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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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 noise level is deafening, and should be addressed."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Celebrated my birthday here and the crew made me feel like home !"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The service and food were outstanding. We have been telling people and we will be back, with friends."
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • " very expensive for such a terrible location!! fortunately the food & the service was wonderful!! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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
  • "As always, simply delicious and surprising. The service was perfect."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "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
  • "Al Tavolo is always good, especially anything from the creamery. Apps were fantastic, entree fell short of expectation. Don't get me wrong it was good, but not the outstanding rack of lamb I would have expected from a restaurant of this caliber. Our experience ended on a high note rounding the meal out with beignets that were excellent. They really pride themselves on flawless service, your water glass won't ever be empty! "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Our dinner was great...food is consistently wonderful but after 7:30 on weekends, you cannot even hear your dinner companion's conversation! That avocado appetizer with lobster is 5 star all by itself."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The staff at Arethusa couldn't have been more accomodating. We booked an early reservation as we were celebrating a birthday with an infant in tow. This isn't exactly the type of restaurant that you bring a squaling infant to, but desperate times... :) The staff was all very gracious and we were able to enjoy our delicious meal--the blue cheese mouse amuse bouche was outstanding!--with minimal fuss. The staff didn't bat an eye when we had to pop up to bring the baby outside for a soothing moment, and each time we returned to the table another delicious offering was waiting for us. I can't wait to return and enjoy more of their amazing offerings!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Wonderful reception, waiters and waitresses took care of every need, quiet ambiance, and most importantly, superb ---superb food."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Our family used to get milk at Arethusa Farm in the days of glass bottles and the honor system. What a wonderful surprise to find that there has been a delicious expansion of enterprise. Vegetarians always worried about the 'farm to table' designation as it often means that the menu caters to the bloodthirsty. I was THRILLED by the meatless options when we tried this restaurant for the first time on Mother's Day. There was plenty to choose from and the chef was more than willing to create other options. The tin ceiling and thoughtful architectural details intrigued my husband, an architect. Even our 'food critic' son was delighted with our new find and gave his rare tuna an A+++. Deserts were LOVELY. A perfect meal!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We love to eat there; the food is fabulous, and they are always so kind. Marwan is a superb maitre d'"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We have now eaten here three times and each time is as perfect as the last. The food, service, and level of attention is outstanding, without being pretentious. One of the best dining experiences we've enjoyed in the state of Connecticut."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We travel over an hour each way to get to this gem of a restaurant. That should say it all! We are regulars about every two weeks and are greeted like family. After moving from Manhattan to Connecticut we thought there would be a dirth of fine restaurants. Arethusa al Tavolo is BETTER than ANY restaurant we frequented in NYC in all our years there. We have been never been disappointed in the 9 months we have been going. Have the avocado and lobster tartine for an appetizer. Marwan the maitre d' is friendly yet very professional and keeps everything running like a Swiss watch. As far as restairamts go, this is our home away from home."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Extraordinary food, imaginatively conceived and exquisitely prepared. Thoughtful, knowing service by the wait staff, hostess, and manager. As good as dining gets, from the Litchfield Hills to the canyons of Manhattan. Go enjoy the naturally sourced, innovative, and delectable preparations. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Attentive and knowledgeable staff served us appetizers, dinner and dessert that was worth the 45 minute drive to get there. Portions were just right, presentation was beautiful and most importantly - the taste brought out the best of the flavors of our dishes. Enjoyed the tomato-fennel soup, scallops and ice cream from their own dairy. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed a Sunday lunch of extraordinary appetizers, entrees and desserts. Her deviled eggs with crab and foie gras and my yellow fin with wasabi were mesmerizing beginnings. Her Arethusa cheeses and pasta casserole and my rabbit filled ravioli furthered the outstanding gustatory experience. A light lemon dessert and a chocolate mousse cake were perfect ways to finish our stay. The mood is one of refined and comfortable grace. Attention and detail are al Tavolo's hallmarks."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Al Tavolo is outstanding in all respects. Food is consistently excellent, service is professional, and our entire family loves to dine there."
    Dined on 4/20/2014