We have visited this restaurant
We have visited this restaurant many times over the years and have never been disappointed.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have dined at Tempo Restaurant
We have dined at Tempo Restaurant many times over the years, and it continues to be one of our favorite restaurants. Food preparation has been consistently outstanding, no matter which entrees we chose. The restaurant has a regular menu, but always has a very robust specials selection. I especially recommend any seafood entree.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for a pre-theater/pre-concert
Great for a pre-theater/pre-concert dinner. Early reservations and efficient service. Ask for any off menu items.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
For a 23 year old establishment between a barber shop and laundromat, we were somewhat quizzical about what lay in store during our first visit to Tempo for lunch this week. We three were all surprised and delighted - from the menu to the food and service and price points, we couldn't have asked for more. We all ordered fish - trout, salmon and halibut - and each was impeccable, generously proportioned and delicious. White table cloths and efficient service made this small dining room hum. Too full for the enticing desserts - may have to return just to try them Warmly welcomed and thanked, we are all looking forward to our next visit to this tiny surpise in Alexandria.
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food is always excellent
The food is always excellent at Tempo, but there are often surprises. Growing up in New Orleans, and also living in Pensacola, FL, for 22 years, I have had Crab Soup in many fine restaurants, but Tempo's version is the best I have ever eaten.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent time and dining experience. Delightful food!
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great selection of entrees,
Great selection of entrees, always fresh and perfectly prepared. Will never disappoint.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
This restaurant continues
This restaurant continues to be a sure hit for its food and its service. The veal dishes (several different sauces) were all great. On Mother´s day the salmon dish was spectacular and included at least 8 good size mussels. I had not seen it done this way before. We´ll come back for sure!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Still There After All These Years
We went back after having moved from the Alexandria area 20+ years ago. This used to be our favorite restaurant, and it hasn't changed a bit! (Good thing). Same waiter, and one of the funniest people to enjoy! Mothers Day brunch was exquisite. Love it.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful wait staff and great food
We went here for my husband's birthday. The avocado imperiale was an amazing starter. We both ordered fish (flounder and salmon). The portions are very large and the fish was just perfectly cooked. A wonderful meal.
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food, great service!
This restaurant proved to be a real gem! They offer a wide menu, many interesting cocktails - the cherry martini was great! The ceasar salad was one of the best I've ever had! My Sole Almondine was delicious! A huge dessert selection. Nice cozy atmosphere. Competent friendly service. I will definitely make Tempo a regular outing spot.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was outstanding!
The food was outstanding! They did not rush us and let us sit there as long as we wanted to talk. The desert choices were phenomonal.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
A real gem
Consistently excellent food accompanied by attentive and friendly staff. We've eaten at Tempo three times and been pleased every time. Already looking forward to our next visit to what has become one of our favorite restaurants.
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent Experience at Tempo
Excellent food and service. Definitely, must go recommendation.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have been going to Tempo for many years and it is always just super. Food is great and a good value. You can pay more and get much less. Service is also very good. Strongly recommend for any civilized occasion.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Close-to-home place to visit with friends over a lovely meal, with crisp linens, pretty interior and brunch on Sunday comes with live background music, too. Challenge will be to market to less-than age 60 - perhaps once a month DJ dinner show -- food was great but not as wonderful as having someone else cook for me and my friend while we just visited and reconnected.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
What an excellent meal! Mussels marinara were well prepared with the sauce infused in the mussels. Oysters Rockefeller were large and full. The salad was just the right size for a salad course and the feta cheese was sharp and salty, great compliment to the greens. The soft crabs were gently grilled so the flavor of the crab came through. Dessert was an out of sight bread pudding served warm. Wonderful, reasonably priced wine list
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good for connecting with friends
The menu is wide-ranging enough to encompass most tastes and restrictions. There were three of us, and we each found several good choices...not always the case. Each food item was cooked perfectly and served attractively. The service was attentive without being overbearing. Save room for dessert.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love dining at Tempo. Food
We love dining at Tempo. Food and service is always excellent.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Soft shel crabs are great!
They don't deep fry the soft shell crabs, so they aren't crunchy and, often, dry. These are sweet, succulent large crabs. Freshly prepared. Very, very good!
It was late in the evening (9:30). Even when I was the last diner in the restaurant, I didn't feel pressured to hurry.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice place with a good menu
Overall a nice place. Great and attentive service. The menu had a nice variety, northern Italian, some French... but not just the standard items. Wine list was nice, varied and reasonably priced. Hadn't gone there in 5-8 years, and will probably return.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Monday deal
The Monday/Tuesday special dinner for two is a great bargain and so worth the money in this greatly overpriced restaurant world. You get a worthy bottle of wine and three courses for a special pricing that is more than fair. Tempo is owned by a couple that both cook and obviously love to do so. The choices in the dessert spread are so numerous and wonderful it's almost impossible to decide. The menu for these special meals is changed monthly. I went there for a business function once and was pleased with that experience. They have a somewhat (glass divide) separated room that gives you a bit of privacy for such a function. The core service staff has been there forever which is also a notable positive.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pleasant Return to Favored Venue
Having enjoyed many Tempo meals in the distant past, I returned accompanied by three companions who had their own special memories. We found familiar faces among the
staff, a strong personal welcome, a menu with special alternative choices, and updated wall hangings. The combination of factors made for a very special evening.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tempo consistently provides great food, service and value. Never afraid to take guests there because of this. Everyone leaves happy.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The wait staff was friendly, informative and attentative. We were told the chef loved to cook and it was reflected in his presentations. Diners were separated as much as possible in the ways of a good restaurant. Recommend the seafood.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We go to Tempo regularly because we know that the food and service will be great and the prices are very reasonable. The staff is very friendly and it feels like we are going to a friend's house for dinner! Highly recommend it.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
You can always depend on Tempo for a very good, reliable meal. We were there for dinner (3 couples). were seated at a round table, which is always preferable for more than 4 dinners, and all pleased with our meals. We chose Tempo over other restaurants in nearby Old Town, Alexandria, for this particular Saturday evening because we didn't want to hassle with parking in a city. Fabulous dessert selection. Loved Tempo's large parking lot! There is a private room that is perfect for special occasions where you have larger numbers. Please note that a gratuity is included on your bill, no matter what size party.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tempo remains a pleasant dining experience year after year.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quiet, elegant, and delicious. This place has regular patrons, but that doesn't stop Tempo from serving high quality food with high quality service! Can't wait to become a regular myself.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to Tempo during Alexandria's Restaurant week and found a limited, but inspired menu of wonderful choices for our dinner meal. We arrived a few minutes before they opened and the manager invited us in anyway. The service was excellent and the specialty cocktails were fun. Wine list is pretty extensive and with the help of our server we chose an unknown wine (to us) and found it to be a good partner to the three entrees chosen at our table. The resaurant week menu is understandably reasonably priced but so is there regular menu. We would go back again, without a doubt. What a delightful surprise!
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tempo - Alexandria, VA
eclectic wall art, plain dining room, food is good, not exceptional. Prices are reasonable, wine prices are very good. Special bar drinks featuring cherries are outstanding.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best best restaurant in the area!!!
We love everything about Tempo. It's our favorite place to dine in and when we don't have time to stay...it's just as fabulous for take out.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very busy Restaurant Week Sat night
The parking lot was full & the restaurant busy. My appetizer came before I was given any bread. The Gazpacho was very good and refreshing. The crab & spinach ravioli in lobster cream sauce was delicious. Some seafood raviolis have very little seafood flavor. This was different, with great seafood flavor. For dessert, I had the amaretto cheesecake. The crust was made with ground almonds and was very, very good. Dinner took longer Han I had anticipated because the kitchen was so busy. But the meal was very good and I will be back.
8/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
I've eaten at Tempo a few times a year for several years; have always enjoyed it, good food, nicely served, and reasonably priced. Tempo is a keeper
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good seafood menu. Overall
Good seafood menu. Overall an enjoyable dining experience, not terribly expensive.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lived up to its reputation
First time at this restaurant and the great reviews were certainly spot on. An wonderful dining experience.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Despite having lived in Northern Virginia for 43 years, we have only just discovered this treasure. We expect to become regular customers. The food is well above average, the decor & overall presentation of food rates 5 stars, the service is very attentive without being annoying, the menu offers a wide variety of delicious choices, the dessert tray is truly special, and the prices are reasonable. We highly recommend it, after trying it for lunch and dinner. Our 46th anniversary dinner there this week was very special. Many thanks, Tempo! We've been recommending you to our friends.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
The real deal !
Lunch yesterday could not have been better. The menu prices and choices are very good. The wines are well priced and the setting was very comfortable.
We were very pleased with the experience.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was my husband birthday & he wanted someplace nice. He enjoyed everything. Their menu is extensive & they always have wonderful specials. We are never disappointed.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been coming here foa years and this restaurant never disappoints. The food is consistently excellent. The wait staff is attentive and knowledgeable. The value is unmatched in Alexandria. We will continue to eat here until the place closes or changes hands.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Brunch and music
Food was excellent,
The french toast out of this world,the best I ever had.
The guitar player and his music were a pleasant surprise.
My bloody Mary was missing something........
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
The great regular menu plus
The great regular menu plus a mouth-watering array of nightly specials make for difficult decisions. But everything is prepared perfectly every time, so there is no need to fret. You can't go wrong.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Big fan of Tempo!
This is definitely a neighborhood gem! It's small, but has a great ambience (it's nice to go to a restaurant with nice table clothes and flowers on the table!). The service is exceptional -- the staff has been there a long time and they are extremely friendly and gracious. The food is consistently good and the Monday and Tuesday night special is an incredible value. It's one of our favorite restaurants and I would recommend it.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Only thing is service can
Only thing is service can be spotty. The other night, dessert tray came around and we ordered chocolate Kahlua cake and they brought us a chocolate cheesecake. When we called them on it, they looked at us like we were nuts. They brought us another but it wasn't what was on the tray and at that point didn't feel like making a big stink about it. You've been warned.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
It is a very special restaurant to celebrate Birthdays and also had the opportunity to spend New Years, highly recommended.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
My lunch companion and I enjoyed our dining experience very much. Both fish entrees that we had were quite delicious. My Italian guest said the Tiramisu was one of the best she had ever tasted.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tempo Never Disappoints
We are so lucky to have a nice restaurant like Tempo in our neighborhood. My spouse and I enjoyed a lovely and leisurely dinner here on a random Monday evening. There is a prix fixé special on Mondays that is a great value, but we ordered à la carte because there were so many other delicious items we wanted to try. We started with the fried cheeses, which were very good, especially the mozzarella with anchovy. I went on to the carpaccio while my other half enjoyed the tomato-based crab soup, always a favorite here. For the main course, I had my eye on the veal with sage -- I left not one morsel and would have licked the plate if at home! Coconut cream pie for dessert was tasty. Great service, friendly people -- always a nice time at Tempo!
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
bright surroundings, delicious food
The ambiance during the day is bright and lively, with large windows, white linens, and bright artwork. The food is fresh and well-seasoned. It is easy to park just outside the restaurant.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another Satisfying Dinner
A last-minute Friday dinner. Tried some new appetizers -- gravlax and squid salad. Both good although gravlax could have used more dill and served with bread or toasts, but the dab of mustard sauce was quite good. Pasta puttanesca was the genuine article -- very flavorful. The evening special -- pasta alla Sorrentina -- paled in comparison. Eggplant cut into tiny dice and cooked into near mush. All in all, this place is an real asset to the neighborhood.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've been to Tempo before and have relished the elegant homey feel of the restaurant. This time we brought out of town guests who said several times, "What a gem!"
Exquisitely flavored food, sensible portions, attentive yet not intrusive service so close to my home.
This time we sat n the partially glass enclosed area and I liked it - felt private.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM