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Tempo Restaurant

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4231 Duke St, Ste C, Alexandria, VA 22304-2485 (North Gordon)
+1 703-370-7900
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11:30 - 22:00
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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Washington DC
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130 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We hadn't been to Tempo's for 15 years but decided to go there for our anniversary dinner. Service was excellent, water and tea glasses kept full. Food was very good and cooked perfect. The deserts were amazing.

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1 Thank mbabill
Keswick, Virginia
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166 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

Tempo offers a very tasty lunch with a limited menu for Restaurant Week. We searched Tripadvisor for a French restaurant and while most of the prix fixe items were Italian, we enjoyed the Gorgonzola salad and split pea soup, the farfale Alfredo and veal scaloppini Corsica. The dessert tray must have ten different options and we finished our delicious lunch... More 

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2 Thank Peter R
Vienna, Virginia
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248 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

We have eaten here with friends several times before attending a concert. The staff has a hard time keeping up with a group of 6 or 8, but they are unfailingly pleasant. The food is basically acceptable. The veal scallopini "Normande" with julienne apples and brandy cream sauce was one of the best dishes I have had there. The melon... More 

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Thank trackervienna
Newport News, Virginia
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017

I think that the restaurant is a converted gas station. Really. BUT.... The food was gourmet, prepared to order, paired with amazing wines, and the service was amazing. The atmosphere was quiet and dignified. I travel and dine out frequently. This was fine dining at its best. One of my most memorable meals ever!

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3 Thank TravelerAround23666
Fairfax, Virginia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

My husband and I and all my friends love this place. Discovered it via a friend of a friend and have been there many times for dinner and for lunch. White linen tablecloths, great wait service, and the food is delicious and beautifully presented. Prices are reasonable and there's no problem with parking. I think it's kind of a secret... More 

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3 Thank will026
Boulder, Colorado
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118 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017

You wouldn't think to find a place like Tempo off Duke Street, which is mainly strip malls and fast food joints. But Tempo is a small, elegant Italian place amidst the bustle. Crisp white linen tablecloths, quiet, and attentive service from charming older men. The meatballs were very good, and my ham and veal was as decadent as it sounds.... More 

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2 Thank Ralph B
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2016

We have been going to Tempo for years and years. The food is always so fresh and well prepared. They really know how to cook fish perfectly. Meat too, for that matter.

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2 Thank Diane R
Vienna, Austria
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172 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

The cuisine is Northern Italian/French and nicely presented. There is a nice choice of appetisers and main dishes. The menu changes monthly. The cake tray is most appealing and choosing is difficult.

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2 Thank BillandKathy27
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

We have been to Tempo many times, usually with family or friends. The food is reliably delicious, and the manager and staff are friendly and helpful. The decor is modern, bright and without excess noise. Since Tempo is out of the tourist area of Old Town, it is more popular with local residents than tourists. Parking is ample.

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2 Thank John W. C
Springfield, VA
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78 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

Tempo Restaurant continues to serve very good French and Italian dishes, and still boasts a respectable and respectably priced wine list. The "short leg of the stool" is service; while the service staff does a very good job of delivering and clearing the plates, the waiters are not doing the same in taking orders, providing wine service and servicing the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$23 - US$23
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 21:00
Monday
11:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 22:00
Saturday
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4231 Duke St, Ste C, Alexandria, VA 22304-2485
    (North Gordon)
  • Public Transportation: Nearest Metro Station: King Street Metro is 2.2 miles away within walking distance if you are in good shape otherwise take a cab.
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria
  • Phone Number: +1 703-370-7900
Description
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?