Tempo

4.6
1962 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Outdoor Dining at Tempo is FIRST COME FIRST SERVE ONLY!
Don't see a reservation available...give us a call!

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!

Offers

  • Live Music Nights at Tempo Bistro

    Multiple dates available

    Thu 3:45 PM - 9:45 PM, Fri - Sat 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Live Music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at Tempo Bistro in Waltham. Join us for dinner and live music on Moody Street in Waltham.

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 1962 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.6
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4.5
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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JASONK
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service was better. Atmosphere was very nice.

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vipMelisa
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They were out of my first choice entree , but it was fine as my second choice was delicious.

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Matthew
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, as always. We absolutely love this place!

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Wafflecrisp
New England
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food was bad. Pan roasted salmon came out fried. Risotto was drenched in butter. Buffalo cauliflower was sitting in oil. Southwest salad was dull and bland. Overpriced and not worth it. Best thing about this place is the way the patio looks.

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ANITAS
New England
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite places to go to on Moody St. The food is always great and the staff is friendly. They have plenty of outdoor dining options as well as a new bar area that is able to open up large windows to get more air circulating in.

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drpombe
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate out on the back patio. It was nice, but not as scenic as out front or even certain parts of the back patio. However, the food was awesome! Tuna poke and guacamole for appetizers. Broiled scallops and the hanger steak for mains. Everything was really excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy Tempo. We ate there on our last night before moving to New Mexico. We will miss one of our faves !

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Stvnjay
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent seafood in an upscale setting. Service was solid.

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vipCookie
New England
62 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tempo never disappoints us! Wish they had the calamari last night but enjoyed everything ( oysters, chicken wings, truffle fries, fish tacos).
Service excellent as always!

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vipJeffT
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Menu is very improved (but bring back the swordfish!!). Always good and good service too.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great place great food. The only reason I gave it 3 stars was that the server immediately reminded us we have only 90 mins for the table after she asked if we were ready to order and we weren’t. That 90 min thing has got to go. They have so many tables with the outside space expanded and Moody st shut down. If they servers are going to hold us to 90 mins I’ll go down the street to another restaurant bc plenty of places have dropped that by now.

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SueHickey
New England
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Tempo is one of our favorite restaurants. When we want to have a treat we go there. I have eatern at Tempo many times and it has always been very enjoyable. It is a little expensive but always a pleasure. Don't wait.

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vipDAVID
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and ambiance! We will return!

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Mand
New England
36 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not bad but also not super memorable. I felt that our food and drink was all mediocre. I appreciate the ideas on the menu but the execution is simply mediocre at best. I wouldn't recommend this place to a friend, and I would only go back if I didn't have any other options. I think there were too many options on the menu and they need to focus more so they do a few things well, rather than a lot of things that are not great. A pasta carbonara with a fully cooked hard boiled egg is just wrong. If you're a foodie or are good at cooking, you can make a better meal at home.

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DavidM
New England
28 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always love going to Tempo! Food and service is always great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dinners my husband and I h

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vipzola
New England
164 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was good, but not as good as I remember it, pre-pandemic. Maybe they're stretched too thin, now that full-capacity indoor dining is back and they've added a lot of outdoor seating.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love tempo it’s one of my favorite date spots, the food is alwhas good and their cocktail menu changes often so always something new to try! We always order the Philly cheesesteak egg rolls which are phenomenal and a drink with tequila.

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Wineanddine
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! Service was great. Overall, highly recommend Tempo.

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vipBella
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food!

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vipKathyM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time...won't be our last! Food, service were exceptional!

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vipChadB
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was very slow. Waited for 10 minutes before server came
Over. We felt out of place. The seafood was over cooked and chewy, not worth the prices. Very disappointed in poor service.

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FrancescaP
New England
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated right when we arrived, service was great and food was on point, as always! It was the first time I had the Cobb salad with shrimp, might be my new favorite!

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Pattie
New England
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
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 on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipDrMuffy
New England
24 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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BrittanyL
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
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 on June 5, 2021
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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vipRedkelly
New England
17 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
11 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.

KH
vipKellyH
New York Area
7 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
28 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.

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 1962 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.