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Tryst

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American, Bar, Pub
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689 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476 (Court St. & Water St.)
+1 781-641-2227
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 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
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Somerville, Massachusetts
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128 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When you make a reservation at a place named "Tryst," you might expect a Hernando's Hideaway vibe. If I had been asked to knock 3 times and whisper that Joe sent me, I wouldn't have been surprised. Alas, the look is kind of bland: brightly lit beige walls without much decoration--at least, not where we were sitting. Happily, the food... More 

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Thank Andrew W
Wayland, Massachusetts, United States
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118 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

Nice setting, interesting menu, good place to meet up with friends for dinner. good service. would go back

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Thank Mike_OCP
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

Excellent food and service. Unfortunately for those middle-aged and over, there is such an abundance of hard reflective surfaces that sometimes it can be hard to heard your dinner companions.

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Thank Brian M
Arlington, Massachusetts
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63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

The food and cocktails here are top notch! This is a favorite place for a weeknight dinner with my husband. Sitting in the bar. Grabbing a drink and some appetizers. I dream about the Shrimp Tacos....they are just that good! My husband gets the Brussels sprout and kale salad every time we dine. For a cocktail recommendation try the Professor.... More 

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Thank Christina H
Arlington, Massachusetts
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

found the hostess to be really impatient and rude. it was a slow night, so cant blame it on being busy. over heard her complain we didnt want to sit at the bar, and preferred a high-top table. it didnt take much to over hear the hostess, we were a couple of feet away.

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Thank klymns
Medford, Massachusetts
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133 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Without the gift certificate I probably wouldn't have had dinner at Tryst. The place lacks a little bit of atmosphere and only few tables were occupied when we peeked in through the window. The menu is limited and they were out of the special of the day. However, we were pleasantly surprised by the the attentive but not intrusive service... More 

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Thank ukusa2155
Arlington, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

Lovely place for a quiet dinner, a date or friend reunion. The menu is limited but the quality is good. Lovely bar and barman. If you like white wine, I recommend Le Petit Loire (Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley.) Crisp and refreshing for the summer or any time!

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Thank Francine_B_1329512
Lexington
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016

Haven't been to Tryst in a while, but based on other folk's good reviews decided to try it for dinner with a friend. Seated immediately, drink order taken and then given time to chat and review the menu. The gnocchi with mushrooms was excellent. The flat bread with fresh tomatoes crispy and very flavorful. Best dish was the espresso panna... More 

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Thank ChristiLexington
Newton, Massachusetts
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89 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

I went here for brunch on Sunday with my co-worker before going to work. Our server was a bit rude. The food was eh. Nothing really good. I was disappointed by our server and it went downhill from there.

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Thank triptonowhere_11
Naples, Florida
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143 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2016

It appears that Tryst is trying to figure out if it wants to be a sports bar or a casual but good food dining restaurant. We had a quiet booth away from the TVs and enjoyed our dinner, starting with excellent drinks mixed by Andrew. The Sazerac was especially good. The calamari were fantastic - served with crispy thin onions... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $40
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub
Meals
Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Bar scene
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
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: +1 781-641-2227

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