Goodwin's High End

Food near Goodwin's High End

Whether you're looking for a quick bite or an elegant dinner, Waltham offers a surprising number of excellent restaurants and ethnic eateries. You wouldn't think that a suburb would be so well fed!

Tip: If you are traveling from some distance to Waltham, why not combine your visit to our store with a great dinner? And perhaps afterward you'd like to take in some music, theater, or dance. Make an evening of it! For the the gourmet here is a link featuring the 10 highest Zagat rated restaurants in the Greater Boston area.

If you are flying into Boston's Logan airport you are in for a very pleasant surpriseas there are several Legal Seafood restaurants at the airport. Here are the links: Terminal A, Terminal B, Terminal C, and another one in Terminal C. There are numerous other Legal Seafood restaurant locations in the Boston area too. While we usually prefer eating at chef-owned small independent restaurants, some of which are listed below—we must say that Legal Seafood is the highest quality restaurant chain that we are aware of. They have excellent quality seafood ensured by industry-leading, rigorous testing procedures for seafood quality and safety. Plus if you are health conscious they have both brown rice and seaweed salad on their menu.

Lunch Restaurants
AKA Bistro 145 Lincoln Rd. in the nearby town of Lincoln. 781-259-9920 French/Japanese $$$

Just a short drive for a gourmet treat!

Elephant Walk 663 Main Street 781-899-2244 French/Cambodian $$

Just a short walk from the store you will find this food haven.

Tree Top Restaurant 53 Prospect St, 2 blocks from Main. 781-894-3444 Thai $

This is the place for a healthy and tasty lunch—and it is just 2 blocks away from our store. They have great curry dishes—and for those who appreciate brown rice that is an option too.

Dominic's Italian Bakery & Deli 987 Main St, 4 blocks from us. Closed for dinner. 781-899-3817 Homemade Italian $

This is a great place for lunch. It is both quick and high quality! All homemade sandwiches and pasta dishes, plus excellent Italian cold cut sandwiches. Fresh homemade crusty bread. Slightly more expensive than a typical sandwich place, but worth it. Try the Panini Verde, a crusty flat bread stuffed with dressed exotic greens, and blue cheese. The gnocchi are hand made — every single one. No inside tables. Yummy.

Masao's Kitchen 581 Moody St., Waltham 781-647-7977 Sub Shop $

Macrobiotic food--basic and plain brown rice, beans, vegetable. Open Monday-Saturday, noon-7:30pm

Absolutely Asia 864 Main Street, Waltham - 200 feet away, diagonally across the street from us. 781-891-1700 Interesting Asian $

Chinese and Koreans dishes that you don't see too often in the 'burbs. Better than average.

Demo's Restaurant 246 Lexington St, Waltham 781-893-8359 Greek $

Good, fast, cheap, filling Greek food in a florescent palace. Best for meat lovers. Zagat 19.

Anna's Pizza House 873 Main St, Waltham. 2 blocks from us. 781-899-7810 Sub Shop $

Better than average sub shop fare. Cheese steaks and roast beef subs are popular.

Life Alive 765 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge 617-354-5433 Vegetarian $

High quality vegetarian fare--funky and laidback. They are open for both lunch and dinner if you wish to go over to Cambridge which is 20-30 minutes from the store.

Special Dinner Restaurants
Il Capriccio 888 Main St., Waltham. (100 feet away, diagonally across the street from us!) 781-894-2234. Reservations advised—or you can eat at the Bar. Upscale northern Italian $$$

Be prepared for a memorable meal. This highly regarded gourmet restaurant presents well-prepared classic northern Italian cuisine with flair. The elegant dining rooms are usually full every night—and for good reason. Plus their wine cellar is well-stocked! If you can't get a reservation, many times you can simply eat from the same menu at the elegant bar—or at a table in the bar area where it is quieter. They also have a private dining room downstairs that can be reserved. Zagat 2011-2012 rating of 27 out of 30 in the food category.

La Campania 504 Main St, Waltham (about 3 blocks past Moody St. going East on Main St. from us.) 781-894-4280. Reservations necessary. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Gourmet country Italian $$$

Creative well-made gourmet-influenced country-style Tuscan cuisine in a charming, romantic, fun atmosphere. A real wood-fired brick oven, antique tables, hanging garlic, sienna walls, open kitchen, 300 bottle wine list. Highly recommended. Entrees range from $18 to $35. Zagat 2011-2012 rating of 28 out of 30 in the food category.

Tuscan Grill 361 Moody St., Waltham 781-891-5486. Reservations necessary. Creative Italian $$$

Small, intimate creative Italian cuisine in a deconstructed interior. Highly recommended. The only minor drawback is it can get quite loud when the restaurant is full—which is often because the food is compellingly good!

Lumière 1293 Washington St., Newton 617-244-9199 "New" French $$$

One town away, this restaurant is only a short 10 minute drive from the store with easy parking. When in season, they use fresh local produce. Zagat 2011-2012 rating of 28 out of 30 in the food category.

O Ya 9 East St, Boston 617-654-9900 Japanese $$$$

True gourmet Japanese food and sushi—the highest Zagat rating of any restaurant in the Boston area. Zagat 2011-2012 rating of 29 out of 30 in the food category.

Oishii Sushi Bar 612 Hammond St, Chestnut Hill 617-277-7888 Japanese $$$

True gourmet Japanese food and sushi. You may have to wait though for quite a while—as this is a very, very small restaurant. Not much in the way of decorbut the food is excellent!

Oishii Boston 1166 Washington St, Boston 617-482-8868 Japanese $$$

True Gourmet Japanese food and sushi with beautiful decor. Definitely suggest a reservation.

Oishii Too 365 Boston Post Rd, Sudbury 978-440-8300 Japanese $$$

True Gourmet Japanese food and sushi—though would definitely suggest calling ahead to make sure you can get in.

AKA Bistro 145 Lincoln Rd. - in the nearby town of Lincoln. 781-259-9920 French/Japanese $$$

Just a short drive for a gourmet treat!

Elephant Walk 663 Main Street, Waltham 781-899-2244 French/Cambodian $$

Just a short walk from the store you will find this food haven.

Fugakyu 1280 Beacon St, Brookline 617-608-0721 Japanese $$

More great Japanese food and sushi. 

Valet Parking (6:00pm — 10:00pm)

Tip: Most restaurants in Waltham and the surrounding towns close by 10pm.

More Dinner Restaurants
Tree Top 53 Prospect St, 2 blocks from Main St., Waltham 781-894-3444 Thai $

Excellent Thai curriesavailable with your choice of brown or white rice.

Iguana Cantina 313 Moody St., Waltham 781-891-3039 Mexican $

Fun, student-oriented Mexican place. Check out the ceiling. The fajitas are one of the highlights of the menu. Zagat 16.

Taqueria Mexico 26 Charles St., Waltham (between Main and Murray) 781-647-0166 Mexican $

Excellent, cheep authentic Mexican food. No atmosphere. Zagat 18.

Lizzy's Ice Cream 367 Moody Street, Waltham (by Tuscan Grill) 781-893-6677 Ice Cream $

After dinner, stop by this superb ice cream shop for a real treat. In addition to the typical choices, they specialize in unusual flavors. The "Armagnac with plums" flavor is heavenly, if you go for that sort of thing.

If you are in the mood for something else, there are plenty of other ethnic restaurants (Indian, Thai, Japanese, BBQ) on Moody Street, all within a few blocks.

Tip: Most restaurants in Waltham and the surrounding towns close by 10pm.


Hotels near Goodwin's High End

For those of you who are traveling a long distance to visit us you have basic two choices:

You can stay in downtown Boston where there are plenty of hotels. For instance the Taj Hotel (formerly known at the Ritz Carlton) listed below is in an excellent location in Back Bay next to the Public Gardens. There are many other fine hotels in the  Boston too in areas such as the Waterfront, Beacon Hill, and Back Bayall of which are within walking distance of each other. There you also have lots of restaurants to choose fromplus all of the cultural amenities are within walking distance including the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the MFA (Museum of Fine Arts). Assuming you aren't driving at rush hour, Boston is only about a short 20 minute drive from us.

Alternatively there are several places listed below where you can stay in either Waltham, Newton (which is one town south of us) or Lexington (the town just north of us) that are all within a 5-10 minute drive from us.

Nearby Hotels
Doubletree Guest Suites 550 Winter Street, Waltham 781-890-6767  www.hilton.com $
 
Home Suites Inn 455 Totten Pond Road, Waltham 781-890-3000 www.waltham-hotels.com $
 
Newton Marriott 2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton 617-969-1000 www.marriott.com $$
 
Waltham Westin 70 Third Avenue, Waltham 781-290-5600 www.starwoodhotels.com $$$
 
Aloft Lexington 727 Marrett Road, Lexington 781-761-1700 www.starwoodhotels.com $$
 
Element Lexington 727 Marrett Road - B, Lexington 781-761-1750 www.starwoodhotels.com $$
 
Taj Hotel 15 Arlington St, Boston 617-536-5700 www.tajhotels.com $$$$
 
          Tip: We suggest you book early as these places tend to get filled up at certain times of the year.


Fun in Boston and Beyond

For fun, we've listed some of our favorite diversions and pleasures. Some are arts-related; others not. We also welcome suggestions that you might like to share with others!

Boston Symphony Orchestra. Whether you're interested in the regular BSO season, the Boston Pops, or Tanglewood (the BSO's summer home) there are numerous world class concerts to choose from! You can reach them at 617-266-1492.

Jordan Hall. Just one block from Symphony Hall is another world class concert hall with great acoustics! Located inside the New England Conservatory this is a beautiful hall that was recently renovated.

Sanders Theater. Owned by Harvard University, Sanders Theater is located in Cambridge which is on the other side of the Charles River from Boston. Another wonderful hall blessed with great acoustics. Offers a mix of great concerts throughout the season. Calendar

Boston Celebrity Series. Offers a mix of world class concerts and dance performances. Info at 617-482-2595.

Boston Early Music Festival. They feature both concerts and baroque operaas well as holding their annual summer festival. A must for early music aficionados! Info at 617-661-1812.

Antique Period Musical Instruments. The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has a small collection of very interesting musical instruments. Once a week (or so) they actually play several of the period keyboard instruments: harpsichords, clavichords, and pianofortes. It a lot of fun. And of course, you can enjoy the rest of the museum too. Call 617-267-9300 for times and more info.

Concerts at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 pm the museum hosts concerts in the Tapestry Room. The fare is usually classical chamber and keyboard music, with occasional jazz. Housed in a reproduction 15th century Venetian palace, the museum has a beautiful courtyard, a nice cafe, and an interesting history. Plus the museum just added a new wing which opened in January 2012! The collection itself is an eclectic mix of mostly pre-20th century paintings, decorative arts, sculpture, and architectural pieces. For general information call 617-566-1401; for concert information call 617-734-1359.

Concerts by the Handel and Haydn Society. These are world class concerts typically on period instruments and often featuring choral music. Call 617-366-3605 for tickets and schedules.

 

 

Jazz in Boston: Scullers Jazz Club. Lots of great jazz here! Located on the Boston side of the Charles river in the Doubletree Suites it is also only one-half mile from Harvard Square, Cambridge. For information and reservations: 617-562-4111

Jazz in Cambridge: The Regatta Bar in the Charles Hotel is famous for excellent Jazz in a classy setting. Call 617-876-7777 for tickets and info.

Folk and New Acoustic Music (and More) in Cambridge. Club Passim, the current incarnation of the famous folk music club, offers intimate concerts with light middle-eastern food available. Fun and comfortable. You may ask to be put on their mailing list so that you'll know what's playing. Parking in Harvard Square is easy if you use the lots and ramps (and just about impossible if you don't). Call 617-492-7679 for info and reservations.

Contemporary Museum and Sculpture Park. The Decordova Museum in Lincoln, MA features outdoor contemporary sculpture, indoor galleries, classes, and occasional concerts. Located by Sandy Pond, it is a beautiful setting for a picnic. Pictured at the right is the work Musical Fence, an interactive sculpture. This piece is particularly wonderful when a musically inclined visitor "plays" it. Call 781-259-8355 for info and current exhibitions.

 

Peabody Essex Museum. The museum is approximately 16 miles north of Boston, at 161 Essex St. in historic Salem, Massachusetts (corner of Essex and New Liberty Streets). For recorded directions, call 978-745-9500, ext. 4145.

Butler Sculpture Park. Visit one of very few privately owned sculpture parks in the US. Located on a 40 acre hilltop in the bucolic Berkshires Mountains of Massachusetts, this is a wonderful place to wander among outdoor sculpture of all scales. Bring a picnic if you'd like or make it a side trip during a visit to Tanglewood. One of Robert Butler's sculptures graces the front of Dan's contemporary home. There is a tiny bit of Butler Sculpture Park info online at the link above. Or call 413-229-8924 for more information.

 

 

Contemporary Goldsmith. Skylight Jewelers hand make very interesting contemporary gold and silver jewelry. They specialize in fluid, creative forms, often using unusual gems. If you are interested in a commissioning a custom made piece, ask for Spencer, the owner. The Skylight website doesn't convey the range of their offerings, so a visit to their second floor store near Downtown Crossing on Bromfield Street might be in order. Call 617-426-0521 for more info.

Conservation Land. Founded in 1891 by a protégé of the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, The Trustee of Reservations is a non-profit organization that preserves open spaces in Massachusetts. For example, World's End (left) is a beautiful seacoast open area with trails and informal spots for picnics.

Historic New England Architecture. The Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA) manages and operates a number of historic buildings in New England. Many, such as the Gropius House in Lincoln (right), are open for tours and others many even be rented for functions. They also offer historic research services such as a paint color history for your home. Call 617-227-3956 for more info.

Chautauqua. OK, it's not in Boston, nor even in New England. Located on bucolic Chautauqua Lake in western New York state, Chautauqua Institution is a summer community of cottages, performance venues, studios, and classrooms. Featuring a wonderful open-air natural amphitheater (complete with the worlds largest outdoor pipe organ), Chautauqua hosts classical concerts, lectures, dance, theater, opera and other artistic performances. They offer a world-class music education program for rising students. A typical visitor day might start with a lecture, followed by a pipe organ mini-concert, a bit of lunch, a swim in the lake, an afternoon vocal master class, dinner, and then a symphony in the amphitheater. A cultural oasis. Highly recommended; spend at least a week.

Gordon's Wine Store. Directly across the street from us on Main Street in Waltham is Gordon's wine store. This low key and yet knowledgeable wine shop attracts people even from surrounding towns. Some of our clients combine a trip across the street for some wine shopping along with their audio and home theater fun. Recommended!

More Arts Links can be found on the website of WGBH, Boston's PBS TV and radio station. First click on the link and then click "Event" on the left navigation menu.

Published on:
January 30, 2017

 
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