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“Tempo has the right beat” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tempo Restaurant

Tempo Restaurant
4231 Duke St, Ste C, Alexandria, VA 22304-2485
703-370-7900
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Ranked #38 of 597 Restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $23 - $23
Cuisines: Italian, American
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: North Gordon
Transit: Nearest Metro Station: King Street Metro is 2.2 miles away within walking distance if you are in good shape otherwise take a cab.
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.
Kiev
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196 reviews 196 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
“Tempo has the right beat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Very nice restaurant that is largely undiscovered. Excellent menu with good variety of dishes, and some especially good seafood selections. There is excellent gazpacho soup as well for a really refreshing dish on a hot summer day. The seafood selection is good and there are good soups and salads as well. Lunch is a good time to go, not so crowded and there is separate back room with some privacy. Nicely decorated and stylish interior. Well worth the visit and very good value for money. Service is good as well.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Onancock, Virginia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Delightful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Do not dismiss this neighborhood gem of a dining place: outward appearances can be deceiving. Delicious food, attentive staff, great service, appealing intimate atmosphere, very friendly and welcoming. Menu offerings are sure to please.
We were introduced to Tempo by friends and it is now on our favorite list.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Beaverton, Oregon
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61 reviews 61 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Fine neighborhood Italian place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This little place calls itself Italian and French, but it's really Italian. Right off Duke Street (there is parking), it's not much to look at, but the inside is bright and pleasant. Service was attentive and helpful. We didn't get a broad taste of the menu, because we all had osso buco, which was really good - tender and very flavorful. There is an extensive menu of both northern and southern Italian options. There's a huge and diverse dessert selection - cherry cobbler was lovely. Very good wine list, at reasonable prices, so all in all this place is a good value.

Visited July 2014
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San Diego
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Surprise find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

My sister and I came across this restaurant while visiting Alexandria. What delicious food and wonderful setting! I had the Corvina fish and she an angel hair crab gratin, but were excellent. Our waiter was wonderfully charming and helpful.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Orangevale, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Delightful and dependable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is my son's favorite restaurant and he takes us here every time we come to visit the DC area. We always are impressed with the service as well as the food. The chef's Mediterranean Italian menu offers a variety of unique and healthy selections. The owner is always making the rounds to make sure everyone is happy with their meal. This is a small restaurant so larger parties need to have reservations!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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