Tempo Food + Drink

4.3
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90 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Canadian
Situated street-side on the busiest corner in Halifax, TEMPO offers locally inspired comfort food with a twist morning, noon, and night.

Great wines by the glass, local beer and spirits, and inspired cocktails are served alongside updated Canadian classics and Asian fusion.
What 90 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.3
Service
4.1
Ambience
4.0
Value
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Server was bubbly and friendly, food was great but took 45 minutes to be served. Given how busy the restaurant was, and that I got extra time to chat with my beautiful wife while we had a drink, that did not detract from the evening in the slightest. The server even came and apologized for the delay with the offer of popcorn.

Selection of gluten free dishes was quite extensive and the server was knowledgable about the dishes that were suitable for someone with celiac disease.

I would highly recommend eating there.

TK
vipTanyaK
Atlantic Canada
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love Tempo and eat there frequently, however, we have our menu favorites, but tonight we opted for their New Year's eve special. The mushroom soup was delicious, the bacon wrapped tenderloin was cooked to perfection and tasted amazing as did the cheesecake for dessert. Highly recommend Tempo! Their food is delicious and their staff definitely make you feel at home.

CM
ChristineM
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I had the duo taco - fish and chicken - delicious. The staff was friendly and the restaurant had a great vibe. I would go there again.

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Beth
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

We waited 45 minutes plus to be served. This is unacceptable. I have been to Tempo many times before and one of the things I have always liked about it is the quick service. After our 45 minute wait the food was poor quality and not up to the usual Tempo standard. All 3 of us were disappointed with our meals.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience4

Had the chicken tacos. The chicken was either way over cooked or was re cooked.

TK
vipTanyaK
Atlantic Canada
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tempo never disappoints! Great food, great service!

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IanR
Atlantic Canada
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Very tasty food in generous portions. Very attentive staff.

RM
RMarie
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

The food and service here are always good. The fish tacos and the greens salad are two fixtures on the menu and for good reason. Yum!

KD
KimD
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

On a Friday over lunch in downtown Halifax, there should be an expectation that there will be patrons coming from offices with an hour lunch break. Our food took 50 minutes to arrive. Two of our party had to leave with their food to go because they had meetings to get to. The server was very friendly and apologized for the wait when the food was finally being served but hard no mention of it as we waited.

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chrisE
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

But would not recommend a large group. I felt that they were a bit over run. The server even said “a big table came in before you guys so the cooks weren’t prepared”

JM
JocelynM
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Tempo is always a go-to for our office. The one thing we have started noticing that when there are large groups the quality of the food is not it's usual greatness. Many at out table ordered tacos and for those who ordered the Taco Duo the chicken was extremely over cooked. I received the Fish Tacos and they were very dry with very little slaw in the taco and little lemon aoli compared to the person beside me who had plenty on theirs. These are something I order every week as they are typically fantastic. I asked for some additional aoli on the side to find out afterwards that I was charged $1 for this. I don't mind paying extra but patrons should be told if there was an additional charge. The server was very polite and friendly and professional. It will not stop myself from coming to Tempo however it may be something to look into as the food quality and consistency does vary when serving a table of 4 to a table if 14.

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vipPatrick
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service is as excellent as the food - especially the fish tacos and the seafood chowder. Do NOT underestimate Tempo as being some ho-him hotel restaurant. This is a real deal place.

KS
KimberlyS
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Service took so long, she mixed up the bills and the food was disappointing. Overall experience was much different than lunch.

JH
JudyH
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service we experienced was excellent. The food was exceptional and prices very good. The place was very busy as we were there happy hour on Friday and had a great vibe.

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Prag
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Its a nice spot in Halifax downtown to do business lunch meetings.

HM
HeidiM
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food but great service. Very accommodating for a large group with a high chair needing child who needed a bottle warmed

BC
BevC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome as usual, delicious and have had the same server, forget her name, but she's great !!

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adamm
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My god... this team is just amazing! I’ve always liked visiting Halifax, but I make sure to stop in here once during my trips. The staff take care of me and the manager Cristina even came by my table to check on me during my meal... great experience! I will be back.

TH
TammyH
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great drink specials, varied menu to suit a group, staff were friendly and attentive..we will be back!

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Judy
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our server Gaetan was amazing! We were 8 people and everyone enjoyed their meals.

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NicoledG
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Mother’s Day brunch was delicious and the service was outstanding. I had the fish tacos and the serving was huge; I ate the second one for supper and it was still delicious. My 3 year old also ate free. Warren was a super host. Go eat there now!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Love the fish tacos!

SD
StevieD
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Food was very average. Received fries instead of salad, waiter gave us the bill before asking if we were done (which we were not). It was very cold in there. My boyfriends burger had tomato when he asked for no tomato.

AE
AliciaE
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Chicken tacos were good, gave a free popcorn as a light appy. Service wasn’t great sadly. Drinks were always empty, food also took a very long time to arrive. Felt like we were flagging down our server for him to pay attention to our table of 8.

CB
ColBE
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

It took a long time for the food to arrive but when it did it was awesome. I am not sure if our waitress was new or just not interested in our table. She never asked which sides we wanted, we had to ask what our options were. Wonder what we would have received?

CW
CarolW
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent, as always.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

I ordered the burger and it was just okay. I have never had a bad meal here.

TK
vipTanyaK
Atlantic Canada
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great staff! Best fish tacos around. Highly recommended!

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SharonF
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely spot for an early dinner. The service was superb. Our server was perfect - and that is often hard to find. She provided the best level of service but wasn’t all over us. Came at appropriate times and was always pleasant. She just came across as someone who enjoyed her job 100%. Best server we have had in a long time. The perfect balance. Keep her! She made us want to come back again. Thank you.

SC
SpideyCA
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tried Tempo as something different and was blown away by the food, ambiance and most of all the service. Our server was funny, engaging, helpful and generally did everything he could to help us enjoy our meal. We each had different types of food and every person in our party raved about their food. The desserts (especially the cheesecake) were great.

Will definitely go back here when I return to Halifax.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
17 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

First time here. Would come again but would like to sit away from the hotel entrance as it was a bit too bright and made the ambiance feel a bit strange. The food was good.

TK
vipTanyaK
Atlantic Canada
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service!!

KM
KatelynM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Got the chicken and fish tacos - fantastic! Quick lunch service, warm food and great ambience.

MB
MarleneB
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Had a great brunch . Nice table near the window. Most outstanding was our server Aidan. Very good service with a smile. One of us had the omelet which I understand was very good. I had the pancakes with blueberries., also very tasty. We will return.

EW
EW512
Brighton
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great meal for those who eat meat or fish and lovely service but there were NO vegetarian options for a main course so with two vegetarians in the family will likely not return.

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TravellingTina63
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great dinner here Saturday evening before the Songwriters’ Circle at Casino NS. A very good location in the downtown core. The food was delicious and I had a wonderful cocktail. Try the taco duo, both (fish and chicken) are delicious but the tempura chicken taco is outstanding. Accompanied by the kale salad it’s a healthy and satisfying option.

Janice was our server and she’s wonderful - a true credit to your establishment.

HA
Happy30Anniversary
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Although the Ambiance was good we were cold sitting by the windows.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The service and food is always spot-on at Tempo!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Great for big groups, nice atmosphere.
Servers are very friendly but service is very slow.
Food is variable. Some dishes are great (lobster poutine) some are alright. BIG portions.
Great happy hour prices.

Would go back for drinks and snacks but wouldn’t expect a really tasty dinner.

KB
KathyB
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall2Food4Service4Ambience3

The food was good. The service was great, however the wait for our food was not great. We waited for over a half hour for our meals and when you have only an hour for lunch, it doesn't allow a whole lot of time to eat.

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