Tempo

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$30 and under
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Tempo offers downtown quality and atmosphere in a convenient suburban location on, Moody Street, Waltham's "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 promis you won't regret it!
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SM
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I love tempo. Food is great, a little pricey to go there at any time other than a special occasion.

H
New England
85 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and our server was equally as good. She made recommendations which were all perfect.

The only down side is that it is extremely noisy, especially on a Saturday night. It was hard to visit as we all have hearing deficits.

We will definitely return, but probably not on a Saturday.

F
New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tempo never fails to delight. And tonight was no exception. This is one restaurant that does seafood right -- with a creative flair, but without spoiling the natural flavor of the fish.

JK
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time we have been here and food is delicious - great preparation, combinations and variety. Brought out of town guests this time who are tough critics and they loved it!

S
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall it was a very good experience. As most restaurants these days the noise level was loud but we got lucky and were seated at the back in a booth style table (in part) that muffled the sounds somewhat. At least we could have a conversation at the table.

The food was well prepared and presented. We all had fish dishes that were excellent. The service was very good and we had a great time.

GL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is very loud in the dining room, but otherwise fantastic from start to finish! Thanks Tempo!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere! A tad loud but that adds to the lively environment!

P
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The two things this place has going for it are the decor and the food. it is a beautiful restaurant and the food is very good. But the service is spotty, as in all Boston restaurants too many students masquerading as waiters and waitresses, and the final bill was shocking. I expected Downtown boston Food at suburban prices but this was Boston food with NYC prices.
I would definitely recommend this place but don't be in a hurry to eat, the service is slow and uneven and the prices may shock you.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service! Loved the decor and ambiance

WS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!!

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Wonderful evening at Tempo. Menu had many selections and the special daily menu had a variety of locally sourced items.

r
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always good. Several times there.

c
New England
16 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although Tempo was very busy tonight, the staff was extremely welcoming. The bartender was helpful and kind while we were waiting for our table, and once we got to it our waitress was attentive and food was brought out in a very timely manner (and it was delicious!) I was very impressed with Tempo on a clearly very busy evening, and will definitely be back/recommend to friends visiting the Moody Street area :)

CM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance. Attentive but not intrusive service. The food was mostly excellent. The mushroom ravioli didn’t get high marks but the seafood and duck was outstanding.

LC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and service. Food was amazing and came out quickly. Only complaint was the smoking area was directly outside the front door, when it was opened the smoke waffled in. Will definitely go back when in the area.

j
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Dinner was great and the service was good. As things got busier it seemed like the wait staff might have been a little thin.
Overall this is my go to place when I come to town.

JK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

I used to love this restaurant but it was not great this time. Service wasnt great & I thought the food was sub par. It was also
VERY LOUD. What’s happened?!!!

NT
New England
27 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Very comfortable setting. Nice decor.
Our server was wonderful. Attentive.
Meal was excellent. Both seafood dishes were very flavorful and satisfying. Short rib lived up to the falls off the bone description. Cocktails creative. Very good craft beer menu. Highly recommended.

RC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

My pork chop, though ordered medium-well, was dry...like shoe leather dry. I realize it’s hard to hit that sweet spot but if I can do it as a home chef, I expect a restaurant chef to be able to as well. My friend had the salmon & he enjoyed it. We shared the warm apple crisp for dessert & the puff pastry was almost raw. Our server had that taken off our bill. We won’t be returning. Sad, I had great expectations.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We had to flag the waiter down several times for service.
The food was ok - nothing great. Had to add salt to the Mac and cheese side.

h
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and lovely service . I highly recommend tempo.

BG
New England
79 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The Halibut Special was awesome as were the Scallop & Shrimp entree and the Fisherman's Stew. The wings were very tasty but very small. Would have enjoyed some bread and the waiter while attentive was over the top with a bit too much affect. Every visit started and ended with "My Friends".

M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found this restaurant on Yelp as we are unfamiliar with the area. All four of us very much enjoyed our cocktails (crafted and delicious), appetizers (unique and flavorful) and everyone ordered a different entree ... none of which disappointed. Great menu, great vibe, pricing is appropriate and we will return if we are in the area. Check it out... you won’t be disappointed!

M
New England
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience2

Made a reservation based upon reviews on Open Table. Got seated at a table meant for 2 next t the kitchen and the bathrooms, and felt squeezed. We mentioned it to the waitress, but were offered no other table. Sitting where we were, I was constantly bumped by people walking by going to the kitchen (staff) or the bathrooms (everyone else). That's because the table was meant for 2 - not 3. I paid the bill and spoke to the hostess/manager in charge, explaining that I paid in full to show that I wasn't trying to get away with anything. She said that they had too many reservations and that there were no other tables. I explained that we never should have been seated there, and I had I known that was the seating, I would not have dined there. I told her that I wasn't happy and that I would likely never go back there. She said "Sorry". That was it. Never going back. NEVER.

OT
New England
58 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were tight on time and the staff bent over backwards to make it happen - kudos!

JC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed a night out celebrating 53 anniversary. Received gift certificate for Christmas so decided to use it for the occasion. Excellent meals and service. Enjoyed the evening and would recommend to anyone.

z
New England
159 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good, inventive food, good atmosphere. Wish it were a little less noisy sometimes, but we love this place!

OT
New England
56 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

All of us enjoyed our meals. The service was excellent. The drinks selection was very good. Fun cocktails, lots of local craft beers, and the wine selection was excellent with prices far below most restaurants. I love that.

F
Cleveland
50 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time visit. Great drinks. Brussel sprouts were outstanding Pork chop tender and cooked to perfection. Servers were attentive. Friendly atmosphere. Everything we had was up to expectations.

M
New England
40 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent cocktails, a place to meet up....it's just the right Tempo.

SD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Tempo is a great night out with friends for a casual or even a special event. The staff is very attentive, the food is eclectic but approachable for those with simple pallets. Parking can sometimes be an issue but with enough planning, it's a great night.

BJ
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We are always impressed when we come to Tempo. The drinks are fabulous and the food is amazing.

LC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our dinner, our server was attentive and courteous, and we look forward to going to Tempo again soon!

JN
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Fun place - most of the party reported loving all the food - and we had quite a few of the apps and dinners. Three of our party had the pork chop - a house specialty. For all 3, it was dry, large and dry. A bit pricey, but otherwise - we had a great time. Definitely DO NOT recommend the pork chop!
Julie

RJ
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and a very enjoyable experience all around. We will go again for sure.

MC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We love Tempo and frequent it often. The only downside I would say would be that the last 2 or 3 times there they were slow with the initial drink order and seem to disappear for a bit after being seated. I'd rather wait a bit after we receive our drinks:) But the food and ambiance is terrific!

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a reservation for here super last minute on a drive home from work one week. Would have to say our experience here was amazing. Everything down the the smallest detail was perfect. Our waitress, Colleen, provided great drink recommendations and speedy service. At no point did we feel rushed. Our food was timed just right and did not overwhelm us. We tried oysters, the pork chop, pesto pasta, and a PB&J cheesecake to end our visit.

The menu is well constructed and made me feel like a chef from Chopped had created our meals. Such beautiful presentations with fantastic flavors. 10/10 would recommend this restaurant. You would not regret it!

Special thank you to Colleen and all staff members who made for a perfect visit!

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening with family celebrating a birthday. Every generation enjoyed the meal. Great menu selection and detail in both good and service.

P
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great menu and food, really attentive waiter. will visit again

b
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

family in town