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Tempo Restaurant

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4231 Duke St, Ste C, Alexandria, VA 22304-2485 (North Gordon)
+1 703-370-7900
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Vienna, Virginia
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232 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have eaten here with friends several times before attending a concert. The staff has a hard time keeping up with a group of 6 or 8, but they are unfailingly pleasant. The food is basically acceptable. The veal scallopini "Normande" with julienne apples and brandy cream sauce was one of the best dishes I have had there. The melon... More 

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Newport News, Virginia
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I think that the restaurant is a converted gas station. Really. BUT.... The food was gourmet, prepared to order, paired with amazing wines, and the service was amazing. The atmosphere was quiet and dignified. I travel and dine out frequently. This was fine dining at its best. One of my most memorable meals ever!

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I and all my friends love this place. Discovered it via a friend of a friend and have been there many times for dinner and for lunch. White linen tablecloths, great wait service, and the food is delicious and beautifully presented. Prices are reasonable and there's no problem with parking. I think it's kind of a secret... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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103 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016

You wouldn't think to find a place like Tempo off Duke Street, which is mainly strip malls and fast food joints. But Tempo is a small, elegant Italian place amidst the bustle. Crisp white linen tablecloths, quiet, and attentive service from charming older men. The meatballs were very good, and my ham and veal was as decadent as it sounds.... More 

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1 Thank Ralph B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

We have been going to Tempo for years and years. The food is always so fresh and well prepared. They really know how to cook fish perfectly. Meat too, for that matter.

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1 Thank Diane R
Vienna, Austria
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

The cuisine is Northern Italian/French and nicely presented. There is a nice choice of appetisers and main dishes. The menu changes monthly. The cake tray is most appealing and choosing is difficult.

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1 Thank BillandKathy27
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016

We have been to Tempo many times, usually with family or friends. The food is reliably delicious, and the manager and staff are friendly and helpful. The decor is modern, bright and without excess noise. Since Tempo is out of the tourist area of Old Town, it is more popular with local residents than tourists. Parking is ample.

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Springfield, VA
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70 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

Tempo Restaurant continues to serve very good French and Italian dishes, and still boasts a respectable and respectably priced wine list. The "short leg of the stool" is service; while the service staff does a very good job of delivering and clearing the plates, the waiters are not doing the same in taking orders, providing wine service and servicing the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

On Monday and Tuesday they have a fixed prize menu. Three courses with a bottle of wine for $55. So yummy.

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1 Thank Lynnette F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

This place has been a "sleeper" in Alexandria (West End) for over 25 years. I have NEVER had a meal that was disappointing in any way, and I get there at least 6 times/year (and always look forward to my experience). From appetizers to the huge assortments of desserts, this place is "aces" is my book!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$23 - $23
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Families with children, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4231 Duke St, Ste C, Alexandria, VA 22304-2485
    (North Gordon)
  • Public Transportation: Nearest Metro Station: King Street Metro is 2.2 miles away within walking distance if you are in good shape otherwise take a cab.
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria
  • Phone Number: +1 703-370-7900
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?