Tryst Restaurant

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1296 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Tryst Restaurant serves creative American cuisine, using local and seasonal ingredients.
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HF
New England
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Trust is one of our favorite local spots. Our waiter, Tom, is great! He was even nice enough to feed the meter for us since we spent more time there than we expected. Above and beyond service.. and the food is always excellent!

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S
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Appetizers were amazing. Entrees were delicious and the chocolate cake was the best.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Great pancakes! Service was excellent, people were very friendly. It was a little dark and ambiance not inspiring, but overall a great brunch.

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AD
New England
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location, walking distance from the Arlington Theater. Nice restaurant and bar area .Food was very good but drinks needs improvement.

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J
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very pleasantly surprised, the food was fantastic! Definitely recommend. Will be back. The salmon and scallops were cooked perfectly! Molten chocolate ale was perfect size, warm and delicious!

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B
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for catching up with friends.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoy sitting at a high top in the bar area. Great service, terrific drinks and a delicious meal - fried clam appetizer, salmon and scallops were the entrees. Delicious and consistent!

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MD
New England
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Friday night dinner at 8:15. Made reservation, showed up, and was seated immediately. The service was a little slow, mostly waiting to get our first drinks which is always annoying. The restaurant has a nice, lively atmosphere and décor. We both had the Tagliatelle Bolognese - amazingly fresh and delicious. Drinks were excellent. Overall a very enjoyable dinner out.

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JY
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Well prepared solid menu using good ingredient. Very good cocktails.

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch. Fantastic food.

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S
New England
61 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

It was Mother's Day and the restaurant was quite busy. Both the Salmon and the Bolagnese were very good. We ate at a high top in the bar area and enjoyed the ambiance. Service was lackluster but that may have been due to it being late in the day on Mother's Day.

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DH
New England
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We went to Tryst for the first time on Mothers Day and had a really nice time! Sampling lots of different small plates and great cocktails!

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HW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Went on Mother’s Day. Food was excellent, really was. Service is mediocre and ambiance was so so given how full the restaurant was and screaming babies

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u
New England
37 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice restaurant, the food was very good and creative, the drinks were excellent and creative. The service was good and the atmosphere on an early Saturday night was bustling.

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DB
New England
37 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Tryst has consistently good food and good drinks. My only complaint is that there are tvs everywhere and it's hard to get away from them.

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RP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Not a lot of staff. Have to wait a little when busy.

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NA
New England
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Waited 20 minutes for the waitress who walked up and said “what’s your order?” Molten chocolate cake tasted weeks old and microwaved. Food otherwise nothing special. Been in the past and those experiences were much better. This one was highly disappointing.

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KH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Easter brunch was a great bargain along with fantastic service. A very relaxing environment.

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JT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Easter brunch

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u
New England
29 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The five of us had a wonderful time on Saturday night - the meals were excellent as were the cocktails! We have the best waiter who we've gotten to know over time, and it was a pleasure to bring two new people who hadn't been to Tryst before. They both loved it as well. The striped bass special was really delicious.

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D
New England
28 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff was very accommodating, had class to get to and were very helpful. First clients of the day.

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OT
New England
33 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We have been coming to Tryst for many years - it used to be my daughter's favorite restaurant. She is 'grownup' now, but I recently went back for a small family dinner, and it was really excellent - menu was varied and imaginative, the quality of the ingredients was very high, and service was great too. We were there early on a Sunday and it was not very crowded - which is good for patrons but makes me feel like the restaurant is unappreciated. Maybe a small facelift would make the restaurant feel 'newer,' because the food was fresh and excellent.

For reference, I had the kale and brussel sprout salad and fresh figs in some kind of cheesey cream sauce. Both were excellent but the figs were memorable. thanks!

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LW
New England
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tryst is one of my favorite restaurants in Arlington. A go to for a night out or special occasions!

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MT
New England
82 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

food portions are perfect but pricey for the size. food is prepared and presented quite well. menu is small with limited options. i had the salmon. and the calamari appetizer. prepared well. my wife had the shrimp tacos. well done.
we shared the broccoli and garlic nashed. excellent

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w
New England
32 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Great cocktails. Delicious appetizers. Loved the fish tacos. Perfect scallops super salmon.

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NO
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very loud and chaotic atmosphere. No certainty of when and who was waiting on us. Could barely hear each other talk

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G
New England
29 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite for food and staff.

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BL
New England
11 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Service was a bit slow but food was good.
Atmosphere was fairly bland.

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W
New England
36 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It’s an OK place

Food was basic
Shrimp taco was good

Service was fine but not gracious or welcoming

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FL
New England
47 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Everyone loves Tryst!
It's time to bring back the duck tacos from so many years ago!

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B
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was fantastic. All plates fresh and flavorful. Its hard to get such quality food at other establishments. Although it was packed and therefore very noisy, the food will bring me back!

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EH
New England
16 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I found Tryst to be a good neighborhood restaurant - with an inviting environment and a welcoming vibe. While the food was overall very good, the scallops were very salty - which not only my experience, the gentleman the next table over also thought they were exceptionally salty. Otherwise, the food was very tasty. Unfortunately, the service was very slow, and the restaurant seemed to be significantly understaffed for the evening. Not sure I will be back, but I don't regret coming for this visit.

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GM
New England
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Our waiter was sullen and unresponsive and the restaurant was loud. Wouldn’t return

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d
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great go-to for drinks and dinner.

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C
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Decided to try someplace new for my husband's birthday. Chose a table instead of a high top and was practically sitting upon the people on either side. Service started out ok, but then we felt forgotten. The food was the best part, very nice meal, we had salmon and scallops and the vegetables were great. Wouldn't go back because it was very loud and service was not great. The name doesn't suit the spot as it seemed like a family-friendly joint, not a place for a 'Tryst'.

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G
New England
28 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I live near Tryst and have eaten there dozens of times. This time I tried a salmon burger which was on the special menu, and it was outstanding! Fresh, well-seasoned, perfectly cooked, with a delicious light sauce on a nice toasted bun. Best salmon burger I have ever had. Fingers crossed that it will be added to the regular menu!

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New England
11 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun night out with friends. Seated right away even when we were early for our reservation. Giving the choice of tables which was great. Cocktails order taken right way and lemon martinis where delicious. Ordered apps first, cheese platter and Bavarian pretzels. Pretzels and dip super fresh and yummy. Cheese platter was delicious but very very small. Only a few pieces of cheese not enough for four people to share.

Meals where excellent salmon and steak tips was cooked to pefection. Our only complain was the Caesar had lots of veggies like beats which was not specified in menu.

We did not have dessert but did have coffee and the coffee was also delicious.

Our server was excellent and very personable and patient with our slow ordering.

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BD
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This is my second time visiting Tryst since I adopted a plant based lifestyle. Unfortunately, not much had improved since the last time I visited. There were few plant based options (no meat, no dairy) on the menu. I was relegated to selecting among side dishes or a kale salad. That was very disappointing. My husband enjoyed his steak tips well enough, but if you have a party with mixed dietary requirements you should look elsewhere.

We also had a very inexperienced waiter who had no idea what a vegan or plant based diet was and kept offering me the vegetarian (cheese included) options on the menu. To his credit he asked his vegan co-worker for her recommendations from the menu (to which she recommended the kale salad). He also forgot multiple items and never seemed to get the order quite right for dinner or dessert. All in all, a very medicocre dining experience.

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SD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ventured out for a Valentine's Day dinner, which we normally never do. Our meal was superb from beginning to end. There were some new menu items that were very good. We go to Tryst often for brunch, but this dinner made us realize that it's a good dinner option too!

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NR
New England
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tryst is our favorite place to dine in Arlington. the food is delicious and very consistent and the service is fabulous. And their ice cream is absolutely the best in Boston hands down.

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