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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

5
4
3
2
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (36)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Casual (24)
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Good for Anniversaries (20)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Special Occasion (18)
Bar Seating (17)
Good for Groups (17)
Worth the Drive (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Local Ingredients (14)
Business Meals (11)
Cozy (11)
Fun (11)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Healthy (8)
Romantic (8)
Authentic (7)
Seasonal (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Great Beer (7)
Happy Hour (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Organic (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Sports (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

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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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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food5
ambience5
service4
value4

 
·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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food5
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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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food4
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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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food5
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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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 (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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food5
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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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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 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.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Late-night Find, Good for a Date
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food5
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service5
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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fun, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Authentic, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Late-night Find, Seasonal, Quick Bite, Notable Wine List, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Great Beer, Healthy, Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 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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 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2017

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

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 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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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on September 24, 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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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

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

Tags: Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Fun
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 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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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 19, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Afternoon Tea, Happy Hour, Cozy, Healthy, Quick Bite, Live Sports, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 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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 (Miami)·Dined on September 13, 2017

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

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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined 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!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 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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 (New England)·Dined on September 1, 2017

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

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2017

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

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·Dined 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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Casual, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Cozy, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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