Arethusa al Tavolo

4.9
1533 reviews
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Contemporary American
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.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection

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AO
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food. The service was a little slow but that's part of the experience.

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AB
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every way!! Truly extraordinary meal!

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DR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful restaurant to dine in. Staff is extremely attentive and know the menu intimately. Chef has exquisite blending of food pairings and spices - absolutely divine experience. Our favorite place for a special occasion.

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f
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend Arethusa al Tavolo! We ate there for lunch on a Saturday, and were thrilled with every detail from start to finish. The hostess extended us a friendly welcome, and we were seated in a banquette, as we had requested. Our waiter was knowledgeable and very confidently recommended dishes that we ended up loving. First course was Moroccan meatballs in Polenta. This course was shared by my wife and I, and was the perfect size (we ordered the entrée size) and really delicious. In addition, I had the eggs benedict which had perfectly poached eggs, and my wife had a grilled octopus salad with Chorizo, also delicious but too little chorizo in it. For desert we split the Banana begnets, which were incredible, and a great ending to the meal. So great to have a restaurant with such high quality standards in Litchfield county! Cannot recommend highly enough.

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MB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Best food north of New York. Food and service tremendous. Noise level not great but better at lunch

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PC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a superb restaurant. The chef is a philosopher and the management very attentive. It is unfortunately rare that serious innovation produces really delicious food, but here it does.

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J
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family came for lunch to celebrate my birthday. From the minute we sat down till the minute we left we were extremely well taken care of by the gracious staff. The food was absolutely incredible and we are already planning our next trip back.

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PF
New England
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals ever. The combination of flavors in every bite was simply amazing. The service was very attentive and personable and the cozy atmosphere was great. A must visit if you enjoy fine dining.

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MR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated immediately - the servers were cordial and attentive. The food was great. We traveled from a distance to celebrate a family event and it was worth it.

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g
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food an service. Made a normal weeknight feel special.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service. Absolutely delicious food. More vegetarian options would be nice. There was one main entree fit for a vegetarian. One starter. A second starter could be modified to be a vegetarian option. I wish the prices were a bit more affordable to be able to go more often. I may not be back due to the expense (enjoyed it to celebrate a special occasion), however the food and service could not have been any better! Superb!

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P
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. Arethusa is among the best restaurants anywhere. Delicious and interesting food, flawless service in a lovely setting. We are fortunate to have this wonderful restaurant in our town

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding - cannot wait to go back!

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HD
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my top 10 dining experiences. I am already planning my return.

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JS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. This was our fourth visit. Love how the menu changes with the seasons. Service is always spot on. Never in your face or pushy. You know the food is great when you don’t want the meal to end. Don’t change (except your menu each season!). You are my all time favorite restaurant.

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m
New England
65 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always 5 stars at Arethusa! It was a welcomed quiet brunch today due to the messy weather. But we enjoyed having the time to chat with Robert and our server, Jenja, as well as George. We live it there and grabbed some milk for home!

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G
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nestled in the quiet little enclave of Bantam is this extraordinary place where the freshest of ingredients and the magical creativity of the kitchen combine to present an explosive celebration to the palate. A most attentive staff
within this romantic setting and superb cuisine make for an exceptional dining experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and special touches as we celebrated our wedding anniversary. Food outstanding.

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SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Are you kidding? this place is world class...so lucky to have them in Litchfield...……...Sharon laskey

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LF
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is very special. It’s a lovely ambiance, but the food is extraordinary— imaginatively prepared, exquisitely beautiful, and absolutely delicious. The service is top notch: attentive, but not overbearing and knowledgeable about the menu. The only thing that bothered me is the acoustics, which are poor. All hard surfaces and no baffling or soundproofing make the experience too noisy.

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CO
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food and service in Connecticut! We experienced everything from cocktails and appetizers to dessert and cappuccino. The staff gave us excellent information about the offerings and we loved every single bite.

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CF
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall I give this restaurant a big "WOW!" Excellent. This was our first time there. We were a party of 4 that went on a Thursday evening. Service was impeccable, the best we have had in a very long time and we visit high-end restaurants often. Service was attentive but unobtrusive with no mistakes or long delays between courses. Special thanks to the bar tender who was called upon to discuss the wine list and made a recommendation that was spot on. The food was phenomenal. We each ordered an appetizer, entrée and dessert and we all thoroughly enjoyed every course. There was not a weak course for any of us. Parking could be a bit of a challenge on a busy night. We all loved Arethusa and we will be back.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arethusa al Tavolo is an absolutely exquisite dining experience. The food is imaginative and sublimely cooked and presented. My husband and I went on a whim on a Thursday evening, and were completely surprised by our amazing meal. I cannot wait to go back and be wowed all over again. This is an expensive experience, but one most definitely worth it.

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was amazing
Only thing I didn’t like was how close the tables were to each other.

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SM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely top notch from the phenomenal food to the friendly service

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around!

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SW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always go here expecting a delicious meal and it still exceeds our expectations

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FL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

At the recommendation of a close friend we planned our first visit for a special occasion as we had a 5 hour round trip. Our time was well spent. The service was great, the ambiance was perfect and the food was spectacular. We are looking forward to our next special occasion already!

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ST
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best service around, the food has the perfect amount of flavor with very little need of adding salt or pepper. The drinks are always made perfectly.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best restaurant in CT. Always an amazing experience.

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C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The ambiance and food presentation was very good
Our main server seemed put out by questions presented to her. The accompanying wait staff however were exceptionally polite and engaging.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best meals I’ve ever eaten

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R
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down, the best restaurant in CT!

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B
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fabulous meal at Arethusa!

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MA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our Valentine's Day dinner there and it was delightful. The menu had lots of delicious options. The service was impeccable. We're already thinking about our next visit there.

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ES
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The presentation of each dish was impressive! A masterpiece that had to be photographed! I had the crab app followed by the steak and finished with the chocolate and praline dessert. Every bite was amazing! We all left our plates clean. I didn’t mind that it was pricey because the attention to detail to each plate etc etc made it worst every cent! Then the complimentary blue cheese cones and the milk and cookies made us feel extra special. Bravo!

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DT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been at your restaurant many times and it is by far the best restaurant we have ever experienced. While we normally dine at less expensive restaurants, the value at Arethusa al Tavolo always exceeds our expectations. We savor the memory long after and look forward to our next visit. Arethusa al Tavolo is consistently a very fine restaurant in all areas and I commend your entire staff. The team work is outstanding and the staff attitudes are always pleasant and inviting. Thank you, Dave and Janice Thomas

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EL
Caribbean
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I just moved to the area and so happy to be able to have dinner at this wonderful gem ....
Menu has so many wonderful choices that it’s hard to decide luckily I know love in the area and can try them all. The food from menu to presentation was executed perfectly combined with a nice wine by the glass selection was wonderful.

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