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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.
Waltham, MA 02453
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Moody Street offers city lots up and down the street.
Waltham Commuter Rail is located 4 blocks away.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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