Tempo
Tempo
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Tempo

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tempocville.com/
  • Phone: 4342440217
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 1:00am;
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Asian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Brice Cunningham
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Tempo offers a private dining room suitable for luncheons and dinners, meetings, parties, live music in a chic and stylish room with an optional private entrance. The room accommodates 20-35 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Brice 4342440917

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Market Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking as well as three pay garages within two blocks.
A word from Tempo
Just steps from the lively downtown mall, Tempo Restaurant and Bar serves world fusion cuisine with a particular French influence in a spirited decor. Large garage-style doors open to a vibrant dining room, the perfect place for a pre-dinner meal, a romantic dinner out, or cocktails at the bustling yet intimate bar and adjoining lounge. Open daily for dinner TEMPO is the ultimate in "new American bistro fare” ...the perfect spot for innovative and creative, but delicious and world-inspired dishes! In an atmosphere of relaxed elegance that invites fun, rapport, and conversation...savor dishes such as shrimp 'n grits, the most succulent pork chop you'd ever find, vegetable tempura, perfectly grilled steak, duck breast with potato Dauphinois, sea bass with white beans and escarole ragu, or house-made ricotta. A place to truly create memories!
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Tempo reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Stressful service
    DcdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    A potentially delightful restaurant. Dined on a Saturday night. They could not handle the crowd and our waiter, apparently a substitute for that evening, was simply not up to the task. We waited 30 minutes for appetizers. One side order with the entree never came. And an order of cappuccino came as some strange concoction but not cappuccino. When asked what it was he proclaimed "I lost the foam somewhere between the kitchen and the table." Not a good experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • out of way location, very
    Thatldo
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    out of way location, very quiet on a Friday night, only 1 other table dining.
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    romantic
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  • The appetizers were great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    The appetizers were great. I enjoyed my husband's entree, even though the pork was a little tough. He did not like the pork at all, and he is a pork fanatic. I traded him my entree, the cornish hen. He was not thrilled with that either. They were out of the wine we had chosen, a Priorat; the chef suggested a substitution, another spanish wine, and it was excellent.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A wonderful evening
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    Excellent dinner! Creative cuisine from a French chef, that is quite unique and that you will certainly not find anywhere in Charlottesville. Perfectly cooked. If you like adventure, try veal kidneys. Desserts are also excellent. From the start (cocktail) to the end, everything was delicious, perfectly thought and prepared. Altogether, a real treat. The wine list is also real nice, even the wines by the glass. This restaurant needs to be better known. A plus for those of you that would like discoveries, innovation, but also the quality of the products. Bravo! We will be back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were there for drinks (8
    mytreat
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    We were there for drinks (8 of us) and our bartender, Josuha was incredible. Very friendly and full of life. He made the experience wonderful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A very nice restaurant. Disappointe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/30/2013
    A very nice restaurant. Disappointed it is no longer open for lunch.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Completely Off Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    We've gone to Tempo for several years, and it's been great. Saturday night, the food was terrible, the bar dropped the ball on everything. The server, to her credit, and being apparently the only server on staff that night, did everything she could, but she couldn't make up for the sous vide pork, which tasted like they'd boiled a big pan of it the night before, the state profiteroles. among other items.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointed
    FoodFan
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    I visited this venue during restaurant week, attracted by an article on the chef. The appetizer of beet salad was creative and tasty. It was the only good course in the meal. The entree was a very poor cut of beef, and the Bordelaise sauce uninspired. The dessert of berries and zabaglione was unsuccessful as the fruit was very sour and the zabaglione didn't mitigate that in any way. The server was cheerful and the decor was interesting but the food definitely needs work.
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  • Bad for R-rant week
    Eatincville
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    We have eaten here before with very good food and service. This experience was a disaster- an hour from sitting down to appetizers. Entrees cold and could have come from the kitchen of a Country Buffet. Desserts completely inedible. Not even sure What one was supposed to be. Doubt Tempo will be open much longer-- too much competition in this town
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  • Sloooooooow food
    hobbit
    Dined on 7/8/2013
    The food was very good, but the service was unbelievably slow. Hopefully this was a one-time staffing glitch. There was only one waitperson in the whole place, who was also tending bar, and a few times it appeared the chef was bringing out plates. Our meal took over two hours for three courses.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, Good Ambiance and Servic
    csDiner
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Good food, Good Atmosphere, Good service, Could offer more selection of entrees. A bit pricey. Recommended for a special occasion or romantic dinner. Surprise that this restaurant was not crowded on a Saturday night.
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    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for drinks and appetizers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    I would recommend Tempo for drinks and appetizers but nothing more. The ambience is great, the food is average (yet pricey) and the service is poor (slow, unattemtive, and lacking in quality of service).
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was lackluster, never
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/18/2013
    Service was lackluster, never acknowledged the birthdays we were celebrating, you'd think a restaurant would love guests on Monday night. Lobster main course is way overpriced for the portion size, in addition to being overcooked and can't tell it ever touched butter.
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  • We were the only people in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    We were the only people in the restaurant which says a lot since it was rather large. Interesting decor to say the least. I made the reservation sight unseen. We were in town for an evening wedding. Otherwise we would have taken the time to look for another place to eat. It wasn't terrible. Just not what we were looking for and apparently many others were looking elsewhere.
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  • My wife ordered the Sherwood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    My wife ordered the Sherwood Farm Angus Cut and really enjoyed it. I, on the other hand, ordered the lamb shank (apparently a newer item on the menu from what I heard) and was rather disappointed. Go with the steak instead. (I might go again, but I'd order something else.) The ambiance is quirky and unusual and kind of fun.
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  • the decor and ambience were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    the decor and ambience were as good as charlottesville gets. the service was very friendly and helpful. this was our first time there and most restaurants have their strong and weak areas. our apps were better than our entrees, but the chicken entree was excellent; the lobster not so much. we will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was terrible. I
    egood
    Dined on 1/8/2013
    The food was terrible. I had steak au poivre. Wife had lamb shank. Steak was of some indeterminate cut of beef - full of grizzle - Pepper sauce was a flavorless, generic red/brown gravy type of thing. Lamb shank was undercooked.
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  • Food, atmosphere was great.
    wine4foodie
    Dined on 12/24/2012
    Food, atmosphere was great. Service and waiting over 90 minutes for entree was a problem but atypical. It was christmas eve and they were very understaffed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The worst food- lamb too salty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/24/2012
    The worst food- lamb too salty fish bland I was extremely disappointed.
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  • Pros: ~food was prepared
    DiverseCuisineLoverVIP
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    Pros: ~food was prepared quickly and was tasty ~very unique decorating aesthetic Cons: ~pretty close to other diners ~not very extensive wine/beer list
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    good for groups, special occasion
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  • Tempo was GREAT. The shrimp
    CDDFVIP
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    Tempo was GREAT. The shrimp appetizer is perfection - perfectly crunchy/spicy.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Great new restaurant on the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    Great new restaurant on the downtown Mall in Charlottesville. The cod and specialty cocktails were delicious (particularly the Strawberry Basil). There is also a great bar for having drinks with friends. On the night that I attended, they were down a few servers. Besides the slow service, it was an excellent find. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Service was terrible;they
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/20/2012
    Service was terrible;they forgot one of our appetizers and couldn't figure out who ordered what entree. The atmosphere was ok-loud noise but not ambient.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food. Excellent dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/17/2012
    Great food. Excellent dinner special during week. Nice guitar playing musician on Wed. Good wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Super evening! Great service,
    Bill
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    Super evening! Great service, great food (albeit small portion of scallops), intriguing eclectic decor. Love the open garage doors for summer dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • very cool ambiance. Great
    dinnergal
    Dined on 6/29/2012
    very cool ambiance. Great food.. a bit pricey, but fun. Very New-York-ish!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good atmoshphere and great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2012
    Good atmoshphere and great food. Our waitress, Sasha, was knowlegeable and efficient.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Awful awful service!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/20/2012
    I was excite to try Tempo since the reviews were good and we wanted somewhere downtown to go on a Friday for a birthday celebration. Unfortunately, we received some of the slowest, worst service I have ever had. The drink service was slow to start and it only got worse from there. After our entrees were ordered, we waited 2 hours to receive them! It was unbelievable, and at no time did anyone come over to offer an explanation or apology. We had an 8 o'clock reservation and were not served entrees until 10:45. We admittedly had a large group, however we had reservations and I heard multiple other tables complaining about their service. ( when we were seated I heard the table next to us say, "either bring us desert menus or we are leaving".
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  • updated French dishes with
    jake
    Dined on 4/20/2012
    updated French dishes with a twist in an eclectic, engergitic atmosphere. Wonderful scallops and mushroom dishes.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time to Tempo - very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/14/2012
    First time to Tempo - very hip restaurant on the corner. While no outdoor seating, the wide windows are open in warm weather. I was offered tastings of wines I was deciding between to help me choose. We shared the salmon and the scallops - both were outstanding. I would definitely recommend Tempo to a group of friends or a couple looking for a great night out with outstanding food!
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Very slow kitchen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/31/2012
    The food was good okay. Love the decor and the hip atmosphere. Full of young professionals enjoying drinks and loud conversations. The only complain is the food takes forever to come out. We waited for almost 30 mins for the appetizers and another 30 for the main course. We arrived for our dinner at 7:30p but wasn't able to finish until 9:30.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent food, spicy shrimp
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/31/2012
    excellent food, spicy shrimp succulent, scallops done to perfection. the creme brulee was fabulous. Previous complaints about the owner hovering are unfounded. Must be a generational thing.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • A gem!
    Ednam
    Dined on 3/17/2012
    This was our third time in Tempo, and we love it! Highly recommend it. The food is excellent and the service is great!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • The chef's father remembers
    Charlottesville29
    Dined on 2/22/2012
    The chef's father remembers all his guests, and creates the atmosphere, along with the wonderful over-sized black-and-white banquettes. He has a French restaurateur style and British accent. The beet salad, the trout, and the bread pudding are favorites. The lighting and noise level were just right for conversation. It seems like it's the exciting new-ish place to go for professionals in Charlottesville, who have a lot of great dining choices.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Top cuisine, good price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/16/2012
    Very imaginative cuisine. Excellent taste. Excellent wine selections. The duck and the ribs are second to none. We shared the appetizer, a very creative foie gras. Our only complaint is that it should have been served at room temperature. The ambient is modern and tasteful. The prices are reasonable. Highly recommended - one of the best dining experiences in Charlottesville.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • The food at Tempo is wonderful.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/10/2012
    The food at Tempo is wonderful. It is simple, and very well-done. The shrimp tempura was a favorite of the table.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I was pleasantly surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/17/2012
    I was pleasantly surprised by the excellent food and service. First time to this restaurant and we will definitely come back.
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    fit for foodies
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  • One of the best meals we've
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/14/2012
    One of the best meals we've had in Charlottesville! We had a house-made ricotta appetizer that was amazing. I had the vegetarian entree, which was a papardelle pasta with a delicious cream sauce that I couldn't get enough of. My husband had the pork tenderloin served over sweet potatoes, and he could not stop raving about it. I also liked the way the wine list was organized; all wines of the same price are grouped together, so if you want to spend, say, $35, you just look under the 35 and there will be 6-8 choices.
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GREAT C'Ville restaurant
    CDDFVIP
    Dined on 1/6/2012
    Tempo is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is the absolute best in Charlottesville. I always get the beet salad - it is one of the best dishes I have ever had anywhere - the flavors just combine so perfectly. Everything we have had there has been outstanding - pasta, shrimp tempura, on and on.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • My husband and I went on a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/23/2011
    My husband and I went on a Friday night. Most tables were full, but the room was still relatively quiet. Decor is a little hodgepodge but fine. Service was friendly and timely. I started with the tempura shrimp. My entree was the pappardelle (w/cremini, English peas, creme fraiche sauce, and truffle essence foam). My dessert was the lemon tart (with toasted marshmallows and blueberry sorbet). My husband had the beet salad (pickeled beets, goat cheese, pistachios, mache, wasabi pudding), the pork chop (w/a mustard potato salad, Brussels sprouts, and pork belly), and the bread pudding (with ice cream and a caramel sauce). All food was good, but the standouts were the beet salad, the pork chop, and the pasta. Will definitely be back.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate