Arethusa al Tavolo
Arethusa al Tavolo

Arethusa al Tavolo

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://arethusaaltavolo.com/
  • Phone: 8605670043x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

    Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

    Sunday: 5:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Dan Magill
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bantam Road (RT 202) & Doyle Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is located behing the Arethusa Dairy Store off of Doyle Road
A word from Arethusa al Tavolo
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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Arethusa al Tavolo reviews from OpenTable diners
176 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (144)special occasion (114)neighborhood gem (78)notable wine list (61)romantic (58)great for outdoor dining (37)hot spot (31)good for groups (28)great for lunch (24)great for brunch (14)vibrant bar scene (6)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (3)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Another Spectacular Dinner!
    Pamela
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Food here is excellent - just wish the noise level was less "energetic". Hard to talk at a table for 2. Service feels scripted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PF
    PLAF
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Outstanding as always. Arethusa never dissappoints
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lcarter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    It was a magnificent experience all the way around. The food, the service and the experience overall was incredible. It's a jewel !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Caudillo
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This was our fourth time at al Tavolo. It is now our absolute favorite restaurant in the area. Service, care of guests, superb preparation and presentation highlight this. We try to dine there once a month. It is currently the best! Ted and Nancy Morse
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    PatM
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This was our second time here, the first was for a fantastic dinner. Brunch also was great, the food terrific. I had the mac and 3-cheeses with bacon and green peas-delicious! My husband had the lobster roll, he loved it. Afterwards we went next door and bought the most delicious basket cheese, and the mozzarella (last of the season, summer only). What a treat we had at home! Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Taste of Excellence!
    cookiesday
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Each item on the menu is skillfully prepared and elegantly served. One of the best meals we've eaten.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a gem!
    JC21
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our waitress remembered us from being there once 3 months before. How great! The food is always excellent and our waitress made some delicious recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent but noise level high
    PintshirazVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The service was very accommodating and everything we ordered was really delicious and beautifully presented. We had a "good" table tucked in by the bar, which is a quieter spot than out in the open in the restaurant. The noise level is very high between 7-9 pm. I would make a reservation on the late side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful is it!
    queenbee
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food is superb and the atmosphere is relaxed without being in any sloppy -- the perfect place for a special dinner or just an (expensive) weeknight out. Every dish was excellent -- from the inventive scallops in a (sort of) corn chowder to the vegetarian mushroom ravioli. Hard to go wrong in Sept. with locally grown tomatoes and other produce. The real test will come in the dead of winter...and I am sure Arethusa will live up to it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Flavorful but overcooked shrimp
    Emme08
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I love Arethusa al Tavolo and always enjoy going there. They've always been a five-star experience for me but for the first time at lunch yesterday they did not earn five stars. Almost, but not quite. Almost everything was perfect....the flavors of the Citrus Marinated Shrimp Salad were terrific and the napa cabbage/mango slaw with a citrus lemongrass vinaigrette was outstanding. However, sad to say, the shrimp were slightly overcooked. Just enough to make them chewy and a bit rubbery. And yes, we could have told our waitress and had them redone, but it wasn't worth making a big fuss about for a quick luncheon. Other than that we were happy as clams and will of course go back first chance we get.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum, Yum, Yum!!
    NYCTheatreMonkey
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This restaurant is the whole package! Great food, great service, peaceful location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A PERFECT 11
    Kritteek
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    BACK AGAIN, & BETTER THAN THE LAST TIME TOMATO SOUP = WOW PORK TENDERLOIN & SNAPPER = DOUBLE WOW
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Treat
    canihavesome
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    More than just the amazing food, Arethusa's al Tavolo is the full experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lokinvalitchfield
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    best food and service in the area, sensitive and imaginative preparation, never disappoints and always satisfies. A rare treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem in rural ct!
    NanaPoppyVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Very surprising to find such world class creatively crafted and presented food here in bantam,ct! Service was also professional in a most casual way! Comprehensive wine offerings also! A totally satisfying experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!!
    ChrissyE
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This was my second visit to Arethusa al Tavolo and though it's hard to believe, the food keeps getting better and better. From starters to dessert, everything is top notch. There were 4 of us and we would all agree everything was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great concept, brilliant execution
    rlm2
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The chefs are very creative, yet Arethusa remains grounded in the literal farm-to-table concept of showing their prowess as an artisanal dairy. House-made milk, cheese and ice cream feature prominently in a menu that is competitive with the best. The staff is warm, professional and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining
    Thumper
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food was outstanding. Service was a tad slow. Seating where we were (in the front) was tight. Too tight for my wife. I suggest they remove one of the 2 seat tables in the front of the restaurant. Was it worth an hour's drive from Simsbury. Definitely. Would I come back. Definiitely. We had lunch and it was expensive but worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't Bother
    Tasteless
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had a really awful experience at this restaurant. Service was extremely slow despite a half-empty dining room. The food presented itself very well and was attractively plated. It tasted insipid, bland, and a pointless wast of good ingredients. The bill for two was close to $200, including a $30 bottle of wine. Far too expensive for us for such poor service and lousy food. There are many other alternatives in the area that know how to do it right.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Arethusa!
    Goodeats
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    It is not often that you find a Restaurant and Chef so good, that you want to try everything he cooks and sit at a table facing another angle to see what that holds. We found both at Arethusa. We had a wonderful dinner with our two older children. Lucky for us, since we had gotten the reservation night wrong. The manager was able to seat us immediatly and they were very understanding. We all had something different, and everything was perfection. Our appitizers and entrees were delicious and cooked perfectly. Our only regret was not being able to taste the remainder of the menu, fortunately, we look forward to another visit. Not to miss: the Duck, Red Snapper, and don't miss dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best in Northest Ct
    Jimnan
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Always a pleasure to enjoy al Travolo. The food is outstanding and the presentation superb. The only negatives are the noise level when it's full and the pretty limited menu. It's expensive but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous!
    Mattandmel
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Excellent flavorful food with wonderful presentation! The waitstaff, particularly, Danielle was outstanding. Very pleasant and helpful with our foodie questions! Would highly recomnend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    Maliro
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This is truly a gem. The food is innovative and beautifully presented, and extremely delicious. No dish has disappointed, from appetizers to dessert or the cheese plate. Manwar does an excellent job at running this restaurant, as he has at other establishments. The noise level was a bit high for easy conversation and the waiter could have been a bit more familiar with the specials of the evening, but overall we still rank it as the best restaurant in the Greater Hartford/Litchfield areas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Dinner and Evening
    sydbVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We were delighted to find this wonderful restaurant; service very attentive; food delicious and beautifully presented. Glad to have found such a top quality restaurant in the area. Was a bit noisy, but when tables started to empty, noise eased up. Will definitely plan to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was our second time at Arethusa. We did lunch before and were excited to try dinner. The appetizers are amazing--especially the yellowfin and yellowtail tartare (which I could eat as a main course) and the entrees were delicious. The cold cucumber soup that evening was delicious and refreshing. Each dish is like a work of art. The service is impeccable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Arathusa
    KBiznessVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    fantastic food, locally sourced. great dairy store next door. probably the cleanest place I have ever seen. a real find for the area. highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better than I anticipated!!
    SableFoodie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This was my first time dining at Arethusa al tavolo and it was wonderful! The staff was friendly and welcoming. The entire kitchen staff and our waitress catered to my special food needs without making it seem bothersome as other places have. Dishes came out compliment of the chef and pastry chef which were amazing. The meals were presented beautifully and tasted as delectable as they looked! I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • insulted
    bibliopegist
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I ordered a tomato mozzarella dish for appetizer, the menu said "tiny" tomato, they were. I could have been mentioned that the amount of mozzarella would be minuscule. I understand that Arethusa's cows are pampered, I did not know they were on a strict minimum production schedule! At $11 for the dish, the few grams of mozzarella seemed to be priced on par with gold. The rest of my meal was equally disappointing, the seared tuna was good, the bed of ratatouille tasted canned, left over on the stove for too long. Not what I expected from a restaurant in that price range. The ice cream shop next door, also operated by Arethusa, was fabulous. They must get the best of the milk....
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always
    Always
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Just a wonderful place. I am treated as if I have a billion $$$ or none.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Service, Lovely Setting
    RobertBrooklyn
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is a real gem. The staff was incredibly welcoming, especially with our toddler. There is a real sense of caring about the food and the presentation. You really feel like a guest. The rolade was fresh and lively and the chilled cucumber and pea soup was inspired. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch
    simplytasty
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Limited choices on menu. The ditalini with cheese/peas/smoked bacon/spinach was very good but the size did not warrant the $25 fee. There was nothing else served with it. Other prices were high but within the expected range and all the dishes were very good. Great ambiance: lovely setting and waitstaff was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dinner
    SomeoneVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    A real find in rural CT. Elegant food and tony clientele. Service is friendly and efficient; prices not outrageous. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A gem of a place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Presentation, service, food, ambiance were the best we have had in some time.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Chuck
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great dinner, the food was delicious and the service was excellent. Portions were good too.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything I heard and more!
    BillMac
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Outstanding food and service, a must do if you are in the Litchfield area!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special night
    80plus
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    A great restaurant for a special night out for fine dining!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ct finest
    Nigel5
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    A real find in the hills of Litchfield County--farm to table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    From the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, perfection. The food is inventive and simply delicious. The service is perfectly attentive without being overbearing or stuffy. They just don't miss a step here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great in Every Respect
    scrumptious
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We are so grateful that an extraordinary restaurant has opened in driving distance for us. The food, service, and physical restaurant flawless. Most importantly, however, is the food. In a word, it's great. The only negative is that it's hard to get a table!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Best meal and dining experience I've had in years. Each and every member of the staff was beyond polite and knowledgable. The food was just tremendous. First class, all the way. Do not miss this.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.