Tempo Restaurant - Alexandria

4.8
1061 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Nestled in the West End, Tempo Restaurant is one of Alexandria's best-kept secrets. This elegant, but unpretentious, neighborhood restaurant is where the locals dine. Tempo's menu displays a blend of northern Italian and French cuisine, featuring fresh seafood.
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vipSouthernFoodie
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

If you have a food allergy, Tempo is not accommodating. It clearly states on their menu to let them know if you have an allergy - which I did. I was still served a meal I could not eat. When I asked the person who took my order, she said, “sorry about that,” then walked away; no offer to fix it, offer me an alternative or reduce my check. I paid $24.00 and all I could eat was a side of fruit, because dairy was in the entree and accompanying side. This is egregious for a restaurant in 2021 to not better serve their customers with health related food allergies.

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vipraybaby
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Tempo did play it safe concerning the virus. There was four of us and it was everyones first time out. At no time were any of us concerned about our safety. The food was as good as it was a year ago.

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AnitaW
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tempo is definitely a hidden gem within the city of Alexandria. We went to celebrate my birthday and I was not disappointed. Great food, friendly staff and a very cozy and comfortable atmosphere. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipReed
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delicious meal at a very reasonable price comparable to the high level of service and quality of food. Recommend the Cherry Manhattans!

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AaronG
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. They have a diverse menu, the food is always delicious and the staff is outstanding. You definitely get your money's worth at Tempo. I highly recommend it.

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vipgb05
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant in Alexandria. Food is always outstanding!

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Cher
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We've been to Tempo twice now and each time the food was delicious. They have an extensive menu with a lot of weekly specials. They also take all necessary precautions to keep their patrons safe during Covid-19!

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vipMelting
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tempo is a jewel and has been a favorite of ours for 18 years. The food is fabulous and the service is perfect. It reminds me of a fine place in Europe.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining with a service that makes you feel valued. I definitely recommend the Rockefeller oysters.

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Mark
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was outstanding Li g but service was a little slow and our meal came out before our soup.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

I feel like this place should be on Kitchen Nightmares. Our reservation was on Valentines days so I will give the Benefit of the doubt on that. The food and wine was good. The plating and presentation could have been better. My over all concern is the service. Maybe they were sort staffed tonight but there was only one person for the hostess and serving. We were there for over 2 hours. (6-8pm ish) our server came around just the one initial time to take our order then we had to ask 4 different people for the check after we noticed she didn’t come back around. Another table near us got up and left since no one served them. I actually had to get up and walk to the front to ask again for a check and pay.

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vipReed
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delicious meal and a very high level of service

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vipVitale
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A superb dining experience with abundant social distancing.

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likefinecuisine
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

For years the Tempo Restaurant has provided high quality Continental type cuisine at reasonable prices, and it continues to do so during this pandemic crisis. It serves outstanding fish dishes, such as sole almandine, snapper, mahi mahi, trout and salmon prepared with delicious sauces/toppings, outstanding veal, chicken and beef dishes, lamb chops with shallots and a wine sauce, and tasty pastas, such as a seafood linguini or rigatoni puttanesca. They have the best oysters Rockefeller I have ever eaten, warm/crispy rolls with fresh butter, and wonderful desserts....try the key lime pie or the carrot cake. Nothing you order here will ever disappoint. It is a particularly nice place to go for special occasions....birthdays, anniversaries, family reunions. You can order all this fine food to eat in or to take home.

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ladiesgroup
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Because Tempo adheres to proper Covid protocals, it helps us to support our "go-to" restaurant. The experience is always wonderful there, and we always come home well satisfied.

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vipSlavaM
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were there for a lunch. The food was very good. Resembled some restaurants i have been to in Roma area.

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RickT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tempo is an underrated gem. Chef prepared seafood and Italian/French food at affordable prices. Oysters Rockefeller were tasty. Recommend trying during Restaurant Week. You will be back if you do.

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SGraham
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Easy parking. Nice variety of entrees. Well placed social distancing. Figure out a better way to separate the dine-in people from the carry-out patrons. We were all standing in one small area waiting.

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johndc
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, as usual. Loved the oysters Rockefeller and a veal dish with ham and fontina cheese. Friendly and efficient service and the restaurant takes all approporiate precautions in the covid era.

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vipSheff
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Still the best restaurant in Alexandria. Chicken Vesuviana with eggplant is delicious. Veal marsala with shrimp is devine. Curry based crab soup is excellent, while large scrumptious dessert tray makes it hard to choose.

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FredG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful evening......many thanks we look forward to returning!

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winelover
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Really like Trmpo. However had a not nice experience when we recently went for lunch.
After signing our check and adding tip, the waiter came back to our table and said we didn’t leave a tip! Turns out, he misplaced our signed copy. Not good! And he didn’t apologize. Never had that happen before.

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MarkEV
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meals served by a professional, friendly staff, who, in this era of Coronavirus, carefully protect the customers' safety.

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vipMsgr
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real gem. The food was tremendous and the service great, I highly recommend Tempo!!!

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ElinaM
London
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent! Incredible value for money, great ambiance, service and quality of food. Really high touch on a budget. It was a 150 dollars for 4 glasses of wine, 3 appetisers, 2 mains and 2 desserts. All food was simply excellent. Try the carpaccio, clam linguine and blueberry tart - they’re in a class of their own. I tipped 35% because the service was that good.

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charlesm
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food for good price-linguine with clam sauce was wonderful

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vipRed52
Washington DC
138 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The Tuesday-Wednesday special can'f be beat. It is a 3 course dinner for two with a bottle of wine for under $60 .
The are choices of at least 4 items for each course and the menu changes monthly. We had the roast pork tenderloin and one of our friends had the chicken entree while another had the salmon
Every one was pleased

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Steve
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant with excellent menu. Easy to find on Duke Street with a parking lot.

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vipVitale
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best neighborhood restaurant in Alexandria. Superb food at an outstanding value. The Tuesday and Wednesday night dinner special for two is a fantastic deal!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. We totally enjoyed our dining experience. Going early pretty much guaranteed we had most of the restaurant to ourselves.

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JoAnnL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good friendly service, great food ( the seafood is always fresh and well done) just a great place to enjoy a date night. Our favorite place for many years.

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Kari
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice surprise! Quaint and lovely atmosphere. Excellent service and delicious food. Nice wine selection.

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viprm1966
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding (and delicious) selection of food that is reasonably priced. Great Wine selection. Neighborhood gem!
Courteous and professional service. Highly recommended!

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vipjanice
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This restaurant is one of my favorites, when I want good food, good service and a pleasant atmosphere. Their 3 course dinner for 2 with a bottle of wine is an especially good value.

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Gary1971
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening, excellent service and great food.

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PatriciaH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside so couldn't comment really on noise - but it was a great lunch and very pleasant outside. Food is as good as always. Very good service too.

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vipLinda
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dinner! Great deal! Excellent price! Easy Parking. Very good service.
Go try it!!!!!

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vipgb05
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tempo never fails to deliver. Food is always excellent and the atmosphere is always charming.

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vipDavidH
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

True neighborhood gem.

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Sandino
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I have been going to Tempo for at least 15 years. The ambience, food quality and service have been consistently outstanding. I can always count on Tempo to give me a quality stylish experience be it lunch or dinner. One nit this time. I specifically asked the waiter to.give me the bill as I was treating my guests. When it came time for the bill to be rendered he forgot and gave it to my guest. By then the damage was done. In all a delightful place to dine 👍👍🌹🌹👍

FAQs

Tempo Restaurant - Alexandria offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 370-7900.

Tempo Restaurant - Alexandria is rated 4.8 stars by 1061 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.