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Tempo Cafe

#62 of 7,674 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 60611-2012
+1 312-943-4373
00:00 - 23:59
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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 yesterday NEW 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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54 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Fun cafe with really hearty breakfast at reasonable prices. The omelette in a skillet was tasty and filling. The fresh juice was fabulous!

Thank Lisa X
Waterloo, Canada
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Just saw this place and walked in, having not read any reviews. Cheap and cheerful. Very busy but we did not have to wait for a table for 2 around 9.30 am on a holiday Monday. Had fruit and berries with yoghurt - not as fresh as Yolks - but cheaper and still perfectly fine. Really good coffee. Super-fast service... More 

Thank Cannuckvisitor
Boulder, CO
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180 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

All the usual choices are available here in a justifiably crowded breakfast stop near the water tower and one of Chicago's iconic shopping streets. Food was prepared well and delivered quickly. People at tables around us were ordering lunch fare so that, too, is available. Juice was fresh and coffee was good.

Thank Fremdenfuhrer
Battle Creek, Michigan
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57 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've only eaten breakfast here at least 8 times and have never been disappointed. Only complaint is too big a portion! Very friendly, family owned, sometimes a short wait, but so worth it!

Thank MickiBattleCreek
Lacey, Washington
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arrived in town late night and needed a quick meal close to my hotel. This nice little cafe was located on the same block as the Sofitel. Good chicken fried steak. Also enjoyed a very good, reasonably priced breakfast during my 5 day stay in Chicago

Thank Steve C
Chicago, Illinois
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84 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So enjoy breakfast at Tempo. The omelettes and scramblers are wonderful. Come hungry as the portions are large!

Thank Katie P
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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Worth the wait unless you get there early! Heidi the greeter was a super friendly person - keeping up with how much longer until our table was ready etc. We went to Chicago with friends & ended up eating breakie there twice! The food has great portions & you don't walk out of there hungry! Prices were very reasonable as... More 

Thank Jan M
Chicago, Illinois
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2,452 reviews
1,353 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,570 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I used to live closer to the Tempo Cafe than we do now. In those days, we always made breakfast a Saturday and Sunday ritual at Tempo Cafe. We still drop in for breakfast from time to time but not as regularly as we once did. Honestly, we miss it. Located at 6 East Chestnut Street at... More 

Thank Taylor B
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

We ate at the Tempo Cafe for breakfast on a Saturday morning. It was busy but they are efficient at moving people through there without rushing you through your meal. It was a lot of food and quite good. I'd go back.

Thank KHMpls

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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, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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 60611-2012
  • 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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