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“Traditional but solid”
Review of Flora - CLOSED

Flora
Price range: $31 - $80
Cuisines: American, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Lake St.
Transit: 77 Bus runs right past us along Massachusetts Avenue out of Harvard Square.
Description: Housed in a renovated bank with 40 ft. vaulted ceilings, this 100 seat gem boasts a menu that changes with each season's best local ingredients! The main dining room is great for anniversaries, birthdays and other special events while the cafe and bar offers a more casual menu and atmosphere perfect for a cocktail at the bar or a quick before/after theater burger or dessert. "Flora Restaurant - Supporting the Community and Community-Supported for 16 years!"
Reviewed October 6, 2013

Recent reviews have not been complimentary and, based on a recent visit with five friends, have understated the qualities of this restaurant.

The restaurant is a traditional white table cloth establishment in an old bank building with high ceilings. The tables are spaced sufficiently apart to allow privacy for a couple. The high ceiling results in good acoustics and easy and audible conversation among members of a large group.

Service was fine. A larger group always tests the memory and professionalism of the wait staff. All of us received what we ordered with no confusion. service on a busy Friday was friendly and timely.

Regarding the food, all six of us ordered a salad and one of two specials, a pork chop with chutney and sweet potato, and a bluefish with little neck clams. Among the salads, the heirloom tomato salad was well-received, the beet salad seemed a little short on beets and no color variety among the beets on the plate.

Both specials performed well. The bluefish was presented with a crisp skin, succulent on the inside in a shallow bowl with a light broth surrounded by the clams. Reportedly, the clams could have been tastier. The presentation of the pork dish have been more modern but the ingredients and flavors were just fine. The pork was especially succulent.

One word of advice to diners who want to avoid salt (see prior reviews). Order from among the specials rather than the a la carte menu; the specials are likely to have been sourced the same day or the day before just for that evening.

Pricing is reasonable at Flora, main courses around $25. We also enjoyed two bottles of a good quality Sauvignon Blanc, around $30 per bottle that would have been priced closer to $50 in Boston.

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Thank spencerusa
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

Flora was one of the first restaurants, if not the first, to launch the Arlington restaurant renaissance that's been going on for over a decade now. It's always enjoyed a great reputation. Imagine our disappointment when we dined there last night during restaurant week and everything we ate was insipid, almost tasteless or doused in salt and/or pepper to disguise the lack of imagination from the kitchen. And the food was, I kid you not, lukewarm when it arrived at our table. Tasteless, lukewarm, insipid. Three strikes. Strike four was the "entertainment". They had what looked like a middle-aged professor from MIT or software engineer from inside the 128 belt playing a few simple chords to accompany an hour long rendition of his favorite Beatles songs (mostly Sgt. Peppers and Revolver). Need I say it? His interpretations of these hits were...... insipid.

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Thank Peter L
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Tony S, Manager at Flora, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2013

Peter -

I appreciate your taking the time and effort to provide us feedback for your recent dining experience. I am obviously very sorry to hear how disappointed you were that night. I am hoping you will chalk that up to an off night (hey - we all have them, right?) and give us another chance. We look forward to doing much better by you on your next visit. And no Beatles, I promise :-) Thanks!

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Loved the atmosphere, but the food was just good. Nothing stood out above the pack of other options in town.

Thank 777_Andy
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Tony S, Manager at Flora, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2013

Andy -

Glad you enjoyed our atmosphere but very sorry to hear you weren't 100% satisfied with your dining experience. Please give us another chance and not judge us just on that one particular meal. I'd like to think we're always on top of our game but anyone can have an off-night. We look forward to exceeding your expectations next time. Thanks for the feedback.

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

First timer at Flora. Was there with friends before a show so we had to rush. Food is very good, and we were comfortable with the atmosphere, so we really want to go back for a leisurely experience. House wine was very good. Like the idea of larger meals or medium plates. The group had meat, fish, and vegetarian. All excellent. Service was excellent. One meat meal was a bit underdone so it was sent back. It was reserved quickly. I'm tought on restaurants because I'd often rather eat at home. Flora may change my mind.

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Thank LAFSudbury
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Hogieman, Manager at Flora, responded to this reviewResponded June 1, 2013

So glad you enjoyed your experience at Flora. Yes, while we can always accommodate those in a hurry, Flora is probably experienced over a leisurely meal. Thanks for your kind words. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Reviewed March 23, 2013

During Boston's Restaurant Week, many restaurants offer limited menus of three or four choices of appetizer, entree, and dessert. Flora went one step farther and offered two ways of ordering - appetizer, entree and dessert or two medium plates with either an appetizer and dessert - for the same fixed price. I chose the first option and my husband the second. All items were delicious - Asian green salad with shredded duck and grilled salmon and my husband's mussels and fries and daube of beef with mashed potatoes. We took our chocolate desserts to go to eat later. A great way to cater to different tastes on a fixed price menu.

I do like the decor of flora and their portion size - which is about right - not too big as many restaurants seem to do these days.

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