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Scutra, Arlington, MA

Scutra

4.2
4.2
1015 Reviews
$30 and under
European
Welcome to Scutra. We are a small family run Restaurant. Our food is an influence of Belgium-Italian with an American Bistro Feel. We'd like everyone to feel like they are at home.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    European, Modern European, Bistro
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (781) 316-1816
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Didier Baugniet
  • Catering
    We are a full service catering co. We will service up to 200 guests. Call our restaurant for further details or to set up a time. We personalize menus to everyone’s personal needs.
  • Private party facilities
    Our restaurant can accommodate up to 60 guest or the restaurant can be divided into 2 sections both accommodating 35 guests.
  • Private party contact
    Cesidia Baugniet: (781) 316-1816
  • Neighbourhood
    Arlington
  • Cross Street
    Mill St.
  • Parking Details
    We have a private lot in front of our restaurant and additional parking available after 6:00pm at Ace Hardware located on mill St or diagonally across the street and the Red Barn.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 1,015 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 3.9Ambience

NoiseModerate

1,016 Reviews
  1. Robin

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Reviewed on August 21, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    My favorite restaurant in the Boston area. Incredibly high-quality food, great service, fantastic bartenders, and the secret back deck along the bike path is just perfect. But it's the food. Just fantastic food, every single time. Can't recommend it highly enough.

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  2. JoanneT

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Reviewed on December 20, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    The menu was a bit limited. I had swordfish special. It was tasty but breading and whatever was under it was a bit heavy and greasy. It was supposed to be roasted asparagus and rosoto. It may have been that but I was looking forward to asparagus speers and this was a few chunks of green in a pasty rosoto. The cheese strudle appetizer was rich as one would expect but bland. The lemon tart dessert with a teaspoon of rasberry sorbet was so hard to cut the crust we had to use a knife.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent, service was great, and the price was very reasonable -- thanks Louis!

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  4. Tenprodad

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fresh, tasty and amazing. The fish we ordered was cooked to absolute perfection. The garnishes were a compliment to all the dishes that brough the level of taste new heights. The greens were fresh and perfectly balanced. I can not recommend this restaurant enough.

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  5. Natoo

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service is super friendly and the Belgian chef and owner always comes up with brilliant suggestions. You eat amazingly well (their fresh catch of the day is a must) and the bill remains within reason.

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  6. MargnBoston

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I popped in for the first time last weekend. The ambiance was cozy, we had a great meal, and our server, Louie, was the man!

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  7. SweetiePie

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I used Open Table to reserve a table at Scutra Restaurant in Arlington MA for dinner this week. My expectations were relatively low, but the location was central to our group . I was meeting two of my college roommates from out of state. All three of us were blown away by the quality of and care put into both the food and drinks which were outstanding. Our server was extremely knowledgeable, attentive and flexible. The menu was interesting and diverse. The eel appetizer and duck entrée were particularly amazing. I will be returning to Scutra sooner than later and will recommend this restaurant to all of my friends and relatives.

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  8. AJax

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Relatively small place. In a corner off the bike trail in Arlington. Full bar. Tables well laid out. Some famililes some young adults, some older adults. Loved the spinach/warm raspberry dressing. The raviolis my spouse said were great and the porkchop with a wild rice risottos also goor.

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  9. Kenshin

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service is always special. It really makes the difference between a good dinner and a great diner. The ahi tuna special was delicious.

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  10. Biene

    Greater Boston

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Neighborhood gem!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Lucky to have such a friendly and eclectic restaurant in the neighborhood. Thanks Didier, Cesidia, and Louie!

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  12. Steef

    Greater Boston

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and great food. My wife has numerous food issues and the kitchen was able to accomodate them and produce a delicious meal.

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  13. Astral

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Although there was some "over-reach" in some of the dishes (too many ingredients) for the most part, the meal was flavorful, satisfying, well-prepared and presented. The mussels and the goat cheese tower were particularly good. The risotto was a bit too rich, but the meatloaf of all things was very good.

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  14. Marty

    Greater Boston

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Been to Scutra several times and have always been very satisfied with the food and service, but this last visit (on a Friday in prime time) the restaurant truly went above and beyond: (1) I called at the last minute and asked to change the timing of our reservation as one member of the party was caught in traffic. The restaurant, which turned out to be very busy that evening, accommodated. (2) When one of the specials for the evening was sold out, the restaurant again stepped up and turned an appetizer into the focal point of a very tasty entree dish. Both of these actions were in response to simple queries of the "would it be possible" sort and both were done without hesitation or irritation. The food and service were, as usual, excellent. The noise level was very energetic given the full house and holiday spirit, but we were able to converse and even linger over our meal. Thank you Scutra for your flexibility and a most enjoyable evening.

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  15. Foodie4sure

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We have gone to Scutra maybe 6-7 times over the years, sometimes with friends. For some reason, it always surprises us how good it is. By now we should expect it, but because of its reasonable prices we always think our very good meal was a fluke. This time was no exception. They also have special weekday deals that are an even better value, such as the one my husband had. My coconut breaded shrimp were good, probably the weakest thing we ate. But the whole branzino I had for my main was outstanding. The fish melted in my mouth, and vegetables underneath deliciously absorbed the seasonings from the fish. My husband had a strudel of salmon, goat cheese and spinach for an appetizer that was unique and delicious. His swordfish main was cooked perfectly with wonderful flavors. Even the bread and olive oil we had while deciding what to order was a nice improvement over the previous tapenade. Don't let the location next to an insurance agency dissuade you from expecting fine dining. This is really good food at a reasonable price. Great if you live in the area.

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  16. ChefJim

    Greater Boston

    130 reviews

    3.0

    130 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The small place is surprisingly larger on the inside. Tonight they had a two course special for $24.95. I got the warm spinach salad and the swordfish. The food and flavors all worked well together! The drawback was two baby carrots and a small portion of wild rice and squash. I am guessing the starch size was around a half cup. The meal felt healthy and fresh. The people kept coming in tonight!

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  17. Nancella

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Thursday special is a great deal! As usual the food was excellent and the staff fun and Knowledgeable. Can't wait to return. Sent

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  18. KellyD

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food. The menu had a great variety, it was hard to choose a meal! The service was fantastic as well. I would highly recommend!

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  19. garyg

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first visit. Everyone was pleasant. Adequate seating not trying to crowd people in. Good drink and wine list. Diversified menu to fit any person, Pricing is also fair. We will be back!!

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  20. ThomasR

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I really liked my experience here. Price is roughly $25 per plate. The atmosphere was nice. and the waitstaff were kind and obviously loved what they do. The food was different and innovative, but they executed well and it was a fun night trying new things. Obvious that a creative chef is developing the menu here.

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  21. Cheyenne

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chef Didi is creative and we always feel as the meal was made just for us. However this night it really was! They offered a fresh whole snapper and we shared a large fish - Chef came out to let us know it was taking a little longer due to the size. Well a short wait did not disappoint - we felt as if we were on a Caribbean island! The food and personal service here are always phenomenal with Louie as our server/bartender extraordinaire. If you have not tried Scutra - go there now!

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  22. PeeJay

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Scutra is one of my favorite restaurants. Not only is the food really, really good, the staff is extremely personable and friendly. Chef Didier is Belgian French and worked in several well-known restaurants before he and his wife opened his own restaurant in this hidden corner of Arlington. Scutra is rarely empty, even when the other fine dining restaurants in Arlington are lagging, because of the consistent quality of the food, the beautiful presentation, the creativity of the dishes, the fresh and local ingredients, and the range of dining options--from gourmet burgers and pizzas to beautifully presented fish, vegetable, and meat entrees. Scutra is a pleasant place to sit and linger over a meal, carry on a conversation with the staff, sip a great glass of wine, and anticipate a delightful house-made dessert. There is a single TV screen over the bar, in this day and age where many restaurants surround you with them. The real stars of the show are the staff, who know their customers by name and guide diners in the right direction, with lots of personal attention. They know the food and the wine choices, and love what they do. I am especially fond of the two-course specials on Thursday nights. For $24.99, you can select an appetizer and an entree, as good as anything else on the menu. You usually have a choice of two or three appetizers, and two or three entrees, and the choices change every week.

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  23. SueSue

    Greater Boston

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Great restaurant. Early on a Saturday evening; service slow, likely because they were so full. Food well-prepared, interesting choices and specials, Crème Brule was great!

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  24. Csrole

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    When we first walked in, there was distinct, unpleasant odor. It was throughout the restaurant and we almost walked out. It smelled like fish marinated in ammonia. After having a drink at the bar, the smell dissipated and we stayed. The appetizers were very small, though quite tasty. Everyone enjoyed their entrees and dessert was shared even by those who thought they were too full. Good wine selection and cocktails were well proportioned. We'll give it another go when in the neighborhood.

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  25. Trainrider

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We went to Scutra on a Friday night with reservations. We were seated immediately. Although the restaurant wasn't completely full when we arrived but was full by the time we left at 7:30 or so. We received our water shortly after arriving. However, it took 15 minutes for the waitress to come by to take our drink orders and tell us the specials. My husband and I both ordered cocktails. We decided to split an appetizer. We both ordered salads, we split an entree and intended to order dessert and coffee at the end of the meal. All the food was wonderful. The shrimp scampi risotto was particularly good. Our waitress never offered dessert or coffee. A different person simply handed us the check after the dishes were cleared from the main course. We never saw our waitress again. We decided to just pay it and eat dessert elsewhere.

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  26. DutchBuck

    Greater Boston

    95 reviews

    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The menus offers a nicely balanced combination of reliable favorites and interesting specials that, without being weird, often combine flavors that you wouldn't expect into something innovative and delicious. Also, Scutra may have the nicest wait staff of any restaurant in the Belmont, Cambridge, Arlington, Lexington (etc.) area. They're not just well informed and efficient, they're witty, fun and seem to enjoy what they do.

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  27. sweeney

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    disappointed as days special included spinach salad, early arrival & very few others there & no spinach salad that early? love spinach, trout with crab was good so OK but disappointed event.

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  28. TheLievense

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Scutra is a hidden gem in Arlington. Because it's not on Mass Ave it doesn't get as much love as places like Tryst or Flora but the food here is as good if not better than those locations. Because it's out of the way it's much less crowded as well. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great night out with friends or family.

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  29. Topaz

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2015

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Scutra has been going downhill for some time. But ambiance is nice and staff generally as well. Knowing this, I decided to play safe with a burger as did my friend. I mean, what could go wrong? The burger I had was eminently forgetable with tasteless bun, iceberg lettuce, but decent tomato. Fries seemed microwaved. Appetizer was meh as was my drink. Worse, server was frequently confused (new to resto?). Charged us for a drink we did not order. Usually servers knock themselves out with apologies when these things are pointed out. Barely got one. Scutra was better before it got discovered.

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  30. BobSprague

    Greater Boston

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    My wife and I celebrated our 26th anniversary and had a lovely time. We had been there many years ago, when it was smaller, and we enjoyed the expansion. Our meals make Scutra worth returning. We think the large TV was unnecessary, and the music was too disco for our taste, but we are democratic. I manage an online website and will be publishing a review soon written by my regular reviewer (not I).

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  31. Goodbutbad

    Greater Boston

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    In my opinion the best "fancy" restaurant in Arlington. It's all good, and the prices were surprisingly reasonable.

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  32. Teresa

    Greater Boston

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a pleasant surprise finding this restaurant just a few minutes from home. I ordered the Olives Stuffed Meat Balls-Sweet Italian Sausage Stuffing and Feta Cheese which were quite good while my wife had a special appetizer strudel which she really enjoyed. We both went with dinner specials: Pan seared Swordfish and a wrapped veal scaloppine which tempted us off of the menu choices. She had a apple crisp with gelato while I enjoy two mini cannoli's . A bottle of Bella Christina, Pinot Grigio was enjoyed. The waitress was very nice and described the specials to the T. We will definitely come back.

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  33. Suzanne

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the place... Food great...the only complaint I had was I felt the servers rushed me....took my plate away without asking if I was finished and quite frankly I could have slopped up the gravy with the bread....so overall great place....

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  34. Antwerp

    Greater Boston

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The port served is excelant but skimpy. Needs larger glass

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  35. akren

    Greater Boston

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Scutra is wonderful. A great menu - a good blend of classic dishes with seasonal specials. A great place to eat at the bar or for a special dinner. We bring as many friends as possible to Scutra. Glad it is close by!!

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  36. MsCanary

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My husband and I had "date night" at Scutra. It was a bit loud, but a happy crowd including some children. They have a very broad menu, ranging from burgers and pizza to more creative and sophisticated dishes. The staff were friendly and energetic. We will be back!

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  37. BW108

    Greater Boston

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice selection of food and Louis or server was friendly and helpful

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  38. Sabreena

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Scutra is one of the best restaurants in the area. The menu has something for everyone and the service was spectacular. We were a group of fourteen and even with this large number, everything was excellent!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The salads were really solid, entrees were spectacular with just the right size, and the drinks were made just right. I wish I'd come here years ago.

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  40. noname

    Greater Boston

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Would have rated it a 5, but my wife found a piece of plastic in her food when she bit on it. They comp'd our wine.

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Scutra offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (781) 316-1816.

Scutra is rated 4.2 stars by 1015 OpenTable diners.

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92 Summer St., Arlington, MA 02474

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Mill St.
  • Neighbourhood
    Arlington
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    European, Modern European, Bistro
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    We have a private lot in front of our restaurant and additional parking available after 6:00pm at Ace Hardware located on mill St or diagonally across the street and the Red Barn.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Didier Baugniet
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (781) 316-1816
  • Catering
    We are a full service catering co. We will service up to 200 guests. Call our restaurant for further details or to set up a time. We personalize menus to everyone’s personal needs.
  • Private party facilities
    Our restaurant can accommodate up to 60 guest or the restaurant can be divided into 2 sections both accommodating 35 guests.
  • Private party contact
    Cesidia Baugniet: (781) 316-1816
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