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About Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar

Solea offers a warm Mediterranean atmosphere with its richly colored walls, mosaics and sparkling lamps. It is the perfect destination for a quick bar snack, an after work gathering or a celebratory dinner. Private spaces are available for formal sit-down dinners, casual buffets, or cocktail receptions for groups of 25-250 people. The menu includes over 40 tapas (Spanish appetizers and entrees. The bar offerings range from : traditional sangria, Latino cocktails, and wines from Spain, Portugal, Chile, and Argentina.

388 Moody Street
Waltham, MA 02453
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Tapas / Small Plates, Latin / Spanish

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Thursday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Cushing Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(781) 894-1805

Website:
http://www.solearestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Moody Street offers city lots up and down the street.

Public Transit:
Waltham Commuter Rail is located 4 blocks away.

Executive Chef:
Michael Brunson

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (31)
Good for a Date (22)
Good for Groups (18)
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Authentic (18)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Casual (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Fun (12)
Romantic (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Cozy (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Bar Seating (8)
Healthy (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Business Meals (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Seasonal (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
People Watching (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

Went here for my boyfriends birthday and could not be happier! The food was absolutely incredible. The waitress was kind and funny while also giving us appropriate space, and the service was fast.

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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

This is one of our favorite restaurants. We go here for dates and I had a large birthday dinner here. Food is amazing. Eacpecially the sauces. We love the SANGRIA royal!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Food is average to below average. Gambas, the quintessential tapas dish, was flavorless, and the shrimp did not taste fresh. Overall it was an underwhelming meal, and the service was cordial, but not warm and friendly.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

Nice atmosphere; waiter very good (helpful, but not pushy). All the food was good ( we ordered several tapas - 5 for four people) and the chicken and sausage paellla), but nothing was exceptional. Nothing stood out and made me think, I want to come back and get this again soon. Portion size on the tapas seemed a bit small for the price (I get it that they are just tapas), but the paella portion was generous.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food and service was very good. The short rib and the special steak with a creamy apricot sauce were phenomenal! The mussels, cauliflower & broccoli croquets were also very good. Not so good were the calamari...kind of fishy and garlicky and not in a good way. Those were pretty much left untouched. But overall, it was a fun environment with cool decor...sort of Spanish medieval. The tapas style is more family oriented so people enjoy it more..I think. It can get expensive since most of the dishes are small with less expensive price tags. HOwever, we ordered two of most things so it did add up. For 5 people and only 4 drinking, cost $300 with tip. We ordered churros for dessert and they were ordinary. They tasted just like the ones at Costco for $1.00 each. Overall, I would recommend this place and I would go again.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Solea’s is always an excellent restaurant. Great service. food and sangria always impeccable on any occasion. My favorite restaurant in Waltham for many years.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Amazing time with my bf

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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Fantastic meal, service, ambiance. Make sure to try the red sangria (honest!) and as many tapas as possible! A terrific addition to our list of favorites.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Delicious fresh food. Try the lamb meatballs. Best I've ever tasted.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

It was a great experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food and service are always terrific! We LOVE coming here for dinner and sangria!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Solea is one of our local choices. Always delicious, no matter the tapas choices we make. Don’t miss it!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Solea is one of those rare restaurants you can count on time after time after time. Whether for a birthday, date, casual late night dinner, reunion with family, introducing friends to Boston, it never disappoints. The cocktails, service and food ... and atmosphere are outstanding.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Tapas, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

My husband and I have dined here a few times when in Waltham. The food has always been excellent, with good service and atmosphere. The tapas are perfect for sharing between a couple (5-6 plates).

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Tapas, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Good food, small plates so you can share & taste a variety of different foods. Very comfortable restaurant, attentive but they don’t rush you.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fun, Tapas, Seasonal, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Ww waited 30 minutes with no one approaching our table. After numerous attempts to catch the eye of a waiter, I finally had to go search out the manager to request some service. After I complained we did get a waiter assigned to us, but he wasn’t very helpful and disappeared for long periods of time. The restaurant was mostly empty on a Friday night and the decor was pretty tired. The food was fine, but nothing special. Many of the dishes arrived cold. I hadn’t been here in years, but had remembered it fondly and thought it would be a fun place to bring a few friends. I was embarrassed by the poor service and mediocre food. I won’t be returning.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I love this restaurant. I miss some of the old favorite on their new menu but overall year and year this is one of the best places to go for good wine, company and food.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Solea in downtown Waltham, Mass., is our go-to spot on Moody Street for special occasions. All the tapas menu items are tasty, the service is attentive, and the ambiance is fun. We'll be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Outstanding menu, service, cocktails. We love this place.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had a good dinner, the tapas were all good other than the potatoes bravas being way undercooked (very crunchy). Sent them back and the second round was better. The lamb meatballs were really tasty! I would go back again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Good neighborhood restaurant. I wish they had some easy parking though.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Been several times - always good food and service. Definitely a nice place for dinner.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

All the dishes were very good although probably won’t have the potato omelette again. But everything else was fantastic. Great for vegetarians.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Everything was so delicious - the paella was great and I could eat a pound of the broccoli cauliflower fritters. Will definitely be back to try more things on the menu - they clearly do everything well.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Excellent, food, and service. It’s a restaurant that we will return.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 14, 2017

The tapas was only fair. Some dishes meant to be served hot were only tepid. Spicing was bland in most cases. It was okay but of 6 dishes ordered, none were special or worth returning for. Too bad.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was good, as was the atmosphere, etc. We have dined here often before and will return again. It's an authentic place and in general a very good experience. I would say that it feels like there are a few things they could do and should do to elevate themselves from 4-star to 5-star and really become an excellent place. Some of the layout is awkward, and the place is a little to bright light-wise for evening diners. One small nit, the paella is a little overcrowded and not true to the type one gets in Spain...don't get me wrong, it's tasty, but not the same as what you'd see in paella in Spain. Perhaps this is just adjusting for American expectations though.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Enjoyed the Tapas and Paella. The place is spacious and not too loud so one can enjoy conversations. I have been to Solea several times and will continue to go there.

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. A lot of fun with a group of people so you can try lots of the dishes.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We are repeat visitors and always happy with food & service. We went for my husband's birthday this time and the food was excellent! Our server gave us A+ service, she was attentive, friendly and prompt.

We couldn't have asked for better romantic / birthday evening! We will be back.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great menu- many options without feeling overwhelmed. The food was delicious and the sangria was awesome!

Tags: Happy Hour, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent experience. Good was delicious and filling. Lovely ambiance. Accommodating staff Highly recommend!!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food itself was excellent. Service was poor. They are understaffed with waittstaff. Asked for dishes to come out sequentially. Instead they came out five at a time. Then a long wait and another five. Long delay to get check.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Hadn't been here in years and will definitely come back. Came for lunch. Delicious. Excellent service. Great food and sangria.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Authentic and delicious food, as always. Mussels, garlic shrimp, ham, and artichoke tapas were outstanding. This restaurant has grown over the years. We asked for and were seated in a quiet and more secluded booth near the front of the restaurant where the four of us could hear each other perfectly. The drinks were great. Service was tops. Solea never disappoints!

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Food is excellent. Service could have been more attentive. Noise level is high. It seems like the sound reverberates everywhere. Perhaps the bar area is better? We were in the main dining room.

Tags: Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Solea is a very reliable, comfortable, no fuss sort of place that serves a broad variety of well prepared, even if not overly imaginative, food. If your tastes go more in the direction of simpler, uncomplicated food I think you will be very happy here. The service has always attentive and efficient without being over the top. An easy place to eat, and a reliable and well liked go-to for comfortable unfussy meals for my extended family and friends.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Service was OK, not bad, but not noteworthy either. Food was pretty simple, many of the dishes lacked creativity, just scallops in a light sauce, just sauteed mushrooms. I would have preferred dishes with slightly more complex composition and flavors.

Tags: Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Nice selection of tapas. Plenty to share. The best was the short ribs. Red wine sangria was excellent. Service was relaxed and nicely paced for a friends' get-together where the focus was talking and catching up, not the food or drink. Some good music in the background that did not impede conversation. Just a little surprised that there were not more 'taste treats' ( phenomenal, mouth-watering combos thT you just can't get enough of).
It was a beautiful, warm night and having open air tables was a definite plus.

Tags: Tapas, Spicy, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Tasty food, very good service.

Our server was extremely helpful and considerate. Upon finding out that one member of our party was allergic to shrimp, she checked on every tapas to see, not just if shrimp might be in it, but if there could be any cross-contamination.

Every dish was at least good, and some were excellent. Each member of our party had their own favorite, but the broccoli fritters , the salmon ( and the churros for dessert) got everybody's high rating.

Caution: One review said there is parking behind the building. NO! We asked when we made reservations; parking there is for condo owners, and they do tow. We parked in a lot (free after 6 pm) and walked.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Tapas, People Watching
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