Tempo Cantina - Downey

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$30 and under
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Contemporary Mexican
Tempo Cantina brings Latin flavor to Orange County and Los Angeles. With locations in Brea Anaheim Hills, Downey, San Diego, Tempo has drawn diners from all over to try their one-of-a-kind cuisine since its opening in 2014.
Come for the atmosphere, but stay for the food. From Italian to French to Asian, you will find all of your favorite Latin dishes combined with inspiration from around the world. Join us happy hour, weekend brunch or Taco Tuesday for a dining experience like you’ve never experienced before!
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it! I can truly say it’s my favorite restaurant ever! Since we got there the vibe was just great! First time being at a restaurant where the service and food is great but let’s talk about those drinks! My whole experience was just amazing. All I have to say is that I enjoyed my birthday brunch with friends. Definitely recommend this place and I will for sure go back!

JA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service5ambience5

It was very loud like a club not a restaurant vibe hard to talk. I felt I was at a club/bar. Wanted to have a nice dinner with friends but the loud noise of the music was hard to talk. If you want to go to a hip place to have drinks this is the place. Drinks were good, food was okay.

JF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Reservation request don’t matter at this location! Excessively over crowded and service is slow! Food and drinks are ok nothing out of the ordinary and the ambiance was nice!

JA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS A GOOD TIME. It's fun to run into friends. It always feels like a party.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The restaurant was So small, waiters crash several times

AF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My wife and I arrived for our 7pm reservation and were called to be seated within 5 mins. The hostess walked us to a bar top that faced a wall. We asked her if we could be seated at a table and that we would be willing to wait. She stated that would be fine, they just didnt want us to have to wait since we had reservation so they were attempting to seat us at the first available, which seemed nice but we wanted a standard table. After waiting another 5 to 10 mins we were called again to be seated. A different hostess walked us to another bar top seating were we would have to face away from each other. We advised her we requested a standard table and were told that a bar top is a table. We said thanks but we decided to leave. After leaving Tempo Cantina notified OpenTable that we had not honored our reservation and that we were a "no show". I notified OpenTable of the issue. The place was very busy so I dont think they worry if someone isn't happy since others are waiting for upwards of 2 hours for a table.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience really loved the food

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ok so I broke a rule and yes I took my picture of the margarita flight after I took them down. Total party foul I know.

This place is way cool and filled with Latin vibes. The music was awesome you can help but shake the hips. The service honestly have to be in my top three experiences. I lost count of all the staff that stopped at the table. How is everything? Can I get you something? Do you need another drink? Removed plates timely and quickly.

The service we was great she knew the menus in and out made awesome recommendations.

The best part is the menu prices for the quality of food is perfect.

Hats off to the chef way to go!!!! Talk about taking Mexican food up so many levels. The paring the the taste was unlike any other experience I have had. The patio dining is lit with many heat lamps the inside decor rocks.

The chef also take on sushi with a Mexican fusion if you visit I highly recommend getting a roll so it you won't regret it!!

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating Valentine’s Day with my husband .

LR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Our first and last time going there.... the service was good but the tables were so close to each other that we could basically hear their conversations to the right and left of us. Our poor waiter almost drop my husband food when he would pass by our table. Too bad! I We felt like sardines in a tuna can.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super great service !!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time and the servers have great energy!

P
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Had a great time food and drinks are great. Well be back soon !!!!

AJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with a group for my birthday, I made reservations prior but still had to wait 25 minutes to be seated. I didn’t like that but we could order drinks while we wait and they were brought out fast. Ambiance was great! I love the music playlist, gets you hyped up and in a good mood. Food, I can never complain! It’s always exceeds my expectations!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday was lit

OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always delicious. Service outstanding

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun, nice crowd. We really enjoyed ourselves

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were sat down immediately. Service was AMAZING! Food & drinks were AMAZING! We were celebrating my birthday and it was a wonderful night! I’m so happy I chose to celebrate here!

AN
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience1

If you choose to eat at Tempo Cantina, keep in mind that you will be asked to leave if you stay more than 90 minutes. Our server was anxious about our presence as our party finished our meals, asking us repeatedly if we needed anything else. Then one staffer put a pile of new plates on our table and a reserved sign to demonstrate that another party was on its way. Finally, two staff members came up to my party and told us that the table was reserved and we would have to leave, or be put on a wait list for another table. This policy of turning the tables as quickly as possible felt incredibly unwelcoming, and I felt sorry for the staff who had to enforce it.

JC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Place only has One booth table, and they only gave us 1 hour and a half to dine. Sucks

CF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We overall enjoyed ourselves, but had a few disappointing moments. Our poached egg in the benedict was hard boiled, the French toast pieces were extremely small (although very delicious), and the mimosa flight was tasty but the size for the price was not worth it.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

I reserved a table for two but I was seated with another group. The food was not good. It was very over priced . This is not a good spot to have dinner . The noise level was too high. It’s like having dinner at a night club.

JE
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

This place was nice to go to. I reserved a table for 2 and i got sat down at an island where i was looking at a bush outside. I was upset as to why i reserved a table and i didn't get sat at one. The drinks are good. The food was whatever. Nothing special. The music was very loud. It was making my head hurt a lot.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food

OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

SP
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent vibe, service, and most importantly... food! I will definitely be returning soon.

L
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is exceptional. Staff members could be alittle more personal & not so robotic like (I'm just here to take your order & get on to the next one) The restaurant is not exceptionally large so the more people the more body heat, alittle cool air would be really nice. Even on a cool January night. Otherwise I really enjoyed the flight & entrees we ordered were fabulous! Not quiet at all... very loud music videos on the tele screen playing.

D
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was good! Drinks were good! The music can use a better DJ but overall, i highly recommend! :)

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday! The accommodation were great!

RC
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a happening place. Not your ordinary family restaurant.

AM
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Worst experience. Got sat by a pathway which the waiters kept bumping into the back of my chair. None of them ever apologized. They just went on their day. The mojito ($11) was all syrup. The food was OK.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday there with friends. Food, drinks, and service was amazing. I was even able to bring my own cake and they kind enough to bring plates and a knife. Valet parking is $6.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Place is great !

MM
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We were extremely disappointed that when our waitress made a mistake by giving the wrong food to someone in our party, instead of taking it back and bringing our other friend a new plate she brought back the same one our friend had eating out of. When we talked to manager about situation he wasn't really apologetic about situation.

S
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Appetizers were yummy, tacos are average. Service is awful, servers and bus boys kept picking up drinks that were NOT empty. Also, valet in Downey? Seemed to be hurting business more than helping customer service. Will not return. Have frequented San Diego and Brea locations, much better than this location.

M
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

This was a great place. The drinks were really good and the presentation was really cool. The music was a little loud though. Overall a great place. I would recommend this place.

OT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food and customer service! Only complaint is that the music was tooo loud (club like), we couldn't even hear each other conversation during dinner and this was in the diner section not the bar

A
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Went to Tempo for the first time on Christmas Eve. The place was practically empty but the menu and bar are well worth the visit. Our only problem was having to ask for napkins and utensils. The food was worth the small inconvenience. The chips and guacamole was very good but not exceptional. However, I must rave about the House Selection tacos which allow you to have a sampler of 4 different flavors. The mole was a must have again. The margaritas were also very good. I will have to return to sample more of their unique offerings. A definite must visit.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The ambiance was friendly, the food and drinks were good. Definitely will be back.

DG
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time visiting tempo cantina, we came to celebrate my 40th birthday and I can honestly say it was amazing 🤗🙂 food was good and the service was amazing.