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Tempo Cafe

#57 of 7,610 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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Sun - Sat 00:00 - 23:59
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Winnipeg, Canada
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Food was BLAH. Large portions, nice service. We had omelets, there was really no taste, the hashbrowns also had no flavour. Our daughter had the french toast and enjoyed it.

Thank Stuart B
Petoskey, Michigan
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29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our (extended) family group was referred to this walking-distance venue by an employee of our hotel, and--tho' on the morning of "Black Friday" it was very busy--we were not disappointed by our breakfast experience. It's a no-frills-but-comfortable restaurant which looks inviting for all-comers, from tourists like us, to misc. city dwellers & loop workers, including Chicago's finest. Just their breakfast... More 

Thank FrankWHawthorne
Dayton, Ohio
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous breakfast food with choices to keep every group happy....delicious pancakes, french toast, or gargantuan 3 egg omelettes. Great friendly atmosphere---tables are close without being awkwardly so, but made for a warm environment---we had a couple with an adorable baby next to us and were entertained by his antics. Service is efficient, wait was reasonable and pricing seems to be... More 

Thank dasullivan2016
Canfield, Ohio
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52 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have never had a better omelet... period! All four of sat and stared down the interesting single lady next to us, dying to ask what exactly she was eating, finally, we asked! She said.. "it's an omelette, I order these 2-3 times a week! Best on the city! I have them make it with egg whites spinach and mushrooms!"... More 

Thank Slov42
Springfield, Illinois
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815 reviews
524 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We like this place with fair prices and extensive menu. Can seat outside or inside. Great desserts! Recommended

Thank Clevlander
St. James, New York, United States
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200 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The portions are sumptuous. The service is speedy and whatever you order there tastes great. If you go for breakfast, the earlier you go, the better. It can get very crowded, especially on weekends.

Thank HarlanJF
Dallas, Texas, United States
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I walked in and the greeting was warm and welcoming. We were promptly sat and then the coffee started to flow. I had the light and tasty French toast. I was told to try the turkey sausage links,and they did not disappoint. I am not a big pork sausage eater so this was very easy on my tummy. I will... More 

Thank Andrea B
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139 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Always buzzing, with quick service, this diner has a great range of all day dishes at reasonable prices. I have eaten at breakfast - omelette, 3 egg on hash brown is magnificent, for dinner had the chopped sirloin with onions and mushrooms, with a side of cream of broccoli soup. Again, very good. One small criticism, I think the potato... More 

Thank Todd S
Lakeside, Michigan, United States
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213 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good breakfast fare at Tempo. Vast menu . . . be prepared to be stuffed. Everything is "three egg" as in omelets, egg plates, etc. It's crowded, so you can expect to be rubbing elbows with your neighbor. There's a reason . . . it's good stuff.

Thank Jim M
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went for Saturday breakfast and had to queue to get a table which I don't mind especially as it was very busy and popular with locals. Taking this into account, service was slow and the pancake were average in terms of taste and presentation.

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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
Diner, American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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