Restaurant closed for the season and we were never notified despite having a reservation through OpenTable. Were unable to cancel reservation via OpenTable and that reservation blocked my ability to book an alternate reservation using OpenTable.
Our meal started off fantastic. Incredible cocktails and all of the small plates were great. We are excited about the bowls, I was excited about Sichuan tempeh. The bowls were very disappointing. There was absolutely no seasoning on the tempeh, the noodles were over done and stuck together and my husbands broth was very bland. We heard several comments about staff being short and apparently the menu was reduced and kitchen folks waiting tables. The service however was fine, but considering I made the reservation way in advance for our visit and we drive specifically to Belfast for this meal, I was disappointed. I guess I felt if they were not prepared or staffed to give a great experience then Arata should have closed earlier. Overall, things were great up until the bowls.
This was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. And I am not a vegetarian or vegan so that speaks volumes. It was fabulous from service to drinks to food - a "10."
We are not vegetarian - let alone vegan - but the food was fresh, flavorful and satisfying. In addition the service was friendly, helpful and attentive.
Fantastic plant-based menu; everything was delicious, well-conceived and beautiful. I recommend any of the buns. And dessert!
Everything about this restaurant is superb! Wonderful drinks presented beautifully! The buns are extraordinary as are the ramen bowls!
We tried many dishes in our 2 visits and not one disappointed !! Highly recommend !!
First vegetarian restaurant I've ever been to. Chef is very imaginative, great combinations of tasting experience. Quality over quantity, and a bit pricey. Having said that, it was was more than an "art gallery " meal, where presentation of microscopic morsels sends one sprinting to a burger joint. Very high quality food here, and I'd readily visit again. Kimchee pancakes were to die for. "Make that your last kimchee pancake!" the Commandante said, then blindfolded me, put me up against the wall of the restaurant, and order his firing squad to....
Excellent! Fresh and creative dishes. We were vacationing in Maine and were very excited to find such a great restaurant.
One of the best meals I have ever had!!!! It was like we were in an episode of Top Chef: Maine where they were doing The Best Asian Food Ever!!! Can't wait to go back!!!
An urban oasis in mid-coast Maine. Who knew veggies could be so tempting