We only recently found out
We only recently found out Nubar has a Sunday brunch buffet. We tried it recently and found it reasonably priced and very tasty indeed. The dishes are prepared with locally sourced (when possible) and seasonal (again, wherever possible) ingredients. They have a carving station and omelet bar, plus an assortment of fruits, pastries, breads, and homemade granola. They had some beautiful salads, smoked salmon, delicious hot dishes, and a very nice quiche. A small selection of delicious desserts rounds out the offerings. It's nice that the selection is not so huge that you can't try a bit of everything, but it's certainly extensive enough to satisfy everyone. On the day we went, it was nice and low-key. We'll be back!
3/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great restaurant, not too
Great restaurant, not too loud. Good service, good food, will go again.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
we had a great meal at Nubar,
we had a great meal at Nubar, our second good experience at this underappreciated restaurant. Our server was knowledgeable, made helpful recommendations for us, and was just the right mix of attentive without being intrusive. Food was very good for 3 of us, and the 4th pronounced his steak as excellent.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Went to Nu Bar with my mother
Went to Nu Bar with my mother on Friday and had a really nice meal. I wanted a place where we could catch up without fighting the noise level and crowds and it turned out to be perfect for us. We both had the potato gnocchi, which was really nice. Wish we had been more hungry to try other dishes, but that was it for is on Friday. Will go back again to try some other menu items.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Overall nice modern decor
Overall nice modern decor - good eats. I'd go back.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
We enjoyed our first visit
We enjoyed our first visit to Nubar. Food was very good, reasonably priced, the wine, by the glass, was generous. We liked the little carafe servers. We appreciated the low noise level and the attractive decor. We definitely will return. Look forward to your outdoor dinning.
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Stopped in for a light supper
Stopped in for a light supper just after a nearby concert. The sandwiches are very good, the fries superior! This time I tried the pulled pork and the BBQ sauce was a little sweet for my taste, but it was otherwise extremely well-prepared. I love those fries. I probably won't order this particular sandwich again, but I know I'll be a frequent visitor. It's really a terrific place for major entrees and lighter fare. And the service is always great.
4/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
A fine dinner in a handsome setting
We arrived and were greeted cordially by the maître d' who took our coats and settled us in a chic, handsomely understated side room where we could actually talk without shouting and hear each other perfectly. For this, alone, I loved the place. My roast duck breast came in an excellent sauce, with risotto that included crushed pistachios, braised endives, and roasted root vegetables. My dinner companions both has rolled, stuffed sole about which they were enthusiastic. My dessert was a flourless chocolate torte with raspberry that was creamily rich and full flavored.
Our waitress was very pleasant but frequently non-attentive. She did not check with us enough and we found ourselves hailing other wait staff if we needed something.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Particularly appreciative of vegetarian offerings, and black bean soup was a favorite among those who chose vegetarian. Liked the fact that our table was to the side and not right in the middle. It gave us a chance to visit without feeling we were on display. Very nice.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a lovely and delicious
Had a lovely and delicious brunch at Nubar. I will definitely be back again!
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Dining Experience
Delicious Food, Friendly Service, Warm setting. Cant wait to go back.
4/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice place to enjoy a relaxed
Nice place to enjoy a relaxed dinner and focus on our friends. Enough energy in the room to make it a fun atmosphere, but we could still hear each other. Menu had just enough variety, healthy portions and attractively presented. Service just right, checking in without being obtrusive.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had another great experience
Had another great experience at Nubar. We came before the rush on Friday night, and our server couldn't have been more attentive. She was fantastic, don't remember her name though, but seemed to know just when we needed another drink, more water, or order something else. Posted nearly a year ago and wanted to just follow up by saying they don't disappoint, wonderful menu choices and great service. Huge plus, you can valet in the private lot for the hotel, which Nubar is attached to. Only $10 for validated parking. Worth every penny if you don't want to drive around the neighborhood looking for on street or go into the city and spend 3x that on parking.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Surprising little gem . . .
Don't be fooled by the locale - the Sheraton Commander Hotel. Dining at Nubar was a wonderful experience. The clam chowder was the best I have ever eaten - my compliments to the chef!! The menu is diverse enough to please every guest in your dining party. The drink and wine list is top shelf. I look forward to my next visit.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent as always
Remarkably good food and considerate service. This is one of the best hotel restaurants in the Boston area. In the dark ages, this was the location of a second-rate eatery, but it's risen to the top of the list. Great burgers, great fries, if you want bar food, excellent entrees if you want something more elegant.
5/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
I am sometime skeptical of restaurants that are attached to hotels but in this case I was very pleasantly surprised. The evening was great. The decor is great, comfortable and modern. Food was excellent too. our table had the shrimp app, very tasty with a bit of a bite. Lamb, Salmon and some of the smaller items off the menu rounded out dinner and everyone was pleased with their choice. It got a little loud but at 8 on a Saturday that is to be expected. Would absolutely go again.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
had a great dinner before
had a great dinner before an ART performance. Staff very helpful in getting us through dinner in time and food was very good.
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was excellent and
The food was excellent and our server was great. Will return many times.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Becoming a Fav
On this return visit, we again found the service friendly and well timed. We ate on the patio, which was quite pleasant and very comfortable. We are particularly enamored of the duck flatbread, and the sous vide egg with polenta, but have enjoyed almost everything. At least on this occasion, we found the prime rib only fair, but have been happy on a number of visits with everything else we ordered.
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice addition to Harvard Square. Liked it the first time I went and enjoyed it again last night. The apps are the best part of the dining experience. Then drinks. Then food.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, quiet atmosphere
Delicious food (and cocktails) in a quiet setting. Nice decor, cool and dark, as the restaurant is in the basement of the Sheraton Commander hotel. Nice lounge area, although we stuck to the restaurant side.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Attention to diners
I put in a request prior to our visit, inquiring about vegan entrees. The chef was most helpful and actually visited our table, asking about those choices and saying that he'd appreciated receiving our request in advance, as he'd worked up a couple of special vegan entrees. That personal touch certainly made a difference for us. Two of us actually ended up with non-vegan choices, and those were very good as well. I particularly noticed the lovely presentation. What made the restaurant memorable also was the excellent and most attentive and friendly--yet sophisticated-- service, and that included everyone we encountered, from bar personnel to waitress to the chef and to the attendants in the valet parking area. Perfect for our group.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
usually hate hotel restaurants
Have to say Nubar lived up to all the reviews. Six of us had a fun night. All loved the food, wine list is reasonably priced, warm fresh decor, server very nice ... check it out
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
better than ever
Nubar is a vast step up from the dowdy quasi-cafeteria the Commander had for a restaurant years ago. This is such a pleasant place to go. Whether bar-food and burgers or upscale dining, the food is always excellent, the service is thoughtful, and the experience makes you want to come back.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have sat inside before but
Have sat inside before but didn't realize there was a fantastic little patio out back!
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
second time in a row
Went back to Nubar for the second night in a row. The first night was excellent, the second night even better. The restaurant week special was very special indeed, with the cornmeal crusted bluefish an absolutely outstanding entree. This isn't the fancxiest restaurant in town or the priciest. But it's a real gem.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nubar was great as usual!
We've been to Nubar several times. It's rapidly becoming one of our favorite Harvard Square restaurants. Everything we've had there has been great. We've tried the salmon, chicken and the pulled pork, and the bluefish special and all were excellent. The arepa appetizer from the restaurant week menu was delicious. We'd love to see it as part of the regular menu.
It's also great for breakfast (and I assume for brunch as well, but we haven't tried it). There is a great fresh fruit buffet and an made-to-order omelette bar.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nubar has great food and a
Nubar has great food and a great décor with outdoor seating. The weather was quite lovely to sit outside. However, for the amount of money we paid, the service could have been better. It was just okay. I was looking for stellar or excellent. Overall, it was a good experience.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service were
The food and service were great and we had a great time.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
More than a hotel restaurant
Our recent experience at Nubar was great! The food was wonderful and beautifully presented. The service was attentive. Our waitress knew we were on our way to the theatre and made sure we were served in a timely manner, without the feeling of rushing us.
We will return for many reasons, one of which is that it is in our neighborhood. But, even if it wasn't it is a nice alternative for dining out in the area of Harvard Square.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
enjoyable as usual
Nothing to say other than for over two years, I've loved nubars menu. Everyone treats you like family :)
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a great reconstruction of a great location. Nice presentation, friendly staff and good food.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great early dinner
Stylish and clean interior, and an organised and friendly welcome.
Our server was able to talk us confidently through the menu.
Better value of the wine that we've had elsewhere in town, a really good Bordeaux without breaking the bank.
Both really enjoyed Pork Osso Bucco, which was huge, and delicious.
Good range of whiskies to finished the evening.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went with a group for brunch.
We went with a group for brunch.
Food was delicious and a lot of variety.
Service was slow and impolite.
The price was very good for all the variety they have.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
I hadn't been to Nubar in over a year and wish I'd returned sooner. Our meal was exquisite, and the the restaurant itself is incredibly warm and inviting. I definitely plan to return again soon.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
great dining spot
Reasonably priced, good service,atmosphere, food. Will definitely be back.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nubar a geat pre-event choice
Nubar, which is located in the Sheraton Commander Hotel, is a great place to go before events in Harvard Square. The menu is varied, the service is excellent and friendly and accommodating, the food arrives quickly and is beautifully prepared and nicely presented. Best of all, although crowded on a recent Saturday night, it was quiet.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a really nice place
This was a really nice place to go with out of town friends. It's east to talk, and the menu had a lot of choices - sandwiches, flatbread, or more substantial dishes. Everything was well prepared, with well chosen seasonal ingredients and flavors.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's hard to find a reasonably
It's hard to find a reasonably priced, good value restaurant, near Harvard Square which is reasonably quiet . The food was delicious, and well cooked and served. We enjoyed our dinner there.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nubar never disappoints. Early on a weeknight the restaurant was empty and the atmosphere quite lovely. The waitstaff was attentive and helpful. My scallop dish was DELICIOUS...among the best I've had and my husband enjoyed his soup of the day and appetizer. When the bar is busy, sound does travel in this restaurant, but this was not the case when we dined. Although I don't usually like to go to a restaurant in a hotel, Nubar's food, prices and atmosphere make it a neighborhood restaurant that my husband and I return to again and again.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Surprisingly excellent and
Surprisingly excellent and inventive food, décor with friendly service. This was our third time here, and we have always been very pleased. Really good place!
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Another Great Find in Cambridge
Nubar is tucked away in a odd location but don't let that deter you. The food was excellent. Clam chowder was amazing(which is saying a lot in New England) and the Steak Frite was cook perfectly. Drink menu is extensive and creative. Décor is modern and fairly simple. Bar looked cool although we sat at a table. Only downside here was that it was loud. This is the only indication that this restaurant is a "hotel bar." Overall I give a good rating and would recommend this one to friends. Enjoy!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was excellent, tasty.
Food was excellent, tasty. Cocktails were fabulous, had the Barnacle Bog, lots of cranberries.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
As a long-term resident of the neighborhood, i had dismissed Nubar as a hotel restaurant not worth frequenting. However, on two recent occasions, i have been very pleasantly surprised with the quality and inventiveness of the food AND the atmosphere, which is far more inviting than one one might expect for a ground level establishment.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent as always
Always a pleasure to return to Nubar. The high level of the food preparation and service are remarkably consistent. The other night it was just sandwiches, but even the sandwiches are special--imaginative and prepared with care. The smoked chicken was the sandwich of choice this time, and the fries that come with it are always terrific.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our favorite in Harvard Square
We have spent the past 6 months living in Harvard Square, and this is our favorite restaurant. We've eaten at Nubar many times for both dinner and brunch. Everything we've tried has been consistently great. Some of our favorites include the grilled chicken, the pork osso bucco, the salmon and the flatbread. We keep meaning to order something different, but the dishes we've tried have been so terrific that we order them again and again.
The brunch is reasonably priced. There is a great fresh fruit bar, made-to-order omelette, and a variety of other dishes.
The service has been excellent as well. On one occasion we arrived after they had finished serving brunch, but they asked what we wanted and served us brunch anyway.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
A good place for conversation
We had excellent food and wonderful service -- a really lovely waiter. But what I most appreciate about Nubar is that it's possible to hear one's companions without straining and to speak and be heard without screaming. The place is quiet and comfortable, the service attentive, the food reliably good, and the prices reasonable. Also, one of the guests was vegan and they were very accommodating -- even have a vegan menu.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
never a disappointment
We had another lovely dinner at Nubar. We live in the neighborhood and are happy to have a restaurant where we can count on good service, ambiance, and very good food. Although we were disappointed that they were out of scallops (our standby at Nubar) the choices we made did not disappoint.
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM