Nubar
Nubar

Nubar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nubarcambridge.com/
  • Phone: 6172341365
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast Monday - Sunday 7AM - 10:30 AM
    Brunch - Sunday 11AM - 3PM
    Lunch - Monday - Saturday 11AM - 5PM
    Dinner Monday - Sunday 5PM - 11PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Mediterranean, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Tom Connaughton/Bill Flumerfelt
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Semi-private room for up to 40 seated guests and 60 for cocktail format, with a wide variety of passed and stationary items.
  • Special Events: Special Events welcome - semi-private for up to 60, unless the entire restaurant is requested - then up to 120 seated or 200 for cocktail format. Room charge may apply

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Number 1 bus line and red line subway both stop nearby
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $10 for up to 3 hours with validation. The rate goes up to $22 for up to 5 hours.
A word from Nubar
Located under the glow of a Cambridge landmark and in the heart of Harvard Square, Nubar restaurant and lounge is now open at the Sheraton Commander Hotel. A chic neighborhood hangout emphasizing a comfortable bar and dining experience, Nubar restaurant serves food reflective of its surrounding neighborhood: smart, seasonal and approachable. Our patio is now open for lunch and dinner, weather permitting.
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Nubar reviews from OpenTable diners
93 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (36)special occasion (31)fit for foodies (30)great for brunch (27)good for groups (25)romantic (24)great for lunch (17)great for outdoor dining (11)vibrant bar scene (9)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (5)notable wine list (5)scenic view (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • A safe choice for occasions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    You can't go wrong with Nubar, whether it is for a romantic diner or a business diner. The quality of food, service, and the ambiance are superior. There is on the menu something to please every taste, with consistent superior quality across all the choices
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nubar 4 stars (out of 4)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This was my second time at Nubar with the first time such a nice dinner experience that my wife and I came back and brought 3 additional people. This time, as before, everything was excellent: the food (Sunday brunch), the service, and the atmosphere -- though there weren't many people in the place either time. Definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • surprisingly nice; nice bar
    letsmakeadeal
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a lovely dinner for four the other night. Nice salad and excellent appetizer with a crusty poached egg. Excellent trout salad and steak frites. Comfortable atmosphere. Had drinks here a few months ago. Very nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    dorbarr
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    As a big fan of Nubar as a great neighborhood hangout, I was excited to go for Restaurant Week. I had the vegetarian options and all the food was scrumptious. The gaspacho was unbelievably fresh and the risotto was so incredibly delicious that I lingered over it lovingly. Having their own vegetables grown on the roof makes a huge difference! And service was impeccable; Katie and Brian took great care of me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Lovely place, fine food, terrific atmosphere and ambiance. Quiet and serene feeling. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and service in Harvard Sq
    PiesieVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I really like the meze plate, either as the appetizer or as a light entree. And, as odd as this is to detail this for a nicer restaurant, their burgers are really wonderful - they have the softest brioche roll and crunchy, perfectly cooked fries. (Sometimes, I just want comfort food!) Their veggies (specifically tomatoes) were perfect in the Panzanella salad we ordered, and their crab cakes (app) were made without too much filler. Service is always good here, it's usually not too crowded, and they usually have a really good music selection on at a reasonable level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AdacVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    excellent in all aspects - service and food and consistency
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I had a large group at Nubar. The food was great and the waitress was very helpfull in giving everyone separate checks with their individual meals and not a single mistake. However, the service was very slow. Even though the restaurant was fairly empty our waitress would often disappear for long periods of time so we couldn't even flag her down when we needed something. I would definitely recommend Nubar if you have time for leisurely meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Experience
    Fair
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Much better experience from our last visit. We love their bread basket especially the fruit and nut rolls. Salmon and swordfish were delicious and cooked perfectly. Sides could have been a bit more substantial but they did not disappoint. Trout salad was very salty (tid bits of smoked trout tossed in) we got some fish bones and the spinach could have been washed better as it was sandy... Our waitress was attentive and unhurried this time around (same Gal) which was great! The service attendant really deserve a thumbs up, they don't get enough credit for all they do to make the dining experience a good one!
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  • A+ food, disinterested service
    LocalsVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We like Nubar, a lot. Food is very good, inventive, and well done. Cudos. This night however, was marred by disinterested, service (the supporting folks were fine, but our waitress poor). Too bad.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We keep returning
    YogaenthusiastVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    In a city where noise levels purport to equate with great dining, Nubar shines as a wonderful alternative. The food is reliably great, selections vary with seasonal availability, and you can always enjoy your dining companions without having to shout or ask them to repeat themselves at increasingly higher decibels. The room is lovely, especially the bar, and service is always good. We'll be back to enjoy this dining oasis in an otherwise overly noisy restaurant scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as always
    LloydVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Nubar is so good and so completely transformed from the hotel dining room it used to be that it's a pleasure to go. Actually went twice in a row last week. The sandwiches and burgers are excellent, and so are the main courses. I had a perfectly prepared grilled swordfish with superb trimmings. The soup of the day was a crisp and refreshing gazpacho. Someonie was ill on the staff and the server was alone for the evening. But she handled everything with cool aplomb that was a significant conribution to our dijning comfort.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • excellent service and food
    sypark
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    it's awesome. I hope to go to NuBar again soon. excellent service, delicious food, and quite fancy interior!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    stevenflorio
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Average restaurant, nothing special that makes it stand out above the rest but worth trying if you enjoy a simple brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nubar Sunday Brunch
    chadmille
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Great Sunday all you can eat buffet! Service was excellent and the ambience was quiet and relaxing. Will definitely go back in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice place
    arifattie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Good ambiance. Fresh, creative food. We tried the lamb turnover for appetizer, and found it quite flavorful and interesting. The salmon was fine, whereas the gnocchi was really superb: made just right and mixed with delectable veggies and topped with copious cheese shavings.
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  • Where are you Nubar?
    londonbound
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    In the past, I've had several very nice meals at the Nubar -- good food, great service and wonderful wine. Unfortunately, my experience on July 4th was not as stellar, primarily because of the food. I ordered my favorite chicken dish, but when it arrived I was greatly disappointed. It took longer than expected which surprised me given that I was the only patron in the place -- maybe due to the rain. The chicken and potatoes were not just cold but tasted off -- almost as if they were frozen leftovers from the previous night. The panna cote dessert and the wine were excellent as was the service. I still recommend this restaurant even with the disappointing food. I simply attribute it to an off night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great off-the-square eatery
    themealdeal
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    wanted to meet cambridge-based friends at a harvard square area restaurant. needed to be vegetarian- friendly. everyone agreed that Nubar was a great selection: began with a nice bread basket; terrific bowl of gazpaco and another tasty vegetarian soup; had a wonderful vegetable flatbread and crispy truffle french fries for an appetizer. both were great warm-ups. then had a light and crispy hake fish entre, primavera gnocchi and a vegan entre. dessert was a chocolate totre and a wonderful cannoli. highly recommend. will definitely return for another meal when I want a meal/restaurant setting that stands out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible Service
    food4thought
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I went to Nubar with my husband for brunch. The restaurant was not busy, yet we waited for over 10 minutes for any service. We finally had to flag someone down to take a drink order. Service remained very poor for the rest of our stay, turning what should have been a quick brunch buffet to an almost 2 hour ordeal. Another couple beside us was similarly frustrated, and we noticed other customers who looked 'wealthier' were getting wonderful service. This is not a place I would ever go to again, and I will certainly tell others not to waste their time.
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  • Excellent for Fathers Day
    ofMon
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We had a wonderful meal of appetizers. The standout was the polenta with wilted spinach and crispy poached egg, but everything else was delicious as well. The waitstaff was attentive and informative. We will surely go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it!
    katrinahester
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    My family had a wonderful Father's Day brunch! Food was delicious and plentiful. We will definitely recommend to friends and we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really noisy night
    Marmoura
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    ... due to a party in the bar area, which made it difficult to talk at our table in the dining area. The food was good, but our waitress was abrupt and in a bad mood!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A tasty surprise!
    PattyPVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    This was our first visit to Nubar and we had a pleasant dinner. Unlike many other Open Table restaurants, no amus bouche was offered before dinner. The flatbread was good, but there was no garlic in the sauce, though none was promised in the description. The bread basket was fantastic with a nice array of tasty rolls! We shared a salad, and the kitchen graciously split it onto two plates. The clam roast was delicious. I would have liked a basket for the empty shells; The steak frites was grilled perfectly, and the fries were wonderfully cooked, with no pretentious sauces. The lemon panna cotta was also excellent. Service was very good, though we had a wait at the end for water and our bill, but overall a very nice place to dine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth checking out
    RickyDVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Went with Travelzoo coupon and was pleasantly surprised. Excellent choice of food (included chicken and fish-both excellent). Service was just right. Omelet was exactly how I asked for it. My partner and I enjoyed it and would go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Anniversary Meal
    Outoftownies
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Having eaten here three times in the past year, Nubar was our first choice for our anniversary celebration. We started with Lamb and Meze Plate appetizers. I was overwhelmed with the amount of food served on the Meze Plate, it was large enough for two to share. We moved on to the Duck and the Salmon entrees which were outstanding. The duck was tender and mouth watering in flavor, the organic salmon was also very flavorful. We finished our meal with a cannoli and a passionfruit sorbet. With the weather being so warm, we were able to sit outside on the terrace, but the views are less than stellar, our only complaint. May be the terrace should be screened with trellis work and vines, so the hotel guests wouldn't be spectators!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorite restaurants
    Joj9795VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Love the drinks and the flatbread was delicious as an appetizer
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good-not great
    RickVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Went to Nubar and had flatbread and salt cod cakes and drinks. The flatbread was good and the cod cakes were as well. The drinks were good-not great.
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  • Great Food, Poor Service twice now
    Fair
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Good Food, fair prices, much too noisy for me, the service was inattentive and slow again...
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My family and I thoroughly enjoyed the Mother's Day brunch. The food quality and array of options really exceeded expectations. All 9 of us were raving about the desserts and the omelets all day...... My 3-year old niece couldn't get enough of the baked rigatoni dish (and the desserts). Overall, a really great experience and we'll spread the word. The valet parking right outside was also very convenient.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a cozy bar with excellent food
    Zimms
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Nubar is a favorite of ours. Even had my son's and daughter-in-law's wedding eve get together there in the bar area. We like to sit at the high tops in the bar area for dinner -find that area even quieter and more intimate than the dining room. Even have stopped on a cold Sunday afternoon to have a snack and drinks or tea and coffee in the bar area that has a fireplace and comfy chairs. The food is inventive and tasty. There is valet parking if needed but can usually find a spot on the street if you don't mind walking a bit. If you want an active, young bar scene you won't find it at Nubar but you will find a friendly staff with classy, cozy decor and fine food. Recommend it for a mixed age group dinner or to celebrate a family event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very accommodating
    nfti
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We ask for a table to accommodate my husband on crutches and they delivered. The space was cozy, the food from start to finish well present, yummy tasting. A unique varied menu, that was geared to any palate--very fresh and creative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 62 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 407 reviews are from the Nubar reviews archive.
  • Evelyn
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We went on Saturday, during dinner rush. To give the place its due, service was prompt and fairly quick, considering how packed the place was. But there was a giant group set up in the lounge by the bar, and the noise level of 40 very excited people so close to the dining area, together with loud music, made conversation impossible. Our table of 4 was helped by two different servers, which introduced a level of confusion and redundancy due to their lack of communication between each other. Food was delicious as always, but more variety would be good. Spaghetti does not a vegan dish make.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JAG
    JAG1
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Went to Nubar with friends for a birthday celebration. The food was fabulous. We all decided that this was is place we will comeback to often!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pricy for the Brunch Buffet
    Tareq
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The restaurant is really nice and fancy and food is great. The only thing is that the Brunch buffet should have been given bigger space and bigger variety of items for the price they offer it for.
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  • Mg13
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Brunch was okay. A little pricey for selection, but quality was good on certain items (bacon was tremendous). Ran out of several items and had to replace.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Times Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The omelet station was superb. Don't miss out on the fruit and french toast either. The salmon with hoisin sauce was moist and flavorful. You really can't go wrong with any option.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OK but not unique
    FP31
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Friendly for group. Food is OK but far from exceptional. Noise Level rather low so good if you want to have long conversations
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    After many return trips to Nubar I can say it is consistently good, with good service, good food, good ambience. But nothing about it stands out as beyond good...wait...wrong...portion size. My husband and I didn't find many items on the menu that jumped out at us, but the salmon I ordered and the hake he ordered were both tasty. I know they change menus seasonally and perhaps that, and dining out of doors, will encourage us to return. Otherwise, if you're staying at the hotel or in the neighborhood this is a spot where you can't go wrong but won't walk away feeling that you've had a better than average experience.
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    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MISREPRESENTED PRICES
    Easter2luv
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The experience was good, our table was not necessarily fit for two children- one is 4years old. We were also under the impression that kids under 5 years were not to be charged; at least that is what was advertised. When the bill came, our 4 year old was charged $20. We double checked the ad on getting home and it still stated the same- my husband called them, we were promised a call back from the manager since we paid cash. 4 days later we are still waiting.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Comfortably Bland
    Suleiman
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Picked this place because I was looking for a quiet spot in Cambridge. The food was not bad, but the restaurant seemed seriously understaffed and thus not very attentive (water not refilled, requests for items forgotten, etc.) For the price ($90 for two for dinner including 2 courses each and one glass of wine) it could have been better. If you're looking for a quiet spot or a place to eat alone (as this was in a hotel, there were a fair number of solo diners) and don't expect to be wowed, this could work for you.
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