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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Visitor rating
  • 34
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great food, service, experience

We've been to Tryst for dinner about 4 times now and have had an excellent experience every time. The menu is unique in the best way (at least to us), and on our recent visit our tapas appetizer (prosciutto, olives, cherry peppers, stuffed dates, nuts, etc. on a board) was just great, as were the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 21, 2015
butterfly58
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Arlington, MA
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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89 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Arlington, MA
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

We've been to Tryst for dinner about 4 times now and have had an excellent experience every time. The menu is unique in the best way (at least to us), and on our recent visit our tapas appetizer (prosciutto, olives, cherry peppers, stuffed dates, nuts, etc. on a board) was just great, as were the lasagna bolognese and duck breast... More 

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Not a place to take inlaws! But aside from semantic faux pas this was not the place to go. A bumbling and bizarre waiter greeted us with grunts and odd comments and when the food came it was not what the price would justify. The home fry potatoes were wonderful . Perfectly cooked with crispy shell but and a big... More 

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Rhode Island
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70 reviews 70 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I was taking care of my two granddaughters while their parents were away. I took them to the toy store, we had pizza for dinner. You know; the usual "How do I entertain these two lovely people" routine, all the while pretending to be the adult in charge. We walked by Tryst on Sunday morning and went in for brunch.... More 

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Arlington, Mass
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52 reviews 52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I have driven by Tryst a Zillion times and had never gone in , so ... on one of the hot summer July nights a restaurant app on our new car directed us to Tryst . I guess I always thought it was too Chi Chi for us so we had never been . I'm glad we went , it... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I LOVE this place! Try something new and it is always delish! Nice decor, very creative menu with new seasonal selections to choose from on a regular basis. Some of my fav's are Tagliatelle Bolognese, Shrimp Taco's, Flat Iron Steak. And don't forget brunch! Eggs Benedict, Huevos Rancheros and Brioche French Toast are just fabulous. If you are looking for... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
133 reviews 133 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

When we left I said to my husband that I felt like I ate in a glorified sports bar. It was pretty bad. Between the noise level, the tvs with constant sports, and the best food being a cheese burger, there was nothing else to say. The service was slow. The appetizer of cheese and accompaniments was fairly good. We... More 

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Top Contributor
217 reviews 217 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

Even though this popular spot features an eclectic menu that is not necessarily Italian, we were very impressed with the tagliatelle bolognese that two of the three of us sampled tonight. I cannot recall having had it done better anywhere, including at some of the finest Italian restaurants in Boston and New York. The service was also excellent, and the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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76 reviews 76 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The TripAdvisor reviews were pretty positive for this establishment, so we thought we would give it a try. The overall dining experience was quite good. The service was excellent with an attentive and respectful waiter. The appetizers were the only "fair" part of our experience. The Calamari was more breading than Squid, the cheese plate was just good - the... More 

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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Arrived early for Dine Out Boston Week and they had no problem finding a table! Servers were very knowledgeable and so pleasant. On top of that food was great too- I am still raving about the peach pie- just the right sweet-tart mix and crust was perfect. The high top tables were nicely laid out but when you are 5"... More 

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Excellent variety of choices. Wait staff very charming. Great ambiance. Excellent cocktail and wine list. Second visit and will be back

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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?