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Tempo Cafe

#159 of 8,136 Restaurants in Chicago
#178 of 8,721 Places to Eat in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Gold Coast
Diner, American
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6 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611-2012
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Great for a quick meal. Very reasonable prices.

Welcoming service and comfortable layout. Found this café on my previous visit to Chicago. Happy to find extensive menu and very prompt service continues.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Peter R
Brisbane, Australia
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had breakfast here, and we both had The Scrambler. Whoa, it was big. It comes in the skillet it was cooked in, I barely finished mine. I helped my wife with her's. Boy it was good and of good quality ingredients. Big eaters would be well satisfied. Service is on par with the food,great.

Thank Stepeo60
Brisbane, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Welcoming service and comfortable layout. Found this café on my previous visit to Chicago. Happy to find extensive menu and very prompt service continues.

Thank Peter R
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped in to check out the breakfast menu and was told by a group of patrons waiting to be seated this was the spot for breakfast in Chicago...so we decided to stay. Greeted by a friendly staff and actually just missed the rush of people and line out to the side walk as we sat down. The food was good... More 

Thank Jacqulin R
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

During our trip to Chicago we ate breakfast at Tempo everyday. The service is extremely fast, the menu extensive and of good value. The meals are quite extensive and delicious. I highly recommend Tempo.

Thank rosslake
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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173 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to eat here after spending the night at the Talbott, it was only a block away. We stopped in at 8 am on a Saturday and were seated right away. We got our food within 5 minutes after ordering, very surprised how quick it came. We both had 3 eggs with hashbrowns and Greek toast. Everything was very... More 

Thank Randy R
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The breakfast what we had here was really tasty but I couldn't eat these things on daily bases , the portions are huge and the food is really heavy! The place was crowded, the service was ok, decoration-wise it's a simple diner, but that's good enough

Thank Szilvia Duba D
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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190 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We highly recommend. The quality and quantity of the food was exceptional. The service was good and friendly. We would definitely go back.

Thank robbythegreat
Ormond Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came here last year when we were in Chicago and was happy that everything was as good as last year. I had the open-faced hot roast beef sandwich and it was tender and delicious. My husband had a veggie omelet and it was also wonderful. Great food and reasonable prices.

Thank 58sandy53
St. Louis, United States
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place is open 24 hours a day. The breakfast skillets are very good but huge! Bring a big appetite. They do have sandwiches and desserts but did not have those.

Thank Karen B
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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105 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

The breakfasts here are great. The staff is very nice. We were with a group of 10 people and everyone enjoyed their breakfast. The menu has lots of choices.

Thank cjnrp

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611-2012
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Gold Coast
  • Neighborhood: Gold Coast
  • Phone Number: 13129434373

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Diner, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children


Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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

Staying in Gold Coast

Neighborhood Profile
Gold Coast
Located just north of The Loop, Gold Coast is one of Chicago’s most affluent and popular neighborhoods. The original Playboy, Hugh Hefner, once had a mansion here. In addition to prestigious hotels, historic mansions and luxury high-rise apartments, you’ll also find upscale specialty boutiques and Michelin-starred restaurants. Walk along Oak Street for your shopping fix and dance through the night along Rush Street. The Newberry Library is also a great stop to check out noteworthy exhibits and rare book collections.