Tempo

4.5
1570 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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 1570 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.3
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4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on August 12, 2018

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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4.0Dined on August 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Great experience, will definitely go again!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Really exceptional food in a lively atmosphere - great experience always

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 18, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

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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3.0Dined on June 28, 2018

I have loved Tempo for years, but this meal was somewhat disappointing. The waitress was new and not very helpful -- she'd been there a month, but seemed to know little about the dishes or the drinks. The brussels sprout appetizer wasn't as good as usual -- sprouts were undercooked (hard) and the dish just didn't come together as well as usual. I ordered the haddock special, which I've had before. It was drier and not as well-executed as in the past. My husband liked his tuna main course. Really hoping this restaurant isn't going into a slide as it's long been a favorite.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Very good food, varied menu, great service. Reasonable prices for haute cuisine.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

the overall menu and food quality was outstanding. Tempo far exceeded our expectations. we will become regulars here....

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

We had only read reviews online but we found the food to be excellent. The setting was more casual than we expected for the high-end food (which suited us well.) Highly recommend.

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3.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Tempo is our go-to restaurant when we meet friends from the other end of town. Food is always consistently excellent and the accompaniments for each dish are well chosen by the chef. The waitstaff is friendly, offers suggestions when asked and is willing to ask the chef about ingredients for some of our diet conscious friends. This particular evening we were seated in the quieter end of the restaurant nearer the kitchen which is a favorite. The zone was absolutely freezing and although we asked twice to just have the temp warmed up a bit, nothing happened. Of course we will go back, but it was not a wicked hot day outside and the uncomfortable blowing cold made our evening less enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We were staying in Waltham for a weekend and looking for a casual but nice restaurant for a family dinner. Tempo more than fit the bill and exceeded our expectations. The food was excellent, from raw bar (oysters) to perfectly cooked (rare) beef to a customized vegetarian meal. The beer, wine and cocktails list is extensive. The fudge brownie pistachio sundae was a relatively light and not overly sweet finish. The restaurant’s atmosphere was attractive and comfortable, a little noisy but energetic. Best of all, our server was attentive without being obtrusive or overbearing and was personable, funny, and made sure the entire meal was flawless.

If we lived closer, Tempo would be a favorite restaurant for special but not extravagant meals. Highly recommended and definitely worth a drive.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We always enjoy an evening at Tempo. The sprouts & bacon remain amazing!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Get wait staff, very personable. Food was excellent.

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Calamari was fantastic! Fishermans Stew - received rave reviews. Chicken entree was just ok. Overall a nice experience and we would go back.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Food was amazing and drinks were amazing per usual!

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Great location in the heart of Moody Street. Food was great. Try the fried brussel sprouts and smoked bacon. Spectacular. Beer selection was exceptional. Our server was knowledgeable and helped with the decision making for each course of the meal.

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We have been to Tempo several times and previously was always quite nice although noisy on weekends

This time was very noisy as usual for a weekend but also we must of been very close to the AC as it was like being in a refrigerator. We couldn’t wait to get out into a very pleasant evening. Every other restaurant or pub along Moody at had its windows open so not sure why Tempo needed to crank the AC.

I had the lobster Paella which was sub par
Our other meals were good.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Delicious meal and service! Friendly server and ambience! Table of 8 next yo us was very loud .

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Lived up to reviews plus more! Amazing deserts!

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

The meal was fantastic- the tenderloin tips were cooked exactly the way that we like them and the apps were incredible! The drinks were well made and well crafted. The server (Alan) was friendly, attentive and an all-around great guy! The gluten free options are abundant and very tasty. It was a great night out and a perfect dining experience. I will be back soon!

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

A great selection of well prepared food. The staff is attentive and professional

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