581 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202Neighborhood:
ItalianPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.tempobuffalo.com/
- Phone: (716) 885-1594
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Steak, Italian
- Executive Chef: Paul Jenkins
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Dancing, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine, Wine Bar
- Catering: Please inquire for catering options.
- Private Party Facilities: The upstairs elegant dining room with private bar and restroom is available for private parties. The Belvedere Room holds up to 55 for a sit down dinner and 70 for a station menu. Ideal for private events such as weddings, showers, holiday parties and business meetings. It is also equipped with A/V equipment.
- Private Party Contact: AmyRae Graves 7168851594
A word from Tempo Restaurant
Buffalo's most popular "new world" Italian style restaurant. Superb service, white linens and extensive wine menu selections. Featuring handmade gnocchi, classic pasta bolognese, and piping-hot risotto's made to order. Savor the incredibly Grilled Lobster Tail Risotto or the Stuffed Veal Chop, and Certified Angus Beef Rib-Eye Steak that will satisfy your premium cravings. Enjoy an evening of cocktails and appetizers in our bar or full service dinner for your guests. Tempo resides in a circa 1880 former private residence that has been restored to capture elegance and romance in our unique hardwood floor and exposed brick wall dining room. Private meeting space is also available. Tempo is located in the Historic Allentown district in Buffalo, New York.Continued
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- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
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Tempo Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since July 30, 2014
- Ambiance4.4Noise LevelModerate
special occasion (56)romantic (45)fit for foodies (36)notable wine list (29)neighborhood gem (21)good for groups (12)great for outdoor dining (6)hot spot (6)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
- OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 11/8/2014Our server was amazing and had great recommendations from drinks to apps to dinner. The food was amazing from the calamari to lobster bisque to steak to gelato. Would definitely go back again!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Food was outstanding! But, wait....OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 11/1/2014I'm new to the area and have heard really great things about this restaurant, "the best in Buffalo", I was excited to have an 8:15pm reservation on Saturday Nov. 1. We arrived a bit early, sat at the bar for a drink, at 9:15pm we were still sitting at the bar! We did not get a table until 9:30pm. Needless to say my 87 year old mother was too tired to eat and was ready for bed. They did try to accommodate us by having us order our food at 9:15 while we were still at the bar, so that when we sat down there would be less wait time for our meal. The food was outstanding, however, the wait really ruined our evening. But, I will return. This one bad experience won't keep me from going again, I'll just make my reservation earlier!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- GerryOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 11/1/2014Tables are right on top of each other. No privacy. Did not like that.Special Features:
- Perfect eveningBigGDined on 10/25/2014We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Tempo. From the atmosphere to the service and the quality food we could not fault anything. We definitely will return again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- My very ImpressedShaneyVIPDined on 10/21/2014My husband and I took our son to dinner at Tempo and had a wonderful and delicious dinner. Our son is a foodie and also the manager of a few restaurants in Chicago. He loved his dinner ate some of my mine and my husbands and had rave reviews for everything. He loved the ambiance and complete experience of this fine restaurant. I would never hesitate to return or bring out of town guests.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- beautiful and deliciousmattgen88Dined on 10/20/2014Amazing food and perfect service. Expensive, so special occasion is likely when to go. But high class dining and worth every penny.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- NoisyPiluDined on 10/16/2014Hard to talk to each other as place has poor acoustic sound system Food was outstanding,make me go againSpecial Features:
- date nightCpepEatDined on 10/4/2014We chose Tempo for dinner and were very happy with our choice. Our entree was outstanding and dessert was very good too. Only glitch was they forgot our appetizer which took 40 minutes for scallops but in return comped the dessert for the error. Overall an absolutely great time.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good food with a few hiccupsGoldenmamaVIPDined on 10/4/2014We have eaten here many times and the food is always of high quality. On this visit, the entree serving of the shrimp risotto was ridiculously minuscule. I am not a big eater, but 4 shrimp and 1/4 cup of risotto does not a dinner make. Thank goodness my daughter was willing to share her gnocchi or I would have left hungry. We also somehow missed out on the complimentary olives and cheese that the other tables were getting and are usually part of the meal.
- Excellent food and service!!RockyDined on 9/26/2014Well diverse menu with inviting and balanced flavors.Special Features:
- we2luvtoeatoutDined on 9/25/2014Restaurant was great for a special occasion, if a bit over priced. Not someplace to take the children or a large group.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/19/2014Brought with confidence , out of town guests from Arizona--they were impressed.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIPDined on 9/18/2014probably one of the best restaurants in the wny area. service and food are always excellentSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Food was greatOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 9/12/2014The food was delicious...my son ordered the rib-eye which would have fed 3 people but he was happy. We were seated by the bar which was extremely loud and compromised what I was hoping would be a quiet dinner. I would decline seating in the front of the restaurant if I were to return. It was my son's birthday and he was served a beautiful, complimentary dessert...which was very nice.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- always the bestKCR716Dined on 9/5/2014One of the top 3 restaurants in Buffalo. Food is always outstanding and service impeccable.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 9/3/2014It was an excellent dining experience in every way. Cuisine, service and ambience were all top-notch. We will be returning soon!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- One of the BestskbfloDined on 9/2/2014Everything about our experience at Tempo was exceptional. The meal was prepared to perfection, the service was outstanding, and the atmosphere was refined.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- special occasionPernsDined on 8/23/2014Every year for are wedding anniversary we make it a point to have dinner at Tempo. From the moment you walk through the door they make you feel special. I maid my reservation through OpenTable . I specified it was are anniversary. First thing, are waiter walked over with complimentary glasses of champagne. The food is out of this world from the appetizers to the main course.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Extemely Disappointed!NoMoreTempoDined on 8/23/2014What was supposed to be a wonderful night out with another couple to a restaurant none of us have ever been to, ended up being total let down! Even though our service was good, the food taste & portions along with the prices were outrageous! While we were waiting for our appetizers a cheese, pepperoni & olive tray was brought out along with a slice of bread for each of us. Usually high end restaurants serve a bread basket at the table. Before we could even finish our cheese tray it was taken away without even being asked. When our appetizers came, it was a bite! No sharing with your significant other. Then the main course. My filet was tough & stringy with hardly any flavor. Save your money! $360+There are many better restaurants in BFLO!
- i love TempoMizDocDined on 8/22/2014Brought my Mother here for dinner. It was her first time at Tempo and she loved it. The service and food were incredible. Definitely worthy of a celebration. The sole issue I have is that the party next to us was extremely loud. However, that didn't detract from the meal.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Turned 45LEO516Dined on 8/20/2014Celebrated my 45th with my mom this past week at Tempo. I have been several times and have yet to be disappointed. The moment you walk in you know you are in for a great memory!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Found Tempo by chance, but perfectOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/16/2014We were celebrating a special occasion and Tempo made it the perfect evening. Excellent Food, perfect wine, really nice ambience. It's expensive but well worth it.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great dinnerCowboyxDined on 8/16/2014Dinner was great. Celebrated anniversary. Had champanfe for us when we sat down. Not great dessert menu.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 8/9/2014Spectacular as always - Great food, attentive staff, enjoyable atmosphere. Can't ask for better than that!Special Features:
- Celebrate at TempoHomerunDined on 8/5/2014My wife is from Buffalo and we were visiting town to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Wanting to experience fine dining for the occasion, we went to Tempo. We were not disappointed. Once seated the owner sent glasses of champagne to help us celebrate. The appetizer size scungili with orecchiette felt more like a full order and was spicy, tender and delicious. We had striped bass with homemade gnoccchi and a crispy skin salmon over a corn and green bean relish. Both were over the top delicious, equalling any meal I've had in the finest restaurants of Manhattan. We finished it off with delicious chocolate cake. Pricey meal but well worth it for your special occasion, date or business dinner. Great job, Tempo!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food & serviceSteveDined on 7/31/2014From the bartender Tony, to Amanda the waitress to the manager on duty (didn't get his name) - all are extremely cordial & professional. The food is fine dining at it's best, and the wine list is exceptional - as are the single malt selections. I can't wait to go back to Buffalo!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- ConsistentPinoDined on 7/31/2014I have always had a great experience at Tempo from the service to the food ...always excellentSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The following 651 reviews are from the Tempo Restaurant reviews archive.
- Another terrific mealtoukolouDined on 7/26/2014This was our second meal at Tempo in the last 5 years and I'm happy to say they've maintained their high standards. The food was excellent (though they can be a bit aggressive with the seasoning at times) and the service top notch. Our portions were every generous, but that being said, the bill was also pretty steep (north of $300 with tax and tip for 2 diners). All in all this is one of the best places for fine dining in Buffalo and we would recommend a visit.Special Features:
- quality great.$60 steak over doneSteveSDined on 7/21/2014Ambiance, service, quality of food and drink exceptional...But, I asked for my $60 strip steak to be rare...Not even a spot of pink...Oh well...I was out with 2 very important clients [ my treat ] and didn't want to interupt the flow by whining [ just the kind of guy I am : strong, silent, able to leap tall buildings, etc.]...Again, food tasty and wine list excellent [ some good value here ] ...Great setting and interesting seating choices: nice outside patio, attractive bar area, and 2 rear dining areas [ where we sat ]......As Arnold said, "I'll be back" and next time I'm sure my steak will be rare.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best Steaks in TownrkingcummingsDined on 7/19/2014The service was impeccable. Our waiter, Dan, was there at just the right moment, but he was not hovering. The wine list is impressive and expansive, something for everyone in every price range. The filet was cooked perfectly. Two members of our group had the Greg Norman wygu special and it was cooked perfectly as well.Special Features:
- Happy Anniversary!SSBurmasteDined on 7/15/2014We recently ate here on our anniversary and were welcomed with two glasses of Prosecco as we were seated. This was a nice touch to mark our occasion. The service was impeccable and we had a very relaxing, well-paced dinner.Special Features:
- Great for Special Night OutBuffaloFoodieDined on 7/11/2014Tempo is the kind of restaurant nestled in the heart of Buffalo that anyone can appreciate-- It is one of the city's best fine dining restaurants with an incredible selection of entrees from seafood to steak and great wine. The staff is very knowledgeable and attentive. The exposed interior brick and low light gives this restaurant a delightful and romantic ambiance.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Craz4uDined on 7/9/2014Food and service are always spectacular. There is no reason to go anywhere else. my only complaint is that every time we go in for a romantic dinner it is very loud.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- best in BuffalosargeDined on 7/7/2014Tempo is the best restaurant in Buffalo. Fine service, perfect food, an attentive host. All this doesn't come cheaply, but it does come reliably.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- brilliantDaveDined on 6/28/2014phenomenal parings with brilliant choices of approachable wines with exquisite foodSpecial Features:
- Good foodBellachellaDined on 6/26/2014Hostess C: We arrived early, the place wasn't busy, & the hostess tried to seat us in a high traffic area on the aisle near the entrance and bar. Hostesses probably do this so that new customers see people when they arrive, but sitting at a table in the middle of the room where you have no privacy and have people brushing by you all night is not an experience that most people want. We would not have stayed if that was the only table available. Food A-: The stackable eggplant was delicious; the salads were fresh; the gnocchi were pretty good; and the food was served very hot. We didn't love the gnocchi sauce though. It was a bit too garlicky. Server A- Our waiter and bus people were attentive.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- CeooDined on 6/21/2014Fine service , attention to details,,wine list superb,bests rib-eye in bone steak in Buffalo.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- ShellfishFearMeDined on 6/14/2014The Nit-picking: feel petty having to ask for more bread with this cuisine - basket!!; Caesar salad - whole leaves makes for nice presentation, but unwieldy on the plate provided. What I believe was a garlic/chard base complemented the Filet and potatoes beautifully, if a tad salty for my palate. Overall very clean, relaxed, romantic feel, charming Waiter, fine bar & water service. Oysters were very fresh. The most delicate Gnocchi you'll ever taste, nestled around the Branzino in a light, delightful sauce. Exquisite dish. Complimentary antipasti/bread/oil was a nice touch. Desserts up there among the best we've had. Memorable experience - gracious staff, appropriately soft lighting and music, elegant food attentively prepared.Special Features:
- DisappointedLRSdhDined on 6/7/2014Tempo is one of our favorites however our last meal 6/7/14 was horrible. I couldn't believe it. It will be awhile before we go back. :-(Special Features:
- Wonderful as AlwaysmiddlesisterDined on 6/5/2014Wonderful food, atmosphere and attention to detail. You can never go wrong at Tempo. My favorite restaurant in the city. Delicious from start to finish. A perfect evening to celebrate birthdays!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.