Tempo Restaurant

4.8
1343 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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.
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Tampa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat. Great Aperol Spritzs/wine/food. Wonderful calamari/foie gras/osso bucco. Wish I could move off those same choices but they’re too good to change things up!

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GO
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for our anniversary and got two glasses of Prosecco complimentary . Nice touch. Food is phenomenal. We had oysters mussels octopus and salmon — all wonderful. Room gets noisy and wine seemed a bit pricey. Service was very professional.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolute perfection. Kyle was one of the best servers I’ve come across. Food was phenomenal.

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h
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, enticing wine menu and professional service sum up out experience at Tempo.
Osso Buco is a "must try".

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FJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tempo is top notch all around. One of the best restaurants in WNY. Service was incredible and the food was even better. What a fantastic evening put on by the entire staff. We had a party of 8 and got to sit in the Belvedere room. Absolutely amazing up there, with its own private bar. I am never surprised by how amazing this place is, that’s why I keep coming back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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KB
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great cocktails. Excellent variety of appetizers and entrees. All food was very good. Service was very good. Outstanding wine list.

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MC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Pasta Bolognese was poor quality and basically heavy on the ground meat. Carbonara with scallops consisted of under cooked chunks of pancetta and had no seasoning. Wines were good but over priced per glass and noise level was totally unacceptable from neighboring table. All in all a very negative experience.

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BC
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!!

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Never a bad meal here. Took our 14 year old son for his birthday and now he wants to come back every year.

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JA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As always, we truly enjoyed our evening. I must say though that the Rib Eye and Filet were both overcooked. The maitre’d comped us desserts, which was a nice gesture. We will most likely return

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and staff were great.

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding food service & ambiance. The service is outstanding an exceptional dining experience on every level from start to finish the in-house pastry chef is absolutely fantastic

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Poor service, waited way too long,nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnot good

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D
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful !

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CR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Noise level - We were glad to be seated upstairs. Much quieter than down stairs and more relaxing. Very beautiful space. Everything was great!

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TJ
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Service was mediocre, food was good but not excellent, noise was intolerably loud, and prices were high.

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JR
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite of locals and visitors alike, Tempo offers exceptional food in a refined (but not pretentious) atmosphere. Wonderful service and quality that comes highly recommended.

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RL
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I have never been blown away by the food at Tempo and I guess I picked the wrong entree again tonight (5/11/19) butter poached lobster with corn and bacon risotto. Since when has corn reached the gourmet level?! And if that’s Tempo’s idea of risotto they should contact San Marco for lessons!

Zero taste, wildly overpriced- at least Tempo did a good job of shelling the lobster.

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KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful, especially the service. We spent some time at the upstairs bar before being seated and the bartender was excellent. I cannot express what a wonderful meal we had and how great the service was.

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Buffalo... amazing food, ambiance, and service!

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JD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Good service. Food was all right, but not nearly good enough to merit the price tag. Cocktails were way too sweet and, again, not worth the expense.

There is much better food to be had in Buffalo at much more reasonable prices.

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CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I expected more. Less than stellar service. The steaks were large but average in preparation. The table size was ridiculously small. Our three appetizers filled the table for four the mains didn’t fit. Very unlikely to return.

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LM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything about the restaurant, service, and food was outstanding. The noise level was a bit high, especially for those with hearing loss. Excellent experience overall.

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TF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent,served hot and with care. The stuffed veal chop stuffing was a tad salty but the sea bass was perfect. All in all a very nice experience.

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VV
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dining experiences we've ever had! Impeccable service, exquisite cuisine and presentation , classy but not stuffy as some fine dining can be.

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f
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal at Tempo. Our server Mike knew the menu forwards and backwards and his suggestions were excellent.

The food was out of this world, just a great evening.

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m
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had gift cards so we decided to give this place a try. The service is excellent. The food is pricey, but very good. My partner had dry aged strip steak, which was delicious. I had a special, whole lobster (taken out of the shell) on a bed of corn risotto. It tasted great, but was a little chewy. We had calamari for an appetizer. It was a very generous portion. We split it and I still didn’t finish my half. It was delicious. We were too full for desert, unfortunately.

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PP
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always...the organization is customer focus and does everything to make your dining experience pleasurable...Highly recommended!

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TH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My personal favorite restaurant in the region for special occasions, like birthdays, graduations, and work celebration—as on this visit. Always amazing!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal in Buffalo

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TL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Been to Tempo several times and it’s always been consistently excellent, however my wife and I just went for her birthday and she wanted lobster which they sold out of before 7. The calamari was served with something other than the usual arugula, the filet was rare not medium , and my wife’s salmon was over cooked. Our waiter was what you expect at a diner, not a fine dining establishment.

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C
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely experience. Romantic. Food is first class.

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a
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite Buffalo restaurant. Food outstanding! Osso Buco and lobster risotto was over the top!

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CA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was EXCELLENT and the food was outstanding. Can’t wait to go back.

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CG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and beautiful restaurant. You won’t be disappointed at the creative menu here.

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RE
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tempo was great, the service was quick and attentive. The food was excellent. The gnocchi primadoro was amazing and my wife loved the lobster. You could actually have a conversation

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu selections interesting.. Specials appealing..For a change sat up front by the window and enjoyed it.. Closeness to bar ie sound was not a problem!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always excellent

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great, and food was amazing ! It was our first time there, definitely will be back again.

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