Tempo

4.5
1587 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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 1587 People Are Saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PD
New England
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

I really wanted to like this restaurant. It’s a great size with nice decor. However, overall, it was horrible. Waitstaff tried to make it work but that was not enough. Our meals were very delayed because there was a mistake in the kitchen. The other meal arrived cold because it probably sat in the kitchen. Unfortunately, both meals were mediocre. We will not return.

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J
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been here frequently over the past 8 years for personal and business meals. Always solid. Excellent service by our waiter Seth, who was very accommodating of our son's food preferences.

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b
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a special family gathering, and everyone loved it. Fun atmosphere, Excellent service, great selection of food & drinks. Recommend the scallop risotto and Portuguese fisherman’s stew. Try the peach cream brûlée and the donut dessert. Good idea to make reservations on the weekend, as it’s very popular.

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LT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a great impromptu dinner at Tempo -- great food, from shishito peppers to pork belly to tuna and salmon tartar appetizer, to the great salad, to yummy pork chop and seafood stew / cioppino. Yum! We will be back!

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MC
New England
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tonight was my first visit to the Tempo & it was delicious. My dinner companion has Celiac disease and was so excited that she could chose from everything on the menu. The server was excellent the perfect combination of available, knowledgeable and friendly. Everything we had was top notch from the guacamole to Baked Alaska.

I will definitely be back!

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b
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a great meal, we have been here many times. The food and drinks are outstanding, and the service was fine.

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PR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service...will certainly be back. Our waiter was outstanding. Thank you!

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SB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The hanger steak is outstanding. Everything I've had there has been really good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Thanks for a great evening to celebrate a passed exam! Food was wonderful!

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K
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I look forward to the drinks and all the gluten free choices every time I go! Also the music isn’t so loud you can’t have a conversation with people.

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L
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went in with selections in mind from the website menus only to find it was outdated and none of the groups choices were available. We all chose other items that turned out to be delicious as well so all was fine. The restaurant tends to be very noisy and can be difficult to follow conversations. Still had a nice time with friends. Our waiter was very personable and knew the menu well and offered helpful suggestions.

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a
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Two quibbles: the most of the clams and mussels in the seafood pasta were merely empty shells. And the music is too loud. Otherwise, excellent. Will be back.

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A
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Making some one pay extra because they want to share a plate is pure BS you need to stop.

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was very good. Starting with the bread (pita w/ hummus), the appetizers also very good, The Salmon and Tuna tartare was out of this world. The service was very good. Our food was served promptly and was excellent. I had the salmon and it was cooked perfectly. Would recommend 100%.

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C
New England
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

This restaurant received high rankings which surprised me and my guest. We found everything umderwhelming. I never write reviews but I felt it important to let other potential clients know. Its sauces and spices -key to a dining experience - were over wrought.

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AC
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

We made a reservation last minute for Tempo and we were pleasantly surprised by the food! It was wonderful. We had the tuna/salmon tartare to start, my fiance had the salmon with a vegetable medley and I had the spinach and artichoke risotto with scallops. The service however, was lackluster. The waiter was - for a better word - a space cadet. He completely forgot our drinks, then ran over to get them. When he did, they were clearly watered down and sweating. He then took our order, afterwards he came over to ask us if we wanted to dumplings before our meal. We did not order dumplings. He seemed very confused but said ok and walked away. The table next to us was his as well and he walked over to them AFTER they got and ate their apps and told them they would be out soon. He disappeared for long instances and just seemed to be in his own world. I would 100% go back, I would just request that I receive an experience waiter who was paying attention. Also - the AC was not working at full force that night, it was hot in there. Otherwise, overall the rest of the staff were wonderful and again, the food was superb.

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JT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

have been going to this place for years. While the food is really good, they now constantly run out of food. Past 3 visits they have been out of the tuna, swordfish, scallops. Same this time. When you get to a place at 8 pm and are told they are out of 3 main entrees its very disappointing. The food is really good and I understand that they want the food to be fresh but come on! Buy a few extra pieces of fish and don't lose your loyal customers. Wont be going back since there are a lot of good places on moody street that have food!

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KV
New England
33 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed our first meal at Temoo. Food was consistently delicious. Scallops over risotto was wonderful, and everyone else in my group really enjoyed their meals- salmon, spicy shrimp and scallops combo, and another fish entree. Atmosphere is casual and warm. Our server was lackluster, but I think that is not typical of the place, from reading other reviews. Both food and drinks were fairly priced.

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C
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter, Will, was outstanding. He had a number of tables around us but never made us feel rushed. He took his time to answer any questions we had about the menu. He even recommended a cocktail that was fabulous. This was our first time at Tempos but we will be back again. Great meal, good value.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, will definitely go again!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the opportunity to visit Tempo when we can and the kids are unavailable!

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WP
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Tempo, especially on dollar oyster nights! The oysters and drinks were delicious!

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LT
New England
18 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was friendly and informative. Oyster special ($1 oysters) was great. Salmon entree and Shrimp/Scallop entrees were beautifully plated and delicious. Highly recommended, especially on Tuesday's for $1 oysters.

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m
New England
69 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. From the moment we walked in, we felt comfortable and welcomed. Great menu that can be changed due to diet or dislikes. No problem. My entree came with asparagus, which I don’t care for. Carrots instead! Perfect. Will be back to try more offerings

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K
New England
19 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Food presentation or gorgeous and the Fried Brussels sprouts were very good. But the seared tuna was mushy and the mango sauce was poorly heavy and spiced. Would not go again except for a family meal if desperate.

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L
New England
23 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been to Tempo many times. Never disappoints. Good service, good drinks (try the Rose Sangria), delicious food. Basket of fries are crispy, tasty, and abundant. Chicken wing app has a delicious mesquite sauce. Everyone in our party enjoyed the food. Will definitely go back.

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HF
New England
32 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our 2nd time at Tempo and it was just as good! Our server, Michaela, knew the menu very well and had some great suggestions. The salmon and tuna tartare was amazing! It is a great casual atmosphere and truly everything in the menu was delicious. It is also fun to have special cocktails to start. Could be our new favorite!

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NL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My son recommended this place when we visited him over the weekend. I'm glad we had an early reservation because there was a long wait when we left! The wait staff was efficient, but didn't hover, which we liked. The food was really good! We shared three appetizers and all had a seafood entree, which seems to be their focus. We were too full to explore dessert options, but were happy with our meal.

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L
New England
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious!! Everything was presented well. We over-ordered and took some home.

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EB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really exceptional food in a lively atmosphere - great experience always

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j
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed everything about our experience! From the moment we walked in, a friendly welcome, our server was a delight and the food was delicious! Can’t wait to visit again to try our dishes on the menu!

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SJ
New England
27 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service was very good. I would definitely go again!

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p
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all had the specials which were very good Fish and vegetables were fresh. Wine list good and reasonably priced

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Everything was fine except that our server, very polite and helpful in the beginning, seemed to lose track of us and a couple of requests thereafter, preferring to spend a lot of time hobnobbing with other patrons without checking in with us. Fortunately, we were in no hurry and decided to enjoy the upside of the situation: the rare occasion to not have felt pressured to leave before we were ready.

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great. Each of the 4 in our party ordered a different entree and all were satisfied. For appetizers, we shared the sweet potatoes. So good!

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m
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was superb as always. So many great flavors with their dishes and great draft beers.

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JS
New England
21 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have eaten at Tempo several times and it is always outstanding. The quality of the food is always fabulous, and the service is excellent. Can’t wait to go back.

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F
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Another great meal at this unpretentious Waltham jewel. Flash fried calamari with hot pepper and Shanghia dipping sauces was a perfect prelude to shrimp scampi over a "pasta" made of zucchini noodles. Healthy, tasty, and just enough food to leave room for dessert. In this case, a walk down foodie street to Lizzy's Homemade Ice Cream for a banana cone. Definitely put Tempo on your go-to- list.

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JS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was a great find. Clean and efficient. Service was quick, the staff were friendly and the food was great. I really liked the calamari appetizer, and the scallops were great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I picked this restaurant at random as a halfway point to meet another couple. We were very happy with the service and the food. We would definitely go back!

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