190 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA | Directions 0247442.405361 -71.142275
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 delicious. We can easily choose from salads and soups to smaller entrees or share a entree and dessert. We leave satisfied and content and are happy that we did not have to do the shopping or cooking or cleaning up. We are so happy to have flora in our lives.
Nice atmosphere, inconsistent food quality, good service – 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 very nicely made. The second time was on Valentine's day weekend and the whole experience was reversed. First of all, the place was overbooked. We had a reservation but we still had to wait for more than half-an-hour for a table. This is something many restaurants in Boston area do and I find it absolutely unprofessional. We finally made it in. The food was acceptable, but nothing special. Parsnip soup came kind of cold, the truffle butter chicken was what you would get if you just take a piece of chicken, throw it in your oven for half an hour and drop a huge piece of butter on top. The service was slow, they made a mistake with our bill in the end and it took them about 10 minutes to correct it. But overall, the servers were really polite and nice and the speed of service was quite alright considering the volume. The restaurant has a nice ambiance. I am not sure how often this fluctuation in food quality happens, but it looks like you might get great food or something average, depending on the day.
Went to flora on the same night (Valentine's Day) and had a WONDERFUL experience. The place was crowded (as any decent restaurant would be on that day) but not out of control. From the host at the door to the server to the second host that said good-bye on the way out, everybody was genuinely polite. We never felt rushed and things rolled right along. The food was divine. If you haven't been to this gem then give it a whirl, and don't listen to some metrowest food critic wannabe. ;)
Great atmosphere, fabulous food – 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.
Flora--Elegance in Arlington Center – 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.
Wonderful ambiance, elegant dining – 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.
I like this place – 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.
Delicious meal in beautiful surrounding – 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.
great food, ambiance, lovely veg entires – Have had many lovely dinners there, Bob and Mary Joe always make us feel at home whenever, even if they are busy...
Under New Management? – 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
Lousy service; pretty good food – 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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