Bambara

4.6
2568 Reviews
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Bambara Restaurant is located in an historic building with a lively atmosphere, serving New American food in downtown Salt Lake City, UT.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

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Tue - Thu 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:00PM - 8:45PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM

What 2568 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.5
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4.2
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LaurieT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The meat portions are large. That is my only complaint. Everything else was great. We had the elk and beef steaks. The risotto was so good and that porcini butter was heaven! The duck fat fingerling potatoes were perfect! I cannot wait to come back. This will be in our regular rotation for dining out.

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MardellD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful place to go if you want excellent food with excellent service.

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kate
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The elk and filet were amazing. the food is great. i don’t recommend the squash bisque. our server, Tony, was amazing and so fun! definitely expect a hotel atmosphere. but the food is excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Menu very limited and overpriced
Food to spicy to eat

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JohnG
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Atmosphere is quiet and service was great! The menu was limited , but not a problem. Menu had a plate for any type of one’s craving!

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McKet
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks and service were fantastic!!! Thank you.

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Robert
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good. We had the elk and steak. Both were excellent. The cocktails we had were also awesome. I love ginger so the BT was great, but if you don’t like it like my wife then maybe stay away from that one. She had a cocktail with lavender that was really good as well. Service was great, and it was very clean which I appreciated consider the pandemic. Overall 10/10

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vipKaraP
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I dined here for my birthday, and it was absolutely delicious. Our drinks were well made and our food was so tasty. And to top it off, amazing service. We will be back the next time we are in SLC!

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vipPhillyMomof4
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If it’s in your budget you must have a meal here. Excellent service and even better meal. There was no wrong note. The bisque was velvety smooth and the filet was perfectly medium rare with melt in your mouth bites. If I’m ever in SLC again I will be coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Food was amazing! Will be coming back when I’m in town!

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ChowChow
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Bambara. One of my very favorite restaurants and I've never had a bad meal or eating experience there.

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CoryJ
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Service was not good. Waiter was curt and unfriendly. Scallop dish was good. Tuna dish was poor. No sear on the Tuna and the plate was a mess. Charged us $8 for valet parking? Free everywhere else with meal. Don't carry cash but had $10 to tip valet attendant. Had to use $8 for the fee. Overall, very poor experience.

Bambara
Responded on February 9, 2021

I want to extend a very sincere apology for your poor experience this month. I will contact you directly to discuss further.

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vipDanteF
Salt Lake City
15 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite spots ! Loin of elk was amazing

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RonaldP
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. The best elk I have ever had!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner. Food was delicious. I really liked the chicken

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TylerT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Beautiful atmosphere. Would go again

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very nice. Food excellent and quick service. Accommodated seating request at window. Prices high.

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ArielP
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! The service wasn't amazing and the food was spectacular. I loved the ambience very beautiful setting in the old bank and hotel. And enjoying the company of my friends in the place was amazing again!

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ClintH
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Elk steak with risotto!!! Best meal in Utah. Hands down.

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Sunshinekl
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music was odd but the food was spectacular!!!

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Ceci
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite place, amazing food and service, highly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bambara never disappoints. The grilled filet was a revelation of just how good a steak could be. Elegantly plated and well served.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal. Our server was checking in with us throughout the meal. The food was delicious. We had the elk and the filet and they were cooked exactly how we asked. I will definitely be coming back.

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vipBetoh
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall3food1service1ambience3

To expensive and not worth it. I would not recommend it.

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ToriM
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always! Can't wait to go back again.

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Clark
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

So I rarely complain or leave feedback unless it’s great but on this one I felt like it was necessary to participate in feedback to the restaurant. We arrived on time for our reservation and were seated immediately. We then sat for nearly 10 minutes without water or being visited by a server(I nearly walked out). When we did order, I asked for one small variation in my meal and that was to have vegetables instead of potatoes, my meal arrived under cooked and with potatoes. The person who delivered the food said that they were completely unaware of my request for vegetables. My daughter had the scallops and she felt like they were undercooked as well. The restaurant interior is extremely dated and we kind of thought it was interesting that there were five diamond plaques all over the restaurant from 2009 because the restaurant looks like it hasn’t been updated since then. Earlier that day I had an incredible meal and service experience at the copper onion and we traveled from an area that has less than 200,000 people and our fine dining is far superior to what our experience was at this establishment. I never want to leave a bad review but I feel obligated to let people know what to expect at a restaurant where the average meal per person is easily over $100. I’m happy to spend money on great food and superb service. If I’d known what I know now, I would’ve skipped this one.

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suzannem
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sweet location next to The Vault bar. Enjoyed our meals immensely. Great ambiance and service. No complaints.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bambara was delicious. We specifically went for the Elk and it did not disappoint. Our experience was delightful, the service was great. Highly recommend this place for a birthday celebration, or a date night.

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vipShawnM
Salt Lake City
39 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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AldoR
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The host was rude and brief with us however the whole waiting staff was great. The menu lacked innovation and paying $200 for a dinner for two that included an entree that has fries as side doesn’t sound reasonable. Overall, for the price I would recommend other places.

Bambara
Responded on January 9, 2021

I am sorry to hear that your experience didn't meet yours, or our expectations during your visit. Steak Frites has been a staple on our menu for many years with Chef changing the protein options weekly. I do not recall having one at $200 though, that would be a hard sell. I hope you give us another chance in the future. Cheers

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Douglas
Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a very nice, upper end restaurant with great service and great food. It is a little pricey but the cost is worth it and the experience could not have been better

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ScottC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome staff, greatest food downtown. The service is spectacular.

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CarolW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I love Bambara and I try to go every New Years Eve or for something special. It is a great place and very pleasant to be in. Christopher was our waiter and he was very engaging and helpful. They are pretty much 5 star with us.

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MatthewD
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely enjoyed it my waiter was good my food was delicious and there wine selection was amazing

Bambara
Responded on January 9, 2021

Thank you for the great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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vipPdxMom
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was really good, service was great. I enjoyed my cocktail very much. It was cold inside the restaurant and a bit dreary but I would probably eat there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Undercooked and cold steak for me, but the appetizers and small plates were very good.

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vipJesseya1
Los Angeles
84 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, ambiance and service! Everything was great and the hotel itself is very pretty. Highly recommend!

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VernT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved our experience! The food was amazing

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BettinaG
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience2

The food was excellent. I think we just had bad luck with our server. He was not very personable. We are quite easy going people, and look forward to friendly banter with our server along with enjoying awesome food. Unfortunately our server that night seemed very disengaged. I still recommend the restaurant for the excellent menu, but the service kind of reduced my rating to three stars.

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JacobB
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great spot, delicious food however our waiter was bit that attentive.

FAQs

Bambara offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (801) 363-5454.

Bambara is rated 4.6 stars by 2568 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.