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Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar

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1713 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Tapas / Small Plates
Solea offers diners a taste of the culinary heritage of Spain right in the heart of Moody Street. Since opening our doors in 2001, we’ve made it our mission to give the MetroWest area a reason to look forward to sunset every day of the week. Solea offers an array of Spanish tapas, six types of paella as well as house made churros. We make all sangria in house and offer either by the glass or by the pitcher. Stop by to try our Gambas al Ajillo!
Solea is located in downtown Waltham, MA. We are in the heart of Waltham's restaurant row. City parking lots and street parking are readily available. Solea is close to both Bentley and Brandeis Universities.
We are at the corner of Moody and Cushing Streets. We are 4 blocks from the Fitchburg Rail Line. Solea serves 6 days a week, with lunches Saturday-Sunday. Currently closed on Modays.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1713 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
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4.3
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LMCD
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was terrific, service was great! And for outdoor seating it was pretty quiet!

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viplisalisa113
New England
35 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

I haven't been to Solea for many years and I was excited to go back. We had out side seating which was nice except there were a lot of flies! Yuck! They were landing on our food and it was gross. The food was VERY disappointing. The Paella was expensive and was rice a roni with seafood on top. Sorry but that is what it was. Not authentic tasting. No crispy rice... simply boxed rice with seafood for $40. Drinks were expensive and small in tiny plastic cups. Service was fair. I do not think I will return.

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ChristopherL
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al fresco dining is always a good idea! It was fun to watch the passing parade (all of whom were masked.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

We had a wonderful time. We have been to Solea many times in the past on many occasions. We enjoyed being able to sit outside on the street, due to Covid-19. It made for a nice experience, authentic to Europe. We ordered 8 Tapas to share.

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vipAmandaY
New England
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The solea slider was delish

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JoshuaC
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food. All seating was outdoors due to the pandemic, and it was pleasant. We ordered the Plato Mixto, Bunuelos, Solomillo, and the Oceano Paella. It was all delicious, as was the sangria. Great spot.

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AlyssaS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and I loved their outdoor seating set up

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not a fan of outside seating, but they made it an enjoyable and safe experience. Food was incredible!!!

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Solea
New England
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor seating was quite inviting, service was good and the food was up to the usual standard. Bring back the pork with blue cheese!!!!

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TINAMARIEF
New England
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and food was delicious! Will be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had. Our server was absolutely horrible. She had maybe 3 tables and only focused her attention on one table that sat down 15 mins after we were sat. She took forever to take our drink order and we sat there for 50mins waiting to have our order taken when she repeatedly walked past our table multiple times to assist the table behind us not once checking on our table to take our order. The table behind us and the other tables next to us that were sat after us were all eating while we were still waiting and trying to get her attention to take our order. We finally decided around 7:30 to just pay for our drinks and go someplace else. We had been siting there since 6:25pm. I had been to this restaurant once previously and had a good overall experience so I thought why not try it for my anniversary but I will never go back now.

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vipAnnieA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The wine pours weren’t even 4oz. They served wine in plastic cups and charged $12 per less than 4oz pours. Food was just so-so. I don’t think I will go there again. Lots of other options available.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Got no service .. no one even hardly paid attention to us. Food was not as good as I expected. I used to go to the sister restaurants of Dali and taped and they were much better. Not sure if this the new post surge normal but we will not return.

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vipcarolp0921
New England
13 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the outdoor dining. The drinks & food were absolutely amazing. Our server was very helpful in picking out tapas. Looking forward to going back very soon.

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vipBlueginger
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I emailed the restaurant directly also. The host was not the most helpful and we had reservations. We had a not great table and had to ask for our server and menus.

When we got the food one of the dishes had to be returned. The other three 2 were good and one was meh. The one remade correctly was okay. We felt very rushed along the meal.

Just not how we’ve had it in the past. And the Sangria while good is way overpriced! I know we get refills out of it but was so expensive!

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vipShelley
New England
13 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great job adapting to outdoor dining! Would come again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating. First meal our in 3.5 mos. of Covid-19. Outside dining only.

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Wiseacresmon
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely lunch outside. We are vegetarians and had lots of yummy choices. The service was great!

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walterg
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful variety of tasty tapas dishes. Novel house Sangria. Service was friendly and skills. Outdoor seating on Moody St in Waltham helpful towards feeling safe during the pandemic, with good sun protection from a tent-like covering overhead, not just a small umbrella. Pricey - those small dishes add up in a hurry - but well worth it and highly recommended.

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vipregulars
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely to sit outdoor for a Father’s Day lunch! Food and service are as good as ever!

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BostonGreg
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Drinks come in small 8oz plastic cups, not exactly the vibe I'm looking for when I order a $12 margarita or mohito. The food was amazing, so nice to taste flavors like that after months of eating at home.

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JayD
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service given the circumstances with Covid. We'll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

COVID outdoor dining Servers wore masks. Social distancing observed. Bathroom open but need to wear mask indoors. Food was amazing.

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Karak143
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual... food was delicious! Loved the outdoor seating! Thank you!

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AngelaB
New England
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paella was amazing

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JamieM
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

So happy to see Solea Tapas back! The outdoor dining is setup great, the service was great, and everything was wonderful.

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DelightedDiner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solea provided wonderful service, appropriately spaced tables, disposable menus, cups, etc. It was so nice to sit outside and eat delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Simply one of the worst dining experience. Period.
· Took more than 20mins for the waiter to notice us and get water on the table.
· Another 20mins or so for him to take our order; and when he couldn't figure out what I was talking about, he started rambling gibberish in a condescending tone. Honestly if you don't know what a “mocktail” is, maybe it's time you consider a different line of work.
· We tried to give him the benefit of the doubt, maybe they're shorthanded or that our entrees just take longer. But after every other table that came in after us got served food(same as what we ordered) before us, we know this wasn't justifiable. We were the only asians there. Go figure.
· The food finally arrived after what seemed to be like forever (over an hour at least). Food itself was okay; the sauce was on point, but definitely not worth the wait. And when I pointed out that they charged us for the bread basket that never came, the waiter had the nerve to insist the other way. He went on to blatantly snatch the bill out of my hand and stormed off. Just. Wow.
· Also, note that this was outdoor seating in mid June during lunch time with such pathetic speed of service. My partner, who was patient enough to sit through the whole thing with me, got sunburned. He then kindly made the suggestion to the manager that they could consider installing some tents (like every other restaurant on the block). The manager rolled his eyes.

I've always wanted to try Solea since they seem to offer an interesting tapas menu, but after today I doubt we'll ever come back. There are numerous decent and legit Spanish/Latin American restaurants in town that bring good ambience, food and service together; sadly Solea isn't one of them.

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Bobby
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Waiter was decent rest of staff seemed unhappy. Killed mood. Frozen food btw

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SarahK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Wonderful first night open for outdoor dining. Service was great, owners helping out. Food spot on with flavor and considering the craziness it was always hot. Don’t pass up the white sangria!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor seating was great. Food was amazing as always

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WayneM
New England
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place... have been there many times... all was well this time except a couple of the hot tapas came out lukewarm when they should have been HOT.

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JohnB
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. great atmosphere, friendly staff, interesting bar with no TV, and great tapas, paella and sangria.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night at Solea with my friend. We ordered several dishes to share. Arugula salad, spicy garlic shrimp with fresh bread and hummus, beef short rib, lemon pesto pasta and vanilla flan for dessert. The food was excellent, great seasoning and perfectly cooked. Our server Michael was a pleasure, attentive, no rushing, made good recommendations, Love Solea! 5 Stars! We’ll be back soon.

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MatthewP
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Good food and decent prices. Reasonable tapas selection. Wife and I will definitely return for half-price paella on a future Monday. Only complaint is that the service was not attentive and somewhat slow, and we showed up before the rush.

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Angela
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solea is a Waltham favorite that I've enjoyed going to since I lived there many years ago. I have since left Waltham, but enjoy meeting friends there for dinner, and Solea is always a hit. It's a fun interior, and the food is always consistent. The service is friendly and efficient. It's always a favorite that I will return to again and again.

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vipDavidN
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Always a family favorite. Food consistently good, but service is a bit inconsistent. After receiving our first batch of orders very quickly, the second batch took so long - I inquired twice about it, on the second inquiry, I asked to cancel it. The food subsequently showed up at our table 5 minutes later. We'll continue to come back but this particular experience was a bit frustrating.

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KenfromBoston
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food well prepared but not particularly authentic or even tasty. Wine by the glass decent but overpriced.

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vipNicoleF
New England
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

All of the tapas were pretty disappointing, probably one of the worst dinners I’ve had out to eat since moving to Boston. Not that it was totally awful but there was just nothing special to it, the sauces and seasonings and textures were all just bland and subpar, absolutely no reason I would pick this place over anything else - even bar food. Must add that I am the least picky eater and hardly even leave reviews but... almost seems like they didn’t even try to create unique or tasty dishes. Service was okay but rather slow.

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Speri
6 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Solea was fine. The food was good, the service was decent, but I didn't feel like it as anything to write home about.

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