Tempo Restaurant

4.8
1364 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
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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PM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service perfect, great evening.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greeted with champagne for our anniversary. Delicious food in a timely manner.

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JL
Tampa
35 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tempo never disappoints. In my opinion it’s the best restaurant in Buffalo.

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RS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food; attentive, courteous, and highly professional staff; very pleasant seating. Great wine list. Wonderful desserts!

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OT
Jacksonville
102 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The interior is beautiful and we were led to a cozy table where we could celebrate my birthday intimately. The food was spectacular (and I deeply regretted not being able to finish it all). We had very friendly and attentive service and really enjoyed the entire experience. It is slightly pricey and there is a vibe I can't quite put my finger on that was a little off putting but recommend--it was a wonderful meal.

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S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent, fresh and creatively prepared. The chef is wonderful.

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OT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped in after dinner at another restaurant for an after dinner cocktail and dessert with the in-laws. Homemade desserts are top notch. The tiramisu was spectacular along with the gelatos and sorbeto! Service was top notch as well. Sat outside on the patio and it was a nice night to do so. A great place for dinner and dessert. A must eat at in the city.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

We ordered the calamari appetizer which I have had many times and found to be excellent. On this occasion it was doused with chili sauce so that by the time it arrived at our table the lovely tempura coating was soggy. It was also overly sweet
The main course was gnocchi which I have also had in the past and enjoyed very much. The gnocchi itself was light as a feather. This time, however, it came in s casserole dish swimming in sauce. On top was an overly thick coating of mozzarella that got tough as it sat. All in all, for $30.00 it was a disappointment. It was much more in keeping with a “red sauce” restaurant.
The food was disappointing but our server was outstanding.

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KM
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of Buffalo's finest restaurants.

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SM
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tempo has exquisite food, delicately prepared. The Lobster Bisque and seafood was fabulous. Loved the charm of the old Victorian. Great service. Quiet atmosphere. Very nice.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The restaurant is great. The host and hostess are very professional. Mike B is a good waiter but should be trained not to reach over people. I also noticed the bus boy doing the same. It’s basic restaurant service practice not to reach over any guest. This ruined the great score I would have given Tempo.

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JW
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Tempo has been our go to restaurant to celebrate many occasions. Being parents of two young children we do not get to go out without our kids very often. So we get excited when we do get this rare opportunity to celebrate my husband’s birthday. This past experience was disappointing due to how it was handled. My husband was looking forward to ordering their specialty...the $69 ribeye. He ordered it medium rare and it came out almost well done. He mentioned to our server that the steak was over cooked and the server asked him to cut in the middle to see if it was better. It was not. Now we aren’t ones to send food back or raise a stink but the server did not do anything. What is the proper protocol in this situation when it’s a $69 steak and you are trying to be nice about it? At the very least, shouldn’t the server involved the manager to either discuss bringing another one or reduce our bill? We love Tempo and wish this could have been handled differently. Not sure if we will back after this as he was really disappointed.

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food and very professional and friendly staff. Nice setting, too, in an old house in quirky Allentown. Very expensive, but worth it.

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JY
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, incredible food and service. Above what I consider reasonable in price, but always a great experience.

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LL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From beginning to end the experience was amazing! Khyle was such an amazing server and the support staff excellent as well...relocating out of Buffalo but when coming back to visit wouldn't hesitate to make reservations for a return experience to enjoy your exquisite establishment~beyond expectations~

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D
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!

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AS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service, plenty of great food choices and evening specials. Atmosphere adds to the experience 👍🏼👍🏼

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SS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent experience at Tempo, which us easily my family’s favorite restaurant in Buffalo.

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CC
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal meal. Outstanding wait staff. First rate experience!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my husband’s 30th, and we have always wanted to try this place, but we just never got around to it. They didn’t disappoint! Food literally melts in your mouth! Servers are well versed in menu and extremely attentive, highly recommend you go if you have not.

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BS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
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
21 reviews
Dined on 5 June 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 5 June 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 4 June 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
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 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 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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KB
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 1 June 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 1 June 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 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!!

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 May 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 25 May 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 24 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and staff were great.

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 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 23 May 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 20 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful !

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CR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 May 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 17 May 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 16 May 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 11 May 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 11 May 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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