Arethusa al Tavolo

4.8
1724 reviews
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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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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An incredible experience! Looking forward to the next visit.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was a wonderful experience

A
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

Our table was directly over an air conditioning vent and we were freezing. We asked repeatedly if the vent could be turned off or the air conditioner temperature could be changed, but we were ignored. We finally moved ourselves to a different table. Food was great, but I’ll remember the evening for how uncomfortable we were and how unhelpful the host was.

O
New England
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was truly outstanding. The presentation, quality of ingredients, flavor were all unbelievable. Brought guests from New York who said this was better than the finest restaurants they had eaten in NYC. Waiting for the reservation booking to open up for lateOctoberto plan a special occasion.

D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We eat here 3 times a year at least and it’s always amazing... this time for brunch the pancakes were in my top 2 of best pancakes ever. So buttery and crunchy on the outside with candied cashew crumble, fresh blueberries and citrus infused whipped cream... unbelievably light and delicious.

CT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Had our second incredible dinner here this past weekend. Everything was excellent, except we have one complaint. After pouring our inital glasses of wine from the bottle we chose, the waitstaff only came back to the table to top off our glasses twice during a 2 1/2 meal. We are uncomfortable pouring our own wine in a fine dining restaurant, but felt we had no choice.
The waitperson at our first visit kept an eye on our glassed continuosly and therfore, they were never empty. Other than that, the service was perfect, as was the food!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A big welcome by the front of house follow by warm, kind and very well trained service. The food is consistently excellent throughout the courses. If you have room for an after dinner drink, try their Hot Toddy with Chrysanthemums... best ever.

B
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This is one of the outstanding restaurants in Connecticut with attention to every detail in the preparation of the food. We are NY foodies, so we know the value of excellence in cuisine and Arethusa did not disappoint us. Even the bread was excellent. My wife had the brick baked chicken that was superb, the tomato salad--delicate and wonderful--and I had the squash flowers with ricotta---superb and the special sea bass--- which was outstanding. Even the dessert was excellent. Service was professional, friendly and efficient. We will put this at the top of our list for Litchfield County.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It was terrific

HS
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

As usual the food was the star. Unfortunately the service did not live up to our expectations based on prior visits. Our server was just generally not attentive. As an example, when he asked how we liked the bottle of wine, we expressed our disappointment. He then asked if he could take a small glass to the bartender for his opinion. Sadly we still don't know what he thought. Hopefully our next visit will be better.

MG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great creative food with friendly professional service

MC
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time here for dinner and it was superb! Presentation was great and the food was great! I would highly recommend this place for a wonderful night out.

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Impeccable, flawless service. Spectacular food. Got a little noisy as the dining room filled up, but not bad enough to spoil anything.

TM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything. Was fabulous. From the Birthday card they handed me upon arrival. They never cease to make the dining experience to be a memorable one

OT
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful as always

t
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great as always. Menu shifted a little bit since last year towards seafood and all new dishes were exceptional.

LD
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Easily one of the best dinning experiences I've ever had. From the ambiance to the service to the food everything was Michelin star quality. The manager, Robert, was kind enough to chat with us about the history of Arethusa, as well as recommend the best ice cream I have EVER had. Brandon (one of the servers) was truly exceptional when presenting the complimentary amuse bouche. Our other server, Andrew, was also wonderful. Every bite was delicious and beautifully plated. Our cocktails were fantastic. As someone who comes from the service industry, this restaurant is run better then most. Though every table was full at 830pm on a Thursday, you never felt the crowd or chaos. The staff worked so harmoniously, no delays, it was truly impressive. Check our Arethusa ASAP. The food is incredible, but you will also have a truly wonderful dining experience.

TW
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible food and service. We enjoyed every part of the experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary

LH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Second time back ..... Beyond expectations on every level from start to finish! From the special velvety blue cheese mouse straight off the farm served in tiny fresh made mini waffle cones, to the most dreamy buttery Scallops we've ever eaten. Each dish was like fine art, filled with so many incredible flavors and textures it was like a party in my mouth with every bite and each dish was just the perfect amount. You can tell the chef and his support team truly care about every detail. The waitstaff in action... is like watching a finely choreographed ballet dance around the room. Not to mention all the staff have smiles on their faces and seem like they are really having as much fun as the guests. Its hard to not get caught up in the wonderful happy ambiance exuding from this place the minute you walk in the door. Hands down Arethusa al Tavolo is THE best meal and best dining experience we've ever had and Im quite certain you will agree.

JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The high end of food and service. We’ve been there before and will be back again.

JC
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Six of us for dinner and everyone's was a delight. The apps were great, light and delicious. Service was friendly and professional and always just right. They didn't bother you yet you always had someone when you needed them. Everything that came to the table was presented very well and more importantly tasted wonderfully. A long time to get reservations but worth the planning.

I
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The food is always wonderfully cooked. Great service.

HN
Phoenix
37 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Having friends who live near Hartford, CT gives me the excuse, a few times each year, to drive 1-1/2 hours from White Plains, NY to dine at Arethusa, and I am always glad that I made the trip.

LG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant and the only one we'd go for our 25th wedding anniversary! The food and service are the absolute best--we will be back again and again.

DA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

My lunch was excellent. I had two appetizers. My only issue was that the first course didn't appear on the table for 45 minutes from the time we ordered. When it did arrive it was a hand made work of art. And delicious.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Extraordinary food and extremely attentive service

SH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Simply the best restaurant in CT. The dairy-farm-to-table cuisine is inventive and delicious, the bread and homemade butter are divine and the ice cream is outstanding!

K
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

I am a foodie that loves to go to the best restaurants especially in NYC. I make sure to go to Arethusa every summer and am never disappointed and can't wait to return. The food is just outstanding. The freshness of the food cannot be beat and the way the chef puts the top quality ingredients together is consistently amongst the top restaurants I've ever eaten in. The menu is quite extensive and varied for this size restaurant making it difficult to make choices but you simply cannot go wrong. I also appreciate the little touches of their amazing amous bouche of their homemade cheese with delicious complementary flavorings like beets, their homemade bread which cannot be resisted and their delicious cookies for dessert. You are luck if you snag a reservation which you need to do well in advance.

A
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best lunch I’ve had for a long time. Everything was delicious and very nicely presented.

MS
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Fabulous flavors all around! Delicious starters with amuse-bouche and cheese plate and tempura squash blossom. Wonderful scallop and pork plates! Exquisite flavors! Excellent service! The only disappointment was the noise level. We were a table of two next to two loud groups of four. I could barely hear my husband at his birthday dinner. We both thought about leaving, but were ultimately very glad we stayed. Even though it was hardly an intimate dinner for two, the overall gastronomic experience was delightful. Come here for incredible flavor. Go elsewhere for a quiet, romantic dinner.

KL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic and delicious well worth the wait for a reservation

m
New England
68 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always lovely at Arethusa. We brought guests who had never been. It was Brunch so had a "low key" meal, but our friends claimed they were the best burgers they'd ever had!

RW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently excellent. Well worth an hours drive!

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Charming, busy, noisy, and a cramped layout, this nonetheless merits a detour for the cheese and ice cream alone. Some selections were outstanding (eggs benedict with smoked salmon); others (pasta dishes, mission fig appetizer) were average. We expected something extraordinary. We found something that was alright.

s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Offsetting the excellent food is the imperious and obnoxious attitude of Michael, Arethusa’s General Manager, in his arbitrary seating designations for customers and in his general demeanor.

NY
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous food. So fresh and seasonal and perfect. Loved this place. The squash fritters were exquisite, and beyond delicious.
Thank you so very much. I can’t wait to return.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Arethusa is hands down the best dining experience of all time. I need to frequent this establishment more than once a year. It tops all fine dining restaurants. I would go to Arethusa al Tavolo over Blue Hill at Stone Barns any day of the week. THANK YOU for your beautiful dishes!!!!!!!!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, beautiful outdoor courtyard and excellent service!

B
New York Area
148 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always--perfection. We love Arethusa al Tavolo. On the current menu the tomato soup had so many flavors it would be hard to describe. Ditto the scallops main course--possibly 10 different tastes aside from the scallops themselves. I kept thinking--hmmmm....oooh...ahhhhh. Just delicious. Bravo to the chef and the beautiful space. We will, of course, return.

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