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Bambara Restaurant
Bambara Restaurant

Bambara Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bambara-cambridge.com
  • Email: bmckinney@bambara-cambridge.com
  • Phone: (617) 868-4444
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday-Friday 6:30am-10:00am; Brunch Saturday-Sunday 8:00am-2:00pm; Lunch Monday-Friday: 11:30am-2:00pm; Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5:30pm-10:00pm, Friday-Saturday 5:30pm-10:30pm, Sunday 5:30pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American, Seafood
  • 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.

  • Special Events & Promotions: Check out our Power Hour in our bar and lounge every Monday - Friday from 4 - 6pm. $2 appetizers, $5 glasses of wine and sangria.

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
With a palate of rich, jewel-like colors, cushy booth seating, a grand open kitchen, handcrafted light fixtures and magnificent floor to ceiling windows, the artful ambience enhances the universally appealing food. Servers in bistro aprons add to the urbane atmosphere where diners are as welcome in business suits as they are in jeans, or casual and windblown from rowing on the nearby Charles River.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "This was our third time here and it was once again a great location to have drinks and appetizers. Everything was very good and we especially loved the tuna tartare. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We have been to Bambara many times and have never been disappointed. It's in the Hotel Marlowe which is terrific in itself but a truly fun and comfortable place to meet family and friends. Great place to relax and have some drinks late evening. Food is always wonderful !"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This reservation was described as Easter Brunch at Bambara, but the true Bambara Restaurant, which has a charming and somewhat upscale atmosphere, was actually downstairs. This brunch was in a generic function room on the second floor of the hotel. Festive decor was minimal. We got a table directly in front of the entrance, despite reservation. Service ok, not great. Food quality was very good, but they kept running out of popular items and couldn't seem to get them restocked in a timely fashion. The raw bar really fell short in this regard and it had been the big selling point for us. We got about 3 oysters each total. All in all it seemed that they were ill prepared for the event. The saving grace was the quality of the food."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Staff was attentive and friendly, food was excellent"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "power lunch is a good value. Ambience is nice for lunch, lots of people but not too noise. good for business lunch. good steak salad. in the warm season has nice outdoor seating."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Bambera restaurant in the Hotel Marlowe is a good take. Several decent entrees with sizable portions at reasonable prices. The roasted chicken and pot roast are well worth choosing, The drink menu has a good variety of fun cocktails. The bread pudding is worth it by itself."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We tried it for restaurant week but was disappointed with the food. The food was pretty bland."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Got to the restaurant on time for reservation. Asked for 1 mimute to review menu and waiter did not return for 40 minutes. Received no credit on the bill. Ordered chicken and it was dry and over cooked."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Tried this restaurant in a very nice hotel for the restaurant week deal. We had a wonderful experience, from pre-dinner cocktails at the bar (dining room not open until 5:30) through apps, dinner, dessert and aperitifs. Our party of three thoroughly enjoyed everything we had...the food was very fresh and up to our picky standards. Service was excellent. The booths were comfortable and we enjoyed pleasant conversation. I would not hesitate to go back (and pay full price!) So glad we tried something new!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "The only reason this didn't get a better rating was that the fettucine dish was not very good. It was actually one of the worst meals I've had. It was overloaded with parsley and didn't have enough sauce. I was chewing parsley by itself after every bite of pasta. Goat cheese flatbread, arancini, the vegetable dish, and bread pudding were all delicious."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "So, hotel is not normally good. However, Bambara, inside Hotel Marlowe was EXCELLENT. I ate there as a party of 6 during restaurant week, and had spicy tuna for an appetizer and scallops cooked to perfection as an entree. It was truly delicious and top quality food. The drinks were delicious and strong as well. Very surprised at how good it was, and will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I brought 4 friends out to dinner at Bambara for Dine-Out Boston (aka Restaurant Week)! While a few of the menu items had surcharges when purchased with restaurant week, the menu had a lot of options! The hanger steak was cooked to perfection and absolutely delicious. The ambience was outstanding! It was a great night!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We thought the menu looked amazing so we decided to forge ahead. The fact that the regular menu was the restaurant week menu was exciting until we saw that most of the items had a $5 additional fee. The apps were okay the entrees were a large disappointment. The entrees lacked flavor the protein and sides alike. By the time you ate your bland entree dessert was a daunting thought. The wait for water refills was too long. Our server didn't check in at all until our entrees were happily cleared away and asked what our dessert would be. It was a mystery as to what he was doing as it wasn't busy. We came excited to dive into this restaurant and left disappointed vowing never to return again."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Service was horrble the resturant manager was the one who sat us down and took out oder, first the table was not ready, it was only set for 1 person, then both a server and RM took our orders. My asked for my eggs well done and it was sent with dripping yolk and soft whites, i was asked if I wanted fries, i said yes and got roasted potatoes. my boyfriend didn't get butter for his toast and his potatoes were nasty, they did not look at all. When i returned my meal the server had a better attitude than the RM about the mistake he made when taking my order and showed no care nor concerned about my disappointment. I was very upset as i was leaving the hotel and getting ready for my 5 hour commute back."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We stayed in the hotel which we love, so I am surprised I did not receive my points.The waitress was wonderful and the food good for a hotel."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We loved the boutique hotel ambiance.The entire stay was wonderful. Our dinner was delicious. Great service for a large party."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The atmosphere was very nice, in keeping with that of the Hotel Marlowe, where Bambara is located. Food was good, but nothing spectacular, and while I'd go back, I wouldn't make a special trip. Service was a little off. Our server seemed to be giving more attention to mixed couples and tables with businessmen, perhaps because he thought they might spend more to impress and/or because of expense accounts than would two women sharing a table. I have found this to be a fairly frequent practice, so it's not specific to Bambara."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This is a great neighborhood gem. We have stayed at Hotel Marlowe, which is how we found it, but are now moving to the neighborhood and so will visit more often. Good for all meals! Great bar tenders as well. Just wish they had lobster on the menu!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "I had a very nice dinner here with my boyfriend. I thought the server was very friendly, helpful and knowledgable. The food was all very good. I had the Tuna which was served with a really delicious coconut rice and mango salad with sautéed green and an incredible sauce. My boyfriend also enjoyed his oysters and lamb. Would recommend!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Excellent accompaniments to main courses. Outstanding service and nice house merlot."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Our waiter Brett was exceptional. He was informative, funny and efficient. The food was great. I got a crab cake for app and the scallops for entree. My husband got oysters on the half shell and the evening special, sirloin steak. Presentation, spicing and freshness over the top. I wouldn't think you could find a restaurant of that caliber associated with a hotel. We were pleasantly surprised."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "If I could rate each individual item, there were two that I would give 5 stars: the banana bread pudding (which we ordered after reading reviews. I am not even that big of a bread pudding fan, but this was amazing), and the lentils with scallops. The "OK food": The steak was cooked well but the chard and mashed potatoes were bland and not anything special. The crab cake was still mushy (although it did have LOTS of crab meat) and the sauce was a honey mustard, not a spicy mustard at all. The flat bread with tomatoes, a fig balsamic glaze, etc, was good, but the flat bread was already a bit soggy and really needed to be baked longer. It was Valentine's Day so I imagine the chef was busy or not the typical chef. Prices were good."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed a great Valentine's Day dinner. Whenever we're staying in the Boston area, we stay at Kimpton's Hotel Marlowe and enjoy at least one dinner at the Bambara restaurant and often have breakfast/brunch as well. The food is excellent, the service first rate, and the portions are quite large. Prices are reasonable for a quality restaurant. We'll dine here again the next time we stay at the Marlowe."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I've gone here many times over the years - mostly for lunch. Great place to sit and chat without feeling that you have to leave quickly. Nice ambience, friendly wait-staff, delicious homemade cookies and the coffee is quite good."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The food is very good for the price; many of the tables afford a degree of privacy. The staff are very good."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "All the food was great. We really loved the Lobster Bisque which was delicious, as was the Clam Chowder. Homemade pasta with clams & shrimp tasty. Tuna main course was flavorful and the herb fries were crispy and nicely seasoned. Our water glasses never went empty. And any special requests were done without issues. The waiter - Wagner was knowledgeable about the food & remembered us from a previous visit over 6 months ago."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Wonderful service provided by all staff. Food was absolutely delicious!!"
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "Breakfast items on brunch menu were excellent choices. Waiter recommended the French Toast, and it was very good."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "chicken excellent, scallops a little salty great service"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "1. Second time at this rest. for dinner. Waiter a bit less knowledgeable about menu, but tried to be informative. Wasn't sure of daily catch, and service for entree a bit slower. 2. Very much appreciated effort for request for no-added salt, and hangar steak was perfectly prepared (rare) and tasty. Frites also crispy and tasty (even w/o salt!). 3. Beet salad was excellent. 4. Also had breakfast. Egg white frittata was excellent. Scrambled eggs at buffet were a bit dry and crumbly. Fruits and granola were very good. Wait-staff very attentive."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Service, food, decor all great. Parking easy at Cambridge Side Galleria. Very enjoyable and i expect to back again."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "Once again Wagner delivered a great service with some good laughs!"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I walk by Hotel Marlowe almost daily and have been curious about it as Kimpton hotels have a great reputation. Although I know Boston like the back of my hand, I am acquainting myself to Cambridge due to a recent job change. I recently had an opportunity to organize a holiday luncheon for my manager and her team and chose Bambara. Although I don't have any specific complaints, I would say it was mediocre. We ordered the tuna tartare (good) and calamari (everyone raved over this - I am GF, so I couldn't eat it). I got the burger and fries based upon recommendations and was disappointed. That's it. Nothing special."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "Food is pricy, but it is good enough to support the price."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Very well balanced and inventive drinks and classics as well. Food was great. I had a lamb shank which melted in my mouth. Oysters we fresh. Beet salad was delicious. Lobster sliders were sinful. Desserts were great, we had a pie and a selection of ice creams and sorbets. Would go back to the bar just for the drinks."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Disappointing after reading some of the more promising reviews. Seating,service and the 3 soups clam chowder, acorn squash and lobster bisque were quite good. Scallops were fine but the pancetta was extremely soggy. The Hanger steak was OK but there were no roasted‏ roma tomatoes as promised on the menu and the herbed fries seemed to have been out of a bag of frozen fries. The chopped salad was nothing special. Wine service was fine. All in all not much reason to go back."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "Had been there once before and our son recent raved about it so we invited guests from another country. I was disappointed and. Bit embarassed. Appetizers lobster sliders and aranchini were really good but the halibut was dry and tasted reheated. Waitress, although we tipped well, was less than mediocre."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "We had an outstanding meal . Those short ribs are to die for ."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "Our meals were excellent and the service was attentive and excellent too. Would highly recommend it"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "The appetizer and soup was very good but the Salmon special could was very bland and could use a bit more flavoring."
    Dined on 11/8/2013