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Tempo Restaurant
Tempo Restaurant

Tempo Restaurant Details

  • 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: Italian, Steak
  • 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 (716) 885-1594

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Allen Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is a private lot next to the restaurant that opens daily at 6pm.
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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "Wonderful wine list and appetizer selections. Rock Shrimp Risotto was our group entre favorite. Deserts are equally as wonderful and our table shared many of the items and enjoyed every one!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I was with a group of 5 that enjoyed some good wine by the glass, a decent bottled craft beer selection, appetizers and our main courses. Everything was perfect."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Wow!! The rib eye was overwhelming. My friends had the osso buco and the ravioli. All delicious. From our reception at the front door to our escort out in the snow storm the service was great. Perfect for a romantic dinner or a group outing. Cheers!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The place was absolutely beautiful....the decor was great, service was on point and the food was amazing."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food was good, but the menu was VERY limited and very pricey for what they had to offer. I ordered the filet mingon. I feel like other comparable restaurants in the area, such as Left Bank, Mothers, Sinatra's- have more to offer and you get more for your money. While the food was good, I would not go back and would recommend other places to friends over Tempo."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Have brought personal friends and business guests to Tempo many times - never a disappointment! Night job"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "I know that Tempo is considered one of the best restaurants in Buffalo, and so I brought my wife there for her birthday. First, we got a calamari appetizer which was easily the best calamari we have ever had. The house salad was average, the caesar salad was pretty good. My wife enjoyed her order of Short Ribs, I thought they were a bit bland. My big disappointment was in the Filet Mignon. It was wrapped in prosciutto and served on a bed of green and potatoes. The problem was it was WAY oversalted...I couldn't even finish it, and I usually gobble those things up. That entree alone was $48, so I expected a lot better. For that reason, I can't say that I will be going back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Top notch food, atmosphere, and service along with unique location make Tempo a must try"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Everything about the experience was great! Tempo is definitely one of the best fine dining restaurants in Buffalo."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Everything we had was incredible. We've eaten at most of the restaurants in the greater buffalo area, and tempo was the hands down all around winner. Do yourself the favor."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Tempo was crowded on a Friday night but the service was great from start to finish. The stuffed veal chop was exceptional. My friends had the cioppino and the bolones. Both exceptional. Can't wait to go again."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Dining in Buffalo doesn't get any better than this. Elegant food, outstanding service and a properly priced menu. Nicely appointed distinct dining zones can accommodate a range of parties from groups to intimate dining for two."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Service and great food, lovely atmosphere pleasant evening had by all. Next time I'll have the ribeye."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "all aspects of the experience were outstanding, however; as a personal preference, I don't like overly formal servers. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Great night at Tempo! Food was outstanding! The waitress seemed a little inexperienced though for a restaurant like Tempo. She didnt seem to be very knowledgeable about the wines."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "been before but not in a couple years. reasserted itself to me as Buffalo's best. the rib eye is perfect. had it chicago MR and it was done perfectly. I saved the left overs and had the steak for lunch and dinner the next day :)"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "From the moment you step into Tempo you are made to feel like you are their only patron. Every detail seems like it was especially for just you. The staff is amazing very attentive. I can't say enough about the meal from the first morsel to the last it was simply delicious and that statement dosn't give it justice, it was beyond words. The presentation was spectacular, a picture!! Just amazing!! The meal was seasoned perfectly, every bite was scrumpious!! Thank you Tempo for a fantastic experience!!!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Absolutely wonderful dinner. Great service, great food. Everything was on point."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Service was professional and on point. Food was excellent. Can't beat that."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Wow so I heard a few good things about this place so I figured my wife and I would get out for an early Valentines Day dinner so we went here. There was parking available on the street or in the neighboring parking lot. The ambience was very elegant but not over the top. The food was amazing and by far the best meal I had in years. We started with Calamari as an appetizer then led to a salad for myself and lobster bisque for my wife. I had the Lobster Spaghetti and she had the porterhouse. Topped off with two beers a piece and a quality tip; this whole meal was near $200 for the two of us. Of course there were other things we could have ordered off the menu to keep the price down but hey why not go all out once in a while."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The food and service was excellent. The place is noisy but we like that. Probably one of the most expensive restaurants in Buffalo."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Had dinner with a client. Everything hit the mark. Service was attentive, food was great, and noise level was energetic but not too loud that we couldn't have a good conversation."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "This restaurant was wonderful. I had brought my boyfriend there for his birthday, the food and service was phenomenal. Great place for a special occasion."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "After looking online for a good restaurant in Buffalo, we found Tempo with an excellent rating. However, the moment we walked in Tempo we were disappointed. The bartender looked at us as if we did not belong in there and the lady placed us in the corner in the backroom while the entire restaurant was empty! As European exchange students in our early 20s, dressed accordingly, this was quite shocking. As the evening progressed, we noticed the other room was very full and vibrant, while our room was still empty. Surprisingly, the main dishes were a huge disappointment as well. The dishes were way too salty, while the appetizers were okay. For the amount of money that you pay here I would suggest to go elsewhere- maybe the wine bar at main st"
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Tempo is my favorite restaurant in WNY. Outstanding food and service. The atmosphere is relaxed and inviting. I'm thankful for OpenTable because a reservation is necessary. Great restaurant."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Good atmosphere, however, extremely overpriced entree-- a salad with grilled chicken was $34. The waiter was disrespectful when I mentioned this and nothing was done about it. He also messed up the total at the end and my credit card was severely overcharged. Not going back."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "I've been to Tempoa number of times and with every visit another exceptional experience. The food, wait staff and all around presentation keeps me coming back tone of Buffalo's best restaurant! There was one snafu with one of our guests steak, which they immediately rectified the situation. All in all first class!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I travel to buffalo through out the week. This place is a weekly must! I have been here a few times and have been blown away each time... Absolutely incredible... It is a tad dark in the restaurant for my taste and parking can be confusing (lack there of and apparently the parking lot next door is available after 6pm) but the service and food makes up for everything else. Highly recommended. I have a good mix of seafood to steak and both were incredible. I will be returning at least once a week when i am in town."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "The food was very delicious, but it should be for what you pay for it! The ambiance (no stand-out architecture or art work etc.) wasn't anything special, but it was a relaxing atmosphere."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "I have eaten at Tempo on multiple occasions and it has always been excellent. The staff is always attentive and the food is always top notch."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Beautiful building in a lovely part of Buffalo; nicely decorated; attentive staff; we'll prepared food. The foie gras on toast was maybe the best thing I've ever had hit my taste buds."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Food outstanding. Service outstanding. Great place to dine with friends or for a little romance. Highly recommend. Definitely be back."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "It was my first visit to Tempo but it will definitely not be the last. The service was outstanding, efficient, polite and effective. The food was exceptional. The atmosphere was relaxing and pleasant."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Great night, was the perfect spot for our occasion!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Tempo is one of our favorite restaurants - the steaks are delicious and service is perfect. It's a bit pricier than other area fine dining establishments but worth it!"
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Have dined here before and have never had anything but a great meal and applied to all our guests."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "We were there for more than 30 minutes and had not been served a drink or placed our food order, so we left. The manager on duty did nothing to improve our impression. We will not be going back."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Food is second to none. Service could have been better. Our waiter was quit busy and didn't seem to have time for our party of 2. Overall Tempo is our favorite restorante in Buffalo."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Tempo is in an old Delaware street mansion and oozes character and charm. The rooms are cozy and a group of 10 or a couple feel like the room was set up for them. The menu is Italian influenced and very good albeit thin with about 4 choices of entree per category. I was in a party of 4 and we were vry comfortable. We all had apps/soup/salad and they were very good. The Lobster bisque (seasonal menu) was the highlight. We then had some pasta as Sedondi and again, terrific! It was the star of the entire meal. For entree's we had steak. All good but nothing special. All in all, a great place and I would recommend it highly."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Tempo is the finest dining spot in the city and would not take a back seat to any other cities either."
    Dined on 12/7/2013