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Tempo Cafe

#55 of 7,536 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Gold Coast
Diner, American, Cafe
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6 E Chestnut St, 6 E Chestnut St, 60611-2012, Chicago, Illinois, Chicago, IL 60611-2664
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went for late night bite after late arrival. Eggs were OK but only. Wife did not like the tuna salad.

Thank ejl804
Essex, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Staff friendly/helpful (mostly); excellent choice of breakfast menu (we ate here 3 mornings in a row); superb quality; not the cheapest but worth every penny. We had a variety of meals over the 3 days and all were excellent so I am not going to single out any one dish (but DO have the pancakes)! Adriana served us on day... More 

Thank pd7
Amery, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was our first morning stop while staying at The Talbott. The generous size breakfast meals were excellent and at a very reasonable price.

Thank Steven S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Everything we wanted in a breakfast spot downtown. Busy but organized, extensive menu, open 24 hrs, Tazo herbal teas and charm.

Thank Debbie M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I searched for days to find good coffee in Chicago, then I found this place. Open 24 hours with huge breakfasts and real Italian Illy coffee. Went back in the afternoon for another coffee and some apple pie, yum.

Thank Jason A
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had breakfast here and it was okay. The portions are huge and the prices are low for what you get, but taste is lacking. Ordered the omelet and received it in a skillet with lots of hash browns under the omelet. I wouldn't have minded but both were lacking in flavor. A little salt and pepper while cooking does... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had breakfast here and found it to be very reasonable with helpful friendly staff and reasonably portions. Inside and out was very clean and tidy and nicely decorated. Bad point was the sausage patty tasted terrible and didn't taste like sausage. However everything else was good.

Thank firestarter56
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great for low carbohydrate eating if you choose the Scrambler: 3 scrambled eggs with your choice of any 3 of 20 additions. I tried sausage, feta, and mushrooms for dinner, and feta, spinach, and mushrooms for breakfast. Open 24/7, fast service, nice waitresses, reasonable prices. Food is simple and delicious. Food to go for the teenager back at the hotel?... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had breakfast twice at Tempo when visiting Chicago on business, once with a colleague and once on my own. The staff are efficient, helpful and friendly. The food is typical American Diner food. Portions are very generous. The atmosphere is good. It gets busy around 10am but there is seating outside and in. They have gluten free bread but... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter and I noticed how pretty the outdoor dining area looked and came back for breakfast the next day. There was a long line, but the staff was friendly and efficient. Our food was disappointing. The toast was soggy and the eggs undercooked. We enjoyed being outside but would not come back again.

Thank KCA71

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Diner, American, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6 E Chestnut St, 6 E Chestnut St, 60611-2012, Chicago, Illinois, Chicago, IL 60611-2664
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Gold Coast
  • Neighborhood: Gold Coast
  • Phone Number: 13129434373

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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.
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