Tryst Restaurant

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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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l
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had brunch at Tryst. Always delicious with unique options. We were there the weekend coronavirus intensified, the restaurant was quiet, service and food wonderful. The owner even ran after us when we left to bring my mothers gloves she left behind!

ES
New England
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant and our waitress was fantastic.

CC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Unfortunately we got seated in the far back section of the restaurant. Zero ambience - our table looked onto smoked glass screen which was a divider to the rest of the restaurant. As a result, service was slower and less attentive than I imagine the rest of the restaurant experiences. Not ideal.

m
New England
17 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I had not been to Tryst in years. I was disappointed in the ambiance and food selection.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great experience for my wife’s birthday which also falls on Valentine’s Day. Had a dynamite Delmonico steak. Servers were very accommodating of all the kids!

D
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Heart day
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FL
New England
51 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very pleasant slow dinner. The kale-brussels sprouts salad is interesting and delicious. All the food was quite enjoyable.

ET
New England
11 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful evening out with my mom. Ambiance is very nice. Wait staff attentive and food was very good. Would highly recommend and will definitely return.

c
New England
61 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Kale and Brussels sprouts may not sound exciting but the salad is a bowl of deliciousness. The bartender worked with us to create the perfect cocktail for our enjoyment. While the dessert list didn't tickle us, the actual chocolate torte was a combination of cake and frosting and crunch that was as beautiful as it was delicious (and more than ample).

RD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Very poor ambiance. Felt like a diner with dim lighting. We had our service immediately. So we Left without eating

2
New England
29 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around! Four of us had Sat brunch, so it was not too busy. We had eggs benedict with Canadian bacon, hash of the day (pulled pork), French toast and blueberry pancakes. The home fries with the eggs benedict were the best I’ve had in a long time. Our server was a delight, too - attentive and funny. Highly recommend.

RF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional

S
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seats by the sunny window. Delicious brunch meal. My friends who had never been liked the place. Always lovely for a nicer ambience and meal.

SW
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wish they had a larger menu selection, but what they have it's delicious.

TG
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have returned to Tryst time after time for Sunday brunch because the food is delicious, the service is great and the coffee is the best! The menu has. something for everybody including all of our favorite brunch dishes. While my husband always orders the classic Eggs Benedict, my youngest daughter, who is a vegetarian, orders the tomato and spinach Eggs Benedict. The blueberry pancakes are light and fluffy. We always request an order of these for the table to share! The omelets are the best as are their homemade biscuits! Another daughter always orders their especially rich French Toast. The Huevos Rancheros are excellent! Without a doubt, we will return very soon.

CF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was delicious. The eggs Benedict was terrific. Nice thick English muffin and Canadian bacon.

c
New England
19 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I've been to Tryst for dinner but never for brunch. I was not disappointed.
The food was creatively presented I had one of the egg dishes which was delish especially the biscuits!
I really appreciated the quiet cozy ambiance. My friend and I were able to have a good chat while enjoying our food. Just what you want a brunch to be!

M
New England
27 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The 5-star rating was for the food. It was tasty and well presented. The service was good but there was just one server for the rooms so occasionally having to flag them down.

R
New England
38 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food and service.

E
New England
22 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday brunch with friends.

l
New England
21 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the desert especially

GS
New England
18 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place is generally out of our comfort price range for dinner, but just discovered it as a lovely place for brunch. The food was really excellent: my husband and I both had the eggs benedict (they offer three variations: Canadian bacon, salmon or tomato florentine) that came with potatoes and lettuce greens salad. Very delicious and filled us up for the combined breakfast/ lunch. Service was impeccable: unfussy but attentive. We will be back to try the pancakes and French toast, since we could’t quite decide this time!

s
New England
36 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Loved my Peppermintini! Scallops and risotto quite good, apps were so-so.

Our waitress was pleasant and just attentive enough.

BR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The service was very slow, the food was not that great for the price. Overall a disappointing experience and I will not be back.

SS
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The dining room is plain and drab, no atmosphere whatsoever.
Food and service and prices were quite good, and recommended.

OT
New England
50 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience2

This place is amazing but hard to love. Food is well done and delicious, drinks and wine list are solid. Host staff is amazing and friendly and the bussers/food runners are fantastic...but the servers are utterly horrible. Every time we come the service sucks. No personality, innatentive, uninformed, lazy, and disorganized. Thank goodness for the hosts, bussers, food runners, and excellent food or I would not come here every time I go to a show at the regent theater.

SM
New England
66 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good, service very friendly, but we got our main courses right after we got our appetizers => bad timing. I suggest ordering appetizers and when almost done, tell them what you main courses will be.

D
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A little noisy but manageable .
Our waitress was just ok ...but the other staff was VERY good, from bringing a lemon on request to the young man asking if I wanted him to open the ladies’ room door ( I’m handicapped— that sort of kindness always touches me)

c
New England
61 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The kale and Brussels sprouts salad was extraordinary. Shrimp tacos are always an excellent choice. The molten chocolate cake was a bit singed on the edges but the marshmallow was a nice addition.

BH
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience4

By the time we arrived the place was fairly empty yet it took a long time to first get a taste of wine and then order a glass. Server was knowledgeable and professional but also slow to bring bread plates. We were hungry so we dove into the bread without benefit of a suitable surface for the remainder of our slices.

M
New England
35 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Our party of 6 was seated promptly for Sunday brunch at 11 :15 a.m. Restaurant was half full. Nice room for our multi-generational birthday celebration. Mimosas and tea came promptly. Breakfast ordered from menu good for vegetarians and meat -eaters alike. Food arrived 45 minutes later. Seemed too long to wait. Creme brulee French toast, hash and eggs benedict, bacon...all delicious.

L
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We had date night the other night, and left disappointed. My husband's whiskey drink was watery. The kale/brussels salad was good. His steak was good, mine was just ok, and the house-made fries were very good. The service was fine, too. The coffee was cold, so we didn't bother to order dessert.
But the whole time we just weren't comfortable. Tryst has zero ambiance. There is literally nothing on the walls, and nothing pretty to look at. The space has a lot of potential, and just looks tired. All in all, a mediocre experience.
I would recommend to a friend with the clarification that the front part of the restaurant would be good for beer and a burger.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was fantastic and really well thought out. Such a treat for the taste buds.

PA
New England
50 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had brunch at Tryst recently. Great spot right in the center of Arlington. Nicely decorated, solid food, easy parking make this a great place to go - and much easier than Cambridge or Somerville!

GG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Where to go on a Saturday Night?

Avoid the traffic crush and expensive city parking.

Tryst offers Urban Vibe and curbside FREE parking.

Upbeat and sophisticated. Casual cool interior. Expansive bar, bistro "hi" tables as well as more European Banquet table arrangements and tufted black leather built-in seating. Enough space for privacy but also enables diners to converse with their neighbors!

My first visit. I confess that I had hoped for a more expansive menu. Once I better understood Tryst and it's goals, I became more appreciative of their offerings. Something for everyone.

I ordered a Chopped salad with Roast Salmon. My friend ordered Pan Seared Scallop Risotto. We were both quite happy with our choices.

More or a place to meet friends, enjoy a good meal and laugh. Our server was attentive. Never rushed. A nice change and we will be back!

SG
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Food was pretty good, but the service was atrocious. We didn’t even have a server - they made the hostess wait on us, and she was clueless. Took almost 2 hours just to eat a couple of eggs, and it was not even that busy.

M
New England
35 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We haven’t been to Tryst for several years an thought we’d give it another try. It’s an odd place. Not too busy and we had a reservation for brunch yet no one came to get us for about 5 mjn. We waited 15 min to order and our pancakes took 35 min to come out. They were btw absolutely delicious. It’s an amazing value in terms of price but the wait staff seems very nervous and inexperienced.

d
New England
34 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous! DH had the Chicken & Dumplings and I had the Salmon. Both were flavorful and perfectly cooked. The drinks were delicious as well-the 689 and Spicy Mule. Will visit again!

NL
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely long brunch with a student friend from Tufts. We sat by the window in the quieter bar area. Our charming waiter gave us plenty of time to choose our menu and beverages. He invented a hot chocolate for my husband and when the first was just 'fine' he made another which was 'perfect'.
We've always enjoyed Tryst since it's days with Paul Turano and were very happy that it didn't change too much under new ownership.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food is great and reasonably priced. The service was slow since they seemed to be understaffed at a busy time. The restaurant was very loud - not a place conducive to conversation at dinner.

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