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Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar

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Spanish, Tapas
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388 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453-5204 (Cushing Street)
Waltham Commuter Rail is located 4 blocks away.
781-894-1805
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Wed 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 79
    Excellent
  • 91
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Outstanding Spanish Restaurant and Tapas

Outstanding Spanish Restaurant and Tapas located in the center of Waltham, Mass. Enjoyed the Oceana paella, loaded with shrimp, tiny littleneck clams, scallops, calamari. Excellent meal

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 2, 2015
HKonowitz3
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Dover, Delaware
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Private Dining
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206 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Dover, Delaware
Top Contributor
199 reviews 199 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Outstanding Spanish Restaurant and Tapas located in the center of Waltham, Mass. Enjoyed the Oceana paella, loaded with shrimp, tiny littleneck clams, scallops, calamari. Excellent meal

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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347 reviews 347 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Solea is a busy and loud restaurant. Having said that, service was good and the place was quite animated and fun. We ordered several tapas to share and Garnacha wine. Tapas were well seasoned, had right temperature and they were delicious. Some tapas are not Spanish but rather Latin-American, however, all of them were good.

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Naples, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I was taking my wife out for her birthday along with 9 others and she's been dying to go back to Solea. Everyone ordered three or four dishes and everyone shared. the sharing was fun, the food was fabulous. My wife asked me afterwards what my favorite dish was and I could not decide. I asked her the very same... More 

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Trenton, New Jersey
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159 reviews 159 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Very Good Food - Nice atmosphere-- had a great time trying different dishes. The feel in this place is warm and inviting. Would go back again!

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

A group of us were in Waltham and wanted to go out to lunch. No one had been to Solea, but we decided to give it a try. We were all quite pleased. The atmosphere is very nice and we all enjoyed the food. I look forward to going again.

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Hull, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We had a reservation at Red Bird (across the street), but needed to eat elsewhere because we were late in arriving at Red Bird. We sent across the street to this restaurant, were seated promptly and had a great meal. Most of the dishes were excellent; the one exception is the "sautéed artichokes". They were not sautéed, but rather marinated.... More 

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Belchertown, Massachusetts
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52 reviews 52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

My daughter and I enjoyed dinner her last summer. It was warm, so they have the front completely open so you feel as though you are dining outside which was nice. The menu had a good variety; however they have a minimum spend amount so be prepared to spend more here. We enjoyed the Sangria, the shrimp and the lamb.... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

I have not eaten in many Tapas restaurants- so there is the disclaimer. We enjoyed the ambiance and food overall especially the sizzling shrimp, planano stuffed with vegetables and the chicken empanadas. They were delivered timely but not over rushed. The cheese chacutier was very sparse and would not recommend. Also felt the sangria was dilute and too much ice.... More 

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I have been to Solea many times and it is still a favorite. The lamb meatballs are to die for and the cava sangria is amazing as well. This place is highly recommended!

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Waltham, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Normally I would not title a restaurant review as a romantic escape but with Solea, I had no choice. This is a great tapas restaurant that provides the perfect romantic ambiance for that special someone in your life. Tapas are mean't for sharing so you'll be able to sample from a wide variety of fish, veal, beef and lamb. They... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 388 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453-5204
    (Cushing Street)
  • Public Transportation: Waltham Commuter Rail is located 4 blocks away.
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Waltham
  • Phone Number: 781-894-1805

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?