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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (20)
Casual (18)
Creative Cuisine (16)
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Bar Seating (12)
Special Occasion (10)
Good for a Date (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Cozy (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Fun (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Tapas (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Authentic (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Business Meals (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Romantic (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

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

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 (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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 (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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 (New England)·Dined on September 6, 2017

We ate on a weeknight when the restaurant was quiet. Good food (we had pork under a brick) and friendly service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great service. Very nice waitress (Tracy). Good burger, Salad, Salmon, wonderful desserts, recommend the charred asparargas side. nice ambiance. good for talking. request for quiet table honored. beer and wine reasonable. recommend.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on August 21, 2017

We were there on a weekday night - I've been there before at that time. I appreciate the relative quietness that allows real conversation. I also appreciated the opportunity to taste a bit of the wine that I was thinking of ordering since it was one I didn't know about and I'm fussy about wine. I will definitely return again!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Fabulous kind and attentive service, one unsatisfactory dish redone to perfection and ideally handled by our server. We'll be back in a heartbeat.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Clearly a neighborhood gem. Wonderful starters. Both the golden beet salad and the antipasto plate were excellent -- clearly enough for dinner for two, but then you were have to miss the fabulous pasta. Tagliatelle with mushrooms and the bolognese were very much enjoyed, as was the salmon dish. Yes, I'll be back, again....and again. It's a lovely, relaxed evening out, without the fuss of Boston.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Our favorite restaurant. Friendly, delicious fresh food. Generous cocktails, well mixed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 10, 2017

Food was very good to excellent; would definitely return.
Happily for us the restaurant was not too crowded, so that noise level was fine.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Great brunch, attentive waitstaff, and good drinks!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on July 24, 2017

We went to Tryst for a weeknight dinner on a very rainy Monday night - the restaurant was nearly empty so it was very quiet. We didn't find any entrée dishes (larger plates) that we were interested in trying but there were lots of appealing appetizer (starters) and side dishes (extras) so we ordered a bunch of them. All were excellent with interesting and tasty combinations of flavors. Loved the food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Great new menu items being introduced all he time.

Delicious

Tags: Romantic, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Enjoy good food in a local spot. Great for a drink and nibbles at the bar, good dinner after a movie at the capitol theater, and great Sunday brunch.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on July 13, 2017

one of our favorite restaurants. always good...service, drinks, food!! Neighborhood gem

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 13, 2017

We have been coming to Tryst for a long time.
The Bell and Evans chicken was moist and delicious, the accompanying side dish with it , less so.
Burgers are great, but onion rings were more string than onion rings and a disappointment.
We sat away from the wall mounted tv screens, as we had requested , which permitted our friends and us to hear our conversations.
Service wait person when we first arrived was attentive, but then disappeared without bringing the requested second round of rolls and butter. Not a big deal, but the back dining room was not that busy.
We will return as we enjoy the ambience.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Food was very good and service courteous and fast.
Have been here about 10 times and always enjoy the experience.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Excellent service, great food. New server who was great

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Friendly neighborhood restaurant. Excellent food. Generous drinks. Quirky staff. Always dependable. Shrimp tacos delicious. Scallops tender and tasty.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 1, 2017

second time dining at this restaurant and i think it was even better than the first, and the first was a 5 star for us. very creative grouping of food and cooked perfectly. the waitstaff is fantastic. go!!!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Tryst was great! We had tempura brussel sprout for an appitizer. They were excellent & different. The chef ( Danny ) was fabulous,creative and nice. James was our waiter he was up beat and helpful. The steak was cooked to perfection and the atmosphere was pleasant.

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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