Waltham >Food & Dining > Tempo
474 Moody St, Waltham, MA | Directions 0245342.368097 -71.237307
Mon - Wed, 5pm - 10pm; Thu - Sat, 5pm - 11pm; Bar: open late every night
Neighborhoods: South Side
I've been robbed – I read the other reviews and either the persons writing them work at tempo or they do not get out much. In any event, it seems to be a popular after work place, very boisterous bar with a good drink selection. Food on the other hand is sorely lacking. First the prices... most fish entrees were north of $25 with the top at thirty. Not worth it at all. The quality and preparation do not merit the prices. One member of my party had the carbonara... probably the worst rendition of this dish ever in history . Pasta that I swear was ramen noodles , cold bacon, soft peas and egg/cream in one gelatinous heap that you could pick up in its entirety with a fork. It was so cold that the pre grated cheese they added did not melt . Still having nightmares about it. One member wanted chicken milanase .. sorry the kitchen ran out of chicken... are you kidding me????? A kitchen runs out of a common entree at 7 PM midweek . The grilled caesars salad appeared to have been grilled much earlier in the day .. not very good for what they call a signature dish. This is a good place for drinks and appetizers but as for dinner ... either the prices come down or the quality goes up. .
My Favorite Restaurant! – I am a weekly, if not more frequent customer at Tempo. I think of it as my "Cheers" restaurant because it is a place where everyone does know your face, if not your name! Beginning with the receptionists and including the bartenders and waitstaff, the people are friendly and actively trying to make the dining enjoyable. The food is marvelous. I know that the chef/owner shops himself for the food, frequenting the
wholesale fish market every day and the local farmers markets all summer. At Tempo, I particularly love the perfectly fried clams, the succulent butternut squash raviolis and the thin-crusted wild mushroom pizza for appetizers. Each easily serves 2. The salads are spectacular. I go often with a friend who thinks that the week is not complete without a Tempo pear, pistachio and gorgonzola salad. The entrees are delicious and always large enough to pack a lunch from the leftovers. Our favorites are the chicken and artichokes, the Brandt steak (which is almost double the price if you order it in Boston restaurants), and almost any of the creative and totally fresh fish offerings. The veggies that come with the entrees are varied and always compliment the main course. (I also savor the macaroni and cheese and the au grautin potatoes). Desserts are lovely, and like the entrees beautifully presented. I'm almost salivating writing this review! To me the food is of high quality and excellent value. Generally, when we go to a different restauant at the urging of friends, we are slightly disappointed and think that we would have had a more delicious meal in a place with great energy if we had gone to our favorite place, Tempo!
Very good – Good food, great drinks, great service, but can be very noisy and the tables are far too close together. Great for after work.
Upscale comfort fare has a stylish home along Waltham's bustling Moody St. – The Scene
With the atmosphere of a downtown bistro (high celings, modern accoutrements) and a varied menu of accessible comfort fare, Tempo provides suburban diners with a thoroughly contemporary dining destination. With no separation between the yawning bar area and the airy dining space, noise levels can reach prohibitive levels. Attentive servers cheerfully recap the daily specials and deliver creative house cocktails from the bar.
Tempo's far-reaching menu of familiar American bistro favorites includes everything from Kobe beef burgers and grilled pizzas to braised short ribs and pan-seared duck breast. Most starters are large enough to share; an "oversized" stuffed artichoke, filled with savory spinach dip and served with crunchy pita chips, provides enough for four. Entrees range from the low-key (vegetable lasagna, porterhouse veal chop) to the high-brow (pan-roasted spicy whole lobster, roasted Cornish hen with orange-chipotle glaze). Fruity homemade sorbets and rich chocolate cake provide a sweet finish.
Lobster pie – The service was inattentive at best and the noise was so bad without entertainment that it was nearly impossible to hear my dinner companion.
We had the lobster pie and it was pricey and small but the best I have ever had. I think it may have been a special so it might not be on the menu all the time.
I hope they do something to deaden the sound. The place is full of hard surfaces with no draperies or soft furnishings. (this was Christmas, 2005). The food is definitely worth a try, but I think next time I may try the bar to see if I can have a conversation.
Best Dining Experience in Years! – Tempo was excellent. My husband and I are seasoned diners and have had many exceptional dinners and many dinners we quickly want to forget. Friday evening we decided to try Tempo. The experience as a whole was superb. We sat at a romantic table for two in the open windows and enjoyed wine that we selected off a huge wine list. Our food was mouth watering and the service was even better. I had the halibut which was the freshest I've had in years and my husband ordered the filet which was cooked to perfection. Our server was extremely attentive and knowledgeable. We were concerned about the noise level we had read about in other reviews, but they seem to have addressed that issue. The have installed new rugs in both the bar and dining side which seem to have worked wonders.
Overall... Spectacular food, impressive wine, and impeccable service!!!! We will definitely be back.
Sat Night dinner – While the wait at 8:15pm was 40 min (expected), we were not prepared for the noise level. The food was decently prepared but not exceptional, which I would have expected for the price. We ordered a side of fried onions rings and were served french fries. Wine list very good. Service ok. We had to almost shout at the bar while waiting for our table and at the table converstion was almost impossible. After 2 hours of this we left and didn't stay for the music which brought us there. We won't return.
Great addition to the Waltham area – my husband and i have been to tempo on three separate occassions, each time enjoying more than the last...we have found the service, ambience and food/drinks to be consistently wonderful...love that the house margarita is only 6.25$ and very much worth it...the food is a little pricey but in the same ballpark and actually slightly cheaper that some of the restaurants in the area...the salmon/tuna tartare is outstanding and well worth the 12$ price tag...the music on sat's we found very enjoyable and love that the windows open in the nice weather for a more open seating look...they do have call ahead seating so on a busy fri or sat evening that is your best bet...
User review by lanajigglers – If you venture out of the city to Waltham, make sure you stop byt this new restaurant. Skip the dining room and hang out at the bar instead. The food is excellent especially the scallops. Or try the pizza which is on a crispy thin crust and made with fresh cheese, herbs and sauce. The wine list is one of the biggest Ive ever encountered with wines in every price range and an emphasis on reds. The service ranges from overly attentive to lax and could definitely use some tweakingbut overall the place is great. Perfect for the 25-35 crowd.
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