the lobster risotto that wasn't
The lobster dinner was a big disappointment. The soup and appetizer were superb. But with bits of lobster in both the bisque and sliders we expected chunks in the risotto. The bits in the risotto were even smaller than in the previous two courses. For a $48 lobster dinner there should be large chunks of claw and tail meat, not the little scraps used in cheap restaurants.
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
My friend and I came here
My friend and I came here for restaurant week, and we had a great experience. The restaurant wasn't too crowded, and the food was really delicious.
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great 1st time experience!
From the tender arancini to what may be the BEST creme brulee I have ever had, the entire evening was fantastic. Outgoing, knowledgeable staff; friendly valet too! Thank you!
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Went in for Restaurant Week
Went in for Restaurant Week to try something new and was pleasantly suprised; pretty diverse menu for the event and the food was very good; wasn't too busy that night but server wasn't very attentive to the table so service was mediocre at best; otherwise a very good experience.
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wonderful and diverse offerings
Wonderful and diverse offerings for restaurant week.
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
We came in for Easter Brunch. My salmon eggs benedict was delicious, and the roasted potatoes amazing. My friend loved her salad. My mother got the lamb from the Easter brunch buffet. She said it was cooked perfectly, and loved the rice side dish it came with. The only negative was that there was not a gravy for the lamb, and the rice side dish ran out before she was able to get seconds. Other than that, service was great, we liked the ambiance, and we would all recommend this restaurant!
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
The service was great and
The service was great and the food terrific. The boothe we sat in was not very comfortable.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our host, Mustapha was awesome.
Our host, Mustapha was awesome. Once I selected my wine, he continued to provide additional recommendations for me to try. The presentation of the food was amazing and the taste of the food was fresh. The booths were a little tight for someone plu size or over 6ft but were comfortable.
I would recommend this spot for after work unwind.
4/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice restaurant in Marlowe Hotel
Food was great , reasonable pricing and nice atmosphere
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great stop close to the river
Great food, good selection of wines, I have taken both family and work groups and been very happy with the results.
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Decent lunch place
I took an interview candidate to lunch here. The food was tasty but not especially exceptional - but other nearby sit-down choices are major chains so this is the best bet for a lunch interview near where I work near the Lechmere T-stop. There are a number of sandwich and take-out places nearby for stand-up alternatives. There are several good vegetarian but non-vegan choices on the menu, my preference. Prices are quite moderate, so the value is good.
The service was friendly and attentive, but the restaurant was not especially busy. I will probably use this restaurant again for an interview lunch.
5/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely breakfast, creative menu!
When I booked, I had no idea that Bambara was inside a hotel; I try to avoid hotel restaurants, especially for breakfast. When I walked in & saw a buffet, my heart sank! But no worries! We were seated in a nice, cozy booth & given a full breakfast menu. The choices were original & creative, with many old favorites included, too. I had the breakfast burger: a CAB burger with bacon and egg on top. It was quite tasty! My partner had eggs benedict, and said it was prepared well and the hollandaise was excellent. The service was unobtrusive, but attentive. It wasn't crowded which made for a lovely, lingering breakfast. I would return. NOTE: there is no 'free' parking close by... we had to walk 4 blocks. It was a gorgeous morning, so it was fine.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, loud bar TV
It's too bad the bar isn't more isolated from the tables. The ambiance in the restaurant is good, but having the bar with the tv's blaring pretty much ruins it.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went to brunch on Fathers Day. Not many patrons so it was quiet. This restaurant is part of the Hotel Marlow, so there were hotel guests about. Brunch was buffet or order off menu. Both looked good but I ordered off menu. Food was really tasty....I got an egg white frittata that came with mix greens on it...very light and tasty dressing. Salad for breakfast? Only in Japan, I thought but not anymore. I'd go back, and would like to check out the dinner menu next....
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
July 4 dinner
Visiting Boston for week including July 4 , we wanted a nice place to eat before watching the fireworks from the Cambridge side. Bambara was our choice for a good, special treat. We chose two small dishes each . Service and food were excellent and we would certainly recommend Bambara to anyone wanting a sophisticated, well-run, but perhaps a little impersonal dining venue.
7/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Bambara never disappoints
Bambara is a reliable place to dine when you want great food in a quiet, lovely room. When full, the noise level can be moderate, but the restaurant seems well designed to permit easy conversations. The menu never overwhelms, but always includes creative presentations of very fresh seasonal ingredients. The wine list is excellent, and bar drinks delicious. We'll definitely return and highly recommend Bambara.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
For a restaurant in a hotel,
For a restaurant in a hotel, this one is very good. It is a little out of the way from most residential areas of Cambridge, and the free parking requires going into a mall garage, so good and bad. The food is quite good and our service was excellent. The wine list was good though I would prefer more of a price balance.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice place with good food
Nice decor and good food! Great service! Parking is a bit of a small issue or inconvenience but, not to deter anybody from coming.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was at the Bambara with a friend for just some drinks and appetizers. The service we got, made our night a greater experience than i thought it would be. Our server, Wagner was so nice. He suggested the lobster sliders that were DELICIOUS!
My friend is not from town and we already know that next time she stops for a visit, Bambara is certainly in our list for dinning.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant was in the hotel that we stayed. It was a bit pricey but we opted for the 3 courses for an affordable amount. The food was delicious however the service was a bit lacking. It took too long to order & to be attended to in between courses. But overall it was a nice experience.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Incredible experience every time ....Bambara it's great and the service , always amazing.
7/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a wonderful "power lunch" here between tourist-type outings on a recent weekday. This is a great place for lunch; the menu as something for everyone and the combination of choose-your-appetizer-with-entree comes with a gooey hot cookie and coffee to go. We were very impressed with the excellent service.
8/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
Went here over the weekend twice for brunch. Its close to where I live and a little change from the typical brunch at Cheesecake Factory in the Cambridgeside Mall. Bambara has a great selection for brunch entrees from pancakes to breakfast burgers. The smoked salmon flat bread was a hit as well as the yummy french toast with toasted coconut. Drinks were great as well. Peach Bellini will get you going with mixture of peach schnapps and champagne. The passion fruit mimosa was way too tart for me but the waitress was pleasant and replaced it with a classic mimosa that hit the spot.
8/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Food, Great Staff
The staff went out of their way to make the dining experience a memorable one even on a weeknight.
Our waiter described the menu in detail pointing out specialties of the house. Overall, the menu doesn't suffer from overwrought dishes with phantasmagorical concoctions of disparately random (for the sake of being different) ingredients.
The lobster sliders were wonderful.
While some may bristle at the idea of ordering chicken at a restaurant, there's something to be said about being able to cook it well and it was done beautifully.
I would highly recommend this restaurant.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good business lunch
This is a nice restaurant for a business lunch. Lots of room, good variety in the menu and excellent food. I recently took a client who was vegan, but I didn't know beforehand. The waiter ensured him the chef would take care of his request and they had a few good options on the menu he pointed out.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for meeting old friends
We really lucked out basing the selection on the comments on this site. We really enjoyed the meal, although a bit pricey for the type of restaurant, it was really good. The scallops, for example, were just under $30 but had only 4 scallops. The waiter was wonderful in setting expectations about this, however. I love Kimpton Hotels so I figured this would be great and it was!
I'd go back again!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Accomodating, relaxxed
Very Accomodating, relaxxed Dinner for seven people, Easy parking, very nice ambience, open kitchen, well prepared food.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Better than Average Hotel Fare
Nice selection of brunch menu items, as well as a breakfast buffet. Attentive service, reasonable prices for the city.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second time here
This was our second time here and once again the food was excellent. Unfortunately the service does not match the food. We
Were one of 4 tables left late at night. The bar was busy but the restaurant wAs not and our service was terrible. I don't mind paying for great food, but it is too bad that once again the food did not match the service. Definitely go for the great food and menu, but, hopefully the restaurant will read this and hire either additional or better waitstaff.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
I had a Kimpton promo for Bambara and probably would never haad known about ithe restaurant or the hotel had I not gotten the email promo. I didn't even realize there was a Kimpton Hotel in Cambridge! (Hotel Marlowe). The food was superb! Waitress was very professional and informative. Very attentive but not overly. We requested a couple of alterations/substitutions on our meal and they were veyr accommodating with our requests. The restaurant is beautiful and cozy, especially on a cold day. It was nice to be able to walk around the hotel and attached mall on a cold night. Hotel is beautiful!!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had an outstanding meal
We had an outstanding meal . Those short ribs are to die for .
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our meals were excellent and the service was attentive and excellent too. Would highly recommend it
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very well balanced and inventive drinks and classics as well. Food was great. I had a lamb shank which melted in my mouth. Oysters we fresh. Beet salad was delicious. Lobster sliders were sinful. Desserts were great, we had a pie and a selection of ice creams and sorbets.
Would go back to the bar just for the drinks.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tasty food presented beautifully.
Tasty food presented beautifully. Ambiance was smart & fresh. Service friendly and excellent. Definite thumbs up!
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was fantastic. We
The food was fantastic. We came here for restaurant week and were NOT disappointed. My friend and I split the lobster meal. SO glad we split it! There was so much food! They brought us lobster bisque and lobster sliders. Then we got lobster risotto and topped it off with a creme brulee (the BEST creme brulee I've ever had). Delicious. We will definitely be back.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Had a wonderful late Friday
Had a wonderful late Friday evening meal and a terrific Easter brunch lots of delicious and elegant choices highly recommend
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great service + Great food = Wow!
I was absolutely astounded by the level of service. I loved this place before I had any food. You can tell how great a place is by the bread, and they definitely took their time with that. If you get a chance, try the chirizo flat bread. Good golly Ms. Molly you should try it!
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Bambarra is a gem
food was yummy. service was excellent. drinks inventive.
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We will be back!
Attentive host Bill. Awesome server Brett--friendly and fun without being intrusive. Great dirty/hot vodka martini. Wonderful food, too. Oh, and did I mention they are dog friendly? Bring your pooch to their cozy outdoor patio adjacent to the restaurant. We will be back!
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a lobster dinner and everything was perfect. Highly recommend.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I attended on a Sunday evening with a special offer of a 5 course lobster dinner with wine pairing. Amazing how each dish had it's own distinct flavor. This featured a lobster slider, lobster salad, lobster ravioli with fava bean and lobster tail with polenta. Our compliments to the chef as this was outstanding from start to finish and should be featured on the regular menu. The staff was absolutely wonderful, especially Sheila who was very attentive to our needs yet never intrusive.
8/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Bambara Restaurant Week
Excellent value. Bambara offers restaurant week menu on their ENTIRE MENU - ot just a few select items. Also, restaurant week prices available on a Saturday - not just weekday.
8/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Oh So Good: Amazing Chef
When i walk into a restaurant, I turn my phone's stopwatch on and evaluate everything. I am happy to say that Bambara has passed with flying colors. The service was perfect. I wanted the cnocchi dish, but it had lobster (which I don't eat). The chef was very gracious to come to our table to discuss a substitute seafood item for the dish. He then personally prepared the dish instead of having his line staff cook it. He said he prorated the dish with love. Thank you chef! The dish was OUTSTANDING! My husband' s steak frites dish was also great. ... tasty. I feel honored to have such care and attention directed to me, to ensure I have a great dining experience. This was my second time at Bambara... and I will keep going back.
9/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
An I'll be back experience!
Our dinner at Bambara was a unique experience we enjoyed immensely. Not wanting to be known as a stiff over the top restaurant, the decor was nicely presented and the service was outstanding. Our waiter, Wagner, was a mountain of information and open to our very unusual requests. We shared 6 appetizers but only one dinner; and when Wagner apologized that the bottle of proseco we ordered was unavailable at that moment, he was quick to suggest and bring a very exceptional champagne for the same price. Our water and bread and butter were never lacking, and he explained every dish we had questions about. His more than 20 years of fine dining experience showed well that night! Except for the vegetable gespacho, everything on the menu was great!
9/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
My husband and I had such a great dining experience at Bambara, we decided to try it again. The food, service and overall experience were just wonderful....yet again. The chef has to be commended for deliciously creative meals. My husband is quite picky about his meal. However, he had all positive comments about Bambara's food. Quite delicious.
9/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best service !
As always a good service! They change the menu
But again my server Wagner had all the explanation for us.
Got the scallops that was delicious! I wasn't in a great mood that
Night but Wagner is such a great guy! He made me laugh so much
That I totally forgot why I was in a bad mood. He recognize me at first glance
And did remember what I had last time I was there! Impressive!
Wagner knows at all about good service! Thanks for once again a great night!
9/25/2013 5:00:00 PM