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Tempus

4.8
4.8
130 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

Tempus is the flagship restaurant for chef Ben Grupe. A James Beard semi-finalist and Captain of the 2016 Culinary Olympic Team, Grupe’s approach at Tempus is to take his extensive training in precision and technique and offer thoughtful food and hospitality based on the highest standards while remaining familiar and approachable. Using his training from the prestigious Greenbriar Culinary Apprentice program and vast experience in luxury clubs Grupe’s approach with Tempus is to take all the finer details of hospitality and make them comfortable and accessible. When dining at Tempus you can expect every experience is curated and thoughtful without pretension.

TEMPUS REQUIRES THAT ALL PERSONS OVER THE AGE OF 12 ENTERING THE BUILDING PROVIDE PROOF OF COVID-19 VACCINE, OR NEGATIVE RESULT FROM A PCR SARS COV2 (COVID-19) TEST FROM WITHIN 72 HOURS OF THE SCHEDULED RESERVATION TIME.

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Booked 41 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (314) 349-2878

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ben Grupe

  • Neighborhood

    The Grove

  • Cross street

    Manchester & Newstead just east of Kingshighway

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Experiences

  • Benefit dinner for James Beard Foundation

    $200.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Jun 2 - Jun 3, 2022
    Tempus is excited to host the city’s only Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner in 2022 to support JBF Open for Good initiatives. Production costs graciously donated by Tempus and Sonder Hospitality. The Open for Good campaign aims to provide critical resources and support for independent restaurants to survive, rebuild, and thrive. This mission JBF celebrates, is deeply aligned with the narrative that Tempus created from inception which further includes values focused on dismantling the inequities within our industry and our community. Guests will enjoy a cocktail & Hors d'oeuvre reception followed by a 5-course plated dinner with beverage pairings. PLEASE NOTE GUESTS ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE PROOF OF COVID-19 VACCINE OR NEGATIVE PCR TEST

Popular dishes

Menu

For the Table

  • Focaccia$8.00

    sea salt, sourdough miso butter

    Starters

    • Beets$15.00

      whipped quark, vadouvan granola, pickled cherries

      • Cucumber$18.00

        yogurt, salmon roe, herbs

        • Little Gem$14.00

          parmigiano reggiano, buttermilk, radish

          • Broccoli$15.00

            lemon, peanut crumble, beef garum espuma

            • Croquettas$12.00

              country ham, olives, sherry vinaigrette

              • Gnocchi$22.00

                chicken confit, black walnut, english peas

                Entrées

                • Cauliflower$25.00

                  pistachio, green garlic, brown basmati

                  • Jonah Crab$46.00

                    missouri rice, chili, tom kha

                    • Halibut$48.00

                      spinach, fennel confit, cucumber buerre blanc

                      • Hen of the Woods Mushrooms$36.00

                        caramelized onion, horseradish, ricotta

                        • Chicken$36.00

                          turnips, wheat berries, fava beans

                          • Pork Steak$37.00

                            white cheddar grits, ramps, country ham jus

                            Last updated: May 12, 2022

                            What 130 people are saying

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                            4.8
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                            • 4.8Food
                            • 4.9Service
                            • 4.8Ambience
                            • 4.4Value

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                            1. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 14, 2022

                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                              We were celebrating two birthdays. Service was exceptional! Food was wonderful ! We thought the gnocchi was too heavy, although the flavor was great.

                            2. DW

                              DineWell

                              St. Louis

                              11 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              11 reviews

                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Love the ambiance and service. Staff are knowledgeable and totally enjoy what they are doing. The food is uniquely prepared and wonderful! Enjoyed the whole experience!

                            3. LR

                              LRC1961

                              St. Louis

                              19 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              19 reviews

                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              From start to finish, our experience was great. Greeted at the door, lovely dining room, timely and knowledgeable wait staff. Our meal choices were fantastic. Beets and the crab for me. My partner had the gnocchi and the chicken sandwich. The chef has a great way to have layers of flavors come through. Would be delighted to go back!

                            4. JH

                              JamesH

                              St. Louis

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 5, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great food, service and atmosphere. Sesonal menu was terrific and drinks were top-notch.

                            5. GM

                              GregM

                              Los Angeles

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 4, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great service and distinctive, well crafted appetizers and entrees. Definitely will be a repeat customer.

                            6. KO

                              KarenO

                              Mexico City

                              1 review

                              3.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 4, 2022

                              overall3food4service4ambience4

                              Although the food and service were very good, the noise level was ridiculous. At a table for 2, we could hardly hear each other. Definitely detracted from the experience!

                            7. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              St. Louis

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Amazing. The ambience was so cool and every single bite of food was a bite of heaven.

                            8. M

                              Mlyr

                              Chicago

                              1 review

                              4.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                              overall4food5service5ambience5

                              Not a ton of options if you are gluten and dairy free (which I realize is a pain) but what was available was excellent. Can’t wait to go back.

                            9. KD

                              KathieD

                              St. Louis

                              12 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              12 reviews

                              Dined on April 27, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              What a great experience! The food was excellent and the service impeccable. I had gotten food from Tempus with Food Peddler before but this was my first time eating there and I loved the look and feel of the place. My whole party had a great time and everyone liked there food. I wonder if they would sell me a big order of croquettas? Also, for dessert, you can't go wrong, but everyone was envious of my chocolate dessert.

                            10. L

                              Lauren

                              St. Louis

                              1 review

                              4.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 24, 2022

                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                              Nice experience.

                            11. JG

                              JohnG

                              St. Louis

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on April 17, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              Spectacular menu. Seemed like no matter your selection, you’d be doing alright. We had the broccoli, gnocchi, hen of the woods, crab, grapefruit dessert and s’mores. All we’re just amazing. Service was impeccable. The only downside to the evening was the noise level but perhaps that is by design. The dining room is beautiful and intimate and the sound keeps your attention fully at your table. We will definitely be back to explore new tastes!

                            12. G

                              Grant

                              Jackson Hole

                              4 reviews

                              5.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on April 16, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great local spot! The menu is great and appropriately sized. Fantastic cocktails, too. Very reasonably priced for the beautiful scene and fantastic menu. Can’t recommend highly enough!

                            13. d

                              drcan

                              St. Louis

                              9 reviews

                              4.0

                              9 reviews

                              Dined on April 13, 2022

                              overall4food3service5ambience4

                              Requiring vaccines or tests in a time when the most stringent of cities are not? But besides that, we were happy to oblige. Service was great. Drinks were great. Atmosphere, goodish. Food, unique but mediocre. Steaks were tough. They did comp a steak my wife couldn't eat, which was kind and not expected. It felt like a place that was trying to be fancier than it was.

                            14. MG

                              MikeG

                              St. Louis

                              19 reviews

                              4.0

                              19 reviews

                              Dined on April 9, 2022

                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                              A nice, modern venue albeit somewhat noisy. Very friendly server (Amy). Short wine list but the Italian white I had was very good. The tasting menu is a bit limited (the standard chicken, fish, vegetarian and beef- presumably to accommodate St. Louisans' unadventurous tastes), but has some interesting items. I had the croquettes appetizer (cooked in marrow fat) and the mushroom entrée which were tasty. My main issue is the amount of salt in the food. Just WAY too much for my taste. Perhaps I should have asked for a low salt option when I made the reservation, but I wonder if that is available. A nice addition to the STL food scene.

                            15. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 9, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              GREAT date night destination!

                            16. NR

                              NancyR

                              St. Louis

                              3 reviews

                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on April 8, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Everything was wonderful! The food was amazing, but the service and the ambiance were great too. Will definitely go again and recommend to others. Great job!

                            17. J

                              Jhop

                              Indiana

                              4 reviews

                              5.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on April 8, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              After getting takeout several times, my wife and I finally had a dine-in date night experience and it couldn't have been better. The staff knew we had been previous takeout customers and were extremely welcoming and appreciative of the fact we were now getting an opportunity to get the full restaurant experience. Every member of the staff we encountered was kind and enthusiastic, making our experience well worth the price. While we knew the food would be amazing, as the management team clearly took pride in creating a wonderful takeout experience that we had previously enjoyed, the dine-in experience is knock your socks off delicious with wonderful presentation. I feel the kitchen staff at Tempus has achieved a great balance between small plate fine dining experiences that you can find in any major city that leave you hungry, and over the top stuff your gut experiences you might expect at steakhouses. The amount of food was just right and every bite was fantastic, clearly having been made with great passion and precision. I would highly recommend Tempus for a date night or business dinner to anyone.

                            18. K

                              Kirk

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 7, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great food, amazing options, knowledgeable staff. Great environment.

                            19. MW

                              MikeW

                              Dallas

                              21 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              21 reviews

                              Dined on April 7, 2022

                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                              Excellent service and interesting menu. I really liked the peekytoe crab dish and the beets appetizer was a nice start. I found the pineapple dessert was exceedingly sweet but the banana sorbet that came with it was nice. Service was very good. Attentive and prompt but casual and conversational.

                            20. b

                              billb

                              St. Louis

                              1 review

                              4.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 3, 2022

                              overall4food3service4ambience5

                              Great decor, interesting menu and cheerful service. Food good but not special as I would have expected given the chef and prefix pricing.

                            21. L

                              Luis

                              1 review

                              2.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 2, 2022

                              overall2food2service5ambience5

                              Enjoyed the atmosphere and restaurant design itself! Servers were kind, knowledgeable, and very attentive. It fell apart for us with the entree and dessert. The starters were fantastic (broccoli and beets), but the crab and short rib fell terribly short of the hype. The rib was very tough and dry and the rice for the crab wasn’t fully cooked through. The dessert (we got the pineapple and grapefruit) was an interesting take and perhaps just not our cup of tea. However, can’t say enough about the service - they were great and set a new standard.

                            22. L

                              Lululovedit

                              St. Louis

                              28 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              28 reviews

                              Dined on April 1, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience3

                              We were celebrating a birthday , nice table and great service . The menu offered options : vegetarian , fish, chicken and beef. The salads and desserts also offered a variety , all were delicious and creative . I think your pricing is smart and easy to figure your bill , all diners pay the same amount for meal and equally divided . Unfortunately , my group was not good at math and after drinking less able to compute the bill .One person on the reservation was unable to attend , which complicated the math . Overall , service and dining experience was great , but not a fan of paying , tipping and tax up front when you make the reservation .

                            23. CR

                              CRE1

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on March 31, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              This entire event exceed my already high expectations. The staff, the space and the expereience were well worth it. It was a great spot to celebrate a big occasion with my group and we will all recommend this to everyone we know. I'm already planning a return visit with my wife since she didn't get to attend this time.

                            24. PH

                              PhilipH

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on March 25, 2022

                              overall5food5service4ambience5

                              We enjoyed our meals at Tempus last night and were very pleased with the quality of the food. The service was also very good, although it was a little difficult to deal with the number of different people who waited on us and who delivered food. The one problem was the noise level. The room is small and, when it is full, the noise level rises to the point where it is difficult to hear a person speaking across our 6-person table. As the diners thinned out a little, the noise level quieted down. We will certainly try Tempus again. We had a fun time dining at the restaurant.

                            25. R

                              Ryan

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on March 25, 2022

                              overall5food5service3ambience4

                              The food and drinks were absolutely amazing, especially for the value of $75 a person for 3 courses. The attention and knowledge from the staff was also impressive. The only negative was we felt very rushed by the waitstaff. We were not able to enjoy the food, drinks, and talk. It seemed like they wanted to turnover the tables very quickly, which makes sense due to the small dining room, but it was a shame we could not enjoy this experience for a longer amount of time. I'd definitely still recommend Tempus.

                            26. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              San Francisco

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on March 19, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The food was amazing !

                            27. B

                              Bell

                              St. Louis

                              4 reviews

                              5.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on March 19, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The food was amazing. The service was top notch. The atmosphere was cozy but not uncomfortable. It was very expensive, but worth it as a special occasion. Each plate is a masterpiece of flavor and presentation.

                            28. PM

                              PaulM

                              St. Louis

                              5 reviews

                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on March 19, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Simply fantastic! Start to finish every detail was well considered and amazing. Service was off the charts good. We were celebrating a special occasion and it was the perfect night!! Thank you!!

                            29. H

                              Hsshss

                              St. Louis

                              2 reviews

                              4.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on March 18, 2022

                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                              Food was good but nothing spectacular. Service was expedient. Not really rushed but we were in and out in exactly one hour. $250 for two diners with two drinks and a coffee. The test kitchen events in 2019 were a lot more fun. I wouldn’t mind returning for another meal but we will give the restaurant time to hone their concept. I think efficiency took priory over creating a memorable experience for us. B+

                            30. PM

                              PaulM

                              San Francisco

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on March 12, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Loved enjoying our dining experience with you! Our expectations were exceeded by the delicious food and very attentive wait staff. We’ll be back!

                            31. CP

                              ChiefPaduke

                              Central Coast

                              5 reviews

                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on March 12, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              Cool place. Excellent service. Even better food. Will definitely return. Cocktail and food very well thought out and executed. Beef rib was 5 🌟

                            32. K

                              Kaitlin

                              Kansas City

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on March 12, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great service, great environment, and great food.

                            33. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Chicago

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on March 11, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great and interesting food. Service incredible!

                            34. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              St. Louis

                              6 reviews

                              5.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined on March 9, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              First rate from start to finish. Incredible layers of flavors, textures and aromas. Beautiful presentation of everything—dining room, drinks and food. Can’t wait to return.

                            35. P

                              Phage

                              St. Louis

                              68 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              68 reviews

                              Dined on March 5, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience3

                              The food was great . Really interesting combinations of flavors. The service was wonderful. It was just a little too loud. Turn off the music and just let the crowd talk.

                            36. CL

                              CarenL

                              New England

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on March 5, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              I have found since being in STL for the past 7 months that not all restaurants allow a table for one reservation on a Saturday night. Hats off to Tempus and Little Fox. My evening at Tempus was delightful from the warm welcome to being shown my table and it was a well orchestrated dining experience after that. Not too fast, not too slow. The waitstaff was incredibly professional, attentive and pleasant. It truly felt that the mission of every person was to ensure you were having the best experience. Thank you to Kelsey, Adam and the team. Even the amazing bartender checked on me with my dessert and cocktail. Speaking of cocktail....I was torn between the gin and the scotch cocktails on the menu. I took Kelsey's suggestion and started with the gin one and had the scotch cocktail with my entree and dessert. Now the food.....I wanted one of every starter, but settled on the cucumber with herbed yogurt and salmon roe. Loved it. Next up was the Ora King salmon....served over a bed of sauerkraut in an herb buttermilk sauce, roasted turnips and shaved radishes I believe for garnish. The salmon and sauerkraut were a match made in heaven. My only concern at all was the that beautiful term ups seemed slightly undercooked so didn't yield their full flavor. Individual rounds of sourdough was brought to the table to start and my favorite thing was the big flakes of salt on both the bread and butter. The butter was served with a beautiful deep ruby looking sorghum on the side. Im not a big dessert person, but it may have been my favorite in quite some time. The pastry chef's vision of carrot cake, rich with cardamon and topped with carrots served with sunchoke ice cream (the best!)....love sunchokes. Thank you Tempus and team!

                            37. DD

                              DrewD

                              St. Louis

                              7 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              7 reviews

                              Dined on March 4, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Fantastic meal and engaging staff. Felt attended to by everyone and made great suggestions from the menu.

                            38. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Kansas City

                              10 reviews

                              5.0

                              10 reviews

                              Dined on March 4, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Tempus is without a doubt the best restaurant in St. Louis and possibly the best I’ve been to period. Outstanding service, outstanding execution in the kitchen, and next level ingredients and flavor. I really can’t say enough positive things about this place except it puts everyone else to shame. WOW. Great work chef and team!

                            39. DH

                              DorothyH

                              Montreal

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on March 2, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Everything was perfect! The grapefruit dessert was especially spectacular:)

                            40. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              St. Louis

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on February 27, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Food and service were excellent!

                            Safety precautions

                            • Cleaning & sanitizing

                              • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                              • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                              • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                              • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                            • Physical distancing

                              • Limited number of seated diners
                              • Distancing maintained in common areas
                              • Extra space between tables
                            • Protective equipment

                              • Waitstaff wear masks
                              • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                            • Screening

                              • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                              • Staff is vaccinated
                              • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

                            FAQs

                            You can order delivery directly from Tempus using the Order Online button. Tempus also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (314) 349-2878.

                            Tempus is rated 4.8 stars by 130 OpenTable diners.

                            Tempus does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

                            Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                            Booked 41 times today
                            Experiences are available.

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                            Google Map for Tempus

                            4370 Manchester Ave St. Louis, MO 63110

                            Additional information

                            • Cross street

                              Manchester & Newstead just east of Kingshighway

                            • Neighborhood

                              The Grove

                            • Hours of operation

                              Dinner Wed–Sat 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

                            • Cuisines

                              Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Californian

                            • Dining style

                              Casual Dining

                            • Dress code

                              Business Casual

                            • Parking details

                              Street Parking

                            • Payment options

                              AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                            • Executive chef

                              Ben Grupe

                            • Additional

                              Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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