Bambara

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$31 to $50
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History and innovation go hand in hand at Bambara, from the décor to the menus. Critically acclaimed and locally loved, Bambara’s grand arched windows, original brass accents and travertine marble blend stylishly with its contemporary design. In Chef Nathan Powers’ dynamic exhibition kitchen, ingredients from local farmers and ranchers are reimagined as inspired New American bistro plates. In a nod to the diversity of tastes and preferences of our clients, we are happy to offer a range of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options in addition to our regular menus.
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JW
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Steak in steak salad a bit grizzly but overall a very pleasant experience.

A
Salt Lake City
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bambara has a creative menu to please a variety of palates. They are really trying to be upscale. We were disappointed with some items. Our blue cheese chips were overdone. We had to ask for bread. They brought 2 pieces for 3 people and it arrived with our entrees (we wanted it for the salads). One salad was a cucumber salad which was so spicy hot, we could barely eat the rest our items. When we expressed it was so hot, it couldn’t be eaten, the waitress just apologized yet still charged $14 for it.

At almost $100 per person for dinner, appetizer, a glass of wine, and shared dessert, I expect spectacular.

NP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Sorry but the server we had was terrible and he took forever on taking orders and food took forever to get to us and 3/4 dishes came cold. I except when I go to high end restaurant that you should experience the best not just so so. So I definitely will never eat here again.

PB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I actually didn't enjoy my meal which was the gnocchi.

SG
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

My uncle and I both had the shrimp and grits and we both loved it. The sauce was excellent with just the right amount of spice, the polenta creamy, cheesy, and delicious. This restaurant is very pleasant and attractive. However, when I reached for the sugar packets it was easy to see that the ledge hadn't been dusted in probably several weeks. This is the kind thing that might not bother some people, but it's so easy to fix why not just give the ledge a dusting once a week? If the restaurant fixed this little detail I could recommend it easily.

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal and experience. The staff was prompt, friendly and courteous. The filet and broccolini were to die for!

SD
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bambara is always good. Elk was delicious as was corn risotto and herbed frites!

HM
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Martini was watered down and disappointing. Tempura veggie appetizer was mediocre. Highlight was delicious filet of beef, and friend had scallops that were fantastic. Jack was a wonderful waiter and went out of his way to find a special dessert we requested.

DW
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food ever! I highly recommend it to everyone!

G
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Wine corkage was $25.00. Waiter didn’t decay the wine and poured the first two glasses. This is highway robbery, not to mention the price of wine is quadruple the cost of the liquor store. It’s unsettling and I won’t be back.

j
Salt Lake City
22 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food here I’d usually good. We dined for brunch, which was very good.

OT
Salt Lake City
15 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The elk steak was amazing. One of the best steaks I’ve ever had.

d
Jackson Hole
33 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've dined at Bambara numerous times and this meal was exceptional! The best dinner I've ever had in Salt Lake City!

FH
Philadelphia
64 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

prices on wine very expensive. Way over priced Food was also a bit pricy, waiter could have been more pleasant.

H
Puerto Vallarta
16 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Branzino is remarkably excellent! Together with the other offerings, a great menu.

JA
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Superb food . . . . . nice ambiance in the stately old marble and stone!

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere not so loud. We could have a nice conversation

FN
Salt Lake City
10 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Jake Bowers our Server was amazing

OT
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food and ambiance was very nice. Service was superb!

J
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was very good, but our martini's were below expectation. Also, the 600+% markup on the wines was a little over the top.

DP
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and fantastic food. Waiter was excellent and ordered for us a congratulatory dessert. Overall great night.

DG
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Show at the Eccles

IL
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bambara is an amazing restaurant. The dinner we had one evening was so wonderful that we went back the next day for brunch. We highly recommend it.

CS
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

We have been to Bambara before and have enjoyed it. However after our experience on Thursday night we will not be back. We ordered a steak to split as well as an appetizer. The steak was Tough and unappetizing and the appetizerWas cold. We did not fit finish either of the dishes. For the $80 bill that we paid for the mail we felt that the value was not there.

MD
Amarillo
20 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good restaurant

Bambara
Responded on October 20, 2019

Michael thank you so much for taking the time to review us! Please come back anytime.

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PA
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience at Bambara. But be prepared to pay top dollar for the experience. Worth it.

LG
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve never had anything but an excellent meal at Bambara. The blue cheese potato chips are a must!!!!

Bambara
Responded on October 20, 2019

Linda, thank you for taking the time to review us! Please come back anytime, we'd love to serve you again.

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AG
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

really nice and tasty food specially the halibut and the chicken
kind helpful waiters
a bit overpriced

Bambara
Responded on October 20, 2019

Anne, thank you for your review. Please come back anytime!

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RH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Really fantastic meal here. Inventive flavors and interesting cocktails. I had the squash falafel, za'tar bread with honey butter, and chicken with basmati rice, currants and spices. The noise level was a bit much for a peaceful meal but I think if I'd been dining with someone else it would have been a great mask for conversation.

A
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Elk steak was good. Filet was standard. We have been spoiled at other restaurants for celebrations such as bday or anniversary in the past with desserts and champagne ... we chose Bambara based on the review this was a good place for celebrations.. well, there was nothing special for our anniversary. Overall, fell short of expectations on a number of levels, but for our first anniversary we had hoped for something special.

JE
Washington DC
88 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dining experience! Our server, Jake was spot on, knew his wine, knew the menu and was very accommodating! The kitchen staff perfectly executed the menu and the menu is artfully designed!
Venue is nicely set up and we have to say, this was one of the best Kimpton Hotel dining experiences we've ever had!

Bambara
Responded on October 2, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us! Jake is an excellent server and a valued part of the Bambara team. We're so happy he was able to host you. Please come back anytime, we'll save you a spot in his section!

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Q
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The food was okay. The wedge salads were small but flavorful. The Halibut was moist but lacked seasoning. The beed was good but again very small portions. The house mad chips and blue cheese was delicious. Service was quick and professional. Wish the food was better.

a
New Mexico
20 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Those booths are really uncomfortable and there are only a few tables. The service was great, food was good, really good salmon.

Bambara
Responded on September 27, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us! We are slowly replacing our booth seats with a fabulous lining of microfiber foam, to offer our guests a cozier experience. We appreciate you dining with us. Please come back anytime (we'll get you a table by the windows!).

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G
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bambara is my go to place in downtown SLC. Consistently excellent in all categories, especially the food.

Bambara
Responded on September 26, 2019

Thank you so much for your review! Please come back anytime, we'd love to continue to serve you.

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TB
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great steak and yummy beet salad! The wine was also wonderful.

Bambara
Responded on September 24, 2019

Teresa, thank you for taking the time to review us! Bambara would be nothing without our amazing staff. The culinary team is truly dedicated to providing you the best meal in SLC, while our servers and bartenders work hard to recommend your next great pour. Thank you so much for dining with us. Please come back anytime!

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MJ
Montana
57 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bambera is an excellent choice, delicious food and impeccable service, the restaurant is however a little drafty & cold

Bambara
Responded on September 25, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us! At Bambara, we pride ourselves in offering the most amazing food, hospitable service, and you mentioned drafty - we have six amazing local beers on draft. Thank you for dining with us! Come back anytime, we'd love to serve you again!

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JD
Salt Lake City
241 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch with friends: excellent lunch 'specials'; service was superb; ambiance is first class. Food was delicious: I guess you could say we were pleased. LOL

Bambara
Responded on September 24, 2019

John, thank you for your review. Our only goal at Bambara is to please the guests who choose to dine with us. We appreciate your patronage and hope to see you soon!

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BG
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Me and my girlfriend went on a monday evening for my birthday. the service was excellent. The atmosphere is nice although feels pretty crammed into a small space. the food was really good for the most part but i think the prices are to high especially on the salads and sides. even the entrees seemed a little to high to me. overall it was good and i would probably go back again.

Bambara
Responded on September 25, 2019

Brent, thank you for your review. We're so glad you spent your special day with us. Please come back anytime, we'd love to serve you again.

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CR
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Bambara is one of our favs and never fails to please and impress. My goodness it's loud in the resaurant.

Bambara
Responded on September 15, 2019

Cordell, thank you for taking the time to review us! Bamabara has an amazing culinary team dedicated to the fine art of taste while our front of house has devoted their lives to high-end dining. Thank you for dining with us. Please come back anytime, we'd love to host you again.

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MN
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

料理は美味しかった。お肉も日本のに近いくらいレベルが高い。満足。ただ、3人で軽めに食べて(お酒は、3人でビール2杯)2万円は少し高いかな?雰囲気はとても落ち着いていて年配の方が多い印象。料理の見た目もとてもgood。

Bambara
Responded on September 24, 2019

一緒に食事をしてくれてありがとう!すぐに戻ってきてください。

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