Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar

4.5
1843 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.

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 1843 people are saying
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MaryC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and we loved eating outside. Very nice set up.

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DebbieC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous!! We had a meat eater, vegetarian and GF needs. We all found something we loved! Moody Street was blocked off to traffic we sat outside and enjoyed the gorgeous night. Drinks were fabulous as well!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The patatas bravas was a little too spicy for my liking but overall it was a great dinner on the adapted patio.

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marshav
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice to be able to dine alfresco. The food was generally very good. The brussels sprouts were really quite bad. Do not buy. Four of us thought they were not even good enough to take home To throw into some other dish. Undercooked. Tasteless. A real disappointment.

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KarthikM
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing experience. Love the outside seating. The service was fabulous

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vipTravellah
New England
99 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great meal. HOpe, who is the manager, did a nice job of keeping things going and filling in where the staffing shortages are. She was clearing tables, taking reservations and helping the waiters.

Food was excellent!

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vipJess
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best tapas experience in the Northeast. The quality and taste of the food is impeccable. Service is on point. Highly recommend!

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susmarine
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solea is wonderful! their tapas are amazing, and the service is always great and friendly. Love this place.

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Noemia
New England
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience5

The hostess was very rude and this wasn’t the first time. I’m wondering why they picked someone so grumpy to work as a hostess. So not nice.

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MarionR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites. Tapas has something for everyone. The atmosphere is perfect -casual and fun.

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vippradeep
New England
30 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Food was good but waitress unfriendly

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vipProfessorShorthair
New England
87 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I enjoyed a glass of Syrah with two items of Tapas.

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SuburbanFoodie
New England
28 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Solea continues to make great Spanish tapas at a reasonable price. We have dined there for many years and go whenever our want for tapas returns. The wine list is reasonably priced, the service is great and their outside dining is set up well on the Moody Street strip.

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JulieQ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was not as good as in the past. My favorite item, pork with blue cheese, was off the menu. Excellent cocktail.

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CatheN
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We really enjoyed Solea. We tried a couple cocktails and their sangria both were great. The food was delicious and the service very good. Loved the lamb meatballs and the ravioli.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing, well all the staff was very friendly. The sangria's were balanced and still had a good alcohol level. I recommend the cordero meat balls, the sauce is so good on its own.

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JacksonH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Paella was disappointing. Wouldn’t order it again

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vipExcellent
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always awesome. The outdoor seating is great. It was noisy this time but only because of a rowdy large party next to us.

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ToddB
New England
55 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Other than noise level, this was a great dinner experience - food was awesome, service excellent and timely

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TerriB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Sizzling shrimp a must! The asparagus dish was excellent. The timing of the meal was great thanks to our friendly waitress. We loved our cozy half booth table. Will go again!

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ChristopherK
New England
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I typically shy away from writing negative reviews as I know most restaurants struggle, however the food was unbelievably bad. the only edible dishes were the asparagus and shrimp drowning in butter. the ceviche, the steak with a can of cream of mushroom soup dumped on it, the cold mushroom and artichoke spread on cold store bought bread, were basically inedible. I don't know how this place is in business.

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Anonymous
New England
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

While the ambience and decor is beautiful, I think this is where the owners spent their funds. The food is subpar. The bread that accompanied some of the dishes we ordered tasted like they were bought at Costco and they came out cold. The cheese spread had roasted peppers and they also seemed store bought and were brought in cold. The cheese had a fridge taste. Sangrias were too sugary and not strong. We brought this up to our waiter who only listed the ingredients but, didn't offer to replace it for something else. High prices for below average plates.

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MaryS
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service, and ambience. Loved the tapas and sangria. Will be back for more.

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vipfatboy
New England
42 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great tapas and paella. Friendly, knowledgable waitstaff and owners. Lovely outdoor patio. Reasonable prices. Good wine and beer list.
Worth the trip from Boston, with easy parking one block away.

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Jilly
New England
15 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was very attentive and helpful. Water was always kept full and drinks flowed.

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vipCarl
New England
40 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While fairly expensive, the food and service is outstanding.

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GarbriellaG
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot! Food and sangria was awesome. Easy parking

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sat outside. Tried several tapas selections. Had some sangria. Very nice evening out with good food and service.

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vipNewtonfoodie
New England
53 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Great location with parking available for a fee (except on Sunday when it is free). Food was meh. Garlic shrimp were boiled shrimp thrown in a pool of butter with garlic. No taste. Serrano ham was outrageously delicious and the clear winner of the day. Empanadas tasted store bought. Manager was great. Super attentive and willing to roll up his sleeves in the name os customer service. Assuming it was an off day and I’m a firm believer in second chances so we will go for a round two and try the meats and paella.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Solea! Fun atmosphere - Nice people and good Tapas !! It’s one of our regular spots ❤️

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Niki
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time here and I would definitely go back!

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vipDM359
New England
23 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tapas, great service. Sitting outside in good weather or at the open windows is a treat!

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vipGeorgeK
New England
22 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Authentic Spanish Tapas from the Iberian peninsula. Selections, presentation, taste, and quality are all very good. The outdoor seating was comfortable, felt safe, and staff was welcoming and gracious. The waitress was superb. The dishes arrived in a timely but not rushed manner. Of course return visits will appear on our calendar. Just try Solea; you’ll probably like it - a lot.

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DanM
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Solea exceeded expectations from start to finish. We ordered the salad special, goat cheese appetizer and chicken pallela. All excellent. Can't wait to go back.

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Bob30
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us ate outside at Solea last night. Everything as always there was Awesome. The food, drinks, service, atmosphere, and pricing were excellent. The outside seating under umbrellas is so much fun!
I have eaten 10 -20 times over the years and always look forward to my next visit there.
Bob L.

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LindsayM
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister and I brought my 11 year old daughter for a ladies night out. Got outdoor seating for 5 pm, so it was a really quiet start on the well decorated patio. We were all treated so well, and my daughter thought it was so special. Drink were amazing, food was even better. By the time we left around 6:30, the patio was full and vibrant. Loved the whole evening!

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BobbieS
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We ate outdoors at Solea on a beautiful summer night. The ambience of Moody Street, with all the outdoor tables, strolling passersby, and happy diners was lovely, and reminiscent of street scenes in Europe. All our tapas dishes were delicious and well prepared, except for the untoasted crostata -- clearly a mistake, since one of the three pieces had been toasted and was delightfully crunchy.

Service was competent and friendly, but rushed. Our drink order was entered separately in order to be sure we got our drinks right away; as it turned out, all our tapas dishes came to the table before our drinks got there. Our small table was very crowded with all our dishes on it at once.

I really hope Waltham continues the summer outdoor dining scene and pedestrian-friendly traffic control on Moody Street every summer!

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vipSwissMiss
New England
74 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun place, great tapas, good and very friendly service

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George
New England
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very friendly, the food excellent and the atmosphere pleasant.

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DebbieS
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great time last night. Visiting from out of town . Was there in 2015 and it was as good as I remember!!!!

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 1843 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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