Arethusa al Tavolo

4.8
1316 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Continental, American
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Hours of operation
Wednesday & Thursday: 5:30PM - 9:00PM
Friday & Saturday: 5:30PM - 10:00PM
Sunday: 5:00PM - 8:30PM
Saturday & Sunday Lunch: 11:30AM - 2:00PM
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Phone number
(860) 567-0043
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Dan Magill
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bantam Road (RT 202) & Doyle Road
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Parking details
Parking is located behing the Arethusa Dairy Store off of Doyle Road
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 1316 People Are Saying
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BO
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing experience here. The food, service, and ambiance was impeccable! Very very impressed.

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

Outstanding service and phenomenal food offerings. A wonderful place for a special occasion celebration or to share an intimate meal.

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

Wonderful experience. Lovely looking, excellent service, different menu...we will be back with friends.

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LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu is just too fussy for me. The food was delicious but there were many things on the menu we hasd to have explained.

We loved the complimentary appetizer!

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WN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bright and shiny star on the Ct food scene. This place is serious. Can compete with any Manhattan restaurant. Interesting choices, thoughtfully prepared. You won’t find a better choice (if you can get a reservation)

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PA
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

As expected (we have been to this restaurant before), the food and service were outstanding. Portions are just the right size, all dishes are beautifully presented, and everyone from the maître d' to our server and the bartender (who noticed we were having trouble choosing a wine and came over to help out) were cheerful and helpful. It was our wedding anniversary (which they knew), and they included nice touches like a card for the two of us and "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate on the dessert plate. The only minor problem with the restaurant is the noise level. Thankfully, we were tucked into a corner by the bar so the noise level was not an issue this time, but we have eaten in the main part of the restaurant before, and the din can be off-putting. But, we will definitely return despite that one small detraction because the food and service are light years better than any other restaurant in Litchfield County.

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ED
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed our dinner at Arethusa, service was way above other restaurants in the area, the look and ambiance was quite nice, a very special restaurant in the Litchfield area.
The pork dish was excellent, the sea bass was well-prepared but had a bit of a fisshy taste, could be improved.
We will remember the service and the inventive menu, we will be back.

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PH
New England
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Staff has developed a real attitude. Think that they are doing you a favor. After many years, we are now crossing this place off of our go to list.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible experience. The food is spectacular! Service like no other. When you are served, every meal is placed on the table at the same time by the wait staff. Your water glass is never empty and your napkin gets refolded for you if you get up from the table for a moment.

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ES
New England
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of our very best wedding anniversary diners ever! The staff did everything they could to make such it was a special evening for us. Food & wine were amazing. So glad we dined there.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Spectacular restaurant. Exquisite food. Prepared to perfection. Well worth the expense. Enjoy!

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JS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. Incredible experience from start to finish. Staff is great (not overbearing and in your face), food is incredible, and atmosphere is very relaxed. Love coming back to experience the different menus each season.

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BF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was prepared to perfection. From the appetizers to the desserts, everything was mouth-watering, unique, and crafted with great care. There were even complimentary appetizers and a milk / brownie combination to send you on your way. The wait staff was attentive but not obtrusive. As the restaurant is not large, you will definitely need to make reservations, probably well in advance of your planned dining experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been to Arethusa for lunch twice and have not been disappointed. Interesting menu. Loved the appetizers and the sauces were outstanding. There are so many interesting things on the menu that we split an entree and get a couple of different appetizers. We look forward to trying dinner. Also, the staff is very informative and great about making suggestions.

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M
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was reading a lot about this restaurant on open table and the reviews were outstanding, so I decided to give it a try. The service and food were outstanding. Would highly recommend can't wait to go back.

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MD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff, food is all sourced locally and prepared beautifully.

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HW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Terrace rather dismal but food delicious. The inside dining room is intolerably loud and will not dine inside. I don’t understand why sound mitigation technology has been ignored.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t wait to go again. Food and service were impeccable.

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r
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding restaurant. Everything from the people,service, food presentation, selection and quality were excellent. Definitely worth a visit.

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I
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wow. Once again outstanding. Inside out smoke salmon crepe. Tasty and very original. Squash blossoms. Very good. Vegetable ravioli with sauce American. Couldn’t have been any better. Black Sea bass cooked perfectly. Great service. We made dinner reservations for next week.

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SF
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable; food outstanding. The atmosphere is welcoming. Choice of indoor or outdoor seating when weather serves.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything we tasted. The presentation of each dish was carefully calculated and thought out. The medley of flavors was incredible! We’ll be back!

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HF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal as usual. It can be noisy in the restaurant so we sat on the patio and it was lovely. Always made to feel special here. Nice wine list too.

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DD
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The combination of ingredients is truly inspired.Love the unusual pairings of tastes and textures. You must save time and room to enjoy their homemade ice-cream at their dairy store next door.

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SP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always really great! Mostly locally produced ingredients. Don't miss best dairy products ever from Arethusa Farm in the next door store. Treat yourself!

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AR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Local ingredients. Can’t get any fresher.

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B
New York Area
131 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another spectacular dinner at Arethusa al Tavolo. I tried a few dishes not previously tasted. The lamb meatballs with fried mozzarella (placed below, not on top of the meatballs) was extraordinary. I hummed with every bite. I like lamb but wasn't sure about the meatball part. Our server so highly recommended this dish I knew I had to try it. Absolutely wonderful. From the light tomato sauce drizzled on top to the delicious lamb to the outstanding mozzarella-it was truly enough to be a whole meal. The sea bass was excellent as well, with chick pea fries that actually melted in my mouth. Fantastic. Wonderful dessert, superb service, fun milk chaser at the end of the meal. All in all a terrific experience. Highly recommend.

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WH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Great staff. Definitely one of our favorites.

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NG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals that I’ve had in CT. Delightful service, yummy cheese and butter, wonderful ambiance and delicious food. The service was terrific. They held our dairy store purchase in the refrigerator for us. I can’t wait to go back!

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KC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was impeccable. We were really impressed. I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and we had a lovely time. Great first experience at this restaurant. It is a little pricey but would go again for a special occasion. We love farm-to-table cuisine and the food here was great.

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TM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go to restaurant. Beautiful area for scenic drive. Exceptional food . There is an attention to detail. The service is up and above the call of duty.
After lunch we drove to the Arathusa farm stand where we bought veggies.

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t
New York Area
234 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a testament to a restaurant that it can remain consistently great over a number of years, during repeated visits. That can be said of Arethusa. The food is exquisite (summer menu, much broader than the spring menu listed online) and the service was perfect, with multiple acknowledgements of our birthday occasion. The soup and cod fritters for starters, and ravioli and duck breast entrees, especially the latter which was exceptional, were full of flavor and most creative. We are already making plans for a return. Save room, by the way, for the Arethusa ice cream, either at the restaurant or next door, it is without compare.

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SF
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience! Already made another reservation even though it’s an hour’s drive for us.

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IL
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Fabulous food. However, recommend setting aside parking places for the restaurant. Extremely frustrating to see full parking lots and people sitting in their cars eating ice cream.

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R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 2

I have been to the restaurant many times since it opened. The food is fabulous!!!! The noise level is horrible!!!! Don't go if you want to talk with your companions! The host needs some training in respecting clients!

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MP
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved my first experience last year, it was most likely my most enjoyable meal ever. Lobster/avocado appetizer was to die for, Salad was ok, my steak dish was fantastic , wife’s sea bass had a little “to much going on” - acoustics inside are horrible and temperature was extremely cold. Complimentary dessert or scoop of ice cream would have been a nice gesture (did that last year) since we were celebrating a birthday and wedding anniversary. Overall, these guys do a great job and would highly recommend.

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JC
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply one of the best restaurants we have eaten at

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance! From the host, to the server, to the bussers, extremely great service. Very passionate staff. We had a WONDERFUL experience.

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R
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best restaurant meal we have had in Connecticut. The food was exceptional. The service helps communicate the message that this restaurant is driven by a love of fresh ingredients and commitment to excellence.

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PJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Start to finish you can’t get a better meal. Service and menu are perfection.

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