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The 15 Best American Restaurants Near Waltham

Updated: August 22, 2022

Looking for the best American restaurants in Waltham? These are our top choices for gumbo and fried chicken. We researched top sites and incorporated millions of critic and user reviews to find the best American restaurants. From plates of Pacific seafood to bowls of mac and cheese these are the best American venues Waltham has to offer.

Find the perfect American restaurant

Tempo

American, $$$, WalthamAmerican, $$$Waltham
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Carl's Steak Subs

American, $, WalthamAmerican, $Waltham
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • CBS, 2012

    Boston Area’s Best Cheesesteaks

    CBS, 2012

Craft Food Halls - Waltham

American, $$, WalthamAmerican, $$Waltham
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Copper House Tavern

American, $$, WalthamAmerican, $$Waltham
Google: 4.1
Yelp: 4.0

Shopper's Cafe

American, $$, WalthamAmerican, $$Waltham
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 3.5

City Streets Restaurant

American, $$, WalthamAmerican, $$Waltham
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

Grassfields Food & Spirit

American, $$, WalthamAmerican, $$Waltham
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5

Joe Sent Me

American, $$, WalthamAmerican, $$Waltham
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

The Local Kitchen & Drinks

New American, $$, WalthamNew American, $$Waltham
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

Jake n JOES Sports Grille - Waltham

American, $$, WalthamAmerican, $$Waltham
Google: 4.1
Yelp: 3.0

If you travel further

Branch Line

American, $$$, WatertownAmerican, $$$Watertown
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Lyft

    Most Visited American Restaurants in Watertown

    Lyft
  • Thrillist, 2022

    18 Incredible Spots to Eat and Drink Outside in Boston Right Now

    Thrillist, 2022

Buttonwood

American, $$, NewtonAmerican, $$Newton, Newton Highlands
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

District 118 Kitchen and Bar

American, $$, NewtonAmerican, $$Newton, Newton Upper Falls
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Cheesy Street Grill - Wellesley

American, WellesleyAmericanWellesley
Google: 4.9
Yelp: 5.0

The Tack Room

American, $$, LincolnAmerican, $$Lincoln
Google: 5.0
Yelp: 4.5

How did we curate this list?

Finding the best American restaurant for you shouldn’t feel like a second job. We analyzed 1052 lists and articles from top sources like Thrillist, CBS and Lyft, 15185 Waltham restaurants’ ratings across Google and Yelp, and 823905 reviews – all with some boam magic to make sense of the madness. Don’t bother looking for Thrillist - 18 Incredible Spots to Eat and Drink Outside in Boston Right Now, CBS - Boston Area’s Best Cheesesteaks and Lyft - Most Visited American Restaurants in Watertownwe’ve already done so for you and included all you need to know. We automatically update restaurants’ open hours and services, so you can actually enjoy the top restaurants we show. Since boam gets no payment for showing these restaurants, you can trust the restaurants in this list. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Recurring questions

Tempo, Tessie's bar & kitchen, and Carl's Steak Subs are some of the highest-rated late-night American spots in Waltham.

Tempo, Tessie's bar & kitchen, and Craft Food Halls - Waltham are the highest-rated American restaurants that are good for groups in Waltham.

Tempo, Craft Food Halls - Waltham, and Joseph's Two Family Restaurant are vegetarian-friendly American restaurants in Waltham.

Tempo and Ruth's Chris Steak House are the highest-rated upscale restaurants for American cuisine in Waltham.

There are 30 American restaurants in Waltham.

Drink pairing tips

  • Enjoy fried chicken with Kentucky 75

    To elevate your fried chicken experience, we recommend some Kentucky 75 to go with your dish. This pairing works especially well because this cocktail cuts the fat of the fried skin.

  • The ideal pairing for heavy meat dish

    When ordering heavy meat dish, experts suggest pairing it with a glass of Vieux Carre, a popular cocktail.

  • The best drink pairing for grilled burger

    Finding the ideal drink pairing for grilled burger can be tricky. It’s worth exploring some cocktail, particularly a glass of Margarita. This, sweet, cocktail balances the spicy and salty grilled burger.

Did you know?

  • The world record from The United States

    A giant macaroni and cheese was made in September of 2010 which weighed an incredible 2,469 pounds!

  • A match made in heaven: Spanish granache & mac and cheese

    Did you know that Spanish granache pairs perfectly with mac and cheese? Don’t believe us? Try it for yourself!

  • History lesson

    The year was 1943 when the first deep dish pizza was made in The United States. Tasty history!

Parking information

Walthamis notorious for tricky parking. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen American spot.

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