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Tempo Restaurant

4231 Duke St, Ste C, Alexandria, VA 22304-2485
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Ranked #17 of 642 restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $23 - $23
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: North Gordon
Transit: Nearest Metro Station: King Street Metro is 2.2 miles away within walking distance if you are in good shape otherwise take a cab.
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.
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84% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Very nice restaurant that is largely undiscovered. Excellent menu with good variety of dishes, and some especially good seafood selections. There is excellent gazpacho soup as well for a really refreshing dish on a hot summer day. The seafood selection is good and there are good soups and salads as well. Lunch is a good time to go, not so... More

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Onancock, Virginia
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Do not dismiss this neighborhood gem of a dining place: outward appearances can be deceiving. Delicious food, attentive staff, great service, appealing intimate atmosphere, very friendly and welcoming. Menu offerings are sure to please. We were introduced to Tempo by friends and it is now on our favorite list.

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Beaverton, Oregon
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50 reviews 50 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This little place calls itself Italian and French, but it's really Italian. Right off Duke Street (there is parking), it's not much to look at, but the inside is bright and pleasant. Service was attentive and helpful. We didn't get a broad taste of the menu, because we all had osso buco, which was really good - tender and very... More

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San Diego
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9 reviews 9 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

My sister and I came across this restaurant while visiting Alexandria. What delicious food and wonderful setting! I had the Corvina fish and she an angel hair crab gratin, but were excellent. Our waiter was wonderfully charming and helpful.

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Orangevale, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is my son's favorite restaurant and he takes us here every time we come to visit the DC area. We always are impressed with the service as well as the food. The chef's Mediterranean Italian menu offers a variety of unique and healthy selections. The owner is always making the rounds to make sure everyone is happy with their... More

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

With a small group of teenagers, we were looking for something affordable, but a little bit upscale. The hotel desk clerk recommended we try Tempo. We found them very accommodating to a few food issues, very pleasant and most helpful in choosing our meals. The food was outstanding, and the kids loved the atmosphere, and being treated like adults instead... More

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Iowa City, Iowa
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This little restaurant is out of the way -but easy to find on Duke St toward Cameron Station. The atmosphere, service, and food are upscale. Seafood was well-prepared, just enough extras to show some culinary skill. The server was helpful.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

After nearly 2o years this restaurant has never failed to please my husband and me and our guests. We are greeted pleasantly and the service is always prompt and friendly. Terrific fresh fish and mussels. Great fresh desserts, and nice wine selection. Be sure to head out west to Tempo and relax and enjoy a delightful dinner in Alexandria.

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Alexandria, Virginia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Tempo is my favorite restaurant in Alexandria. It is the best place to go for a romantic dinner or a good talk with a client or friend. Every client I have taken there has loved it. The food, which is prepared in the style of Northern Italy and Southwestern France, is consistently excellent. The fish is always fresh and beautifully... More

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The Villages, Florida
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250 reviews 250 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Love the ambience of this restaurant and with enough parking, I take this over the craziness of 2 hour parking in Old Town anytime. Too bad not many young folks come here since this is a good romantic setting. We old foggies dominate the scene. Now today, should have had my friend's fish. Fish is always good here. Instead I... More

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