Tempo Food + Drink

4.5
71 reviews
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  • Casual
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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.
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J
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

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NG
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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!

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OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Love the fish tacos!

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SD
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

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.

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AE
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

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.

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CB
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

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?

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CW
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent, as always.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

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

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TK
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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SF
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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SC
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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Manchester
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

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.

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TK
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service!!

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KM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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

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MB
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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.

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EW
Brighton
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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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TT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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HA
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

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

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

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Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

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.

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KB
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

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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F
Atlantic Canada
14 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere. What more could you ask for?

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SL
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Service was extremly slow. We cancelled our food order in order to make our show which started at 7:30. Our reaervation was at 5:45.

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EK
Atlantic Canada
13 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The fish tacos are always outstanding! Service is wonderful and the beer list, though short, is very good.

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JH
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were on our way to a concert and chose this location as it was very near our hotel. We made a reservation and upon arrival we were quickly shown to a table next to the window. It was a great spot for people watching! Our waitress was attentive and very friendly. Despite the bar side being very busy, our drinks arrived without delay and there was a nice selection on the menu for dinner. I ordered their famous fish tacos (I know, so may places say they're famous for something... but these were great!). My husband enjoyed his chicken sandwich but upon seeing my tacos wished that he had ordered those instead. He truly enjoyed his side of chowder.

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SB
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

The service here was excellent. The drinks were excellent and Happy Hour prices are a good deal.
The food was not very good. I ordered Chicken Pappardelle which says it has mushrooms and bacon in it. There might have been one mushroom cut into tiny pieces and I didn’t see any bacon.
They share a washroom with the hotel, which is fine, but you have to take an elevator to get to it. I don’t like elevators and they said that they keep the door to the stairs locked, so that means I will never go back.

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MC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Went on a weekday for an office lunch for 13 people. The restaurant was at best 1/2 full yet service was incredibly slow - to take our orders and to get our food. The entire lunch took almost 3 hrs even though the table only ordered a few sodas, mains and a few desserts. The food presentation was average, but tasted bland. The chowder was not creamy, mac and cheese was oily, burgers were dry.

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 1Food 5Service 1Ambience 2

Really bad experience here. They sat our large group in the lounge, and one of our people was 18. Legal age limit here is 19. We arrived at 7pm, and got our meal a few minutes before 9. Right at 9 asked our 18 year old to leave, citing liquor inspector issues.

They did not try to accommodate us.

Our 18year old had to wolf his meal down. Very poor.

The restaurant was not very busy. I very much regret my reservation here.

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CK
Atlantic Canada
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious food, reasonably priced. The free parking in downtown Halifax is a real plus too.

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C
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Our server was beyond rude. I've been here many times, and every time I've had her she's been abrasive, unfriendly, slow, unhelpful and acts snotty when you make requests for simple things like water or ketchup. Just generally ruins the atmosphere, and it has been enough times dealing with her that I will likely not return, which is too bad! One of my favourite spots for lunch and to bring colleagues for business meetings. I can't be embarrassed about recommending a place with such horrible service again.

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IM
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Tempo is always a good choice for a meal. I recommend the fish tacos.

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S
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great spot. Bathrooms inside restaurant would be better instead of going through the hotel. Overall, tasty lunch and wonderf service.

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VM
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The girls and I go out for lunch every second Thursday from the office. This was our first time at your restaurant. We were blown away and wondering why we have never been before. The food was amazing , creative and perfect portions for lunch. The drinks were outstanding and our server was a dream! We will definitely be back as there were 7 of us in total but usually there are 12 of us so be warned the girls will be back on a regular basis! Thank you so much!

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JH
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

I was disappointed with the fish tacos I ordered. They were dry and very had to chew and swallow. I didn't want to say anything to the waiter because I was taking someone very special out to lunch. The first time I had the fish tacos, they were amazing.

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NM
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was great. All 6 of us enjoyed our meals.!

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TE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great brunch at Tempo. Warren was an awesome server.

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NG
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Tempo is my go-to spot for a celebratory brunch. The food was enjoyed by most everyone: I think the guacamole on the avocado toast needs some reworking as it's not really flavourful inasmuch as it's really mushy avocado. The service was particularly slow to take our order, but friendly and accommodating. The mimosas are excellent.

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KS
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Overall I expected more in terms of ambiance. The food was good. The service was quite slow. Our reservation was for 11. Took several minutes to be seated and several more to be offered coffee. At 11:50 we still did not have food. It was Mother’s Day but didn’t appear to be enough staff to handle the crowd. The mimosa was a nice touch.

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OT
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Mother’s Day brunch. Great experience!

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CE
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This is our go to place to meet people for lunch. Convenient location, great service and one of these times I will try something other than the Fish Tacos! Well, maybe not because this is what I come for!

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