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Things to know about Arrows?

veryveryrosalind | Jun 12, 200810:16 AM

I've just made a reservation for a mid-July Saturday at Arrows for my wedding anniversary. My husband is a devoted vegetable gardener, so I thought he would enjoy what I hear is the lush garden atmosphere, and I have heard many raves about the food from my co-workers in Boston. Since it is a special occasion and I want it to be a wonderful evening, I was wondering if there is anything I should know to request beforehand (place to sit, tasting menu, etc.).

I noticed that posters here have complained about a pretentious attitude there, and indeed in one 5-minute telephone call I have already observed it--I was surprised that 6pm was the only time slot they had for a reservation 5 weeks in the future (admittedly, it is a Saturday), and I was also surprised to hear they have a jacket-and-tie dress code...in rural Maine? We've been to L'Espalier, Clio, No. 9 Park, etc., in Boston, and have never been instructed to dress up. I am happy to wear a skirt, but it felt oddly didactic. I have a somewhat young-sounding voice, although I am over 30; should I have said it was my wedding anniversary to get more respect and perhaps a later reservation?

Also, in terms of seating, is there a good location (esp. vis-a-vis views of the garden) and a Siberia? Is there a tasting menu that can only be ordered in advance that I should know about?

Thanks, and I promise to return with a review.

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