Tempo Restaurant
Tempo Restaurant

Tempo Restaurant

  • 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

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.
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Tempo Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
76 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (58)romantic (46)fit for foodies (38)notable wine list (30)neighborhood gem (22)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 2010
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Our 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:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was outstanding! But, wait....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I'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:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gerry
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Tables are right on top of each other. No privacy. Did not like that.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect evening
    BigG
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My very Impressed
    ShaneyVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    My 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beautiful and delicious
    mattgen88
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Amazing food and perfect service. Expensive, so special occasion is likely when to go. But high class dining and worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy
    Pilu
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Hard to talk to each other as place has poor acoustic sound system Food was outstanding,make me go again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • date night
    CpepEat
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food with a few hiccups
    GoldenmamaVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We 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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and service!!
    Rocky
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Well diverse menu with inviting and balanced flavors.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • we2luvtoeatout
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Restaurant was great for a special occasion, if a bit over priced. Not someplace to take the children or a large group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Brought with confidence , out of town guests from Arizona--they were impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    probably one of the best restaurants in the wny area. service and food are always excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always the best
    KCR716
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    One of the top 3 restaurants in Buffalo. Food is always outstanding and service impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    It was an excellent dining experience in every way. Cuisine, service and ambience were all top-notch. We will be returning soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Best
    skbflo
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Everything about our experience at Tempo was exceptional. The meal was prepared to perfection, the service was outstanding, and the atmosphere was refined.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special occasion
    Perns
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Every 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:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extemely Disappointed!
    NoMoreTempo
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    What 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!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • i love Tempo
    MizDoc
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Brought 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:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Turned 45
    LEO516
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Celebrated 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:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Found Tempo by chance, but perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We 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:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    Cowboyx
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Dinner was great. Celebrated anniversary. Had champanfe for us when we sat down. Not great dessert menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Spectacular as always - Great food, attentive staff, enjoyable atmosphere. Can't ask for better than that!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Celebrate at Tempo
    Homerun
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    My 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:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & service
    Steve
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    From 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:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    Pino
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I have always had a great experience at Tempo from the service to the food ...always excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another terrific meal
    toukolou
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 48 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 650 reviews are from the Tempo Restaurant reviews archive.
  • quality great.$60 steak over done
    SteveS
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Ambiance, 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:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Steaks in Town
    rkingcummings
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy Anniversary!
    SSBurmaste
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for Special Night Out
    BuffaloFoodie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Tempo 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:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Craz4u
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Food 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best in Buffalo
    sarge
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Tempo 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:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brilliant
    Dave
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    phenomenal parings with brilliant choices of approachable wines with exquisite food
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    Bellachella
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Hostess 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:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ceoo
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Fine service , attention to details,,wine list superb,bests rib-eye in bone steak in Buffalo.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ShellfishFearMe
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The 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:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    LRSdh
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Tempo 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:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful as Always
    middlesister
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Wonderful 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.