Tempo

4.4
1952 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Outdoor Dining at Tempo is FIRST COME FIRST SERVE ONLY!
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Tempo offers downtown quality and atmosphere in a convenient suburban location on, Moody Street in Waltham known as "Restaurant Row". The menu features a wide variety of fresh seafood, great cuts of meat, chicken, duck, and truly has something for everyone. Tempo is excellent for a date, great for groups, and the bar is a perfect place for singles and people watching. The cuisine rivals higher-priced alternatives and the staff is welcoming and eager to please. The bar offers the largest selection around and the wine list pricing is the best in Waltham. We have a gorgeous private dining room that is perfect for events, corporate dinners, holiday parties and graduation celebrations. If you haven't visited us we promise you won't regret it!

Offers

  • Live Music Nights at Tempo Bistro

    Multiple dates available

    Thu 4:00 PM - 9:45 PM, Fri - Sat 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Live Music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at Tempo Bistro in Waltham. Join us for dinner and live music on Moody Street in Waltham.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1952 people are saying
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vipCUSTOMER
New England
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We set at the high table in the bar area, our server Alex was amazing, probably it was the best service we got for more than ten years coming to Tempo.

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KarenO
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at Tempo. The service was amazing and the food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Better than expected, food was tasty, service was quick although we had to remind waiter about our drink order.. over all I would go again

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vipGRF4
New England
83 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and the food was delicious this was our second time here in a while since we live a bit of a ride away. Will make the effort to get back sooner than later. Excellent night out.

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BobS
New England
43 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Interesting menu. Good preparation and food quality is reliable, diverse and well presented. Good wine and spirit selection - many high end wines offered by the glass which is great. Their creativity and community service has allowed them to survive Covid intact. Nice people and friendly staff.

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vipBrianD
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fantastic service, wonderful experience.

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Snap
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was really good, those fries are to die for somehow! Our server, Billy, was very friendly and attentive even though we were the only ones seated outside, we never felt forgotten.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We lived absolutely everything about Tempo. Our only disappointment was that we had a reservation for two and despite other tables for two being available we were not able to take the table assigned to us which was in the bar area.
Those tables were also reserved but unfortunately they only allowed us to sit there rather then reassigning us/ it was cold with the door opening and loud from the bar which was why we would have preferred to sit at a table for two in the other part of the dining room.
The food was wonderful and music was a lot of fun in the dining rooms!

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Gary
New England
19 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was very good but we felt rushed. Good experience overall.

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ElizabethN
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend Tempo! Went for dinner last night and sat outside on the back patio. Was a gorgeous night and appreciated being able to dine outside. I had the salmon with pumpkin risotto. It was to die for! My friends had the beef brisket and said it was also delicious. We took the chocolate bombs home and are excited to try them too. Would definitely go back. Lots of great choices on the menu.

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PeterC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Staff is very good and attentive. Food was very good as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best gluten-free dinner options in the Boston area, but they definitely need more gluten-free desserts!

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AlexD
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delicious and interesting dishes. good service. outdoor patio was really pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Friendly server.

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BenQ
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was great. Our waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable and all the staff were very nice. The food came out quick and hot! No masks required for staff or customers which was different but seemed very clean. Want to go back to try the other menu items and to hear some live music.

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reggie
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was very mediocre. Not worth the cost. Service was fantastic!

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David
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The card with the scan image was turned away from us, so we didn't initially realize we needed to scan it to see the menu, which caused some delay in our table service. Food was good and the service was mostly prompt. I'd go there again.

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PaggiPazzo
New England
21 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience4

Food was good but we're not likely coming back.
We had an outdoor reservation for Saturday at 5:30pm and we we're seated promptly. The waiter was very good and trying to serve a lot of tables so he wasn't at fault for our less than desirable experience.
I ordered a Negroni and it was the smallest drink I've ever had, was more like a shot serving so that was disappointing.
The appetizer came out 2 mins before the meal and our niece never was able to ask for grated cheese on her pasta because the service was overwhelmed and didn't return until our dinner was finished.
If we did come back another time it would need to be on a less than busy night but there are a lot of other options on Moody street.

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JohnA
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had a variety of dishes, all of which were good.

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sharynp
New England
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice, helpful waiter (a photographer, can't remember his name). The food was excellent for all 4 of us! We will definitely be back.

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vipSolL
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outside in the rear patio. Beautiful evening and their heaters made the night very comfortable. Apps of calamari and brussel sprouts delicious. We had different fish dishes that were also excellent. Highly recommended.

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VisiLuv
New England
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a birthday dinner on a busy Saturday night. The service was excellent and made us feel comfortable. The food was so fresh and flavorful. The drinks looked beautiful and tasted flavorful. After dinner our server reserved us a table in the back room to hear a band. It was a beautiful experience. I love Tempo.

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vipdenieced
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tempo’s food is always perfect. We tried the fish bowl drink—needs a little more alcohol, but delicious otherwise. Love the cotton candy and popcorn. Such a fun touch.

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GaryM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always reliably delicious with a decent wine list as well.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks.

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Violet
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and drinks! Good place to meet up with people.

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MikeP
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Overall experience was fine. Seated outside as requested- in the area behind the building. Wait staff was busy but attentive. Apps came out quickly and we’re tasty. Apparently they ran short of glasses so martini was served in a short square plastic cup and the wine was served in 6oz disposable plastic cups. Main courses well received overall. They ran out of scallops for the spicy shrimp and scallop dish I ordered not a problem as they told me up front and could have changed order. The taste was good but the tomatoes and spinach sure looked like they came from a can (which may well be the recipe). Others in our group content with their choices. All good but not over the top. Will return next time we are at BC to give Tempo another try.

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KarenS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Tempo has consistently excellent food. Every one in our party of four had different entrees and none of them disappointed us. The proportions are generous and reasonably priced. We shared an order of truffle fries and split salads. The only negative was the extremely loud music from the next door that made it hard to hear anything.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent

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Daydreamer22
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try this restaurant!! We ate outside so noise was no issue. We want to return and sit on the back patio for drinks and maybe an app or two. Service was attentive, drinks and food were attractive and yummie. Seafood paella I definitely will have again. His seared scallops looked good, he was pleased with his dish. Dessert was pecan cheesecake we enjoyed that too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
32 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ended up dining outside as it was a beautiful evening. The food was really good. The flavors in the salmon entree were wonderful and the presentation was beautiful. My partner had the scallops which were delicious.
This restaurant takes a lot of pride in their food. I’ll look forward to coming back.

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vipToughtoplease
New England
86 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Very big disappointment that at 6:00 they were already out of guacamole. One of the reasons we went there was because we like the guacamole! Instead we had the mushroom appetizer which was pretty small for 2 people to share.

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vipGlutenFreeJ
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

This experience was quite different than our previous visit. The server was untrained and not at all pleasant. The food lacked in quality. The wine was room temperature.

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kima
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wide selection of gluten free items. The burnt ends was amazing as well as the spicy shrimp!

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Mark
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Food and Service. Had the Swordfish Chop. Very rare to find in restaurants. Some of the best fish I have ever had.

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PaulaW
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My group was extremely happy last night at Tempo. The meal was outstanding and the selections and menu descriptions were unique and imaginative. My group is extremely fussy and savvy when it comes to food and they were all really impressed!

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Sara
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I was super excited because most of the menu was gluten free. I found the food to be very expensive for a lack luster meal and sub par cocktails.

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CliffW
New England
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love this place, been going periodically over the last decade and every time is a treat!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently good at Tempo.
We go for special occasions and every day.
It is always Fun & Delicious and a great value. Great date night place! Enjoy!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This was my first time in Watham and Tempo came highly recommended. Unfortunately our experience was just okay. The waiter didn’t appear to know the menu and couldn’t recommend much on the menu because he hadn’t hadn’t tried it. Service was very slow. We got there right after opening, 4:15,. We kept looking around for our waiter to order and get drink refills. Not sure we’ll go back.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Tempo using the Order Online button. Tempo also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (781) 891-9000.

Tempo is rated 4.4 stars by 1952 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.