Best Restaurants in Waltham/Watertown

January 10, 2017
by Zagat Staff

The best spots to dine out in Waltham and Watertown. 

IL Capriccio
Italian · $$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

Even Boston’s pasta-heavy “North End has a thing or two to learn” from this “quaint” , decades-old Waltham “gem” , where “creative” , “consistently excellent” Northern Italian cuisine is complemented by a “well-chosen, fairly priced” wine list; an “extraordinarily welcoming” atmosphere and “on-the-mark” service “add to the pleasure” – plus it’s “less expensive than having to travel to Italy.”
La Campania
Italian · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

“It all comes together” at this family-owned Waltham “diamond in the rough” , where the “exquisite Italian comfort food” is “prepared with love and care” , then served with an “interesting, well-priced” wine list by “professional” yet “warm” staffers; it’s “not cheap” , but it’s “worth the trip” “if you can get in” , complete with a “charming” space reminiscent of “the Italian countryside.
Strip-T's Restaurant
American · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.0 · Service 4.1

“Small but mighty” , this “almost decorless storefront” in Watertown “surprises” and “delights” with chef Tim Maslow’s “high-end” , “innovative” American meals that “excite the palate” (including some “intriguing daily specials” ); there’s “accommodating” service, a “casual” vibe and “bargain prices” , but no reservations, so come early.
New Ginza
Japanese · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

There’s “always very good” sushi at this Watertown Japanese “favorite” , but regulars remark that the noodle bowls, DIY stone-grill entrees and lunch specials and combo meals are “well worth it” too; plus, even when the small, traditional digs get “hectic and crowded” , the staff is “attentive and thoughtful.”
Taqueria Mexico
Mexican · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.1

These cantinas are “always good” for “cheap, dependable” and, most importantly, “tasty” Mexican grub; the “humble” “hole-in-the-wall” digs feature live music like mariachi bands, which adds to the “friendly atmosphere” (big with college students on weekends).