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

  • 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 10, 2019 - The owner of Playmakers Restaurant posted on facebook: Before this thread gets out of control, here's the plan - Our Chef has come up with a really fun menu focusing on smaller plated food (sliders for instance) and we got in some good beer and cocktails available. Since it has taken so long to get this thing up and running again we're going to open as 'Playmakers' while we refine our new concept. We'll be testing some ideas out at Playmakers and looking for feedback from all of you. We'll make changes leading to our new concept and then when we get to a point where we need to close for the final rebranding we'll shut down for a week or two and open under our new name and concept. For right now we're just unlocking the doors and serving whomever walks in between 4p and 10p. We'll be closed Mon and Tuesdays. If any of you have any questions feel free to reply under this or you can email to Contact@PlayMakersRestaurant.com. Hope this answers a lot of your questions.
  • January 3, 2019 - The Federal opened at the former site of Flank at the shopping center at 1265 Main Street.
  • December 15, 2018 - Garcia Brogan's posted in facebook: Joins us this Saturday, December 15 for a fond farewell & last hurrah...
  • December 3, 2018 - The Local Kitchen & Drinks, a small local chain with restaurants in West Newton, Wayland, Wellesley, and Woburn, is planning to open at 99 3rd Avenue. The new restaurant will replace Bonefish Grill, which closed in March.
  • November 30, 2018 - The sign is now up for the Mighty Squirrel Brewery and Taproom on Waverley Oaks Road. Opening is scheduled for December 7 at 4pm.
  • November 12, 2018 - The news is that owner Joey Crugnale is done and is closing the last of his Naked Fish restaurants on December 22. As of 2010, all of the 10 restaurants in the chain except for the Waltham location at 455 Totten Pond Road had closed.
  • October 27, 2018 - Balani is now open at 469 Moody Street. This is the former location of Raffaele's Ristorante. Dave Becker also owns an Italian restaurant in Needham and an Eastern Mediterranean place in Wellesley.

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