HalibutThe 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.6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is a perfect little spotThis 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.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMTemple Bar never disappointsWe'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.6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMThe 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.5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and beerI 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 AMAs 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 AMFood was good, energetic atmosphereFood 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.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMUpscale EateryTemple offers a nice menu and interesting libations. Good for friends or a date.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMMother's Day BrunchAlways 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. ; )5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMMe and my family had a wonderfulMe 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 !5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious 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.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Menu and Down to EarthThey 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.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMWe 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.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food service & atmosphereMy 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.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMCan 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.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat dinner with friendsThis 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.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMHad dinner with a group ofHad dinner with a group of 8, service was attentive, food was great, atmopshere perfect for socializing and the cost was very reasonable4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was great, creative,Food was great, creative, nice presentation, would have given five stars if servers could have remember who ordered what - instead of guessing and placing down in front of the wrong person. we were party of six. Also noise level was pretty high, even for a Sat. night. Could really be a special place if a little less commotion and noise.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMWarm and tasy Cambridge gemWonderful service by our server (Danielle) and the food was delicious. Has a perfectly done salmon and my wife had the steak frites (excellent fries). You won't be disappointed!4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMI was very, very impressedI was very, very impressed with Temple Bar. The food was delicious and innovative, the service was pleasant and willing to make suggestions when prompted, and the bill came out much smaller than I imagined.
The drink menu was impressive as well, boasting a wide array of wines and cocktails as well as some fancy beers and ales (my personal fave)
If I had to criticize something, it would be the dessert. I wasn't blown away by the variety, and after the amazing meal it sort of felt short.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMA regular spot for us. GreatA regular spot for us. Great food, Staff is great.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMWell prepared and surprisingWell prepared and surprising number of vegetarian options for a bar restaurant. Service was uneven. While the server was friendly, he would disappear for extended periods of time and the service dragged between courses. We've eaten hear before and did not experience this problem. We would go back again.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMCambridge favoriteTerrific neighborhood upscale destination. Great mixed crowd of professionals, Harvard and grad school faculties and students, date night diners, and locals enjoying excellent American cuisine and buzzing bar.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMLove the Temple Bar. The foodLove the Temple Bar. The food is outstanding. we have had brunch and dinner and loved both. The waitstaff are superb. Parking is available on street usually and in back of building. This is the place to bring friends cause it's a sure thing.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was outstanding withThe food was outstanding with the fish dishes being incredibly fresh and well prepared. Service was wonderful. The waiter was knowledgeable and didn't rush us at all. Looking forward to our next visit.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a thoroughly enjoyableWe had a thoroughly enjoyable experience - good food, good service. Though it was noisy (Friday night bar scene), it was not too noisy to be able to talk with our friends.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMI was dissapointed with myI was dissapointed with my salmon entree; it was a bit bland and floating way too much liquid; I can remember better. My husband said his food was fine.
The hostess tried to seat us at a tiny table, barely room to hold drinks even though a) we told her we were having a full dinner plus a bottle of wine and b)the place was empty. I felt that her attitude was rude. We were early for our res., but were perfectly happy to wait. I would like to say however, that our waitress was excellent, very pleasant and helpful. I don't know if we shall return.3/9/2013 12:00:00 AMPhenomenal service, with thePhenomenal service, with the exception of our server removing our bottle of water and forgetting to replace it. The food was delicious, although both I and my date were very disappointed in the prosciutto that was wrapped around the monkfish; it had much more of a taste and texture of bacon than prosciutto. We went during restaurant week; I'm not sure the food would be worth the regular cost otherwise.1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM