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Waltham Restaurants

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My goal is to keep this guide as up to date as possible. If you have new information about restaurants listed, or I've omitted your favorite Waltham restaurant, please let me know. Some good suggestions I've received from readers: list Kosher and Halal restaurants, list places that have brunch, note whether the restaurant delivers, or has takeout. All Waltham restaurants are now non-smoking. Reviews or other comments from readers are welcome. Contact me. sshurr@gmail.com

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Restaurants on Main and Moody Streets | The history of Waltham restaurants | Nostalgic restaurant reviews (reviews of restaurants that have closed) | Waltham Brunch Page | Food page

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Price codes are based on price of a typical entree:
  $ Less than 7.50
 $$ 7.50 - 15.00
$$$ More than 15.00
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green dot Positive review (green light)
yellow dot Mixed review (yellow light)
red dot Negative review (red light)
Key to noise warning: ! loud, !! deafening

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News and reviews
  • May 20, 2014 - Flank, The New American Beefsteak, will be opening at 1265 Main Street, the former Polaroid site. Check out the announcement at the BostInno site for the full story.
  • May 14, 2014 - An article on the Boston Restaurant Talk site says that Gustazo Cuban Restaurant & Cafe will be moving from their current site in Belmont, and reopening at 663 Main Street, site of the closed Elephant Walk restaurant.
  • May 1, 2014 - Review of Food Express Pizza & Deli.
  • January 9, 2014 - The Grill, a new Mediterranean restaurant, opened at 11 Pine Street, the former site of the Boca Restaurant.
  • December 30, 2013 - A sign on the door of Habanero's read "Happy holiday's Habanero's is closed for renovations Be safe". They have not reopened.
  • November 29, 2013 Wayne F. Brasco Sr posted on Waltham Patch We certainly were fortunate to have Mr & Mrs James Burke establish two of their finest restaurants in Waltham, they brought the first five star west of Boston to Moody Street more than 25 years ago with Allegro, that said restaurants do not always have a long life span, so you see change, coming to Moody Street at Tuscan will be Red Bird, a truly impressive chef/owner having worked in France, Italy & Boston, should truly be an exciting addition. I personally say thank to the Burke's, enjoy your retirement and Welcome Red Bird, we cannot wait for your opening.....
  • November 27, 2013 Panera Bread opened its 2nd store in Waltham, at the new Main Street Marketplace at 1030 Main Street. The grand opening was slated for Wednesday, December 4.
  • November 25, 2013 - The City Council votes on approving the special permit for Starbucks at 1265 Main Street, the new mall at the former Polaroid site.
  • November 19, 2013 - The Downtown Waltham Partnership announced that a restaurant called The Grille will be opening at 11 Pine Street, where Boca Bar was located.
  • November 12, 2013 - A call to the Tuscan Grill confirmed that they are now closed. They will be closed at least until the end of the year, as they search for a new owner.
  • November 12, 2013 - Joshua Smith has announced that Moody's Delicatessen and Provisions is now open at 468 Moody Street, which previously housed Salem Foods. The site features a breakfast/lunch deli and gourmet shop in the front and a USDA facility for curing meats in the back. Also, weekly farm-to-table dinners with guest chefs are on the docket.
  • November 11, 2013 - A note on their website says that The Elephant Walk has closed.
  • November, 2013 - Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Chipotle Mexican Grill are open at the new Main Street Marketplace at 1030 Main Street.
  • September 9, 2013 - The Bliss Diner is scheduled to open this fall at 655 Main Street, the site of In A Pickle before their move to Moody Street.
  • Early June, 2013 - The Copper House Tavern opened at 380 Winter Street, at the Best Western Hotel site that housed the Piccadilly Pub. Copper House Tavern.
  • June 10, 2013 - The developer of 1019 Trapelo Road (at the intersection with Lexington Street) is applying for a permit for a coffee shop and an Asian restaurant.
  • September 26, 2012 - Mayor McCarthy announced the new stores and restaurants being considered for the shopping complex planned for the former Polaroid site on Main Street. Restaurants include Starbucks, Bonefish Grill, 2O Ovens, and Jake & Joe's Sports Grille.

Chinese (reviews)
Indian (reviews)
Italian (reviews)
Japanese
Mexican (reviews)
Thai (reviews)
Other ethnic styles (reviews)
Barbeque (reviews)
American (reviews)
Diners (reviews)
Delis
Pizza/Subs (reviews)
Ice Cream
Coffee and Tea Shops
  • Cafe On The Common $$ - 677 Main Street - 781-647-2456
  • Dunkin' Donuts $
    • 859 Main Street - 781-893-8641
    • 53 Linden Street - 781-899-7742
    • 591 Moody Street - 781-899-7286
    • 49 River Street - 781-891-5565
  • The Tea Leaf $ - 487 Moody Street - 781-891-1900
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