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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 WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Wide range of menu items without being overwhelming. Chef add designer touch to basic foods with great taste. Wait staff was exceptional."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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..."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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."
    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