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Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar, Waltham, MA

Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar

4.4
4.4
1919 Reviews
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Solea offers diners a taste of the culinary heritage of Spain right in the heart of Moody Street. Since opening our doors in 2001, we’ve made it our mission to give the Metro West area a reason to look forward to sunset every day of the week. Solea offers an array of Spanish tapas, four types of paella as well as house made churros. We make all sangria in house and offer either by the glass or by the pitcher. Stop by to try our Gambas al Ajillo!



Solea is located in downtown Waltham, MA. We are in the heart of Waltham's restaurant row. City parking lots and street parking are readily available. Solea is close to both Bentley and Brandeis Universities. We are at the corner of Moody and Cushing Streets. We are 4 blocks from the Fitchburg Rail Line.
Solea now offers delivery thru our website via DoorDash!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Latin / Spanish, Spanish

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (781) 894-1805

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Damyen Beckett

  • Private party facilities

    Solea can accommodate groups of 20-250. Call or email for details

  • Private party contact

    Hope Alvarez: (781) 894-1805

  • Neighborhood

    Waltham

  • Cross street

    Cushing Street

  • Parking details

    Moody Street offers city lots up and down the street. The following streets have city parking lots: Pine, Spruce, Walnut, and Chestnut. Please DO NOT park behind Solea, it is not our lot and you will get towed.

  • Public transit

    Waltham Commuter Rail is located 4 blocks away.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,919 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. GP

    GregoryP

    New England

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    We have been to many tapas bars, and this one is the worst. The food ranged from cold to lukewarm, and all of it was quite unappetizing. The cheesy bread had only distant memories of cheese. The mushrooms and alcachofas tapa was a bunch of cold stuff put on slices of cold, impersonal bread. Even the coffee was lukewarm. Fortunately, the portions were small, so we did not suffer too long. But it was still quite expensive. So if you want a perfect restaurant for a breakup, or a dinner with someone you hate, this is the place.
  2. A

    Arlingtonfoodie

    New England

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some nice new additions to the menu, good variety, everything we'll prepared. Excellent service.
  3. IR

    IR2018

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Service was outstanding and the food arrived very fast. The noise level was high and hard to listen to folks at our own table. The food was "ok". Not bad but nothing special either, nothing really stood out or made me want to have it again.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks
  5. T

    Tony

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great price. Great server. Will definitely be back
  6. RS

    RobinS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing dinner during family weekend of a local college. The food was delicious, the service attentive but not annoying, and the atmosphere was lovely. Will definitely come again!!
  7. AS

    ArleneS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was delicious and the waiter attentive and helpful. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends.
  8. JS

    JohnS

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food4service1ambience4
    We enjoyed the food very much as it was tasty and served hot. However, the speed of the service was very, very slow. Over two hours to receive two soups and four tapas.
  9. CS

    ChrisS

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Overall good. Some of the food items were uninspiring. However, others were great. Would like to see more options.
  10. l

    lawrenceb

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food is always good, but menu countdown use an update.
  11. l

    leew

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    Way way way too loud. Hard to hear table partners. Any way to tamp the sound down?
  12. TK

    TiffanyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great tapas, reasonable price and great service! Can be loud during peak hours. Will definitely be back!
  13. ND

    NancyD

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had drinks and tapas following a team building exercise. The beverages were as delicious as they were beautiful, including the white sangria, classic mojito, blueberry mojito, gimlet and local craft beers. The squash bisque with pepitas was sublime, not the usual sweet apple squash version you get this time of year. The soup was delicately seasoned with warm spices and finished with a generous portion of fresh, plump pumpkin seeds I think in achiote oil. We planned on one round of tapas but ended up getting three including second rounds of lamb meatballs, shrimp, and empanada. The service was efficient, warm and friendly. This group will be back in all manner of configurations. It was a great gathering of colleagues.
  14. RZ

    ReginaZ

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    All of the above
  15. D

    David

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A bit too noisy, the food was very good, but not phenomenal. The prices are not bad for Tapas and the service was excellent.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Started outdoors. All dishes were delicious Hot shrimp, butternut squash soup, lamb chops, spinach As weather got cooler we moved indoors, enormous space so they could accommodate us. Very nice experience.
  17. B

    Bostonian

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Food was not that great although service was prompt.
  18. A

    Anii

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    It is a good place for families and large groups. The food was mostly cream based or fried so a bit heavy. It has been there a long time and overall it feels a little grimy and dingy. Service was great.
  19. BI

    BackInTown

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Leisurely mid-afternoon lunch/dinner. Delicious as always.
  20. OK

    OpentableK

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish we tried was great! Tapas came out quickly and service staff was very nice. Ambiance was a nice touch too
  21. JM

    JenniferM

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Fun atmosphere and great service. Good choices. Everything we ate was tasty.
  22. L

    Lucai

    New England

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place never disappoints! Tappas plates are inventive and tasty-especially the garlic shrimp! Fresh ingredients-nice waitstaff!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to Solea previously but a few years ago. It wasn’t busy so we were seated at a nice table. We had the cauliflower which I would recommend everyone try, along with the steak over toast with a spicy aioli, the patatas bravas and beef empanadas. Everything was served hot and timely. The cost is reasonable compared to other restaurants that are price gouging post COVID. I would highly reccomend Solea.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food delicious as always and server so helpful with some dietary restrictions.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, drinks, service, location - everything was fabulous!! Must try the patatas bravas, and raviolis de mariscos.
  26. PM

    PennyM

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience2
    Food was not good.
  27. A

    Arneewin

    New England

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Friendly service, nice outside area (unheated, so not good when the weather gets colder), really tasty food.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and food!!!
  29. WG

    WendyG

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Every tapas dish we had was delicious and there was a good range of dishes to choose from! Friendly, fast service too.
  30. DE

    DanielleE

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I had a great time at Solea. The Sangria Royal was delicious. We ordered the Plato Micro and 4 tapas. The food was all so good and we left very satisfied. Our server was attentive without being all over us and the manager, John, even stopped by to say hello. We sat outside which was lovely. I recommend this place!
  31. S

    Squash

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been to Solea at least 10 times over the years. I just love it! Great sizzling shrimp in garlic, gazpacho, calamari! Great service and ambience.
  32. MR

    MarionR

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints. Looking forward to going back soon!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We had no problem getting an outdoor table. The food and drinks were delicious, as always. Our waiter provided excellent service. The only issue was that my dishes took so long to arrive that my friend was almost finished eating before I could start. I hope it was a fluke because it was otherwise a lovely evening and I will be back.
  34. RB

    RachelB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is as good or better than pre-pandemic. We love this restaurant.
  35. JJ

    JamesJ

    Columbus

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    We have visited these restaurants three times while visiting our college student in town. Each experience has been great. Excellent food, great atmosphere. The most recent visit was good but not best due to a not-great server. However, we will visit again.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My absolute favorite restaurant!
  37. R

    Rroze

    New England

    83 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Food was good. Outdoor seating is great option, still!! Services was just ok. Biggest issue with visit was cost and value… Tapas, - smaller portions however more $$$, compared to other comparable Tapas type restaurants in area. Waited 20 mins for Chocolate cake, that was cold.. so wasn’t really sure why long delay.
  38. AA

    AA93

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Slow service, loud. Food was good. Sangria was alright.
  39. JK

    JoeK

    New England

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a great time!
  40. MH

    MargaretH

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and varied. The Sangria Royal was delicious as was the sidecar.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar using the Order Online button. Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (781) 894-1805.

Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 1919 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar

388 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Cushing Street

  • Neighborhood

    Waltham

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Latin / Spanish, Spanish

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Moody Street offers city lots up and down the street. The following streets have city parking lots: Pine, Spruce, Walnut, and Chestnut. Please DO NOT park behind Solea, it is not our lot and you will get towed.

  • Public transit

    Waltham Commuter Rail is located 4 blocks away.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Damyen Beckett

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (781) 894-1805

  • Private party facilities

    Solea can accommodate groups of 20-250. Call or email for details

  • Private party contact

    Hope Alvarez: (781) 894-1805

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