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Tempo Cafe

#182 of 7,763 Restaurants in Chicago
#199 of 8,516 Places to Eat in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
Gold Coast
American, Latvian
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6 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611-2012
312-943-4373
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Takeout

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Visitor rating
  • 184
    Excellent
  • 173
    Very good
  • 42
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 10
    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
Hostess

The hostess made this place. I got a table while my friend parked and I had to go to the bathroom before I sat down. She asked my name and when my friend came in she somehow knew he was with me and he was waiting at the table when I sat down. Amazing!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
slc0709
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San Francisco, California
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Excellent breakfast! Great service! Large portions and very fresh and tasty. We had the breakfast scramble and fresh fruit plate. Would come back for sure!!!!!

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

The hostess made this place. I got a table while my friend parked and I had to go to the bathroom before I sat down. She asked my name and when my friend came in she somehow knew he was with me and he was waiting at the table when I sat down. Amazing!

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Tallahassee, Florida, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This place is not my favorite place and the food is not that great, but I always end up eating here at least once while in Chi town. The coffee is very good, and they are always open so I find my way there some how when in need.

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Virginia
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57 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We visited Tempo twice during our visit to Chicago - once on Sunday and once during the week. On Sunday the place is absolutely packed - but they turn the tables quickly and you don't wait long at all. On a weekday - it's much more relaxed. The food is quick, plentiful and delicious. The omelettes are huge - in... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Wonderful place to eat breakfast or dinner, or just have a cup of coffee and dessert. The people are friendly and the food is very good, especially the breakfast.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The skillet was fabulous! Corned beef tasted like it was out of a can. I will order a skillet next time. The complimentary prune reminded me of my mother who loved prunes. I don't and the prune juice ruined the orange slice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We stopped here for lunch last weekend when we were in the city. I have to say the Spinach Salad was TO DIE FOR. I debated on whether to add chicken to it and decided against chicken. It didn't even need it. The salad was very filling, the bacon was more than enough. I got the honey mustard dressing since... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Very friendly staff and really good service. Food is exceptionally good value considering portion sizes - something for everyone and very tasty. The pancakes were really light and very good indeed. Would recommend

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Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This is a great choice if you are looking for a breakfast place in downtown Chicago. They have a large choices of omelets, pancakes and waffles. The orange juice was freshly made and very tasty. The price is good, and also the food and the service. Between 9 to 10 the place can be quite crowded and it may be... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Best omelets ever. Fast and friendly service. The food is always fresh. Prices are very reasonable. Great place for breakfast.

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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: 312-943-4373

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • 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.