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Tryst

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689 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476 (Court St. & Water St.)
Bus routes: 62, 67, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 84, 87
(781) 641-2227
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 39
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  • 50
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  • 15
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  • 2
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  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Atmosphere not as good as it used to be, but food is good.

Food is very good, especially brunch. Needs more vegetarian choices for dinner. Atmosphere would be fine if they hadn't installed TVs. TVs in the dining room really don't work for me.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
travelmissy4747
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Food is very good, especially brunch. Needs more vegetarian choices for dinner. Atmosphere would be fine if they hadn't installed TVs. TVs in the dining room really don't work for me.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Nothing like trying to cut through rock hard muffin on your eggs benedict. Not going back. Over cooked eggs and bacon.

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Albany, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I'd eaten here previously for dinner, & enjoyed it very much. This time we were seated in the front area with TVs on the wall & background music that was a little too loud. There was a nice Sunday brunch menu. The problem is that we weren't served our meals for almost an hour. The waiter eventually apologized & said... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

The bar area has expanded to include half the dining room, where unfortunately we were seated during what I was hoping was going to be a romantic dinner. The ambience is not what I remembered from my last visit, and in the dining area near the bar they have installed 4 large TVs. I felt like I was eating at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The best place in Arlington for an adult evening. Tryst has good cocktails, a complex menu, and is a quiet respite from most of the other places in town.Worth getting dressed up and going out for.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I had delicious fish taco app with the striped bass entree. Everything was fresh and seasoned perfectly. Service was friendly!

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

great food, great service, could do better on beer choices ! our favorite is Sunday brunch, good choice of vegetarian dishes.

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Great place for drinks and casual fare. The food has been fairly consistent. They change the menu by season and always has something that is interesting. They used to have a much better wine menu - now mostly the usual suspects. Go early or late if you want a bar seat.

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The food tasted good, but the presentation was bad. Or maybe it was good, but I could not see it because it was too dark. They do provide flashlights – great for camping, not for fine dining. Maybe they want the dungeon atmosphere of seedy pub? I know I exaggerate, but I am making a point. Otherwise, it's a good... More 

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South Orange, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

A lovely setting, with friendly, excellent service. We liked the mustard vinaigrette salad dressing on the bruschetta and greens appetizer so much we asked for the recipe, and got it! One friend's flank steak with potatoes, asparagus, mushroom and pancetta was delicious. And the duck also was fine. My own meal disappointed. The English pea ravioli as an appetizer was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 689 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476
    (Court St. & Water St.)
  • Public Transportation: Bus routes: 62, 67, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 84, 87
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: (781) 641-2227

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?