We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Tempo Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
4231 Duke St, Ste C, Alexandria, VA 22304-2485 (North Gordon)
Nearest Metro Station: King Street Metro is 2.2 miles away within walking distance if you are in good shape otherwise take a cab.
703-370-7900
Website
Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Nestled in the West End, Tempo Restaurant is one of Alexandria's best-kept...
Nestled in the West End, Tempo Restaurant is one of Alexandria's best-kept secrets. This elegant, but unpretentious, neighborhood restaurant is where the locals dine. Tempo's menu displays a blend of northern Italian and French cuisine, featuring fresh seafood.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 76 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 36
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good service same as always

I have been here many times the food is always good the service is a little above average my wife likes the beef medallions I usually get fish the bread is good the drinks are okay I'm usually disappointed in the sides the vegetables are usually unappealing

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
drjonesphd
,
washington dc
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
Add Photo Write a Review

76 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Fort Washington, MD
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Tempo specializes in seafood – creatively and very well prepared. Lovely décor. At lunch the entrees include a first course -- either soup (delicious) or salad (simple greens with an excellent dressing). But lunch menus are entrees – no sandwiches, etc

Was this review helpful? Yes
NoVA
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

My girlfriend and I went to this restaurant for dinner after reading several great reviews on both TripAdvisor and OpenTable. Boy were we disappointed. First, the server was not nice to us at all. We both felt like the she, for some reason, took an immediate dislike to us and we could not figure out why. The server was brusque... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
1,233 reviews 1,233 reviews
593 restaurant reviews
360 helpful votes 360 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

This place was ok, not particularly memorable, though. We went for dinner on a Wednesday, but it was early, so I guess things hadn't picked up yet. The decor is quite dated, but clean, and the food was decent.

Was this review helpful? Yes
washington dc
Top Contributor
115 reviews 115 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

I have been here many times the food is always good the service is a little above average my wife likes the beef medallions I usually get fish the bread is good the drinks are okay I'm usually disappointed in the sides the vegetables are usually unappealing

Was this review helpful? Yes
Alexandria, Virginia
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Tempo has never disappointed. The food is always terrific and well-presented. There is a varied menu to choose from, so no one should ever lack for a wonderful choice. Good wine list. Ambiance is very nice, considering this use to be a gas station!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cairo, Egypt
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We visit Tempo several times a year when we are craving a nice meal in a classy restaurant that is totally unpretentious. The food is mostly Mediterranean cuisine leaning towards Spanish and Italian. The seafood is always well prepared and fresh. I had the Osso Bucco which was slightly salty otherwise perfectly cooked. The restaurant has large glass windows facing... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

For an intimate sized restaurant, it is always packed! Not only packed with people but packed full of flavor. Now, I can not comment too much on the food as I get the same thing always - the Pasta w/puttanesca sauce and my sister - the Eggplant Parmesan. The wait staff knows our order :) But when we bring others... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Alexandria, Virginia
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014 via mobile

While the setting off of busy Duke leaves something to be desired the food is excellent. The salad dressing on the house salad is citrusy and delicious. Warm rolls with butter are served. The fish is always fresh and the side of vegetables that most meals come with are excellently prepared. I've been here many times and have never been... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
PA
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Looking at the reviews on Trip Advisor, we chose this restaurant for a dinner in Alexandria on our last night in the DC area. It was great to have parking on the premises, the interior was welcoming and the service was attentive. But we came for the food and while it was good, we had higher expectations based on the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

We arrived at Alexandria hotel at 5:30 p.m. and needed a place for a nice dinner. Selected Tempo from Trip Advisor based on ample menu to satisfy the various dietary needs of our group, reasonable price, location to hotel and high rank. We were lucky to get a reservation via open table on Tempo's website an hour and a half... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Tempo Restaurant also viewed

 

Been to Tempo Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4231 Duke St, Ste C, Alexandria, VA 22304-2485
    (North Gordon)
  • Public Transportation: Nearest Metro Station: King Street Metro is 2.2 miles away within walking distance if you are in good shape otherwise take a cab.
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria
  • Phone Number: 703-370-7900

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 23 - 23
  • Cuisine: Italian, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Entertaining clients

Description

Nestled in the West End, Tempo Restaurant is one of Alexandria's best-kept secrets. This elegant, but unpretentious, neighborhood restaurant is where the locals dine. Tempo's menu displays a blend of northern Italian and French cuisine, featuring fresh seafood.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Tempo Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?