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Arethusa al Tavolo

4.9
4.9
2722 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Continental, American

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 5:30 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–8:15 pm

  • Phone number

    (860) 567-0043

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Dan Magill

  • Catering

    We offer “Take Out” Wednesday through Sunday nights. Please email your take out order and phone number by 1PM for the same day pick-up to orders@arethusaaltavolo.com. We will then call you back to confirm order has been received, process payment and confirm your pick-up time.

  • Neighborhood

    Bantam

  • Cross street

    Bantam Road (RT 202) & Doyle Road

  • Parking details

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

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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What 2,722 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Contemporary American

  • Connecticut

    Best Overall

  • Connecticut

    Best Food

  • Connecticut

    Contemporary American

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  1. S

    Slim

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience1
    The food was good, the service was very slow. Not worth the money.
  2. PP

    PinePlainsDelight

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Arethusa is a real restaurant. You can tell they take it very seriously. The food is exceptional and above the fray. The service is good and the entire operation works smoothly, which is very rare these days. It is a far drive for us but well worth it on occasion. We have been several times over the course of 5 years and the quality or experience has never changed for the worse. They clearly survived Covid and are forging through the present and future. Bravo to them. And most importantly the food is delicious!!
  3. DS

    DSOo

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!!! Everything was delicious and service was top notch. Already made a reservation to return. If you are looking for an extraordinary dining experience this is the place for you. The best meal we have ever had.
  4. AP

    AnneP

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing!! Tilefish was outstanding! Can’t wait to go back!!
  5. KP

    KarenP

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service, atmosphere, and food. Yes, it's pricey. However, the freshness and quality of the food made it worth every penny.
  6. KS

    KatSoFab

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best service of any restaurant I have ever been to.
  7. S

    Skifan

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Definitely a very memorable experience. Will return for sure and highly recommend to anyone visiting the area.
  8. AW

    AllisonW

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food are both amazing. Love the change of menu based off of local offerings. A great meal, always.
  9. JW

    JennW

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Expensive but the setting, service and fabulous food make for a special night out
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic! Food was spectacular, service was on point, and great menu.
  11. D

    Duke

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb all around
  12. M

    Malpractice

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food is always prepared with care and presented beautifully. The service, while quite pleasant, seems quite slow. When we made a reservation we were given 6:45 and told that the table was ours for 90 minutes. We arrived just prior to 6:45, were given a choice of available tables and seated (with helpful assistance from the host with a wheelchair. A drink order was taken and promptly served. A food order was taken and then the waiting began. A very long time for our appetizers and an even longer time for our main course. There was no pressure for us to leave but our 90 minutes were up when we gave a desert order which took an inordinate amount of time for a scope of ice cream. The noise level varies from loud when 2/3 occupied to intolerable when full. We had a great dinner here again but the experience is a mix of long waits and loud noise. Better for groups of four or six and perhaps better on the outdoor patio. It's clear that they favor returning customers because it took more than a month to get a reservation but we have friends who seem to get in whenever they want. For food and presentation, this may be the best place to dine in the county but the experience is mixed.
  13. TR

    TracyR

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dining experience EVER!!!! Unique food ingredients leading to marvelous, tasty dishes. Server was exceptionally well versed Bob all menu items and pairings for wine!!!
  14. MR

    MelissaR

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been enjoying Arethusa for many years. Wonderful professional staff. Kudos to Jenya, Amber, Dolly and Abby! This restaurant deserves a Michelin rating. Peter, the manager, went out of his way and was so gracious and helpful as one of us needed help with a walker. Casual dining outside under the patio canopy and fantastic food and service last night. Our favorite place to eat when we are in Ct. Highly recommend!
  15. B

    Bini1

    New York Area

    43 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience4
    Overall a major disappointment. Having made a reservation two months in advance, we we really looking forward to trying this restaurant which came highly recommended. The food overall was very heavy and prepared with anything but a light touch - for example the squash blossoms were rendered barely edible by the overwhelming coating of fried batter ( the crudo and steak tartare much better first course choices). On top of that, despite having a fairly late reservation and the restaurant being half empty, the kitchen was incredibly slow. That said the space is very nice and the ice cream as good as it’s reputation— my advice is skip the dinner and go next door for a large cone. There are several exceptional restaurants in Litchfield, this is just one of them although it tries very hard (maybe too hard) to be one.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fun night out with my husband. Food is some of the best I’ve ever had. A true gem in the bucolic Northwest hills of CT.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful- from the delicious food to the lovely ambiance to the gracious and thoughtful service. Can’t wait to go again!
  18. B

    Bellababy

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As we’ve come to expect, the experience was perfect from beginning to end. Great cocktails, deliciously prepared octopus and baby beets apps; the roasted halibut was done to perfection and served with a fabulous tomato and olive relish; duck was cooked perfectly as well. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Dined on outdoor patio and tables were spaced far enough apart to not feel cramped and the noise level was low making for a very pleasant dining experience. Arethusa never disappoints!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was incredible and lived up to all the hype.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This must to be the best restaurant in CT! Food is absolutely divine and executed to perfection. Seasonal beet salad was to die for - beets tossed with buttermilk, served with baby tomatoes, radicchio, Gorgonzola and short bread crumbs! Must try: fried squash flowers stuffed with amazing ricotta, served on fresh tomato sauce. Truly amazing. Main course - we ordered sweet peas ravioli with corn chowder and poached egg. Absolutely delicious. And sea bass : served on ratatouille and fried polenta. Dessert was a scoop of Arethusa’s signature ice cream. Just Perfect! Highly highly recommend!
  21. SB

    SusanB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is just fabulous! Something you can't miss if you are in or around Bantam, CT. Make sure to plan well and call in advance because reservations are hard to come by.
  22. RS

    RonaldS

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal. Great service. The sea bass was extraordinary as was the cherry dessert.
  23. P

    Perfect

    New York Area

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and impeccable service. Very nice atmosphere. Have been there many times and the food is always creative !!!!!!!
  24. DW

    DougW

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had excellent meals, the Halibut and Lobster with Avocado were both excellent, as were the Squash Blossoms. Our server Lauren was friendly and very efficient.
  25. s

    sababa

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    as usual this dinner was outstanding…the service was excellent..we sat in the patio which was quiet and comfortable..inside was noisier. the menu choices made it difficult to choose because of so many desirable options … altogether a very pleasant evening.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just the most delicious creative food. One of the best I have ever had. Service is excellent and same with environment. Loved it
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything about it, service was amazing. Made our next reservation on the drive home!
  28. LI

    LISA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Too difficult to get a reservation and most tables were open.
  29. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    82 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Exceptional food and service in the French culinary style by leveraging farm to table ingredients. Excellent wines cocktails and sparklings to pair with first and second courses and the pretzel bread is delightful. We were celebrating our anniversary and they generously offered us a scoop of Arethusa sweet cream vanilla. It was very memorable dining experience. By the way the sommelier knows every wine on the list and didn’t push her own agenda . From the flavor profile and grape types to giving us some tastings we landed on the Orvieto and Arnie’s. . Very delightful evening We have already booked our next visit.
  30. NA

    NoaA

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and inventive food, excellent service, and amazing desserts!
  31. NM

    NancyM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was exceptional as well as the service. Well worth the price. Love the overall experience.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful.
  33. s

    sariego

    New York Area

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The drinks, delicious, the halibut, perfectly cooked. The Peking duck was amazing with a sauce so full of flavor. The sea urchin toast was creative and layered with different flavors. The ice cream was like drinking espresso. We will come back!
  34. L

    Lizzee

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Noise indoors on a Sunday night of a three day week was challenging for two adults in their 70s. Food as always was delicious. Every occasion at Arethusa al Tavolo is a lovely experience.
  35. R

    Runnerjb

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding dinner. Everything we had was very well prepared, the service was excellent, and the outside patio was very pleasant. Pricey, but worthy of a special occasion. Highly recommend.
  36. PV

    PenVas

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service, the best in CT!
  37. l

    laurenm3923

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a fantastic experience! Waitress was super attentive, meal was incredible.
  38. m

    missd

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Loved everything about our dinner from the craft cocktails, apps and entrees. Like dining in NYC. Our waitress was not very friendly, very businesslike like but the busboy was the best.
  39. B

    Brandi

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, lovely staff
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Arethusa al Tavolo offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 567-0043.

Arethusa al Tavolo is rated 4.9 stars by 2722 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today
Google Map for Arethusa al Tavolo

828 Bantam Road, Bantam, CT 06750

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bantam Road (RT 202) & Doyle Road

  • Neighborhood

    Bantam

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 5:30 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–8:15 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Continental, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Dan Magill

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (860) 567-0043

  • Catering

    We offer “Take Out” Wednesday through Sunday nights. Please email your take out order and phone number by 1PM for the same day pick-up to orders@arethusaaltavolo.com. We will then call you back to confirm order has been received, process payment and confirm your pick-up time.

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