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Tempo Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.tempobistro.com
  • Email: erin@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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Attention: Management! Loved the atmosphere and the vibe -- cozy and warm with good energy. As for food...a few notes: 1) Pear salad greens were tired and gorgonzola was a small, dry chunk. 2) Short rib was fatty. 3) Swordfish chop: too thick and not appealing to the eye. 86 the chop for a simple sword steak! 4) Wife liked scallops and shrimp entrée! 5) Apple cobbler topping was doughy and leaden, but cayenne cinnamon ice cream was unique. Peanut butter cheesecake - just OK. 6) Server (Gabriella??): not tremendously friendly, but very efficient and accommodating. Management and Staff: now hear this! We want to come back! We want to LOVE this place! Please read above, make some tweaks, be a little more detailed with your food."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Another great meal with my colleagues. Can't beat 1dollar oysters on Tuesday which were exceptional on this visit. Seared tuna is my new favorite. Spicy seared scallops and shrimp a continual group favorite."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We ate at Tempo for a business dinner. Great food and atmosphere. We were able to enjoy our conversations ( not too loud) and the food was great. The staff was very attentive and friendly."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "The food was really excellent. Its definitely not a cheap meal, but the service is great and I didnt have a bite of food that I didnt absolutely love"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The swordfish chop was delicious. 3 people in our party had it and we all loved it. Cocktails were great and I can't eat there without having the philly cheese steak appetizer which is fantastic. We had a gluten free diner in our party who was very happy with his meal."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Truly a neighborhood gem. The chef prepares flavorful dishes with great natural ingredients. I really appreciate the attention to organic and all-natural ingredients. The salmon was delicious. I could go on, but suffice to say, I'll be back soon."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Broke out of my usual routine and tried the seared tuna. Delish and highly recommended. Staff always professional and helpful."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Good food, great service, but VERY noisy. We found ourselves yelling at one another after we left the restaurant until our ears adjusted..."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Meal was pretty good across the board. Good calamari app and guacamole. Good beet app. Good Portuguese stew and great pork chop. Dessert was subpar. Smallish portions for just a taste. Thought service could be better. Not very attentive. Seemed a bit understaffed for a Saturday night. I would go back, especially for that pork chop."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "had a wonderful dinner there- the food was excellent, the service was attentive and the atmosphere was fun."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Moody Street has become a mecca of good restaurants and Tempo is one of the best. I had a great cocktail based on cucumber infused vodka, splendid oysters and a beautifully cooked melange of shrimp and scallops. The waiter was very helpful and courteous. Going to Tempo with our good friends made for a splendid evening"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This was our first experience at Tempo, and I have to say that this was the best restaurant service I can remember. The waiter was very knowledgeable and attentive to our needs. The braised short ribs was one of the best entrees I have had in recent memory. My wife had the shrimp and scallop entree which was also excellent. Everything was cooked and flavored perfectly. We loved the comfortable atmosphere and would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. We will be back again."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Tempo is located at the end of Moody Street in Waltham. It is rather upmarket for its surroundings and at least initially looks a bit plain. The food however is very good, made from fresh local ingredients. Service is attentive and helpful. This dinner was for business and it was no problem hearing each other. Everyone enjoyed their meal and deserts."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Who knew Waltham would became a dining destination? The food here was excellent with plenty of great choices for gluten free dining and the menu was clearly labeled. Everything we ordered was excellent and the seating was comfortable. It was full on a Wednesday night and a little loud but you can't blame a place for being popular."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "The food was ok, not as good as ive heard. I had a sirloin that was so tough i could barely cut. The waitress hardly came to the table so that didnt help when we needed things. We dont usually like to complain because we all work/worked in the restaurant industry. I'm not too sure id dine here again unless i was up at the bar for drinks and apps."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "We had a group of 14 for dinner at Tempo. The food was absolutely spectacular and every single one of our guests loved it! We had a team of people taking care of us, who were very friendly and helpful, even if a bit disorganized (they did not have a clue of who had ordered what); however, in spite of that (fairly minor) issue, I would strongly and enthusiastically recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves great food."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "We go here all the time, specificaly for company outings. We love the food, service, and wine! It is always a great time"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Service was slow and uncaring. Sent back bolognese, noodles were mush. Fish special was soggy and bland. Side veggies had no seasoning. We've been here a few times and it was pretty decent, but this was bad. Not planning on returning."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Everything was OK, nothing was to rave about. We thought it was expensive, $12 for a glass of house wine."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went there for Valentines Day and was pleasantly surprised with the amount of space there was compared to other restaurants on Moody st. The steak and cheese spring roll appetizer was incredible!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "dessert selections not that great. Menu great just cut out the saLT OVERPOWERING"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Had another great dinner at Tempo. The boullibaise was on special and was excellent. $1 oysters cannot be beat."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "I have been dining at Tempo for years. Unfortunately, I had my first 'not so pleasant' experience because a waiter had too much to handle and did not ask for help. Will still go back to this restaurant because it's still one of my favorites! The food is always excellent and I like the atmosphere!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Neither I nor any of the people with me have ever been disappointed in the food and service at Tempo. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "This restaurant can accomodate gluten free. Very good salads and swordfish. Very nice wait staff."
    Dined on 2/4/2014