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689 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476-4904 (Court St. & Water St.)
(781) 641-2227
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All 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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Wayland, Massachusetts, United States
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118 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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

Thank Mike_OCP
Level Contributor
26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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 

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.

Thank klymns
Medford, Massachusetts
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118 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 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 

Thank ukusa2155
Arlington, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
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!

Thank Francine_B_1329512
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 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 

Thank ChristiLexington
Newton, Massachusetts
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80 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 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.

Thank triptonowhere_11
Naples, Florida
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122 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 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 

1 Thank PhillyBoy21
Narragansett, Rhode Island
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205 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2016

We were a group of about 20 and had a wonderful meal at Tryst restaurant. we arrived early and enjoyed sitting at the bar for drinks, The food was very good and the service was great. We had crispy calamari, house made guacamole and chips ,figs with hot brie and bacon. The menu ranged from gnocchi with peas and asparagus,duck,to... More 

1 Thank billcarroll289

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $40
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Bar scene
Open Hours
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 689 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476-4904
    (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

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