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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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Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Dinner was great. Celebrated anniversary. Had champanfe for us when we sat down. Not great dessert menu."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Spectacular as always - Great food, attentive staff, enjoyable atmosphere. Can't ask for better than that!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "I have always had a great experience at Tempo from the service to the food ...always excellent"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "phenomenal parings with brilliant choices of approachable wines with exquisite food"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Fine service , attention to details,,wine list superb,bests rib-eye in bone steak in Buffalo."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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. :-("
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Never dissapoints. The filet can be cut with a butter knife. Great presentation, service and ambience. Best restaurant in Buffalo."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I think one of the best places you should go in Buffalo If you need to find some place you never made mistakes, it is it!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "One of the top dinining experiences I've had. Food was cooked to perfection service wa spot on. Can't wait to go back. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The food and wine were delicious. We went for my sister's college graduation and it is definitely a great special occasion place. The wait staff were polite but not as friendly as other fine dining places. There were two occasions where the waiter seemed a little snobbish/abrupt: 1) my mother asked about an item on the menu about which she didn't know; and 2) I tried to order the appetizer before we had decided on the rest of the meal and was told they did not do that (I don't mind that they didn't do that but he said so in way that made it seem like I should know better). The waiter did get better as the night went on, but I did not like being at a restaurant where the waiters seemed to think they were better than their guests. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My fiancee and I were very impressed with Tempo. We ate on the second floor which was a beautiful room and quieter. The service was impeccable. And most importantly, the food was incredible. Cooked to perfection, seasoned flawlessly, and absolutely delicious. We will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Had a great mother's day dinner, food was fantastic as always, Tempo's chefs can do no wrong. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Great upscale clean place with great food, and service, no complaints at all, good to go with friends or a date."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "It was our first time there and we really enjoyed the restaurant. The food was great, the portions were huge, and the service was very good, though not overly friendly. Prompt and efficient but lacking in enthusiasm. It didn't affect our experience though since we were there primarily for the food ans we weren't disappointed."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Extremely overpriced for entree size and small menu selection ."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "First, under question number two, there is no check box for "Great for Dinner", I would have checked that. Nice ambiance, food very good. My date had the Scungilli which was excellent. I had the Oyster appetizer, excellent oysters. For dinner I had the Chicken Milanese with a few greens on top which I thought was too crispy and dry but good. My Stoli martini was not good at all. Martini drinkers like them somewhat on the stronger side. Mine was "watery" so disappointed with that. Love the building and would like to know more about the history of it. Over-all a very nice romantic night. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Tempo service was attentive and professional. Food was terrific as always. One of the Top 3 restaurants in Western New York! Outstanding!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "My wife, son and I had a wonderful dinner early on a Saturday evening. Awesome as Always!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We were out celebrating our anniversary and make a point to dine some where we have never been before. The service impeccable, ambiance gracious. My bride of 40 years, had a dinner that was positively James Beard Award worthy. Mine needed some tweaking. We would return and recommend it to others "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "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
  • "First time at Temp. My GF & I had a really good meal combined with attentive service. Very romantic setting. My request for a quiet table was provided near a window with a great view. Note to all diners, please dress appropriately. Its a nice place so leave the jeans at home."
    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
  • "The place was absolutely beautiful....the decor was great, service was on point and the food was amazing."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "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 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
  • "Top notch food, atmosphere, and service along with unique location make Tempo a must try"
    Dined on 3/15/2014