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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Tempo reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (20)neighborhood gem (20)good for groups (17)special occasion (8)notable wine list (8)vibrant bar scene (8)hot spot (7)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)romantic (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Food a bit disappointing
    goblue22
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    A group of 10 of us sampled the menu quite extensively. The calamari was rubbery, the sauce on the Hangar Steak was way too salty, and everything else was pretty much just ok. Nothing wowed and the fact that there were a few big misses really left me with a negative net impression. The beer and wine list was good and the appetizers were pretty tasty, so if you want to go for some drinks and light fare, this might be an ok spot because it does have a fun atmosphere. Otherwise, there are too many good places on Moody Street to make this a priority.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Fantastic specialty cocktails and spectacular appetizers. Didn't get to the main courses because I was too involved in my newfound relationship with the Philly Steak and Cheese Springrolls. Only thing that made me sad is that I can't earn Open Table dining points at this fabulous joint, which I will return to over and over again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very satisfied!
    MelanieVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, highly recommend
    Foodie2345VIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    stacybear
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The food here was fantastic! Also, the service could not have been better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing service and food
    VegetarianMeatEatersVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Visiting during Riverfest
    LongtimeOTVIPVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not quite fine dining...
    SavvydinerVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Better than average but not quite there....We think it was actually much better years ago.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Ladies dinner
    sundayfunday
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Had a great dinner with my girlfriends here. Nice wine list and very inexpensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thank you
    luvteamdinners
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We had a group of eight for a team dinner ... great food, great service, delicious cocktails! Will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome food!
    FoodieGaloreVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 927 reviews are from the Tempo reviews archive.
  • Date Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!!
    Lilah
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A FAVORITE REVISITED
    RocNmom
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tempo is very nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had a great Mother's Day lunch - was good for adults and kids!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tempo has fallen a long way...
    Disapoointed
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent place to celebrate
    FoodSenpai
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday evening with friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Foodie Find!
    Twintea
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • In the middle of Waltham?!
    pearllkaneVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at Tempo
    tj555
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TreeVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Food very expensive, service was overly agressive. Not impressed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kind of loud
    LookingToEat
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Food was excellent- but it was very noisy in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A truly wonderful experience!
    Janine
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pork chop
    eshaunVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Good service and good food as always. A Moody Street staple.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    Brightonite
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    carole
    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
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    TyrionLannister
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Keep going back
    Diningwithcolleagues
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SLOW
    RobinVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I have never written a review
    Hardtoplease
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Philly cheese eggrolls
    ChicagoVIP
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Up-tempo Tempo
    Rick
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent Food and Service
    CookieVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific American Menu
    Seniordate
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very delicious!
    Lizard
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food
    RSFM
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Gosox96
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The food was very good and our server was fast, polite, and a good sense of humor. I will be going back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic