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About Arethusa al Tavolo

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.

We look forward to serving you.

828 Bantam Road
Bantam, CT 06750
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Continental, American

Hours of Operation:
Wednesday: 5:30PM - 9:00PM
Thursday: 5:30PM - 9:00PM
Friday & Saturday: 5:30PM - 10:00PM
Sunday: 5:00PM - 8:30PM
Saturday & Sunday Lunch: 11:30AM - 2:00PM

Cross Street:
Bantam Road (RT 202) & Doyle Road

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(860) 567-0043

Website:
http://arethusaaltavolo.com/

Parking Details:
Parking is located behing the Arethusa Dairy Store off of Doyle Road

Executive Chef:
Dan Magill

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Arethusa al Tavolo Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.9

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Local Ingredients (80)
Fit for Foodies (77)
Worth the Drive (73)
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Special Occasion (72)
Creative Cuisine (61)
Good for Anniversaries (60)
Good for a Date (50)
Neighborhood Gem (41)
Good for Birthdays (40)
Romantic (38)
Authentic (35)
Notable Wine List (33)
Sunday Lunch (31)
Seasonal (31)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Great for Lunch (24)
Healthy (22)
Organic (22)
Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Great for Brunch (19)
Good Vegetarian Options (19)
Bar Seating (13)
Cozy (13)
Business Meals (12)
Fun (12)
Hot Spot (10)
Casual (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Good for Groups (8)
People Watching (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Disabled Access (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Vegan (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great Beer (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Fabulous food. Wonderful hospitality. We had a great time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

The autumn menu is outstanding.... the Pate dumplings were amazing... recommended by our server.
Another fabulous dinning experience and we can’t wait to visit again!

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·Dined 5 days ago

Dinner was superb. Service was excellent. A great dining experience. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was wonderful, extremely original and flavorful. Service was impeccable and warming. Worth going back a second, third, fourth etc etc

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·Dined 6 days ago

Coming from a foodie Arethusa is a great place to dine. Will return and recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Organic, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent dining experience. Don’t pass up the cheese plate!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Arethusa al Tavolo is deservedly one of the finest restaurants in Connecticut.

A great room with very creative food and extremely friendly and attentive service always leads to an enjoyable dining experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Best service of any restaurant around and the food is amazing

Tags: Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Organic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

food just wonderful, so is the service.
it is very loud, though

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

What an amazing experience. From the minute we walked in we were provided with outstanding service. Definitely will be coming back. The food, cocktails and the staff were just exceptional. Just perfect!

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Organic, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food is presented beautifully and was beyond delicious. We all agreed that Arethusa tops all other restaurants that we have been to. Can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Amazing. Easily the best dinner we've had all year. Every bite was an experience. Fantastic, attentive waitstaff, too!

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants in Connecticut. It's located in the quaint town of Bantam, a beautiful drive through the Litchfield Hills. They specializing in farm to table cuisine, everything is fresh and delicious. The staff is professional and very friendly. We absolutely loved everything we've eaten there!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very friendly and superb service. Great menu with choices to keep everyone happy. Nice wine list. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We had a wonderful meal, start to finish. Staff very attentive, but without being stuffy. Loved the atmosphere & the food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Romantic, Organic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Excellent food. Had the monkfish, and it was perfectly tender and so flavorful. Wait staff was top notch. Definitely going to return!

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Authentic
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

The most impeccable service. our waiter Hunter was so helpful and caring. He explained everything to us and suggested items sometimes without any questions being asked! he really dedicated his time to us, the most I've ever experienced. without him we wouldn't have enjoyed ourselves nearly as much. the food was very good. obviously the prices are on the higher spectrum i.e. very small cheese platter for $26.00 but it was good to share and experience. they made us feel special for sure with complimentary tastings of a bite size appetizer and a shot glass of Arethusa milk with a small chocolate truffle for dessert (accompanied with appetizers and desserts we ordered). they do a good job of giving great service. i ordered the beef strip-loin for my dinner priced at $38.00 and although it was not the best steak I've ever had in my life (i prefer aged cuts) i definitely could taste the freshness and quality. the sides that came with it made the meal amazing. I would recommend ordering some type of appetizer before your meal because they are on the smaller size but for once i didn't leave a restaurant feeling overstuffed and sick. for 5 of us it was 320.00 each of us with 1 round of cocktails $12.00 each so figure around $65.00 per person w/ appetizer & meal as well. overall we really enjoyed the food and service, i'll definitely be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Organic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Magnificent food, cocktails and service! Can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Casual, Fun, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I enjoy the ride from Avon to Bantam the restaurant is great the service is excellent and the people are very friendly. Great atmosphere eccellent food good wine menu. A fun place for Sunday Brunch.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Seriously such amazing quality great service ,nice quiet peaceful dining- they really take time putting effort into your food ! Will be back :)

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was exceptional. Waitstaff was very good. Only issue was we got there 15 min early and maitre d sat us but made us wait until our reservation time before giving us our menus. Odd to say the least. Never been punished for being a few minutes early before.

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Everything excellent.only problem is getting reservations.superb chef.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

One of the better restaurants in the Litchfield, CT area Arethusa al Tavolo is definitely worth a visit and more upscale than the other pub/grill offerings in the area. Nice menu, perhaps some dishes a bit overwrought with too many ingredients and flavors instead of focus. End of meal shot of milk and chocolate bite has ties to Artethusa's next door Farm Dairy, which is a bit gimmicky. It's quality, nice atmosphere, and good experience nonetheless.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

After hearing great reviews from family members I decided to take my boyfriend here for his birthday. We had a meal that was absolutely out of this world. From the presentation to the explanation of each dish to the wait staff that was very attentive, we couldn't have asked for anything else. We have already recommended to others and can't wait to go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We couldn't get a Saturday evening reservation, so opted for Sunday lunch instead for a special occasion. The creative menu had many choices and the four of us all ordered different dishes to maximize tasting opportunities. All the appetizers and main courses were delicious. We asked to meet the Chef to offer praise, and because the restaurant wasn't busy (it was pouring outside), he was able to chat with us for a few minutes.

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We were in that area of Connecticut for a weekend and found the Arethusa farm, which lead us to Arethusa al Tavolo. The restaurant is about 4 years old and looks like it was built a week ago - it is pristine. The wait staff is exceedingly friendly, knowledgable and dedicated to making your meal a memorable one.

It was so hard to pick an entree that one of us picked two 'Beginnings'. The quality of the food and presentation were perfect. The decor is a little modern, but subdued. Very chic.

I would make the drive from NYC to have lunch or dinner there at any time.

And don't forget to visit the dairy/cheese store next door, or the sandwich shop across the street.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Amazing meal. Eat out frequently and don't typically rave about the bread and butter in addition to the rest of the meal. Every dish we had was outstanding. Service was attentive but not intrusive.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Fantastic meal and excellent service! The staff were extremely attentive and the food was excellent and creative, we will definitely be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

My wife and I had a wonderful lunch at Arethusa. We started with the charcuterie and deviled eggs, both of which were great. The staff was insightful on the selections and went above and beyond to give us background on some of the ingredients/sourcing of the food we ordered. Beyond that, we enjoyed our entrees and would recommend this little gem of a restaurant to anyone visiting the area.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food , beautifully presented in small portions at HIGH prices. Given high tabss, service was disappointing: inadequate number of waiters to be attentive to diners' needs. Poor value for overall experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

an excellent experience as always. great food, great servicean excellent experience as always. great food, great service

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I have never been inclined to write a bad review, but my lunch experience this past Saturday was very disheartening. We had lunch at Arethusa in June (a tourist down time) and the food and experience were outstanding. On Saturday, the fall season was in high gear and the volume of customers dining at the restaurant seemed to significantly dampen the wait staff's professionalism and cordiality and the chef's ability to produce high quality meals. I arrived very early for my reserved time and felt an immediate tenseness in the air. No warm greeting was extended by the hostess or manager and once my guest arrived we were briskly escorted to our table and menus were pushed at us. Throughout the meal, there were a number of problematic customer complaints which were handled by the manager, but while seemingly resolved this led to raised voices and significant disruption to all dining. At the end of the meal, we had barely finished dessert when our bill was thrust upon us. This was then followed by tense non verbal gestures from our server who clearly wanted us to finish and move along. Had my eggs benedict with speck turned out to be a phenomenal dish, I may have written this off as just a "bad customer" service day. Unfortunately, the overpowering flavor of the speck and burnt potato pancakes drowned out the light delicate flavor of the poached eggs and hollandaise sauce making this a very unbalanced, confusing dish. I truly hope that if I return to dine here again that the food, service and hospitality return to what I experienced this past June.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was fantastic as was the service! We were lucky enough to have an amazing day in October and the outside was open. Found outside dining even better than inside! If allergic to bees, not the best seat for you. The prices are a bit steep but honestly, if you are a foodie, worth the trip!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great food with a slightly stuffy atmosphere. Food is priced consistent with what you'd expect to pay for quality cuisine. Nice little extras that they bring you for appetizers and dessert. If you can put up with servers with attitude you'll love the food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Superb as expected

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

As always, Arethusa delivers. Fresh ingredients, innovative menu, amazing cocktails and service. It takes us an hour to get here, and it is absolutely worth it every time. If you are considering dining here, do not give it a second thought and reserve your table!!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

My husband and I totally enjoy Arethusa and do not mind the hour drive! This time we invited 2 friends and naturally food and ambiance was fabulous as we knew it would be! Our friends were very impressed with the restaurant and will be back!
After dinner we had the best ice cream at the shop next door....perfect end to a perfect day!

Tags: Organic, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Tuna and avocado appetizer was so strong on Asian flavors that the main ingredients were
lost in the mix. I sent it back to the kitchen and was refunded for the order.
My companion ordered soup and the vegetables and loved his meal.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Seasonal
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I would highly recommend this restaurant. The food was delicious, and the service was attentive and friendly. It's a lovely drive to this location with their amazing cafe and dairy right next door. It feels homey and upscale at the same time. Can't wait to come back for a special dinner!

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The drinks were great and our food was Excellent as always!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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