Tryst Restaurant

4.5
1422 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Tryst Restaurant serves creative American cuisine, using local and seasonal ingredients.

In this trying and uncertain time, our main priorities are to keep our staff and customers safe & healthy. We are excited to provide food to the community and start dine-in service with a proper safety procedure in place.

Please review the guidelines in the link below.

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/safety-standards-and-checklist-restaurants#key-documents-for-reopening-

We will be following strictly to the rules and regulations put in place.

Please allow us to serve everyone safely by wearing a mask when not at
the table.

Thank you for your patience and your trust in us to provide the safest environment for everyone.

Sincerely,
Taek Kim
Proprietor

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1422 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.1
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4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Friendly staff and great food. We were able to sit outside because of covid, which I really appreciated.

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vipJeffUrdan
New England
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The outdoor seating, behind barricades on Mass Avenue can be (and was) interrupted by muscle car engines growling as they went by.
Nothing the restaurant can do about it, just the perils of curbside dining during Covid. They do have inside dining as well which is quite pleasant.

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Pete
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The draft beers were not available and the tap was not working. When I asked for a malbec wine, I was told that they had run out of that wine. For desserts, there was ice cream but the chocolate mousse had been sold on the previous evening. Our choices in several areas were limited. The entrees we selected were quite good.

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JulietJ
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

So nice to be back! Its been awhile since we went to Tryst and we were NOT disappointed. COVID cautions were still in place - tables were adequately far apart - and food was wonderful as were cocktails. Definitely will return again soon. Only disappointed with how loud it was - or did I get older during the pandemic?!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Great spot and all love and support for restaurants trying to bounce back, but they're not quite back to pre-pandemic quality yet. The menu is more limited than the posted menu and they were out of several things. Will definitely go back anyway, but hope they iron out the kinks.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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Biff
New England
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything about Tryst was wonderful. The salmon was the best I've ever had, and the fish tacos were delicious. There was a problem with the beer tap, but the list of cans/bottles have great choices. I'll be back!

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MariaG
New England
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hosts and waitstaff were excellent. The wine suggestion was perfect.

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LaurenS
New England
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service and the food was excellent. Glad to have them accommodate my vegan daughter as well.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
18 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting menu, top notch preparation, great service. The pasta involtini was complex and flavorful. For non-vegetarians, the bourbon tips are recommeded. Top it off with chocolate mousse torte. Just a bit on the pricey side but worth it for a special meal.

LB
vipLisaB
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time there and will definitely go back.

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bardsboy13
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

A very different menu offering - good food prepared with care and good taste.

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EMC541
New England
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

First time at Tryst. Food was excellent, staff were friendly and followed up quickly, getting information when they couldn't answer a question about a wine pairing suggestion.

The layout of the restaurant includes some large posts that provide visual obstacles that could be seen to either give more privacy or isolate the table depending on your point of view.

We will return to further explore the menu, but likely be more selective about our seating choice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening at outside table. Terrific meals!!

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CalifCambr
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Great service. Great place to celebrate a return to pre-pandemic normalcy

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LBee
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tryst is always reliably great. Food is perfect. Cocktails are excellent. Service is very nice. Their truffle fries are the best anywhere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
15 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tryst is back! We loved being able to sit at the bar last night and we noticed that the restaurant was busy particularly the new outside tables. We had the fried chicken sandwich and a burger with truffle fries. Both dishes were excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So great to have Tryst back! Our food and cocktails were delicious and the servers were so friendly and accommodating. The outside tables were a welcome addition, as we can’t do inside with our son.

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vipDonnaQ
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Great food as usual and super excited to see this town stable continues to thrive even through these unfortunate times. I was also pleased to see plenty of waitstaff, but disappoint that our particular waiter seemed to continually forget about us. Never refilling our water, never checking to see if we wanted another cocktail, if our meal was as expected. We finally flagged him done as he rushed by on his way to his other table. Again there was plenty of waitstaff and plenty of folks milling about, which made the lack of service even more confusing. Thankfully the food was so hood.

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DouglasT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Liked the pasta blah blah blah blah Min 50 charcters

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toobrew
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great local place for casual dinning. Food is inspired, we'll prepared and presented. Staff is pleasant, knowledgeable and helpful.

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vipRobin
New England
43 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently one of our favorite restaurants in Arlington, a bit pricey but the quality of food and the service are great.

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Luki
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Really good, great service, missing some old favorites but it was noisy at the high tops Friday night. If want to chat will sit somewhere else next time!
Shrimp taco’s yummy and a nice dry rose!

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vipLARRYM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I was looking forward to a nice casual dinner on a Friday evening in this restaurant that received very good reviews. The experience was underwhelming. After seating us, the host said the fryer was not working and therefore no fried food from the menu was available. She then brought over the list of specials and the only entree was sold out. I proceeded to order a (starter) salad only to find out that the option was not available. I was reluctant to order a refill on my drink, so I paid the bill left a tip and we came home and ate left overs.

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vipDb2356
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Service was slow and food just average, they were out of some items from their permanent menu (not the specials)

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ThomasR
New England
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Decent food no bread:(

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Slow Bar service
Loud talker at bar
Menu was limited and too much pub food.

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vipStephenG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening at Tryst this past Sat. night. The food was fantastic, the was straightforward and not overwhelming, and our server imparticular made such an effort in being extremely attentive to us. Highly recommend giving this restaurant a try!

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Skye
New England
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have been wanting to get to this place for years...finally made it and it did not disappoint! Everything we ordered was delicious. They were slammed with take-out orders but you couldn't tell because there was no interruption in service. Can't wait to go back!

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vipLoisA
New England
29 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Wonderful meal and service! We are lucky to have Tyrst in Arlington MA

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vipbarrieb
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food never disappoints!

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vipCaitlyn
New England
14 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely dinner at Tryst! They never disappoint! The drinks are always perfect and we love the steak tips! Also- tons of space in between tables. We felt very safe.

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vipwolfeyes528
New England
15 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, quiet and calming atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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vipPaulL
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Good bar tender, uninspired food.

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HollyR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely DELICIOUS food. Some of the best we’ve ever had. Very cute neighborhood spot, will definitely be returning.

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JCRHB
New England
12 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Tryst has continued to provide delicious food ro us throughout Covid via takeout. They are now serving indoors to limited seating. We were thrilled to celebrate our vaccination completion with friends on Thursday evening. Everything was delicious. Serving staff was solicitous. We are happy to be back with them and are hoping that renewed attendance will encourage then to expand their offerings into new territory.

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Kasey
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My mother enjoyed the halibut, and I liked the chicken sandwich. I just did not find it memorable.

The service was terrific, and the restaurant did an excellent job of keeping people safely distanced.

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Elizabeth
New England
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner and service , everything was great

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PL12
New England
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Granted everything is quiet when dining these days, but the food was great, the drinks nice, and the dining experience almost felt normal.

FAQs

Tryst Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (781) 641-2227.

Tryst Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1422 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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