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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
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.
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.
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.
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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