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About Tempo Restaurant - Alexandria

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.

4231 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22304
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Italian, French

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Sunday – Friday: 11:30am – 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm – 9:00pm

Cross Street:
North Gordon

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 370-7900

Website:
http://www.temporestaurant.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Serge and Wendy Albert, husband and wife chef team

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Monday and Tuesday nights, 3 course menus for two with wine, $55.00 (tax and gratuity not included.) Quartely wine dinners.

Tempo Restaurant - Alexandria Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (33)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Special Occasion (24)
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Good for a Date (22)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Cozy (16)
Good for Groups (16)
Great for Lunch (13)
Business Meals (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Casual (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Romantic (9)
Authentic (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Local Ingredients (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined 4 days ago

There were four of us, two couples, for lunch. Hadn't seen each other in years and it was a perfect catch-up spot. Excellent, friendly service and very delicious food. We each raved about our respective meals and the dessert(s). Definitely would recommend.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 7 days ago

Someone in a facebook group recommended Tempo. It was really awesome. Only 2 things I would complain about, would be the price. It's a little pricey for me, but for a special occasion it's ok. Also with the entree's you don't get a salad or anything, which would be nice. But the dinner portions are perfect.

The staff were all very attentive, the food was great. It is a small restaurant, but the noise level was very low, so I could easily have a conversation. I think we were the youngest people there (in our 30's), and for a Friday night that surprised me., but that's not a turn off because the food was really good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Had another enjoyable dinner at Tempo this Wednesday evening. The special salad of white beans and shrimp with fresh basil was SO tasty! We also enjoyed our entrees, which included two versions of veal scallopini and the trout - all cooked perfectly and nicely seasoned. There was a great dessert selection as well, and we enjoyed a slice of chocolate cake, an apple galette, and a sweet potato cobbler.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Our group of four had a delicious dinner and enjoyed this fine , friendly restaurant . It was our first visit to Tempo and we all agreed we would definitely go back! Again and again.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

It has been several years since we were last at Tempo, but my husband and I celebrated our anniversary with dinner there last weekend. The host seated us in a quiet spot by the window. There were so many options on the menu that looked delicious, it was hard to decide what to order! But my seafood special and his veal from the menu were both delicious. The service staff was welcoming and professional. I promise we'll be back soon!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We've been to Tempo several times, and have always been satisfied with all aspects.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Healthy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We dine here 5-6 times a year, and it is always a pleasure. Excellent cooking with a varied menu, including a long list of specials. They do superb jobs with fish, veal, and chicken, as well as pasta. Generally not noisy, so conversation is easy. Service is very good, attentive without being obtrusive. And convenient, free parking!

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Service is always professional, knowledgeable & impeccable!

Food is always innovative,consistent & expertly prepared. We love it!!!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Comfort Food, People Watching, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Wonderful adult diners, attractive delicious fare, attentive waiters and ambiance

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Authentic, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Very good traditional "Continental" food (Italian and French), in a pleasant environment with attentive service. Rather sedate environment, older clientele, probably because they can hear each other in the quiet restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Nice menu and helpful service. Restaurant is nice on the inside, and the food is very good quality. I had a generous portion for an appetizer, and the Poulet Printemps was very well done, lots of veggies and well-cooked. I enjoyed the meal quite a bit- very reasonably priced for lunch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The atmosphere is lovely, bright and crisp with white linens and fresh flowers on the tables. The wait staff is professional and the food is delicious. I have dined at Tempo many times and am never disappointed. A good value for a fine dining experience!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Usually was good but in my last visit, the waitress was hasty, Did not give us the time to look at the menu, she was in hurry and did not show any welcoming attitude, looked angry. The steak was very poorly done and did not look like a steak at all. The fish and the thin pasta with crab and broccoli were good. Usually I had a good experience but not in my last visit

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The food was fantastic as usual. Great selection to choose from. We go here a lot and the service was extremely slow. 30 min to get the appetizer. Another 20 for the main course. We didnt order anything unusual. Waitress didnt come back to ask about more wine until the meal was over. They seemed busy but didnt think it was enough to affect the service that much. We will go backs as the food is great but probably not on a Friday.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2017

We had a great dinner at Temp earlier this week ... very fresh seafood ... nice, pleasant spot to catch up with a friend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

This was my third time dining at Tempo. It is a lovely restaurant, very clean, bright and the food is always delicious. I would not hesitate recommending this restaurant to anyone. My son-in-law is the executive chef at the Iron Gate and I know good food and ambience!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Haven't been to tempo and a while. It was as good as I remembered. We enjoyed our meal and the quietness for conversation. Fixed price menu had a good selection. I would recommend this to friends nice quiet place for date night!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 16, 2017

When we lived in Alexandria this was our favorited restaurant. Now living in Florida we go there whenever we are back in the area. The food, the staff and the service is outstanding.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We had a delicious dinner at a lovely establishment. If you enjoy great food, white tablecloths and experienced service personnel who cater to your needs, this is the place for you. My swordfish was fresh and wonderfully prepared. Tom practically scraped the bottom of his Capellini entree. We will definitely return!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Very nice for a comfortable and enjoyable meal

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

The food and service was great as usual. We always have a wonderful time and usually sit at our usual table.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Once again enjoyed dining at Tempo. It was a delightful way to celebrate my Birthday.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Wonderful, elegant, friendly & professional neighborhood restaurant. Food is exceptional. We had some of the best soft shell crabs ever along with home made desserts . Will return again & again. Thank you!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

One of our favorites. Food is very good and price beats most comparables. Friendly staff with knowledge of the menu choices.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Decided to try this restaurant after seeing the positive reviews. The quality of the food/flavor is there, but it's simply not worth the price. I ordered a "jumbo shrimp" and polenta appetizer which consisted of 3 tiny cocktail shrimp and two even smaller cubes of polenta. If you are going to advertise an app with "jumbo shrimp" please either (1) use jumbo shrimp, or (2) put more than 3 of them in the dish.

The veal marsala was fine and so was a pasta dish we split. The service was slow.

Overall, the food was good but there are better restaurants in the area if you are going to drop $130+ on a dinner for two with drinks. It's obvious the restaurant hasn't changed since it opened in 1990 and the value just isn't there. Will not be back again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Excellent staff, service and every table the right choice.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Good for Groups, Vegan, Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Excellent food, diverse menu, great value. Will visit often.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Always a great place for special occasions and great memories of past evenings here. Very relaxed and extremely friendly with the meal above expectations especially the dessert tray!!!Thanks so so much you all should be proud of the eatery you run. See you next time

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

They really need to do something about the noise level. I noticed many of the patrons are elderly and hearing has to be a problem. Also, it was noted that this was an 80th birthday dinner and no mention was made. Also, their champagne sucks!!

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We dine here with some regularity. The menu always offers a range of specials, as well as a great selection of their "standard" dishes. They do an excellent job with fish, veal, and lamb. The wait staff is very helpful, friendly, and not intrusive. Usually it is reasonably quiet, so one can have conversation without shouting! We like this place and will continue to frequent it.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 6, 2017

This was my first time at the restaurant and I will definitely come back. The service was great but unobtrusive and the food was delicious. Even though the dining room was pretty well occupied for a weekday night, it was relatively quiet and easy to speak with my dinner companions. All in all it was a very enjoyable evening

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 2017

The seafood here is always, always excellent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 24, 2017

great local restaurant eat there often never disappoints

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Tempo never disappoints. The food was delicious. Perfectly prepared. Generous portions.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Lunch at Tempo was wonderful, as was the service. After our waiter helped us navigate the extensive Mediterranean menu and to pick a wonderful and very affordable Sauvignon Blanc, I fell into great oysters Rockefeller accompanied by scrumptious rolls. My guests were equally pleased with their crab soup starters. I continued with the best soft shell crabs (lightly sautéed, unbreaded) I've ever eaten. My guests were equally enthusiastic about grilled fish and pasta entrees, all served with a delicious house salad. Desserts also were to die for: mine key lime pie, my guests' chocolate cheesecake and peach tart. Wonderful food! Unobtrusive knowledgeable service! Quiet enough for private conversations! A lovely lunch.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2017

We took advantage of the fixed-price lunch menu offered during Alexandria's restaurant week. This was our first visit & the food was excellent. Food was not only tasty, but very attractively presented. Our only criticism was that plates were cleared as soon as the food on them was gone-- even though others at the table were still eating. Condiments (like butter) were removed with the assumption that we were done (we weren't asked if it was no longer needed before it was taken away). Restaurant was bright and airy with fresh flowers on every table. Dessert choices were numerous & all quite tempting. We will have to make a return trip to enjoy another great meal.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Naples)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Dined with another couple for dinner. Service friendly and efficient. Palma was terrific as always. Decor is always pretty. Fresh flowers on each table and nice art work. All four meals were delicious. It was a relaxing evening with friends.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

As always, the food at Tempo was great and the service excellent

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Enjoyed the meal and the service...again! I come to Temp whenever I am in northern Virginia. My parents discovered this restaurant 25+ years ago when they lived here. It's always been one of my favorite places. It's an unexpected treat!! I tell everyone about it. Thank you!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Tempo is our go to restaurant because the food and service are consistently very good. The staff is exceptional and they treat us like friends coming to their home for dinner. Definitely a neighborhood gem and we always recommend it to friends.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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