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bear | Feb 13, 201610:07 AM     7

My husband and I had hoped to snag some seats at Moody's Backroom early Tuesday night. I'd read that they save some for walkins, but they were totally booked. Instead, we headed to Bistro781 for a burger. The burger was very good, well-seasoned and cooked med-rare as ordered. The beef was juicy and quite flavorful, ground in-house I believe. Fries were crispy and dusted in spices, which I normally don't like, but these seemed to be fresh (Russets?) fairly thin hand-cut potatoes and we both enjoyed them. My only complaint about the burger is the bun. It is served on a very tasty house-made English muffin that doesn't hold up to the sizable burger. My husband actually liked the ratio of bread to burger, but I would prefer something that holds together better. I'm going to ask next time if I can have a roll instead of the muffin.

The space is very pleasant, but I could do without some of the televisions advertising restaurant deals (for example, the Valentine's prix fixe.) That is really my only quibble. We sat in the dining area, and it was quiet and fairly separate from the large bar area. Our server was terrific.

We both agree that we will go back and that it's nice to have a good burger in Waltham. It was a Tuesday night and the place was pretty quiet. Hopefully they will do enough business to stick around.

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