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Permanently Closed - Flora

1446 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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This restaurant is permanently closed.

In 1996, flora opened in Arlington, Massachusetts in the renovated Arlington Five Cent Savings Bank building. Its dramatic barrel-vaulted ceiling and two story windows presented the perfect location. Simple but sophisticated fare in an elegant atmosphere provides flora patrons with the best experience in the area.

Notable entr�es at flora include a roasted Giannone half chicken with a lemon-rosemary pan sauce, lamb fricassee, porcini spaetzle and white miso-honey glazed salmon. The meal is complete with the house specialty, cinnamon almond croissant bread pudding served with chocolate sauce and whipped cream. For a lighter dessert option, there is house made blackberry sorbet.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, European
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(781) 641-1664
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Bob Sargent
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Private party facilities
Flora offers a private dining room that can seat up to 36 people! Other options include reserving the bar, cafe, main dining room or the entire restaurant! Choose from one of our preset menus or order from our seasonally changing restaurant menu! See the Private Dining link on our website or contact our Event Manager Megan Harrington for more information at
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Private party contact
Megan Harrington: (781) 641-1664
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Flora is happy to cater events of any type and size. Please contact the restaurant for more information.
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Cross street
Lake St.
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Parking details
Parking is available on Mass. Ave. and on any side streets.
Please use the parking lot behind the Cambridge Savings Bank next door.
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Public transit
77 Bus runs right past us along Massachusetts Avenue out of Harvard Square.
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Flora's Music Series - Live and Free Music performed while you dine featuring great local acts every Thursday! Most music starts at 8pm. Dinner Reservations are recommended for the best seats!

Flora features an upscale, white tablecloth dining room dramatically housed in a restored bank with 30' vaulted ceilings, 20 foot windows and an open kitchen!

Flora also offers a more casual option in their Bar and Cafe with lighter fare options and high top tables that look out over the bustling town! While there is a TV in the bar, it only goes on for our local teams! ;)

Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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CatherineV (New England)
3.0  Dined on July 15, 2016

It was their last night so they seemed to be out of everything
We had to ask for Bread and they brought us some crumbly old muffins
the waiter was openly hostile and the food was nothing special

RHABoston (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 14, 2016

Second last day; great to have one last meal at a great restaurant. It was also Bastille Day!

vipAdeBesche (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 14, 2016

I'm very sorry to see this wonderful restaurant close. but thanks for the great 20-year run.

vipazulita (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 13, 2016

I hear its closing which is sad. It is a wonderful space, the food is really incredible, and the staff are really quite nice. Do yourself a favor and go before they are gone.

IleneL (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 6, 2016

So sorry Flora is closing!! I recently discovered it and have only been twice; both were exceptional meals with excellent servers!

vipWendyLew (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 1, 2016

The scallop special was excellent! We are sad that they are closing in mid July, we will miss them!

PaulS (New England)
1.0  Dined on June 29, 2016

Flora has always been a very special place for us. Sadly, they are selling the restaurant and closing on July 15, 2016. I anticipate excellence from the new owners, but this very special restaurant will be missed.

ReinedeCocoa88 (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 28, 2016

As always we had a perfect evening at flora. Food, service, ambiance excellent. I had a salad of sugar snap peas, strawberries, bitter greens, pistachio studded goat cheese, followed by a perfect pork loin with a fruited sauce, grilled asparagus and sweet potatoes. Bob and Mary Jo Sargent really know how to please every palate in grand style. So happy to have such an extraordinary restaurant in our neighborhood. Bon Appetit!

vipelzab (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 25, 2016

We will miss Flora's owners -who are retiring-as this was a top notch restaurant. Friendly, refined cuisine, quiet enough yet still alive. We look forward to the next owners who apparently were carefully chosen by the current ones.

finearts (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 24, 2016

We will miss Flora immensely! this is a great restaurant with a wonderful history of 20 years, and we look forward to seeing a new restaurant blossom in its place. But for now, we salute the many years of great hospitality, food and memories of family celebrations -- all in an artful atmosphere delivered by Mary Jo and Bob Sargent. We wish them all the best.