Had dinner with a group of
Had dinner with a group of 8, service was attentive, food was great, atmopshere perfect for socializing and the cost was very reasonable
4/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great dinner with friends
This restaurant has a great ambience that created for an intimate dining experience for our group of four. The place was still bustling around 9:30/10pm when we showed up but we could all still hear each other speak without needing to yell. The food has not disappointed and our waiter was one of the better ones I've had in a long while. Very friendly and made sure we were attended to. Can't really ask for more.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Can be an expensive treat.
If you split a pizza and a salad (and pass over the drinks/dessert menu), this can be a tasty and relatively expensive *weekly* treat! I recommend the White Truffle Pizza and Mixed Green Salad.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food service & atmosphere
My friend and I really enjoyed this neighborhood gem. Décor is casual yet elegant, really nice bar atmosphere, and window seating for people watching, if you prefer. Also has outdoor dining in the summer. Nice eclectic mix of menu choices, appetizers and signature cocktails, all reasonably priced. Service is excellent as is the presentation of food. Bread was wonderful - loved the brown bread! The halibut special was amazing! The calamari was delicious but the dipping sauce wasn't our favorite. Overall, we definitely will go back and recommend to friends.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We liked it!
I was a little disappointed in my Caesar salad, but everything else was good. We really liked the mussels appetizer. The wait was available, but did not hover. I liked having a choice of still or sparkling water for free, and having the bottle left on the table.
Nice assortment of bread too.
Free parking helps too.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Menu and Down to Earth
They do a great job making the basics into something special. The Maple Brined Pork and the Smoked Apple glaze for the chicken breast are both wonderful. They also have some items you don't find everywhere like Rainbow Trout and occasionally Venison or Rabbit.
The beer list is great. I'm not a wine person but that list seems pretty varied as well.
I've been there for first dates, anniversary dinners, lunch with friends, and even a small family dinner with my five year old nephew. It's great for any occasion. I've never been there for the bar scene but I've heard that's great too, and with the TV's, the well stocked bar, the open air, and the location, I would expect as much.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious mothers day celebration!
Delicious mothers day celebration! Service was attentive without being pushy and the food was fresh, lively and satisfied a wide range of likes and dislikes from our group. A little noisy but nothing too intrusive.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mother's Day Brunch
Always luv the brunch at Temple Bar and brought a friend for Mother's Day, who will be seeing her son and his family the following weekend. Apparently there's a new chef who really has done a wonderful job. The food was excellent and the service was very good and accommodating on a busy holiday. Mimosas weren't bad either. ; )
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Me and my family had a wonderful
Me and my family had a wonderful time at Temple Bar. We made reservations for Mother's day brunch and everything (service, food, atmosphere) was absolutely delightful. Were planning to come back again for dinner. Thanks !
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Temple offers a nice menu and interesting libations. Good for friends or a date.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was good, energetic atmosphere
Food was good, energetic atmosphere with lots going on both at the bar and in the dining area. We shared the Calamari ( light, cooked perfectly with tasty seasonings ). The knowledeable and speedy waitor recommended the steak frites and the daily catch. The catch was a lobster shelled on a bed of risotto, a good choice,maybe a bit salty. The steak frites was what was expected.
If you are into trying something unique, this is probably not the place for you. However, if you want a vibrant scene where the food is good and served with a great group of servers who are attentive then you will be happy. The wine list is on the weak side, but the bar drinks and beer choices are fantastic.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
As always, Temple was Great!
I feel like I write the same review every time. Food was absolutely outstanding and drinks were fantastic. Still our favorite place to go for any occasion and as long as the chef keeps changing the menu we'll keep going back. Best food in Cambridge!
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and beer
I was pleased to see the beer list is still improving. I especially liked seeing local gypsy-brewery Portico being featured.
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Temple is our "go to place"
The Temple is our "go to place" for casual dining. The food and ambience are especially welcome when dining with our 20something "kids" and their friends. The staff, on this occasion, were accommodating allowing us to make a reservation for 5 when they already had a very large group. Service was at just the right speed, allowing us to enjoy our drinks and appetizers at a leisurely pace without delaying our entrees. Thanks to the staff at Temple for making our son's birthday such an enjoyable experience.
5/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Temple Bar never disappoints
We've been here several times with friends and are always happy. It's great for a festive night with friends or a cozy dinner for two. Fresh, tasty food, great drinks, lovely setting.
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a perfect little spot
This is a perfect little spot if you like to sit on the sidewalk and enjoy tasty food prepared perfect with a nice moderately price bottle of wine. I enjoyed the scallop with beautiful arranged veggies and my friend had lobster out of the shell, which consisted of a large lobster tail and large claw designed nicely on a bed of mushroom rosato. our server was very attentive and courteous. I would return there and recommend this restaurant to friends.. we enjoyed a nice dinner at a sidewalk table with a bottle of wine for $120. I think temple bar is a great local spot for a night out for this $$$ amount.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
The halibut was perfect, the staff was friendly and helpful, and the setting was relaxed. We ate early, though (6:30), so it might have been much noisier later.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was some of the best I've had. Excellent and unique menu. Drinks were great too!
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great family Saturday brunch
Our family group of six had a lovely brunch this Saturday at Temple Bar. They brought out complimentary french toast with birthday candles for my husband whose birthday we wet celebrating, which he loved! Service and food were excellent, as always.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
fun evening spot
we enjoy sitting outside at Temple Bar--fun, summery, good food, good service!
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food Continues to Wow
As usual Temple Bar was great. If you haven't tried it yet, you're missing one of the best restaurants in Cambridge. Need I say more?
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful dinner with Ron our waiter - could not have been better. Surprised us with a small chocolate cake, candle and Happy Birthday written on the plate. We had a great time. Plus you could sit outside but with the heat wave - inside was nice an cool.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious and creative food. It's not a Number 9 Park or a Journeyman, but Temple Bar is an extremely good example of its price/genre bracket. Our table tried seven different dishes, and all but one (the truffle white pizza) were spot-on delicious and well-crafted.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
OMG so AWES
We just LOVED it. OMG the carrot cake pancakes tasted like cake and SOOOOO GOOD. I LOVE AMERICA and I LOVE TEMPLE BAR.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
A bit pricey, but more than worth it. The cocktails are superb.
Menu has limited choice but food is excellent
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is the best it has ever
Food is the best it has ever been - the halibut, the pork, the poached lobster, the scallops - all fantastic.
And the chocolate fondue never gets old.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sunday Brunch on the Sidewalk
The service was great, and the food was good and made it to our table quickly. The coffee was delicious and the bacon was stellar! Our waitress was sweet and helpful and kept the coffee coming.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not your typical neighborhood joint
Temple Bar was recommended to me for over a year, and I assumed it would be an average neighborhood hangout, a casual place to catch up with friends that was more about the drinks than the food. Was I wrong! Not only did I have two wonderful cocktails (the latter, a "Freddie Quell" with peanut and Thai chilli oils, ranks in my top five cocktails), but my friend and I also wanted to order everything on the menu. Much more than a typical bar, indeed! The entrees were tastefully unique enough to please any foodie. Whatever you do, just make sure you get the cheese fondue as an appetizer!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The server gave us enough space to converse and didn't let our glasses go empty either - he held our dinner order so we could relax and unwind, much appreciated! Beyond fabulous service, the food was exceptional! Nice beer list too...
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love this place
I love this place. The halibut is out of this world.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service, food, and wine
Had a lovely meal with friends outside on the sidewalk. Our waiter was patient and attentive. The seafood entrees we ordered were delicious and the Temple Bar has an excellent selection of wines -- including sparkling wines -- by the glass!
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
keep coming back for good service
Had a low-key dinner here this weekend, ordered the fish of the day and steak frites. My date's steak was overcooked but we were too hungry to send it back. Their fries are amazing. My fish was cooked and seasoned to perfection, and the sundried tomato rissotto is always stellar. We had a great waiter this time, and really enjoyed our quick meal. table bread was tasty and all in all we enjoyed our dinner.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth crossing the river
My boyfriend and I live in Back Bay, but find the trek to Cambridge with it. I've been going to this bar since the opened years ago, and it only gets better. The food is good and priced fairly. The bartenders are skilled, and attentive. I have food allergies, and they've never messed up in that regard. Food is always cooked as ordered. This time, we had the salmon tartare which was as good as I've had, with large chunks of fish and cucumber with an avocado purée. The Caesar salad was lemony and delicious as always. Burgers came exactly as ordered, and they let us sub of veggies for fries. The only complaint I have is the wine list. I'd like to see a better selection and would be willing to pay a few bucks more for a really good glass.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We got lucky- quiet on a friday!
My fiance works all over Boston and I waitress- so we came late-ish and STARVING. I wish I caught our servers name, because out of everyone who has taken care of us in the past, he was probably the best. He was delightful and responsive to our witty nature. We kept it simple tonight- the mussels (MY ABSOLUTE TEMPLE BAR FAVE), caesar salad, and we both got the NY strip steak. We warned him that we are picky about our meat- medium rare is a must or we will throw it back at the kitchen- and we were grateful when it came ACTUALLY med-rare. Good job! My only feedback is the meat was chewy and fatty. Good flavors - porcini butter and mushrooms, delish. We had an emergency & couldn't finish the dessert we ordered, but made sure to tip him extra :)
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Iraq to Cambridge
The food was incredible and the atmosphere was great! However we felt the service was not so great. May have been our server but we had to ask someone else for drinks.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thought Temple was a neighborhood
Thought Temple was a neighborhood Gem. We all loved our meal. Our server was excellent!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great burgers, great service.
Great burgers, great service. We were there for a late Saturday lunch (3:00 p.m.). The restaurant and bar were very quiet, and the ambience was perfect.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Night Was Had!
Everything about Temple Bar is excellent except "it's tooooo noisy." I wish the owner would install ceiling noise reducing panels. I know I would be most appreciative and so would other older folks.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great neighborhood gem
We had reservations for 6 at 8pm. We were seated at a great table, the waitress took great care of us, and the food and drinks were wonderful.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I went there for the first time to celebrate a b-day. We had reservations and everything went very smoothly. We had the rosemary fries as an appetizer - yum! For entrees, I had the seared chicken, and my husband had the stuffed pork - both dishes were very delicious! We will definitely go back to try other dishes on the menus! Great dinner, great ambience!
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Temple Bar Met All Expectations
Temple Bar has an impressive menu, innovative yet accessible. An array of interesting appetizers, main dishes and sides.Generous portions. The restaurant's decor was stylish, while warm and inviting at the same time. Service was impeccable. We chose it for a special occasion, and Temple Bar is just that -- special and an occasion. In a hip neighborhood above Harvard Square.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice place if you can get
Nice place if you can get a seat in the dining room. You should make reservations in advance. The bar area doesn't have standing room, so you'll be constantly bumped while waiting for a table (if you don't have a reservation). Food was very good.. Nice draft beer selection. I would go back.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
The cheese fondue was disappointing
The cheese fondue was disappointing, but everything else, including the chocolate fondue, was great!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lively and sophisticated
Based on my only visit to date, which was on a late fall Friday night, this is a lively, casual but fairly sophisticated bar with a clientele to match, mostly in their late 20's and up. Menu offered interesting choices, reasonably priced, and the execution was good but not exceptional. Comfortable, dark wood interior. Despite the crowd, our reservation was fulfilled promptly.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
food was a dissapointmnt this time
We have been to this restaurant before for dinner and always enjoyed everything about it. So we e choose it this time for a birthday dinner celebration. We were greeted warmly, seated promptly at a "quieter" table and the service was attentive. However the food was just not up to par. The salad was wilted and tasteless, the "risotto" was simply a "glob" of pasty sticky rice and the arugula was non-existent. I couldn't finish my meal. Since it was a birthday we definitely wanted dessert but could not find a thing on the menu to interest anyone. So we left and it is doubtful that we will return. They must have a new chef, or whoever is in charge of food quality control is asleep at the wheel. Too bad.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love the food and the ambiance. Service is excellent. Definitely a place to go back.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went for Thanksgiving dinner
Went for Thanksgiving dinner and it was excellent. Great service, menu, and food was well prepared.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not enough vegetables
My wife and I felt that there is not enough choice when it comes to vegetables...
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had been looking for a good place to eat on short notice on a Friday night. We made a reservation via OpenTable for 7:30, but showed up a little late (around 7:45pm). Unfortunately our table had been given away, and we ended up waiting another 20 minutes or so for a table by the bar to open up. Overall, the staff was friendly and flexible and was willing to work with us even though we had missed our reservation time.
The Sliders were absolutely fantastic and the Steak Frites entree was excellent. Steak was perfectly cooked, and the Aioli that it comes with is a MUST have.
The Fondue appetizer was unique but a big hit with our group. The red-wine soaked pears were surprisingly excellent with the unbelievable cheddar cheese dip.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
My 3 dining companions all had the Gravlox and loved it. I had the pastrami spiced eggs benedict and was very happy.
12/13/2013 4:00:00 PM