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“Tasty Tapas on Moody St., Waltham”

Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar
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Ranked #10 of 193 Restaurants in Waltham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Cushing Street
Transit: Waltham Commuter Rail is located 4 blocks away.
Reviewed April 14, 2014

We ate lunch at Solea, and were completely, pleasantly stuffed by sharing 3 plates each. The best plate was spiced goat cheese pieces, very lightly breaded and fried until creamy and hot, and drizzled with honey-fabulous. Also very good was cauliflower & broccoli croquettes with a light mustard aeoli dip, grilled sliced chorizo sausage, rosemary flavored petite lamb chops, and thin-sliced steak medallions with a spicy jalapeño topping. They also have a very large selection of shellfish plates, which sound great, but which we did not sample. There is a separate bar, and beer, wine, & sangria are served. Attractive decor with tables not crowded together. Each protein plate averages around $15, less for veggies. Recommended for something different and fun.

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Reviewed April 1, 2014

I love this restaurant. Some of my favorite dishes: Poblano Relleno (stuffed hot peppers), Patatas Bravas (potatoes in tomato and garlic sauce), Almejas a la Marinera (littlenecks with white wine and herbs), Camarones a la Plancha (grilled shrimp). I found the baby lamb chops to be very good, but compared to the full-flavor in other dishes, a little boring.

The wait-staff are cheerful and efficient, but make sure you get everything you order. If something fails to make it to the table, they will take it off the bill. Food and drinks are served quickly. The ambience of the restaurant is warm, inviting, and relaxing. Most of the tables are not crowded near one another.

The time I was there most recently, we were celebrating my niece's engagement. I was thrilled that the wait-staff didn't rush us, but let us enjoy our time and company.

If street parking is not available, there is public parking (free after 6:00 PM) on the side streets on west side of Moody Street.

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Thank Laura H
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Reviewed March 18, 2014

The food was consistently good, though not inexpensive. The waiter started out by trying to hustle us along in order to turn the table, which was senseless because there were tables still available. I think he realized that he was not dealing with inexperienced diners, and he recovered somewhat toward the end of the meal. When we needed our leftovers divided into four cartons, he did that uncomplainingly, and he (or someone) marked each carton by its contents, which was helpful. I would come here again, though I hope that management coaches its waitstaff in how to provide service that's commensurate with their image and their prices.

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Thank Gus B
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

Chose Solea from the many good reviews, however, it was very disappointing.

The best dishes were a special seafood/coconut soup and the lamb meatballs in truffle cream sauce. All the others we had - Brazillian crusty bread; a crab, mango and avocado timbale; the calamari and even the garden salad were so-so. For example, the timbale was made with canned crab meat with an under-ripe avocado base. The mango was barely there.

I could go into more detail on the others, but the bottom line is mediocrity.

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Thank IntlWineFoodSociety
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

Highly recommend. Not a cheap meal, but very enjoyable and amazing variety of very unique foods. With the tapas you can taste a lot of interesting dishes (beats having to pick one entree). You won't find most of these dishes at the usual chain eateries. A trip to Solea is well worth it!

Thank DaveOfBoston
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