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Tempo Restaurant

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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
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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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, Dinner, Breakfast, 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.
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  • 37
    Excellent
  • 32
    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
Light, bright, lovely art

This restaurant does not have 'old town' prices, thank goodness - it's 5 miles along Duke Street, but well worth the trip.Wide selection of Italian dishes good selection of wines at more normal prices than elsewhere. Lovely art (from the Old Torpedo Factory) which fits in beautifully with the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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124 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This restaurant does not have 'old town' prices, thank goodness - it's 5 miles along Duke Street, but well worth the trip.Wide selection of Italian dishes good selection of wines at more normal prices than elsewhere. Lovely art (from the Old Torpedo Factory) which fits in beautifully with the light, bright decor.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

From the moment you enter... the service is wonderful!!! Bright, cheery atmosphere with wonderful art work... AND THE FOOD.... I had the seafood linguini.... perfectly cooked pasta, with clams, mussels, shrimp, and calamari and the sauce was great. My wife had rockfish with shrimp, and it was like butter, it melted in your mouth.... and perfectly cooked!! I am told,... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Charming room with plenty of room between the tables. Service was elegant and efficient, and the food was delicious!

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Annandale, Virginia, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We discovered Tempo years ago and had a hard time finding the first time we went. It is an old home that has been made into a fine dining restaurant. We have been often because you can count on a good meal with good service. It can get a little noisy sometimes if there are large parties but most of... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Tempo was recommended to us by friends who reside in Alexandria and dine there at least once a month. Having now been there twice for dinner, I can see why it's part of their regular dining out rotation. The menu has something for everyone--thus far, I've enjoyed scallops and veal, and I could see us stopping by for just dessert... More 

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Fort Washington, MD
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49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 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

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NoVA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 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 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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.

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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

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Alexandria, Virginia
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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!

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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 to 23
  • Cuisine: Italian, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business

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

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