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For 2
Date
Wed, 2/21
Time
9:00 PM
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Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar

4.4
1524 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Tapas / Small Plates
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Latin / Spanish
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Thursday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(781) 894-1805
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Brunson
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cushing Street
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Parking details
Moody Street offers city lots up and down the street.
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Public transit
Waltham Commuter Rail is located 4 blocks away.
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1524 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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4.4
service
4.3
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vipHymie (New England)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Mario took care of us quite well. He was attentive but not disruptive, a talent of a good server.
Dish choices were plentiful and all good.

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GeneD5 (New England)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Solea is one of the best restaurants in downtown Waltham, Mass.! My wife and I go for special occasions, including anniversaries, birthdays, and Valentine's Day. Our friends and family know where to get us gift certificates, and we always enjoy the ambiance, tasty dishes, and service.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Went here for my boyfriends birthday and could not be happier! The food was absolutely incredible. The waitress was kind and funny while also giving us appropriate space, and the service was fast.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

This is one of our favorite restaurants. We go here for dates and I had a large birthday dinner here. Food is amazing. Eacpecially the sauces. We love the SANGRIA royal!

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Anil (New England)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Food is average to below average. Gambas, the quintessential tapas dish, was flavorless, and the shrimp did not taste fresh. Overall it was an underwhelming meal, and the service was cordial, but not warm and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Nice atmosphere; waiter very good (helpful, but not pushy). All the food was good ( we ordered several tapas - 5 for four people) and the chicken and sausage paellla), but nothing was exceptional. Nothing stood out and made me think, I want to come back and get this again soon. Portion size on the tapas seemed a bit small for the price (I get it that they are just tapas), but the paella portion was generous.

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vipCCD1963 (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Food and service was very good. The short rib and the special steak with a creamy apricot sauce were phenomenal! The mussels, cauliflower & broccoli croquets were also very good. Not so good were the calamari...kind of fishy and garlicky and not in a good way. Those were pretty much left untouched. But overall, it was a fun environment with cool decor...sort of Spanish medieval. The tapas style is more family oriented so people enjoy it more..I think. It can get expensive since most of the dishes are small with less expensive price tags. HOwever, we ordered two of most things so it did add up. For 5 people and only 4 drinking, cost $300 with tip. We ordered churros for dessert and they were ordinary. They tasted just like the ones at Costco for $1.00 each. Overall, I would recommend this place and I would go again.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Solea’s is always an excellent restaurant. Great service. food and sangria always impeccable on any occasion. My favorite restaurant in Waltham for many years.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Amazing time with my bf

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PFN1427 (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Fantastic meal, service, ambiance. Make sure to try the red sangria (honest!) and as many tapas as possible! A terrific addition to our list of favorites.

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vipBarbaraM (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Delicious fresh food. Try the lamb meatballs. Best I've ever tasted.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

It was a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Food and service are always terrific! We LOVE coming here for dinner and sangria!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Solea is one of our local choices. Always delicious, no matter the tapas choices we make. Don’t miss it!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

My husband and I have dined here a few times when in Waltham. The food has always been excellent, with good service and atmosphere. The tapas are perfect for sharing between a couple (5-6 plates).

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Luckyck (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Good food, small plates so you can share & taste a variety of different foods. Very comfortable restaurant, attentive but they don’t rush you.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

I love this restaurant. I miss some of the old favorite on their new menu but overall year and year this is one of the best places to go for good wine, company and food.

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GeneD5 (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 5, 2017

Solea in downtown Waltham, Mass., is our go-to spot on Moody Street for special occasions. All the tapas menu items are tasty, the service is attentive, and the ambiance is fun. We'll be back!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 4, 2017

Outstanding menu, service, cocktails. We love this place.

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Dunny (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

We had a good dinner, the tapas were all good other than the potatoes bravas being way undercooked (very crunchy). Sent them back and the second round was better. The lamb meatballs were really tasty! I would go back again.

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vipDiDiTuTu (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Good neighborhood restaurant. I wish they had some easy parking though.

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ERGS (New England)
4.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Been several times - always good food and service. Definitely a nice place for dinner.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

All the dishes were very good although probably won’t have the potato omelette again. But everything else was fantastic. Great for vegetarians.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Everything was so delicious - the paella was great and I could eat a pound of the broccoli cauliflower fritters. Will definitely be back to try more things on the menu - they clearly do everything well.

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vipStuart (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

Excellent, food, and service. It’s a restaurant that we will return.

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Alison (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on November 14, 2017

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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J1000 (New England)
4.0  Dined on November 11, 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.

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vipviniboo (New England)
4.0  Dined on November 10, 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.

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