Tempo Restaurant - Alexandria

4.6
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$30 and under
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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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.3
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food; exceptional attentive service. Just the right mix.

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YumYumDonut
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our trip to Tempo, and plan to go back. The food was delightful and unique. It is clear the chef takes pride in the work. Two of us were able to choose dishes that were different from what we might be able to order at other Italian/French places. It also is very accommodating for gluten free eating!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful and the service was top notch. Best Salmon dish I have ever had. I will definitely be back soon!

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vipMAHP97
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and the service wonderful.

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vipCodyDC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

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Deborah318
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going out to dinner at Tempo...always great service and great food! We did an early Valentine’s Day dinner due to a business trip on Valentine’s Day. Superb!

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Turkey12
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tempo offers excellent food at a very reasonable price. Good choice for a night out for dinner. The restaurant has specials on Monday and Tuesday that are really wonderful with especially low price.

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vipBrianS
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tempo is ALWAYS fantastic!

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Nana55
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dinner out I have ever had. Servers were fantastic and Palma was a delight.

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vipRandy
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff friendly and attentive as always

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IrlDiner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Dinner and a very nice evening with friends.

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vipRed52
Washington DC
136 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food at reasonable prices with nice service. Noise level can be a little loud.

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JohnT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been a long time between visits. I/we especially liked the presentation

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DebiL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t been to Tempo in years. It was wonderful as always. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipChic
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Monday and Tuesday night 3-course dinner special for two for $57 with a bottle of wine is the best dinner value in Alexandria!

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JohnL
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the presentation was excellent. We are never disappointed with the Tempo !!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and ambiance was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Best server I’ve seen in a long time. Food was very good and the ambiance was quiet enough you could hear one another. We will definitely be back.

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vipToni
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s one of my favorite restaurants. The food is consistent, the staff always friendly and understanding of how their clients prefer to dine. Good wine selection and great variety of food options.

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vipReed
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure dining in a very traditional and high class establishment. No loud music, service is never rushed, food is first rate, you are valued, and remembered

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Kris
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent seafood. Service was great. Good value for what we had.

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JanetV
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We had lunch/brunch during Alexandria Restaurant Week and found ourselves encouraged to order from the special menu. The food was good but not up to the usual Tempo standards. The desserts, in particular, were disappointing -- too dry or too sweet. The service was average because, we were told, there were unexpected staff absences. I'll wait a while before I go there again.

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coco
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We've been at Tempo several times for dinner and have enjoyed it....The food is always excellent....However, this time the service was quite rushed! We barely sat down and the waitress
was asking us what we wanted to drink etc. Then the waiter started to remove my husbands dinner plate before he was finished. Have never experienced this before and hope it doesn't continue.....the reason I chose Tempo was because it isn't as noisy as other restaurants and because I never felt rushed there.

Thank you.

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vipAlexandriaRocks
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cant say enough about what an excellent restaurant this is!

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vipGeneB
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The linguini with clam sauce is superb! The olive oil- vinegar dressing on the house salad is light and complements the salad well. I had the fried cheese as an appetizer;I wish it came with a marinara dipping sauce. I think it would make it taste even better.

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TEREKS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was excellent. The service was very good. We had our toddler with us who was probably the loudest thing in the restaurant, so I wouldn’t recommend it as a place to bring your kids. We forgot that it was restaurant week and both ended up eating off that menu, which was really good for the price. We’ll go again when we have a babysitter.

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BillG
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Tempo has given great value to customers for years and continues to do so. One of the best dining options in NOVA

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vipRed52
Washington DC
136 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a pleasure to dine here.
Very interesting dishes niceky prepared. Try it you'll like it.

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ChristopherG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great choice of meals and desserts, at a very reasonable price, and very friendly and obliging staff.

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vipDReck
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently excellent!!

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Debi
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice neighborhood restaurant with good Italian seafood. Service was not up to the level in our previous visits but it was okay. Food arrived promptly. Very slow getting dessert and check.

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vipBrianS
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tempo is always great! 50+ visits, it’s always great!

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JoanF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The restaurant was as good as it always is, but I have been going there for about 20 years and the menu has not changed - shouldn't it?

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vipVince
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always.

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vipJohnM
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Monday-Tuesday night three course specials are delicious and a great value. The restaurant is always serving great food at moderate prices. Cheers

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vipjalexandria
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Tempo is always great! Good food, good service. Good value. This is the restaurant we always go back to when we want to have a good meal.

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FrequentDiner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

My wife and I have been going to Tempo for 40 years. The food and service have always been excellent. We went there with guests recently and, although the food was excellent, the service was HORRIBLE. Maitre d' blamed it on a new waiter and being shorthanded that night. Our orders were not taken for over 10 minutes, water glasses were not kept full, we were not asked how everything was after our food arrived, and crumbs were not cleared off the table before we ordered dessert. All in all, a very disappointing evening.

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MichaelM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Once we got to know Tempo and the people who work there, we made it one of our regular stops. They are always very nice to us and the service is just right for the pace of dining I like. On this trip we really have to say something about the Gaspacho and the Mussels. they were wonderful! The Beef Medallions were excellent, but the other dining elements were just outstanding. It was early (6:30) and the noise was really under control, unlike many of the newer places we go. that was nice as well. No parking problems, easy access, good food, nice staff, what is not to like.

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vipDeborah318
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love Tempo...great food and I love their soft shell crab in the summer. We went out with some friends and had a lovely time. We made reservations of course in Open Table and when we arrived we were thankful that we had reservations since the place was packed!

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vipChristineF
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Dining at Tempo is stepping into the past, when one could find intimate French bistros or restaurants with classic French dishes and a French aesthetic. This is charming to rediscover! Some of the dishes at our table were good, and the fish was particularly tasty and well cooked. But the plates suffered the same kind of "sides" , that is you could order one thing or another as a centerpiece (fish, meat) but receive the same kinds of not too interesting side accompaniments. The dessert tray was impressive!
We would try it again, but if the second time wasn't a step up, might not try a third. The chef clearly has skills, the kitchen just needs to step up their game!

FAQs

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

Tempo Restaurant - Alexandria is rated 4.6 stars by 1020 OpenTable diners.

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