Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar

4.5
1846 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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1846 people are saying
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BradF
New England
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow - I just love the food!! EVERYTHING was good and service friendly and timely. Highly recommended!

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CharlesB
New England
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great early dinner. Our waiter made several good suggestions. The goat cheese, tenderloin, fritters and empanadas were among our favorites. Very COVID compliant

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NicoleG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall amazing resteraunt. Our server was great, she was nice and attentive. The food was outstanding! I also had a mocktail that was so delicious and my boyfriend loved his beer and sangria. Overall would come again.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the tapas and they were all good. Solea is expensive but I don't mind paying a bit if the food is good and there's is.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall2food4service4ambience3

The drinks were not good.

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Heggy
New England
18 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal celebrating new year - several choices each delicious. The sizzling garlic shrimp and baked goat cheese are our faves and must haves. The charcuterie plate was delicious too

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vipBSilva
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Plates came out so fast. The server was perfect!

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MeaganS
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was amazing and the food was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food and the service were just fine. The food tasted fine. Some of it was rather bland.

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vipArtFoodLover
New England
47 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Veronica, the waitress was the best. Food very good, some dishes exceeding others. Nice atmosphere!

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InnaK
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solea is the place to go! Loved it, amazing food, service is great and Sangria is just the best!

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4cats
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall we liked Solea. The lamb meatballs were a particular favorite. The paella was good but it didn’t have the soccarat that you expect in Paella. There were a lot of choices in tapas so everyone will have something they love.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our waitress Olivia was fantastic . Some dishes were very good . The Brussel sprouts were awful . I spent a lot of money for not much food . The female manager was very nasty .

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SuburbanFoodie
New England
33 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Solea is back to their pre-pandemic quality. A delight to eat there.

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JohannaK
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Loved our experience. Sangria was amazing. Food was delicious and server was super nice

JD
JonD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was top notch as always. We even ordered some extra to go so we could have it again for lunch the next day!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Was not to busy so service was quick. Tapas were good as was Paella. Server attentive.

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ElaineP
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are foodies who eat at top restaurants frequently, and we were thrilled to rediscover an old favorite Solea. Even better than our good memories, everything about it was top notch. We were swooning over some of the tapas, particularly the apricot lamb lollipops, broccoli and cauliflower fritters (very elevated fritters), and artichoke ravioli in lagoustine sauce. Still remains the jewel restaurant of Waltham for 15+ years now.

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coopersmom
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn't been there in years and forgot how really tasty their food is!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I didn’t hate anything but I also wasn’t impressed by anything. Their main selling point is volume which is not what you are looking for at a tapas place. The flavor and creativity just wasn’t there. The sangria pitcher we got was jolly rancher sweet. We ordered the flan at the very end and it was curdled. Very curdled. Overall, I would not go back and I would not recommend. The service was great though!

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Julia
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, location, atmosphere and food! We’ll be back.

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Heggy
New England
19 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food and overall experience. Very busy Friday night so wait staff was stretched and attentiveness spotty. Will go back again for sure

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IlanaS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!!!! We love Solea. My mother-in-law who is from Latin America said it reminded her of her favorite foods from childhood.

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MarioM
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my guests found the service and food outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have not been to Solea in years. However, the restaurant did not disappoint. I once again enjoyed the rich and flavorful dishes that left me feeling warm and happy. New favorite- warm Chocolate lava cake. Not to sweet, not to rich, just perfect for sharing with a warm cup of coffee on a cool fall night. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipOpus25
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Solea continues to be our TAPAS RESTAURANT of choice in the United States. Since we caannot get to Spain on a regular absis, Solea is a great substitute. Greaat food, greaat variety, and pretty good service.

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Tom1
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Tapas were excellent and came out fast. Service was very attentive. Great place for a date night!

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DelightedDiner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, hot and very promptly served. The staff were warm and helpful. There was plenty of distance between tables, so we felt comfortable dining indoors. I would definitely recommend it for diners who may have concerns about dining inside.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebration of a birthday and a successful PhD defense. Thanks so much for making our night special!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Veronica provided delicious recommendations. Her service was excellent that made for an amazing night out. The food was excellent. Highly recommend!

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PaulM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We've been to Solea a few times - always great. We were able to sit outside, as the weather was nice, and they had gas heaters over the tables as well. The owner stopped by the table to chat, which to me means they are paying attention.

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drpombe
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and drink as always. Good recommendations from our waitress. You should be prepared for a moderately high bill, but I find it worth it.

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GregI
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific tapas in the heart of restaurant row in Waltham. Plentiful outdoor seating, attentive service and a gracious host. Can be a little on the louder side outdoors with street traffic but a great and relaxed meal. Ate here two months ago with a similar experience.

Highly recommended.

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Divaoffood
New England
23 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lamb meatballs are amazing, Duck delicious. I've tried so many tapas and they are all awesome. Staff super friendly!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food never fails

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SheilaG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Opportunity for improvement. Lamb meatballs good. Artichoke and mushroom on bread would be better warm. Flavors good. Grilled shrimp also served hot.

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Sylantro
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Very disappointed! We ordered and all of the food came to our table within 5 minutes which made us wonder how fresh the food was, if it had just been sitting there waiting to be served. The dishes were average if at best. The fritters were cold, the beef on crunch toast was actually beef on soggy bread, the brussel sprouts were not even cooked, and the sizzling shrimp came to us "not" sizzling in a bowl of oil.
It was a real disappointment to say the least. The ambiance was nice but I would not go back. Too bad because this restaurant used to be really good.

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Divaoffood
New England
24 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Large variety from vegetarian, fish, lamb, etc.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food and drinks were amazing! The chef did a stellar job at layering the flavors so that you were continually surprised and satisfied throughout the meal. Our flavor palates were challenged and electrified. What a great night!

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ChristineS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our absolute favorite places to grab a bite to eat. The staff is always wonderful and accommodating , and the food is delicious.

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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 4.5 stars by 1846 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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