About Us

Tempo is a restaurant and bar located on the Historic Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The atmosphere is fun, festive and friendly, with a contemporary European café style décor, reminiscent of the top haunts in Soho and Northern Italy. 


Brice grew up in France and Tahiti and began his professional career in Paris under Alain Ducasse, currently recognized as one of the top chefs in the world. 

Tempo Restaurant & Bar is the third restaurant, after Fleurie and Petit Pois, that Executive Chef Brice Cunningham has owned. After moving to the United States in 2001, Brice opened Fleurie as co-owner and chef. 

The modest, yet upscale, fine-dining French restaurant nestled off the (then) sleepy Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, VA, turned out to be a hit, receiving national recognition and acclaim.

Brice continued, with his business partner, to open Petit Pois, a more accessible form of Fleurie, but still longed to have a restaurant that spoke to his dynamic background in France, Tahiti, and other world travels.

Tempo showcases French fare with an international twist, offering dishes such as scallops infused with lemongrass, lamb braised in coconut, and foie gras with naschi pear.  Both the menu and the atmosphere embrace the savoir vivre of great food, amazing atmosphere and good friends. 

“Tempo” is the underlying beat that stays the same no matter the culture from which it comes, and it is in this vein that the carefully thought-out menu and wine list pay tribute to a dynamic mix of bright and international influences, while still being anchored in the tried-and-true art of French culinary tradition.