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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
Tryst is a wonderful neighborhood treasure. The restaurant has expanded their bar area and the bar menu. This allows the casual bar area sitting and the sit down dining room. New menu is very interesting and has options for all diners. The shrimp tacos are a must...they are amazing! I had the chicken coq au vin and it was fantastic. We were a party of 4 and all were happy with the evening. We did not have dessert as we were all too full. Great bar and menu for a late night dinner.
Our experience was nothing to rave about. The food was sub par. The steak tips were over cooked. The pasta was not cooked and chewy. The shrimp tacos were fried which is not mentioned on the menu. The salad was overly salty. The steak tar tar was the highlight. Overall we were completely underwhelmed and will not return.
My husband and I and another couple ate at Tryst this past Sat night for the first time and we loved it. Tryst has a modern look and feel without being too trendy for middle aged couples. We were greeted immediately and warmly and were delighted to leave our coats at the checkout. We were seated at one of the comfortable cafe tables in the window and attended to by a professional staff. We chose a trio of appetizers that were quite tasty and three different entrees. You can eat lightly or go for the whole meal. The menu is small but has a wonderful variety of fish, meat, veg, rice, pasta, potatoes. There is something for everyone. Look at the online menu and rest assured that whatever you order will be delish! We will retrurn to Tryst.
They were very accommodating, attentive and polite. We had to leave at 9 but could only get an 8pm reservation on open table. They offered us a 7:30 slot so that we could stay on schedule and checked in with us during the meal to make sure that we were on track to leave on time. Very nice experience.
This was actually the fourth time I've been here. e had a great time. One of the dishes was not cooked the way I would have liked it to have been (this has never happened before, and everyone can have an off night of course) and the staff couldn't have been more accommodating in terms of taking it back and fixing it for me. Great staff, fun restaurant with good food. Go here.
Food and drinks at Tryst have always been excellent. I just don't know what it is, but no matter how many times they've rearranged that dining room I still find it not inviting or comfortable. The lounge on the other hand has always been my preferred area to eat but it's is smaller and crowded. They recently added TVs to the dining area which I think was a poor choice. If the idea for the dining area is for it to be more formal or elegant, then TVs say the opposite. If, on the other hand, you want the entire restaurant to be like the lounge then don't go halfway by just adding TVs. Redecorate it with darker colors, more comfortable seating in including some booths, add some dividing decor (curtains, plants, screens).
We went to Tryst for drinks and appetizers. The drinks - a couple of specialty martinis - were fantastic, and the service was excellent. However, the appetizers were just OK, but not great. Also, the decor was very appealing, but there were too many TVs - they should be limited to the bar area.
Had dinner at Tryst after getting a Living Social coupon - went in thinking it'd be decent but turned out it's really a great restaurant. All the food was spot on with clean flavors. I started with the roasted beet salad which was perfectly seasoned, followed by the arancini which were flavorful, not too heavy, soft on the inside and perfectly crispy but not hard on the outside. My husband had the tuna tartare which he loved. For entrees we had the salmon which had wonderful flavors and was perfectly cooked and tender, served alongside some vegetables that had a nice amount of acidity just to balance the fish. I had the coq au vin which was fully comforting, the chicken wonderfully tender (even the white meat). Great meal overall!
We had the four course tasting menu and the food was outstanding. We chose shrimp tacos, the best ribs we've ever had and rainbow trout with many delicious vegetables tucked underneath - this was one fabulous meal. This was our second time at Tryst and we'll go again. The downsides to the restaurant were the noise level and the many televisions on the walls - why not keep them in the bar? Our server was kind and knowledgeable. We'll be back soon.
It is with great pain that I am writing this! My ambivalence about doing so is obvious--given the date that we ate there and the date that it is now!
OK, so let's start with the positive. The staff is friendly, warm, fun and SO accommodating! We loved them all---from the 2 darling hostesses, to our charming young waiter.
On paper, everything sounds great on the menu. The presentations were also quite nice, but the flavors/renditions thereof were not! In sum, it is pedestrian fare, at best, with a fine dining look! I guess you can fool some people, but not us! I cook every night---from scratch!
We had a great time and shared many small dishes, some of which were very good. The scallops were particularly good. They never rushed us and the bar accommodated one of our friends very specific instructions. The waiter didn't get annoyed when another of us asked for 3 tastes before ordering the last as our wine selection. The renovated decor is much improved. I would definitely go back.
Even though we advised the staff of a later engagement and asked if we could dine in one hour, service was amazingly slow (taking 80 minutes.) And we were only one of two tables in the dining room. We had to cancel our later appointment. We have eaten here before and like it so much we save it for special occasions. No more.
Good food but service was a little spotty. Three times waitstaff tried to refill our sparkling water with tap. The rainbow trout entree was excellent. Olive tapa was nothing special. While croquetas were good, the accompanying sauce had an odd taste.
Hate the new decor. It's sparse and TVs in the restaurant area are unfortunate. Not sure if I'll be back.
Considering the name of the place, it's surprisingly unconducive to romance. It seems to be trying to also be a sports bar, which was pretty frustrating. Food's good, waitstaff is excellent, ambiance is schizophrenic - sports bar? or a place for a quiet romantic dinner? It *really* can't be both, and it's trying to, which is foolish, I think.
I have been to Tryst a few times now, and went this most recent time specifically for an item I saw on the menu during my previous visit. When I arrived, the menu had changed, and that item was no longer available. Fortunately, the menu is filled with delicious options, but word to the wise, the menu online is not kept up to date, so don't put too much stock in what is posted on their website.
We went to Tryst early on New Years Eve. We were warmly greeted and the hostess showed us a few choices for seating. The servers never rushed us and helped us with menu choices. The food was excellent. A scallop entreé came with mushroom risotta and a red wine sauce a surprising and great approach that let me enjoy a malbec with my meal. My friend has a wonderful petite filet and short rib combo. We then had two great desserts -- an upside down apple cake with eggnog ice cream and a special that night, an individual buche noel. Everything was great.
Food was surprisingly good. Will return for that alone.
The place has been recently remodeled, and it seems like it can't figure out what it wants to be - a restaurant or a bar. Even in the restaurant section it was very noisy. We had thought that dinner was going to be a little more elegant than it was - the food lived up to it, the atmosphere did not.
Will return, and have a bar in mind!
as asked we had a table in the back, the noise of the restaurant still was some of an issue to dining companions.
However the food was outstanding, with all 4 dishes being prepared perfectly.
The house wine is inexpensive and was fine1 the new menu allows for many choices and types of meals.
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