Tempo Food + Drink
Great wines by the glass, local beer and spirits, and inspired cocktails are served alongside updated Canadian classics and Asian fusion.
But would not recommend a large group. I felt that they were a bit over run. The server even said “a big table came in before you guys so the cooks weren’t prepared”
Tempo is always a go-to for our office. The one thing we have started noticing that when there are large groups the quality of the food is not it's usual greatness. Many at out table ordered tacos and for those who ordered the Taco Duo the chicken was extremely over cooked. I received the Fish Tacos and they were very dry with very little slaw in the taco and little lemon aoli compared to the person beside me who had plenty on theirs. These are something I order every week as they are typically fantastic. I asked for some additional aoli on the side to find out afterwards that I was charged $1 for this. I don't mind paying extra but patrons should be told if there was an additional charge. The server was very polite and friendly and professional. It will not stop myself from coming to Tempo however it may be something to look into as the food quality and consistency does vary when serving a table of 4 to a table if 14.
The service is as excellent as the food - especially the fish tacos and the seafood chowder. Do NOT underestimate Tempo as being some ho-him hotel restaurant. This is a real deal place.
Service took so long, she mixed up the bills and the food was disappointing. Overall experience was much different than lunch.
The service we experienced was excellent. The food was exceptional and prices very good. The place was very busy as we were there happy hour on Friday and had a great vibe.
Its a nice spot in Halifax downtown to do business lunch meetings.
Good food but great service. Very accommodating for a large group with a high chair needing child who needed a bottle warmed
Awesome as usual, delicious and have had the same server, forget her name, but she's great !!
My god... this team is just amazing! I’ve always liked visiting Halifax, but I make sure to stop in here once during my trips. The staff take care of me and the manager Cristina even came by my table to check on me during my meal... great experience! I will be back.
Great drink specials, varied menu to suit a group, staff were friendly and attentive..we will be back!
Our server Gaetan was amazing! We were 8 people and everyone enjoyed their meals.
Mother’s Day brunch was delicious and the service was outstanding. I had the fish tacos and the serving was huge; I ate the second one for supper and it was still delicious. My 3 year old also ate free. Warren was a super host. Go eat there now!
Love the fish tacos!
Food was very average. Received fries instead of salad, waiter gave us the bill before asking if we were done (which we were not). It was very cold in there. My boyfriends burger had tomato when he asked for no tomato.
Chicken tacos were good, gave a free popcorn as a light appy. Service wasn’t great sadly. Drinks were always empty, food also took a very long time to arrive. Felt like we were flagging down our server for him to pay attention to our table of 8.
It took a long time for the food to arrive but when it did it was awesome. I am not sure if our waitress was new or just not interested in our table. She never asked which sides we wanted, we had to ask what our options were. Wonder what we would have received?
Excellent, as always.
I ordered the burger and it was just okay. I have never had a bad meal here.
Great food, great staff! Best fish tacos around. Highly recommended!
Lovely spot for an early dinner. The service was superb. Our server was perfect - and that is often hard to find. She provided the best level of service but wasn’t all over us. Came at appropriate times and was always pleasant. She just came across as someone who enjoyed her job 100%. Best server we have had in a long time. The perfect balance. Keep her! She made us want to come back again. Thank you.
Tried Tempo as something different and was blown away by the food, ambiance and most of all the service. Our server was funny, engaging, helpful and generally did everything he could to help us enjoy our meal. We each had different types of food and every person in our party raved about their food. The desserts (especially the cheesecake) were great.
Will definitely go back here when I return to Halifax.
First time here. Would come again but would like to sit away from the hotel entrance as it was a bit too bright and made the ambiance feel a bit strange. The food was good.
Excellent food and service!!
Got the chicken and fish tacos - fantastic! Quick lunch service, warm food and great ambience.
Had a great brunch . Nice table near the window. Most outstanding was our server Aidan. Very good service with a smile. One of us had the omelet which I understand was very good. I had the pancakes with blueberries., also very tasty. We will return.
Great meal for those who eat meat or fish and lovely service but there were NO vegetarian options for a main course so with two vegetarians in the family will likely not return.
Had a great dinner here Saturday evening before the Songwriters’ Circle at Casino NS. A very good location in the downtown core. The food was delicious and I had a wonderful cocktail. Try the taco duo, both (fish and chicken) are delicious but the tempura chicken taco is outstanding. Accompanied by the kale salad it’s a healthy and satisfying option.
Janice was our server and she’s wonderful - a true credit to your establishment.
Although the Ambiance was good we were cold sitting by the windows.
The service and food is always spot-on at Tempo!
Great for big groups, nice atmosphere.
Servers are very friendly but service is very slow.
Food is variable. Some dishes are great (lobster poutine) some are alright. BIG portions.
Great happy hour prices.
Would go back for drinks and snacks but wouldn’t expect a really tasty dinner.
The food was good. The service was great, however the wait for our food was not great. We waited for over a half hour for our meals and when you have only an hour for lunch, it doesn't allow a whole lot of time to eat.
Great food, great service, great atmosphere. What more could you ask for?
Service was extremly slow. We cancelled our food order in order to make our show which started at 7:30. Our reaervation was at 5:45.
The fish tacos are always outstanding! Service is wonderful and the beer list, though short, is very good.
We were on our way to a concert and chose this location as it was very near our hotel. We made a reservation and upon arrival we were quickly shown to a table next to the window. It was a great spot for people watching! Our waitress was attentive and very friendly. Despite the bar side being very busy, our drinks arrived without delay and there was a nice selection on the menu for dinner. I ordered their famous fish tacos (I know, so may places say they're famous for something... but these were great!). My husband enjoyed his chicken sandwich but upon seeing my tacos wished that he had ordered those instead. He truly enjoyed his side of chowder.
The service here was excellent. The drinks were excellent and Happy Hour prices are a good deal.
The food was not very good. I ordered Chicken Pappardelle which says it has mushrooms and bacon in it. There might have been one mushroom cut into tiny pieces and I didn’t see any bacon.
They share a washroom with the hotel, which is fine, but you have to take an elevator to get to it. I don’t like elevators and they said that they keep the door to the stairs locked, so that means I will never go back.
Went on a weekday for an office lunch for 13 people. The restaurant was at best 1/2 full yet service was incredibly slow - to take our orders and to get our food. The entire lunch took almost 3 hrs even though the table only ordered a few sodas, mains and a few desserts. The food presentation was average, but tasted bland. The chowder was not creamy, mac and cheese was oily, burgers were dry.
Really bad experience here. They sat our large group in the lounge, and one of our people was 18. Legal age limit here is 19. We arrived at 7pm, and got our meal a few minutes before 9. Right at 9 asked our 18 year old to leave, citing liquor inspector issues.
They did not try to accommodate us.
Our 18year old had to wolf his meal down. Very poor.
The restaurant was not very busy. I very much regret my reservation here.
Delicious food, reasonably priced. The free parking in downtown Halifax is a real plus too.
Our server was beyond rude. I've been here many times, and every time I've had her she's been abrasive, unfriendly, slow, unhelpful and acts snotty when you make requests for simple things like water or ketchup. Just generally ruins the atmosphere, and it has been enough times dealing with her that I will likely not return, which is too bad! One of my favourite spots for lunch and to bring colleagues for business meetings. I can't be embarrassed about recommending a place with such horrible service again.