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About Tempo

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!

474 Moody Street
Waltham, MA 02453
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
American, Farm-to-table, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:15pm
Closed Sunday

Cross Street:
High Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(781) 891-9000

Website:
http://www.tempobistro.com/

Catering:
Tempo is pleased to cater for any event large or small. For information please contact Nathan or Erin.

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.

Executive Chef:
Nathan Sigel

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We are more than happy to cater to any and all special events!

Tempo Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (28)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
Creative Cuisine (25)
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Casual (17)
Special Occasion (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Bar Seating (13)
Gluten Free Options (12)
Business Meals (10)
Great Beer (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Comfort Food (8)
Healthy (8)
Romantic (8)
Cozy (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Seasonal (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Fun (3)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Authentic (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Live Sports (2)
People Watching (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

We had a wonderful Valentine's Day dinner. The food was awesome and the beer and "holiday" crafted cocktail were great.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great Beer
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food and healthy... went for a group diner for valentines and was nice and cozy..

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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

This was Valentines evening, so everything had to be great - and it was:
- Took us right on time with our reservation
- Our server arrived immediately and after some conversation with the bartenders, made us exactly the drinks we wanted
- The timing of the dinner was right on - each course with a short rest between
- Food was very good: the roast salmon and the Cajun blackened swordfish were beautifully cooked
- No hurry, even though it was a busy night
- Excellent dessert, adjusted to our taste on order
Not cheap, but, very good!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

The problem with Tempo is first of all is it's location (Moody St. Watham). I see it as a neighborhood bar and for a bite to eat after work. Nothing special. It used to be! Also we were "over-served". I found the server totally obnoxious. We didn't even get a chance to sit down and take our coats off before he started asking us what we wanted to drink etc. and he never left us alone during dinner. Always interrupting us and seemingly trying to hurry us along. We had a 6:30 reservation and were in our car to go home before 8:00. I know we had a 2 hr timeline. It was really disconcerting and we probably won't ever go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Live Sports, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2018

All the staff was very helpful and attentive.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2018

My friends and I dined at Tempo on Saturday night. The food was great and so were the drinks. We decided on just apps and small plates, as we weren’t as hungry as we initially thought. Our server was awesome too!

One thing that was annoying is we were planning on getting salads and adding protein but the protein add on was more than the salad! Also, a friend did get salad sans protein and it wasn’t the largest portion of you were making it an entree.

Overall, great experience and we’ll be back!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Food is always good at TEmpo- very consistent with a varied menu- we took out of town guest there. We made a reservation so was hoping for a nice table but was placed in the center of the room- guess next time we will have to be more specific.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Excellent will go back!! Went with a few friends, Pat our waiter was great and food delicious!

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We had the lamb shank and short rib stroganoff can't say enough. Melt in you're mouth goodness homemade pasta. Definitely going back

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 (New England)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Love love love tempo! The food is so good and the ambiance is great!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Portuguese stew was delicious but could use some nice bread for dipping!

Cocktails were fun.

They ran out of scallops????

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2018

The food was really great. I had a short ribs dish with polenta, and I wish I could have licked my plate. My friend enjoyed the fish and chips, which was a huge portion so she took half home.
The waiter was excellent.
I wish it were quieter. Also, I wish they had iced tea. And I wish parking was easier. But overall, great.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Attentive service and an extensive gluten free menu!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Tempo has become our new favorite place for upscale yet casual dining. The menu cocktails are different and truly marvelous -- our waitress shared that the bartender is a mixology genius, and we agree! Delivery of the meal may be a bit slow to some folks' standards [we prefer it that way; we never feel rushed!] because all food is freshly and expertly prepared, and it is beautifully plated as well. Favorites are the hanger steak and "any" of the seafood items. Nothing has disappointed us!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 16, 2018

This was a great find. casual but the food was great and the beer selection really outstanding I had the Salmon which was wonderful and the $1 oysters started the meal off right ! Will definately go back when returning to Beantown.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on January 15, 2018

I said to my family after the meal. I want to go again tomorrow to have that dessert myself as we had shared. Everything was delicious. I have Celiac Disease and the staff is very knowledgeable. They are a safe restaurant for e to go to with no cross contamination. The desserts are homemade. And the entrees plentiful! I have been going for years and they never disappoint.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This was our second time at Tempo. I have Celiac so I'm always on the look out for restaurants who can do gluten free well. Tempo did not disappoint. Virtually everything they serve is either GF or can be made GF. They also offer GF bread. The food itself is delicious and the drinks creative (highly recommend "Love and fernnet"). It's a bit of a pricier place to dine, but it's not stuffy and you can definitely bring the whole family.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Server went above and beyond to accommodate my gluten free friend. The food was fresh and unique. Will be going back to try the desserts too!! Perfect choice for after the movies.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Wonderful food in a comfortable atmosphere. The local mushroom risotto with burratta is a gem!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Went on a frigid Tuesday evening in January and restaurant was surprisingly quiet. That left our party with terrific, prompt service. Oysters were fantastic and a great deal at $1 each. Mains (steak, tuna, scallops) all well-prepared. Will definitely return.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our first time at Tempo and what a treat. Our party of four shared several appetizers (cheese steak sliders and calamari) and all 4 entrees were excellent. Our server was attentive and informative and never pushy. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Went here for a special New Years Eve seating. Prompt seating, delicious menu, excellent service. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great service, food was perfect. Had people with allergies and all accommodations were met. Would definitely go back.

Tags: Organic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Simply the best restaurant around Moody. You should try it.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

I have frequented Tempo many times. Have always been pleased. This time two of our four Entrees were rather mediocre. I hope this is just an a aberancy. Since Tempo is one of my go to places.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Always love Tempo! Great mix of small plates, salads, and entrees. The flavors of the food is always top notch, with different types of flavors all mixing to simple yet very tasty combinations.
Especially love the Pan Fried Brussel Sprouts with smoked bacon, the Hot pepper calamari for appetizers. The entree of Short Ribs with truffle risotto is out of this world. The spicy shrimp and scallop entree was great also.
Service is attentive but not clingy and the wine list is interesting but not stuffy. Highly recommend Tempo. It never disappoints!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Casual, Healthy, Great Beer, Spicy
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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Fun, relaxed and solid good food and drink
Will return!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great local spot in Waltham. A creative mix of well prepared dishes servered in a comfortable setting by a very professional staff.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Great food and a nice ambiance overall. Our waiter was great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on December 12, 2017

We hadn't been here in a while and had forgotten jut how good it is! In fact, we plan to return soon. Service was competent and pleasant (Thank, Brie!) and food was outstanding, better than many more expensive places. A tad noisy but there were several large parties there that night. Highly recommend!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We go here often and decided to break away from our old favorites (Portuguese fish stew and Sword fish). We tried the Short rib and the Scallops with a side of bacon Brussel Sprouts. This slight bravery was greatly rewarded! As always, we enjoyed Tempo’s fresh presentation of delicious food compliments by great service, but their versatility and rotating menu encourages further exploration next time.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Regularly go to this place...always fresh, always great service and great tasting beautifully prepared food. Was under the weather the night we went to Tempo and the specialty drink”holiday hot toddy” hit the spot.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Fantastic seasonal menu with fresh and innovative options. Great and attentive staff. Never disappointed!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Hands down the best restaurant along Moody st. Try the oysters, they are really good. And the Burrata salad.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Creative, delightful menu. Attentive staff. Tables are close together and noise level is high.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We all got different meals and everyone is more than happy. My go-to is the short rib.

There is a great selection of fish on the menu. I have been multiple times and it has always been great fresh cuts.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Tempo consistently delivers. The food is always great and it really hits the sweet spot of perfect atmosphere. It's fancy food and you feel like you are somewhere luxurious but it does not feel stuffy or "too fancy" great atmosphere, and excellent food. Lots of seafood options and the whole menu can be gluten free. Highly recommend - it's at the top of my list when I am recommending a place to eat or planning a dinner get together

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Organic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Service was excellent and food was amazing, as always!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Overall experience:underwhelming. For a party of 4, while tasty and amply portioned, 2 of the 4 entrees were not cooked as requested even after lengthy discussing preferences. Service was polite and fairly efficient.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

My girlfriend and I went to Tempo for a date night and had a wonderful time. The food was amazing, the drinks were great, the staff were friendly and fun. Overall just a great night.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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