Bambara
Bambara

Bambara

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bambara-slc.com/
  • Phone: 8013635454
  • 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: 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
Bambara reviews from OpenTable diners
125 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (81)fit for foodies (57)romantic (43)hot spot (21)notable wine list (21)neighborhood gem (20)great for brunch (16)great for lunch (15)good for groups (13)vibrant bar scene (11)scenic view (5)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Great Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Very enjoyable evening, great food, we weren't rushed, great service!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Clutterfly
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We went for the dine o'round. Had to get a later reservation because they were full earlier with people who had theatre tickets. Had a nice meal and great service. Was a bit noisy. We were seated next to a table of boisterous young women. Had to speak very loudly to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Business Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Perfect for entertaining clients. Impressive food, attentive service, quiet enough for conversation. Ambiance is sophisticated, but understated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent all around
    ippete
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Wonderful dinner, we had the red trout and tuna, both were perfectly prepared in an imaginative way. The clam app was also excellent as were the deserts. Service was attentive without being obtrusive so it resulted in a very pleasant meal. Will go back again for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is our anniversary favorite
    saltyrain
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We go here nearly every year for our anniversary and sometimes for other special occasions. The menu is always great and the food is spectacular. Service, ambiance and mood is just perfect for romantic or cozy dinners.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food just fair
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Lamp chops fatty with mostly bone and little meat. Pasta fair. Bread bland. Good salad.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food but getting pricey
    cheue444
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The Bambara is one of those restaurants that I always enjoy. Unfortunately, the prices are starting to outgrow their cuisine. With some dishes approaching $50 I am looking to reconsider my dining options in SLC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A bit let down
    FuninUT
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    It took 45 minutes of sipping on water before I decided to find and ask our waiter to take our order. The whole night was like that. The menu sounded delicious, but when my lamb came, it was tough and flavorless. The utensils were dull qnd old. It couldhave been so good. It wasn't for anyone at our table. Dessert was the only good part. If you want delicious qnd expensive food, go to Copper Onion or Log Haven. Not Bambara.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Attention to Details
    JrobNole
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This was a wonderful place to celebrate my wife's birthday. When we checked in, the hostess wished her a Happy Birthday and we received special menus that said Happy Birthday (wife's name) on the top of the menu. The food choice were interesting, unique, and very welcomed. Everything was delicious, from our crab stuffed peppers (a recommendation from our attentive yet not intrusive waiter), to the entrees. Dessert was amazing. All around, a very delightful place to spend the evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best restaurant in SLC
    SLCfindVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I love this restaurant and eat here whenever I am in town. The service is excellent and the food is equally excellent. I have never had a bad meal here. Everyone is so efficient, accommodating and kind. The food is so very good that whatever I eat here is so good that I wish to have it again the following day. This is my favourite restaurant in Salt Lake City! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent for special occasions
    kma610
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Went to Bambara for my 3 year wedding anniversary. The service was excellent and the food is some of the best I've ever had. My only minor complaint is that we weren't quite sure where to walk in. We entered through the east-facing door and there wasn't any staff there. It felt like we'd walked into the back room, so we walked back out and went around through the hotels main entry. I'm sure it was just bad timing, but still, a nice sign to direct people would help.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over-the-top kitchen noise!
    Penelope
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    It sounded like a grade school cafeteria from the kitchen with all the clatterings of dishes and noise.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ForgtNamesIUsed
    ForgtNamesIUsedVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Very average hotel restaurant. Brunch was better than dinner. Brunch was a better value. Brunch menu was limited.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ForgtNamesIUsed
    ForgtNamesIUsedVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Bambara was a very average hotel restaurant. Brunch was a better value than dinner which was expensive. Lamb chops were an "unusual" cut. Certainly convenient when staying at the Hotel Monaco.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday
    Foodiefromslc
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We celebrated my wife's birthday here. The service was excellent and they brought a special dessert for her. New menu and the food was good but it was pretty expensive for 5 people. Our son got married at the Hotel Monaco. We preferred to take the wedding party to Bambara but it was Valentine's Day and they could not accommodate us. I like this restaurant but I think,they need to look at entree prices - $41 for 5 scallops I thought was a bit much.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good but not great
    Intownfortheweek
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Went here on the recommendation of a colleague. Started with the corn soup, nice and creamy, and the stuffed peppers, a little bland. She had the scallops, the corn/bacon medley it was served on was very good but a little salty. I had the pan seared chicken, excellent! The chicken was cooked perfectly, the skin was crispy and the grits and spinach were great partners on the plate. Overall, a good meal, would good back if invited.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a let down
    OhYou8One2
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The appetizer was terrible! Then we waited an hour and fourteen minutes for the entrée. It's sad when it gets to the point that you are so hungry and bored that you're timing things.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good menu choices, great wine list
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Corn Bisque was a surprise. Hearty and savory with mild heat. Wedge salad as expected, pork belly was a good complement. Summer vegetable medly with goat cheese ravioli and arugula was first entree. Good construction, pasta hand-made, sauce amount just right. Taste was very good. Enjoyed grilled meats. Short ribs also tender. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    brentVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We love this place...the food has been near-perfect lately and the service good as well. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Overall Experience
    Amsterdam
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    As soon as I walked into Bambara, the experience was five-star throughout. The hosts were quick to find my reservation and very kind. Our food was amazingly quick, and our waitress was fantastic. The restaurant has a very comfortable atmosphere with classy taste. The best part, however, was the amazing food. I have not been to a restaurant with food this delicious in a long time. I also tried just a bite of my date's entree and I can confirm that both of them were very very good. I would recommend this to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SLC Restaurant Beauty
    SLCDining
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This restaurant was chosen due to its location to Capitol Theater; however, it exceeded our expectations! The service was remarkable, the presentation of it was first-class, and the taste was spectacularly delicious. We requested a window table and got just that; the black and white decor was very inviting, and the restaurant was impeccable. We would definitely recommend this restaurant very highly and look forward to the next time we can return to it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced, not that good.
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Frankly, we were expecting more elegance and better food for the price. $15 for a Sazerac (without Absinthe, at that, because they didn't have it) is outrageous, as is $14 for a lettuce salad. My entree, five small seared scallops, cost $39. My wife got five small cheese ravioli for not much less. We felt that the food was good, but not outstanding in any way that would justify the price, especially since the atmosphere is more like that of a diner or cafe than that of a fine restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good restaurant excellent food
    SLCfindVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The service here is excellent and everyone is friendly and kind, efficient without being pompous and knowledgeable about the food being offered and generally a pleasure as they make you feel welcome. I enjoyed it so much that I ate there twice in the two nights that I was there. What a treat! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Presentation matched taste
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I experienced a beautiful dinner when out with a friend. We shared a cheese plate then we both had Heirloom tomatoes which were decadent. This was followed by scallops over risotto for me and prawns and tuna for my friend. All my dishes were weel presented and tasted spectacular. My east coast friend was not as thrilled with her shrimp at were overlooked, but the other courses made it up. We both tried the Butter ice cream. My preference is still salted carmel. But they say anything with Butter is better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Deliciously Breaking the Bank
    Not2pickyVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This excellent restaurant located in the lovely Hotel Monaco in a historic bank building gets nearly everything right (except the mediocre mac n cheese). But you'll have to rob a bank to enjoy a no holds bar feast here. 4 admittedly tasty (to say the least) crab-stuffed piquillo peppers, pork tenderloin, and seared chicken, all wonderfully flavorful, went just over $100 without alcohol. If money is no issue, highly recommended--delicious food and very good service in interesting surroundings make it almost worth it. If you are on a budget, excite ur taste buds elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable Evening
    Beej
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great, lively atmosphere. Food was amazing all around. Followed a recommendation from here to get the blue cheese chips, they were awesome. Summer salads were sweet and well balanced. Loved the mac & cheese. We were there for my wife's birthday and they personalized a menu for us, a great personal touch and an idea of how good the service is here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Average...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The appetizer and desserts were average but the main courses were quite good. However, given the price point I expect every course to be top notch, not just the main. The tab came to $140 for the two of us without alcohol.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • In town for Outdoor Retailer
    IsabellaVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This is a great spot for a work dinner, varied menu with great cocktails and good wine list. Blue cheese potato chips are a great app!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, designer food
    LynnJ
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Wide range of menu items without being overwhelming. Chef add designer touch to basic foods with great taste. Wait staff was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Treated us great on our anniversary
    SLCFoodie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was amazing. I had the sea bass and my husband had the fillet. We started with the tuna tartar. The wine list was great. They personalized the menu with our anniversary. However, I sort of thought they would comp dessert for the special occasion which they didn't. It was overall a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I loved it..great place..and great food!!! We went before the Wicked..and this was a perfect palce..close and we could park by Capitol Theatre and just walk over to Banbara...
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic meal
    ChefDDVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    A fabulous dining experience at Bambara. Sat at a small table next to the kitchen which made it fun to watch the cooks at work. Executive chef and owner Nathan Power was keeping a close eye on the kitchen and wandered over and helped me make my food choices. Fun to meet him and nice of him to do so! Food was fabulous. Great atmosphere. Highly recommend! Will certainly return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVE Bambara!
    AndiVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I just recently started incorporating some meat back into my diet after not eating it for quite some time. I decided to have my first experience with beef at Bambara because of the local and organic ingredients used. Let me tell you, the filet mignon did not disappoint! So delicious. My partner and I have dined here a few times now and have enjoyed it every time. Expensive, but good, healthy food sometimes is. Delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bambara
    Monab
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Excellent meal - the scallops were wonderful and paired beautifully with a side of kale which both looked and tasted delicious. The presentation was just perfect and the wine recommendations from the waiter complimented the meal completely. Service was great, not rushed and we had plenty of time to make it to the theater on time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Server rushed us & order was wrong
    Eatforfun
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Food delivered to table was incomplete. Server and host both noted that and neither corrected it. No coffee refill offered. Server noted the order had never been completed when he delivered the check prior to it being requested and still did not offer to correct order. Restaurant was not busy and we had allowed ourselves plenty of time for brunch prior to theater but it felt like they couldn't get us out fast enough. We were in and out of Sunday brunch in 45 min! No offers of mimosas etc. Very disappointed!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for Capitol Theatre Events
    Scott
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We eat here every time we attend an event at Capitol Theatre. They are always accommodating of our time constraints for a 7:30 curtain. Food is high quality and flavorful. Valet parking is a must and is only $5 when you eat there. Perfect location and atmosphere for a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Perfect Business Dinner
    TrinaVT
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Brunch
    Tweena
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was fantastic
    Clemfor2
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for capital theater
    Kspc
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.