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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:
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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4.9

Overall Rating

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food

4.9

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (78)
Worth the Drive (75)
Fit for Foodies (73)
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Special Occasion (67)
Local Ingredients (64)
Good for Anniversaries (63)
Good for a Date (63)
Good for Birthdays (45)
Romantic (43)
Authentic (41)
Neighborhood Gem (38)
Notable Wine List (36)
Cozy (30)
Handcrafted Cocktails (25)
Healthy (25)
Seasonal (25)
Great for Lunch (22)
Organic (22)
Good Vegetarian Options (22)
Sunday Lunch (21)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Great for Brunch (17)
Bar Seating (14)
Fun (12)
Business Meals (12)
Casual (10)
Hot Spot (9)
People Watching (9)
Comfort Food (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Great Beer (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Vegan (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Hi restaurant was great food amazing staff attentive ambience great. Not cheap but nothing well done is. Definitely going back

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·Dined 3 days ago

We drive two hours to dine there for lunch. In my opinion the best restaurant in the tri-state area. Never disappoints and always exceeds expectations.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

hands-down still the best restaurant in the area, New York included. Perfect service, and excellent touches throughout dinner, from the amuse bouche to freshly baked pretzel bread to shooters of milk and chocolate for dessert, also can't go wrong on any of the appetizers or entrees, especially the steak for a main course. Make sure to have the Arethusa ice creams, either next door or in the restaurant, creamiest around. Make your reservation way ahead.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined 4 days ago

Arethusa is always a treat and never disappointing.

Tags: Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Organic, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

I am always treated with respect when I dine at Al Tavolo and have a wonderful experience here. The food is delicious, the manager is friendly and every time I have been here has been perfect!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Never a bad meal! Food is outstanding.Service is friendly and professional !!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

My wife and I drive an hour to eat here. Came for lunch for the first time. Excellent as always. One of our favorite restaurants, period.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 5 days ago

One of the best dining expierences I’ve had in my life.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

I’ve been to Arethusa three times and they never disappoint. A little pricey, but worth it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Dinner and appetizers were good. The potatoes and dessert was very dry. Service was good but we were not asked if we wanted more drinks. We were only given one piece of bread while other tables got extra. The tables were a little to close together and it was to dark.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Long wait between appetizer and main course

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 (Miami)·Dined 6 days ago

Was pleasantly surprised to find gourmet dining in the mountains of CT
Other then the not so friendly host at our arrival it was a five star experience
He certainly could have been more welcoming ,hopefully our next visit will find a more personable host
The service and food was very good
Worth a visit !

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2018

This is our favorite place for special dates. Wonderful food and service.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Had Sunday lunch here on a rainy day. First time at this restaurant. Great food, efficient and courteous service, nice inviting atmosphere. We’ve had ice cream at their shop next door multiple times in the past. After lunch , we went across the street to their bakery to take some treats home with us. Highly recommend all three places. Quality products. We’ll definitely be back for dinner at the restaurant. Five Stars.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Everything was perfect. The food was delicious (try the lobster avocado salad) and the service was great. Can’t wait to go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Always as great meal

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent on all accounts! This was our first time to Arethusa al Tavolo and it didn't disappoint. We recently moved from Toronto and lived in NYC prior to that - the food rivaled some of the best spots in either city. Look forward to getting back there soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

My husband surprised me for my birthday after reading about your farm and restaurant online. It was our first visit but definitely not our last. Service was impeccable and we loved the little extras. Even the butter was amazing. Possibly the best food we’ve ever eaten. Thank you for making my birthday extra special. We will definitely recommend this to friends and will be back for our anniversary as well as our daughter’s high school graduation dinner.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Service, food and presentation were exceptional. I am lactose intolerant, and when I said very sadly that I could not eat the amuse bouche - which was a creamy blue cheese (from Arethusa) in a miniature cone - the server immediately offered an alternative. A wonderful chopped beet salad served on a porcelain spoon. The monk fish with root vegetables was prepared to perfection.

It was also a pleasure to see Robert as the Maitre D'. Looking forward to our next dinner at Al Tavolo.

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Our favorite restaurant in Connecticut.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Love the winter menu and the new emphasis on Arethusa-grown vegetables! The octopus appetizer and monkfish entree were superb.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, People Watching, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Among one of the best restaurants in Connecticut! From the exceptionally professional service to the five-star quality food, Arethusa is flawless in delivering a spectacular culinary experience in the Litchfield Hills. We will most definitely recommend to friends and family as well as make a return trip soon.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

A gem of a restaurant. Food that would be too difficult or imaginative to make at home. So many different tastes in one dish ; yet they don’t seem to compete
Our service was thoughtful and attentive.
We requested a table change and they accommodated us.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Arethusa matches the best of Manhattan restaurants. The food is delicious, inventive, and artistically presented. The service is attentive. This is deservedly one of Open Table's top 100 restaurants in the country.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

I have been here twice for lunch and once for dinner. The food is very well-prepared and artfully presented. The appetizers are quite nicely done but a bit small and a little more taste creativity is conceivable. Prices high but not insane for the level of cuisine. The room at night is lit too darkly for my taste, and the noise level is loud since there are no evident baffles. Service is excellent and complimentary items are an added pleasant surprise. Their dairy products such as ice cream, cheese and milk are fabulous. Arethusa does not disappoint.

Tags: Healthy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Absolutely phenomenal as always. Amazing food, service, ambiance. Best restaurant in CT.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Flawless experience. Food and service were both exemplary.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, People Watching
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Menu was refreshing . Ambience quite interesting. Service a bit inattentive. Maitre d’ Robert very engaging and thoughtful.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Incredible food with impeccable service. Staff was knowledgeable and kind. An unforgettable meal which included compliments of the chef.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Superior - A unique and creative menu, a very gifted kitchen that does an amazing job of combining a plethora of flavors that sing in your mouth! Just look around at all of the smiles, ohs and ahs, a five star dinning experience. Excellent, attentive and engaging staff and a dynamite mixologist behind the bard to top it off!!! We will be back and soon.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We went to dinner at Arethusa al Tavolo the other night to celebrate our anniversary, and we had a most wonderful time. From the moment we were greeted by the friendly hostess through the last morsels of our delicious dessert, the staff was bright and warm, attentive and helpful (we had a magnificent bottle of wine that I wouldn't have known to pick). We simply couldn't have asked for a better experience. And of course, the food was top notch. The sea bass with black garlic crust, and it was the best seafood meal i've ever had. We can't recommend this amazing establishment enough!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Always worth the drive (from Stamford, Ct.) and always excellent service and food. Will come again soon! Thank you!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2018

We had a wonderful brunch with friends. I’m not a lamb fan, but our friends raved about the lamb ribs. My fav was the lobster avocado salad, mmmmm. All was made even more enjoyable with our attentive and friendly server, Jenga

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The food was beautifully presented. Service superb. Favorite restaurant for wonderfully tasting dining. Wonderful staff. Menu is always changing with the season.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

No place better for brunch or dinner. Food is always consistent. The photos are of the flatbread, lamb sandwich on a home made brioche roll and a newly added chocolate, peanut, tropical fruit dessert.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food and service was impeccable as always. Can’t order a bad thing on the menu but the kale salad and lamb ribs are amazing!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We came to Arethusa al Tavolo for a birthday celebration. We were not disappointed. Had to request not to be next to front door, which they happily complied with.
Food and service exemplary, with the extra touches I look for in a fine restaurant. Homemade bread, butter and clever amuse bouche to start puts one in a pleasant state of anticipation.
Appetizers of octopus, chicken liver dumplings, crab salad and salads all delectable.
Mains of duck, pork and lamb all thoughtfully prepared and presented- delicious!
Only suggestion I would have is to get rid of the dishware with uneven edges... my utensils were constantly slipping into my plate, an unnecessary distraction from such amazing food!
We look forward to returning!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Unusual menu and simply fabulous food in a causally elegant setting. I love the farm to table aspect. I would highly recommend and I look forward to going back.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

This place is exceptional on all levels. It’s all about the overall experience you receive from the host, waiters and the chef is extremely creative.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Unbelievable experience from start to finish. Impeccable presentation and incredible attention to details. Staff was attentive but not in your face. Can’t wait to go back. Well worth the drive.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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