Tempo Restaurant

4.8
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1417 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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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding restaurant with world class service! Particularly if you are in a hurry, let the server know.

TR
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Steak was ordered med rare, came out well
Wine prices are out of this galaxy
gnocchi was good
bolognese was delicious
bartender was curt
server was average
was hoping for a much better experience for $250
I would come back or recommend. It used to be a lot better
Feel free to entice us back with a % off or free drink voucher, other then that. Wasnt what I had hoped for

DB
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience5

We loved going to Tempo for years, but the food quality isn’t the same. Service was not that good and food was just ok. Will be our last time

BD
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner was exceptional. The waiter staff were extraordinarily observant, polite and resourceful. The refreshments, appetizers, entrees and desserts were all especially delicious. The environment was rich with families and friends enjoying their Saturday evening. We were truly pleased to be among the folks in that busy, vibrant restaurant. We love it there!

RJ
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my second visit to Tempo and it was absolutely amazing!

L
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were passing through on the way home to Ohio and wanted to stop for a nice dinner. We did a quick online search and decided to try- boy were we happy we did!!! The restaurant is beautiful, so much character. Our server, Mark, was fantastic. Service was on point with the rest of the staff too. The Halibut and Bolognese were delicious. Next time we are in Buffalo we will be back! Thank you for a great experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding

JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was outstanding. Had the Halibut. One of the best fish dishes I’ve had in a long time. Amazing balance of flavors and textures.

B
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic as always

FC
Atlanta
29 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My date and I had a fabulous experience with TEMPO. The food was the best we’ve had in buffalo. Highly recommended

JM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favorite Buffalo restaurant! Service is impeccable. Joe our server was fantastic. And the food was so good!

AK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food,service and ambiance! Highly recommend . We shared three appetizer choices and three individual entrees. All were delicious.

DB
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fantastic meal and dinner experience. One of the best meals I have experienced.

F
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great evening and food! Will definitely be back at Tempo soon.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

The front desk staff really jidges you based on what you are wearing and how you look.

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is excellent, one of the best restaurants in Buffalo.

r
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Politely greeted & promptly seated upon arrival. Our waiter was friendly & attentive. We started out with an appetizer of mussels.They were excellent. If ordering make sure you ask for extra bread during the bread service.The broth in the mussels goes quite well with the bread. Next came the misto salad. It too was quite good & enough for the two of us to share. There was quite a wait between the salad & the entree. Our waiter seemed concerned about this & apologized, thanking us for our patience. I assume a large table must have been ahead of us. My wife opted for the lobster which came completely shelled & on a bed of what I believe was a smoked corn. I tasted it and found it to be very good. So much that I had to steal a few more tastes. I had the halibut. It was properly cooked & tasted good. I can’t comment on dessert as we decided not to have any. Dinner with a glass of wine each was reasonably priced for the quality of the good & the high level of service received. While not being intrusive the wait & bus staff never allow empty dishes or crumbs to clutter the table. The staff appears to be properly trained for a fine dining establishment. The only real fault I found was the parking is a bit inconvenient especially with the local construction. There is a parking lot adjacent to the restaurant that you enter off of Delaware. I dropped my wife off close to the restaurant as she was wearing heels & drove further back into the lot to find a parking spot. Upon leaving I had my wife wait at the restaurant door while I retrieved the car. That was a bit of an issue. You can only exit from the street behind, Franklin I believe. I couldn’t come back quickly on Allen because of construction. I had to drive north a block on Franklin & back on Delaware, making a U Turn in front of the restaurant to pick her up. Not a deal breaker but a valet would be so much easier. We will return but reserve those visits for guaranteed good weather because of the parking.

M
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From start to finish Tempo delivered. The host was welcoming and friendly, our server was knowledgeable and created the perfect amount of conversation for a table of ladies, made great recommendations even the wine! Thank you for making our dinner out so memorable.

PH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service is always top-notch! We make sure we have a business dinner here every time we are in town. Food is incredible! The locals claim this is the best restaurant in Buffalo.

BL
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always a wonderful evening ! Excellent food, great ambience, terrific staff. Never disappointed.

J
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience3

Went to bar before dinner and ordered a Manhattan. Usually served in martini glass. Served in rocks glass with ice. I did not ask for ice. Bill charged 2$ for ice. Really!! The food is great but overpriced. Glad I did not order desert. Not the atmosphere I thought it would be

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The table in the front corner is too big for the servers to properly serve everyone.

MD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful experience upstairs at our quiet table toward the front. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable. We were there for my dad's 70th birthday, and everyone agreed Tempo was the perfect setting. Thank you!

AP
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Seriously, one of my all time favorite dining experiences. Our waiter Joe was "spot on" with suggestions, good humor, and knowledge. He suggested one wine but when I mentioned I preferred an Italian, he went to his expert and got a second recommendation. Excellent choice. The calamari was outstanding. And the steaks - wow. Just wow. Perfectly cooked. The only drawback - huge portions. A drawback for us because we were from out of town, for natives. Happy lunch the next day.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came to Tempo with a group of 10 folks for a birthday dinner. As always, the food was excellent and the service was stellar!

LL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience1

RESTAURANT WAS MUCH TO NOISY TO CHAT WITH OUR FRIENDS FROM OUT OF TOWN. SERVER NEVER ASKED IF WE WANT BOTTLED WATER, WHICH WE DID.
ALSO, WAS UNCOMFORTABLY WARM.
NOT LIKELY TO RETURN ANY TIME SOON.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic rib eye and calamari. Tempo never disappoints.

n
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My wife and I have eaten at Tempo before and they never disappoint. Food and service were excellent. My wife had a lamb shank and I had a steak and both were perfectly prepared and delicious. Our waiter recommended a bottle of red zinfandel which we both loved. All and in all a great evening and a fine dinner

B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We haven't been to Tempo in a few years and were glad to be back and to be able to introduce it to friends who were never there. They were quite impressed. Everyone's meals were fantastic and the overall experience made for a special night for four friends who were enjoying a long-overdue gathering.

OT
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely wonderful from the welcome, the martinis, the service and the food. We travel a lot in the states and love to dine out. Tempo is one of the best we have visited from Palm Springs, Scottsdale, Nola, NYC and points in between.

Jenna

OT
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience! Filet and veal among best we’ve had. Gnocchi special as well... Waiter knowledgeable and attentive. Highly recommend!

TL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tempo is always excellent and is our favorite restaurant in Buffalo hands down. You can’t get a better ambiance or food anywhere....from the salads, calamari, filets, and desserts it’s he best. If you’ve never been there I highly recommend it.

BS
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Ambiance and food was outstanding. The wine list was extensive. The only improvement I could imagine was that the server was not familiar with wine. We asked for an oaked chard and he just selected the most expensive chard on the list. When asked to tell us about it, he really couldn't then offered us a house chardonnay . . .just seem odd to go from one extreme to the other. Not his fault, he's a great waiter, just needs some training.

DK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As expected, quality service, food and dining experience. It’s obvious everyone takes pride in what they do. As they should.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

The start of dinner was good. Presentation of salads , etc were great! The entree was not cooked to my liking (filet) and my husband did not care for the lamb shop stuffing. My vegetable (spinach, I think?) was so spicy I could not eat it.
When we were ready to leave it took 20 minutes to get our bill and that was only after we reminded the waiter.
This was our first visit we will not be back .

KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing as always. My favorite restaurant in Buffalo.

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PL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tempo is one of the best restaurants in Buffalo. It has excellent food, great service and and exceptional chef. I would recommend this to anyone who has an appetite for a top restaurant.
Paul

OT
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. High ceilings make for a noisier room