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any recs for a good restaurant in waltham? all suggestions welcome.

thanks in advance.

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    1. re: retrofabulousity

      I would avoid La Campania at all costs as their service is rude, incompetent, uncaring and uninterested in the patrons. This was observed, unfortunately, over multiple visits. The food is good.

      Il Cappriccio has good service, good food and an intimate space.

      1. re: hondodog

        I'm afraid I have to disagree. I am Italian and while I have nothing against Il Capriccio I believe La Campania is wonderful in terms of food and service. I would definitely go there if you are in town just for one night.

        1. re: Pappabuona

          I definitely agree....the 2 restaurants are in 2 totally different classes...la campania is significantly better

          1. re: retrofabulousity

            Well, our mileage differs. But my worst experience was: show up, get seated (party of 6). My son waits for 20 minutes for his ginger ale. My cousin waits similar for her beer (well, for her, we also reminded the waiter about the pending order). Service at dinner is indifferent. But the capper is this: the waiter comes to the table where we are enjoying the end of my wife's Mrs. Dog's b-day dinner (this is before dessert) and tells us we need to leave because someone else (it turns out, ooh and ahh, to be some TV anchorman) wants our table. He doesn't ask us to leave. He doesn't apologize and beg for our indulgence. He treats us like we're merely holding the table until some truly deserving folks show up and then we're told to go.

            This is the same waiter who couldn't follow up simple drink orders, and, on previous occasions was almost similarly incompetent (but not as rude).

            So, yeah, go if you want rudeness. I don't so I don't.

            As I said, the food can be quite good at Campania. If you don't mind eating some dirt along with it.

            1. re: hondodog

              I hope you didn't pay for the meal after being told to leave before you had a chance to order dessert.

        2. re: hondodog

          I agree hondodog. They've got at least one bad waiter in the bunch. I haven't been to Il Capriccio, but would opt for it over La Campania due to the haughty service there.

      2. Another possibility could be Lumiere in West Newton, which is just 5-10 minutes from Waltham. Outstanding service, ambiance, food.

        1. Depends on what you are looking for. Both La Campania and Il Capriccio are good spots for higher end Italian. Do you have a budget in mind? Both are up there in price.

          Tempo on Moody is a good option for American Bistro food. I've always enjoyed my meals and there is a long black board list of specials with 2-3 seafood options each night.

          If you are looking on the more casual end / low price point, Sadies is a nice little dive with great steak tips. Taqueria Mexico & Taqueria El Amigo are great for no frills Mexican food. Mulan for Chinese. Mi Tierra for El Salvadorian. etc etc.

          Lots of options in Waltham. if you can give some guidelines, you might get more suggestions.

          1. Thanks for all of your responses. To narrow the search a bit, my budget would be in the $25-45 range. Any good seafood in that area?

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            1. re: foodandtaxes

              There is a Naked Fish over on Totten Pond Road, but it's been years since I've eaten there. I don't remember it being worthy of repeat visits.

              As I mentioned above, Tempo has a few seafood options on it's regular menu and 2-3 fish specials each night. They also have raw oysters, clams, and shrimp cocktail.

              Solea has some seafood tapas and a seafood paella. Lumiere in West Newton does a nice job with fish. Much quieter than Tempo and maybe a few $$ more expensive. The various ethnic places will have seafood options, but my vote would be Tempo if you are looking for good seafood options.

            2. Solea - tapas
              Masao's Kitchen - macrobiotic vegan cafeteria on Moody Street - you did say all suggestions and it is a unique experience!
              I prefer the overall experience at Il Capriccio over La Campania.

              1. Biagio's If it's nice sit outside on the roof deck

                1. Elephant Walk for French/Cambodian.