Flora Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 190 Massachusetts Ave

    Arlington, MA 02474

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  • 781-641-1664

About Flora Restaurant

Hours
Monday: 5:30-9:30 Tuesday: 5:30-9:30 Wednesday: 5:30-9:30 Thursday: 5:30-9:30 Friday: 5:30-10:00 Saturday: 5:00-10:00 Sunday 5:00-9:00
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My family and I have been dining at flora for years and consider it our home away from home. We are always treated with open arms and friendly smiles. There is something for everyone on the menu. The food is consistently fresh and

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My family and I have been dining at flora for years and consider it our home away from home. We are always treated with open arms and friendly smiles. There is something for everyone on the menu. The food is consistently fresh and

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I've been to Flora twice. The first experience was fantastic. The food was creative, well-prepared with good quality ingredients, the server was very knowledgeable and helpful. I had the chestnut risotto with butternut squash, which was

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I've been to Flora twice. The first experience was fantastic. The food was creative, well-prepared with good quality ingredients, the server was very knowledgeable and helpful. I had the chestnut risotto with butternut squash, which was

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Dinner at Flora is always a treat. Located in an old bank building, the ceilings are high, the decor is upscale, great cocktail bar, and cheerful atmosphere.

The food is just wonderful. Great menu, but most often I get the chicken (crazy, huh?) which is cooked to perfection with a crispy, well seasoned skin and unbelievably juicy meat. Also their summer gazpacho is always a treat and dessert is unfailingly yummy. The food at Flora is never fussy, always fresh and perfectly prepared. I can't recommend it more highly.

I noticed a couple of reviews slamming the service, but honestly, I have been there many times and have never had that experience personally. My experience with the service has always been positive - charming, well informed, eager to talk about the menu and the wine list.

Go. You won't be disappointed.

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★★★★★

Dinner at Flora is always a treat. Located in an old bank building, the ceilings are high, the decor is upscale, great cocktail bar, and cheerful atmosphere.

The food is just wonderful. Great menu, but most often I get the chicken (crazy, huh?) which is cooked to perfection with a crispy, well seasoned skin and unbelievably juicy meat. Also their summer gazpacho is always a treat and dessert is unfailingly yummy. The food at Flora is never fussy, always fresh and perfectly prepared. I can't recommend it more highly.

I noticed a couple of reviews slamming the service, but honestly, I have been there many times and have never had that experience personally. My experience with the service has always been positive - charming, well informed, eager to talk about the menu and the wine list.

Go. You won't be disappointed.

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This is a lovely place for a special dinner but it is also features a relaxed and friendly lounge with music on several weeknights. There is also a gallery of local artists work on display. I have had some wonderful dinners here, the smoked salmon salad is light and lovely to start your meal, they had an outstanding duck special the last time i was there, a striped bass with fresh vegetables is a menu standard that is simple and perfectly prepared, and for dessert they sometimes have a killer chocolate bread pudding??if they have it, get it!
Chef/Owner Bob Sargent is a regular at the Arlington Farmers Market and his relationships with local farmers and suppliers is reflected in the fresh and season ingredients in his dishes.

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★★★★★

This is a lovely place for a special dinner but it is also features a relaxed and friendly lounge with music on several weeknights. There is also a gallery of local artists work on display. I have had some wonderful dinners here, the smoked salmon salad is light and lovely to start your meal, they had an outstanding duck special the last time i was there, a striped bass with fresh vegetables is a menu standard that is simple and perfectly prepared, and for dessert they sometimes have a killer chocolate bread pudding??if they have it, get it!
Chef/Owner Bob Sargent is a regular at the Arlington Farmers Market and his relationships with local farmers and suppliers is reflected in the fresh and season ingredients in his dishes.

Pros: Beautiful dinning room, seasonal food, live music in lounge

Cons: crowded on weekends

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My husband and I love Flora. It's our favorite restaurant in town. The food is divine and the service is outstanding. We have never been disappointed.

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★★★★★

My husband and I love Flora. It's our favorite restaurant in town. The food is divine and the service is outstanding. We have never been disappointed.

Pros: Fresh, delicious meals, lovely atmoshpere, friendly service

Cons: none

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I have had a couple of meals here and have enjoyed them both. I have to say that it is definitely a choice for a special occasion or if someone else is paying . . . though pricey, Flora delivers on the quality & freshness of the ingredients. They put together a nice plate with creative well thought out flavors that are heightened by the freshness (as I have mentioned already) of the ingredients. Loved the lamb slider appetizer.

The staff is professional, as one would hope it would be for a more pricey spot ( Flora's prices are high but are not exorbitant). Will go back again and again; I am sure.

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★★★★☆

I have had a couple of meals here and have enjoyed them both. I have to say that it is definitely a choice for a special occasion or if someone else is paying . . . though pricey, Flora delivers on the quality & freshness of the ingredients. They put together a nice plate with creative well thought out flavors that are heightened by the freshness (as I have mentioned already) of the ingredients. Loved the lamb slider appetizer.

The staff is professional, as one would hope it would be for a more pricey spot ( Flora's prices are high but are not exorbitant). Will go back again and again; I am sure.

Pros: nice dishes, seasonal menus, great presentation

Cons: too pricey for frequent dining

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This is a lovely restaurant for a special night out, or a romantic dinner. If you don't want to have a 3 course meal, you can order appetizers and desserts, or entree and drinks. The staff are knowledgable and warm - it feels like a neighborhood bar with MUCH better food. We go often.

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★★★★★

This is a lovely restaurant for a special night out, or a romantic dinner. If you don't want to have a 3 course meal, you can order appetizers and desserts, or entree and drinks. The staff are knowledgable and warm - it feels like a neighborhood bar with MUCH better food. We go often.

Pros: Fresh, creative but not foofy food

Cons: None

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Have had many lovely dinners there, Bob and Mary Joe always make us feel at home whenever, even if they are busy...

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Have had many lovely dinners there, Bob and Mary Joe always make us feel at home whenever, even if they are busy...

Pros: lovely veg entires, esquisite meats/fish

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UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT??? That would be the only explanation for the service we received last night. I was really looking forward to this dinner. We were having a night out celebrating a friends 35' th birthday. I had always wanted to try Flora . I had heard many positvie reviews from friends I respect. Well it just wasnt happening last night. We started the night ordering appetizers and drinks and told the waitress that we would order dinner whe the appetizers arrived. That was a mistake. Our appetizers arrived and our waitress dissappeared . After 15 minutes of sitting with our empty and dirty appetizer plates in front of us, our waitress reappeared, cleaned our dishes and took the order at the same time. Again seeming really rushed. Never once did she try to converse with the table or make any kind of connection at all. Drop the dishes off and run...It would be understandable( but not exceptable) if the restaurant was busy, but it wasnt..The waitress only had 2 other tables...which did not turn over for the night.
Food was really quite good. Fresh and flavorful and would be worth a trip back, maybe many, But I personally have a problem going to a place where obviously they dont care about the "service aspect" of their business. We spent over $200 for a party of three and left the place feeling like we could have chosen a better place to celebrate a special night. Sorry to say, but we wont be going back

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★★☆☆☆

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT??? That would be the only explanation for the service we received last night. I was really looking forward to this dinner. We were having a night out celebrating a friends 35' th birthday. I had always wanted to try Flora . I had heard many positvie reviews from friends I respect. Well it just wasnt happening last night. We started the night ordering appetizers and drinks and told the waitress that we would order dinner whe the appetizers arrived. That was a mistake. Our appetizers arrived and our waitress dissappeared . After 15 minutes of sitting with our empty and dirty appetizer plates in front of us, our waitress reappeared, cleaned our dishes and took the order at the same time. Again seeming really rushed. Never once did she try to converse with the table or make any kind of connection at all. Drop the dishes off and run...It would be understandable( but not exceptable) if the restaurant was busy, but it wasnt..The waitress only had 2 other tables...which did not turn over for the night.
Food was really quite good. Fresh and flavorful and would be worth a trip back, maybe many, But I personally have a problem going to a place where obviously they dont care about the "service aspect" of their business. We spent over $200 for a party of three and left the place feeling like we could have chosen a better place to celebrate a special night. Sorry to say, but we wont be going back

Pros: great food, great setting

Cons: AWFUL service

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We ate at Flora's last night and can heartily recommend the guyere pie, the arugula salads, the gingered sweet potatoes, and the macadamia nut pie. But the praise ends there. The waitress was dour and sour. At the same time she took our drink orders she asked if we were ready to order our entrees...I guess she was not happy top serve us! She then served me chardonnay when I'd ordered a cabernet--and instead of simply rectifying her mistake, she detailed how she was sure I'd asked for chardonnay. Pesky. For the rest of the meal she was civil, but not pleasant. I had been to Flora's before and thought highly of the restaurant but this waitress spoiled the whole experience for me. I doubt if I will return because of the waitress. It's all about presentation (good) and service (poor).

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★★★☆☆

We ate at Flora's last night and can heartily recommend the guyere pie, the arugula salads, the gingered sweet potatoes, and the macadamia nut pie. But the praise ends there. The waitress was dour and sour. At the same time she took our drink orders she asked if we were ready to order our entrees...I guess she was not happy top serve us! She then served me chardonnay when I'd ordered a cabernet--and instead of simply rectifying her mistake, she detailed how she was sure I'd asked for chardonnay. Pesky. For the rest of the meal she was civil, but not pleasant. I had been to Flora's before and thought highly of the restaurant but this waitress spoiled the whole experience for me. I doubt if I will return because of the waitress. It's all about presentation (good) and service (poor).

Pros: Guyere pie

Cons: waitress was barely civil

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The food is fine, but I have never received such shoddy treatment by a restaurant's staff. My fiance and I had a reservation, yet were seated at one of the worst tables in the place and were treated incredibly rudely and dismissively by the waitstaff all evening (watched other parties being seated after us and served first, not being told of the specials despite asking about them repeatedly, etc.). As a paying customer, I have never felt so unwelcome in my entire life. Don't go here.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food is fine, but I have never received such shoddy treatment by a restaurant's staff. My fiance and I had a reservation, yet were seated at one of the worst tables in the place and were treated incredibly rudely and dismissively by the waitstaff all evening (watched other parties being seated after us and served first, not being told of the specials despite asking about them repeatedly, etc.). As a paying customer, I have never felt so unwelcome in my entire life. Don't go here.

Pros: good food

Cons: staff treats you like cr@p

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We have had three very good experiences at Flora. Such a nice interior, cozy bar area, fabulous vaulted ceilings in the main room. Servers are very friendly. We've tried several of the fish dishes and they were all excellent, had lovely appetizers, etc. What stands out most in my mind is a macadamia pie for dessert that was really, truly fantastic. I think this is a very charming place with consistently yummy food.

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★★★★★

We have had three very good experiences at Flora. Such a nice interior, cozy bar area, fabulous vaulted ceilings in the main room. Servers are very friendly. We've tried several of the fish dishes and they were all excellent, had lovely appetizers, etc. What stands out most in my mind is a macadamia pie for dessert that was really, truly fantastic. I think this is a very charming place with consistently yummy food.

Pros: interior, nice menu, easy parking

Cons: none

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My fiance and i tried Flora last night for my birthday and it was exceptional! I can hardly believe, looking at the reviews, that anyone could say anything bad about it. The butternut ghnocci was fantastic-with toasted hazlenuts to die for. I had the stuffed chicken, which sounds ho-hum, but was absolutely perfect-melted in my mouth. The black orchid martini was fab as well as the macadamia nut pie with a scoop of brown sugar banana ice cream-incredible. The ambiance was very romatic despite the vaulted ceilings. For a tuesday night they seemed quite busy. Overall we will definetly being going back here...many times. Their prices are also incredibly reasonable for the exceptional food.

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★★★★★

My fiance and i tried Flora last night for my birthday and it was exceptional! I can hardly believe, looking at the reviews, that anyone could say anything bad about it. The butternut ghnocci was fantastic-with toasted hazlenuts to die for. I had the stuffed chicken, which sounds ho-hum, but was absolutely perfect-melted in my mouth. The black orchid martini was fab as well as the macadamia nut pie with a scoop of brown sugar banana ice cream-incredible. The ambiance was very romatic despite the vaulted ceilings. For a tuesday night they seemed quite busy. Overall we will definetly being going back here...many times. Their prices are also incredibly reasonable for the exceptional food.

Pros: beautiful, exceptional food, highly recommended

Cons: none

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We enjoyed the appetizers, entrees, and desserts but some were a bit lacking. The arctic char with beets and parsnip/horseradish sauce was great. The "spicy" skate wing was good, but it was not in the least bit spicy, and the ingredients were too discrete. The apple blossom cocktail (I think it was called) was a hit.

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★★★★☆

We enjoyed the appetizers, entrees, and desserts but some were a bit lacking. The arctic char with beets and parsnip/horseradish sauce was great. The "spicy" skate wing was good, but it was not in the least bit spicy, and the ingredients were too discrete. The apple blossom cocktail (I think it was called) was a hit.

Pros: cocktails, not crowded, good food

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The restaurant is located at a convenient location on Mass Ave. It has its own parking lot. The inside is spacious, elegant, yet warm and comfortable. The wine is fantastic; try their Shiraz by glass. The main courses are between $20 to $25, reasonable. The game hen I had was tender and flavorful. The after meal dessert and espresso were also fantastic. The only flaw at the night is that the waiter was not very attentive. He left us several times for empty glasses and long wait to order next course. But overall it was a good experience and I will definitely go back.

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★★★★☆

The restaurant is located at a convenient location on Mass Ave. It has its own parking lot. The inside is spacious, elegant, yet warm and comfortable. The wine is fantastic; try their Shiraz by glass. The main courses are between $20 to $25, reasonable. The game hen I had was tender and flavorful. The after meal dessert and espresso were also fantastic. The only flaw at the night is that the waiter was not very attentive. He left us several times for empty glasses and long wait to order next course. But overall it was a good experience and I will definitely go back.

Pros: Location and Parking, Great food, Ambience

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This was one of the most elegant and delicious dining experiences I have had in a while. I will definitely be back.

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★★★★★

This was one of the most elegant and delicious dining experiences I have had in a while. I will definitely be back.

Cons: Expensive

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I hadn't been there since they expanded. Our party loved everything about the place. The food was excellent--not flashy, but the kind you want to eat, pristine and perfectly made. I'm kind of tired of eating chefs' science experiments at other restaurants. The service was incredible. Everyone there was friendly and efficient without a trace of attitude. The space is very comfortable and beautiful. I didn't find it loud, but then I enjoy a room of people having fun. I guess it depends upon the other guests who are there that night.

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★★★★★

I hadn't been there since they expanded. Our party loved everything about the place. The food was excellent--not flashy, but the kind you want to eat, pristine and perfectly made. I'm kind of tired of eating chefs' science experiments at other restaurants. The service was incredible. Everyone there was friendly and efficient without a trace of attitude. The space is very comfortable and beautiful. I didn't find it loud, but then I enjoy a room of people having fun. I guess it depends upon the other guests who are there that night.

Pros: friendly service, food, comfortable space

Cons: parking a bit tight, no lunch

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I took my gf here for their special New Years Day lunch. The food was awesome! Our waiter was both very nice as well as well informed. The decor is great too - an old bank building with a high ceiling. It is on the pricey side, as you might expect, but we definitely got a lot for what we paid - only $16 each for a couple of delicious dishes with exotic ingredients (foie gras, goat cheese, and black truffle vinaigrette, among others).

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★★★★★

I took my gf here for their special New Years Day lunch. The food was awesome! Our waiter was both very nice as well as well informed. The decor is great too - an old bank building with a high ceiling. It is on the pricey side, as you might expect, but we definitely got a lot for what we paid - only $16 each for a couple of delicious dishes with exotic ingredients (foie gras, goat cheese, and black truffle vinaigrette, among others).

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We go there a couple of times a month because we like the food. It's pretty expensive, but it's no use eating out unless you can have something especially good.

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★★★★★

We go there a couple of times a month because we like the food. It's pretty expensive, but it's no use eating out unless you can have something especially good.

Pros: good food

Cons: parking, price

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It's been years since Bob and Mary Jo Sargent transformed an old bank into flora, but their labor of love remains a standout in Arlington's dining scene. An open kitchen injects a little bit of downtown chic into the casually elegant…

 

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