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Bambara Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bambara-slc.com
  • Phone: (801) 363-5454
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:00am, Saturday: 8:00am - 11:00am,
    Brunch: Sunday 8:00am - 2:00pm
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Nathan Powers
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Four star catering from Bambara Restaurant. Full buffet or plated entrees; display buffet or tray-passed receptions.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please visit our website for upcoming special events www.bambara-slc.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 200 South
  • Public Transit: TRAX stop on Main Street Between 200-300 South
    UTA Bus Stop on 200 South at Main Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street parking; valet service that is discounted with validation.
A word from Bambara
Bambara: A Salt Lake City Restaurant Celebrating Past and Present
With a tempting New American Bistro menu featuring a "World of Flavors" and a playful sense of whimsy and style, Bambara is one of downtown Salt Lake City's liveliest restaurants. Housed in the historic Continental Bank lobby, Bambara Salt Lake City expertly melds a sense of tradition with a very contemporary energy, at once colorful and elegant. Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, our nationally recognized, award-winning restaurant has attracted a devoted following that expands daily.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "The service was outstanding from the start - warm, welcoming staff and fantastic food. The watermelon salad with divine...interesting texture and delicious. Fish was cooked to perfection, desserts were decadent. The cost of dining here is relatively high, but the food and service justify the cost."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We took a friend out for Birthday Brunch before going to see Wicked. Bambara was her favorite part of the celebration. We loved the Hotel Monaco, the food was fantastic, beautiful presentation, the waiter was just right. Friendly and fun but didn't try to entertain us (that's happened in the past at a different restaurant). Bambara has become my family's go to restaurant for special occasions."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We loved our entire experience at Bambara. The staff was wonderful and the food was fantastic! It a nice getting to meet the head chef too!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great location to grab dinner before the theater. Valet parking is very convienent. And food and service. Our waiter chid? (Sorry about spelling) was terrific!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Bambara has never let us down. The service is always top notch, the atmosphere is classy and the food is always delicious."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I have consistently been impressed with the Kimpton family of restaurants and Bambara did not disappoint. The space is very cool with the very open kitchen the centerpiece of the restaurant. All of the dishes that I tried were top notch with a great combination of flavors that sometimes you would not ordinarily put together. Stand out dish for me was the bone marrow toast."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We come to Bambara for special occassions and have always been delighted with the beautiful food. The service was impecable, the experience wonderful."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Everything that was ordered was delicious. Something as reasonably mundane as chicken and Mac n cheese was gourmet and so wonderful you'll be surprised! Left there stuffed full because I couldn't quit eating!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This place was amazing! Jake our server was the best. Very attentive but not pushy at all. We started with the Blue Cheese Chips and an off menu Clam appetizer and we both enjoyed both of them. Then I had the Sea Bass and my wife had the Pan Seared Chicken, both entree's were fabulous, we shared the Crab Mashed Potato's. So much flavor in every dish that was prepared. Don't grab for the salt and pepper before you taste your meal, it won't need it!!! Overall, just a great experience!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "When you are attending a performance at the Capital Theater this is a great spot. Great food and service plus very convenient."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I made a reservation online since the last time I went I was turned away by an hour plus wait. the next day I was sent an e-mail stating that I would be penalized for a no show. My drink was forgotten. I had to grab a manager to ask for it since I couldn't get ahold of our waiter. The manager didn't seem to happy that he had to get me an Arnold palmer. The waiter (chip) came by to take our food order. We didn't get a sense he could tell us much about the entrees other then what was written on the menu. We ordered. 15 minutes later Chip came back again to take our order for the second time. We reminded him that we already ordered. He ask for the order again..... Lunch took almost an hour and a half. Not sure I'd being coming back."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Bambara is a regular on my roster for so many reasons....service is impeccable, it's a great place to see and be seen for power lunches, leisurely weekend brunches, but mostly for the dinners! Chef Nathan Powers is a powerhouse in the kitchen and we just love checking out the regularly changing seasonal dishes he creates. 5 Stars!!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Kudos to the management and the staff for making the evening special. This was our first time at this restaurant and it won't be our last."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I liked everything about this place. The food was amazing and the restaurant looked good. Servers were good. Wish it was more affordable but it was worth the price tag."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We stayed at the Hotel Monaco for a special occasion and had dinner at the Bombara. We loved it. The food was excellent as well as the service. I loved that you can watch the chef's preparing the food. I would highly recommend this excellent restaurant."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Bambara never fails to deliver on the several things that really differentiate great restaurants from the rest: quality of the food, service experience, and ambiance. We celebrated our 22nd anniversary and couldn't have been more impressed. We were surprised to be greeted upon checkin and wished a happy anniversary. In addition, the restaurant had printed a special menu wishing both of us a happy anniversary. The manager had called me ahead to ask how to spell my wife's name. Really above and beyond in my mind."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "From our shared Calamari appetizer, to our shared beet salad , our entrees of scallops and beef were superb. Service was outstanding and our evening was fantastic."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We had dinner there two night' s ago. Wonderful dinning experience from the setting, very contemporary, to the service, very knowledgable, to the outstanding and diversified menu. We both ordered something completely different from one another and sampled it all. What a palate of tastes. We were extremely satisfied and would highly recommend Bambara to everyone."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The service was superb, the food was delish. I was surprised at how attentive the wait staff was. I am looking forward to returning and exploring the dinner menu."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great food, great ambiance, wonderful service. Highly recommend for special occasions or a really nice dinner."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We always enjoy eating out at Bambara - the service is good, the food is excellent and the atmosphere is great too."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We have been looking for a new place to eat out in Salt Lake. We're from Wy and we're on our way home from Ge, my husband found this place on Open Table and decided to give it a t try. Wow, it was wonderful!!! The wine, appetizers, main course, then lets not forget about dessert AMAZING!!! If your in Salt Lake you need to go to Bambara, you won't be disappointed! "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "My husband and I are fairly new to SLC, UT and have been searching for a nice restaurant with good food to become our go to spot. We are both into good flavor and have been let down by MANY of the fine and standard restaurants here. I came across Bambara, read the reviews and thought we'd give it a shot. I started off with a cocktail which I'd asked the server to recommend and it was delicious. I ordered the NY strip with watercress and crab mashed potatoes for my entree and my husband had the scallops with kale. We could not believe how absolutely good and flavorful this food was! I NEVER eat all of my food simply because I don't like the feeling of being full but this night was an exception!!! We will definitely now become regulars!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Exceeded our expectations!!! Food was amazing and the service was great!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We were staying at the Hotel Monaco and rather than go elsewhere for dinner, I went on Yelp and the reviews were good for Bambara. We gave it a try and loved every minute of it. We sat close to the chef's and really enjoyed watching the food being cooked and go by; we really had fun and stayed for a long time. I had the steak and it was unbelievably tender; one of the best steaks I have ever had! Definitely would come back."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Before coming I'd seen that Bambara got great reviews and now I know why. An eclectic menu specilizing in fresh seafood, fine cuts of meat and a helpful wait- staff. My party of 6 all thoroughly enjoyed themselves. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Excellent food. Courteous, helpful staff. Very enjoyable meal. Will definitely return. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I Find myself in Salt Lake City about once a year on business and my highlight is dinner at Bambara. Nestled in the Hotel Monaco (which is another gem), the restaurant offers an unexpected level of cuisine and service. Pleasant ambience and a well trained professional wait staff makes dining here most pleasant. The menu which ranges from everyday meat and potato staples done with a flair and a touch of the unusual to exotic dishes prepared by a creative and talented chef. I usually choose to skip the ordinary and trust the chef going for the exotic. I have never been disappointed. Bambara is a little pricy but a don't miss for travelers and locals looking for the best."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Three of my colleagues went to Bambara for a birthday celebration lunch. Although it was more than we usually spend on lunch, it was all worth it. Excellent food, friendly service. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "We always love Bambara! Came for Mother's Day and weren't disappointed in the least. Had Scallops and the Beef Filet with Tuna Tartare appetizer. Service was great and the food first rate. We'll be back soon!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went to Bambara for brunch. Although I am not normally a fan of a buffet style meal, the Mother's Day brunch was fantastic, and the ability to order items a la carte (included in the price) was very classy. Bambara has the best salmon, and the eggs benedict was delicious. The restaurant was packed with diners but we had excellent service from our waiter. The mini-desserts were very delicious and small enough to get a good taste and still be able to go back for more."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went there for mothers day brunch. Our reservation was for 1:15 pm. We were seated quickly and got our choice of a booth or table. Once seated we were told by the man who seated us to start when were comfortable. My daughter and I got up to stay while my husband stayed behind to order drinks. We were packed in the restaurant so much that we could not pass the table behind us to get to the buffet. Once we finally made it to the buffet room they were out of shrimp, fruit and sausage. My daughter got a piece of new york steak that was not rare but raw. On the Internet or said ham and turkey breast. In short do not waste your money"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "extremely friendly employees made us feel welcome and valued"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The brunch was very adequate. The line into the buffet tables was inconvenient for the people at the tables we had to stand next to while in line . Maybe you could set up the Buffet in the bar area ."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Mothers Day brunch was a disaster. The restaurant tried to serve FAR more people than it could manage which resulted in long, long waits for food and drinks, fifteen minute waits in the buffet line and shortages in food choices when you did get through the line. Further we had several dirty service items at our table upon arrival. Management should go into hiding!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Went here for an anniversary dinner. They were extremely nice and had printed menus with our names on them. The service was really good and the food was solid (and the mashed potatoes were great). We enjoyed our time at Bambara very much and would go again. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "My wife and are foodies. We have tried most of the great restaurants in Salt Lake and always wanted to try Bambara but something comes up everytime. We celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary at Bambara for dinner. It was amazing! We started out with the amazing bleu cheese potato chips and then on to the yummy wedge salad and harvest salad. My wife had the salmon and I had the most delicious filet ever. The turtle ice cream sandwich topped off the night. Service was great and we will return."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The service was unbelievably slow, even after we told them we were in a hurry and knew exactly what we wanted to order. We were assigned a new waiter early on because our original waiter had to wait a large party, and communication seemed to break down at that point. I don't think it was the waiters' fault, but the transition could have been much smoother. We were disappointed after finding out we could not have their Wednesday special - Mussels & Frites - because they were out of the main ingredient. The food we had instead was mediocre. Unfortunately, this isn't the first time I've been unimpressed by the service. Being in the Monaco, price, and having a well known chef are enough to justify the high reputation this place. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "This was not our first visit to Bambara - but it was by far our most disappointing. We were there for Sunday brunch. The service was absolutely horrible. First the waiter brought the wrong drinks. When we pointed it out - there was no apology, no urgency to replace the wrong order. Next came the food which for 2 out of 3 - the eggs were cold. No toast arrived. Still no drink. We found our non existent waiter and he again did not apologize - said he had to go plate the toast. When the toast arrived - one order was missing - which never arrived. A second cup of coffee? Hard to get. All in all - not what we were expecting."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Must first say that the service was top notch. The Rib Eye was not a good piece of meat - very vein ridden. I can find better quality meat at a much better price pretty much anywhere. It was also extremely salty. The wife's New York Strip seemed to be inferior quality, though difficult to tell based on her ordering it well done. The side greens and fries were also nothing special. We did enjoy the Blue Cheese House Cut Potato Chips, but not enough to make up for the main course. For a nice dinner out I'd suggest finding somewhere else."
    Dined on 4/26/2014