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Bambara

4.5
4.5
2551 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American

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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Dinner Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (801) 363-5454

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    Have the place to yourself for an unforgettable evening with 180 of your closest friends or colleagues. If your soirée requires a longer guest list, we also have access to three meeting spaces at the adjacent Hotel Monaco, with more than 3,100 square feet ranging from the 14-seat Tokyo Boardroom to the Paris Ballroom, with seating for 225. <br /><br />For more information or to book your event, email Tommy.Girrbach&#64;bambara-slc.com, or fill out the form below.<br />

  • Private party facilities

    Bambara offers 4 elegantly appointed separate rooms for holding business meetings or receptions. They can accommodate groups of 12 – 220.

  • Private party contact

    Bambara Restaurant : (801) 363-5454

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    200 South

  • Parking details

    Street parking; valet service that is discounted with validation.

  • Public transit

    TRAX stop on Main Street Between 200-300 South<br />UTA Bus Stop on 200 South at Main Street

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,551 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Salt Lake City

    Contemporary American

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  1. k

    karenw

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband have been to Bambara many times over the years. The food is exquisite and the service is always fantastic!

  2. KH

    KrystinH

    Salt Lake City

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service4ambience4

    The server was great. The cook yelled at us as we walked in you have 10 minutes to order. Very awkward. Took my husband and daughter here for Fathers Day breakfast.

  3. D

    Disappointing

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    We have been coming here before theater for many years, but something changed since the shut down for Covid. The menu is definitely smaller, which is understandable, but this is the second time we have come and waited forever for our food. The first time our steak was raw inside and cold, and we had to send it back. This time, my scallops were good, but the risotto was literally flavorless. And we had to wait forever, almost late to the theater, even though we came two hours early! Our teenager had to wolf his steak down, which is not optimal at $62 for a steak, but at least this time it was actually cooked. I just expect better at these prices. And absolutely no communication for our waiter, it seemed like he was avoiding us! I hoped our first experience back was just a blip on the radar, but this is a trend - we won’t be coming back until things change.

  4. B

    Bryan

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Fantastic anniversary dinner. The scallops were fresh and delicious and I could not believe how tender and juicy the elk was cooked. We got the meat and cheese board which also did not disappoint as it had a good variety of cheese, including some that are local.

  5. JY

    JillY

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We come here every year for our anniversary. At least for the last 15 years. This was the best meal yet!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and service were amazing !

  7. BB

    BizBag1

    Phoenix

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time eating here and from start to finish was excellent. Cocktails were well crafted, and the iceberg wedge was perfectly balanced. One thing you will note eating here is if you like meat, there is no shortage. From the bacon on the iceberg wedge, to the bits in the mac &amp; cheese and especially the amount they give you for the steak Frites. I usually don’t show a picture of my food AFTER I’ve eaten it but this is what was left over… And I ate a healthy portion! We’ve also included a picture of the desserts which are excellent. Great addition to downtown SLC!!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was simply to die for that’s all I have to say. Like WOWWWWW

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely wonderful delicious.

  10. RJ

    RandyJ

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, always a treat, a bit pricey

  11. DM

    DonaldM

    Toronto

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Outstanding food &amp; service

  12. LV

    LucV

    Los Angeles

    40 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1

    There are much better restaurants in Salt Lake. Food was cold, service was lackluster and hostess told us she was bored

  13. AP

    APX1

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Everyone in our group had an exceptional meal - full of rich flavors and textures - will be my go to for future dinners in SLC.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Made special menus for our anniversary, amazing food and experience

  15. JH

    JessicaH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4

    There are limited options. It owuld have been nice to have a larger selection of menu items.

  16. YJ

    YukonJohn

    Denver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Good food, good service. Pretty energetic atmosphere.

  17. d

    dschrick

    Salt Lake City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and food.

  18. WL

    WesL

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best dining experience in SLC so far. Excellent plating. Corn bisque is on point.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    An “off night” in the kitchen, perhaps. Steak was excessively salted.

  20. B

    Beehive

    Salt Lake City

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Very nice ambiance with great service attention and quality foods. Adjacent bar is also tremendous.

  21. BD

    BDob

    Denver

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Excellent restaurant. The food was top notch, from the nice simple mixed greens salad to an amazing steak frites with poblano butter. Service started off fantastic and very timely then tapered off quite a bit at the end. Still positive and good when our server came to the table but he disappeared for 15-20 minutes at a time when we needed drink refills and other things. But overall this is a great restaurant with a nice beer/wine/cocktail list and we’ll executed food menu. Highly recommended.

  22. R

    Rick

    Denver

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Bambara is a cool place, in a cool building with inventive food and great staff. You must get the Blue Cheese homemade chips while you decide on the Elk or the Scallops!

  23. b

    blpski

    Little Rock

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Food was wonderful, couldn’t determine if my waiter was having a bad day or just being tacky. Martinis need to be served in a MARTINI Glass and not a sherbet glass!!! A sherbet glass for a martini is classless!

  24. LM

    LydiaM

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The elk is my go to, but I've never had anything I didn't absolutely love here.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2

    Wife birthday

  26. KM

    KellyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was absolutely fabulous. The waiters recommendations were spot on. It was pretty busy. I suggest you get a reservation in advance.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service and food were excellent. The filet with fingerling potatoes was outstanding. Our server was courteous and helpful.

  28. JB

    JonB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time but the service, food, and atmosphere were all superb. Great experience making reservations and all service were quick a timely

  29. s

    sepeppler

    Salt Lake City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Highly recommend

  30. WO

    WilliamO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food but limited seafood selection---only scallops and salmon Well-trained and prompt waiter (Jack) Noise level is terrible. I repeatedly had to request to turn the music down. This is not a restaurant for a hearing-impaired person.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food and impeccable service by Jake! Thank you for a great pre-ballet dinner experience!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Boise

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Server was outstanding (c-Mac ?)

  33. WH

    WilliamH

    Montana

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The scallops were wonderful, as always.

  34. SS

    SusanS

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    We have dined at Bambara many times (one of our go-to restaurants downtown). Maybe it was an 'off' night but it wasn't our best experience.

  35. g

    gavin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great! Food! Even greater mustache on our waiter;)

  36. SC

    SanfordC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a great experience. The food is always cooked very well and served warm (if intended). Atmosphere is nice and the service is top notch.

  37. R

    Rachael

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is the best in Salt Lake and the service was impecable.

  38. R

    markR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    The seared scallops are properly cooked but small in size and far to much salt. The remainder of our food order was perfect.

  39. x

    xoxo

    Salt Lake City

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was very nice that Bambara was open on Sunday morning again. We have waited for their return.

  40. w

    winenut30

    Salt Lake City

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Excellent service; entrees came a little too quickly. dessert tiramisu was just ok,

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

FAQs

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

Bambara is rated 4.5 stars by 2551 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 12 times today
Google Map for Bambara

202 S Main St Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    200 South

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Dinner Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street parking; valet service that is discounted with validation.

  • Public transit

    TRAX stop on Main Street Between 200-300 SouthUTA Bus Stop on 200 South at Main Street

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (801) 363-5454

  • Catering

    Have the place to yourself for an unforgettable evening with 180 of your closest friends or colleagues. If your soirée requires a longer guest list, we also have access to three meeting spaces at the adjacent Hotel Monaco, with more than 3,100 square feet ranging from the 14-seat Tokyo Boardroom to the Paris Ballroom, with seating for 225. <br /><br />For more information or to book your event, email Tommy.Girrbach&#64;bambara-slc.com, or fill out the form below.<br />

  • Private party facilities

    Bambara offers 4 elegantly appointed separate rooms for holding business meetings or receptions. They can accommodate groups of 12 – 220.

  • Private party contact

    Bambara Restaurant : (801) 363-5454

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