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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

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Visitor rating
  • 35
    Excellent
  • 27
    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
Always a great Meal!

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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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Alexandria, Virginia
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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72 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • French first
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English first
Alexandria, Virginia
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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!

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Cairo, Egypt
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 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 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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 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 

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PA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
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156 reviews 156 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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
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57 reviews 57 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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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

Questions & Answers

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