About 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 Branzino 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.

581 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Mon - Thurs 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Fri -Sat: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Between Allen and North

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(716) 885-1594

Website:
http://www.tempobuffalo.com/

Catering:
Please inquire for catering options.

Parking Details:
There is a private lot next to the restaurant that opens daily at 6pm.

Executive Chef:
Paul Jenkins

Private Party Facilities:
The Belvedere Room is an elegant dining room with private bar and restroom available for events. It is ideal for private events such as rehearsal dinners, weddings, birthday's, holiday parties and business meetings. It is also equipped with A/V equipment.The Belvedere Room can accommodate up to 55 for a sit down dinner and 75 for a station menu.

The Belvedere 3rd Floor is also an elegant dining room with restroom available for private parties. The 3rd Floor can accommodate up to 24 guests for a sit down dinner.

Private Party Contact:
James Fachko: (716) 885-1594

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

Tempo Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (35)
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Good for a Date (23)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Business Meals (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Cozy (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Authentic (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Fun (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Casual (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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Organic (1)
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·Dined a day ago

Food was amazing!! Highly recommend!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Adam was a great server! Everything was great

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·Dined 4 days ago

Best restaurant in Buffalo and there Bone-in Ribeye is the best stake Iv had anywhere. Price is high but worth every dollar. Now the menu is limited, but they always have specials. What they are good at they have often.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

We went the day before Valentine's since I had to be out of town for the Holiday. It was an outstanding experience. Food, service, everything was exceptional. If there was one minor drawback it was that the music was just a bit loud and the selection didn't fit a fine dining experience. Otherwise, it was perfect. I would go back without hesitation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Very nice experience and superb food

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

This was our first visit to Tempo. The service was excellent from the time we arrived with the hostess to the time we left. The waiter and the wait staff were very attentive without being intrusive. The waiter was great at explaining the meal.

The food was excellent!! I can't say enough about it.

I would highly recommend this place.

This is a fine dining place.

Thank you for a great experience!

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Top notch from the time we stepped into the restaurant

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Always a pleasure. Excellent food and wine. Oysters were fantastic.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The food and service was superb.

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·Dined on February 9, 2018

Dinner before the show, appreciated your delightful food and drink!— The service was amazing and I would say it was a perfect evening! FIVE stars

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Tempo is my favorite restaurant in town. The place is cool, the staff is wonderful and the foot is the best in town. It is hard to branch out from the filet due to the amazing gnocchi on the side. They should allow sides of gnocchi, I keep forgetting to ask! We had not been in a while but always enjoy coming back when we are without the kids.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Food was delicious. We had a combination of items on the menu and some of the daily special Lobster and risotto special was great. Also lamb and shrimp with risotto were well received. Delicious fish but despite reviews we forgot to ask for no added salt and it was too salty. We shared two appetizers. Iced oysters and calamari with sweet chilli sauce. Both were great. No room for dessert but the ones we saw looked good. Only downside was waiter locked out one of our credit cards by entering expiry date incorrectly three times. All in all a lovely experience. It was quite pricey

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Food was excellent as always. Only complaint is music being played. Music was not appropriate for a fine dining establishment. Bit too loud and a somewhat funk groove to the music was more appropriate for a cocktail bar than a fine dining restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Everything was perfect. It couldn’t of had been a better experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Our server Kristin took a lot of time explaining her opinion of the menu items which was very helpful. The dinner was more than a meal, it was an experience. Everyone in our party loved their meals. Everyone in the staff was very attentive. The atmosphere is elegant. My husband stated the Tempo was the best restaurant in Buffalo. We will definitely return for another food experience!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The food was outstanding paired with impeccable service! Our whole party commented that there was not one thing that could've been done better!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fun, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Food was great highly recommend it

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The service is phenomenal and the food is excellent. This is in the top 5 restaurants in Western New York for sure. Never disappoints

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Never disappoints...Service, food, drink. Not easy to pull off such an intimate, elegant, yet unpretentious experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

First off, the service is spot on from when you enter the restaurant to when you leave. Wait staff are attentive, friendly, but not "to present." The food is as good as it gets in Buffalo. Always a great meal here.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 26, 2018

One of Buffalo's top restaurants with a menu that has multiple selections from which to choose unlike so many places where there is only one item that one enjoys.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Everything was great from the moment we walked in. The hostess took our jackets and we had a seat at the bar. The bartender was prompt and took our order right away. We were about 20 min early for our reservation and the place was packed. After our 1st drink, the bartender picked up our next round because our table wasn't ready right at 8:30 which was our reservation time, but we didn't even notice as we were enjoying ourselves at the bar. Extremely nice gesture as we had no problem waiting. We finished our drinks at the bar and was directed to our table by one of the managers. I could go on and on about the service, but I'll stop with one word, exceptional. And the food, well that matched the service. Everything from start to finish was excellent and it makes me wonder why it took my wife and I so long to go back. In my opinion, it's easily the top upscale restaurant in Buffalo.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

It was my son's 30th birthday so we choose this restaurant for his party. food and service was excellent. Loved being by the fireplace and was able to carry on a conversation with minimal noise. We brought our own cake and the server was more then gracious to present it on separate plates for everyone.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

It was our first here. We went for our sons 25th birthday. He is a “foodie”. He had heard nothing but good comments, we had heard mixed reviews. He had the bone-in rib eye. A bit pricey, but per our son “the best rib-eye he has ever eaten”. Besides he only ate half of it, so leftovers for the next day. The appetizers were very good, I had the brazzeno fish special and my husband had the NY strip special. Both of our meals were excellent. The service was exceptional! We ordered dessert and they did not charge us for our sons. We will definitely be back. Can’t believe it has taken us so long to try it.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Arguably the best in Buffalo. Always great food and cocktails and impeccable service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants great food and scenery

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Cassie was a great server. Food was outstanding as usual.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Amazing food and service!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were a group of six for New Years Eve. I assumed it would be busy, and it was. But we received excellent service, the food was wonderful, and we were not rushed. The stuffed veal chop was heaven. My friends loved the shrimp risotto and my husband enjoyed his swordfish.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My family of 4 had an early (5:15 PM) reservation on New Year’s Eve. This has been for years, a top favorite restaurant in Buffalo. I am surprised that this visit warrants a mediocre rating and attribute it in part to the date. We were seated on the second floor in a room that smelled slightly of mildew and was not sufficiently heated. Some of the entrees were excellent (veal chop), some were just passable (poached lobster). The server was wonderful. My advice would be to avoid on a holiday, unless guaranteed first floor seating. In addition I would ask about the popularity of any entree.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent anniversary dinner

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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

There were 4 of us for dinner on a Thursday night. We each swore we had the best dinner ordered. They were delicious. Our waiter was excellent and the rest of the wait staff were very attentive (always filled water glasses, etc). It was an expensive evening but well worth it. My only concern is the noise level. It was at times difficult to hear the person opposite you at the table. All in all, though a terrific experience and we will return!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Our first visit to TEMPO after intending to go for several years, and it was fantastic. The service, food, and ambiance were wonderful. My only complaint was our table for 2 was a bit close to the 6-top next to us, whose conversation was not something of which we wanted to be part, but felt like it anyway. Dinner for two, with cocktails and a glass of wine each, was just over $200.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Had one of most enjoyable meals of the year. Sat upstairs at a delightful window table. Food was wonderful. Service was the best I have experienced. Our server was Michael was amazing

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This is a great fine dining restaurant with quality ingredients in the food. The starters were nice, oysters were yummy. Swordfish was well cooked, the sausage was bit overcooked, my friend took shrimp risotto which was really tasty. The wine selection is elaborate, bit pricy but good spread. Beer choices needs to improve and not available from the tap. The big drawback is there are no booth options, only table sitting. We had sent a request for corner booth, we did not know they do not offer. For people with back problems to sit on chairs, this may not be an option.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Organic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We were seated fast and our waiter was great in the beginning then he seemed to forget about us, we waited probably 10-15 min to get notice in order to get a refill on our drinks at least twice. Once our order was taken it was far and few times we were checked in on. My Lobster came out cold in some spots and and was very chewy, had we not had some place to be after eating I would have sent it back, but I didn't have another 30 min to wait for it to get fixed. Our filet mignon was very good and tender.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Great food and great service. Best restaurant in Buffalo!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Our server was awesome!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Food was okay, but largely overpriced. Fiance ordered Lobster over corn risotto. FAR too much corn in the risotto.

Wait staff was great on ensuring water remained full, but 25 mins from the time we ordered dessert to the time it arrived was disappointing.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 14, 2017

First time in Buffalo, found information on YELP.
Very elegant,tastefully appointed interior,fresh flowers,candles,
excellent service,excellent food,wow!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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