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Flora Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.florarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (781) 641-1664
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:30pm - 9:30pm
    Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, European
  • Executive Chef: Bob Sargent
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Flora is happy to cater events of any type and size. Please contact the restaurant for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Flora offers a private dining room that can seat up to 36 people! Other options include reserving the bar, cafe, main dining room or the entire restaurant! Choose from one of our preset menus or order from our seasonally changing restaurant menu! See the Private Dining link on our website or contact our Event Manager Megan Harrington for more information at floracatering@gmail.com
  • Private Party Contact: Megan Harrington (781) 641-1664
  • Entertainment: Flora's Music Series - Live and Free Music performed while you dine featuring great local acts every Thursday! Most music starts at 8pm. Dinner Reservations are recommended for the best seats!

    Flora features an upscale, white tablecloth dining room dramatically housed in a restored bank with 30' vaulted ceilings, 20 foot windows and an open kitchen!

    Flora also offers a more casual option in their Bar and Cafe with lighter fare options and high top tables that look out over the bustling town! While there is a TV in the bar, it only goes on for our local teams! ;)

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lake St.
  • Public Transit: 77 Bus runs right past us along Massachusetts Avenue out of Harvard Square.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on Mass. Ave. and on any side streets.
    Please use the parking lot behind the Cambridge Savings Bank next door.
A word from Flora
Chef/owner Bob Sargent creates menus drawing on American classics with French and Italian influences. Many of his dishes include seasonal vegetables and local foods, especially seafood and farm products.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food was really delicious and the setting was very nice."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great server, lovely food, pleasant and quiet atmosphere, the perfect place if you want a relaxed, pleasant dinner with conversation."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Ordinarily I have an outstanding meal at Flora. My husband and I are vegetarians and the only things on the menu for us were pasta dishes. Usually there is something else in addition to pasta that we can eat. The dessert was delicious."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Our first visit to this neighborhood restaurant was a success. The food was good and well prepared. We shared the calamari as an appetizer which was quite tasty. The dining room is spacious so you can easily carry on a conversation without hearing conversations from other nearby tables. The waiter was attentive and friendly. We will definitely return in the future."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "For dependably delicious food, caringly prepared and served, you can't go wrong with Flora's. Great cocktails and always interesting wines, we count on Flora's to always make us smile and say, "Wasn't that great?""
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "A fine dining establishment where I can go with wife for a romantic evening, with family during week for an impromptu dining, or with a group of friends for special occasions. Very nice ambiance (two sides of the restaurant has different ambiance to fit your preference), very good service, and excellent/ consistent food."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We had dinner for our anniversary as part of the Regent's "Dinner and a Show" package. We had a wonderful meal and the service was just right. Great place to celebrate."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I hadn't been back to Flora for some years (the location is not especially convenient for me), but food and service continue to be excellent. I believe they have expanded the space and number of tables somewhat and it is a bit noisier than I remember, but they seem to be managing it well. The noise level did not prevent conversation at a four-person table although it might be a bit intrusive if one were trying to have a really intimate conversation. Strongly recommended."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This is a consistently good restaurant at a reasonable price. Attentive wait staff . The menu does change seasonally and you can always find something that will perk up you attention. I had a wonderful green risotto with grilled shrimp that was excellent and light, for dessert we shared a rhubarb upside down cake that disapeared in a minute."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We are most fortunate to have a restaurant with wonderful food and the best service in Greater Boston right in Arlington. We have been to Flora literally hundreds of times and have never had anything but a fantastic experience. The food is creatively and lovingly prepared and the staff is the friendliest in the business. They have become our friends. We can't recommend Flora enough."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We took our young adult teens to dinner at Flora, one of our favorite restaurants in the past, for an end of school year dinner. We were mightily disappointed. We sent calamari, cold and soggy back, and hoped the next course would be better. The "special" of soft shell crab was doughy with bland bread crumbs and the risotto was bland and uninteresting. Flora has been around for years and was consistently one of our favorite neighborhood haunts. We were disappointed that it seems to have lost it's place amongst our "go to" restaurants. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Love this restaurant! Refined, healthy cuisine with interesting combinations."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Having Flora in the neighborhood reminds me a little of being in Manhattan where there's a great restaurant around every corner. This is upscale food, but still fit for families and for special occasions. There's a good selection of vegetarian dishes along with great things for meat lovers. I had the steak and it was done better than at any of the steak houses in the area."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Attentive wait staff, very tasty main courses, beautiful setting in a former bank. My husband and our friend were extremely happy with their receptive chicken and daily fish specials. My "green risotto" was delicious but the portion was smaller than I expected, not quite enough for a main. Starter salads were ok and a it overpriced, but desert was delightful. Great parking in bank lot next door during dinner service."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Our Mother's day brunch was outstanding, Flora's never disappoints! Wonderful restaurant, would highly recommend!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "A perfect Mother's Day dinner! But Flora is lovely any time for a romantic evening or a gathering of friends. The food is yummy and the service is pleasant. A great place!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Much too noisy in the main room. Heavy curtains did little to muffle reflections off walls and the ceiling. Menu choices were too few and a bit expensive. Service was just standard."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Really interesting flavor combinations. Great dressing on the arugala/avocado salad, excellent roasted beet salad, swordfish special with a red coulis and couscous (maybe) was great as was a green risotto. Loved the espresso creme brulee. A couple of dishes were fine but not great (kale and risotto ravioli was lacking a bit of flavor as was another salad with goat cheese). Overall a much better meal than I would have expected to get in Waltham. We will return."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Catching up with old friends is always a joy and adding great food makes the experience a memory. Things I loved about the experience include the ability to hear what my friend was saying, a perfectly cooked steak, the espresso creme de brullée was heavenly and the waitperson was knowledgeable, courteous, funny and knew exactly when to cut into our conversation while also knowing when not to. Water glasses refilled magically without interruption and drinks arrived without fanfare so we could keep catching up. There was a large event happening in the dining area near the bar but it didn't crowd us out or even affect us much at all. So they managed to have fun and so did we despite the different experiences we took away."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "but the service was off. during the meal we discussed how it ranked with Bergamot, our favorite. Agreed that food was comparable, but service fell short. Took three times to get my drink order right (I ordered one of their cocktails, they sent prosecco, returned that, a second more senior waiter came back with ... prosecco. That was kind of funny. We paid, though, in part with a gift certificate from WBUR donation. the hostess brought the cc slip back for signing and lectured about how to tip on the full amount, not the discounted amount. Which I knew, was prepared to do, and did, which I told her. She explained that some don't understand, and the servers get shortchanged. And that's why waiters should be paid fare wage, not on tips."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This is the fifth time I've eaten at Flora. I have sampled the food of my companions and have found every dish to be a perfect combination of flavors, always prepared flawlessly. I had the rainbow trout the last time I was there. It's hard to find fresh water fish anywhere and this was a generous portion, the flavor was lovely, the texture was perfect."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Delicious food, warm ambiance, great service. The menu always has interesting items on it. Flora offers appetizers, entrees and medium plates, which are in between and a great idea because it makes the whole menu so flexible and accomodating to all different people."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "As usual, Flora was great-Never been disappointed here. Theo, our waiter, really added to our enjoyment."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We had a lovely time at Flora. The food was imaginative and fresh. The roasted trout was fantastic which might be attributable to the amount of butter on it. The morels and rice we're the perfect accompaniment. The pork rib very good too although quite sweet. Frank loved the sweet potato hash. Service excellent but it was Wednesday on a rainy night so not sure that was typical. I've passed Flora numerous times and I'm so glad we finally went in. The impetus was a coupon from a donation to public radio. Thanks for supporting them, Flora. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Considering the atmosphere, menu selections and menu prices, we were expecting service that was on par. The waitress was less than professional, rambling through menu specials that she was reading, and inattentive. The chicken entree, salads, calamari and bisque were delicious, but the steak, which was ordered medium, came out raw initially and then overdone at the end. No offer was made to take this off the bill, and no apology was made, despite the fact that the steak came out after all other diners in our party were done. The waitress told us it was taking long because they were grilling a new steak….not true, it was the same one. There are far better options for great food and service in this price range."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "All four entrees served at our table were delicious. Service was excellent and speedy. Our waitress was very knowledgable about the food and explained each dish in detail. This place is on the top of our list for dining!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Service was very nice and amenable to splitting entree and salad. Food is routinely good. The negative: good food was served on cold plates which I really hate........and the haddock was a little overdone."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed our Easter meal. Flora has reliably good food and service."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "as always the food was wonderful -E2aster dinner-the menu is always a surprise and the flavors and combinations are exquisite-the service was lovely and from the time we walked through the door to the time we left everyone made sure our dining experience was just a joy-thank you for being in my neighborhood and for your take on what a restaurant should be. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I have never been so warmly greeted at a restaurant at which I have made an OpenTable reservation. We were shown to a lovely window table. The restaurant was busy but there were a few unoccupied tables. The fish special was sold out by 6:30 pm so we ended up ordering a couple of the delectable scallops, a sweet potato gnocchi and a fried haddock with potatoes gaufrette. For starters we tried the carrot ginger soup and several of the wonderful salads. Everything was delicious and well-prepared. I wasn't hungry enough for a big entrée and appreciated the portion of gnocchi afforded by the middle plates category. The space is very charming and the service was attentive, well-informed and much appreciated."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My husband and I are regulars at Flora's and we always really enjoy our time there. The food is excellent and I really like how you can choose between small (appetizer), medium and entree size dishes. Whenever we can, we sit at the bar. Ken, the wine manager and bar tender is super, and always makes our visit even more enjoyable."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "always a great experience! Ive never had a bad meal or experience here over the many years...."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Flora is an expensive restaurant. The food is usually very good, but I was disappointed with the food choices on the menu this time. I had the beef this time and the portion was ridiculously small for the price. I received two tiny pieces of pot roast."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Delightful dinner with friends. Table by a window which is always nice. Tables spaced far enough apart so that our conversations were private. Delicious assortment of salads with nice choice of small and larger size of main plates. Grilled lamb was cooked just right. Pear crisp with ice cream was scumptious. Espresso creme brulee was not creamy or flavorful enough. Good and friendly, helpful service! A favorite place to dine out with friends!!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Pricey but worth it once in a while! The wait staff was extremely nice and helpful."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We went ahead of a show at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, and it was great. I had an amazing pan fried duck breast that I'm still relishing in memory. Strongly recommended. Also: great bourbon."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Flora continues to be a wonderful and consistent choice for excellent food, a lovely atmosphere, and friendly but professional service. It is a great spot to catch up with friends or your significant other. It is one of those restaurants that every time you go, you think "Why don't I come here more often ?" The room that was the old bank is my favorite, as it is beautiful and unusual, but the newer portion is lively and attractive too."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The food and ambience are always good....and the service is always terrific, especially the service provided by the thoughtful, engaging waiter who served us on the evening of Friday, March 28....he should get an award for thoughtful attentiveness and his engaging sense of humor.."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Flora is the standout of the Arlington dining scene. Great food, knowledgable servers, and a fantastic ambiance. Whether you're dining out for a special occasion, or you just want to cozy up to the bar for a drink and a bite, you can't go wrong here."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We dined for Restaurant Week. Each course featured was also an item on their regular menu. Making the experience even more disappointing. The first courses, ginger carrot soup with maple crème, and beet salad with goat cheese, were enjoyable. The main course of Haddock was terrible. As was the accompanying pickled shrimp salad - honestly this salad tasted bland, soggy - like something in your own refrigerator that was on it's way to the rubbish. Unfortunately we both ordered the same main course which essentially ruined the dining experience. We both enjoyed the pear and cranberry crisp. Given this entrée is featured on their regular menu, we are unlikely to return anytime soon, if at all."
    Dined on 3/23/2014