enjoyed every bit of it ... the atmosphere was lovely, with tasteful holiday decorations & dim lighting , and holiday music as well. First we ordered beverages - I had Prosecco & my cousin a Cosmopolitan. For our meal , I ordered Eggs Benedict with salmon , and she ordered Blueberry Pancakes .. both cooked to perfection & the presentation was picture worthy! We also had a mouthwatering dessert that was brought out with a candle &" Happy Birthday" scripted in chocolate without even having to request it - our server was very attentive ! Our next visit will be for dinner .. better get on the calendar sooner than later , since , by no surprise, it is very booked all the time! Overall , a wonderful experience !

LK
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food here is amazing! My husband and I went for my birthday dinner and we loved it. We’re both chefs and thought the food was beyond delicious. The cocktails and service were also amazing!! Can’t wait to come back here

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday brunch

GK
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent staff, interesting menu, cheerful atmosphere, though noisy. The food was attractively presented but a bit bland for my taste. Wonderful chocolate desserts.

l
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

The pros: the food was absolutely delicious, starting with the salted, creamy butter and fresh bread. Artfully presented appetizers, mains, and desserts. Good wine. Top quality food overall.

The cons: noise level is very very high. Tables near the kitchen are bothered by constant staff talking and walking. Our waitress whipped our plates away within seconds of finishing, while the other person was still eating. And the cocktails had way too much ice.

JL
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience2

But acoustics where horrible. And charging 6.00 for a bottle of water brought to the table unannounced was rediculous
I would definitely tell my friends about that

LT
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent and professional service. Food was unique and full of flavor. They really gave us an experience.

CH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Wonderful as always. Special shout out to Brandon who always makes our day when we go.

KH
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Date night :)

T
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, so many amazing flavors in each bite from appetizers, main course to dessert! Service was warm, friendly and attentive!

MJ
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A great overall experience. The creativity and flavor in the food is a 10! Kudos to the chef and his staff! I would recommend taking suggestions for any wine they might recommend, we are two for two now and both have been terrific wines I wouldn’t normally drink. In addition to the culinary experience the staff is on top of their game very well trained attentive professional and very pleasant enjoyed our experience for the second time now and will definitely plan on dining Arethusa again, soon I hope!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I hesitate to say how amazing it it because i want to to able to get a reservation!!
It is exquisite and a regular treat for us though an hour drive.

EC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious , the service was impeccable, we enjoyed our time there and will definitely go back 👍👍

NA
Denver
30 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was more than perfect as always at Arethusa al Tavolo!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great staff, very attentive to smallest of details. Food crafted to highest standards. Simply, a wonderful dining experience.

TM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I sound repetitious but as usual everyone and everything was superb.
We always look foreword to our time at Arethusa a Tavolo.

DP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I always leave saying the same thing--that was the best meal I have ever had! The food is extraordinary, and the service is tops. It is always worth our 1 hour 45 minute drive to the restaurant. We have never been disappointed and try to get there at least twice a year.

GG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

High quality food Outstanding flavors, excellent wine list and superb service. Definitely they know what they are doing and how to pleased food connoisseurs. Booking another reservation soon!
What we ordered:
Chicken Liver Dumplings
Brussel shaved salad
Lamb and Duck entrees
Coconut dessert

KR
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I have been wanting to try Arethusa for quite some time now. We we not disappointed. Everything was amazing. This restaurant is on the more expensive side but you get what you pay for here. A true culinary experience. We will return.

e
New England
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Noise level detracts from otherwise outstanding restaurant

n
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

One of our favorite places to have a special dinner. I wish I lived closer!

SB
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We enjoyed a fabulous meal - the food and service were perfect. My only quibble (and it’s minor) was the dim lighting. As a 60-something adult, I had to use the flashlight on my phone to read the menu, and it was difficult to visually distinguish the various vegetables served with my salmon. Didn’t deter me from savoring the flavors, though. An A++ experience.

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant has never disappointed us The food and service are outstanding

LB
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was, far and away, the best meal I have ever eaten. I would recommend it to anyone to mark a special occasion. The wait staff was knowledgeable and attentive. Every detail was perfect - and delicious!

DW
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I had another excellent dinner at Arethusa al Tavolo. The Artichoke soup, Beet and Goat Cheese Salad, and Ravioli I had were all excellent, as was my wife's Brussels spouts salad and Scottish Salmon. In addition to the excellent food, the service was of high quality as well. Our server was very good, and the servers who brought us our bread and amuse bouche (a delicious sugar cone filled with Arethusa Blue Cheese) were energetic and happy to be serving us such excellent food! In addition, one of the two owners (George) stopped by our table to ask how we were enjoying the food. The ice cream (made from their cream from their own dairy farm) is also excellent. The location in Bantam is an hour away, but well worth the drive!

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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

F
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
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 on 8 November 2019
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 on 8 November 2019
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 on 6 November 2019
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.

CM
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
17 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.