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Arethusa al Tavolo
Arethusa al Tavolo

Arethusa al Tavolo Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://arethusaaltavolo.com/
  • Phone: (860) 567-0043
  • 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: Contemporary American, Continental, 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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Diner Reviews
  • "We have wanted to go for awhile and were not disappointed. Great Food and it was tough to choose. Great staff and service as well."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Perhaps we're considered foodies… regardless, I was expecting to be blown away, and I wasn't. It was very good, but not exceptional, especially for the price."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Arethusa al Tavolo shines in every way: food, wine list, service, ambience. Creative ingredients paired with attentive and friendly staff in a stunning setting. A gem in the hills of Litchfield County Connecticut."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Six of us had dinner there last Sat - the food presentation was excellent and the food itself was wonderful - I had the beef tenderloin and it was the best I have ever had - it was so tender and cooked to perfection. My other friends had swordfish and duck and they all agreed it was outstanding. The desserts were to die for. It compared to any BEST restaurant in NYC - it is definitely a find here in Ct. I recommend it very highly - you won't be disappointed. The service was impeccable. It was well worth the money."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We received a gift card for an anniversary present and went to Saturday lunch. It was perfect. The wait staff are so professional, yet very friendly and down to earth. They food was wonderful. Came away feeling very happy, relaxed and sated!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This is one of the best restaurants I have ever been to. It opened last year and we ate there during the first week. Had to eat at the bar but gladly did to try it out. It was amazing. Ate there the other night and a year later it did not disappoint. Excellent food, well trained,friendly and knowledgeable staff. A 10 overall. Don't miss the experience if you can."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My wife and I had a very enjoyable evening dining at Arethusa. The service was outstanding and the food very delicious and to our taste. We will go back with friends."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Outstanding food and service. Meticulous preparation and presentation. Long list of wines by the glass. Tin ceiling and wood flooring amplifiy ambient noise to a barely acceptable level."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "This was our third time to Arathusa and we continue to be amazed at the wonderfully creative seasonal menus, the perfect presentations and the outstanding service. We can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We live nearby and typically have a hard time booking a reservation during peak times-no wonder. Food is ultra fresh, superb, from start to finish. Nice touch from the Chef, offering a wonderful amuse bouche as well as a sweet ending, so if you just need a little sweet taste, don't bother ordering dessert (though we did). Lots of ingredients are used form their own local farm and the freshness really shines through. Wonderful! Service is a tiny bit out of touch (i.e. 3 people stop by to refill your glass within a span of 2 minutes), but attentive nonetheless. We have been here several times and the host is ALWAYS super-attentive, a very nice touch. Definitely do not miss."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We had our anniversary dinner here and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves (again). Service was very good; not just efficient but very helpful in making suggestions. They have so many small but important touches here that we continue to be impressed with their attention to detail. The only thing I wish was a bit different is the distance between tables. We felt that, at times, our conversation and those of the people next to us were almost as if we were sharing the same table. With only about 18 inches between tables, it can not only be distracting but can be bothersome, depending upon your neighbors. One other suggestion, I'd like to see a chocolate desert on the menu. What they had was very good, though. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "All the little touches make this a great restaurant. The soup between courses, great butter and lastly milk and cookies. Breads and crackers are great!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Oh my. What a delightful surprise. It is not often that a high end restaurant truly exceeds your expectations. Arethusa al Tavolo does so from every dining aspect. Outstanding, knowledgeable wait staff. The wine list is very well selected without being overbearing. The food was fantastic -- expertly presented; precise, intense flavors, great choices. Not a miss among any of the choices. In fact, we kept saying "Oh my." So much of what we ate was "farm to table" truly including a fantastic restaurant made sour dough bread and Arethusa butter. In fact, at the end of the meal, we walked over to the Arethusa Creamery and bought their butter to take home -- it was that good !!. A perfect evening, and we will be back........soon."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Definitely some of the best food we have had in a very long time - all the dishes deliciously complex. My only dislike was the noise level of the restaurant - much too noisy for a great dining experience"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We just dined at Arethusa al Tavolo for the fourth time. This is, by far, our favorite restaurant in the area and I am happy to report that on our most recent visit, the food and service was better than ever.I had the warm asparagus salad at the recommendation of our excellent waitress and it was absolutely delicious. My husband was crazy for the tuna tartare and my son was thrilled with the cheese plate. The duck breast, salmon and scallop main courses were all excellent. Meanwhile, the owners make EVERYONE feel special...thank you! Last, my son said the ice cream was the best he's ever had!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "My wife and I just adored this lively dining excursion. Truly, it is a keeper. While prices are a bit steep, the food and service were well worth it. We plan to return, and have recommended this place to mt daughter."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Back again with our two granddaughters (5 and 3), they were treated as well as we consistently have been as opposed to being "tolerated" as in many restaurants. The outdoor garden is beautiful and meticulous and the lobster rolls were over the top, better than we have had on the docks in Maine. Jenya (sp?), Samantha, Theresa and Mitch, and of course Marwan, thanks for making our 45 anniversary a memorable one!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I hope they do something soon to buffer the noise."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food, the ambiance and the service were A+! We thoroughly enjoyed everything about our experience here. The service was ON - our waitress was lovely and made great recommendations. The bread and butter (something I don't normally eat) were out of this world. Fresh/Real and so tasty!! The meal got better with each course. We finished it with the homemade ice cream! Needless to say, this won't be the last time we visit. We've already made a reservation with 2 other couples..."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Presentation of the meal is outstanding, and the taste lives up to the presentation. This is an excellent place to go on a special occasion. Every detail is looked after from the initial greeting to the final extra dessert presented after the check. How can you pass up Arethusa milk and cookies."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "This was my third time dining at Arethusa and each time has been flawless. The food, the service, the setting- all perfection. I only wish it was closer to me!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This is a very charming restaurant, The hostess went above and beyond to accommodate us. Service was excellent and the food imaginative and very tasty. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The noise level is deafening, and should be addressed."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Al Tavolo is consistently excellent. The atmosphere, attentive but unobtrusive service, and most of all the amazing food make this our favorite restaurant. We are excited that they will now be open for lunch on the week-ends, too."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The service and food were outstanding. We have been telling people and we will be back, with friends."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Celebrated my birthday here and the crew made me feel like home !"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Our dinner was delicious, each dish a superbly balanced, confident mix of flavors and spices. The country pate of duck, pistachio and pork belly was lovely, as were the stuffed squash blossoms. The scallops were perfectly cooked, with a smoky, salty edge from the bacon, and the duck was wonderful, too. Absolutely beautiful presentation of each plate. The flaws: the wait staff tends to hover just a bit too much and the pop music didn't seem to quite fit. But we'll be back for special occasions."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We have been to Arethusa al Tavolo several times for dinner and this was our first time for lunch. The service was flawless (thank you Danielle) and the food, as usual, was creative, beautifully presented, and scrumptious. I had one of the best lobster rolls in CT and the sweet gem lettuce salad was refreshing especially with the fresh figs. We also ordered a half sized portion of the baked cheesy ditalini pasta, talk about decadent, so good. One of the owners, George, came by to say hello & Marwan, the General Manager, is always courteous and welcoming. We didn't have room for dessert, but will be going back for dinner in a few weeks. We look forward to April's amazing desserts. Wishing the Arethusa al Tavolo team continued success. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "It's been a very long while since I've as delightful an experience as I had at Arethusa al Tavolo this past Wed. evening. From start fo finish the meal, the ambiance, and the service were outstanding. We drove about 50 minutes after work and were hoping the restaurant would not disappoint and it was wonderful. We cannot wait to make the drive again...and we will do so very soon. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "excellent food, very good service. not much for ambiance and while the physical plant was fairly nice the lack of a full-service bar was a drawback as was the fact that the absence of white linen and a little more privacy per seating. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "This isn't my first time at the restaurant and I think my feelings remain the following: the food is beautifully presented, but could be much tastier. We had a squash blossom appetizer that could have been "fried anything" - the squash blossom was lost in the fried coating, although the sauce was good. The asparagus appetizer/salad has about 3 asparagus spears. My grilled "steak loin" had gristle (so I ended up trying to politely extract balls of chewed fat from my mouth!). The very expensive glass of blush wine we ordered tasted like Belgian beer - so I sent it back. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We recently had our second diner at Al Tavolo & will be back as soon as possible! The menu is original and creative. The chefs know how to get every detail just right. Each item we tasted was truly delicious with just enough intrigue to make you want more! The service is attentive without being over the top. From the manager to the hostess to the waiter there was an approach that made one feel as if our dinning experience was their most important focus. There is a wonderfully accommodating feeling that allows that diner to enjoy being served without actually noticing they are. I think that is a true skill. The atmosphere is lively & loud with tables perhaps just a little too close but it is still easy to converse w.o. straining. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Best restaurant in CT. Food is outstanding, service impeccable and the ambience just right. Deviled eggs appetizer is outstanding and all the seafood entrees we have tried are superb! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "When we arrived we were greeted as if wsteered at a friends house for dinner. I was very impressed at the level of service received and the little things that go a long way. The food was amazing. Every bite of food had a major WOW factor accompanying it. With the check came two small glasses of Arethusa Farm whole milk and cranberry orange cookies. It was a nice send off. The staff were all well trained and super attentive. The manager was also a team mate to the already team like atmosphere of the staff. The manager shook our hands when we left as if we were old friends. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "My wife and I visited Arethusa al Tavolo on Sunday May 25th to celebrate our wedding anniversary. This was our second visit, having made the reservation immediately following a birthday dinner in March that was an incredible experience. While Liz A, our server from March, wasn't there, our server Liz this time provided exceptional service! My wife and I had the cheeseboard, the salmon and crab crepes, the gem lettuce and lobster avocado salads, and the Peking duck, and all was beyond delicious! This restaurant is the complete package with great ambience and energy and a staff second to none in the area. Samantha and the manager stopped by to chat and clearly have a passion for what they do. We recommend al Tavolo every chance we get!!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We were at the restaurant for their first day of lunch service and it was terrific. We ate outdoors in their courtyard and the setting is charming with a fountain in the center of the space. The menu had something for everyone and was perfect. The restaurant is now open Saturday and Sunday for lunch. While the restaurant is noisy, the outdoor space is not."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "This is the best restaurant we've been to in northwestern Connecticut. It's one of the best we've been to outside a major metropolitan area in the United States. We loved everything about it. Make a reservation well in advance; the locals know what they have in their backyard!! Very fair prices given the quality of the food. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "A gem in the middle of nowhere...we enjoyed every bit of our food and wine and the service is impeccable. The bread is the best we have had, and we even purchased their cheese to take home. We look forward to our next visit. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • " very expensive for such a terrible location!! fortunately the food & the service was wonderful!! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "As always, simply delicious and surprising. The service was perfect."
    Dined on 5/22/2014