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About Tryst Restaurant
Tryst Restaurant serves creative American cuisine, using local and seasonal ingredients.
Arlington, MA 02720
Contemporary American, American
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
Court St. & Water St.
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Sunday Brunch jazz trio beginning 9/13.
There is public parking available in the immediate area in front of and surrounding Tryst restaurant.
Bus routes: 62, 67, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 84, 87
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Tryst Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Something happened to our dinner ticket so it took 90 minutes to get our Entree.
Food was ver good, and Manager was nice enough to comp our entrees.
I would go back again, as the tables next to us that arrived after us got their meals pretty quickly.
If the waiter was on point, he would have been able to see our issue sooner and adjust.
We walked in for brunch. We waited at the door to be seated. A server, who ended up being ours, came up to the host stand bit didn’t even acknowledge our presence and then walked away.
The hostess came up and then sat us.
It was fairly busy, but it took a very long time between my first and second beverage, as our server didn’t return. When I asked someone else for a drink, she stated she couldn’t even touch it because she was 17.
Then the hostess went to find our server for drinks, as if she, herself couldn’t get it.
Our server was entering an order into the computer, so it took a bit longer.
I got an omelet with asparagus and mozzarella, and there were 2 thin pieces of asparagus and the whole omelet was like warm because the mozzarella was ice cold.
It just wasn’t a great experience for my first time there.
I have been to this restaurant several times and find it good for special occasions like birthdays or just to catch up with friend. Today, I met a friend for brunch and we had the mushroom omelet and the eggs Benedict. Both were served with hash browns and everything was delicious.
I've had better. The creme brulee french toast was huge, but soggy and cloyingly sweet. A smaller portion with more attention to detail would have gone a long way. My friend's omelet was perfectly proportioned and well prepared. I think I'll stick to dinner and skip the brunch. I've had delightful dinners at Tryst.
Let me begin by saying I have never had a bad meal or experience at Tryst and I have been there often. However, this past New Year's Eve was a service and timing disaster.
Again the food was beyond fantastic, so this review is not at all about that but the service was simply terrible and caused us to be late for an activity that began at 10PM in Stoneham.
Our reservation was for 4 guests (we took two friends who live in Arlington and had yet to have the opportunity to try Tryst. The reservation was for 7:30PM, that we thought would be perfect as we had to leave at 9:30 for that activity in Stoneham. We were seated on time at a lovely table. Then it went downhill from there.
It took 17 minutes for the waiter to come and take our drink order.
We waited close to 10 minutes for the drinks (it is now 8PM)
We ordered entire meal (it was a lovely pre-fixe menu) at 8:15 and the first course didnt arrive until 8:40.
The main course came at 9:05 and we informed our waiter that we were very concerned about the time as we had to leave at 9:30. Prior to that we had not told him, as two hours should be plenty of time for a three course pre-fixe dinner. He looked worried.
The dessert came at 9:25 and we wolfed it down, paid the bill and left the restaurant at 9:40.
It was not at all the way I wanted to spend New Year's Eve or introduce our friends to your restaurant. The bill came to almost $300 and we all felt so cheated because of the service, but honestly I couldnt complain that night, as we would have completely missed our show. As it was, we embarrassingly arrived 10 minutes after it had started.
Honestly not sure if we will return anytime soon. Such a shame because we love your food.
I dined with a friend who's been quite a few times and likes it a lot. She was very pleased with her meal (kale and brussell sprout salad). I had the tagliatelle bolognese and it was mediocre. We went early to the restaurant, so maybe the time impacted the atmosphere or lack of it. I would try it again because the location is good, but I wasn't blown away by anything. I also thought their wines were all a bit expensive.
Not quite as good as I remembered it being when last there three years ago.
The ambience is lacking - the place was practically empty though admittedly it was a Monday night - two big TV's above the bar are distracting, creating a sort of 'sports bar vibe' where the restaurant used to have a higher end kind of vibe.
Delicious, comforting, and inventing food. We sat in the back, which was pleasantly quiet due to fabric or upholstery or something. The cocktails were fun and seasonally-inspired. The "hot dates," blue-cheese stuffed, bacon wrapped dates, were SO good. Great burgers too.
Back at Tryst after not being there in years. I like Tryst's menu in general and all dishes we (3 of us) had were super tasty and appealing (the shrimp tacos-- excellent! kale salad, faroe island salmon, scallops, burger ) ( we all felt a few items were heavy on salt-- the salmon and scallops and fries... but not so much that it ruined them). The bar area is great and lively but the rest of the dining room lacks any real distinct ambiance-- at least to me As an Arlington neighborhood restaurant, however, it fits the bill- upscale food, but still casual, generous portions. We overordered! Service was largely attentive (but not super friendly) and we were indecisive so give the wait staff credit. One critique was that it took a few asks to get our drinks served but that was a minor blip. I wouldn't travel miles to head to Tryst but for the local area, it's a good solid option.
We went here as a last minute "date" with friends. Food was quite good. They had three hard ciders on the drink menu - that's a big plus! Our waiter was somewhat disengaged - maybe having an off night, who knows - he was polite, but not attentive. I'd definitely go back.
Recommended, definitely a place to check out if you're in or close to Arlington. Tryst has a great bar area that is very lively and friendly. There is an ample selection of small plates/bar bites and the selection of wine, beer and cocktails is pleasing. For larger meals, special celebrations, or more privacy, the dining room is very comfortable although not particularly atmospheric and can be a little bit loud. The food is upscale, comfort food, featuring high quality seasonal and/or locally sourced ingredients and in general the price to quality ratio is very good. This is a great neighborhood spot , perfect for a friendly gathering, family-oriented special occasion, or low key couples night out.
We had not been to Tryst in over a year (it's not in our town), and it came to mind. It was as it always has been: good food well and interestingly prepared and well served, a good variety of items on the menu, truly excellent service, and it doesn't break the bank. My husband and I each had a drink on their special menu; each was tasty and interesting without being weird. I especially like the variety of appetizers and had trouble choosing. My husband had the flatbread, and I chose the shrimp taco. He liked the bourbon tips he chose for his entree, and I had the rib eye steak, We shared the scrumptious profiteroles. We must remember not to wait so long before going back.
The duck special was cooked perfectly, medium rare. The flavors complemented the rest of the dish's artistic delights which included chanterelles. I was fortunate to get a front window seat to observe all the action from this busy place. Definitely a place to go for fine food and a happening ambiance.
The waiter was even more awesome than the food. Our party of 4 is very diverse and included a gluten free dinner. I'm still talking about the fried green tomatoes and collared greens . The scallops were seared to perfection. This is a great choice for us when we want to get out of the city. We will be back.
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