Temper Grille
Temper Grille

Temper Grille

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://web.tempergrille.com/
  • Phone: (574) 273-0443
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Sean P. Kelley
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please contact Chef Sean Kelley skelley@tempergrille.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fir Rd and E. University Dr
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Temper Grille
YOU MUST BE 21 TO DINE IN THE RESTAURANT AND ON THE PATIO Food with an attitude

Channeling attitude into unique dishes intensifies every sense; amplifying not only the flavor, but the color, texture, smell, and presentation. This combined effort of culinary uniqueness and unrelenting attitude defines the experience that Sean envisions for Temper Grille. The tapas – style menu is at the root of this experience. It is meant to encourage the sharing of multiple dishes, which engages guests in the culture that Chef Sean visualizes for an unparalleled dining experience.
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Temper Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
105 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (74)special occasion (56)notable wine list (51)romantic (50)neighborhood gem (38)hot spot (19)good for groups (19)great for outdoor dining (16)late-night find (13)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (3)vibrant bar scene (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Good food, high price
    Shoes
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Food was good but portions are too small to justify the price. Steak bites are always a favorite but seemed rushed and were heaped into a small bowl to make it look like more. We were a group of 4 and several dishes were not big enough for a sampling by all ... Something the waitress could have helped us with. If you don't score a booth your forced to sit at a table they should only accommodate 2. VERY DRAFTY by the front door. Wait staff didn't offer fresh ground pepper in salad and portions were way too small. Excellent wine list and reasonable beer prices. A typical meal for 2 here will be at the $100 mark with drinks and the portion sizes just aren't there. We expected more.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Fabulous as always! Eating at Temper Grille is always an event and not just dinner. Wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Un-tempered creativity
    ThePunditVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Sean's long list of imaginative tapas will give you the opportunity to create a culinary palette of tastes! Brandi always makes every diner feel special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Bud46628
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    This was my 1st time rating here. The staff was very friendly. Although service seemed a little slow on drink refills. I believe they could have used about 1 more person to wait tables. Food was very good. I look forward to going back. Nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back room lacks atmosphere.
    zzzzd
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We have dined at this wonderful restaurant many times and enjoy the great food as well as the WONDERFUL atmosphere. However, on this occasion we were seated in the back room which cuts you off from the rest of the restaurant. This room has a television which had football playing, can lighting that shines down overhead from a drop ceiling. Nothing at all like the atmosphere in the main dining area. If you were choosing this restaurant for a special occasion or date night, this room would not have met your expectations. This definitely took away from the dining experience. When making reservations in the future I will be sure to request the main dining area. As always, the food was fantastic!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • favorite place
    jhill
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We love going to Temper Grille. Wish we could go more often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good but not the best
    ScorpionTango
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The atmosphere was nice, wine list was very good, attentive wait staff, very helpful. They also have a great range of micro brew beer. Was disappointed they shortened the menu options because some of the things I was looking forward too weren't available. The food was good but from experience, the sizes and quality don't merit the prices. Loved the lobster Mac thou and would love to try the other macs. Despite the price, I will be back just not as often as if they had more exotic offerings.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This is the third time we have been here and the food and service.... To die for. We have never been disappointed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love!
    WineNdine
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Always a fav place to go on date night or girls night :) great food and wine with an even better atmosphere !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My kinda place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Since finding Temper Grill, my wife and I rarely eat out at any other place. I have to thank Casey H. from 95.3 for the heads up on his radio talk show in the afternoon. We have been there three times now, and plan on coming back many more times.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gourmet treat!
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Excellent gourmet food with a distinct taste. Offers an extensive wine and beer list. Service is excellent and friendly. This along with it's great atmosphere makes for a very special dining experience. Glad it is in our area!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food but expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The food is fantastic but for 2 people to leave full, be prepared to pay at least $60 (without alcohol).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • very disappointed
    ajbmills
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We usually love Temper Grille but we're very disappointed. Husband’s lamb pop was chewy, lobster bites did not taste right, never received asparagus, told server I did not like a dish with no offer to replace. Too bad.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The food was excellent and the menu provides an eclectic mix of unique items. We tried four items, all of which we enjoyed. The craft beer selection was interesting and we added another beer to our list of favorites. The 21-and-over restriction sets an adult tone to the evening. The only negative was that the room's décor is very reflective and when one group became boisterous (not in a bad way) it made it hard to hold a conversation at our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great experience
    mishawakadiner
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We had another great experience here and will keep coming back! We went on a Tuesday night and were surprised how busy they were. We always make reservations though and have always been seated immediately. They were a bit understaffed with their waitstaff on this trip, but they managed well and it probably only added about 10 minutes to our visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gogogogogogostop
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Every item we ordered tasted amazing, and the atmosphere was quiet- perfect for date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Food
    Rsieg
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I enjoy Temper Grille. The food is exceptional and love the Tapas style dining. Our service was a bit poor this time which is unusual. We were at our table a good 15 minutes before the Waitress came to take drink orders and her lack of attention was disappointing thru out the evening. We had to flag her down to get additional beverages. That being said, it was the first time we had that experience with the wait staff. The food is always excellent and enjoy sharing the dishes that we try. I would always recommend Temper Grille.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chris
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Highly recommend this place great food, awesome drink selection, quiet place to relax and have a nice well priced meal. Wish the menu selection would go back to more options like previous however we were able to find quality options.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor changes
    BarryS
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    They have changed the menu- very few vegetable or salad options. Only 1 soup option now. They had a football game blaring at the bar so it ruined the ambiance of the restaurant. If I wanted to see/hear a game I would go to a sports bar, not an upscale restaurant. We have been eating here since they opened. Unfortunately, with the changes to the menu and the lack of concern by the staff at complaints about the noise- they were too busy watching the game. We will no longer be dining here.
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  • Not as fine dining as expected
    Bberger
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I will not be returning here. Heard great things, but what a let down. The waitress indicated that all meals ( yes sides and entrees, I asked specifically) were meant to be shared. When I got my steak for my wife and I to share it was an 8oz steak...... Really meant for 2? Come on people. It was cold as well... On the bright side the drinks were inexpensive and the sides were average... Would have done better somewhere else
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another great meal
    Mazes
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was our second trip to Temper. Once again the dishes were excellent (duck bites, crab cakes, spicy feta, Mac n cheese). Great selection of craft beers with specials as well. Great place to have a "date night".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poorly managed
    4goodMeals
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I requested 6:00 reservations but had to take 5:30 instead. However their were several empty tables the entire time we were there. (About 90 min.) I asked for a quiet table because we were celebrating a birthday. Instead we were seated right in front of the door. We waited quite some time for our first plate and when it finally arrived it was cold. Barely even warm. People would come to the door and if they did not have reservations they had to sit outside or at the bar even though tables still sat empty. Our celebration was never acknowledged. We have dined there before but now the menu has changed and many of our favorites are no longer offered. Very dissatisfied will not be back. No customer service.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our Favorite Place to Dine
    Traveljunkie
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Temper is a must visit, visit often restaurant. It is our favorite place to dine in town and we love the service, staff, and consistent quality. Don't miss the duck bites (order with extra pita), brie, or the chicken marsala with smashed potatoes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great experience!
    LuvinLife24
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I have been a fan of Temper for quite some time. We went for a birthday dinner and there were six in our party. The service was prompt, accurate and the food was incredible (as always!) I HIGHLY recommend the gluten free crab cakes!! Best crab cakes I have ever!! The only regret (criticism) is that they jammed six of us in a booth instead of spreading out the group and adding an additional table and seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Temper revamped!
    ThePunditVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Compliments on the redesigned menu with a host of delicious new offerings!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small but very loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Food was very good. Patrons voices carried over and can hear many conversations. Need to buffer sound system. My only negative was the noise. One lady sitting at the bar talked extremely loud and everyone around us and including us was annoyed.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites
    Christo
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was fabulous as always. Wine list amazing! Very friendly and accommodating staff. We have come here several times for our wedding anniversary dinners and always enjoy ourselves. Roman the server really made our night great!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just a little disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The good we had was very well prepared and was delicious. However, having been here several times before my friends and I all quickly realized our favorite items were now missing from the menu. We all were a little disappointed about it and wish the menu had not changed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu Change
    wantingchickenmarsala
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Chicken Marsala at this restaurant is my favorite. I took a friend there raving about this particular dish. Was disappointed when we arrived to find they have changed their menu and this item is no longer on it. Apparently there is a weekly menu that changes and there is a much more limited regular menu to choose from. Everything we had was very good and the food always is. Just very disappointed in the change in menu. I asked for Ice Tea...was brought Rasberry Ice Tea, which I don't care for. When I inquired I was told that is all they have. Would have preferred if wait staff would have told me that when I ordered.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Beachgrandma
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was great. Served "tapas" style, medium-sized servings that can be shared. The brie with berries and mac and cheese were our favorites. Our only disappointment was that they only serve beer and wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mouth watering temptations
    gourmetguru
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Awesome food, not your standard eats! Great for a date, special day, or every night if your bank book allows. A unique dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas in Granger
    BigDogVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Only true South Bend area tapas restaurant. Food alternatives are very creative made recently more so with a weekly-changing menu board. Dining experience is perfect for both couples or groups. Wine list is also diverse. Don't miss the mac'n cheese or the strawberry shortcake.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We went with friends and all shared everything. The food is unbelievable and you have to try the halibut if on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Curtis7218
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This place has great food but is a bit on the pricy side. Everything is ala cart and everything is $6 and up for the most part. The meat dishes mainly $13 and up. Definately would be saved for special occasions. Two of us was $90.00.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but nothing blew me away
    AdellesMommy
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Dinner was good and the service was good but I can't say that it was an 'experience' as I had expected. I was looking forward to the food blowing me away or having some fun surprising flavors. Although it was quite good it didn't wow me. We had the steak bites which were seasoned well and had a nice sauce but they were well done. The ahi was a very good dish with good quality ahi but it wasn't any different from other local restaurants. The lobster Mac n' Cheese was the only dish that met or exceeded my expectations. It was creamy, cheesy with a nice crunch and lots of large pieces of lobster. I highly recommend it. We finished with the strawberry shortcake that was good but a bit dry. I would give them another chance to wow me however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kitchen closed prior to reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Can't comment on the food because they were not able to provide any. Made a reservation for 9:30PM on a Saturday. Arrived early and was greeted by a server who said "are you here just for drinks, because I think the kitchen is closed?" Reservations were available on Open Table not only at the 9:30PM slot I reserved, but also at 10PM. The fact that they stop serving food before they stop allowing reservations to be made was not clear on the App. I was driving to the area from Chicago (not just to go to this restaurant) so I wanted more than just sangria. The server was apologetic and blamed Open Table for the error, but I was left looking for another restaurant. Luckily Siam across the street was happy to serve us and was quite good.
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  • Temper Grille
    foodie4life
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I came to Temper Grille for the first time last Saturday and it was divine. There was not a single item on the list that I did not want to try. Everything we had was cooked to perfection. Chef Sean is an artist in the kitchen. I recommend this restaurant to anyone who has an appreciation for great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the Veal Flatbread
    Danny
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have been to Temper Grille several times and have yet to come away dissatisfied. This was no exception. The food was amazing and the staff was professional.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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  • Forgetable
    looking4diningAdventure
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We went with the hopes of have an fun memorable experience and hopefully finding a new place to add to our "must do again" list. Instead we were squeezed into a closet where I even commented that I felt like we were being sent to the island of misfit toys....not a great first impression! We then made our selections from the meager menu. We had heard much about the Lobster Mac and it was fair but nowhere close to the hype. We received our Lobster Mac then 10 min latter our baked brie and 6-8 min latter our asparagus. After an additional 20 min of talking with our neighboring table our waitress brought us the bill which included the NY Strip we ordered but never received. AT THE END OF THE DAY THE FOOD JUST IS NOT MEMORABLE AT ALL.
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  • Great Dinning Experience
    DrOllie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    If you are looking for an amazing place to eat and visit with another couple this is it. Love the quality of their food and the sharing of the main courses just makes you dinning so much more enjoyable. I would highly suggest if you are looking to try another dinning location please put this at the top of your list you wont be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.