Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar
Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar

Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.solearestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7818941805
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Thursday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Michael Brunson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Solea can accommodate groups of 20-250. Call or email for details
  • Private Party Contact: Coleen Noonan; Hope Alvarez 7818941805

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cushing Street
  • Public Transit: Waltham Commuter Rail is located 4 blocks away.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Moody Street offers city lots up and down the street.
A word from Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar
Solea offers a warm Mediterranean atmosphere with its richly colored walls, mosaics and sparkling lamps. It is the perfect destination for a quick bar snack, an after work gathering or a celebratory dinner. Private spaces are available for formal sit-down dinners, casual buffets, or cocktail receptions for groups of 25-250 people. The menu includes over 40 tapas (Spanish appetizers and entrees. The bar offerings range from : traditional sangria, Latino cocktails, and wines from Spain, Portugal, Chile, and Argentina.
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Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
136 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (84)fit for foodies (79)good for groups (67)special occasion (51)romantic (38)hot spot (21)great for lunch (17)vibrant bar scene (16)notable wine list (9)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (5)great for outdoor dining (4)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Dinner with the guys
    DonnyVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Had a guys night out on Friday Aug 1st. Our server Ally was great. We will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed our meal
    HappyVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This was our first time here and we will definitely return soon. The tapas choices are good except some healthy vegetable choices are needed. The scallops were the best.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very tasty Spanish food
    SuburbanDiner
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Excellent place for tapas, good quality wine, great margaritas and sangria. We enjoyed a corner table with four of us and shared small plates, which were all good, solid and mostly tasty. Gluten-free menu had great range, but still had some hiccups as two plates came with gluten-rich bread, which brought the rest of the plates into question for our guests with celiac. (Bread basket to a table where two of four are gluten-intolerant is something that should be handled by the host and service staff!) Shrimp in garlic was rich, sparkling and tasty; collards were perfectly prepared; chroizo was spicy and just the right amount of spice. However, we wanted more edge, more boldness. Wonder if the placement in the suburbs discourages that?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Business Lunch
    HdhejVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We went out for a business lunch and had the best time here. They set us up in a quiet room with our group of 7 people. We each ordered 2-3 tapas and a large rice dish for the table. They informed us that this dish takes 30 minutes to cook, but with the timing of the tapas, this would come at the end of the meal. Everything was delicious and well timed. The server was right on target with drinks and the food couldn't have been better. What a great time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Solea always impresses!
    Foodiefood
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    My husband and I have dined at Solea numerous times and it's always good. This past time was the same! Good food, good drinks... Maybe time to shake up the menu a bit as I haven't seen anything new on it for about a year and a half, but hey, if it works...! The only slightly negative I have was that our server seemed overworked... He had a full section and then was asked to pick up a 12 top. So there was some delay in being able to order our tapas and then again when we were looking to order more drinks... But that's no fault of his! Go to Solea... It's really good tapas and drinks, wrapped up in a charming environment!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable food and service
    LvanGo
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We've actually been to spain so tapas here in the US are hard to compare to the real deal. In saying that the food and drinks were well worth the price. Furthermore our waiter has been working there for at least 10 years and the service was fantastic with a table of 5 who kept him busy. I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Since the front of the restaurant opens to the street, we got all of the street noise and heat.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Delightful Find
    FoodieLover
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Dined for dinner with my wife, and were both delighted by this seemingly popular tapas restaurant. Excellent and knowledgeable service, decent wine selection, and a large and diverse menu which should provide ample choices regardless of what foods you prefer.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You haven't seen the last of us!
    LAjack
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Beautifully prepared food , we will return!The service was perfect and very knowledgeable about food items. Next time for quieter dining I'd ask for the blue room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Every dish unique and delicious
    ToddB
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    From the incredibly tasty crusty bread to the satisfying dessert and every tapas dish in between (esp. the sausage and fig dish), it was a great meal. The Sangria, slightly fruitier than Sol Azteca's, was very refreshing
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 86 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1078 reviews are from the Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great restaurant - I love their Tapas and sangria. Portion sizes are very generous for a Tapas restaurant. Very relaxing dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tapas deliciosas
    Chica
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had a great lunch with some wonderfully creative tapas. The favorites at our table were the pato braseado, the chuletillas, and the albondigas de cordero. The sauces on each were fantastic. The paella valenciana was okay, but it seemed like it should have cooked longer, as the rice was still a bit loose and watery. Then again, I've been spoiled by having the real thing in Valencia, and nothing really compares to that, so I may be a bit too critical of a judge on that one. The atmosphere was great, as was the service, and we'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great restaurant
    Biggs
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I enjoyed my 1st experience at Solea and will definitely be back there again and again. I would say that if it could open later or even into a after hour spot, You could generate alot more revenue. You definitely have the space for it.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    food was great, good selection, variety of tapas, had a number of vegetarian selections as well, pleasant atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner!
    BAHBAH
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Solea is one of our "go to" spots. This time it was Father's Day ... but we always can count on having a great meal and a great experience at Solea!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Creative tapas great sangria
    Ramund
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Terrific food experience with variety and creativity. Short ribs were great, and don't overlook the veggies. Sangria just like in the ol country. Only negative was being stuck in room that soon become empty, though we did make a reservation and other tables seemed available. Next time we'll say something.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Dinner EVER!!!!
    bestfoodaround
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The waitstaff was the nicest, most competent, friendliest I have ever seen while still seeming sincere. The Food was OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!!! Every bite was better than the next. I will return here at my earliest convenience!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious and fabulous service
    foodelight
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We had a couple dishes that were exceptional seasonal treats: red pepper gazpacho and watermelon jicama salad. Our waiter was very attentive and very knowledgable. All in all avery pleasant sining experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good restaurant for diverse tastes.
    PapaLew
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We had diverse tastes and found a mix of tapas to please all of us. We ordered eight for the four of use and that was plenty. I was surprised that I liked the chicken liver (using English rather than Spanish names) as it is not one of my favorites. The Sangria Royale was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Early Summer Dinner
    Chet
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We had a early Saturday dinner at Solea with our teenage son. The windows to Moody Street were open, the Spanish music was playing and it really felt like Summer. Our son enjoyed the Tapas selections and the fun environment. Thanks Solea.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quite impressed!
    TravelinFoodie
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Spur of the moment dinner date and we were quite impressed!! Best sangria I've ever had! And the tapas were incredible!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for tapas
    Phil
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    There are so many interesting choices on the menu that you will want to come back again soon to try the ones you didn't have room for the first time. Love the whole tapas concept ... with small servings you can try more things.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great once they found us a waiter
    nsadovniVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This is a favorite destination for our family and as usual the food did not disappoint. It took the management 10 minutes to assign us a waiter, but once he knew we were his responsibility, he was great. Recommend the seviche, patatas bravas, gambas al ajillo and crab/mango/guacamole thingie.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food!
    NewcomerVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    When you just don't want to settle for one meal, yet share small portions with friends! This is the place to come! Delicious!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Treat
    snorkels
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Great Food, great Sangria. The tapas are unusual, individually tasty. Especially liked the scallops in saffron sauce and lamb chops. The restaurant was packed with graduation party, so the service was a tad slow, but they were trying!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for celebration lunch
    MtVernonVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Lunch at 3:30 meant that the restaurant was reasonably quiet, so we got full attention from the waitstaff and excellent service. Food was tasty and came out at appropriate times. Tapas were well-sized, perfect for eating and drinking and talking. Drinks were good, not watered down. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous tapas
    hockeymom520
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Went here to celebrate my son's graduation. Also celebrated New Years eve here with a large family. It is a wonderful atmosphere, great service, awesome tapas to share. Everyone loved it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Menu
    Massimiliano
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Great restaurant with great food. Somewhat more of a Brazilian flavor than Mediterranean, but still great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food in small NE town setting
    JimfromBoston
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Always love a good tapas restaurant, and this one doesn't disappoint. Great selection, every dish tasted fresh and they even offered a gluten free menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great experience!
    ljd42VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The three of us ordered soup for one plus seven tapas to share, which turned out to be plenty for us. Service was impeccable: prompt (without being rushed), professional, and friendly. The food was uniformly excellent: beef barley soup, goat cheese in tomato sauce, sautéed artichokes, wild mushrooms, broccoli/cauliflower combo, salmon in dijon cream sauce, special salad, potatoes with piquant sauce, and espresso (no room for churros). Among the tapas, the artichokes and mushrooms were especially outstanding. The restaurant was surprisingly uncrowded for a Friday evening, but then again we had to eat early as we were on our way to a play. We'll be back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yeah Tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    There is such a wonderful variety of different tapas to suit everyone from the carnivore to the vegetarian, and all delicious!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot, will return
    oconnellk10VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Great food and cocktails. Unfortunately, our food was delivered so quickly, we didn't spend much time in the restaurant. In/out very quickly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service left a bad taste
    Monomoymom
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    It was family date night! My husband and I decided to take our 12 and 14 yr old for Tapas. They had never had tapas before and we love it. My children are foodies themselves! So just after we sit the waiter comes over and asks if we want drinks. My daughter who is 12 asked for a virgin margarita, my son said I'll have one too. The waiter looks at me and says I will have to charge you the same price as regular margaritas, $9.00!! I said that was fine. After the waiter left the table my husband and I looked at each other and said how and why is that possible. It was a glass of juice. It seemed really excessive. Overall the food was good. Vegetarian paella was excellent. Service was abrasive. But we wouldn't go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A New Tapas Fan
    Tuch
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    I wanted to try Solea for a few years now, but was afraid of "small plates" as I LOVE food, and plenty of it. Finally went with an old college friend who'd been before and convinced me that I wouldn't be disappointed. I can't say enough about the food --- incredibly gourmet and plentiful. I am a new fan and am dying to bring my "foodie" husband back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent tapas, friendly service
    DmitryBVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Highly recommend to anyone who likes small tasty dishes. The staff is always nice and friendly, the service is quick and the atmosphere is nice. In summer they open their windows and you can enjoy fresh air.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MACNatickVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The food and service was good, but nothing really stood out.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GOOD AS USUAL.
    dann
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    SOLEA HAS QUITE A SELECTION OF TAPAS AND I LIKE BEING ABLE TO SHARE MULTIPLE SELECTIONS
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good flavors
    redfishie
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Great friendly tapas place. This was a really enjoyable place with a nice layout, lots of room, and wonderful food.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty restaurant.
    Tapas2perfect
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Good tapas, loved the decor and the atmospher😊nice and good cleanliness.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas Favorites
    Opus25VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    It is like a trip to Spain... Great food. Special are always interesting.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.