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Tempo

4.6
1504 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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!
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, Farm-to-table, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:15pm
Closed Sunday
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Phone number
(781) 891-9000
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nathan Sigel
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Catering
Tempo is pleased to cater for any event large or small. For information please contact Nathan or Erin.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
High Street
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Parking details
Parking for Tempo can be found either on the street or at the Waltham City Parking Lot on Chestnut Street located less than a block from Tempo.
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Special events & promotions
We are more than happy to cater to any and all special events!
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1504 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on October 23, 2017

Great food, awesome server, but a little turned off when i was told that I'd be charged $2 a glass ( from bartender) for sampling a wine after being told by server it was ok to ensure you get what you want even though we felt bad that after trying six and not having found the right one. Server tried to make it right by paying for the last sample. Eventually bought a bottle that was appeasing to the palette. (It was our celebration of our engagement).

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Great table, waiting for us as we arrived right on time. The appetizers literally seemed to come out of the kitchen 2 minutes after we ordered. The wings were very good the steak and cheese Spring rolls were a weak copy of Davios version. they might have been more appealing had they been cut on the diagonal rather than lengthwise. The filling does not add to the appeal and was tasty but mushy consistency. The pulled pork tacos were messy but good and the truffle fries were awesome. the reviews on beet salad and burrata salad were excellent as well.
two of us ordered Ahi Tuna but cant report on that because they were out of it...The Pork Chop was marvelous a great blend of flavors on the plate from the the mac and cheese, brussels, and craisins and the red onion jam It was truly a delightful plate. The cashew crusted Cod was also outstanding with mashed sweets and miso honey. a couple of people had the Chicken which also was good but not as special as the prior mentions. Didn't have room for dessert.
Overall a very solid meal and we will continue to go back

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2017

This is always our go-to place for anniversaries, dates, or to recommend to a friend looking to dine in the Waltham area. We are never disappointed with the food, service, or drinks at Tempo. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2017

Delicious food, made from scratch. Our appetizer was a wonderful sampler of sautéed mushrooms - I could have had a couple orders of those + bread and called it a meal. Entrees were equally good. Our cheerful server solved my dilemma of scallops vs. chicken by assuring me I could have the scallops from one entrée with the sides from the other.

We had enough room to opt for dessert. Do not be fooled by the portion size. (I thought they were a bit small at first.) Each dessert was so decadently rich, we could barely finish - but it was too good to leave any behind!

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5.0Dined on October 17, 2017

All the food that people in my group ordered was very good. The service was quite good.

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4.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Great service and very good cuisine. I will return

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5.0Dined on October 9, 2017

Met with Family from out of town- all of our meals were excellent and cooked to perfection.

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

My overall experience was amazing. I would suggest not sitting in the front near the large scenic window. There was a large party and the conversations echoed. The patrons where very intoxicated and yelling swear words at each other. A few guest asked if they could have their table moved further to the back near the kitchen.

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

The food and service were impeccable. It is a hidden gem. Would definitely drive the half hour to return.

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2017

Constisyantly good food! I go to Tempo often and in the last 5 years I’ve never had a bad meal. I’ve never had a friend have a bad meal.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Thank God the braised short ribs are back, exceptional! Thank you to Kylie for the great service.

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4.0Dined on September 29, 2017

The specialty drinks are excellent. Had the Diablo Mule, zero regrets.

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2017

We dine here often. Consistently great food with enough creativity in the dishes to make it interesting every time. Warm, friendly service in a casual setting. There are several dishes I rotate through and daily specials that always offer a nice change of pace. Don’t miss the pork chop. A little on the noisy side, but I like the vibe.

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4.0Dined on September 23, 2017

They had our table set up early, we showed up early, had a drink at the bar, and ended up sitting right on time. Service was very good. Food was very well presented and prepared. Our group of 6 got five different dishes and three appetizers - each was very good.

Only pet-peeve was that they tacked-on service (tip) charge automatically which caused confusion when paying - and they screwed themselves because we would have given more by default. Just saying, bad practice.

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

One of my favorite spots. The service and food are always amazing.

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

We all enjoyed our meals - most of us ordered some type of fish and they had several specials to pick from in addition to the regular menu. I recognize several of the servers as having been there for years, which is nice since they know the menu and the wine.

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

A was our first time at Tempo; it won't be our last. The menu is diverse and interesting. The prices were more reasonable and the flavors were great. I think it was the best we have had in recent memory in the area.

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5.0Dined on September 19, 2017

Great food and consistently awesome experience. Make sure to go on Tuesdays for $1 Oyster Night.

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4.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Food was well presented and great tasting. Lots of interesting dishes to chose from. When restaurant was full noise level was high, making it hard to have a conversation. Service was fair. Food was good. Could use more staff during peak periods. Will go back.

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5.0Dined on September 13, 2017

They had great selection for entrees and it was difficult to pick just one.

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4.0Dined on September 13, 2017

This place is a regular goto for me. My girlfriend has food allergies and they are always very accommodating.

I try alot of other restaurants in the area, and while some impress the first time, I haven't found one besides Tempo that can keep that high quality consistency up over time.

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5.0Dined on September 11, 2017

First time there after being diagnosed with Celiac. The waiter had a gluten free menu for me. The waiter and Chef were so knowledgeable. Gluten free corn bread(fantastic)! I can't have Casein(dairy as well). They substituted a couple of things for the dish and it was yummy. I trusted their knowledge and the food was cooked to perfection!!

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5.0Dined on September 8, 2017

Tempo is one of my new favorite restaurants; i discovered it maybe 4 or 5 weeks ago and have already been 3 times. The food is simply and thoughtfully prepared, creative while still letting the true flavors of the ingredients shine through. Professional and courteous service. A gem, I highly recommend it!

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5.0Dined on September 1, 2017

I love coming here. The food is always great and the presentation is worthy of conversation!

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

While the service took a little while, I didn't mind waiting for the mind-blowing food and incredibly professional waiters who helped us.

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3.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Overcooked rubbery scallops -- great calamari appetizer. It all depends upon what you order.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Tempo was an off the cuff pick for four friends to go out to dinner. What a find!! Fantastic service, food and atmosphere! Would go back in a heartbeat.

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2017

I really enjoy the food and ambience at Tempo. The best so far is the signature Tempo dish with fish and cashew crust, highly recommend it.

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4.0Dined on August 25, 2017

This place is nice enough for a special occasion/date but casual enough where you wouldn't have to worry about feeling under dressed if you stumbled upon it. Loved the menu because it had plenty of recognizable options for my old school dad but exciting and interesting dishes/cocktails for myself. Knowledgeable and and excellent staff made for a great night.

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4.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Excellent for gluten-free options. We especially liked the beet salad and the cashew cod. The beef tips came with absolutely perfect gluten-free french fries, served hot. It's on the noisy side and just a bit pricey, but everything was perfectly cooked to our order and we left not a crumb. Convenient public parking behind the buildings across the street.

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4.0Dined on August 24, 2017

Excellent menu selections, creative and delicious. Table service was excellent as well. Food was prepared perfectly and we enjoyed the right amount of attention and privacy for our dinner.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

We were happy with the food, the service, and overall experience.

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2017

I'm vegetarian so keep that in mind...my friend and I got hummus plate and Brussels sprouts - but she asked for no bacon and they were ok with the change. We each got a burrata salad and loved it. I do wish they had an option of adding tofu as the protein for salad; they only offer different meats and fish.

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5.0Dined on August 15, 2017

You just have to try this place. It has really great food. Try the oysters if you like them, they are quite good. Tuna or scallops is a must do. I tried this time the tips and they were fantastic. You wont regret it.

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4.0Dined on August 15, 2017

We are lured here by the dollar oysters on Tuesdays, but always enjoy the rest of the meal. The fish is particularly well cooked. I had the potato encrusted Haddock with oysters and raviolis. Delicious. The only drawback to this restaurant is the noise level. Very loud. Makes conversation difficult.

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2.0Dined on August 12, 2017

Tempo used to be my favorite restaurant in Waltham. I was incredibly disappointed with my latest meal there - there was no flavor in what sounded like an awesome dish (potato crusted haddock with shrimp risotto). My cousin was also disappointed in his meal - said the spiciness was just extra jalapeno and no layering of flavor. The service was poor - our waiter took a long time to get our order and didn't come back to check on us. And usually, I'd forgive that because the place is normally packed on a Saturday night, but such was not the case when we were there. Sad to see a great place go downhill.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2017

Another great meal at Tempo. They never disappoint. The apps and deserts are always on point.

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3.0Dined on August 11, 2017

We've eaten at Tempo about 6 times over the past couple of years. It has always been good. But, Open Table asked for a review, so here it is:

This time the service was ok, nice but very slow. The food was very disappointing: a basket of rock-hard very stale little rolls that I'm surprised they even put on the table, an entree salad with peaches, grilled chicken and honey that had two thin silvers of peach hidden under a pile of greens, grilled chicken so blackened that it had no flavor and while the entire dish was very over-sweet there was no taste of honey at all, it tasted like they just put lots of sugar in the dressing.

Will probably not be going back.

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3.0Dined on August 8, 2017

The restaurant was pretty empty when we arrived and they sat us in a back room area which felt closed off , dark and isolated. As the evening progressed they filled up and that room became very loud . The food was as good, I had the fishermans stew which was good and we had calamari and truffle fries apps both of which were good. The service was good although the dress code was odd - our server wore a plaid button down shirt which didn't match the decor or upscale feel. In all we were satisfied and would go back.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Love this place! Food preparation and presentation is top shelf. Wonderful selection of ingredients, and a great choice for folks looking for something a little different without being too wild.

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