Best-Kept Secrets

Tempo’s cuisine is a blend of northern Italian and French, specializing in fresh seafood. Linguini with Lobster, Linguini Vongole, Sole Almondine, Medallions of Beouf au Roquefort, Lamb Chops, and Scaloppini di Vitello Marsala are just a few of the house specialties.

Tempo’s desert tray is unmatched in the metropolitan area, featuring Tiramisu, Crème au Carmel, Hazelnut St. Honore, Grand Marnier, and Chocolate Cheesecakes, plus much more.

“European and California cuisine consistently hits the high notes.”

Joan Horwitt – Mid-Atlantic Magazine



America’s Top Italian Restaurants


Review Highlights – Believe it or not, “a former gas station” is “the place for elegant dining with picky eaters”, as “inventive” Northern Italian cuisine plus “excellent French cooking” adds up to “something for the everyone” at this “hidden treasure” “isolated on Duke Street away from Old Town”; a “warm friendly” staff keeps a steady tempo “when busy”.


ZAGAT -America’s Most Prestigious Dining & Shopping Guide – 2005




Alexandria Secret’s


Occupying an old Texaco station, this Alexandria “secret’s” appearance belies the “amazing food” from husband and wife” chef-owners who tempt a mature clientele with “top quality” French and Northern Italian fare and “dessert tray” that’s well worth the calories”; given it’s “interesting” weekly specials and “good value”, partisans pardon décor that “leaves a little to be desired.”


 ZAGAT – Washington, DC/Baltimore Restaurants 2009