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117 5th Street SE, Charlottesville, VA (Market Street)
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 16:30 - 02:00
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

After having walked by countless times and only looked in on the beautiful decor, some friends and I tried it out for summer restaurant week. The interior is misleading- it's so well done, I always thought it would be too posh for my liking- but that wasn't the case. It's very comfortable and welcoming, much more relaxed than I anticipated.... More 

Thank Lynne R
Charlottesville, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016

I've eaten here a few times with lots of different friends, and we have always had a very nice experience. There are a good number of choices, and the appetizers are fantastic! The fried oysters are delightful, as are the tempura shrimp. Really good. The salmon is great, and the trout, which I don't normally like, is awesome. It's served... More 

Thank wsmithwilliams
Level Contributor
108 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2016

In my reviews I always try to put food above service, but with Tempo, it was hard. Going into Tempo the atmosphere is amazing from lush sofa tables, to ambient lighting it was a well decorated. I tried ordering a glass of wine, but they were out. My wife tried ordering ginger ale and then coke, but the CO2 tanks... More 

1 Thank PnutButterJellyTime
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015

Great food, great atmosphere, friendly staff and owner. I've always wanted one of those local places where you feel at home: Tempo is it!

Thank Jward928
Level Contributor
28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2015

Tempo is off the beaten path of the downtown mall which is good. It's a good place to go and chill, no tv's which is good so none of the trouble making sports crowd come in and I've never had a bad experience there.

Thank Gerald P
Arlington, Virginia
Level Contributor
59 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2015

The place looks upscale, but really is a casual place to meet up with friends, socialize, and get unique, thoughtful, and well-prepared food - not loud, but at ease. A group of us used the private room with big screen projector and got all our meals perfectly cooked - not easy to do with so many orders all at once.... More 

Thank StationSquared
Charlottesville, Virginia
Level Contributor
8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2015

Food was okay. The fries were awesome. They would be more busy if they added more user friendly items. The beer list is very limited. The menus is too formal. Have three high end apps, and the rest $8 or less. Have three high end entrees, then do more accessible fare.

1 Thank Jason J
Waynesboro, Va.
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281 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2014

We dined with friends last night at Tempo and found it to be quite average and a little pricey for what was offered. The wine list was crazy. While there were a very good range of offerings, the price point was way off. There was only a very few options in each category under $50 and many in the $100+... More 

Thank Bermudaman
North Bethesda, Maryland, United States
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2014

We had an exceptional experience at Tempo, just off the beaten path from the downtown Charlottesville mall. We were staying at a B n' B outside of Charlottesville and looking for a special dining experience since the nearby restaurants were mostly brew pubs. We found it at Tempo. The design of the space was very inviting - a contemporary styling... More 

Thank Joanne S
Charlottesville, Virginia
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2014 via mobile

For truly fine dining, Tempo has it all. Locally sourced, quality produce, is something I am happy to pay a little extra for. The food is always cooked to perfection and beautifully presented. Whilst on the slightly higher price level for Charlottesville, (and I stress slight), the prices are extremely good when you compare with other cities throughout the US.... More 

Thank Susan S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 30
French, American
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 02:00
12:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 02:00
12:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 02:00
12:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 02:00
12:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 02:00
16:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 117 5th Street SE, Charlottesville, VA
    (Market Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
  • Phone Number: 434-244-0217
(434) 244-0217

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?