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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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.,
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...
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!
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 .
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.
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.
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
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.
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