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
4.5 based on 267 reviews
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.
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.
4.5 based on 83 reviews
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.
4.5 based on 284 reviews
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.
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.
4.5 based on 243 reviews
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!
4.5 based on 400 reviews
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.
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..
4.5 based on 178 reviews
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!
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.
4.5 based on 301 reviews
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...
4 based on 586 reviews
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.
4 based on 343 reviews
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.
4 based on 137 reviews
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.
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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