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The duck confit hash was good for brunch, but they close early at 2pm and have no espresso :(
Service was attentive and food was delicious. Too expensive for everyday lunch but it was a nice place for a celebratory lunch with co-workers.
We met out-of-town friends here for dinner because they were staying in the hotel. We were very pleasantly surprised by the food. It was excellent. Restaurant was very quiet, amd it was a perfect place to share a meal and talk.
We had a quick bite before heading out to a concert in Boston. The food here is really nice. They change the menu seasonally but some of the regular items stay. The chef also is really good about accommodating food sensitivities.
Great little find. I have been here few times now. I especially love their breakfast. My only wish that menu would have slightly larger selection.
Host wasnt quick. Food was cold. No one wanted to serve us. Took multiple times asking different ppl to attend to our needs. Not impressed.
The service was slow. It was booked two month ago for Birthday dinner. They did not acknowledge it until I pointed out.
The food was good and the people we worked with were better! :) Thank you so much for hosting us!
-A gluten-free menu would be highly apricated.
-The burger was really greasy? (It was dripping a lot and folks had to cut it with a fork and a knife. )
This place is WONDERFUL. What a gem
Absolutely one of the worst dining experiences I’ve ever had.
They are quite slow
Pasta was way too sweet
Food & service both amazing!
Complimentary dessert was thoughtful
The choereg bread and the whipped honey but was so good
Loved the option of half size portions too
We learned about Bambara from a Boston Globe review about 6 months ago. This still seems a mostly undiscovered gem. Among the fine dishes we had there were Seared Scallops on English Pea risotto with pea shoots, Grano Arso Bucatini with Dungeness crab, green garlic, meyer lemon, and sourdough crabs, and Seared Ahi Tuna with Giganti beans, tapenade, spring onions, escarole, and caperberry vinaigrette.
The food was good. The staff was very nice and accommodating.
Always love visiting Bambara! Delicious food, unique flavors and excellent service - what more could you want? Usually here for business dinners but also a great location for personal time ... highly recommended!
Service was excellent and so kid-friendly. We loved all of our dishes except for the crab pasta.
Service a little slow to start with but once order taken moved along much more smoothly.
Service was very slow. We weren’t impressed with the food.
The menu makes it seems like this place might be a good spot on trend, but in fact it’s only a slightly above average hotel restaurant. Fine if you’re staying at the hotel, but there’s no reason to actually eat here for its own sake.
This particular trip to Bambara was for their Easter Buffet. As would be expected with a buffet, the food is not quite as good as if it had been prepared to order. However, the selection was good. The buffet was served in a large function room upstairs from the restaurant, so this took away from the coziness of the restaurant space. It was a nice experience, but not my best at Bambara. I'm discounting for the occasion and still plan to go back again.
This is our favorite local restaurant. We’re regulars, coming by once a week.
Set on the first level at The Hotel Marlow in Cambridge, the resetting features high-backed upholstered furniture and other noise mitigating features. It’s casual upscale and more often than not, there are either no children. Or if children are there, they’re well behaved.
The food is creative and yet comforting. We get sharing plates, starting with the Monchecho cheese plate and following a beet salad that is crazy good, the hummus plate and one of their pasta dishes.
The servers are also incredible! Each is professional and treats us as though they are happy we are there. If I had to single out a favorite, I would say we’re always psyched when Peter is our server professional. But everyone is fabulous.
Excellent food with a nice mixture of small plates and half sizes.
We came up from NY to go to brunch with our son who lives in Boston. Just a quick brunch to catch up. Beautiful décor, nice place to have conversation. Service and food were very inventive and good.
Location is a little out of the way....felt more like an outflow foodery for Hotel Marlowe.....typical of hotel food...slightly overpriced....had a neg experience waiting for my dinner companions...waiting outside had a man drive up in a sedan and offer me the ability to pay for something....drugs, sex...i'm not sure which...but it was broad daylight...a little off putting....
I had the lobster roll which was lacking seasoning and mayo or butter, very small pieces and lots of filler, terrible value
We went to Bambara for brunch on a Saturday. The restaurant is spacious, but not cavernous, and bright. Pleasant decor, noise level is low, so one can easily carry a conversation. The menu has several unorthodox items, including duck confit hash with poached eggs, as well as salmon ceviche, which varies from week to week. French toast was made out of an Armenian bread called choereg, which is closer to a brioche and makes the dish quite rich. The wild mushroom omelet actually did have wild mushrooms in it. The service was very attentive, but not intrusive - a rare combination these days!!
Very good food, a pleasant venue, excellent value, seats available. The dishes, which were beautifully presented, seemed inspired by a modern fusion of European and Middle Eastern cuisines. Perhaps because of the hypercompetitive restaurant scene in Cambridge/Boston, Bambara has not gotten as much attention as it deserves. An excellent choice for a last minute, casual dinner.
Last minute Valentines plans. The menu was limited, but interesting and everything we ordered was excellent. Although the restaurant was busy the service was very good and the atmosphere very nice. We did not feel rushed or crowded. Overall it exceeded expectations.
My friend and I have a monthly brunch date and each month we pick a different place to meet.
Neither one of us had been to Bambara but we chose it based on the menu. But, the overall experience was much more than the delicious food. She had the hash and I had the lemon ricotta pancakes and we both were tempted to lick the plate! It was quiet enough for us to have a good catchup--with comfortable seating and a relaxed pretty decor.
Opera with friends
Bambara is consistently a good restaurant for business meals.
Overall service is mediocre.
Have been many times and find the location and indoor parking very convenient. The food is good and generous in portion. The room is nice and almost intimate with a nice ambiance. The hotel location is also quite unique.
Part of a hotel, this restaurant is average on a good day, with a worn out decor and menu. There is not much innovative and spectacular here...average food, average service and average decor.
Expensive small portions. Mediocre service and ambiance. Not worth it
If you want a lot of food for a reasonable price, this is the place for you. We opted for the three course Vietnamese style prix fixe lunch. The three part appetizer was the best part of the meal, a fresh tasting summer roll, crunchy fried chicken wings, and meatballs. I had the pho, which had very little flavor though I added a lot of hot sauce. My companion had the bahn mi sandwich with fries; she was not enthusiastic about either. Dessert was avocado ice cream, which was OK, though I wouldn't have known there was avocado in it. The price was $20, which was good value. All in all, we were satisfied, but I wouldn't order it again.
Disappointed. Went here for lunch. Two of us ordered ceviche for lunch. Approximatley 3 tablespoons of ceviche came in a large bowl with no chips. nothing. It specified chips on the menu-- when we asked the waitress-- she said-- oh we don't do that anymore. After we spoke with manager she brought over potato chips. Was just dumb. either you modify menu or warn people before they order or offer to compensate somehow. Bad service
This is a nicer hotel restaurant. Cool vibe. Food and service were pretty good. Not crazy expensive. I would come back.
The hummus dish hardly had any hummus. The chicken was bland.