Tempo Restaurant

4.7
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1456 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.3
Value
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BB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

It was a special dinner for us, with long-standing friends who summer here but have never visited in the winter. They had liked Tempo before, and so we chose it again, and had a lovely time. The food and service were excellent, and the inner room by the fire was warm and intimate. Thank you!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of if not the nicest restaurant in Buffalo. The Ribeye and Lobster risotto were absolutely amazing, the drinks are well made, the deserts are delicious and the restaurant itself is dark, romantic and very welcoming.

MT
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Food was generally good although one diner found the tuna with banana pepper to be too spicy to eat much of. When she mentioned this politely to the server as he was clearing our dishes his responses was 'it's supposed to be spicy'. Not the best response - the menu did not highlight the spiciness and he might have mentioned this when we ordered. My sausage and rapini was good but really garlicky. Wine list was very extensive but also really expensive. Cheapest glass was $9, most were more like $14! Overall, it was not a bad experience but for the price (steaks start around $50 and go to $95!!!!!) there are better (e.g., Lombardos, which has a similar menu, better service, better ambience).

MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Spectacular from start to finish, extensive wine list. Food and service are one of the finest in WNY!

J
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Everything was excellent. Except for just one, nasty-looking lettuce leaf in my wife's salad, everything was perfect.
Excellent food, served hot.
Good Job !

a
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful evening. Food was delicious and cooked to perfection as always. Jennifer was very welcoming and attentive to our needs as was her assistant. Thank you Jennifer!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was wonderful! Service on point as usual and the oysters were incredible. My husband had the lobster bisque and that was delicious. Steaks were both cooked perfectly.

Only thing that fell short was both steaks were served with a “potato and onion hash” which I felt was a little lazy. I would have preferred to see a nice veggie with mashed potatoes

TC
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food at a reasonable price. Service is excellent, ambiance is pleasant. Get a table early if you aren't crazy about crowds.

TO
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Truly one of the best restaurants in Buffalo!

JF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great Dinner and service. Noise level is high in spite of us asking to lower the music (it didn’t go down noticeably). Parking can be a challenge.

K
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Tempo was definitely a classy place to have an amazing dinner. Exponential service, with food to match.

AN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience4

Started off fantastic, drinks, salad, cheese plate was excellent!
Service was outstanding. Nice nice touch with the cleaning of the crumbs in between courses.
Then the entrees came and that's when our experience fell apart. I ordered the Strip steak (always my favorite choice when I actually order red meat vs. a seafood dish) and my wide ordered the Steak Oscar, filet with crab meat on top. Price was $52 for mine and $62 for hers. BOTH steaks were so OVER CHARRED the outside tasted like shavings you get off when you clean your grill. When I told the waiter he said their pan is so unique that it sears at a high temp. To be fair he offered to remake the steak but at that point I just ate it, my mistake. I've been whining about my choice not to return it ever since.

t
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Magnificent dinner. Treated like royalty. Great sidecar. Octopus cooked perfectly. Salmon dish true delight. Wish I lived closer.

RV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every single part of our meal was flawless. They split our appetizer into two separate plates/portions for us, which is convenient and allows for neatness. They offer both traditional and unique/exploratory dishes. Tiramisu is out of this world good.

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We chose Tempo for our New Year's Eve dinner celebration because of their reputation, because of their willingness to work with us (two of our party of four required gluten-free diets because of celiac disease), and because of our past experience with the restaurant when we rented the upper floor for a wedding celebration. The service was "spot-on" from beginning to end...from picking wine, to picking appetizers, main courses and desserts. The chef worked with the two celiac guests and prepared perfect gluten free meals. The two guests not requiring gluten-free meals picked from the specials menu and everything was ideal. The pace was leisurely and worked out perfectly as we were offered complimentary prosecco at midnight to finish our meal and celebrate the new year. The noise level was understandably a little high because all patrons were in a celebratory mood. Tempo has had the reputation for being one of the best restaurants in a city of great restaurants, and I believe that they "hit it out of the park" this time around.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Incredibly disappointed. Food still good quality, but some staff lack awareness of even passable customer service. On this showing, Tempo is trading on its past reputation only, which won’t last much longer. No longer in the same league as Buffalo’s other fine dining restaurants.

PN
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to enjoy a great dinner with old friends and it did not disappoint! Michael was a great waiter suggesting great dishes and wines. We ordered oysters, the beet salad, the carpaccio and battered calamari. Everything was delicious! Then we ordered the filet mignon x 3 and the chicken Milanese. Again everything was so incredibly delicious. Our filets however were a tad bit salty, even though the reduction sauce was magnificent. For dessert we ordered the creme brûlée and the sour cream chocolate cake. The brûlée was incredible but the cake was a bit hard. All in all though we really enjoyed ourselves. I would def return!

DS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal.. Best Calamari EVER !! Nice Filet Migmon. Great service. Wine a little pricey. Love the ambiance and bar. Very quaint

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service, very funny & helpful waiter

WC
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went the day after Christmas to celebrate the birth of our grandson 3 days prior. The two of us are in the hospitality business and we were recommended to have dinner at Tempo by the owner of the AirBNB we were renting. Beautiful ambience, very attentive wait staff, excellent food. Can’t wait to go back when we are back in Buffalo! If you can get reservations it is highly recommended by us!

M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service and dining experience!

FC
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Buffalo has some really incredible restaurants. After several times dining at Tempo, I honestly feel this place is one of the best. Service, food, quality, are all one of the best in town.

S
New England
12 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We enjoyed our meal. Restaurant looked lovely decorated for the holidays. Server was attentive. Everyone in the party said the food was good to very good. For the prices on the menu though we expected extraordinary and I can’t say the service or food hit that bar.... therefore I rated the value on the lower side.

LB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great waiter! Food was very good. The bread dipping oil was a little bland. We couldn’t tell if the little round things in the oil were softened peppercorns or capers, but they didn’t have much flavour. Could have used some seasonings or cheese. Excellent martinis! Great steak too and a wonderful presentation. We’d definitely go again.

SM
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

It was very good. We were both very pleased and would definitely return.

MG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service.

JC
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Nice servers, clean restaurant, meals were delicious, Very nice, but quite costly!

LG
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience1

Loud drunken table of 6 spoiling the atmosphere for all dining couples. Should have offered us all new seating

PD
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favorite spots in Buffalo!

s
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food , service, ambiance are always wonderful

OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great food and service wish I had gotten the steak everyone was saying how good it was!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything is always perfect at Tempo!! Food is AMAZING and service is ALWAYS impeccable!

BS
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is excellent and consistently reliable. One of the best wine lists in Buffalo. Our waiter Michael was one of the best I have ever had.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food an service, highly recommend

FC
Atlanta
31 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always top notch service and food. We’ve been several times and will continue to visit

MP
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food and service before a play!

SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was our first time at Tempo and we were very impressed with the quality of the food. We each had a craft cocktail and were impressed with that as well. Our server was knowledgeable and helpful.

I’ve read other comments about the noise level but I think it’s the result of the structure itself. However, the structure adds to the experience and outweighs the noise that some might find bothersome.

It is a higher priced dining experience but we fully believe the price point matches the quality of the food and experience.

CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Service was very good. Ambience is very nice. However, I lived in Italy, and I am always excited to try pasta dishes here in the US. There were barely any pasta dishes to choose from. Nothing looked appealing, so I ordered halibut instead. Very underwhelmed. Tempo is worth trying, but the food is very underwhelming.

OT
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing! One of the reasons we went there was because a server, Mark, used to work at a fine dining establishment in Hamburg.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Would definitely recommend and return for more. Service was outstanding and friendly. Gulf shrimp risotto and tiramisu for dessert was delicious.