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Tempo Restaurant - Alexandria

4.8
4.8
1133 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Italian, French

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Fri, Sun 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 370-7900

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Serge and Wendy Albert, husband and wife chef team

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Cross street

    North Gordon

  • Parking details

    Parking is available with 28 parking spaces in front of the restaurant. Street parking is also available in the residential neighborhood.

  • Public transit

    Nearest Metro Station: King Street Metro is 2.2 miles away within walking distance if you are in good shape otherwise take a cab.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,133 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Seafood

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Seafood

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  1. L

    Lizzie

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant all around - excellent service, food and ambiance. Noise level is perfect for quiet conversations. Menu is very diversified - there is something to satisfy any palate. Desserts are great too.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant with great food!!!
  3. DL

    DariaL

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food and great value. One of my favorites.
  4. O

    Orchid

    Washington DC

    117 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Flounder filet with crab meat and grouper topped with shrimp were excellent. Pre-entree was mussels caprese and oysters Rockefeller both excellent, especially the oysters, best of three or four places I have tried. Thank you TEMPO!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! The weekdays two person meal deal was exquisite!!
  6. PS

    PSUgirl

    Washington DC

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Nice quiet room. A wide variety of choices on the menu. Always a very good meal. Mahi-mahi was delicious with fresh vegetables. Excellent value.
  7. m

    msdivinedc

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food is always excellent here and the service is generally very good. Definitely a local favorite.
  8. B

    Bernie

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been going to Tempo for years. The service and quality of the food has always been outstanding. The staff is friendly and accommodating. A real gem of a place.
  9. V

    Vitale

    Washington DC

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best quality deal is Tempo's Dinner for Two with wine for just $55 on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
  10. l

    lovestoeat

    New York Area

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    been here several times, i highly recommend it for its great food, terrific service, and very reasonable. definitely a secret that shoudn't be kept
  11. O

    Orchid

    Washington DC

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This may seem a little repetitive but my flounder filet and my spouse's salmon were again tendar and moist... excellent!! Her calamari salad was very tender and my crab bisque was superb. Couple this with a great white wine, the dinner could not have been better.
  12. TS

    TeresaS

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day
  13. B

    Betsy

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was first time to return to Tempo since Covid began, but so glad to enjoy this wonderful restaurant again. The veal dish was delicious, and my companion raved over the mussels and salmon. Tempo's chef is the best!!
  14. V

    Valerie

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day lunch was wonderful! This was our first time eating here and we will be back. The food was delicious and the service was friendly.
  15. S

    Scott

    Washington DC

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    A terrific choice for Mother's Day. Tempo never disappoints and is one of our favorite restaurants. It's perfect for any special occasion (or no particular occasion at all). We love the menu because it's always tough to choose when everything sounds -- and is -- so delicious. The staff always treat us like regulars even though we only get to visit every other month or so. We like the location and the atmosphere, too. Tempo Restaurant gets "five stars" from our whole family.
  16. KA

    KathrynA

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Tempo is not flashy or but always consistent for great service and excellent food at fair prices.
  17. DA

    DASko

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent from appetizer, thru salad, main course and dessert. Wine list selections was very good and the service and atmosphere was perfect for a birthday dinner celebration....
  18. l

    lovestoeat

    New York Area

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding restaurant, great food and service. It's a big secret
  19. O

    Orchid

    Washington DC

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Both my spouse and I had the grouper special: grouper covered in crabmeat and a white sauce. It was EXCELLENT. Couple that with first oysters Rockefeller and mussels in marinara with a bottle of white wine... Hi-Yah! We were satiated!!
  20. BL

    BrendaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wendy, the staff, and food at Tempo were all perfect. Friendly, delicious, and a nice environment.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was just ok, service was good.
  22. LY

    LivY

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, service and surroundings.
  23. MG

    MGem

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorites for veal rosa, tri-color pasta tortallini, and lamb chops.
  24. E

    Ernie

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    This place never disappoints us! The specials are numerous, and the "regular" dishes are also go good, that we have to decide between. And the side dishes that come with the entree are always good. And of course, the desserts are too temping, so one cannot resist (on rare occasions take home the dessert(s). The staff always so nice and attentive. Also a good wine list! And even before the before the pandemic, there was always good spacing among the tables. One of our very favorite places!
  25. KT

    KatT

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good value neighborhood restaurant. Obviously popular for Sunday brunch.
  26. O

    Orchid

    Washington DC

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the flounder filet with crab meat and spouse had salmon with scallops. Both were tender and excellent. Supporting was mussels marinara and a salad. Both excellent. Can't get better prepared fish anywhere.
  27. CF

    CurtisF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had dinner here while on an extended trip. The food was excellent with great service. The restaurant is located in an old gas station in which the owners have done an exceptional job renovating. The table are placed with lots of privacy and with the quiet atmosphere it was very comfortable. A standout plate was the poached salmon. The wine list is also very good and reasonably priced. I would definitely dine here again.
  28. O

    Orchid

    Washington DC

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the flounder filet again while spouse had the cannoli special. Pre meal was oysters Rockefeller and mussels in tomato sauce. All were excellent, especially the cannoli and oysters. Get up and go see Tempo!
  29. LB

    LaurieB

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    One of my favorites. Always tasty and a good value for the money. Delicious sauces. Try it on a Tuesday or Wednesday for the dinner for two specials.
  30. O

    Orchid

    Washington DC

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, again. Salmon and Flounder were moist and tender. Tempo knows how to cook fish.
  31. JV

    JanVa

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    This is a neighborhood gem - always worth the visit!!
  32. T

    Tomc

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Love this place. Food is excellent. The menus is always varied. The atmosphere is elegant casual. The only problem is when the place is busy the service is slow. Not enough waiters to cover all the tables, and we were there at 5:45. Still I will go back because the food is amazing.
  33. L

    Lizzie

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Everything was wonderful - especially the food and ambiance. Service was a bit slow because only 2 servers were working the entire dining area and there were quite a few diners
  34. B

    Bernie

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tempo is a gem. Good food; great service. The staff is attentive and helpful. Consistent all the way around.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've lived in Alexandria for over 25 years, passed this restaurant every day, and never thought to go in. I had deprived myself of an amazing experience for 25 years. The food is exceptional. The food is light and refreshing. I'm talking about the crab soup and the Caesar salad. The bread is freshly baked and you can tell, their vegetables are freshly grown. I experienced the beef loins that were topped with a pate that was just exquisite. Cooked perfectly medium rare, it melted in my mouth. They have these airy potato puffs that had a texture I can't even describe, but I didn't know a potato could feel light weight. I recommend this place, over and over again. I will be going back soon. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. PS the tiramisu is delicious!
  36. PJ

    PamJ

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    No jazz at the jazz brunch, but the food never disappoints!
  37. JM

    JMSIP46

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It is always a pleasure to eat at Tempo. The staff is very friendly and attuned to your needs. And the food is outstanding.
  38. KC

    KenC

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delightful, delicious, and a pleasure!
  39. KC

    KarenC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For the flair of the Continent with the freshness of today's "farm to table" axiom, this treasure on Duke Street fills the bill. A variety of tastes and disciplines can be catered to with the extensive but not overwhelming menu. The service is attentive but not fussy. The décor is simple but not stark and features the works of contemporary artists. The creative atmosphere continues with the food from piping hot rolls delivered to each plate by the "bread girl" (as it would in much of Europe), to appetizers through desserts. My shrimp in the salad were "done to a T" but it did mean I couldn't enjoy the marvelous soup option. Tempo's is no ordinary vegetable soup and a must-try on one of your visits. I doubt you could find an entrée that would disappoint, and the desserts are worth the calories! Wine and hot coffee and teas (they come in a treasure chest of options) can accompany, start or end your evening. The water is fresh and well chilled and your glasses are promptly refilled. A great dining experience. Be sure to put Tempo on your list of "must visit" restaurants. One word of caution: hours are not the same as many restaurants in the metropolitan area, so be sure to consult the website when deciding upon a time to experience Tempo!
  40. KH

    KarenH

    Washington DC

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite restaurants in Alexandria. In addition to excellent food, the staff is the best and the restaurant itself is lovely. The owners went above and beyond making it a Covid safe environment. And you have the extra bonus of a parking lot so you're not driving around the crowded streets of Old Town looking for a spot and then paying the exorbitant meter fee. A win all around!

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 1133 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for Tempo Restaurant - Alexandria

4231 Duke Street Alexandria, VA 22304

Additional information

  • Cross street

    North Gordon

  • Neighborhood

    Alexandria

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Fri, Sun 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Italian, French

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking is available with 28 parking spaces in front of the restaurant. Street parking is also available in the residential neighborhood.

  • Public transit

    Nearest Metro Station: King Street Metro is 2.2 miles away within walking distance if you are in good shape otherwise take a cab.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Serge and Wendy Albert, husband and wife chef team

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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