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“Great food, poor service.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Tempus Bar & Restaurant

Tempus Bar & Restaurant
25 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2PB, Scotland (New Town)
+44 (0)131 240 7197
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Ranked #454 of 1,790 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $77
Cuisines: International, Contemporary, Scottish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Doing business, Bar scene, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: New Town
Scotland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Great food, poor service.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012 via mobile

Arrived for lunch and things did not get off to a great start. Firstly a couple who arrived after us got served and seated first. When we were greeted (by two different members if staff) we were given a table fir 2 although there were 2 adults and a toddler. We asked for a bigger table and the member of staff said she would need to check. In the meantime we were left standing in the middle of the restaurant with a pushchair and toddler which wasn't much fun. After about 10 minutes and watching the member of staff sit at least two other parties we just sat down anyway. We were then approached by our waitress asking if we were ready to order! We explained the situation and she went to speak to the girl who was supposedly sorting our table who finally returned to tell us that we could get a bigger table.
We then had at least another 30 minutes wait on our food arriving. When it did arrive, it was lovely however having to wait 40ish minutes in total for it meant trying to eat and pacify a bored and hungry toddler.
It's a shame really as the food here is good but having spoken to friends who have dined here and having read some if the reviews my experience doesn't appear to be a one off.
Our waitress however, was great. She was warm and friendly and so helpful. I would return to the restaurant but would book a table and make sure I wasn't in a hurry.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Downham Market, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great location and wonderful music”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Found just by chance on Sunday night. Had an excellent live band - wished they could have stayed longer. Good choice of drinks, lively, warm and friendly. Perfect end to a perfect day.

Visited December 2012
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Not so mini!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

We had lunch at Tempus last weekend whilst on a visit to Edinburgh. We had the "mini" selections for £15 each, which were very tasty & filling - a choice of 3 mini portions (burgers/fish/haggis/chicken, etc), all served in a lovely box platter. Champagne cocktails were also a winner, although possibly a tad overpriced (£10)? We ate in the bar area which was nice, but have been in the restaurant area at the rear which is more impressive. Definitely worth a visit.

Visited November 2012
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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“Scones in the Toon!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

Visited Tempus Bar today. Delicious pot of coffee and scones with cream and jam for 2 on voucher deal - truly excellent value. Cheery and efficient young waitress. Festive atmosphere enhanced by beautiful array of Christmas decorations.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Nothing great. Quiet when the city was busy”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012 via mobile

Went here one day after a Scotland Rugby game. Many restaurants were full, but Tempus had ample space. Perhaps this was a bad sign.

The menu looked ok. Most of us picked the burger, which came with 'local cheese'. None of us enjoyed it though. The 'local cheese' did not compliment the burger at all. Yuech!

Staff was pleasant, but the restaurant lacked in atmosphere. Drink was expensive. Don't think we would go back.

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