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Tempo Cafe

Diner and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Near North Side, Chicago
  • Chad
    "Great omelette, quick and friendly staff, reasonable prices!"(16 Tips)
    Mira U.
    "French toast is great and their hashbrowns are amazing!"(6 Tips)
    Elsa H.
    "Good late night spot."(4 Tips)
    Tessa W.
    "The waffles are light and delicious!"(4 Tips)
97 Tips and reviews
  • breakfast food
  • omelettes
  • good for a late night
  • waffles
  • good for groups
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  • Viktor G.
    Viktor Göhlin2 weeks ago
    Basic food, and for a reasonable price. Not more not less. If you want to fuel up quickly with real food, this is the place for you.
  • Heather F.
    Good omelette but be forewarned: there are potatoes under it although not mentioned on menu. Cream cheese, ham, zucchini, &other cheeses oh my.
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoJanuary 23
    Can get very busy; good selection of breakfast options
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew StraubNovember 19, 2016
    Literally always busy, but still somehow has swift service.
  • Alida S.
    Alida SalinasOctober 9, 2016
    Omelettes are huge!
  • Anita M.
    Anita MettilleSeptember 26, 2016
    Delicious breakfast. Love the hash browns.
  • Rod S.
    Rod SteedAugust 12, 2016
    Go elsewhere 🚮
  • Stephanie L.
    Stephanie LivingstonMarch 14, 2016
    They work really fast to get you in and out. Potatos where cold but the veggie omelet was huge. So much food. Greek toast.
  • Benjamin N.
    Benjamin NelsonMarch 11, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Michigan Apple / Cheddar Cheese omelette. So good!
  • Justin R.
    Justin RandJanuary 22, 2016
    My favorite eggs Benedict in the city.
  • Mickey
    MickeyJanuary 16, 2016
    French toast
  • Shawn C.
    Shawn CallahanOctober 29, 2015
    I'd avoid the yogurt and fruit. Didn't seem very fresh.
  • Johnnie H.
    Johnnie HarrisSeptember 3, 2015
    Good breakfast.
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BuckleyMay 31, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Omelettes are great! ( and huge )
  • Erika
    ErikaMay 23, 2015
    Delicious breakfast!
  • Curtis
    CurtisApril 11, 2015
    Jamaican omelet ftmfw!!
  • Chicity82
    Chicity82January 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Skillets! Eggs are cooked to perfection, great staff and fast service.
  • Steph
    StephNovember 4, 2014
    Solid breakfast. Definitely go for a scrambler
  • ilyas t.
    ilyas tekerNovember 2, 2014
    You should try Fresh Banana Nut Pancake. Yummy!
  • Te Te B.
    Te Te BabyOctober 15, 2014
    Like the good ole' days
  • Wendy A.
    Wendy A.October 1, 2014
    Amazing breakfast!!
  • Asia B.
    Asia BreezySeptember 19, 2014
    breakfast time!
  • Jack N.
    Jack NobleAugust 10, 2014
    The scrambles are exactly what the doctor ordered for late night feasting.
  • Dennis E.
    Dennis EvashenkJune 8, 2014
    Just a normal breakfast place. Nothing out of the ordinary. Mushy hash browns.
  • Alec M.
    Alec MillerJanuary 21, 2014
    Avocado in an omelette sounds weird but it's awesome
  • Mike J.
    Mike JonesNovember 16, 2013
    I'm still full
  • Tessa W.
    Tessa WardOctober 26, 2013
    The waffles are light and delicious!
  • Christina M.
    Christina M.October 1, 2013
    Delicious breakfast place. Good size menu.
  • Josh F.
    Josh FishmanSeptember 21, 2013
    Don't get the iced coffee. Do get a skillet.
  • Carla H.
    Carla HamSeptember 10, 2013
    YAY BYOB!!
  • Charlie V.
    Charlie VSeptember 5, 2013
    Crappy service. Never once asked how I was doing or if I needed anything else. Just brought my check with a thank you. Well I want more oj damnit!
  • Crystal W.
    Crystal WhiteAugust 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Continental with egg whites. Best post-drinking meal by far!
  • Fleming
    FlemingJuly 12, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Clam chowder Fridays are great! Get yourself a bowl.
  • Elsa H.
    Elsa HJuly 8, 2013
    Good late night spot. 24 hours and big portions. THEY NOW TAKE CARD so everyone, don't fret!
  • Lindsey T.
    Lindsey TrauschJuly 4, 2013
    can YOU PLS bring ALL that yummy mouthwatering food down here!!!
  • Michael E.
    Michael EasonMay 25, 2013
    U got to try the steak stir-fry omg!!!! It's the bomb
  • Honghui Y.
    Honghui YuMay 12, 2013
    The hours on here are wrong. This place is open 24 hours!! Great for kate night breakfast.
  • Chioma I.
    Chioma IyinagoroMay 4, 2013
    Big potions of food, eggs are great but the waiters were so rude.
  • Garik G.
    Garik GoldsheydApril 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Dreams start and end here
  • Craig B.
    Craig BoroughfApril 14, 2013
    Best Greek Omelette in Chicago. And people watching; Oh My!
  • Kevin P.
    Kevin PollisonApril 11, 2013
    Great omlettes
  • Tammy R.
    Tammy RommeApril 3, 2013
    Don't forget to bring cash, they don't accept credit/debit cards.
  • Nerissa B.
    Nerissa BonaMarch 30, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    They now take credit/debit!
  • Tami C.
    Tami ChapekMarch 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The biggest omlettes in the city!!!
  • Greg J.
    Greg JonesJanuary 26, 2013
    Large portions, good idea to share food.
  • Dalton D.
    Dalton DJanuary 19, 2013
    Skillets are shockingly bland, but the pancakes were good. Fresh juice too.
  • Jam A.
    Jam AliDecember 22, 2012
    No free refills!
  • KISA
    KISADecember 12, 2012
    They accept credit/debit cards now
  • KISA
    KISADecember 5, 2012
    Wifi password: TEMPOCAFE
  • Jonathan Andrew T.
    Jonathan Andrew TaalaNovember 4, 2012
    Great place to take a shit for men, so clean and private! Enjoy!
  • Nikki S.
    Nikki SOctober 16, 2012
    Food is decent. Decent pricing. Service is great! Food came out really fast!!!!
  • Mira U.
    Mira UncutOctober 5, 2012
    Their breakfast is the best! French toast is great and their hashbrowns are amazing!
  • Sherilyn G.
    Sherilyn GuerreroOctober 1, 2012
    They take Visa and Mastercard now.
  • Judah R.
    Judah RichardsonSeptember 24, 2012
    Check this off if you've had their really good cajun pork chop sandwich. Or if you've seen someone passed out at a table
  • X
    XSeptember 9, 2012
    Huge portions mean you shouldn't worry about what to order if you're hungry! Free Wi-Fi Is strongest indoors. Wifi password is: tempocafe
  • Chad C.
    Chad ChiltonSeptember 9, 2012
    Tempo is the best
  • Kesniel A.
    Kesniel ActonAugust 10, 2012
    Paid with my visa card here.
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoJuly 22, 2012
    The scrambler (supposedly new on the menu: 3 eggs scrambled with choice of three ingredients, hash brown, toast) was dry and bland, be prepared to drown it in hot sauce or ketchup
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoJuly 22, 2012
    Extremely disorganized during busy Saturday breakfast, needs better system to manage waiting customers; note: they do take credit cards, but only VS or MC, no AMEX
  • Chad
    ChadJuly 1, 2012
    Great omelette, quick and friendly staff, reasonable prices!
  • Emily S.
    One Of the best breakfasts' in the history of time. You will leave with a food coma.
  • Eric B.
    Eric B.June 3, 2012
    Wow , in a cashless society , there's no debit card or credit purchase .
  • Hajar M.
    Hajar MaizuraMay 22, 2012
    The fresh-squeezed orange juice was wonderful..
  • John P.
    John PapaMay 13, 2012
    Pile in here to hang out with euro trash scumbags.
  • Brian W.
    Brian WheelerApril 1, 2012
    Cash only? If I wasn't so hungry I would have walked out of here, too. Last time i'll eat here until they take plastic.
  • Patrick C.
    Patrick CalderoneFebruary 5, 2012
    sorry but I agree the coffee is pretty bad. what's up with the prune?
  • Dan E.
    Dan EatonDecember 11, 2011
    This establishment accepts CASH ONLY. ATM in front lobby charges $2.75. It came out of the tip. Get into the 21st century!
  • Sarah J.
    Sarah JanilleNovember 28, 2011
    Try the patty melt ! Delish
  • Josh D.
    Josh DzielakOctober 12, 2011
    Turkey reuben!
  • Gaston H.
    Gaston HinostrozaOctober 11, 2011
    Great portions! Great service! Friendly staff. I could'a used more gourmet coffe (cuz ya know I;m a snob) but otherwise really good fast ball downt he middle breakfat...FYI CSH ONLY! Read more
  • Nikki H.
    Nikki H. 🌻October 7, 2011
    Bring cash! They don't take cards.
  • Gio F.
    Gio FretzOctober 5, 2011
    The waffles are a must! Can't go wrong with waffles
  • Brandan O.
    Brandan OrtegaSeptember 19, 2011
    Another egg white omelette vote here!
  • The Swi Fox
    The Swi FoxSeptember 18, 2011
    Cash only?!
  • Holly O.
    Holly O'DonnellAugust 24, 2011
    Excellent breakfast! Make sure you are hungry! Corned beef and hash. Yum!
  • Ben K.
    Ben KirstAugust 19, 2011
    Still cash plastic
  • Ben K.
    Ben KirstAugust 19, 2011
    Giant portions and good food. Eggs Florentine were awesome.
  • Violent F.
    Violent FlamesJuly 2, 2011
    Best time to be here is between 2 and 4 am.
  • Suzanne S.
    Suzanne SylvesterJune 28, 2011
    Best waffles in town
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly BrileyMay 7, 2011
    Pass on the coffee. Pretty bad, even for a diner.
  • Brenda W.
    Brenda WinttersFebruary 26, 2011
  • Ramon c.
    Ramon cFebruary 2, 2011
    Diner food . Mediocre at best
  • Alex N.
    Alex NelsonJanuary 12, 2011
    Great slaves
  • Greg A.
    Greg AshJanuary 9, 2011
    Poor mans skillet/eggwhites and where's Michael Jordan this time?
  • Clive M.
    Clive MNovember 7, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Buenos rancheros comes with hash browns and toast! Hot sauce is good and hot.
  • Charlie Mike T.
    Charlie Mike TangoOctober 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Omelets are awesome!
  • MafiaHairdresser J.
    MafiaHairdresser Jon-DavidSeptember 13, 2010
    I love my open-face hot turkey sandwiches here!
  • ShopTRACY B.
    ShopTRACY BURTONSeptember 6, 2010
    best egg white omelettes in the city....they will make it just the way u like - perfect every time
  • Benjamin N.
    Benjamin NelsonAugust 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The Michigan Apple & Cheddar Cheese Omelet is amazing.
  • Doug K.
    Doug KurthJuly 24, 2010
    Cash only
  • Dina P.
    Dina PilnitsJune 13, 2010
    The Tuna Volcano is delicious! Make sure you have cash though, no debit/credit here!
  • Chioke M.
    Chioke McRaeJune 4, 2010
    I think the perch fish is actually fish sticks.
  • David F.
    David FreeFebruary 23, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Go on Tuesdays for split pea soup!
  • Jenn K.
    Jenn KorduckiAugust 30, 2009
    Gotta have the omelettes (especially with spinach and feta) - they come in the pan with hash browns underneath! Had a great chat there with @SydneyOwen and @felska
  • Michel F.
    Michel FariasJanuary 8, 2015
    Tudo delicioso e bem preparado.
  • Fiona N.
    Fiona NguyenNovember 22, 2013
    Захотелось американского завтрака посреди ночи?)) добро пожаловать в темпо !
  • AleZ
    AleZMay 13, 2013
    Ottimo il Poor Man's skillet x una colazione abbondante fino a sera... Non esattamente del resto non si può avere tutto..
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