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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

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (33)
Good for a Date (23)
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Authentic (17)
Good for Groups (16)
Special Occasion (16)
Casual (16)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Fun (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Romantic (11)
Tasting Menu (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Business Meals (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Late-night Find (4)
People Watching (4)
Spicy (4)
Healthy (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Cozy (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Local Ingredients (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

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 12, 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 11, 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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·Dined on October 28, 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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·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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 (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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·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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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We have been dining at Solea since its opened. It keeps getting better and better. The food is always great and the service is excellent. We appreciate Hope recognizing us and always going out of her way to greet us. This is our favorite restaurant...

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

It never disappoints. Tapas varied and delicious. Service friendly and helpful. Sangria yummy! Not my first visit, nor will it be my last.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Paealla (sp?) sounded good, but opted for lots of tapas instead. Gazpacho was excellent as were Du Jour tapas. Good variety of tapas were offered on the menu, and we enjoyed every one we ordered. Portions were small, as expected. Bill was a little high because of the number of plates ordered, but we were very full.
Service was good, not intrusive, but efficient. Noisy, but no different than most restaurants these days. Place was roomy and could accommodate large group.
All in all, very good, but not fabulous.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Latest of many visits to Solea -it is consistently great. The food is delicious, and service is always knowledgable and attentive, no matter how busy the restaurant is.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

We were seated in a middle room that lacked the charm and ambiance that has always kept me coming back to Solea. In management's attempt to update the restaurant, they need to be careful they don't loose that truly unique identity.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Casual with some open window seats. It's great for a relaxed dinner. The service was prompt and the food was above average with a few tapas that wow. If you're looking for a nice causal vib, this is a great place.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Superb food, nice decor... just a little too loud for most people's taste.

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

The experience we had was absolutely horrible. We waited good ten minutes before placing order, then waited nearly thirty minutes for the first two tapas to arrive, when finally got our last order it was missing lamb meat balls. Nearly an hour of total wait before getting our full order delivered. For somebody with Type 1 Diabetes, insulin dependent, this is absolutely the worst place to dine in.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Much too noisy! We could hardly hear one another at our table.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 3, 2017

I went to Solea on a Sunday night & it was crowded. The waitress seemed to be having a tiugh time but some of the other waitresses helped out. I enjoyed the food very much.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Celebrated a graduation with family and friends. Our waitress was wonderful. The suggestions for tapas she suggested were as good as they sounded. Valencia Paella was delicious, but I would have liked a deeper layer of rice. Tapas makes it hard to gauge how much you are eating so be careful. We had a few dishes come after we really were full.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Casual, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Fantastic food all around. My wife and I ordered about 7 tapas and it was great food for a reasonable price. Fun atmosphere and fantastic service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Fabulous place to dine and have good conversation! Although we've moved from the area, my wife & I have made it a point to revisit over the past 10 years. You'll not be disappointed! - Jim Lucido

Tags: Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Solea Tapas never dissapoints. We have been trying otherTapas placescloser to home, but Solea remains our favorite.
You must try the Goat cheese in tomato sauce and the sizzling shrimp and garlic.
If you are trying a new wine, the waitress offers a "taste" pour to help with the decision.
Enjoy.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Hong Kong)·Dined on August 25, 2017

The tapas were ok. Our server was doing her best to serve us but there were way too many tables for her to attend to.

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·Dined on August 25, 2017

The food was excellent. We had an array of meat and vegetable dishes. This was not our first time and we have consistently found the food to be very tasty with intense, vibrant flavors. It is a fun, festive environment great for group dinners with friends or family.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Vegan
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Definitely not to have a quiet conversation. Noise level is really high!

Food was good as it was the Sangria. However, if you pretend to compare it to a Sangria or a paella in Barcelona or anywhere in Spain, it comes out a little short on the comparison. It's good, very good to eat here, but if your standards are up there, to the level of the country of origin of these meals (even Empanadas, comparing to those in Argentina), you'll enjoy your meal, but will not fulfill ALL your expectations...

Service was excellent!!! The waitress went above and beyond her job to make sure everything was great!

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Have loved Solea for years; it never disappoints. We took friends who had never been to a tapas restaurant before (?) and they loved it.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Tapas, Fun, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Excellent food and service- would highly recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Kid-friendly, Casual, Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Server was great, asked to have the tapas spread out so we weren't eating them all at once. Sangria was tasty and the pork tenderloin with blue cheese was awesome!

Went to the bar after for a cocktail and churros to finish the evening.

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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Food and service were both really good. Brought me back to my many trips to Spain with one exception. The bread in Spain always seemed stale to me. Solea's bread was perfect.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2017

The Paella was amazing.

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·Dined on July 27, 2017

I had a good experience at Solea. The crostini with goat cheese, mushrooms, and artichokes was my favorite dish. We also got the lamb meatballs, which were pretty good, the shortrib, which was good, and the salmon, which was ok. The salmon seemed like it could have been a bit fresher, but it was seasoned and cooked well. The sangria was pretty good, too. Overall, a great place to chat and catch up with a friend--for a drink and 4 tapas we each paid about 30 bucks, which I thought was really fair.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on July 23, 2017

It's always fun to share food of all kinds with family and friends which is one reason this place is great. No complaints on the drinks or the food and the atmosphere is always really nice. Our only negative experience with was with our waitress. From the very beginning she seemed bothered to be there, was short with us, and generally had a negative attitude. I am not sure if she was having a bad day or if that's how she usually operates, but it was disappointing to choose this restaurant for a special occasion and feel as though we were bothering her. I would definitely return but request that I not be seated at any of her tables.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on July 21, 2017

I loved it the owner sat us down and was very friendly the waitress was great and attentive and actually bought my dessert. amazing !!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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