Tempo Restaurant

4.7
1148 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Steak
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Mon - Thurs 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Fri -Sat: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(716) 885-1594
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Eric Nessa
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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.
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Private party contact
James Fachko: (716) 885-1594
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Catering
Please inquire for catering options.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Allen and North
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Parking details
There is a private lot next to the restaurant that opens daily at 6pm.
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
What 1148 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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food
4.7
service
4.6
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

The food was delicious!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

We enjoyed a wonderful family dinner celebrating my husbands birthday!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Our new favourite restaurant in Buffalo. We will return every chance we get.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Every time I go to Tempo, I’m impressed by the food and the service!

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

The best restaurant in Buffalo. My favorite for years! Everything is great!

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Great food great service as always.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

A must for an exceptional dining experience. The wait staff, drinks, atmosphere & food were outstanding. Kyle, our server was top notch! Looking forward to another gastronomic evening. Cheers!

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

This was our 2nd time at Tempo. The 1st was over the winter with another couple. Great meal, 2 1/2 hour meal. This time we were on the 1st floor, back room near the kitchen. So lots of traffic and noise, not nearly nice enough for an anniversary dinner. Food was exceptional as always, but things were served to quick. Food was hot, but getting through drinks, apps, dinner and dessert in a little over an hour makes me suspicious on how fresh things were. Will still go back, but not as blown away as after our 1st time. Realize that for the price of the meals everything else has to be almost perfect.

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3.0Dined on June 4, 2018

If you are looking for overpriced food in a loud, pretentious setting, Tempo is for you. Although their menu includes a nice variety and the portion sizes were generous, in my opinion the food was nothing to rave about. Dinner for 4 people cost over $500 -- and no one ordered soup or salad, nor coffee, dessert, or after-dinner drinks. There are certainly less expensive places around that offer much better food in an atmosphere much more conducive to conversation.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Outstanding in every single regard from the people to the food to the ambiance to the air surrounding Tempo.

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1.0Dined on May 24, 2018

we have been here many times. My daughter was n town for her birthday and loves Tempo. This was horrible, wont be back. Food was not up to par, service was horrible and asked for a dessert with a candle, I think they left to go buy candles. Very disappointed.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Went for a Birthday Celabration! Recommend to me- so glad we went. Food, service was awesome. It was worth the price!!!!!

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

We were celebrating our anniversary and had a wonderful experience at Tempo.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Words can't describe how spectacular our evening was. Menu, food and service were absolutely the very best. Pricey but well worth it!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Made a last minute reservation for 6. Greeted at the door and sat in the front dining area by the bar. Food was fantastic, I had the halibut which was done perfectly. Kids tried the gnocchi which they both thoroughly enjoyed. Been a couple years since I’ve been there but will be back soon.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Wonderful restaurant! We celebrated our anniversary there, the service and food were exquisite. The wait staff was excellent. We were impressed by Ryan's knowledge of wines and pairings. Can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

The best restaurant in town with the best service!

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

This is a great restaurant conveniently located on Delaware Avenue. Great food. Great service. Top 10 restaurant in Buffalo.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Everything was outstanding. The best filet I've had in a long time. It is always a pleasure to dine at Tempo.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Great ambiance! Amazing food, cocktails and Jennifer was great!! We will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Used to be in my top 5 local restaurants. Years ago I had an average experience. The prices are not average. So I avoided returning. But I am BACK!!!! My recent dining experience was excellent. Seated promptly and courteously. Great pour on the drinks. Extensive menu. Food displayed nicely. Portions more than sufficient. Most importantly the quality of all our meals was outstanding -steak, duck and risotto entree. I can't wait to return.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

What a wonderful dinner and experience. We love this restaurant and will be back again.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Lovely. Enjoyed the food and experience.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Very disappointed. We have eaten here many times but this was simply unacceptable, especially for the price. We had reservations for a special birthday dinner for my husband, with seating upstairs at 7:30pm. When we arrived, we were told by the hostess that she was setting a table and we should sit at the upstairs bar. There were 4 of us and 2 seats. When we inquired at 7:45pm as to the status, the hostess was flip and said she still had to set up another table for someone else first. Apparently, setting a table does not mean what a normal person thinks since they were apparently waiting for people to finish dinner and then re-setting tables. At 8pm, when I asked again, they offered to seat us downstairs, which has both a restaurant and bar area. We said yes, expecting to be seated in the restaurant area. Wrong! We were seated in the very noisy bar area but did not make a fuss because we were starving. Service was extremely slow, with us not getting our entrees until 9:30pm. Two of them did not have the double veges, no starch we requested and one of them (the $59 veal chop) was cold. Dinner for four was $400, with a few drinks and tip. Never again!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

So much fun...as always. This place NEVER disappoints.

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2.0Dined on April 28, 2018

I booked reservations in advance based on reviews and was looking forward to nice relaxing dinner. When we arrived at the restaurant it was very busy and we had a drink at the bar while waiting for our table. We were eventually seated about 10 minutes after our reservation time at a tiny table placed so closely to the other tables that our server would run into my husband every time she went to the table next to us. Everyone working there seemed in such a hurry that it was anything but relaxing. We felt rushed through our dinner and seemed like an afterthought to our waitress. The food was good but expensive. After we were seated, I think we were only there for a half hour. Our entrees came out 10 minutes after we ordered and we also had dessert.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Excellent food quality, but restaurant was overbooked and understaffed resulting in uneven service. As a table of 2, we were given minimal attention because larger tables demanded our server's time. We also requested different/larger table when seated after more than a 20 minute wait for our reservation, but were told vacant tables were needed for parties of 4. Parties of 2 were subsequently seated at the tables.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Osobucco is execellent. ..

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2.0Dined on April 20, 2018

It has been a while since I've dined at Tempo, and I chose it especially for my birthday dinner with my parents. Imagine my dismay at finding that entree prices are much higher than I remember; most items were in the $50-$75 range. Way too high for a Buffalo restaurant. In addition, portions were huge, overwhelmingly so. My mother ordered the lamp chops, which were off-putting in their size. She could only eat one. My daughter's Chicken Milanese was heaped with a salad about a foot off her plate. Overall, while the service was impeccable, the food was very disappointing in both price and quantity.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Spot on fabulous as always. My favorite place for a girls night out!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

A wonderful meal, perfectly served!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great time enjoyed our visit

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food was incredible as always!!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Slippery walkway

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Outstanding service. Interesting main and feature menus. Food excellent. Good wine choices, although on the expensive side...no red wines priced under $50. Would return in a heartbeat, though!

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Having been to Tempo before, I was unpleasantly surprised by the meal this time around. I had a strip steak that was about half fat - a low quality cut for over $50. Hope for a better experience next time.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Came across this great find during a business trip to Buffalo. Food and service were spot on. Excellent wine list. Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I used to go to Tempo a decade ago when I lived in Buffalo and I was really excited to find out that it's kept up its stellar reputation! Brought old friends there and everything I used to like about it I still like about it today. Fantastic food and great service! Great wine list too :-)

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Everything was terrific, especially our waitress Cassie.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We go to Tempo for fine dining and truly exceptional entrees! Their wine list is extensive and menu choices are wonderful. I have always been there with a table of 8 and the service has been attentive and timely. It is a perfect restaurant for special occasions.

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