Tryst Restaurant
Tryst Restaurant

Tryst Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.trystrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7816412227
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Paul Turano
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Tryst restaurant hosts a wide variety of events ranging from small birthday parties to wedding receptions. Please contact us at the restaurant.
  • Private Party Contact: Amber Michele 7816412227
  • Entertainment: Sunday Brunch jazz trio beginning 9/13.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Court St. & Water St.
  • Public Transit: Bus routes: 62, 67, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 84, 87
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is public parking available in the immediate area in front of and surrounding Tryst restaurant.
A word from Tryst Restaurant
Tryst Restaurant serves creative American cuisine, using local and seasonal ingredients.
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Tryst Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
113 reviews since April 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (75)fit for foodies (53)great for brunch (29)special occasion (26)good for groups (21)vibrant bar scene (18)hot spot (12)romantic (12)great for lunch (8)notable wine list (7)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Yumm
    spicyfan
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great value during Dine Out Boston. Shrimp taco is superb.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For Sunday Brunch, Look No Further
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I'd say Tryst has the most delicious brunch around. Four of us went there during dine out Boston, combining for seven different menu items--and all seven were positively scrumptious! One might be an accident, two a lucky break, but seven? You can take that to the bank (of your stomach!).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A pleasant evening.
    Henrun
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Good service. Good food. We sampled 2 of the wines we were thinking about. Food was creatively presented and in ample portions. We were 2 couples and we're able to hear each other without difficulty and stayed to talk for some time without being pressured to leave. Prices were fair. The only negative was the quality of the coffee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over-attentive staff
    AMtwoVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The over-attentive staff was a bit off-putting. At one point, I almost told the hostess to just go away and not come back. A busser tried to take our appetizer twice while we were still eating it, long before our mains showed up. Despite good food, the service was the driver for our experience & rating. I really liked my appetizer and dinner, but it was tough to enjoy the food and conversation with our friend when staff kept interrupting us. We probably had a half dozen different people check on us multiple times throughout the evening. Our reservation was on a Tuesday night, and there were plenty of empty tables, so they didn't need to rush us. If I go back, I will certainly sit at the bar, to attempt to escape the over-attentive staff.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Meal on Saturday Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Tryst is always a pleasure to dine at. Tryst is very accommodating to reservation needs. Joseph is a great, professional, waiter.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently great
    Foodie87VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This chef rivals those in Boston and Cambridge. Food is inventive and well prepared. Our server was attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date night
    KellyVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Friendly and attentive wait staff and fantastic food.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner!
    BRFadeVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Had a table in the bar on Friday evening and as usual the food was great! My wife had the steak tips which were awesome (I def had food envy!) which came with a salad and pasta side dish. The tips were tender and delicious and were a great value. We shared the Tapas which was also terrific. Really interesting variety of items with the Serrano ham, chorizo stuffed dates and the peppadews. I had a burger for my main and was done perfectly (medium rare)! We sort of had revolving servers but everyone was great and service never lacked. Bar scene was great as well and we enjoy dining there more than the back of the restaurant. Tryst always has an interesting menu and lots of choices which is the reason to return to try other dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Cocktails!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We stopped in for a quick appetizer and drink before heading to a party and everything was great! The bartenders are so nice and the drinks were delicious. I love the shrimp tacos!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dinner
    mjw22
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I've never had a bad experience here. Service is great and the food is great
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food
    foodforthought
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We went there for my mother's birthday and had great food and wonderful service. I've been there three times and it's been great all three times.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic food made to order
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I was trying to watch my calories when I had dinner at Tryst with a group of friends, so I asked for my favorite kale/brussel sprout salad to be made a little differently and had that for dinner (dressing on the side and add grilled chicken). One of my friends liked how it sounded so he ordered the same thing. We both thought it was fantastic; i would come back and sit at the bar to have that salad any night I did not feel like making dinner. This is not the first time I've asked for modifications to something on the menu; every time they cheerfully take my request and the chef creates a great tasting dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a fantastic dinner at Tryst on Saturday night. My wife and I just moved to Arlington and our parents were visiting and staying with us for the first time. We brought them to Tryst and they LOVED it. Everyone was pleased with their meals and raved about them the following day. We would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely ladies who brunch
    Girlsgonewild
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We had a great time at Tryst! The waiter was outstanding p, ver attentive to all of our needs! The mimosas had the right amount of champagne definitely not too much orange juice. The food was delicious! The meal started with a complimentary scone or lemon pound cake. The scone way yummy did not try the pound cake. The huervas rancheros was also outstanding. It arrived hot and was layered every bit delicious. The egg was perfectly cooked and the sauce was tangy but not too spicy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time, will return again soon!
    PAS2539VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Tryst is an unpretentious, solid, good restaurant. The Kettel One Citron martinis were perfect (and generous). We love calamari and ordered it as an appetizer. The helping was generous (for two) and they were nicely prepared. My husband had the "pork under a brick" and I had the swordfish. Both were generously sized, well prepared (neither over-cooked), and very tasty. No room for dessert! Definitely will return soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service lacking
    PickyButReasonable
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I had high hopes for Tryst, as I had heard good things and had had dinner on a Tuesday evening with friends that went very well. However I should have been alerted when the front door had a big sign on it saying they had openings for help. The waiters (we had 2 - one was training) were not attentive - when we said we need a couple of minutes more to look at the menu, they returned 20 minutes later after we had to ask to have them sent over. (It was not busy yet.) The restaurant got progressively busier, and our service become consistently worse. My steak tips were cooked well done when I asked for them to be medium. It took 20 minutes to get a new plate. They offered us free dessert, but we didn't want any more poor service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    After coming back from vacation, the last thing we wanted to do was shop and cook. Enter Tryst! With a delicious brunch, fabulous location, and relaxed atmosphere, it was just what we needed. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SOLID. Solid as a rock
    amyd1972VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Tryst is the kind of place you NEED in your hood. They do everything consistently well. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent
    Marsha
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This is a wonderful restaurant, with an interesting and delightful menu. All the choices I've made have been super--steak tips, chicken, pork, the noodles with Bolognese.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food in neighborhood
    returnagain14
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Really enjoyed food. Portions are generous. Menu is very diverse.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, once again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I have been to tryst a number of times and have always enjoyed it and this visit was no different. We were there for girls night out. We were able to relax and we were not rushed at all. Our server was pleasant and helpful. I had the shrimp tacos and really enjoyed them.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    mjw22
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I've never had a bad experience here. Service is great and the food is great
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good, creative food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Paul's food is creative, very tasty and there is nice variety on his menu. The right prices and a friendly staff make Tryst a real find and a favorite spot.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely new experience
    BrooklineFoodie
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I dined for the first time with a friend at Tryst before seeing a show nearby. We both loved it. We shared a shrimp taco for an appetizer that was perfect. Then we split a pig entree that was different and delicious. The waitstaff split both dishes for us after we told them we were sharing. They were mindful of our need to leave in time for the performance. I will surely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We've not been to Tryst three times for brunch - over the last year. It's very dependable, delicious, plenty of food, good service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and excellent service
    RobinVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Consistently good food and great service. A little pricey but they make a great burger at a reasonable price. Also they have great fries.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tryst is great
    Precat
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Another great meal with friends. We sat at a high top in the Bar Area and conversed easily. All four of our meals were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shrimp tacos!
    LuckyDucky149
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Overall a great spot for dinner. Really enjoyed our meals, especially the shrimp tacos. Very delicious. (Though I thought there was a little too much avacado and also I am not sure the menu specified the shrimp is fried.) Everything else we ate was quite tasty, including my salmon and my husband's swordfish. If you're looking for a super romantic restaurant not sure if this will do it for you. While the ambiance is pretty good, I wouldn't also say it's a very romantic spot. The bar is right there, too. And there are several TV's mounted on the walls, so it still felt a little too much like a bar. Not that I have anything against bars at all...just wasn't what I was expecting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Very enjoyable dinner - consistently good appetizers and entrées. It is very LOUD - makes it difficult to converse.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for business clients
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    I took clients from out of town to Tryst and they overwhelming approved of the choice. Everyone enjoyed the food and the service was great. Tryst is casual, unpretentious but also a place with atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise level was challenging
    Diane
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The bar area is noisy and it affects the dining adversely.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • perfect dinner
    borntoyum
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    My wife and I met our son and his fiancé at Tryst for dinner. They highly recommended it from a previous visit, and we can see why. The food, drinks, service, and atmosphere were all outstanding. We shared the calamari and the shrimp taco appetizers. Both were extremely tasty, but if I had to choose one as a favorite, it would be the shrimp tacos. We all chose different entrees and were happy with our selections. On the basis of our very helpful server's recommendation, I opted for the Pig Under a Brick. One word review: Delicious! We will definitely return to Tryst!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great Dinner
    mjw22
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    I've never had a bad experience here. Service is great and the food is great
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, hasty service
    Nonickname
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    It's the second time I've eaten at Tryst. First time was on Super Bowl Sunday with a girlfriend also trying to avoid football madness. Although for some odd reason the restaurant has way too many TVs we were able to ignore The Game and enjoy the delicious food. My second time was on a Friday around 6:30 and the place was hopping. The food was good -- not as dazzling as before but the service felt rushed and that added an unpleasant element.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice place with great service
    CrankinSteveVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Enjoyed our meals, especially the service. Nice to have the smaller dishes along with the larger entrees. All in all, a place where we will return. Also, we were able to find parking on the street nearby making it pleasant to drive there.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dinner
    LikeToEat
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I took my wife to Tryst because the last time we were there, she absolutely loved the duck entree. But, on that evening, duck was not on the menu. So, my wife picked the chicken entree and it was slightly too dry. I ordered the Bourbon Steak Tips and they were tasty. Overall, the service was good, the ambience was quiet and somewhat romantic (gave us a table at a corner, but noticed our table did not have a table cloth, yet the tables across from us, did...). I was not as impressed as the last time, and it was not a bad experience, but had higher expectation from our initial visit. I will try it again ... maybe for brunch and see how it is.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LOVE it
    MrsBVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    This place is such a gem! We've enjoyed cocktails and the wine list, and look forward to working our way through the menu. Service is friendly and attentive. I wish they had fewer TV's but aside from that A+!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • comfortable
    ginger
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Relaxed comfortable setting, salmon was fabulous, wait staff very attentive
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Arlington restaurant
    bthereorbsquare
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    First time at Tryst, and I'll definitely go back. Everything I ordered was delicious, and my fellow diners felt the same way. I was impressed, pleased, and delighted. THe waiter was excellent, suggested a red wine that was perfect, and did an amazing job of being graciously attentive while also dealing with a very busy restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bourbon Glazed Steak Tips
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I ordered these mostly due to the waiter's recommendation and ability to explain how they are cooked. They were great! The glaze wasn't too sweet and they were cooked perfectly. The service was great but it took a while to get our drinks at the beginning of the night. However the rest of the night went perfectly. Many of the staff checked in on us to offer more bread, water and just to make sure everything was okay.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.