Top 10 restaurants in Waltham, United States

April 15, 2018 Dorsey Hagwood

Waltham (/ˈwɔːlθæm/) is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, and was an early center for the labor movement as well as a major contributor to the American Industrial Revolution. The original home of the Boston Manufacturing Company, the city was a prototype for 19th century industrial city planning, spawning what became known as the Waltham-Lowell system of labor and production. The city is now a center for research and higher education, home to Brandeis University and Bentley University. The population was 60,636 at the census in 2010.
Things to do in Waltham

1. Il Capriccio

888 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451-7401 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 20 - SGD 59 +1 781-894-2234
Excellent
73%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 267 reviews

Il Capriccio

Il Capriccio serves a constantly changing Northern Italian menu featuring local products with an award winning Italian wine and Grappa list. Though long considered a local secret, Il Capriccio has been the number one Northern Italian restaurant in Zagat's for the past seven years. The wine list has been featured in Decanter, Sante, Wine & Spirits and Stuff. The same menu is served in the Bar. We like to serve great food and great wine in a comfortable setting.

Reviewed By Jerry R - Acton, Massachusetts

We had a terrific dinner here recently. The service was efficient and prompt, and the dining rooms eye-appealing. The real star here, though,is the food, which was just about perfect. The duck breast and lamb chops were excellent, and the Fettuccine Carbonara was very flavorful. My only issue is the price points - everything we had was pricey, even the Fettuccine. I wouldn’t have minded THAT, but the Fettuccine portion was such that I thought it was an appetizer size. (So I filled up on the nice bread.) Nonetheless, this store has been here for decades, so it’s clear that the dining experience for all its patrons clearly outweighs the associated cost.

2. Lizzy's Homemade Ice Cream

367 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453-5208 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible SGD 26 +1 781-893-6677
Excellent
56%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 83 reviews

Lizzy's Homemade Ice Cream

Reviewed By leneyB - Clifton Park, New York

I know it may sound gross...but I really enjoyed the banana ice cream. The kiddie size was just the perfect amount for me to eat it and not feel crazy guilty.

My husband ordered the maple walnut and the grapenuts. It's funny because we were just talking about grapenut ice cream with Grandpa a few weeks ago. I didn't realize it was a thing. He ordered one scoop of each- I'm not sure what size that was- but he had this cone overflowing with so much ice cream! I'm not sure how he finished it all, but he enjoyed it.

The only reason I'm not giving 5 stars is because the cashier got pissy with my friend about change and tips. These days cashiers do not like to do math...they just let the computers do it for them...but that's another story. Plus everyone has their day... you should still stop in and eat banana ice cream.

3. Lumiere

1293 Washington St, Newton, MA 02465-2011 Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards French, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner SGD 33 - SGD 52 +1 617-244-9199
Excellent
62%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 284 reviews

Lumiere

Lumiere is a casually elegant, upscale neighborhood bistro featuring modern-French cuisine, an extensive wine list as well as a full bar. We also offer a semi-private dining room that can comfortably accommodate up to 30 guests. We serve Lunch (Tuesday-Friday, 12Pm-2pm) and Dinner (Tuesday-Sunday). Lumiere also hosts Weekly Wine Tastings ($20) every Thursday 5:30pm - 6:30pm which includes taste of four featured wines served with specifically paired hors d'oeuvres from Chef Jordan Bailey.

Reviewed By gh707 - Anniston, Alabama, USA

While in town for a business meeting we checked Open Table for dinner reservations and come across Lumiere. After reading reviews on Trip Advisor we booked a reservation for a Friday night. From the hotel we took Lyft and easily arrived at this lovely Restraurant. We were welcomed by a friendly host and our table was available immediately. Xavier then welcomed us at the table and gave us a complete introduction to the menu which changes often as this is farm to table preparations. We decided on the chef's tasting menu with the wine pairing. Each of the offerings - bread, butternut squash soup, scallops, halibut, duck, dark chocolate mousse, and finally biscotti, were each absolutely delicious and the specialty wines were paired nicely, giving us a new experience with different grapes and liqueurs.. Xavier and the other wait staff were very knowledgeable and gave complete discriptions of the food ingredients and preparation and the rational for the wine pairings. While the cost is $$$$, the evening was extremely enjoyable and well worth the price. Thank you Xavier from welcoming us to your community and giving us a great memory of our evening with you and at Lumiere.

4. La Campania

504 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452-5521 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner SGD 54 - SGD 105 +1 781-894-4280
Excellent
77%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 243 reviews

La Campania

Reviewed By jonathb5 - Glen, New Hampshire

My wife and I dined here with faculty from Bentley University and had a very good meal that included mushroom soup, prosciutto and asparagus, tomato’s with cheese salad, pasta with tomato and veal, and a selection of sorbets. Everything was very good, fresh, and the service was considerate and attentive. A strong Waltham culinary offering!

5. Fiorella's

187 North St, Newton, MA 02460-1008 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 17 - SGD 30 +1 617-969-9990
Excellent
53%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 400 reviews

Fiorella's

Fiorella’s, a hidden gem located off the beaten path in lovely Newtonville, has offered a truly unique dining experience through its cozy atmosphere, knowledgeable staff and delicious food. Fiorella’s welcomes and invites its visitors with its luring Fiorella’s signature smell, of the finest and freshest ingredients. The Fiorella’s family is dedicated to hospitality and committed to making diners feel right at home.

Reviewed By sankatybluff

Nothing compares if you are looking for italian in the western suburbs. Tremendous food at very reasonable prices. Great menu plus they will make you anything you want off the menu. Only problem is, its so good its very difficult to get in. Nice bar to have a drink or two while waiting for your table. Worth the wait..

6. Gustazo Cuban Restaurant and Cafe

663 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451-0602 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Latin, Cuban, Spanish, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Brunch, Lunch, Dinner SGD 8 - SGD 31 +1 855-487-8296
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 178 reviews

Gustazo Cuban Restaurant and Cafe

One of the very few restaurants in the Boston area offering authentic Cuban cuisine. For lunch, a great selection of sandwiches, soups and salads. At dinnertime with the most succulent Cuban meals!

Reviewed By Richard F - Andover, Massachusetts

Had lunch, regretfully had that lunch while recovering from the flu vaccine, so appetite a bit off. My dining companion had the Remolacha (a beet salad) while I had the Pollo sandwich. Both excellent. The Pollo had both dark and white meat chicken (I prefer dark) and the combination was excellent balance of flavor and texture. The sandwich was a good size and I too much for a vaccine sufferer. The salad left my companion a bit hungry but that was due to not eating the cheese (not a cheese lover), other than that it was greatly enjoyed. I had the drip decaf coffee - giant cup of coffee that was one the best decaf I have ever enjoyed. Service was lovely. Definitely worth a trip to dine here.

7. In A Pickle

265 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453-5205 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 781-891-1212
Excellent
56%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 301 reviews

In A Pickle

Reviewed By RichandKathy5047

My wife, daughter and I went for a Sunday afternoon brunch.... You had better like football because there were around 10 Big screen sets everywhere.... Menu had breakfast and lunch items...all reasonably priced... My wife has eggs Benedict...which were very good... daughter had pancakes which she enjoyed and I had a meat lovers omelette...which was quite filling... The home fries were just so so.... Waitress was great...service was quick although there was about a 15 minute wait... Overall it was a nice experience...it's was packed and noisy which cut into the enjoyment somewhat...Food and prices were good... quantity was impressive... We will return when in the area...

8. Naked Fish

455 Totten Pond Rd, Waltham, MA 02451-1919 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 26 - SGD 52 +1 781-684-0500
Excellent
37%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 586 reviews

Naked Fish

Reviewed By GranolaGal - Boston

This used to be a great place, their Chilean Sea Bass was a reliable favorite of ours. This visit was disappointing. Both Chilean Sea Bass entrees our table ordered, were not fresh, there was a slight off taste of ammonia. It was edible but not enjoyable. We might have sent it back and ordered a different piece of fish, but it was getting late, and service was slow. A fish restaurant should serve nothing but fresh fish. This was a Saturday night, when restaurants bring their A-game to compete for customers. The swordfish entree our table ordered was fresh, the Chilean Sea Bass was not and should not have been on the menu.

9. Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar

388 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453-5204 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 41 - SGD 52 +1 781-894-1805
Excellent
37%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 343 reviews

Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar

Reviewed By J2227UXdonm - Danbury

It's THE place we bring friends & family when they visit Waltham/Boston area and never a complaint. Great tapas, meals and drink menu with excellent atmosphere & service. The menu is extensive and I tend to try different things; highly recommended and plenty of parking with easy to get reservations.

10. Osteria Posto

99 3rd Ave, Waltham, MA 02451-7522 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Drinks SGD 29 - SGD 50 +1 781-622-1500
Excellent
39%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 137 reviews

Osteria Posto

Our name derives from the Italian word meaning a restaurant serving wine and simple food, “osteria,” and the Italian phrase meaning to sit and relax, “posto.” This approach to heartfelt hospitality and thoughtful food characterizes our take on today’s Italian steakhouse. We serve composed Italian dishes featuring locally sourced meat and seafood, homemade pasta, small bites, and seasonal flavors.

Reviewed By Northern_Traveler00 - Boston, Massachusetts

of 2017. Had our New Year's Eve dinner here with friends as we hadn't yet tried it and we were pleased. Nice space, broken up into smaller segments. Nice and warm on a very cold night (tip: There's a garage entrance around back with an elevator almost right to the front door). Food was very good (Rigatoni, swordfish, gnocchi, etc). Service was friendly but a bit slow and water glasses went unfilled.

Not cheap, but better priced than similar would be downtown.

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