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Tempo Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.tempobistro.com
  • Phone: (781) 891-9000
  • 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.
  • Private Party Facilities: Tempo facilitates parties semi-private or as a complete buyout offering both sit down and cocktail style events for any number of guests. We can accommodate any party from 2 to 160 guests! We Do Not Have Private Rooms. For more information please contact us. We also offer off-site catering!
  • Private Party Contact: Nathan or Erin (781) 891-9000
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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
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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent menu options and delicious food! The side items that accompanied the entrees complemented the meals well. The salmon and tuna tartare appetizer was delicious!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Excellent food, especially the burrata jar appetizer. Highly flavorful food with creative combinations. They're re-doing the interior of the place this week to add a bigger bar and updated seating."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The food here was fantastic! Also, the service could not have been better!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The food at Tempo is always amazing, as is the service, but this last visit they were especially awesome. We ordered a ton of appetizers and each an entree (party of 4) and my partner got the steak tips. She has had them before and always loves them. Only this time, she said the meat was a little too tenderized while she was eating it. So she left most of it on the plate and ate around it. the server kindly asked when she was clearing the table if everything was to our liking and it was. But she asked my partner again and she finally shared the slight over tenderizing of the meat. Low and behold, the manager drops by and tells us she took it off the bill! It was so kind of them! I'm really sad they are closing for 3 weeks."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Our party of six, including two children, enjoyed a very nice early dinner. Excellent specialty cocktails, nice selection of beers on tap (need more stoudt options!) and wines by the glass. Philly rolls (and we're from Philly!) were very tasty. Pizza was a good choice for kids. Ribeye was excellent and tuna, fish stew and the shrimp & scallops were very good. Try the truffle fries - nice change of pace! We did not stay for dessert."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Better than average but not quite there....We think it was actually much better years ago."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Had a great dinner with my girlfriends here. Nice wine list and very inexpensive."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We had a group of eight for a team dinner ... great food, great service, delicious cocktails! Will be back"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "I was very impressed with the food at Tempo. Highly recommend the grilled peach salad and fish dishes. We ordered tea and it was presented so beautifully with teapots and handcrafted tea bags. The wine was very good. The only disappointment was my grilled vegatables were too chewy and my friends potatoes were under cooked."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Ad-hoc birthday dinner... the food and drinks were fantastic, but the AC and fans were cranked to the point we were all freezing and had to ask them to turn the fan off. First hot day of the year, so it was understandable. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Everything was great.I thougt they had a good wine list and beer list. A bottle of water, 2 cocktails, an app and two entries was just under $100 dollars. I thought the price was right. They were allergy friendly. I liked that too."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "The food was amazing. The service was incredible. The prices are reasonable. Really worth going. I went the night before graduation and even though it was packed, the service made us feel like we were the only people in the restaurant. I would say it's one of the best restaurants in Waltham. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We first tried TEMPO in Oct. '08 while attending my son's 1st college family & friends weekend & were blown away by the fine food & excellent service. Finally 6 years later we returned, this time to celebrate my son's college graduation. Though the menu has changed over the years, we still experienced fine food & excellent service. We once again shared & enjoyed the raw Oysters (Blue Pointe this night) & crispy and tender fried Calamari. My Bacon Wrapped Monkfish (poor man's lobster) was superb, and indeed reminiscent of it's more affluent namesake. Other entree's enjoyed by our party included the Cashew Encrusted Haddock (a special that night), Salmon with Asian Noodles (also a special) & the Natural Pork Chop, all met with rave reviews. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We had a great Mother's Day lunch - was good for adults and kids!! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We've eaten at Tempo probably a dozen times, and have always been very happy. But tonight was a HUGE disappointment (and we had out of town guests, too). Sirloin steak with Swordfish Kebab special was just awful. The steak was leathery and tough, even cooked medium rare, and the swordfish was absolutely dessicated. Neither of the two people in our party who ordered it even got halfway through it. If we weren't entertaining guests this would have gone straight back to the kitchen. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We recently dined here for my wife's birthday and we had a fantastic time. The staff was friendly and wished my wife a happy birthday upon arrival. Food was delicious and the service was superb. Also had a wonderful little dessert brought out to my wife and sang happy birthday. Living about a block away from this restaurant is one of my favorite things!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "My husband & I joined another couple for dinner Saturday evening. This was our first time visiting Tempo and we had high expectations based on reviews. Overall, we did enjoy the evening. Our major concern was the waiter. He was speedy Gonzolas. He would approach the table, rattle off specials and disappear before we could ask questions. It was hard to get him to stay focused. We tried to stop him from leaving a few times but off he went. We didn't get to order a new round of drinks nor really ask questions about certain specials. By the end of the meal we were fed up and chose not to order desert. The atmosphere and surroundings are pleasant and make for a nice casual evening with friends. We would try Tempo one more time."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Great Saturday night treat! Our out-of-town guests left raving. The Roasted Sugar Pumpkin and Candied Pecan Salad, Philly Steak&Cheese Spring Rolls, and Pan Fried Local Brussel Sprouts and Smoked Bacon were all fantastic culinary surprises --- yum...The Mains and specials were were spot on and the single portion desserts --- oh my. The creative cocktails were fun and refreshing.....The portions were perfectly sized and priced right for suburbia.... can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Tempo was a fantastic surprise. A totally memorable meal and the service was five-star quality. The pork chop was not ordinary in any way nor were the accompaniments. Most perfectly cooked asparagus. A cranberry and onion glaze that was perfectly balanced of sweet and savory. Truffle fries, an enormous portion were cooked with the exact amount of crispness outside and softness inside with a hint of garlic to boot. Dessert was just enough to satisfy and finish off the meal - totally tasty. Check this place out!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We had a dinner for four on Saturday that exceeded all of our expectations. The waiter poured our beers "just right" and he served us so well. The whole dinner was terrific, from the great beer selection to the tasty and wonderful tasting food. All of us highly recommend TEMPO to fellow diners!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Excellent food - great selection of apps, plenty of choices overall on the menu. Menu is not overwhelming, presented in a logical format. Good Service - Our waitress didn't introduce herself (blonde girl, didn't see a nametag or anything), was a little aloof but overall not awful. She did fine, I just can't say she did a great job. Awesome first time at Tempo, extremely enjoyable. Can't wait for our next date night here, still plenty of the menu we both want to explore."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Food very expensive, service was overly agressive. Not impressed. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Food was excellent- but it was very noisy in the restaurant. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "From the inspired food and cocktail menu to the excellent, attentive service, Tempo is quickly becoming one of my favorite restaurants. Our server, Ryan, was very knowledgeable and seamlessly guided us through a wonderful dining experience. You really can't go wrong with anything you order off of their menu, and this is a great place to impress visiting friends and family. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Good service and good food as always. A Moody Street staple. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We had the seared tuna, seafood stew and special of the night trout. It was all delicious. The stew was a bit spicy for this diner (a self-proclaimed wimp) but very tasty. No bread until we asked. The desserts were great - I especially enjoyed the key lime pie ice cream."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This restaurant was good but not great. The prices were a little high for the type of restaurant. Not a special occasion place but very good for a Friday night"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Second time I've been to Tempo and it was as splendid as the first. Great wine list, great food (the fish selection is amazing, fisherman stew is one of the best I've had), and our server seemed genuinely nice."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "It's the third time in a row that we used the opportunity to go to Tempo when organizing a dinner for work. Food is great, healthy and GF choices but yet, very tasty. Restaurant is a tad loud but I guess that shows that people frequent it. Went there three times during the week, always busy. We had colleagues from Europe who loved the food as well. It has a great variety of different foods for everybody to find something. The menu leans toward fish dishes, which works for me as I don't eat meat but still offers a few options for those that favor meat. Looking forward to going back, again."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "After we ordered, we had to ask for bread. Then it took over 40 minutes for our food to arrive. When we asked the waiter about it, he said the kitchen backed up. It was a Tuesday night. What was the holdup? The food was OK- nothing outstanding. After we received the food, the waiter pretty much disappeared. When we were ready for the check, it took over 10 minutes for him to walk by our table, and to get the bill. Also, there was a $2 up-charge on the bill. I asked what for, and the waiter indicated it was because I switched rice on my dish for fries. It would have been nice for the waiter to mention it when we were ordering. Also, the restaurant was very loud."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I have never written a review for anything. Tempo is my most favorite restaurant. Period. End of story. I just wish is was closer to my house."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Every time I am in thie area I love to go to Tempo for the Phillycheese eggrolls nobody makes than as good yummy"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "We have dined at Tempo twice in the last month. In both cases, the food was top-notch, as was the service. We live in Boston, where there is clearly no shortage of great restaurants, but happily made a return trip to Waltham for the Tempo experience. My only complaint is about the noise level. We came there with six other people, and it was impossible to communicate with those seated at the other end of the table. Having to raise my voice to be understood marred what otherwise would have been perfect."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had the fried calamari - always perfect. We each tried the scallop dishes. I loved the cilantro scallops with the black bean chili but the chili overpowered the scallops. I would have liked them to be separate on the plate. Best chili ever although I would imagine that many would think it too spicy -not me! The bartender made my drink exactly how I wanted it and I am fussy! Overall a great dinner and I appreciate the nice wait staff and consistency through the years."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "This is our fourth or fifth visit. Menu is always good. this time it was exceptional. Rack of Lamb for me and Short ribs for her. Both were outstanding!! Both dishes were competing with excellent seafood options. Wait staff is very good and knowledgeable about the menu. Many dishes have subtle points that need to be understood. Ordering is a fun decision as opposed to taking the only thing that looks good. Noise level is energetic. This is not a quiet place but guests are having a lot of fun so it has its compensations. We love this restaurant and always look forward to going back."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "All the food and drinks were very good though cocktails were a little overpriced in my opinion. Service was pretty good. Also, the server checked my ID and saw it was my 21st birthday and I was surprised to see that she didn't comp a drink or an appetizer or anything. I thought that was unspoken restaurant etiquette but I guess not."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Had never been to Tempo, but went because they offered a great coupon in the Newton North Baseball Fundraiser coupon book. I don't generally have high hopes for restaurants, and was pleasantly surprised by how lovely everything was at Tempo. Nice atmosphere, friendly service, well designed food offerings that were cooked properly. My favorite was the brussels sprouts appetizer!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The food was very good and our server was fast, polite, and a good sense of humor. I will be going back"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Our visit didn't feel as good as previous experiences there. The food seemed too salty, noise level too high and our waiter seemed quite distracted. Maybe this was all because it was restaurant week....."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Somehow missed this in all my visits - portions are very large, lots of seafood on the menu (which I like) Had the seared tuna to start (excellent) and the swordfish for main meal (huge and decent, but not great) Had a nice bottle of wine to accompany dinner which was reasonable priced Dessert was the special bread pudding and it was excellent I will definitely be back to try some other dishes"
    Dined on 3/19/2014