Tempo

4.6
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1819 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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!
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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EV
New England
27 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, wait staff was amazing.

L
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it.

Excellent innovative cocktail menu in which all 4 members of our group ordered something different, and we all tasted all of them and thought they were great. Appetizers were especially good - the grilled mushrooms we ordered were the best mushrooms I'ver ever eaten. Mains were terrific too - the duck breast special with risotto was superb. Love the apple bread pudding to top it off - highly recommended overall.

PG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu interesting. Food was good. Had a great waiter who cheerfully accommodated our food restrictions. And, a pleasant surprise was that the restaurant was no noisy. What a relief!

I
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went here for a friends birthday. Pretty pricey but we all can't stop thinking about those truffle fries...

GF
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was fantastic! I have celiac, and found the menu here beyond perfection. I will come here every time I visit the Boston area. Everyone I ate with truly enjoyed their appetizers, meals and beverages. The service was also outstanding!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it! Great sit down, we spent alot but it was worth it!

KM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and Excellent service. Love the updates

LC
New England
34 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place in Moody street.

DP
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. The salmon was some of the best I have EVER had at any restaurant. The service was outstanding and the libations were creative and delicious.

T
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was special. Perfect night - service great - Food Great. Thanks

z
New England
159 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food, fun atmosphere, excellent server -- great neighborhood restaurant!

GF
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and especially accommodating for restricted diets! One of my favorite places!

OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food, creative cocktails, service is great.

d
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Super friendly service and a lovely meal. Really appreciated finding this spot and highly recommend the brussels sprouts!

KB
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Chose Tempo for a business dinner based on location, the menu which offered a lot of variety and there was a great beer selection with a lot of local brews. Everyone really enjoyed the food! The short rib stroganoff was a special and was delicious!

SM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I love tempo. Food is great, a little pricey to go there at any time other than a special occasion.

H
New England
85 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and our server was equally as good. She made recommendations which were all perfect.

The only down side is that it is extremely noisy, especially on a Saturday night. It was hard to visit as we all have hearing deficits.

We will definitely return, but probably not on a Saturday.

F
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tempo never fails to delight. And tonight was no exception. This is one restaurant that does seafood right -- with a creative flair, but without spoiling the natural flavor of the fish.

JK
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time we have been here and food is delicious - great preparation, combinations and variety. Brought out of town guests this time who are tough critics and they loved it!

S
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall it was a very good experience. As most restaurants these days the noise level was loud but we got lucky and were seated at the back in a booth style table (in part) that muffled the sounds somewhat. At least we could have a conversation at the table.

The food was well prepared and presented. We all had fish dishes that were excellent. The service was very good and we had a great time.

GL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is very loud in the dining room, but otherwise fantastic from start to finish! Thanks Tempo!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere! A tad loud but that adds to the lively environment!

P
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The two things this place has going for it are the decor and the food. it is a beautiful restaurant and the food is very good. But the service is spotty, as in all Boston restaurants too many students masquerading as waiters and waitresses, and the final bill was shocking. I expected Downtown boston Food at suburban prices but this was Boston food with NYC prices.
I would definitely recommend this place but don't be in a hurry to eat, the service is slow and uneven and the prices may shock you.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service! Loved the decor and ambiance

WS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!!

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Wonderful evening at Tempo. Menu had many selections and the special daily menu had a variety of locally sourced items.

c
New England
18 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although Tempo was very busy tonight, the staff was extremely welcoming. The bartender was helpful and kind while we were waiting for our table, and once we got to it our waitress was attentive and food was brought out in a very timely manner (and it was delicious!) I was very impressed with Tempo on a clearly very busy evening, and will definitely be back/recommend to friends visiting the Moody Street area :)

r
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always good. Several times there.

CM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance. Attentive but not intrusive service. The food was mostly excellent. The mushroom ravioli didn’t get high marks but the seafood and duck was outstanding.

LC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and service. Food was amazing and came out quickly. Only complaint was the smoking area was directly outside the front door, when it was opened the smoke waffled in. Will definitely go back when in the area.

j
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Dinner was great and the service was good. As things got busier it seemed like the wait staff might have been a little thin.
Overall this is my go to place when I come to town.

JK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

I used to love this restaurant but it was not great this time. Service wasnt great & I thought the food was sub par. It was also
VERY LOUD. What’s happened?!!!

NT
New England
29 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Very comfortable setting. Nice decor.
Our server was wonderful. Attentive.
Meal was excellent. Both seafood dishes were very flavorful and satisfying. Short rib lived up to the falls off the bone description. Cocktails creative. Very good craft beer menu. Highly recommended.

RC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

My pork chop, though ordered medium-well, was dry...like shoe leather dry. I realize it’s hard to hit that sweet spot but if I can do it as a home chef, I expect a restaurant chef to be able to as well. My friend had the salmon & he enjoyed it. We shared the warm apple crisp for dessert & the puff pastry was almost raw. Our server had that taken off our bill. We won’t be returning. Sad, I had great expectations.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We had to flag the waiter down several times for service.
The food was ok - nothing great. Had to add salt to the Mac and cheese side.

h
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and lovely service . I highly recommend tempo.

BG
New England
79 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The Halibut Special was awesome as were the Scallop & Shrimp entree and the Fisherman's Stew. The wings were very tasty but very small. Would have enjoyed some bread and the waiter while attentive was over the top with a bit too much affect. Every visit started and ended with "My Friends".

M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found this restaurant on Yelp as we are unfamiliar with the area. All four of us very much enjoyed our cocktails (crafted and delicious), appetizers (unique and flavorful) and everyone ordered a different entree ... none of which disappointed. Great menu, great vibe, pricing is appropriate and we will return if we are in the area. Check it out... you won’t be disappointed!

M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience2

Made a reservation based upon reviews on Open Table. Got seated at a table meant for 2 next t the kitchen and the bathrooms, and felt squeezed. We mentioned it to the waitress, but were offered no other table. Sitting where we were, I was constantly bumped by people walking by going to the kitchen (staff) or the bathrooms (everyone else). That's because the table was meant for 2 - not 3. I paid the bill and spoke to the hostess/manager in charge, explaining that I paid in full to show that I wasn't trying to get away with anything. She said that they had too many reservations and that there were no other tables. I explained that we never should have been seated there, and I had I known that was the seating, I would not have dined there. I told her that I wasn't happy and that I would likely never go back there. She said "Sorry". That was it. Never going back. NEVER.

OT
New England
58 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were tight on time and the staff bent over backwards to make it happen - kudos!