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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.

Jump to: Chinese | Indian | Italian | Japanese | Mexican | Thai

Key to price codes
Price codes are based on price of a typical entree:
  $ Less than 7.50
 $$ 7.50 - 15.00
$$$ More than 15.00
Key to review colors
green dot Positive review (green light)
yellow dot Mixed review (yellow light)
red dot Negative review (red light)
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News and reviews
  • November 25, 2013 Panera Bread is planning to open its 2nd store in Waltham, at the new Main Street Marketplace at 1030 Main Street, on November 27. The grand opening is 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.
  • May 21, 2013 - Stadium Sports Bar & Grill at 342 Moody Street is now, due to a change in ownership, Playmakers Bar and Grill.
  • April 30, 2013 - The Elephant Walk's owner, Bob Perry, has announced plans to expand the restaurant from 90 to 152 seats, with an expected completion date in September, according to a post on the Brand New Watch blog.
  • November 21, 2012 - CEO John Pepper announced that the Boloco restaurant chain was abandoning plans to open a burrito restaurant at 475 Winter Street, vacated by Wineseller of Selene several years ago. He said that delays from Waltham's Rules & Ordinance Committee were to blame for not receiving a special fast food permit nearly 2 years after they had signed a Letter of Intent.
  • November 14, 2012 - Co-owner Lou Giovanetti announced that Charcoal Guido's Pizzeria Bar opened at 482 Moody Street
  • 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
  • Absolutely Asia $$ [Chinese, Japanese, Korean & Thai] - 864 Main Street - 781-891-1700 (review by Allan Telio green dot)
  • Avian Golf $ - 216 Newton Street - 781-893-7838
  • Dragon Chef $ - 679 Moody Street - 781-891-5510
  • Hon Dynasty $$ - 922 Main Street - 781-893-6663, (fax) 781-893-0338 (review green dot)
  • Hong Kong $$ - 457 Moody Street - 781-893-8288, (fax) 781-893-8188 (Former site of China Star II, closed, in July of 2011 became the site of Pho & Spice restaurant)
  • Kim Tai Garden $$ - 573 Main Street - 781-647-1675, 800-454-6824
  • Lily's Kitchen $$ - 70 River Street - 781-647-0300
  • Mu Lan Taiwanese Restaurant $$ - 835 Main Street - 781-642-8888
  • Sato $$ [Japanese & Chinese] - 475 Winter Street - 781-890-0089, fax: 781-890-2139 (review green dot) (formerly Winter Street Cafe)
  • Sichuan's Garden $$ - 411 Waverley Oaks Road - 781-899-9991
  • 3 Fortunes Restaurant $$ - 177 Willow Street - 781-899-4024
  • Tiki House $ - 569 Moody Street - 781-899-3466
  • Tom Can Cook $$ [Thai & Chinese] - 374 Moody Street - 781-891-6977 (review green dot) (At this location up to 25 February 2001: Heritage Restaurant)
Indian
  • Bombay Mahal $$ - 458 Moody Street - 781-893-9988 (review by Michelle red dot, review by Sudhanshu red dot)
  • Kabob & Tandoor $$ - 315 Moody Street - 781-899-0022 (Moved from 699 Main Street in spring, 2011)
  • Little India $$ - 475 Moody Street - 781-894-8755 (review green dot, review green dot, review by D. Lee yellow dot)
  • New Mother India $$ - 336 Moody Street - 781-893-3311 (review red dot)
Italian
Japanese
Mexican
Thai
  • Absolutely Asia $$ [Chinese, Japanese, Korean & Thai] - 864 Main Street - 781-891-1700 (review by Allan Telio green dot)
  • Asian Grill $$ [Japanese, Korean & Thai] - 265 Moody Street - 781-398-1600 (review by Eric Salerno green dot, (review by LaJan Collins red dot) (Formerly at this location: Tomato City)
  • Baan Thai $$ - 659 Main Street - 781-893-7700 fax 893-7701 (review green dot, (review by Colin C. Ganleygreen dot) (At this site until late in 2001: New House Restaurant)
  • Erawan of Siam $$ - 469 Moody Street - 781-899-3399 (review by Allan Telio green dot)
  • Green Papaya $$ - 475 Winter Street - 781-487-9988 (Wendy and Tom review green dot)
  • Pho & Spice $$ - [Vietnamese and Thai] - 457 Moody Street - 781-788-8899 (Opened in July of 2011, formerly China Star II, formerly Hong Kong restaurant)
  • Tom Can Cook $$ [Thai & Chinese] - 374 Moody Street - 781-891-6977 (review green dot) (At this location up to 25 February 2001: Heritage Restaurant)
  • Tree Top Thai Cuisine $$ - 53 Prospect Street - 781-894-3444 (review by Eric Salerno green dot)
  • Sushi Yasu $$ [Sushi & Japanese, Korean, Thai] - 617 Main Street - 781-894-9783 (review by Christopher S. Penn green dot) (Formerly at this location: JTK Grille and Sushi Bar)

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