Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar

4.5
1765 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 serves dinner 7 days a week, with lunches Saturday-Sunday.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1765 people are saying
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Theo1
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, good service, nice atmosphere, overall great value. What more could you ask for?

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vipCliffG
New England
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and terrific food. They have not missed a beat during the pandemic. I am thankful that they are open and have stayed true to their mission. A great spot.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The man at the host station was rude!!! They have a code to scan at the front (none on the tables) and an option for one paper disposable men. My husband has trouble sometimes with these so I asked for one and scanned the barcode also.
The man was SO RUDE!!! He made a couple very snide comments about using one or the other and that it costs him money to print the paper menus and that he throws them away because they can’t reuse them.
It was a horrible way to start the night! He was sarcastic and rude!
We have eaten at Solea for over 8 years and never been treated this way!!!

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Timora
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, great Sangria!

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hitechie
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and cocktails. Great service. Thanks for a great date night. Support your local restaurants!!!

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PaulD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, great food, great drinks and we will return

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Toby
New England
21 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tables well spaced out. Food was great. Pleasant evening.

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Alex
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don’t know if it was because it was a Sunday or due to the increasing Covid cases, but we were one of the few couples in the restaurant. It was very quiet, great lighting and decorations, and the service was very quick. The food was delicious and the perfect proportions! Sometimes tapas are too small to really share, but these were great!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoyable meal, and super friendly staff and management. Try the Gambas Ajillos along with the Churros.

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vipMarshallB
New England
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great

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Bec9
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place again and again. Reliably great food, friendly servers, nice outdoor area. We love the calamari, gambas, grilled artichokes and solomillo con chimichurri.

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The goat cheese tostada was a little soggy and cold, would be better served warm! Overall food was okay, nothing super special

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PaulaB
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food!! The meatballs, garlic shrimp and Brussel sprouts - delicious! Will definitely go back.

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viparlexitus
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic and strong cocktails like Missou and Melacaliente. Tapas were wonderful including salmon with creamy dill, steak, patatas bravas, mushroom toasts (I'd prefer these warm to cold though). Postres were excellent too, as was the unobtrusive yet timely service. Pricey a bit, but these poor restaurants need all they can get in this stupid plandemic universe!

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NicholeB
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

It would have been nice if booking an indoor table to not be sat outside and get sunburned I get covid and outdoor seating but have the shade tents up not down

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vipJeannineM
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The tapas and sangria were good the paella was watery and not seasoned well at all. We paid and left and will not return.

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AlexC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got a table for two outside near the tent. The service was great and the food excellent. They seem to be managing the challenges of serving safely during COVID. Give it a try!

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Theresa
New England
25 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. We brought our parents for their anniversary and they loved it.

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Snowflake
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We felt very safe per Covid. the area was tented so it made it feel more private, but it was outside , tables were distanced and the wait staff wore masks.

We had a great time and it felt so good to be out safely with others.

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AdamH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is the bomb and our server was awesome.

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OliviaE
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing selection of tapas. Great service! Yummy cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great! Good food

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vipMarilynB
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Sat inside. Good social distancing. Cool tho as restaurant was wide open. Had several servers. Food was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food was good but the server forgot to bring half my meal.

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Tammy
New England
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always unique + delish, great ambience, attentive service, honoring social distance and sanitation.

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KateC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Solea is a fun trip to Spain without the airfare. Very good/ authentic food, helpful staff and great service. We chose to sit in the open window rather than the street as more space. Terrific restaurant!

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Debb
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Loved our outdoor tapas / friend reunion night. Solea staff was wonderful. Every dish we got was delicious.

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DanG
New England
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food, service, ambience. love eating outdoors. staff was friendly and responsive. recommend highly for those looking for a fun night out. will be back.

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vipLisa
New England
25 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently delicious! Service was outstanding love Soleas

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Deliciousandsafe
New England
28 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outside dining. Excellent service and food. The staff was very accommodating. We had several requests re changes to "the usual as prepared" dinners. The waitress was very nice and everything came out as requested. we will return.

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vipMichaelaM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was outstanding

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Jimf
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has been my go to place for over 12 years. I can walk there, and now that tables are outside my gf and I can’t get enough of it. Highly recommended for ambience, service and food and drink quality.

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JSM21
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Solea has always been a favorite - and they did a great job at a nice outside cafe with the *street closed down* so no big traffic noises (save a few big moorheads and their noisy bikes...) We 3 got a great range of tapas, and every one was delicious. The sangrea was also excellent, though I prefer a non-sweet red wine. One thing I donot understand though - why do I (who is celiac) have to pay 6 dollars to get three teeny GF rolls (admittedly delicious), while the rest of the table gets endless baskets of bread at no charge?

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Drew
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I really like Solea as a reliable place to go with good food and service. I appreciate they have managed to rework their service and menu during the COVID period.

The seating outside works but if you have a 2 person party you’ll be seated at small tables situated on the sidewalk. There can be pedestrians who walk past your table. Something to consider if you’re concerned about this during COVID.

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vipadmissionlottery
New England
47 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Solea is on Moody St in Waltham where it is closed to cars. The outside patio has large umbrellas and tent like covers. Public parking lots are not far away. Good tapas food and drinks at reasonable prices.

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BreigeF
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food just delicious can’t wait to go back so tasty!!

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vipnewtonite
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating on safe but festive Moody street .

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary with our 9 year old high-functioning ASD son. I had been before with friends, but it was the family’s first time. The service was exceptional, as was the food. They were very accommodating and we felt safe and well taken care of. Such a great, memorable time during a difficult time in the world. I can’t say thank you enough!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and value! Highly recommend !

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vipWendyC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Love Solea! Have been going since it opened 18 years ago on a quarterly base with my girlfriends. Nice to be able to go during the Pandemic. Food and service always top notch Minor bummer is they have gone to all plastic cups. Not as nice to have a glass of wine out of a plastic cup.

FAQs

Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar does offer 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 1765 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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