Tempo Restaurant

4.8
1329 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • 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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D
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful !

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CR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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JD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 10 May 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 10 May 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 4 May 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 4 May 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 3 May 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 27 April 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 26 April 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 26 April 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 22 April 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 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best meal in Buffalo

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TL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 April 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 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A lovely experience. Romantic. Food is first class.

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a
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on 12 April 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 10 April 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 6 April 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 6 April 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 30 March 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 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is always excellent

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 March 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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C
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

Food is good but service lacking and too expensive

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CM
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service were both amazing. I would recommend Tempo to anyone looking for a fine dining experience!

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t
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great service. Fine dining done right.

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L
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, service is over the top and almost annoying because they are constantly asking how everything is. Overall great experience

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KV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday, after many of our friends have raved about the food- we did not leave disappointed. The service was amazing from the friendly host, to the very prompt bartender, and of course our server. The sever was incredibly gracious and answered all of my questions regarding the menu items. For appetizers we shared the steak tartare which was phenomenal. I ordered the “osso bucco” off of the featured menu while i do not typically enjoy veal- the meat was incredibly tender and fell right off the bone. The gnocchi that accompanied the meal was also delicious and cooked to perfection. My boyfriend had the ribeye served with potatoes and what i think were truffles. His steak was prepared to his liking and was just as the server described, “the best steak in buffalo”. Overall i believe the service and food were well worth the price. We cannot wait to return!

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JP
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a fantastic experience. Food is the best in Buffalo.

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AM
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were in town to see a band. We stayed down the street and found Tempo on open table. It was fantastic. The food was excellent and the service was great. It’s a lively place. Everyone relaxed and there for a good time and a great meal. The upstairs has a beautiful fire place that brings the room together. Perfect. I’ll recommend Tempo to everyone.

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K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were seated right away and everyone that greeted us was very nice with smiles. The food we ordered was a delicious. I had to change out some food on mine and turned out great. We ate so much we didn’t have room for dessert. Next time.

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MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

It’s good but not outstanding. I heard it was outstanding.

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JL
Tampa
34 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Buffalo. Everything is of the highest quality. My only issue are the prices. Very expensive.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was amazing

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tempo was the perfect restaurant to celebrate my daughter’s birthday. The staff went above and beyond to make it an exceptional dining experience from beginning to end. Thank you Tempo!

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waiter was excellent in all aspects of service, from menu and wine suggestions to serving and checking in with us throughout out meal. I look forward to returning for another special occasion in the future. We were surprised by a glass of champagne to celebrate our anniversary!

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D
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding.

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