Bambara Restaurant
Bambara Restaurant

Bambara Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bambara-cambridge.com/
  • Phone: (617) 868-4444
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday 6:30 am - 10:00 am
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Friday & Saturday 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jay Silva
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Or, let Bambara create enticing menus for an event at the adjacent Hotel Marlowe, which offers three beautiful rooms with views for your guests to enjoy. The flexible and beautifully appointed rooms can accommodate intimate ceremonies, gala Cambridge wedding receptions, chic holiday parties, and other Cambridge special events of up to 350 guests.

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Getting there

  • Cross Street: 28 (McGrath Highway)
  • Public Transit: Green Line to Lechmere, or Red Line to Kendall Square
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet available at adjacent Hotel Marlowe. Also garage parking available at the adjacent Cambridgeside Galleria mall.
A word from Bambara Restaurant
Nestled on the Charles River Canal and a short walk from Cambridge’s popular Kendall Square, Bambara Kitchen & Bar is a modern and relaxed gathering place, offering approachable, seasonal American cuisine rich with ingredients found along the Eastern coast.
The cocktail and beer menu mirror the laid back atmosphere, including a robust list of craft beers and globally inspired cocktails.
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Bambara Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (14)good for groups (11)romantic (9)special occasion (9)neighborhood gem (8)vibrant bar scene (6)great for lunch (6)great for brunch (5)notable wine list (5)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • I had the cubano sandwich
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/16/2008
    I had the cubano sandwich -- it was very greasy and the pork in it was flavorless. Otherwise, my salad (beet salad) was outstanding and the service/atmosphere terrific.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My only criticism is that
    pczernyVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    My only criticism is that the bank of televisions is distracting. Not sure what can be done about that in that it is a hotel bar/restaurant.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun restaurant with interesting,
    DoctorD
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    Fun restaurant with interesting, modern takes on old standards (lobster rolls, meat loaf) as well as inventive new dishes. Nice wine selection, lively atmosphere in the cool Marlowe Hotel.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First visit to Bambara and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    First visit to Bambara and unquestionably will return. Food and service were excellent: waiters attentive without being intrusive, food delicious without being pretentious. Privacy maintained without feeling neglected. Prices seemed fair. All in all, a delightful experience. David E. Powell
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our second time eating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/11/2008
    This was our second time eating in Bambara restaurant. The first time we were staying in the hotel and ate there for convenience. My wife still states that that was one of the best meals she's ever had in the United States. Therefore on returning to Boston this was the restaurant we HAD to go to. Again the evening was not disappointing and is highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • With a party of six, I would
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/7/2008
    With a party of six, I would have preferred to sit at a round table instead of a rectangular one. However the food and service was excellent, though it was a bit loud.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice dining experience.
    Stephen
    Dined on 4/6/2008
    Very nice dining experience. When I made the reservation I noted that one of our party had food allergies. The waiter acknowledge this when we arrived and was very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We went for lunch - didn't
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/5/2008
    We went for lunch - didn't realize only brunch on Saturdays. Food was subpar compared to weekday lunch, seemed like a totally different restaurant. Potatoes were embarassing, no restaurant should serve them. I expected brunch would be up to same lunch standards, we were all extremely disappointed and reluctant to go back for lunch or dinner.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We were pleasantly surprised
    Anarmour36VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    We were pleasantly surprised with Bambara and the Hotel Marlowe. Great to have valet parking where you look out the window and see your car parked in a courtyard! The menu was diverse, the waitstaff was friendly and attentive, the wine list was comprehensive and reasonably priced and the food was delicious. The Hotel Marlowe is a lovely boutique hotel and it was fun to explore it a little, too. An overall wonderful experience!We will go back to Bambara and tell our friends, too. Thanks to Open Table, we used it to find this reservation and would never have discovered Bambara otherwise!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This new restaurant is very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    This new restaurant is very nice especially if you're already in the hotel. The food was better than most hotels, and the dining room very pleasant. The fresh seafood was very good indeed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very enjoyable.the food was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/28/2008
    very enjoyable.the food was excellent. Service for was good, except for we had to wait along time for drinks coming from the bar and when I asked for a glass of house red, the waiter brought me a $15 glass of pinot noir.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Certainly improved since it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/27/2008
    Certainly improved since it opened. A spot favored by young professionals. The noise was reasonable early in the evening, but it could clearly get loud if a big group were at the bar or a large were dining. I found the by-the-glass wines quite expensive compared to similar restaurants.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Attractive Flare~ Seatings
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/21/2008
    Attractive Flare~ Seatings and presentation was excellent. Thought thou the tables/chairs were to close to another row. The Table cloth was drapping to low on one side and was touching the floor.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything about our visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/15/2008
    Everything about our visit to Bambara was delightful. The food was fantastic, the service was incredible, and the overall look of the restaurant was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bambara was very decent. There
    JanP
    Dined on 3/15/2008
    Bambara was very decent. There was nothing to complain about. The tables were far apart, seats very comfortable and the atmosphere quite nice. There is valet parking,another plus.The food wasn't exciting, but it was good. We weren't sorry that we went there.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • You might not know about this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/2/2008
    You might not know about this restaurant if you haven't stayed at the Hotel Marlowe. It is very good and a hidden gem!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a solidly good restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/26/2007
    This is a solidly good restaurant with a creative menu. There are better restaurants nearby but you can't go wrong with a meal here.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was very salty.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/24/2006
    The food was very salty. I went for Resturant Week and was very clear that we wanted the Resturant Week Menu. They tried to add on all kinds of extras and our meal ended up costing a lot more than intended.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate