Tempo

4.5
1956 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Outdoor Dining at Tempo is FIRST COME FIRST SERVE ONLY!
Don't see a reservation available...give us a call!

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 3:45 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 1956 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
k
kima
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

M
Mark
New England
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

PW
PaulaW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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!

S
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.

CW
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!

OT
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!

OT
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.

A
Agrump
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wow where do you start with all the superlatives to describe this experience.
Staff was on the go with pretty full house, took care of seating and used iPad to order. Fully knowledgeable about menu and knew which items not available.
Had the tuna and salmon tartare, they split the beet and goat cheese salad, very refreshing.
Mains were cashew crusted haddock on sweet potato purée , and the spinach shrimp stuffed flounder.
Both cocktails well prepared and wine suggestions where spot on. But they could not give a taste because of mechanical wine pouring.
Had time to chat with owner and wait staff.
Sat near the back at end of bar at a table.
No masks on staff.

r
viprockdoc
New England
54 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tempo never fails to live up to it's 5 star rating. The food is great. The ambiance is comfortable and lively. My husband & dined here a couple of weeks ago and we returned last night because the restaurant is THAT good! Plus, they serve $1 oysters on Tuesday night and it's hard to only get a dozen! With that as an appetizer, we moved on to our entrees--I got the fish & chips--plentiful in portion accompanied by cole slaw and shoestring fries, all of which were delicious. My husband ordered the halibut and absolutely loved it. We were too full for dessert, but they have wonderful choices. Our ONLY negative comment is that Tempo does not serve any bread on the table. It's always a nice addition.

BL
BL52B
New England
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was good, but service was lacking. Waitress and service staff were not very attentive.

MC
MCTFO24
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal at Tempo! The lobster rangoon were amazing! We've been before, but this is the first time we ate outside, which was awesome. Love the buzz of Moody St! Great restaurant, great vibe....highly recommend!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Service was horrible! Rude server ! Had to ask for water twice! Never offered us desert .. which we wanted, he just brought the check . Not worth 400.00

G
vipGlinda
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

I love Tempo and am a frequent diner. Last night we arrived to find no power yet they were open and said could accommodate outdoors with apps and salads and drinks. Servers very unclear about what was possible and had to keep going to ask. Wine took 20 minutes to come. One appetizer was burnt and we returned it . Server didn't take it off tab and had to be reminded. The app and salad we did eat were good. Likely should not have been open at all. Hopefully a one time occurrence.

KB
KellyB
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic!! Would definitely return again. Sat outside, atmosphere was very pleasing! Service was perfect. We asked our waitress for her recommendations...and we went with them...food was delicious!

AK
vipAmandaK
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat in the new section in the back. Our waitress, Nicole was awesome! Food and drinks were delicious!

SS
ScottS
New England
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants on Moody Street. We have never had a bad experience with Tempo. The food and drinks are always top notch.

D
vipcaraD
New England
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food amazing as usual. Waitress disappeared for long intervals making ordering and paying difficult. Think it was a new waitress but tables around us experienced same frustration.

B
Beth
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tempo has an incredible atmosphere, wonderful staff and an all around positive and fun vibe! One of our favorite local places! Thank you for an amazing dining experience every time Tempo!

B
vipBrian
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Great food. Poor service.

R
vipRebecca
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Birthday celebration

MB
MichaelB
New England
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a warm evening and we opted to sit outside. The food was excellent, service was great and we had a lovely evening.

M
Molly
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite, succulent seafood and fish dishes. Loved the flounder and scallops and heirloom tomato salad. Outdoor seating really comfortable and accommodating.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food.

MK
MichaelK
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere and plenty of outdoor dining!

r
viprockdoc
New England
55 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic meal my husband and I had! We started off with a dozen (buck a shuck on Tuesday night) oysters. Delicious! My entree was the sea scallops; they were the best I've ever had! The entree of choice for my husband was the baby back ribs and he thoroughly enjoyed them. He claimed they rivaled some of the best he's had across the board. Since it was our anniversary and we had a very nice conversation with the manager, he treated us to Death by Chocolate dessert. It was amazing! We can't say enough good things about Tempo. Sitting inside, but along side an open window to the outdoor dining, we enjoyed the ambiance of both settings. This is definitely a 'don't miss' restaurant on Moody Street with its vibrant dning and music scene.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

JA
JASONK
New England
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service was better. Atmosphere was very nice.

M
vipMelisa
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They were out of my first choice entree , but it was fine as my second choice was delicious.

M
Matthew
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, as always. We absolutely love this place!

W
Wafflecrisp
New England
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food was bad. Pan roasted salmon came out fried. Risotto was drenched in butter. Buffalo cauliflower was sitting in oil. Southwest salad was dull and bland. Overpriced and not worth it. Best thing about this place is the way the patio looks.

AN
ANITAS
New England
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite places to go to on Moody St. The food is always great and the staff is friendly. They have plenty of outdoor dining options as well as a new bar area that is able to open up large windows to get more air circulating in.

d
drpombe
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate out on the back patio. It was nice, but not as scenic as out front or even certain parts of the back patio. However, the food was awesome! Tuna poke and guacamole for appetizers. Broiled scallops and the hanger steak for mains. Everything was really excellent.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy Tempo. We ate there on our last night before moving to New Mexico. We will miss one of our faves !

S
Stvnjay
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent seafood in an upscale setting. Service was solid.

C
vipCookie
New England
62 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tempo never disappoints us! Wish they had the calamari last night but enjoyed everything ( oysters, chicken wings, truffle fries, fish tacos).
Service excellent as always!

JT
vipJeffT
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Menu is very improved (but bring back the swordfish!!). Always good and good service too.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great place great food. The only reason I gave it 3 stars was that the server immediately reminded us we have only 90 mins for the table after she asked if we were ready to order and we weren’t. That 90 min thing has got to go. They have so many tables with the outside space expanded and Moody st shut down. If they servers are going to hold us to 90 mins I’ll go down the street to another restaurant bc plenty of places have dropped that by now.

SH
SueHickey
New England
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Tempo is one of our favorite restaurants. When we want to have a treat we go there. I have eatern at Tempo many times and it has always been very enjoyable. It is a little expensive but always a pleasure. Don't wait.

DA
vipDAVID
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and ambiance! We will return!

M
Mand
New England
36 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not bad but also not super memorable. I felt that our food and drink was all mediocre. I appreciate the ideas on the menu but the execution is simply mediocre at best. I wouldn't recommend this place to a friend, and I would only go back if I didn't have any other options. I think there were too many options on the menu and they need to focus more so they do a few things well, rather than a lot of things that are not great. A pasta carbonara with a fully cooked hard boiled egg is just wrong. If you're a foodie or are good at cooking, you can make a better meal at home.

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 4.5 stars by 1956 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.