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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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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (34)
Good for a Date (20)
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Creative Cuisine (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Good Vegetarian Options (15)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Authentic (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Fun (13)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Tasting Menu (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Romantic (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Bar Seating (7)
Business Meals (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Healthy (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Cozy (4)
People Watching (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Spicy (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Vegan (1)
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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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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. A real gem in Waltham. Will go again

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Had a fun evening. Food and service was quite good. It was noisy - which is fine and fun for some but I found it hard to hear to hear people across the table (we were a party of 6)

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Food was freshly made and tasty. Noise level is very high--difficult to converse.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Food was just okay; we tried lamb, duck, chicken liver. Service was not good at all. I asked for lemon in my water. Girl brought one peace without plate.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Excellent service and attentive service. Food was delicious, fresh and creative.

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Food was awesome, easy relaxed space , service was great. Overall great experience!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on June 25, 2017

We love tapas and I had great expectations for this restaurant. The ambiance and descriptions of the food far outclassed the quality and taste of the food. I would absolutely defer people away from this restaurant. The waitress was lovely, however she made no effort to explain the various dishes as she floated by the table and dropped them off. Just an overall POOR.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Our favorite restaurant in Waltham. Very consistent and delicious menu. The special salad was arugula and very good. Mussels are always great with a spicy sauce. There is something for everyone here.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 23, 2017

All in all great place for family and friends. Service was just a little slow and never really can back to check in with us. Food was great! Drinks were great!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 20, 2017

One of my favorite places!

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 (New England)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We have dined at Solea many times and have always had a wonderful dining experience - the other night was no exception! Fabulous!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Spicy
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 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Great tapas bar, very good cocktails and food choice. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Authentic, Spicy, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Great food with cool atmosphere! However, service was not the best.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Tapas, Romantic, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Food was okay. Short rib was delivered very cold. Sent it back, but still got charged for 2. The manager made a very bad attempt at trying to explain. But we still in the end we're charged for one.... even though it came well after we were done. We were given the bill without even asking if we wanted coffee or dessert. When we told the manager this she again didn't handle well. Btw we were charged for the coffee and dessert that we had to ask for. I remember this place being amazing. It was so disappointing and we will not be going back.,

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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Longtime favorite with family and friends. Some nice adds to the menu, like the mushroom crostini. Old favorites are always delicious. You really can't go wrong. The wait staff was not as well trained as previous visits, disappearing for long periods particularly when we wanted our check. She didn't have the same balance of not rushing us (which we love) and actually being helpful when the meal was obviously over and we were looking to leave...

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Second time at Solea. Service was good (not exceptional), food was tasty, sangria was delicious. If you like authentic Spanish Tapas this place is perfect. Not outrageously pricey, good food for the value.

Tags: Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Solea is one of my favorite restaurants- it's always delicious and fun!

Tags: Fun, Tapas, Business Meals, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on May 24, 2017

The waiter had an attitude the entire meal. It was my birthday so my fiancé brought a cake. When we asked the waiter to refridgerate the cake, he rolled his eyes at us but accepted it. He never brought me a menu when I wanted to order more tapas mid-meal. I had to ask a table beside us after waiting for 15 minutes for a menu. When we were finished the waiter didn't clear the table and I had to ask another waiter to clear our table. Our waiter came back over and asked if we wanted anything else and I told him...my birthday cake. He said we couldn't have the cake because it was a "health code violation." I proceeded to speak with the manager who said the same thing and then told us they could charge us $4 per person to give us a plate and fork to eat our cake with. We weren't going to pay for this but my dad wanted my birthday to be special so he said he would. Only 3 out of the 6 guests had cake (and the other 3 weren't given plates) yet we were charged $24, for everyone, which would mean that 6 people should've had cake but only 3 did. The manager left us the check and snottily remarked, "here is the check, and the cake plating fee." After the way we were treated that night, on a $500 bill, I will NEVER return to this restaurant. It is such a shame because the food is really good. Unfortunately they don't understand you need to treat your patrons with respect or they won't come support your business!

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 (New England)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Solea is a restaurant with great tasting food, offering a wonderful variety of flavors, as well as an accommodating gluten-free menu. Our dinner was delicious!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Overall, was very pleased with the experience. We ordered 7 small plates and with the exception of the Calamari, which was a bit too chewy for my liking, found the food to be quite good. That coupled with the very solid pitcher of red sangria made for a very enjoyable night out. One suggestion....if you make a reservation, leave yourself PLENTY of time to find parking .

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

First time to Solea. Group of 5. We ordered a ton of food and it was all yummy. Three pitchers of sangria...2 white and 1 berry. Forget the berry, the white is fabulous! We didn't realize that the lamb meatballs never came, but we had plenty of food. Too bad we are leaving Boston, we may not get a chance to try the lamb.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Love the food. Wish it wasn't so noisy. Great sangria.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Two of us shared six tapas, and they were all good. The ceviche was grand; salmon and bass in a sauce that was not overly citrusy--just the right amount. The calamari was good, quite tender, not rubbery at all. The steamed mussels were very good, in a nice sauce which was great for dipping bread into. The beef tenderloin was rare and tender. The tortilla (an egg, potato and onion dish) was quite good. And the scallops in a creamy saffron sauce were just divine. Dessert was flan and churros--we shared each dish. I thought the flan was just okay, but my wife really liked it. The churros were really good. The service was a bit slow--apparently a busy night (Mother's Day. We were not in a rush at all, so it was fine for us. Dinner took about two hours. I look forward to going back for more.

Tags: Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Super good food, really excellent and after all, isn't that what it's all about? Also, great selection, reasonable but not cheap, great decor, service fine. No complaints.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Fun, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Everything was great. We had never been before, so the waitress explained everything in detail and told us we were ordering too much as they were very large servings Food and drinks were excellent. We were late because of the local traffic and they held the table for us

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

was taken for Mother's Day - it was a lot of fun. Great food.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Fun atmosphere a very good food. Interesting change from standard restaurant entrees.

Tags: Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Nice ambience, bad food. Seafood was over cooked except for scallops that were squishy (if they even were real scallops).

Tags: Disabled Access, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on April 28, 2017

I haven't tried anything outside of the Tapas but I'm sure its all good and the Sangria is amazing.

Tags: Tapas, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Casual, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 14, 2017

We had a great time. Most of the tapas we ordered were very good. One, however, seemed to be odd because it was cold. Something like mushrooms and artichokes and cheese on toast. We expected that one to be hot and thought it would be more tasty hot. Service was pretty good, average, but uninspiring.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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