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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: Breakfast/Brunch, 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.
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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Dinner
Reservations

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  • 34
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    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
Most recent review
Charming

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 7, 2015
LRB10
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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70 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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 

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Alexandria, Virginia
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

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 

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PA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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 

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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 

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Alexandria, Virginia
Top Contributor
156 reviews 156 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We have eaten here probably 10 times and everytime the food was wonderful and service was good. Great consistent quality.

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Reston, Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

My parents have been raving about Tempo, a French restaurant in Alexandria for sometime. So, we made Sunday brunch reservations. While the restaurant is in odd location, it's worth finding. The food was outstanding and all of the servers were very attentive. I highly recommend the Eggs Benedict which comes with a side of mashed potatoes and fresh fruit. My... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I met my daughter-in-law to be at the Tempo Restaurant today. Neither of us had been there before, but the reviews on trip advisor were so good that I thought we should try it. Both of our meals were delicious! I had the poached salmon with basil and tomatoes in a delicate, light white wine sauce, and she had another... More 

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Sunset Beach, NC
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We were visiting friends who consider this a favorite. We hadn't been to Tempo in maybe ten years, but it clearly must be one of the finest restaurants in the area. The food was phenomenal, and the atmosphere and service were excellent as well. Very highly recommended.

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Jacksonville, North Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We decided to try this place due to it's close proximity to where I live and the great reviews it received. We sat outside on a Monday night, so needless to say it was rather slow, but I did call and make a reservation and they were more than accommodating when I requested outside upon our arrival. The interior is... More 

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DC
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We have been going here for years. It deserves all of the accolades you see in these reviews. I have been getting the wonderful seafood dishes they serve. Then one time I had the outstanding lamb chops. I really cannot say enough good things about the food and service. This is our go to place for special occasions.

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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 - 23
  • Cuisine: 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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?