Tempo

4.6
1947 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!

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 1947 people are saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Pattie
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is going to be my new go-to place for sure. Drinks and apps were amazing.

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mdb59
New England
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, pleasant atmosphere. Easy to make reservations and got lucky and sat outside.

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vipDrMuffy
New England
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, a fun place to share some delicious plates. Wonderful cocktails too!

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BrittanyL
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tempo’s food and drinks never disappoint! So good! Highly recommend and the patio seating was awesome! Loved the ambience of the patio with all of the flowers!

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vipBobby
New England
45 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Dining out on Moody Street was just so great last evening. There with friends for dinner and drinks. Delightful and Delicious. Broiled scallops were excellent as was the sea bass. Friendly service despite a very busy Saturday night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
15 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the service to the ambience to the food is outstanding… Every time we have gone the food service and the ambience has been impeccable… Even through the tough times during The pandemic everything was exceptional ..Highly recommend it always consistent…

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ChristinaL
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was wonderful! Food and drinks were great and can’t wait to go back this summer.

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ThomasL
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tempo is always a slam dunk! They keep the menu fresh and interesting but also have some tried and true staples. A member of our party is gluten-free and was able to have a lobster roll and fries for the first time in a decade! I had the dirty "wings," which are crispy saucy delicious boneless chicken thighs, and the Portuguese Fisherman's Stew which was every shellfish you could think of plus chorizo in an amazing tomato broth. We were too stuffed for dessert, but they all sounded fantastic and it was hard to say no. They currently have lots of outdoor seating both along Moody St and on the back patio. Don't sleep on Tempo, they are the best of the best!

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HayleyA
New England
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining experience. Cocktails were delicious. We split the following dishes for apps:
- oysters on the half shell (delicious)
- boneless tenders (delicious, but not your typical expected tender)
- potstickers (delicious)
- calamari (delicious with notably great thai basil sauce)

I had the carbonara for my entree which I would not recommend. All the other dishes were full of flavor, but the carbonara was truly flavorless. Had a great presentation, and was a good serving, but I ended up not eating much of it since it was pretty bland.

Waitress was attentive, food timing was appropriate, overall good experience!

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JoanW
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Poor lighting (dinghy hue) making the room (right side, front) seem like it needed a cleaning. Colors are drab heading into Summer. Service was excellent. Room past the right side entering the restaurant reminds me of a ground round, horrible. Drinks were superb, interesting. Used to love this restaurant and it’s open feel… can’t recommend any longer…

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SusanW
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First night out after Covid restrictions were lifted. We were seated right away. Wait staff was knowledgeable of the menu items, attentive and friendly.

The atmosphere was lively and fun. The noise level was a little noisy but tolerable. You could carry on a conversation easily.

Meals were delicious especially the cod with Baby Bok Chou. Highly recommend this restaurant for different selections of appetizers, salads and main courses.

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CarefulConsumer
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My salmon dish was quite good - flavorful, nicely cooked, good accompaniments. Brussels sprouts side was also good -- tasty, pieces of bacon worked well with the Brussel sprouts. The fig appetizer was less tasty, more bland, but the ingredients were good even though they did not blend well together. My husband very much liked his cod dish and agreed about the side dishes. We both loved the banana bread pudding. The Frose had a bite to it, sweet with a good level of alcohol, refreshing but pricey for the amount served.
Yes, I would definitely recommend Tempo to friends.

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Jake
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great food, service was about what I’d expect from a packed restaurant on a weekend, can’t complain much.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. The back patio is wonderful. Great service.

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vipKellyH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great outdoor setup and outstanding food, as always. Waitstaff could have been a bit more attentive, as we would have liked to order another round of drinks, etc.

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DavidM
New England
26 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

really enjoyed the food. menu was great. I could've ordered almost anything on the menu. Service was good and helpful. Looking forward to going back.

Sat outside in the back. very quiet and enjoyable.

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Kjca
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Tempo. We go at least once a week. Their oysters are da bomb.

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vipKatieD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I had the signature Frose, which was refreshing and delicious, especially at an outdoor table! I didn't realize this before we got there, but there are outdoor dining patios in both the front and back of the building, which is awesome. I had the roasted chicken marsala with fresh fettuccini, which was very good but it arrived later than all the other meals at our table - not sure what happened but the waitress quickly fixed it once she realized. My mom had the cashew encrusted haddock, which she enjoyed.

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Jess
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Ambience is great. Love the expansion they're building in the back. Food and wine is way over priced for the quality. I don't mind paying more for better quality but this is paying more for mediocre food. Service is hit or miss. I'd go back for drinks but not for dinner.

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vipFoodie63
New England
23 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had great meal at Tempo. We sat inside even though there was outside dining available. My husband forgot his jacket and we decided it was getting cool. We felt very comfortable and safe inside. The tables and booths are spaced well. The food was great as was the service. Can't wait to dine there again.

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CarlyL
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food great waitstaff amazing drinks Will definitely go again

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suzannef
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was amazing and had great recommendations and was very attentive..... food was delicious!

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Walker
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Would love to make another trip back.

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LauraC
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on the patio and the weather was beautiful. The food came out promptly and was delicious. We had the truffle fries, oysters and steak rolls as appetizers and for the main course steak tips, chicken marsala and Sea Bass. All entrees were cooked perfect and delicious. The service was also great.

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JuliaH
New England
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

I was kind of disappointed with cocktails. There was minimal effort put into them. Food was okay. Was expecting more professionalism. Guys were drilling outside of patio on property during dinner, not the best experience. Won’t be going back.

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NataliaD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner and drinks! The service was excellent as well. Highly recommend for a night out!

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JaPr
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Menu was interesting and table enjoyed their meals although a bit expensive for overall experience. Drinks menu was a bit more limited than would have liked, particularly around cocktails.

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BelmontMom
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The selection was great. My food had great flavor. The meat was so tender. Loved the veggies.

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vipCookie
New England
62 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal as always. It was our first time in a restaurant in more than a year and we felt completely safe. We’ve been doing take out which was great, but so nice to be in the dining room! Can’t beat $1 Wellfleet oysters on Tuesdays! Fried calamari and all of the dishes were wonderful! Staff is fantastic. TY Colleen!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped by Tempo to have some drinks and

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JoKedine
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous food...dinners arrive hot and delicious...never disappointed here

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Mictig
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

First time visitor, rather picky eater. Only a few entrees I would eat (knew this ahead of time), but would not have eaten most of the apps. One dessert was very good, one was just okay.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First night out in a long while. It was my husband’s birthday and we loved our evening out. The service was great and we loved the food. My husband had the Lobster Paella and I had the Blackened Catfish. The catfish was nicely seasoned and the spinach and grits that accompanied the catfish were delicious and complemented the catfish. My husband loved his paella. The portions were generous, we didn’t have room for dessert. But, we bought some of their chocolate bomb ‘to go’. We’ll definitely go back.

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vipJohanna
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was delicious! We ate outside on the patio, which was really the parking lot, but it didn’t matter!

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vipLisa
New England
26 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was excellent and service was great, consistently good!

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TereseL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

It was extremely cold in the dining room. It ruined the experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tempo has adapted to the Covid world and is running like a well oiled machine. The environment feels very safe but not uncomfortably so, you can still enjoy your meal, date night and have the same exceptional service that you had prior to 2020. We enjoyed the hanger steak with cream sauce - it is always SO juicy and tender with the most flavorful coffee rub. I could eat this every day. The Aztec Tomb (I think that’s what it was called) is a great addition to the drink menu (please keep it!) It is basically a pineapple painkiller with fresh grated nutmeg on top (essential). Keep up the great work Tempo! We moved to Dedham years ago but still come back all the time.

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CliffordS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very good, food, staff, and yes the drinks.

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vipMaxxie5
New England
39 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tempo never dissapoints. Food is inventive, appetizers are great and the dishes come out quickly and taste amazing.
Try the parmesan truffle shoestring fries which are outstanding. Brussels sprout appetizer also very good and can't stop eating either.

I had the Spicy Shrimp and Scallop with spinach in a tomato broth. Very light yet done to perfection. Other dining member had grilled pork chop and it was succulent and very generous portion.
Drinks were great as well. Highly recommend!

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vipMichael
New England
35 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks are always great here. The short ribs and the tuna were cooked perfect and our server/bartender Danyele was awesome.

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 4.6 stars by 1947 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.