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Permanently Closed - Flora

4.2
1446 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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About

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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Cuisines
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 floracatering@gmail.com
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Private party contact
Megan Harrington: (781) 641-1664
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Catering
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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Entertainment
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! ;)

Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.3
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4.2
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4.1
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4.1
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Noise · Moderate
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3.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2016

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

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2016

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2016

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

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1.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined on June 23, 2016

Excellent food spoiled by rushed service. We ordered drinks and two courses all at once. What a mistake. There was a slight delay between drinks and the hot course, but it was ditch the drink or eat the food cold. If they wanted to go home early, they should not have seated us.
We've dined at Flora sporadically from their first week. This was our last visit. The food was always at least very good. Too bad to leave on such a sour note.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2016

Excellent. So sorry flora is closing It will be missed

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2016

Best steak I've had in years. Tender juicy a day flavorful. Real regular mashed potatoes. Service excellent from check in to bar to table service. Cannot say enough about Floral.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2016

Flora is and has been such a fantastic restaurant - one of the best in Boston. It has deserved far more praise than it has gotten. But Flora's loyal fans know how extraordinary - and beautifully plated - the food is. We are broken hearted that it is closing.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2016

An enjoyable meal for both myself and my wife, who is vegetarian. Each dish (beet soup, grilled asparagus appetizer, roast chicken (great preparation) and gnocchi as entrees, and cheesecake (dessert) were very well prepared and quite tasty. Unfortunately, it seems that the place is soon to close and to be transitioned to a new concept - hopefully some of the old traditions will be passed on.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2016

Every single thing we ordered was outstanding. We have been long term Flora goers, and we have NEVER had anything at Flora that was not really good. My younger daughter was with us, and as a very picky eater she was RAVING about the beet soup, the soba noodle and calamari appetizers and her salmon entree. We all loved these items also, and my husband had his beloved roast chicken- almost as good as the famed Gordon Hamersly - a real delight.
I wish I could replicate it!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2016

Dinner at Flora is always a joy. I will miss it so much after it closes at the end of July. Hopefully the new restaurant will be similar, but surely cannot take the place of wonderful Flora.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2016

super place. Sorry to hear it will be closing soon after 20 years. We will miss it!

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2016

When we want a consistently good meal and don't feel like going all the way into Boston this is our restaurant of choice. We've never been disappointed. And ohhh the beet salad!!

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2016

Cocktails were good. The chicken and risotto entrees were great. Dessert was very good. Spotted a burger being delivered to the other room during the dinner and learned that a burger is available at the bar. Went back two nights later and enjoyed a really good burger at the bar.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2016

Every single thing we ate was fab. Lovely atmosphere and decent service. Like that all the tables aren't jammed together. But mostly was absolutely delighted with the food .

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3.0Dined on May 22, 2016

We went for an early dinner for my daughter's birthday. The restaurant was empty as it was 5 pm. The waitstaff was attentive but not intrusive. The risotto appetizer was very good. The entrees were, overall, disappointing. The fish special (red snapper) was overcooked. The pork loin was also overcooked, yet lukewarm. The half chicken was excellent. My son's steak was cooked nicely (medium rare) but the flavor was bland and had a bit of an odd fatty flavor. The list of wines by the glass was good. We skipped dessert.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2016

Very nice experience. Would definitely put this at the top of my list.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2016

nice ambience, interesting menu, excellent service

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2016

Title says it all. Came for a special night for a family member. Ordered our food and drinks. As expected, the food was very good. However, the server arrived at the table, talked over everyone, placed the plates in front of the wrong people, talking all the while too loudly to actually hear anyone say where the plates were to go. Eventually, had to interrupt them - quite loudly - and ask him to move the plates to the right spots. Sort of ruined the ambiance at the table.

While I'm glad the food was good, it isn't particularly pleasant to go out for a nice night out and not have the restaurant care who ordered what meal OR be bothered to listen to you.

We will go to Flora again, but not for a special event of any kind.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2016

Have enjoyed this restaurant since it opened. Never a bad experience.

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1.0Dined on May 8, 2016

I brought my entire family to celebrate a combination birthday and Mother's day and the experience was sub par from the beginning. Our orders were taken incorrectly and we had to reiterate a few times. Food was very delayed. A few other parties of comparable size seated well after us received their drinks and appetizers first-same waitress. Late in the game we found out one of our orders couldn't be fulfilled so we had to chose another dish. Seems like they can't handle a full restaurant. Bar was very backed up and the staff wasn't very gracious. I had been before but I think we're done. Too many other options in the area to spend our money and time there.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2016

We had a wonderful Mother's Day brunch. Great food, wonderfully warm and thoughtful service. Something for everyone - kids and adults alike. Keep those Champagne glasses coming....

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1.0Dined on May 8, 2016

Continued from previous review. Forgot to include this place was a total rip off.

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1.0Dined on May 8, 2016

While our server was great, and the food excellent, the team was not prepared for a full restaurant. After waiting 25 minutes to be seated (with a reservation made weeks before), we then waited almost an hour and a half to be served. This was particularly surprising as there was a limited, prix fixe menu, and particularly uncomfortable, as we had four children with us.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2016

The menu (website and print version) needs to be updated. The menu is meat heavy but there was one vegetarian entree listed. However, when we got to the restaurant the waiter said that entree had been removed from the menu weeks ago. Although both versions of the menu clearly indicated "Spring 2016."
The restaurant could definitely expand their vegetarian options.

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2016

We dined at Flora last week - the complimentary bread tasted like some weird spice cakes, not good at all. We ordered the mussels as an appetizer, but the toast it came with was harder than a rock. The lamb fricassee was a glorified stew, and the spices were all off. My wife ordered their special (trout), but there was hardly any sauce and the fish came out warm, not hot. Halfway through it was cold. Not impressed at all.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2016

My boyfriend and I celebrated our 4th anniversary here 4/29. I'd mentioned the special occasion when I made the reservation and when we arrived at the restaurant, they had sprinkled confetti in the shapes of hearts and stars on our table - we loved it and felt it was a nice, thoughtful touch. The food was excellent; service was too.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2016

I do love the old fashion atmosphere without all of the noise food is very good waiter is knowledgeable and attentive we had the chicken for the second time will go again soon

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2016

The menu was small and upscale with some unusual choices. My husband had the Salmon, which he said was cooked with the skin on. He said generally he doesn't like the skin left on, but the way that Flora prepared it, the Salmon was very good. I had the special salad for the evening, a beet and goat cheese concoction. The salad was excellent. Very nice surprise, because I love beet salads and this was better than most. The prices are a bit steep. The wait staff was very friendly and service was good. The atmosphere was a little like a French bistro, which was intimate and friendly, but the way the open rooms were arranged, the noise level was extremely high. There was no music, so I think the acoustics are just bad. Overall, the restaurant is excellent. Perhaps if we had had a table in one of the alcoves, the noise level would have been better.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2016

Fantastic food and amazing service!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2016

Flora does salmon beautifully. The menu changes regularly, and the salmon is always exquisite.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2016

I had to return a main course dish that was way-too-heavily spiced. They replaced the dish with another menu selection but it took some time. Annoying . Nevertheless, I've dined her often and have alway beens impressed with their food and service.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2016

Very pleasant service. We arrived about 40 minutes early for our reservation and were accommodated promptly and pleasantly. Food was above average and staff were very good.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2016

The food was all delicious. The green risotto was superb, as was the roast chicken. The service was very attentive, and the atmosphere was pleasant and inviting.

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