About Tempo Restaurant

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.

581 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Mon - Thurs 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Fri -Sat: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Between Allen and North

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(716) 885-1594

Website:
http://www.tempobuffalo.com/

Catering:
Please inquire for catering options.

Parking Details:
There is a private lot next to the restaurant that opens daily at 6pm.

Executive Chef:
Paul Jenkins

Private Party Facilities:
The Belvedere Room is an elegant dining room with private bar and restroom available for events. It is ideal for private events such as rehearsal dinners, weddings, birthday's, holiday parties and business meetings. It is also equipped with A/V equipment.The Belvedere Room can accommodate up to 55 for a sit down dinner and 75 for a station menu.

The Belvedere 3rd Floor is also an elegant dining room with restroom available for private parties. The 3rd Floor can accommodate up to 24 guests for a sit down dinner.

Private Party Contact:
James Fachko: (716) 885-1594

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

Tempo Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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4.7

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4.6

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4.4

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4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (1038)
Neighborhood Gem (759)
Hot Spot (483)
Good for Groups (358)
Great for Outdoor Dining (160)
Vibrant Bar Scene (121)
Late-night Find (100)
Good for a Date (86)
Good for Anniversaries (72)
Good for Birthdays (46)
Creative Cuisine (42)
Business Meals (38)
Worth the Drive (37)
Cozy (32)
Quiet Conversation (30)
Pre/post Theatre (29)
Scenic View (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Authentic (22)
Kid-friendly (16)
Great for Lunch (16)
Great for Brunch (16)
Bar Seating (10)
Comfort Food (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Outstanding Value (6)
People Watching (6)
Seasonal (6)
Casual (5)
Fun (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined 2 days ago

Great food and great service. Best restaurant in Buffalo!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Food was okay, but largely overpriced. Fiance ordered Lobster over corn risotto. FAR too much corn in the risotto.

Wait staff was great on ensuring water remained full, but 25 mins from the time we ordered dessert to the time it arrived was disappointing.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 14, 2017

First time in Buffalo, found information on YELP.
Very elegant,tastefully appointed interior,fresh flowers,candles,
excellent service,excellent food,wow!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 12, 2017

amazing food and amazing tentative staff
Everything prepared beautifully and to perfection

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

We had an excellent meal. The New York strip steak had wonderful flavor & was very tender. The Bronzino melted in your mouth. Staff was excellent & very courteous. 5 star restaurant in my book!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Outstanding from start to finish.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

The food was outstanding and our server was wonderful. The bartender knew how to pour a beautiful drink, but the parking was a little tough and because the dining area is on the smaller side it was a little loud and hard to have a conversation because you felt like you were talking with the other dinners. However overall the night was filled with great food and drink.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (Miami)·Dined on June 9, 2017

My wife and I were in town for the weekend and tried Tempo on a friend's recommendation and it did not disappoint. We had exquisite food and great wine in a beautiful setting. Superb.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 8, 2017

My wife and I ate at Tempo last night and we had an excellent meal. She started with a carpaccio appetizers, which was one of the best we have tasted. And I had a soft shell crab, which they we able to prepare for me gluten free. Loved it. Both of us had fish main courses, her the branzino and I had red snapper. Both of these dishes were also excellent. Great service and a nice bottle of wine. Wonderful evening

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 7, 2017

What a beautiful and wonderful place. The food was fantastic, and the service was flawless. Only complaint: when we walked in, the smell of garbage (!) was very evident. No idea where it was coming from...but a bit of a jarring way to start.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Service and food was excellent, ambiance also very nice. Our table abutted an air conditioning register and it was extremely cold to the point of being uncomfortable. everything else was great, I'd recommend this as a very good restaurant.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Excellent food, atmosphere, & service!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Tempo is in a restored small apartment building on Delaware Avenue. Walking in, the entrance is not impressive but once inside you are in a warm, attractive, simple atmosphere. We sat at the bar for a drink first: the bartender is excellent as were the drinks. Dinner was solid, not spectacular, wine list by the glass was excellent.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

A wonderful night with excellent food and drinks. It was so nice to see people dressed properly for such a nice place to dine. Certainly one of Buffalo's best places to eat.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

I had the lobster with the corn and bacon risotto- delicious!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2017

A significant issue is that tables are too close together. Also, the tables are a bit too small for 4 people. For the class of restaurant and price point need to have larger tables and a bit more space between tables for enhanced privacy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Lovely service, great food, fine wine and a beautiful setting! It was pretty noisy, though. I would call it a lively evening out!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Great meal on a perfect night! Service was quick but not pushy! Everyone was very friendly. Food was excellent.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

This restaurant was recommended to us by a friend. We came to Buffalo for my son's graduation. All 5 of us were so impressed with every aspect of this place. This had to been one of our favorite restaurants. The atmosphere, the service, the food, were all top notch. My husband, who knows good wine, was very impressed with the selection offered. I would definitely come here again!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Great upstairs room
Good for conversation and enjoying good food, wine and company

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Amazing restaurant--the food, service and ambiance were incredible. This is a jewel of a restaurant in any city, but it absolutely shines as the best I have been to in Buffalo.

I was visiting Buffalo and needed a special place for dinner. I did not like the first table they offered and they graciously moved me, no questions asked. The menu came and all of us were pleasantly surprised -- Branzino, veal chop (it is huge) and Italian delicacies are not something I expected to see on the menu in Buffalo along with many other great options. Every one of the four appetizers and entrees where prepared to perfection. The wait staff was well trained and cordial. The champagne and wine were incredibly well priced.

This is a special place that would easily be a go to place in Paris or NYC--it is the best in Buffalo.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Have eaten here several times and always good. Pricey.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Mother's Day. The server was not very attentive. He took almost 15 minutes to greet us. I asked him about it and he said I quote "We are busy". I was a GM in the restaurant business for 20 years and that type of attitude is unacceptable. They are places not as nice but the service is far better. Beside that it was good. Left him a $40.00 tip so I have the right to tell it like I is.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 11, 2017

We loved and will be back for sure. The ribeye steak was perfect.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 9, 2017

My husband and I went for our anniversary and had a wonderful dinner. I wasn't sure what to order after seeing some items on the menu that I didn't recognize. The waiter did such a fine job of describing the choices and how they are prepared that I took a chance and followed his recommendation even though it was a type of fish I would never have ordered on my own. Outstanding! Lovely, historic and cozy.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Tempo is always excellent in every way. You can depend upon it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 3, 2017

We went for a business dinner. Spent time first at the bar, excellent martinis! Our food was great, several fish dishes, able to substitute side dishes. Service was superb.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Our server was very knowledgeable and her recommendations were spot on. Service gets 5stars. Food was excellent. 5stars here. Price was a bit high but the service and food quality made up for it. Will repeate. 😉

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 24, 2017

Another fabulous meal at Tempo! Had the Brazino again along with lobster bisque for appetizer. Good, service, ambience was terrific. Noise level was lower than on weekend and much appreciated. I don't like entrance to Men's room from within the main dining room. They should invest to relocate that! Glad I didn't have a table close to that door; very distracting and a bit gross for such a classy place!

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 (New England)·Dined on April 22, 2017

excellent food
excellent service
bit noisy on second floor

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Service was very professional and on point. Food was excellent, perfectly cooked, very delicious. Not our first time and defiantly not our last!

Tags: Scenic View, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Always a favourite when I visit buffalo.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Outstanding experience once again. Service and quality top notch. Lamb ravioli and Bolognese pasta were best we've ever had. Always have fantastic appetizers on both main and specials menu.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Another wonderful anniversary dinner at our favorite spot.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Tempo has become one of my favorite restaurants, on this occasion they did not let down. They always have great service and the food is always amazing.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2017

We and our guests had a memorable meal to observe a special occasion among friends/colleagues. The menu and specials offered something for our diverse tastes. The service was attentive without being overbearing. Everyone enjoyed a well prepared, nicely presented meal. It would be hard to find a more expansive wine list, with again, something appealing for everyone. Upon arrival, we were greeted warmly and the staff later inquired as to our comfort and enjoyment. Upon leaving, we were graciously thanked and invited to return. I recommend Tempo without qualification.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

We had dinner at Tempo for my wife's birthday. We enjoyed every part of the meal from the cocktails before to the dessert and coffee. Everything was delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 31, 2017

TEMPO is one of the best restaurants in the country and never disappoints.
The ambience nods to the beautiful, historic Buffalo neighborhood and is wam, clean and contemporary.
The staff is spectacular; outstanding service, friendly, kind and respectful. You don't have to look for them or ask for things, they magically are always there.
The food is gourmet, flavorful and always done to perfection. I usually get the oysters and the veal chop.
This last time we had a 10p reservation and we ran late and were made to feel as VIP guests, never rushed and wonderful.
Whenever I visit home, I will be at my favorite restaurant entertaining family and friends.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 29, 2017

Great find, service, excellent meal, premium wines by the glass a little high! Outside of that great environment

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Miami)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Great food with old Buffalo charm.

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