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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

service

4.2

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4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New England)·Dined on September 10, 2010

I have not yet had a poor dining experience at Solea - it's a great, fun place to eat. Cocktails are good, service friendly. I plan to go back on a regular basis.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 4, 2010

Excellent. We were surprised to find that we had spent 2 1/2 hours - right back in Paris. Service was superb

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on September 4, 2010

We always enjoy Solea Restaurant. The choice of tapas is terrific and each one is consistently delicious. They don't rush you and serve the tapas at a nice, relazed pace.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 31, 2010

This is a fun place with great decor, but I always feel like the food could be a little better. It just doesn't quite hit the spot.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 31, 2010

My first time dining here. The food was quite good and the server was very knowledgable and attentive, without being obtrusive. The only complaint was a minor one: we were seated at a window table in the corner of the room and the windows have blinds. There was a small blind which kept flapping because of its proximity to an A/C vent. A simple clip would have solved the problem but the hostess, who was aware of the problem, said the restaurant didn't have one. She did offer a change of table for us but it would seem to be a recurring problem which has an obvious solution. Overall, I would recommend the restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on August 28, 2010

Solea never disappoints with fantastic tapas and great sangria. The cold tapas Tostones is my favorite. Great atmosphere, and they open all the windows in the summer which I love. I have never tried anything there that was bad.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2010

Problem with outside windows open is that you get bees

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on August 24, 2010

Fun, delicious food. Good Sangria. Wonderful to taste so many dishes.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 23, 2010

Went to the Solea during restaurant week. Service was good and the tapas were tasty.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 23, 2010

The meal was absolutely delicious. The tapas we selected were served at the perfect temperature and every plate that arrived was better than the last. The scallops in saffron cream were incredible and I'm salivating at the thought of them. An incredible meal and a lovely environment, with attentive and courteous staff. Highly recommended.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 23, 2010

The food at Solea was very good. The tomato, basil and goat cheese tapa was exceptionally well made; the seasonings were subtle and melded nicely.The yucca stuffed ancho chili was excellent. I usually judge a tapas restaurant by the patatas bravas, and at Solea they weren't at the top of the mark although they were very good. The potatoes weren't quite done and they weren't as spicy as I would have liked. The restaurant was buzzing, with lots of groups and some families with older kids. The service was attentive and helpful. The front of the house staff were excellent. This was my first visit, and I definitely will return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 21, 2010

Soleo was delightful. Lively ambience and a wonderful menu, it provided for a fun and enjoyable evenig with friends. The waiter was knowledgable, really helpful and pleasant. We are already planning to return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 21, 2010

Solea is right in the heart of downtown Waltham, open to the sounds and sights of a vibrant downtown scene -- the entire front of the restaurant opens to the night air. If you have a reservation, you are efficiently shown to your table and the service is superb. Be warned, the portions are VERY generous -- if you decide to order several tapas selections, know that you will be hard pressed to finish everything. The choices and quality are excellent -- I can't tell whether to cold tapas dishes are better than the hot ones, but any choice will provide you will an excellent experience. The sangria was an excellent addition to the meal -- and the desserts were fabulous. All in all, a perfect experience!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 17, 2010

Menu is very diverse and fun. Everyhing I tried was excellent. Dessert was incredible!! Fun nit out

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 16, 2010

Solea is an extremely fun dining experience. I love sharing tapas and getting to taste a lot of different items. Sharing food is always fun. Also there is a fun selection of drinks to go with the food. The food here is consistently yummy. My only negative comment is that the tables for two are quite small, and it is hard to fit much on the table.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on August 16, 2010

The dishes were wonderful. Waitress very knowledgeable and recommendations were good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on August 9, 2010

I went to Solea with a group of 10; our waitress knew the menu inside and out, handled the madness of our order, and made great recommendations. The food was delicious (I recommend the short rib with banana - I want it right now!). I plan to be back again and again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 8, 2010

The restaurant is very noisy, but is beautifully decorated. The staff is over-worked but eager to please. Much of the food is excellent, all of it is interesting. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Montreal)·Dined on July 27, 2010

Solea Restaurant was indeed a delight. We were looking for a new dining experience that was convenient to our hotel in Waltham. Solea did not let us down. Service, food and ambiance were all great. My wife returned the next morning to take pictures of the flowerboxes (too dark at night). We'll definitely include the Solea Restaurant on our next visit to the Boston area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on July 27, 2010

great variety of tapas excellent way to try something new

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 (New England)·Dined on July 25, 2010

At Solea/Tapeo you can always count on having a good meal

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 (New England)·Dined on July 24, 2010

The food was good and there was a good selection of tapas to choose from. Unfortunately we were seated next to a large party who were very noisy. Normally I am pretty observant of being seated next to large parties, but it was set up and occupied after our party of four was seated. Many times it was difficult to hear the conversation at our own table of four due to the noise. It would have been nice if Solea's had advised us that there was going to be a large party in the function room we were going to be seated in. The service was fair for a busy Saturday night.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 23, 2010

Food is good but menu hasn't changed in years. Little innovation. Our server was unfortunately unprofessional and pushy. Would not eat here again. Better tapas places elsewhere.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 23, 2010

Food was good, but not as good as other restaraunts serving similar menus. Waiter was average, which could be OK if he is a new waiter, but he stated that he acted per restaraunt guidelines, i.e. restaraunt guidelines regarding service are average.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 23, 2010

The Tapas Nuevas were great, specially the Marmitako, cooked true to its roots and an abundant and satisfying dish for a "tapa". All tapas are very tasty. I always order the quail, kind of my "dessert" as it has a nice dark chocolately sauce. The tostones are great, the palta reina was OK, the langostinos were very good. Everything we ordered was yummy.
Highly recommend and a great value for outstanding food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 23, 2010

This was my third visit and it still does not disappoint. Our friends loved it, especially the crab/avocado tapas and the paella.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2010

Great place! Loved the decor; not at all what I expected...and LOVED it! Great food; waiter was very accommodating to our schedule (we were late for the reservation, and we were in a rush to the theater) Great before (or after!) the Reagle Players in Waltham!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 21, 2010

The food at Solea was fantastic! Ordering a few tapas per person is the way to go: the opportunity to try new things without a big commitment. Even better, everything tastes so good, you aren't disappointed! Don't miss this place!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on July 17, 2010

Outstanding...delightful...flexible hostess who was not upset that we were late...helpful waitress who picked all our tapas out and made great choices.
We will definitely be back there soon.
The Sangria is one of the best I have ever tasted.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 17, 2010

Really enjoyed our meal. Service was good at first but as more guest arrived it went down hill. Hard to flag our waiter down for the desert menu and then the check.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 16, 2010

This place is FUN! Great for date night, or hanging out with some friends. More the merrier means more tapas to share!

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 (New England)·Dined on July 15, 2010

I brought some customers here for an early dinner and the food was ok..not great...Our waiter was really good, but the food was not outstanding

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 12, 2010

The four of us had a variety of inventive tapas and sangria. All were distinctive and delicious. What we especially liked was that we sat there for three hours without being rushed. What a treat! Just like being back in Spain! Terrific environment for catching up with old friends.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 11, 2010

Always an enjoyable meal- love the variety.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 10, 2010

Good one-time experience...food was nothing memorable

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 (New England)·Dined on July 9, 2010

I am a lover of the tapas experience. I have been to Dali, Tapeo, Tasca, Cuchi Cuchi and SOLEA and love all of them. It had been awhile since I had been to one of these tapas restaurants, and SOLEA did not disappoint. I was pleased to see some new tapas on the menu and their expansion did not take away from the romantic, Spanish cuevas feel of the venue. It's as if one is visiting a tapas bar in La Plaza Mayor. Well done. Unfortunately, our waiter was not the most endearing - seemed to have a bit of attitude and rushed us at the beginning. However, we swiftly got over that and just enjoyed ourselves.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 9, 2010

Really great. Fun, beautiful decor, very friendly and knowledgable staff, delicious, interesting food. And the reasonable pricing was the icing on the cake!

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 (New England)·Dined on July 6, 2010

Love the food, they are kind and helpful with very bad allergies.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on July 4, 2010

Fantastic!!! This is one of my favorite places and this visit didn't disappoint! The food is amazing, the ambience is somehow hip, fun, and yet romantic too, so although I've only ever been there with friends, I can see it would also be a great place for a date. Get the artichoke and spinach fritters, pork sausage with fig and some breaded goat cheese thing with honey and cranberry sauce - unbelievable. And sangria of course. :) They open up the entire front of the restaurant so it's open to the street, so it feels almost like dining al fresco. Love it!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 3, 2010

our food was excellently prepared and served promptly. Since it was a hot summer evening we just had a some generously portioned tapas, we'll have entrees at our next visit. Our waiter was attentive and friendly. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to others

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