Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar

4.5
1813 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
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 1813 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.3
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Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David was great, food was excellent

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ClareS
New England
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

So glad a friend recommended Solea! Great variety of delicious small plates. Each could be shared by 2-3 people and hubby and I were well-fed with 5 plates.
Lamb meatballs and the Brussels sprouts were outstanding.

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BrianS
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had not been to Solea since the start of the pandemic, and boy are we glad we came back. After dish was outstanding, along with great Sangria. We will back soon!

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vipShayna
New England
109 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food had some hits and misses. But fun environment-not too crowded or noisy, even on a Saturday night.

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vipPaul
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is amazing and the staff is highly trained and works hard. However, the tables have been wobbly the last few visits, and seats near the windows are very warm. Don't let that cause you to avoid the amazing food!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great waitress and the food was excellent. Never a bad experience!

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Mf145
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this formula where we can taste different delicious plates. Solea has been one of our destinations for birthdays and anniversaries.

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Annie
New England
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family went out for dinner, first time in 16 months! We chose Solea and had a wonderful, delicious dinner to share. Loved all of it! My guys had cocktails that woke them up! Very good, polite and friendly service. We will go again.

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LAR4
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I have been to Solea a number of times. The last one was summer 2020 when restrictions were reduced. This time the menu offerings were fewer but fortunately, at least for us, all of our favorite were there - lamb meat balls in cream, sizzling shrimp in garlic sauce, artichoke, mushroom and goat cheese crostini. There were a couple of others as well. The wine list was short, but we found a a bottle of white that we enjoyed. Service was very good and the space between tables was excellent. A really good experience.

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vipSueC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The menu is still a bit limited but everything was delicious as always!

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MikeC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Spent a leisurely lunch with a party of 5 outside on a recent sunny afternoon. Food was excellent. Service was just right for our groups comings and goings: attentive without being overbearing.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and sangria was amazing! We had a wonderful time on the outside patio. Highly recommend for a fun evening of food and drinks!

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GabrielaAvila
New England
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Amazing place to eat and drink! I little bit noisy because of costumers but the service was incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
20 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Mother’s Day - liked the vibe. Tapas very good but paella not that great

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RKLexVeg
New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super clean, covid friendly, nice decor and excellent food!

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familydinnerout
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here Saturday night with my family. I've been here before, but not since the pandemic. My husband and I love tapas and the boys enjoyed themselves too! Our server was attentive to our needs and the restaurant followed COVID guidelines. They do have outdoor seating, but it was too cold for that night - I hope to return!

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

Love this place! Seating was well spread out. The food amazing. I am always excited to eat here and yet it always exceeds my expectations. Just wonderful!

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SJWBee
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food, great outdoor dining setup, and the staff was very attentive. Our only trouble was that the online menu was very hard to read--it's on a black background with small print that's really hard to see on a screen outside in the sun. But other than that, the QR code menu setup worked very well.

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vipSusanD
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always, the food was delicious and the atmosphere was nice.

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vivian
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Veru nice experience food was good we got tapas and drinks. My only complaint about the menu is a charred or grilled octopus would be a good choice they do offer calamari but something else for an option is an idea. The white sangria was very tasty and not too sweet. We got a dish with mussels that was very fresh. Will be back

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vipPallas
New England
15 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great dinner place. Big restaurant, good food and great drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was so kind and the food came very quickly. Everything tasted amazing and it was exactly what we wanted. Overall could not have asked for a better experience.

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vipJuliaB
New England
17 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious per usual. The server seemed a little flustered. But otherwise great time

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DominiqueO
New England
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The host was kind of rude. His demeanor was not inviting. The server was absent the whole time. So absent the owner came and asked if we needed anything because he noticed we were looking around. He was the highlight of the night. The food was good. Other than that it wasn’t all that great. The restaurant is gorgeous. We would go back but ask if we can sit anywhere but Olivia’s section. She was horrible. I only know her name because of the receipt.

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Adam
New England
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Little bit pricey but the food was delicious, service was fast and friendly, and it’s a beautiful restaurant to sit with friends and share food together

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vipfriendsdineout
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughters birthday

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DanG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great night out. Able to eat overlooking the street. The service, food and ambience were wonderful. Fernando was a very attentive and available host. Strongly recommend

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Lukecan
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Everybody was nice and helpful, with a nice table spread apart to meet the COVID guidelines. The reason we gave 2 stars for food was the lack of authenticity of tapas and paella. Patata Brava was not done correctly, Lamb Chop was not flavoured enough, and the paella was not at all a traditional paella but more of a rice dish with chicken and chorizo.

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Beowulf
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Except for 202, we have eaten at Solea at least once a month since it opened. It is a great, neighborhood restaurant. We have also picked up carryout, regularly during the pandemic. Last week, having been vaccinated, we ate in for the first time in a year. It was, of course, quiet and almost empty. When Solea is full, the noise is moderate: we do not go back to restaurants too noisy for conversation.

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Matilda
New England
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food wasn’t that great - not going back. Tapas are done better elsewhere

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DennisC
New England
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great ambience and very relaxing atmosphere. Food is consistently good and service at all levels is consistently good.

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AlexandraS
New England
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I haven't been here in a couple years but was very happy that I came back. Great menu selection and was lovely to sit at the bar.

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MystiG
New England
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seriously some of the best food I've ever eaten! Service was on point, environment was cozy without being too loud. Will definitely visit again if and when I'm in the area!

JB
vipJuliaB
New England
17 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. Can’t wait to go back

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LydGray
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Food was bland, there are much better tapas places around

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BhavinS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food and service were terrible. Veg Paella is money down the drain !!!
Too much money for nothing. Nothing Spanish about the Paella.

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vipPayalC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been going there for years and the quality and experience never disappoints. It's my favorite tapas restaurant in all of New England.

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jimf
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite local restaurant for both special occasions and drop in weekend meals.

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TylerH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

This was our first bad experience here. The shrimp we ordered was still grey from being undercooked, so we had to send it back. The calamari was tough and we had dirty glasses when we sat down. Very disappointed, especially with it being a Valentine’s Day dinner.

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vipClarkWayne
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Dined there on 13Feb2021. Lamb meatballs were sad and mushy, the churros were boring and tasteless, and the restaurant was out of unsweetened iced tea (who runs out of that?). We’ve had better dining experiences at Solea before so maybe they just had an off night.

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 1813 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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