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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!

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Romantic Valentine's Dinner
Join us for a romantic dinner with your loved one on Royal Victoria Dock waterfront.
Enjoy candlelit dinner whilst overlooking views of the O2 Arena as wells as Emirates Cable Car and a red rose to take away. Celebrate the most romantic night of the year in style!

Tempo Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (29)
Creative Cuisine (28)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
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Casual (22)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Special Occasion (17)
Gluten Free Options (15)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Good for Groups (12)
Cozy (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Business Meals (9)
Great Beer (9)
Healthy (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Romantic (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Seasonal (7)
Fun (7)
Authentic (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Organic (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Live Sports (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined 3 days ago

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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vip
 (Miami)·Dined 7 days ago

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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·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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·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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·Dined on January 3, 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

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

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

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 30, 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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vip
 (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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·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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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 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 2, 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 21, 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 19, 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 16, 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 15, 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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·Dined on November 11, 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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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We thought this was a great value and wonderful food

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Delicious and creative food in a lively, festive atmosphere. One of my favorites.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great spot to get together with friends. Wonderful appetizers and meals. The menu is varied and sides and salads unique. Ordered a broccoli rabe flat bread appetizer that was delicious!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 1, 2017

This restaurant offers consistently great food good service and value. And the drinks are good

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2017

the food was great, service was so-so, a little noisy. made a reservation on open table and they sat us in the bar area. wasn't up to complaining about it. the actual bar is very close to tables in bar so if you are looking to have a special dinner what with the pub like atmosphere in the bar and people standing around at the bar backing up into the tables where people are "supposed to be having dinner". It also seems that it is a "hang-out" for the locals. I'll go back for the food though.....it's great!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Tempo was centrally located for our group of 3 couples. And, the reviews we read were quite good. We were not disappointed. The food was excellent and the portions more than adequate. The service was excellent without being at all obtrusive. We lingered quite a while after our meal and never felt any pressure to leave.

Well done, Tempo!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined 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).

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined 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!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined 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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on October 17, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great service and very good cuisine. I will return

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 (New England)·Dined on October 9, 2017

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

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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