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Scutra Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.scutra.com
  • Email: scutra@aol.com
  • Phone: (781) 316-1816
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Modern European, Belgian
  • Executive Chef: Didier Baugniet
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We are a full service catering co. We will service up to 200 guests. Call our restaurant for further details or to set up a time. We personalize menus to everyone’s personal needs.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our restaurant can accommodate up to 60 guest or the restaurant can be divided into 2 sections both accommodating 35 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Cesidia Baugniet (781) 316-1816

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mill St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have a private lot in front of our restaurant and additional parking available after 6:00pm at Ace Hardware located on mill St or diagonally across the street and the Red Barn.
A word from Scutra
Welcome to Scutra. We are a small family run Restaurant. Our food is an influence of Belgium-Italian with an American Bistro Feel. We'd like everyone to feel like they are at home.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "This was a special occasion - and the meals matched the occasion. Well done, interesting combinations in just the right sized portions -- we were able to enjoy aperizer, salad, entre' and dessert without feeling overstuffed. I rather suspect we will be back!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The food was very good and there was a variety dishes to choose from. Added bonus were the specials which included salad and an entre."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Enjoyed a birthday dinner with girlfriends and had a great experience. Good food and fun drinks! Our waiter was very attentive and we especially liked the appetizer & dinner special - excellent dishes at a great price. Will be sure to return next time I'm in Arlington."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Our evening had a rocky start with the hostess ignoring us while she went off to clean and set up tables (an odd dual function in a restaurant). After an unreasonably long wait, she noted our reservation, went to clear a table and sat us. This restaurant does not have a comfortable waiting area, and to be ignored was quite infuriating. Once we were seated, the wait staff was very pleasant and helpful. The food was quite nice, and overall made up for the treatment at the door. The only downside to the service was when the hostess brought us our appetizers. She handed us the plates and left it to us to clear spots to put them down. The regular wait staff was much more professional bringing the main course and dessert."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Everything was great, very clean place, great service, wow amazing food."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This is a pretty good restaurant. In the past, we've found the dishes to be interesting and well prepared. This evening, however, the flavors in a couple of dishes didn't quite fuse. I'm sure we'll give it another try."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The food is great, the chef is a genius, and the service lovely and well-timed. But where Scutra really stands above the crowd is their exceptional ability to deal with food sensitivities and limitations. They went way above and beyond the call of duty for one of our party who had fairly extreme dietary issues -- and still created a set of gourmet dishes that were safe and reasonably priced. Very very wonderful restaurant."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "I keep going back to this restaurant because I want to order almost everything on the menu! The food is absolutely ingenious. This is the best restaurant in all of Arlington."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "It had been quite a while since our last visit and we were so happy to rediscover Scutra. The food was delicious - everyone was happy with their meals and the cocktails were great! Try the grilled cheesecake for dessert - amazing!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The menu was limited but had some interesting choices. The food was okay, not great. I had the special striped bass and it was a little bland and dry. The Paella was more like a bouillabaisse and the portion was small. The flatbread was slightly undercooked. Desserts were great."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We die regularly at Scutra, and kast Friday' s dinner was the best ever."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Absolutely the best restaurant in town. Repeatedly great food with seasonal changes."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We've been to this restaurant a few times over the past few years, and always seem to come away with the same feeling. The place has a warm lively atmosphere and a good price point - that sweet spot that's nice enough for a good dinner, but inexpensive enough for a regular night out. The primary problem is the food. Very uneven. Usually one or two diners are happy, while at least one or two are not."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "First time at Scutra. Liked the menu but waited for service for 10 minutes once we were seated. Nice ambiance - feels like a local place, not too dressy. Decent wine list. Had two apps, the sourdough bruchetta which we liked and a special beet/tomato salad which had a very spicy sauce (which wasn't mentioned by the waiter) and we wouldn't have again. For entrees we had the double pork chop and the raviolis which were very good. The service was spotty - we didn't get fresh silverware with our dinners and since we couldn't get a server's attention finally just took knives from the next table. Again after dinner waited for 10 minutes before the table was cleared. Overall good food but not great service. Would try it again."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We had been to Scutra several years ago, and liked it a lot. This time the food was not as good. The perch tempura was too greasy and had added cream sauce. The Pialla was more a chioppino."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "First time, glad we checked it out. Our meal was terrific, all fresh ingredients great flavors. Our server was extremely knowledgeable and fun to talk with. Will recommend."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "It has it all for a fraction of the price of the downtown old guard. Run don't walk to Scutra."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Waited at least 20 min to order food after drinks were served. Partner received wrong beer. Asked3 times for a glass of water. My meal was over cooked, rubbery and the portion was quite small. My partners meal was fine - but have had better elsewhere. There are too many other nice places to try before we would return to Scutra again."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Overpriced for the quality. When you combine small servings, we leave not wanting to go back again. The paella was more like overcooked seafood stew.. Other dishes were unremarkable. Eggplant-crab appetizer was flat in flavor. Cocktails skimp on alcohol. One of our party of 4 ordered a glass of wine which was poured to fill only a quarter of the glass. Appearances are everything so I suggest they use a smaller glass. For a Friday night and having empty tables, one would think they should re-evaluate their business model."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "his place was a wonderful surprise to my fiance and I! The prices were EXTREMELY reasonable for food that was not only delicious but also clever and original. We had crab wrapped in eggplant, limincello squid, PORK OSSO BUCO, and VEAL MEATLOAF. Each meal was plated beautifully and had numerous layers of taste that blended perfectly. I can easily say that the food here was better then a restaurant at the Elephant Walk level and almost as good as a place like Rendezvous. As an added bonus it is GREAT for people with a gluten allergy! Many options and all marked on the menu."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "High quality food prepared to perfection! Outstanding staff who take the time to explain the dishes and get to know you. Be sure to make a reservation though because they are popular!"
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Excellent first date spot to impress as well as a place to enjoy great food, wine."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "A for presentation Website menu should be updated more often to reflects actual choices. Tuna special appetizer: sushi grade served on top of avocado in a square plate with tiny compartments wins both taste and presentation. Parking is tight if restaurant is full. Not an issue for locals."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Went with friends for dinner. Portions were very small, but artistic.. Wine list was overpriced and very limited.."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Having just moved to Arlington, I was on the hunt for a great local spot. Well I found one in Scutra. The food, service and atmosphere were very good. It is a cozy spot and I look forward to returning soon."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Overall, delightful experience. Food was excellent for all at our table."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We've been to Scutra a number of times and usually really like it. This time we ordered the filet special, med rare. It came under-cooked, cold and purple-red in the center. We asked for a bit more cooking. After waiting a considerable time, filet arrived back at our table--this time cooked to the point of being inedible -- charred on the outside and gray inside. The person delivering it didn't stay to see if it was ok. We ate the rest of the meal, and I took the filet home to the dog. Our server was very apologetic. But it seems the kitchen really didn't handle this well. What a shame."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We had a great time on a recent cold winter evening. Two appetizers were wonderful - braised rib spring roll with a spicy miso dipping sauce and a salmon strudel with a sublime lobster sauce. Entrees were interesting - veal meatloaf was tasty and just the thing for a cold evening and Paella was excellent and generous. The scotch glazed carrot cake with caramel ice cream was a great way to end the evening - and a great dessert without chocolate. By the way the homemade bread - especially the 7 grain - is very good. The service was friendly and attentive. The wine list is short, but nice. The pinots by the glass (white and red) went well with our meals. All in all a great meal on a bitter cold evening."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Great, creative food. Much more reasonable than similar fare in Boston. The staff is very friendly and helpful, the food is wonderful. Probably our favorite restaurant in the Boston area."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Creative and interesting, but limited, menu for New Year's Eve. It seemed busy (like a weekend evening), but not crazy (not all tables were filled). Our server was friendly and professional. Even with the limited menu (only 2 entrees to choose from), we waited over 20 minutes after completing our "intermezzo" before receiving our entrees."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We had a very pleasant New Years eve. Good food and excellent service. Will go again."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "always been very happy with food at Scutra, the gem of the neighborhood; very friendly and rapid service; however this time was not our best meal there - one appetizer of crab and lobster sauce was outstanding, the other of meat wrappers with tomato sauce was not something to reorder; the French Fries with the steak were not crunchy , and the cod fish entree very well presented but somewhat bland to my taste. We love their bread, it is always excellent. Overall a nice evening and we still recommend Scutra ; we will definitively return it is one of our favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "We had such a good experience on our 1st visit in early December that we brought 2 couples with us for a pre Christmas celebration. Drinks with Brian at the bar was fun - we requested some oldies and he did not disappoint! All agreed the apps were excellent, but unfortunately 4 of 6 were disappointed with their entrees. Chicken w/asparagus and risotto was not as expected and seemed a smallish portion to my brother-in-law. The other 3 disappointed customers all had the banana leaf wrapped cod. While they all said it was tasty, the portion size was very small - especially given it was a light fish dish. The apple turnover in phyllo was awesome!!"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Thanks to our server who guided us through the menu. The bartender serves up a careful martini. These are folks who serve great food and offer a very personal dining experience. They really get into your head and make sure everything is just so. Our group ordered every desert to share. Each one was fabulous. There is something for every tase. Even our fussy vegetarian was delighted."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "From appetizer to dessert, the food was outstanding. we had a attentive and pleasant waitress. Would recommend this local gem to anyone who appreciates a great place!"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Scutra is a wonderful restaurant in an out of the way location in Arlington. The ambience is warm and inviting. The food is imaginative and tasty. Parking right out front makes it easy for guests that cannot walk moderate distances. Gluten-free items are marked right on the menu to make that choice easy for those that require it. Service was friendly and attentive, without being overbearing."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "great menu; I'm always impressed when there are more than one or two entrees that sound really interesting and worth trying - there were several on the menu and the one i picked (tile fish) was outstanding. Prices were very reasonable and the wine recommendations were great. I will be back."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "My husband and I both ordered seafood entrees since their seafood had been so good the last time we ate here, a few years back. I am sorry to report that my lobster paella was way too salty. It also contained large rings of squid so tough I could not chew them enough to swallow them safely."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Had dinner with my son on a Saturday night. Service was excellent, very accommodating to requests. Food was delicious, staff was knowledgeable of menu and beverages. Nice ambience. Quiet enough to have a conversation without being stuffy."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "My wife and I dined at Scutra the other night and had a good time. We shared the warm spinach salad which has been on the menu before and was excellent. I had the double cut pork chop and she had the salmon. Both our dishes were good, but didn't blow us away as some of Scutra's dishes have in the past. The were still tasty and a good value for the price. We'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 11/8/2013