Waltham >Food & Dining > Chateau Restaurant
195 School St, Waltham, MA | Directions 0245142.378226 -71.239632
Neighborhoods: Bank Square
why is this place so popular? – no the food is not gross, but i has a special dinner sampler that had chicken parm( deep fried? that's just nasty) that was no better than a sub shops frozen cutlet that gets tossed in the deep fryer, a rubber meat ball that was worse than most sub shops bogus meatballs they use in a meatball sub, and a small chunk of lasagna that was just OK, and the famous toasted ravioli? really? a gummy pre cooked (it came out about 30 seconds after we ordered it) tasteless dry gluey disaster. the drinks were large and strong i give them that,but that's no reason to a restaurant, that place was jam packed , and people were waiting for a long time to be seated , i just don't get it, and for the quality and size of the portions it is no bargain. i guess people are just really dumb, a much much better family style Italian restaurant could not make it in the same general area, and that place was 100000000000% better fresh food, high quality food, huge portion, huge value, nah lets go to the place that give you sub shop quality food at 3x the price of a sub shop. it is a mystery to me. never again
Favorite Restaurant since I was a kid. . . and still is! – I love italian food, and I realize this is not a north end (high end) restaurant, but the Chateau in Waltham still ranks as one of my all time favorite places to eat in the Boston area. I was surprised to read other review saying it is "cafeteria food." Thats just ridiculous. It is simple, good, homemade style italian food. The place is not fancy, but the kitschy decor and funny waitresses are part of its charm. I personally love the gold room with its paint on velvet portraits of 1970's stars. Its fun! People need to get over themselves and see it for what it is: A place with better then average italian food, great marinara sauce, fantastic fried seafood, a huge varied menu, dated but charming decor, and absolutely reasonable prices! I highly recommend it and I go every single time I come back to the Boston area.
whoever rates it good needs a remedial food lesson – A prior reviewer said: How anyone could say it is "slightly above cafeteria food" is beyond me, I LOVE the Chateau, we live on the Cape and anytime we are going by or anywhere near Waltham we simply MUST stop in for their delicious veal parm and toasted raviolis. Not to mention the breat is fabolous! Try it for yourself and you too will be completely hooked. There is a reason it is always packed!
Well, I agree that the place is maybe 1-2 steps above cafeteria food. I say that as a full blooded Italian that KNOWS good Italian food and not a "don't know how to cook" person who thinks anything from anywhere that she can't cook is great. The bread is NOT great! It is lousy and not "Italian bread". Reason always packed is simple: THE PRICES and the fact that the area has so many seniors and people that don't know how to cook well. That reviewer that loved it obviously has NO IDEA of what "good" Italian food is. If you enjoy and know good Italian food - this place is NOT for you as it is NOT for us!
Old-school red sauce joint has been satisfying locals' veal parm cravings for generations. – In Short
The original Waltham Chateau opened in 1933, and its interior hasn't changed much since. Norwood, Stoughton and Andover locations serve the original's menu of classic Italian fare, with huge portions and low prices a given. Early bird specials are popular with the local elderly crowd, and there's a lengthy kid menu for the little ones. House specials read like a hall of fame of Italian-American comfort fare: baked pastas, chicken parm, calamari marinara, etc.
average food – Average food, overcooked pasta. Nice service, somewhat fun for families. Lots of retirees getting the early bird specials!!!
Love it! – How anyone could say it is "slightly above cafeteria food" is beyond me, I LOVE the Chateau, we live on the Cape and anytime we are going by or anywhere near Waltham we simply MUST stop in for their delicious veal parm and toasted raviolis. Not to mention the breat is fabolous! Try it for yourself and you too will be completely hooked. There is a reason it is always packed!
affordable bland americanized – Unless you are tretired and on a limited budget - forget this place. Food is a step above cafeteria style - bland-americanized - almost like reheated frozen food from Shaws. Good value in terms of amount - but if you really like ITALIAN food -- don't look twice here.
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