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6 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611-2012 (Near North Side)
312-943-4373
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Ranked #197 of 8,416 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: American
Neighborhood: Near North Side
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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Ohio
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197 reviews 197 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This place was one of the suggestions by our hotel for nearby brunch. It was just a few blocks from our hotel. It was busy even though we got there about 9:30 am on a Sunday, but it moved quickly and we were seated within about 15 minutes. It is a diner format. They had plenty of options for eggs,... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Love Tempo. For breakfast or brunch (do they serve lunch? We've only gone for breakfast and brunch), this is the BEST place in all of Chicago. No matter where we are, we have to go to Tempo for breakfast. They serve the best and freshest meals. Large portions. Endless coffee, but not endless soda. Cash only. Sounds like a pain... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014 via mobile

This is the 4th time having breakfast here. The portions are huge and the service is on point. We've had several different items on their menu and all did not disappoint. Good value for money and the Illy coffee is wonderful.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Food was good and big servings for the price. Our waitress was top notch and made the meal even better. Location was within a block of our hotel for an easy walk.

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Dublin, Ireland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 via mobile

We eat here three times for breakfast on our trip to Chicago. I had a Denver omelette, heuvos rancheros and bacon with toast. My wife had pancakes, eggs with chorizo and bacon and a waffle with maple syrup (3 days for 3 dishes!). All dishes were very good with good portions and nice fried potatoes served with egg dishes. If... More 

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Visited Tempo Cafe in August so it was nice and sunny, unlike now I assume, so we opted to sit outside. Menu was quite large so should be able to find something for everyone. I went for the omlette as did my girlfriend, she got hers in a pan, they must have been running out of pans because mine was... More 

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Edinburgh
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We were staying at the Whitehall Hotel recently and found this cafe close by on State Street. We had breakfast there four times during our stay and it was excellent and very good value. The French toast was a particular favorite. Highly recommended.

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Walnut Creek, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Close to Weston at 909 N Michigan ave. Reasonably priced, hearty servings,... Service not the friendliest but the food made up for it.

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St. James, New York, United States
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92 reviews 92 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We were introduced to Tempo about ten years ago as an alternative to eating in the hotel. We haven't looked back since. It is a three block walk from where we stay and unless it's pouring rain, this is where we go for breakfast. The service is quick, but no one rushes you to get out even on very busy... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We went over to grab breakfast and our favorite Illy coffee, but the line was so long that we just grabbed takeout. The large portions and great food make it a very popular destination for visitors and locals alike! We returned that night at 2 am (yes it is open 24 hrs!) and see why it is worth the wait... More 

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Additional Information about Tempo Cafe

Address: 6 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611-2012
Phone Number: 312-943-4373
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Near North Side
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
Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
Cuisine: American

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