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Tempo Restaurant

4231 Duke St, Ste C, Alexandria, VA 22304-2485
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Ranked #11 of 648 Restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $23 - $23
Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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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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English first
Sunset Beach, NC
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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Alexandria, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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Annapolis, Maryland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Drove from Annapolis to take relatives visiting from England and staying in Old Town Alexander to dinner. Chose Tempo because of the Trip Advisor reviews, and we were so glad we did. Also happy that we made a reservation because the place was packed on a recent Saturday night. A warm smile and welcome from the owner set the tone... More

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Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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
19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant 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
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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