Tempo
Tempo

Tempo

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.tempobistro.com/
  • Phone: 7818919000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:15pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:15pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Nathan Sigel
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Tempo is pleased to cater for any event large or small. For information please contact Nathan or Erin.
  • Special Events: We are more than happy to cater to any and all special events!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: High Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking for Tempo can be found either on the street or at the Waltham City Parking Lot on Chestnut Street located less than a block from Tempo.
A word from Tempo
Accepting Call Ahead Seating Nightly and Reservations of Parties of 6 or more!

Tempo offers downtown quality and atmosphere in a convenient suburban location on Waltham's "Restaurant Row". The menu features a wide variety of fresh seafood, great cuts of meat, chicken, duck, and truly has something for everyone. Tempo is excellent for a date, great for groups, and the bar is a perfect place for singles and people watching. The cuisine rivals higher-priced alternatives and the staff is welcoming and eager to please. The bar offers the largest selection around and the wine list just received a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Tempo is sure to please.
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Tempo reviews from OpenTable diners
24 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (15)neighborhood gem (15)good for groups (12)hot spot (12)notable wine list (11)vibrant bar scene (10)special occasion (9)late-night find (3)romantic (3)Show More
  • Excellent Night Out
    GrappaGran
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Four of us had dinner at Tempo last night. The noise level was high. In future I would ask for a booth when making a reservation. Our waiter was excellent. Just the right level of humor and professionalism. We were never rushed by the waiter and the pace of food service was perfectly timed. Menu leans heavily towards fish but there are several meat options too. We shared two appetizers and had separate entrees. All were very good. None of us had space for dessert but the choices were very tempting. Can't wait for a return visit with someone else as the designated driver!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lively Tempo
    AngusMacBeaton
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    My wife and I eat in restaurants all around the world and Tempo remains in my top 5. Tempo has great food, attentive staff, ambiance, and consistency. The bar staff each treats you as if you are their only patron. Their mixologist is engaging and knowledgeable. All the food is wonderful, but especially their seafood dishes. Nate (owner and executive chef) and Erin (Manager) travel the world deep-sea diving and chasing fish. They love fish and they know their fish. The customers run the gamut from having their 21st birthday party here to well into retirement. Leads to exciting and interesting conversation. One of the best ways to spend an evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot
    Susan
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    We always enjoy Tempo for food , service and atmosphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty treats, but service is a "C"
    foodie1965VIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Great appetizers.. Loved the tuna wiyh wasabi mash. But the hostess was less than accommodating and it was really annoying to have our table stripped bare and wped down while we were still seated. After spending nrarly two hundred on drinks, apps, main course and dessert, we should be allowed to chat in peace. But out yable was abruptly stripped of everything including a partial martini, hf a cip of tea and all waters with in thirty seconds of paying our bill. Unacceptable....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Tempo Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    This is my fourth visit to Tempo. Always great and have not been disappointed yet! Thanks for being consistently good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Travelers loved it
    DigiMom
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    I chose this place for my team of 8 traveling on business, and everyone loved it! It made me look good for having selected Tempo.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Four different excellent dishes
    Fitzy
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    First, outstanding cucumber Martini and Tempo Cosmo. We each had different excellent dishes. Beef short ribs wonderful. Swordfish chop delicious. salmon fabulous. Shrimp and scallop risotto spicy and savory. Would go again in a minute.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit pricey for the quality
    amiapickyeater
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    I went to Tempo for the first time based on reviews. I thought it was incredibly noisy and the food was, at best, ok. Nothing stood out about this place. The food, for the price, was in no way exceptional.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice night out
    Jzee22
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    attentive wait staff. Nice beer & wine list. Quiet enough so that you can have a conversation, but this was a relatively quiet Friday night
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • new year
    catfriendly
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Overall experience was excellent but felt rushed at the end of the meal. There was a 2 hour seating due to being New Years Eve - part of our party was 15 minutes late - so we weren't able to enjoy dessert or coffee at the end of our meal. Food was excellent, service was good when server was available.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food in neighborhood
    Nibs
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    The food - fisherman's stew, salad, flash fried calamari then the mini-desserts pumpkin cheesecake and mocha mousse - was excellent, the waiter well informed and solicitous (kept checking on how we liked our choices), the dessert size inspired (can indulge without feeling sinful when they are so small). It was somewhat noisy but with happy noise.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    NanceVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    We got there early to make sure we could get the chef's special swordfish. The martinis are wonderful, great wine list, excellent wait service and delicious food - what else could we want. Oh, the company was fun also!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lively atmosphere, excellent food
    LSS1
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    This place had a lively atmosphere ... pretty noisy, but not crazy. But each of the four of us had a different item on the menu and we each enjoyed it very much. (And the salads were large). We had a nice dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tempo Consistently Terrific
    TCap
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    We always like Tempo. The specials, as well as the usual menu items, are delicious. Lots of choices, for carnivores, veggies, fish and chicken lovers, and anyone else. The food is well presented, the service excellent, and the prices high, but in keeping with everything else and fair. Portions are on the large size, as are the appetizers and sides. We do, and will continue to return to Tempo for a great dinner. My DH loved the Portuguese stew, my special flounder was tasty, our friend devoured his scallops, and the 4th in our party made a dinner of various sides and apps. I enthusiastically recommend this restaurant. We've introduced it to many of our friends, and they always agree with our assessment. It's a gem in Waltham.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    we have been to Tempo for years. We noticed a big difference at Tempo this year compaired to a couple of years ago. The menu is smaller, which is good, but the portions are also much smaller. The service on our visit the other night was terrible, we waited so long for our entrees. My dinner was fine because it was a pasta dish, my husband and son's meat was over cooked and they both ordered it medium rare.....both were well done. It would have taken too much time to re-order. We won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrifc food every time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    We have been here multiple times and I have never been disappointed. The food is simple but absolutely delicious. The cashew crusted cod was to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Great meal at Tempo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    My third visit to Tempo and always consistently good. This was the first visit for my wife. She really enjoyed her meal, one of the specials. Our server was attentive and there when we needed her! A pleasant dining experience, we'll be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    TAG1
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    Enjoyed the pork shank special...........ahhh. comfort food. The Petite Syrah by the glass is also very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another Great Meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    This was the second time I had dined at Tempo. Service was timely, didn't feel rushed, drinks were good, and as always the food was excellent. I am looking forward to my next visit to Tempo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Celebration at Tempo
    Amy111VIP
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    We had an amazing and delicious family dinner at Tempo with 8 adults in attendance. The food was spectacular. Every item was delicious and served in an innovative and aesthetically pleasing manner. The menu was so seasonally appropriate and festive. Great specials were offered as well. The service was excellent and so very warm and friendly. We have a family member with food allergies and the restaurant was kind and attentive around that. Both vegetarians and carnivores were thrilled with their meals.The atmosphere was joyous and upbeat and we enjoyed every minute of our evening there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant on Moody St
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Have been going to Tempo on a somewhat regular basis since it opened. The food NEVER disappoints. This time the mussel appetizer was the big winner (I love all the seafood dishes). And the cocktails are deliciously strong. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars across the board is because the waitress brought a refill of a beer after we said we weren't ready. My dinner date was looking at the wine list instead. And he was too polite to send the unordered beer back. She also asked for our dinner order after we already ordered. The restaurant side gets very noisy when it's full - not a deterrent, just be prepared to over hear conversations. Great restaurant overall. Food is awesome, vibrant atmosphere and consistent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has Been Better!
    NConnolly
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    I went to Tempo for the first time about 6 years ago and enjoyed the food tremendously. It was definitely the go to place for special occasions and to bring your friends to. The drinks, wine and atmosphere is still great but the food has declined. I had better meals here. They are still good but nothing to brag about. It's a great place to go to in the summer when the restaurant front is open. Very nice atmosphere. If only the food would get back to it's standards from 6 years ago I would definitely visit more often.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My First Date
    Mg6799
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    The service and food was great. We were seated by the window. Which only enhanced the best first date I was on.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    Celebrated our 9th anniversary dinner there on 11/20. Adored our server, she was just the sweetest person and top notch service. The dinner was delicious. Though the restaurant was quite noisy as we'd expected having been there a few times in the past, the food and service more than made up for that. We'll be back again and again.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Definite on our dining list
    newtongirl
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Food was varied and excellent. Staff was very nice and accommodating. This is a Waltham Moody Street gem and we will definitely return. Great for a pre movie dinner spot. Bar looked fun too
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food on Moody St.
    whatever
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    We just took a chance as needed a restaurant on Moody St., and Tempo turned out to be wonderful. All 4 of us had interesting, unique dishes that were delicious. The wait staff were very nce and the atmosphere is high energy, but not too noisy. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • does not live up to the billi
    JKozVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    2nd visit confirms impressions of our 1st. Looks good on paper, but the food, service, and and mood are more like an Applebee's than the gatropub they aspire to be. Food is not great, flavors boring, presentation not particularly attractive, service amateur, hostess indifferent. On second thought, Applebee's actually has better food for less money, better service, and a more fun environment.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is consistently great
    Harrietg47VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    Food is consistently great BUT noise level is terrible. You can not carry on a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in Waltham
    LauraTVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    I had heard good things about Tempo for years, and finally got there. The hostess was lovely, and gave us a great table. The server promptly greeted us, and took our drink order. The appetizer and salads came out quickly, and then there was a nice break before the entrees came out. The menu hit all the right spots, meat, fish chicken, and the entrees were tasty. Tempo has a nice atmosphere and ambiance, and we will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pump up the noise!
    samziamVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Good food. Very good service. Unbearable noise level. What is it about restaurants these days that insists on unhealthy decibel levels to create "ambiance"? When you can barely hear dinner companions over the noise, something is surely wrong. Won't be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bistro in your backyard
    mczipf
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    Six of us had dinner here a few nights ago. I had suggested it because I'd gone there once before and enjoyed it. Tempo did not let me down. We started with oysters ($1 each on Tuesdays), which unfortunately seemed to me to have been over-rinsed in tap water, or maybe just not so delicious. For entrees, several of us had fisherman stew, which had an excellent, rich broth, though the shrimp was a bit overcooked. The pork was moist and tasty with a great glaze; the spicy scallop dish was devoured with pleasure. Desserts are small bites, appropriately priced. Our waiter Rick found the right combination of being fun and attentive but not intrusive. Good beers on tap and good house wines. Go here for darn good food and comfortable atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, drinks, and service
    julieVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    My boyfriend and I had a great experience at Tempo. The food was very good; the menu never gets stale and there are always enticing specials. The wait staff was excellent, they even helped me pick an entree and dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go Sox
    JosephVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    Watched Game 1 while eating dinner. We had a great time!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    disappointeddiner
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    We arrived early and got seated promptly, but were in a booth in the back which was very uncomfortable. Two of our party actually had to trade seats because of that. It took us 2 hours to get our food! And this was early in the evening on a Tuesday night. The waitstaff seemed disorganized and while our waiter was friendly, he seemed unaware of how long we had to wait to be served. When the food started coming, appetizers were served at different times rather than at the same time. One of our party had steak which was not cooked as he had ordered it - again after waiting for this steak for 2 hours. Overall, it was disappointing and while we might return to the bar, it will be a long time before we go back to eat.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still good....
    May10
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    Tempo never disappoints. Nice menu a little bit different than most. Food and service was very good. We had calamari and roasted beets for apps. Both good. I had steak tips and thought portion was more than ample. Came with risotto and green veggie? I couldn't finish mine. Was hoping for dessert but no way could I fit this in. Would recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great
    Jeff
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Always a great place. The food is very good and the staff is always helpful. Good place to watch the game. The swordfish and tuna are awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    Jeff
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    we sat at the bar and had drinks and apps. The bartenders were friendly and personable, They were always there if you needed anything and also left you alone to enjoy yourself. It did get a little crowded and we did have some people hanging around directly behind us occasionally bumping into us but wasnt a big deal. Clientel was friendly and everyone seemed to be having fun. The Patriots lost so that was a downer. I would definitley return.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still missing something...
    HauteCuisine
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    After my last visit to Tempo, I never thought I would return, but a friend wanted to go so I came along. The food seemed to have improved greatly. The brussel sprout appetizer was bursting with flavor and the roasted corn raviolis were delicious. Kudos to the chef on a great meal! Great food aside, the service was a little lacking. While our server was pleasant, there were too many mistakes. Our dinner came out before we were done eating out appetizer. Dessert menu was brought over before dinner plates were cleared. The check was brought over before we finished with dessert. It felt like she just wanted to turn the table to get someone else in. And the seats near the bar are a bit too noisy to have a relaxing dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great gluten-free menu. Excellent
    savoryeaterVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    Great gluten-free menu. Excellent food in a casual atmosphere. Our orders took a little longer than usual to arrive, but we didn't mind and didn't complain. Still, the waitress said they wanted to comp us a dessert because of the wait. Very appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • birthday dinner with family
    joey
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    I found Tempo to be a pleasant and well laid out restaurant. We had a reservation for 8 and didn't have to wait at all to be seated. Service was good but delivery was slow when it came to the food. We waited at least 15- 20 minutes for appetizers. I had ordered a dozen oysters and received 11 so asked for the 12th. All the entrees were good however my husband ordered a spicy shrimp and scallop plate which I found to be overboard and lacking in any distinct flavor except hot. The noise level was quite high and towards the end of our meal I was eager to get out of the place. I would not rush back there but think it is worth a 2nd visit sometime.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic