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Tempo Cafe

#62 of 8,174 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
Gold Coast
Diner, American
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6 E Chestnut St, 6 E Chestnut St, 60611-2012, Chicago, Illinois, Chicago, IL 60611-2012
13129434373
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 235
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    Very good
  • 46
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  • 17
    Poor
  • 13
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Casual Diner near the Gold Coast

Was seeking a place close to the Newberry Library and stumbled on this little gem. It is clean, comfortable and unpretentious. The food is good standard diner fare and I was not disappointed in anything. Especially good soup.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 27, 2015
gstrange8
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Oak Park, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife and I spent the weekend in Chicago and went to Tempo for breakfast on Saturday morning. Tempo was crowded, My wife had a spinach omelet which she said was somewhat undercooked, but nevertheless enjoyed. I had the huevos rancheros, which was not good at all. The eggs were under cooked and the entire dish was runny. It seemed... More 

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Thank Tom C
Saint Louis, Missouri
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158 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We saw this place as we were walking around. As it was close to our hotel, we decided to eat breakfast there. The service was great and we got our food quickly. There was a nice cross section of people there, if you love people watching. The breakfast comes with Greek toast, which is good thick bread. The orange marmalade... More 

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Thank Hmm1960
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Fully staffed establishment with plenty of cooks and waitresses. The service is very good, and the food is great, too.

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Thank Thomas M
Oak Park, Illinois
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221 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Was seeking a place close to the Newberry Library and stumbled on this little gem. It is clean, comfortable and unpretentious. The food is good standard diner fare and I was not disappointed in anything. Especially good soup.

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Thank gstrange8
waterloo, ON
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96 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

Visited in early December and had a delicious breakfast. I couldn't make French Toast this good, and I'm a decent cook. Staff was very friendly and attentive. We came in with knapsacks and probably looked like students, but weren't treated poorly. We just had an early flight arrival and our room wasn't ready yet. I loved the classic charm of... More 

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Thank endsun
Fort Worth, Texas
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32 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

We come to Chicago once a year in December each year and we make sure that we always visit the Tempo Cafe. The food is excellent, they keep your coffee filled and the bread and marmalade is sooooo yummy. I always wish that I could buy some marmalade and bring it back with me. I love the skillets, but really... More 

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Thank Amychuck
Boca Raton, Florida
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63 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Have been frequenting this spot for many years now, and it never disappoints! The skillet breakfasts are da bomb, with great hash browns on the side. Don't miss the thick Greek toast with homemade marmalade. Coffee is good, too! Just prepare to wait in line a while, but it's worth it!

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Thank Drew S
San Diego, California
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111 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

We met some local friends for lunch and they chose Tempo ad it is their favorite place. Usually there is an hour wait but on this particular Saturday winter day we were seated immediately. We all ordered breakfast food although it was lunch time. The full menu is served all day. The eggs come in individual skillets over potatoes. French... More 

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Thank Sa-i44
North Carolina
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107 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

We ate there with people "in the know" who have been going there for years, there was a long wait testifying to its popularity. The service was a wee bit topsy turvey but you could forgive them that as it was so busy. Great waffles! Pancakes looked good too.

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Thank BallaghMan
Hillsboro, Missouri
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109 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

On a recent trip to Chicago my wife and I had the pleasure of dining at many fine eating establishments and Tempo was our best experience. A friend recommended it and she was right on the money. We both had omelets which were served in frying pans over a bed of hash browns They were fabulous! That, combined with the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6 E Chestnut St, 6 E Chestnut St, 60611-2012, Chicago, Illinois, Chicago, IL 60611-2012
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Gold Coast
  • Neighborhood: Gold Coast
  • Phone Number: 13129434373

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Diner, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
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

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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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