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About Tryst Restaurant

Tryst Restaurant serves creative American cuisine, using local and seasonal ingredients.

689 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, MA 02720
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Court St. & Water St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(781) 641-2227

Website:
http://www.trystrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Sunday Brunch jazz trio beginning 9/13.

Parking Details:
There is public parking available in the immediate area in front of and surrounding Tryst restaurant.

Public Transit:
Bus routes: 62, 67, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 84, 87

Executive Chef:
Paul Turano

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Tryst Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.0

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Groups (8)
Fun (7)
Cozy (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Romantic (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Authentic (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
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Notable Wine List (2)
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Seasonal (2)
Business Meals (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Spicy (1)
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Vegan (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Trust is our favorite Arlington restaurant

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·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Love this restaurant in the neighborhood. Food great but not pretentious. Bar great. Service wonderful. Just generally a very nice place to dine and converse.

Tags: Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Authentic
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·Dined 5 days ago

Amazing creative dishes, fantastic cocktails and wine list, truly remarkable service.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

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.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

It was an excellent. Good choices & delicious food.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Excellent all around: food, atmosphere and staff. Excellent wine list. Very easy going. Doesn’t gel you’re at the trendy cool place everyone thinks it means great food. Tryst is both relaxing, great food and service

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Becoming our new neighborhood favorite. Excellent menu, great service, and food is well presented

Tags: Disabled Access, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 12, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Very slow service for how few people were there but the food was good.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Good food. Great portions size enough so your stuffed and you still have leftovers. Bloody Mary was delicious

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 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Great location, nice atmosphere- cozy and warm. Food was good and the service prompt and friendly.

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·Dined on December 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Completely fantastic. Unique and delicious menu choices that aren't too weird like so many other places we skipped in choosing a restaurant that night. Service was first rate. Prices completely reasonable. Look forward to going back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Always a great meal and great service at Tryst. Must have the mushroom tagliatelle!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Great truffle fries! Super friendly to kids. Nice birthday dinner at this neighborhood staple.

Tags: Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was great service was slow

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great food. A bit loud

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 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Amazing food as always!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Delightful.scallops with leek risotto followed by chocolate bread pudding perfectly paired with a tawny port.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We have been here twice and we had a great experience both times! Probably one of the best finds in Arlington so far for us!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Easy to make a nice sampling of delicious small plates into a meal.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great menu, salads were very good as was the main course (Blackened Faroe Salmon), and the dessert was very good. The service is excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Consistently good food and service. Never disappoints.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Love Tryst for all it offers! Great food, servers, and experience.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Service was very nice but VERY slow. The food was good. It's a nice neighborhood restaurant.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Tapas, Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The food and atmosphere was great. I really enjoyed it here, and would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

A most pleasant atmosphere, great service and delicious food. Great experience.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The best hollandaise sauce I've had in my lifetime. Our waitress was great. She helped me make the right decisions in ordering

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 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Mozzarella Basil Flat bread was overlooked with burnt crust and grocery store tasting sauce.

The Calimari was over breaded and did not have any kind of dip with it.

Tags: Happy Hour, Quick Bite
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