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Tempo Cafe

#64 of 7,682 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Gold Coast
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6 E Chestnut St, 6 E Chestnut St, 60611-2012, Chicago, Illinois, Chicago, IL 60611-2664
+1 312-943-4373
00:00 - 23:59
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had the poor mans scramble and the French toast, very good! Service was great. Food came our very quickly. Oj was expensive but worth it.

Thank Sarah D
Calistoga, California
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47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This has long been out go-to breakfast place, after its recommendation many years ago by a local hotel employee (this is not in his hotel) ...breakfast is always preceded by a prune and an orange slice ...and the corned beef hash with poached eggs is my go-to ...perfectly cooked eggs and bacon, and we'll prepared basic coffees make a great... More 

Thank KennedyBrooks
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just a great overall place to eat breakfast, lunch, dinner or late night snack 24 hrs a day. We come here multiple times everytime we visit Chicago. Staff is super friendly and attentive. Food is great and portions are plentiful. You cant' and won't go wrong eating here.

Thank Anthony A
Upplands-Vasby, Sweden
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206 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food is still OK but where is the old good smiley service. They don't let people sit down and relax after the breakfast and they stop serve the coffee after a couple of cups. SHARP UP Tempo!

Thank 57Klas
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came here for their great breakfast - and we came back again for their great food. And their great service. And their great prices. And their great people. And the homey, diner-like atmosphere. You can eat in your hotel any day. Get out and eat here... right away.

Thank Doug K
Champaign, Illinois
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had brunch here on a Monday about 10:00. There were eight of us. I had scrambled eggs which were the best scrambled eggs I have ever had. It seems as if they were infused with air or something. Soon good!! Coffee and water were refilled frequently. Service was terrific and good very good. The diners were a very diverse... More 

Thank wengen12
The Woodlands, Texas
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106 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had omelet, egg florentine, oatmeal. The overall meal was ok. We were recommended this place however, it wasn't all that. They nickel and dime you for everything such as I wanted salsa for my omelet and it was going to cost 2.50, I declined. they also have a two drink limit on drinks such as soft drinks and tea.... More 

Thank Bill934
Winchester, Massachusetts
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fresh squeezed orange juice, 3 egg omelettes, and many other choices! Quick friendly service with frequent coffee refills. Quick table turnover so don't be discouraged by the waiting line. Go frequently and never disappointed.

Thank Jo-Ann M
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268 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pretty expensive menu for breakfast and lunch. Plus they can accommodate you with substitutes and add-ons. Recommend the pancakes and skillet omelets. Kitchen gets orders out quickly. My only criticism is being crowded and loud, but that only bothers some of us

Thank activenretired
Westfield, New Jersey
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181 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous place for a hearty breakfast, but you better go hungry! The egg and omelet choices will have your head spinning. They use the freshest ingredients and the options are endless. The pancakes and waffles are also outstanding. The salads, shakes and yogurt smoothies add to the possible brunch selections too. It's always crowded on weekends so go early.

Thank maxinedds

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20
Diner, American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6 E Chestnut St, 6 E Chestnut St, 60611-2012, Chicago, Illinois, Chicago, IL 60611-2664
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Gold Coast
  • Neighbourhood: Gold Coast
  • Phone Number: +1 312-943-4373

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Gold Coast
Located just north of The Loop, Gold Coast is one of Chicago’s most affluent and popular neighborhoods. The original Playboy, Hugh Hefner, once had a mansion here. In addition to prestigious hotels, historic mansions and luxury high-rise apartments, you’ll also find upscale specialty boutiques and Michelin-starred restaurants. Walk along Oak Street for your shopping fix and dance through the night along Rush Street. The Newberry Library is also a great stop to check out noteworthy exhibits and rare book collections.
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