Moody Street Date Recs?
Looking for a good date restaurant near Moody Street in Waltham. Ideally fun atmosphere, nice but not too fancy - romantic a plus. And if there are any good dessert/drink places nearby.
While I'm on the topic, any info about the Embassy Cinema? Have never been.
Thanks! (You all have been a huge help!)
Solea is always a good bet in this area. Tapas by the owners of Dali in Somerville. Small plates for sharing, wine, sangria, and tasty desserts also sized for sharing, (fruit crepe with dulce de leche and banana cheesecake were memorable) without having to move locations. Plenty of positive reviews on it here already, if you do a search.
There are several places that would work well for a date.
Elephant Walk on Main St. for Cambodian / French.
Solea for Spanish tapas.
Tuscan Grill for Italian
Tempo for American Bistro type food.
Erawan for Thai, nice atmosphere.
Several Indian places. New Mother India or Little India probably have the best date atmosphere.
Solea has a decent dessert selection or, if you are in the mood for ice cream, Lizzy's on Moody is very good.
For drinks, I'd stay at Tempo or Solea or hit the bar at the Lincoln or Skellig. The Lincoln is a small fun bar, but if they have a band that night, skip it. It's obscenely loud and you will be yelling to hear each other.
Tuscan Grill is my fave on Moody. Look to sit on the bar side so it's not too fancy.
I actually have never had a good experience at Solea.
Can you explain what you're looking for when you say "fun"?
I love the Embassy Theater, it's about as close as you can get to an "Art House" theater around there. They host lots of first-run indie films, and not so huge major studio films (Napolean Dynomite for instance). Embassy Theater and the Landmark in Kendall Square Cambridge are often times the only two theaters around to get some really great out of the ordinary stuff, like Sarah Silverman's "Jesus is Magic."
Also love to sit at the bar at the Tuscan Grill, it's quieter on that side too I think, and the bartenders tend to be charming.
Elephant Walk (not on Moody, but right where moody intersects main I think), is a fun place to go.
Like Lincoln for a drink, feels like a real dive, but pretty good cocktails.
I was at Tempo twice recently, once on a date, and loved it. It may take care of all your needs as it has a great bar as well as great food and is trendy and somewhat romantic. Their ahi tuna was so good and so was their flash fried calamari. Their desserts are to die for. They have this caramel mousse torte which is delicious and very unique. The service is excellent as well. Have fun!
Lots of good recs here already: I'm a particular fan of bar dining at the Tuscan. Also worthy, off Moody but close: La Campania (casual, authentic Neapolitan and beyond, mid-priced) and Il Capriccio (fancier, costlier, with an extraordinary sommelier).
If your date is Salvadoran or Guatemalan, you might generate some home-cooking nostalgia by hitting Mi Tierra for generous, nice-priced pupusa plates and other Central American specialties -- plus they have a jukebox and very friendly service.
I tried the Tuscan Grill last night for the first time and was quite pleased. We ate on the bar side and I think it would suit your requirements for something romantic, but not too fancy. We went for protein in a big way: sauteed chicken livers and prosciutto on arugula with toast points and wild boar meatballs with lentils for apps, followed by a pork chop special with eggplant lasagna. The pork chop was toe-curlingly good... wonderfully succulent and flattered by the fresh rosemary. Dessert, which we were still greedy enough to order, was a surprisingly light gingerbread with pureed pumpkin, cream, and a rum sauce. With 2 drinks and before the tip it was something really reasonable like $67. We're putting them on our go-to list when we want a local dinner.
FWIW, my one experience at Tempo was disastrous...the food was barely average and the service utterly amateur.
You really cant go wrong on Moody Street in Waltham. Tuscan Grill is great, had the best Foie Gras there EVER. I also like Tempo, never had a bad meal there. Erawanof Siam is nice too, low lighting and all that mushy stuff. If he has some cash, you can TRY to get into Campania or il Capricco's(one of the top wine lists in the US)....good luck. If he doesnt and you want to go casual, Sadie's has great bar food, Bison County with decent BBQ (not my favorite), the place next door to them serves Salvadorean/Guatemalean/Mexico food, much better pupusas than Mi Tierra on upper Moody Street.....good luck.
Lived in Waltham almost all my life, I have never been to the Embassy.
Thanks so much for the excellent suggestions! (Knew I could count on this board). Going to try Solea and then the Lincoln this time. But with this many choices, I have a feeling we'll be back.