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For 2
Date
Sat, 4/21
Time
9:30 PM
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Tempo

4.6
1504 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top Tags:
  • 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 a day ago

Food and ambiance were great! My only complaint was that our server asked us to leave so that another reservation for a large party could use our table. When we passed by the restaurant a little while later, 2 people were seated at our large table that could seat at least eight people. We were a party of five, so they missed out on the revenue from the additional drinks and food we would have ordered if we were welcome to stay longer.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great restaurant in general but great for different types of diets (gluten free, etc)!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great drinks, excellent innovative food. Servers were cordial and attentive. Had a great time!

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

food is always delicious and service great; what more do you need in a neighborhood restaurant?

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Food was really good, extremely friendly, kind waiter taking the time to talk and engage with a more mature person in our party of 3.
Delicious fish & chips, I know it sounds so “every day” also nice glass of Sancerre!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Very good service, with courses paced well even on a busy Friday night. Great cocktail menu and large selection of spirits. We loved the crisp Brussels sprouts and the angus beef meatball appetizers and enjoyed the Portuguese Fisherman’s Stew. The dessert menu is good as well, but two desserts with a focus on bananas is two too many for me. However, we did enjoy sharing the lemon crepe cake. Will definitely return!

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Interesting menu and the food was very good and generally healthy as well as tasty. Good seafood selection. A very nice ambiance. Looks like a lively bar scene.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

A very enjoyable place to eat. Comfortable environment. Reasonably priced.

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

I have long loved Tempo, but this meal didn't live up to past experiences. I asked that my scallops be cooked through and they weren't. Plus, the accompaniments were bland and uninteresting. Service was just okay, where normally I like the servers a lot. The room was even noisier than usual, especially as we were seated next to a large group. Not terrible over all, but just not the special experience I usually have here.

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

We have been to Tempo a number of times. For the first time, we found it very noisy. It was hard to hear the people we came with

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Excellent food, good service, and good beer list. Try the Fisherman's Stew or the Hanger Steak. I will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Took out of town guests. They enjoyed it very much. We each ordered different selections and all were well prepared and delicious. They are also very accommodating of Gluten free needs which was especially important for one of my guests. Service was also very attentive.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Excellent layout and sitting, interesting menu and very well executed dishes. Server was smart and friendly, and very attentive. Absolutely no flies on this place!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great food and great server. We all remarked that it was refreshing that plates were cleared when we were ALL finished rather than as each person was done. Much appreciated!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great food

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

This restaurant is terrific! The room is attractive with appealing lighting, comfortable seating and a very creative menu. I’d highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for exceptional food from start to finish. The service was very efficient, professional, friendly and helpful. Overall, a wonderful evening out with friends.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

My chicken and broccoli were delicious but the squash was cold.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Meals were delicious and the service was courteous and helpful. Overall great experience.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

One of the meals ordered was unsatisfactory but the waiter was not forthcoming in offering to adjust the situation. After requesting to speak with the manager our complaint was addressed. This should not have been necessary. Otherwise the food and the evening was most enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Sean was an amazing server. Very attentive and knowledgeable.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Excellent food. Waiter a bit to eager to clear our plates when we were still eating. But other than that okay.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Met old friends hadn't been out with in a while. Great seating, perfect table size so that everyone could get in on the conversations. Food was delish, cocktails perfect. Great bar, nice setting, great food, terrific service.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Love the food here!! I wish they had read my request from open table that we were celebrating a birthday. That wasn’t acknowledged. The food is great, the atmosphere is great. Will come back soon!!

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

This was our second annual visit for my wife's birthday which I noted on the reservation request. The food and service here is wonderful, and we had my son home on leave so we were excited for him to have a great meal for his mom's birthday. The evening was was marred by the high school age hostess insisting on seating on placing us at a four top by the front door (cold night) and bar. My son politely asked if she couldn't find us another table in a quieter and warmer spot and we were taken to a table in the back of the dining room by the kitchen. The waitstaff was wonderful! We ordered drinks which arrived shortly! For her birthday my wife ordered herself a Grey Goose Cosmopolitan. What they brought her can only be described as a syrupy drink in a "shirley temple" glass, not a martini glass. She didn't finish the drink. Otherwise it was a great night; perhaps the front of house and bar staff can meet the exceptional quality of the kitchen and dining room folks?

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Great food! Great and quick service! I will be back!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Everything was delicious!! Can’t wait to go back.

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2.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Attractive menu, but for an early Saturday seating we were surprised that at least 2 of the house specialty cocktails we wanted to try were not being served that night. That set an unfortunate tone for the evening. Salads were average, entrees ( mushroom risotto) were excellent. Service was slow. Will try on a weeknight next time to give this restaurant a second chance.

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Our meals were pretty good. A little overpriced. They werent amazing and neither of us would order them again. I was also a little disappointed that I mentioned on the reservation that it was for my husband’s birthday and they didn’t acknowledge it at all.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Very clean and friendly restaurant. Food looks the same as the online photos and tastes as good as it looks. Everything was on point and for the price on top of it, it's awesome!

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Great place, been there a few times and love the staff. Love love dollar oyester night, truffle fries and the food in general. Great atmosphere and great location.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Favorite thing on the menu--truffle fries, tuna entree with curry sauce. And the vreme brulee was great, too. Fun place to go with friends but it's a pretty loud place. We will be back!!!

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

I had not been to Tempo for quite a long time, and was delighted to see how both the ambience and the menu had changed. I really appreciated all the healthy options on the menu. The food was delicious and well prepared. The wait staff was friendly and attentive. Other than the fact that the people behind us were quite loud, which impacted my own table conversation, a wonderful experience.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Entrees were disappointing. Halibut overcooked. Scallops and shrimp drowned in tomato sauce. Bad menu description.
Service very good.
Creme brûlée very good.
Wines by the glass...meh unless you chose the $12 options.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

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2.0Dined on February 13, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

All the staff was very helpful and attentive.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 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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4.0Dined on February 6, 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.

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