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 Scott at sshurr@gmail.com

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News and reviews

  • January 19, 2020 - According to an ad in the Herald, the owner of Sichuan's Garden is retiring, and all the equipment and fixtures at the restaurant at 411 Waverly Oaks Road, Suite 109 will be auctioned off on January 27.
  • December 30, 2019 - A story from Patch reported that Baan Thai had closed, because the owner retired.
  • December 27, 2019 - A story from Patch reported: As Gustazo's on Main Street prepares to move to a spot on Moody Street, in its place a new restaurant called Revelry is already set to pop up. If it's anything like the food truck of the same name, Waltham is about to get some New Orleans inspired food. Before Christmas the owner of South Boston's Coppersmith and the food truck Revelry, Gerry Curtin, told the licensing commission he planned minimal cosmetic upgrade to the space at 663 Main St. Expect new furniture and a new look, but no major renovation to the space, he said. Revelry will have a liquor license and plans to employ as many as 25 people in the 54 seat restaurant. Duhamelle Shelia Senat is coming over from Curtin's other restaurant to be the restaurant manager.
  • December 24, 2019 - Waltham News Tributes reports: After 33 years at Wilson's Diner -- including 24 years as owner -- Arthur Karras will be retiring from the breakfast business. Another owner will be taking over on Jan. 1.
  • December 20, 2019 - Lily's Kitchen on River Street has closed.
  • November 15, 2019 - A tea shop called RoyalTea is set to open in the space next to Bonchon early next year, if renovation goes to plan, according to owner Yukit Wu. The franchise, known for their specialty bubble tea, cheese tea, is expected to be open in February at 331 Moody Street.
  • November 11, 2019 - Tiki House is closed. Planned for 569 Moody Street is a Malaysian Restaurant, by the owners of Penang in China Town. Opening in about 3 months.
  • October 29, 2019 - Moody's sent an email saying that Pollo Club is now open at 456 Moody Street.
  • October 16, 2019 - Jiang Nan is open at the former location of Noodle Hut is closed.
  • October 16, 2019 - Craft Food Hall opened at 200 5th Avenue. The space, created by Doug and Melissa Ferriman, features two restaurants, Project X Pizza and Sousviderie, as well as a pour your own beer and wine wall.
  • October 10, 2019 - Noodle Hut is closed.
  • September 25, 2019 - According to The Waltham Channel: Coolgreens is coming to Third Ave in the former D'Angelo location. The healthy, made-to-order chain will open in the fall, according to its website. Founded in Oklahoma City, Coolgreens prepares signature salads, wraps, quinoa bowls, flatbreads and sandwiches. D'Angelo restaurant at 75 Third Ave beside Dunkin' Donuts closed in April of 2018. Coolgreens has about 10 locations, mostly in Oklahoma. The Waltham restaurant will be the first in the Northeast.
  • September 16, 2019 - Saw on facebook today: A sign on the front door of Red Bird at 361 Moody Street reads "CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS." Owner Dan Stokes explained. "Red Bird is closed at the moment. We closed over Labor Day weekend. While a new concept is not out of the question, I am entertaining offers for the sale of the restaurant as well. I'm looking to move to a larger space, not sure where yet," he said. Stokes opened the New American restaurant back in 2014.
  • August 31, 2019 - Red Bird closed.
  • July 24, 2019 - The Waltham Channel reported that a new restaurant called the Pollo Club will open at 456 Moody Street. The address was occupied by a Moody's taco and BBQ restaurant El Rincon, that was opened in 2018, but early in 2019. Moody's manager Alex Hage said "Pollo Club is going to be a cool and hip chicken restaurant. Pollo means "chicken" in Spanish. We will also be offering healthy choices such as salads and meat-free items". The projected opening date is early September.
  • July 14, 2019 - According to a story from Patch, Doug and Melissa Ferriman, owners of Craft Food Hall Project in Lexington, will open a second location in Prospect Hill. It features a cafeteria-style "food hall" with "five star food" Ferriman told the licensing commission in June. He plans to convert the first floor of a building at 200 Fifth Avenue.
  • June 22, 2019 - The Grill has reopened, apparently under new management.
  • June 17, 2019 - Gustazo is planning to move from their current Main Street location to the former Garcia Brogan's site at 240 Moody Street.
  • May 19. 2019 - Posted on their facebook page yesterday: Biagio Ristorante & Bar THANK YOU! We have had a wonderful 18 years serving Waltham and surrounding communities at our two locations, Casa Mia and Biagio Ristorante & Bar. We have sold our business and will be closing in early June. Our family has been able to celebrate many special occasions with you and we are grateful for memories that will last a lifetime. We are excited about the new changes coming to 123 Moody Street, and as always, give our love and support to all of the local Waltham businesses. Ciao!
  • May 11, 2019 - Moody's Delicatessen and Provisions has reopened.
  • May 11, 2019 - Late in April, Jin's Sichuan House Restaurant on Main Street changed their name to Noodle Hut, and changed the menu.
  • May 6, 2019 - City of Waltham posted on facebook: "Today, Mayor McCarthy and Ward 8 Councillor, Cathyann Harris, officially welcomed "Bonchon" to the Waltham Community with a ribbon cutting ceremony! Bonchon specializes in Korean-style fried chicken and a variety of savory Asian fusion dishes. It's located at 329 Moody Street. Check in for their grand opening today (May 6th) on Facebook or Yelp for a free side or drink with any entree!"
  • April 24, 2019 - Moody's Delicatessen and Provisions was closed by Waltham's licensing commission, after founder Joshua Smith turned over ownership of the business.
  • April 5, 2019 - A sign on The Grill says they are closed, blaming lack of a liquor license for poor business. It says they will reopen once licenses become available.
  • March 30, 2019 - Saw a photo of a building permit posted at 434 Moody Street for VEGGIE CRUST - RENOVATE EXISTING RESTAURANT. Maybe the same people as Veggie Crust in Somerville.
  • March 28, 2019 - Friendly Ice Cream on Lexington Street closed. Rumor is that it will be replaced by a MacDonalds.
  • March 8, 2019 - This Friday is official opening date for Kung Fu Tea, at 246 Moody Street. This is a New York City-based chain that was founded in 2009, specializing in bubble tea. The storefront used to be occupied by the old Cricket Wireless shop.
  • January 27, 2019 - Aries Noodle & Dumpling is open at 617 Main Street, former location of The Sushi Box. The new place features Korean fried chicken and Northern Chinese cuisine.
  • January 23, 2019 - Chipotle Mexican Grill opened a new restaurant at 1110 Lexington Street, and normal hours of operation are 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days per week.
  • January 3, 2019 - The Federal opened at the former site of Flank at the shopping center at 1265 Main Street.

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