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Bambara Restaurant

858 reviews
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$30 and under
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Nestled on the Charles River Canal and a short walk from Cambridge’s popular Kendall Square, Bambara Kitchen & Bar is a modern and relaxed gathering place, offering approachable, seasonal American cuisine rich with ingredients found along the Eastern coast. The cocktail and beer menu mirror the laid back atmosphere, including a robust list of craft beers and globally inspired cocktails.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Contemporary American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday 6:30 am - 10:00 am
Brunch: Saturday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Brunch: Sunday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Phone number
(617) 868-4444
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
David Bazirgan
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Or, let Bambara create enticing menus for an event at the adjacent Hotel Marlowe, which offers three beautiful rooms with views for your guests to enjoy. The flexible and beautifully appointed rooms can accommodate intimate ceremonies, gala Cambridge wedding receptions, chic holiday parties, and other Cambridge special events of up to 350 guests.

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Cross street
28 (McGrath Highway)
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Parking details
Valet available at adjacent Hotel Marlowe. Also, garage parking available at the adjacent Cambridgeside Galleria mall. Bambara will validate garage parking from 5pm everyday for up to 3 hours.
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Public transit
Green Line to Lechmere, or Red Line to Kendall Square
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Special events & promotions

Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Bambara gladly accommodates parties of all sizes, whether it's a birthday party for ten or a business dinner for a hundred. Our semi-private mezzanine overlooks the restaurant's dining room and exhibition kitchen with a view of our outdoor patio and herb garden.

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Sun 5:30PM - 9:00PM
Mon - Fri 5:30PM - 6:00PM
Sat 5:30PM - 6:30PM

What 858 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Bread so good, not a fried fries fan, hope it can have healthier choice. The lamb pasta (forgot the name) was bomb. Brussel sprout was my favorite.

Brunch (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

We had a delicious brunch at Bambara for the Greater Boston Food Bank Hunger Brunch.
Menu was varied and all in our party were extremely satisfied. Would definitely go back for another meal.

vipisk1 (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We went to this restaurant for the Hunger Brunch. I was skeptical because the main had been changed just for the event. However, we were very happily surprised.

Our waitstaff were friendly and devoted but not overbearing.

The food was delicious and the ambiance was great. The pumpkin Falafel was a very interesting appetizer and I had the salmon flatbread with capers and arugula for my meal, and it had a really nice taste.

The only down side was we sat at a high top table & the seats were not very comfortable.

Would definitely recommend.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Overall I'm glad I tried this place. It was good... but not great, and at this price point there are a number of other restaurants that I'd choose to go to before choosing Bambara.

This restaurant is in the Kimpton Hotel Marlowe and has an unfortunate view looking out on street. The ambiance inside the restaurant is nice and the plate ware is made from a local potter.

We ordered the Roasted Mushroom Soup, which was good- I think it would have been better served with a little bread. The dish mentioned that it came with sourdough croutons-- there was one small one in my soup.

The Little Gem salad was good, I enjoyed the tahini dressing. We also got the Burratta. It was spicy, even with the coolness of the cheese- I had to drink a couple of glasses of water. I think it could be tempered down a bit.

For a main I got the large squash and ricotta pansoti. The waitress mentioned that the portion size was small, and it was-- 9 small raviolis.

My husband got the swordfish. It came with fregola which was very similar to Israeli couscous and very flavorful.

Ultimately, the dishes were good, and I'm glad I experienced this place. But as I mentioned before, I'd choose other places over this one in the future and doubt I'll return on my own volition.

vipRun2Eat (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Everything was amazing!

vipYogaenthusiast (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We were there for New Year's Eve, and arrived for the early seating. The menu was great, with excellent options. Every course was absolutely delicious, especially the swordfish, which is a standard menu item. The issue was the service. Our waiter was friendly and delightful, but was either brand new and untrained, or a total space shot. Either way, it resulted in truly uneven service. Also, there was a mix-up with the bill. After pointing out the problem, an incorrect bill was presented a second time. The third time was close enough, so we paid it. We had plenty of time, and all issues were resolved, but Bambara has had much better service in the past, and we hope this was an aberration. We'll return, because the food is great, and a good value. We'll keep our fingers crossed that the service issues improve.

ethics (New England)
3.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

The kitchen has in mind mainly hotel patrons who do not wish to walk a few blocks to seek better restaurants in the neighborhood. To make itself attractive to residents in the neighborhood, it would need to upgrade its offerings a bit.

vipHymie (New England)
2.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

Food ok but awfully uninspiring.
Service adequate but not up to the prices.; spotty attention despite the restaurant was less than 20% full.

vipMandy2246 (New England)
3.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

It was not what I was looking for get together. It was only sandwiches on the menu at lunch which I thought was strange for a very nice hotel.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 30, 2017

Pretty good experience. The staff was great and the food was pretty good. If you are in the area it is totally a must try!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on November 5, 2017

Decent food. Good value. Very poor service. You sometimes see this at hotel restaurants: staff don’t seem to care, they’re not attentive, they don’t know what they have and what they don’t have. We are not interested in returning.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

The food was excellent.

vipdavidfromboston (New England)
3.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

The food was quite pedestrian yet insanely over-priced.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 24, 2017

I was kind of pleasantly surprised, frankly. I came in with moderate expectations and left feeling very satisfied. It was a touch pricier than the sample menu however, so you can definitely expect to pay about $30 plus for an entree. And $23ish for pastas. Our server was kind of odd in some ways, but I respected her asking about everything and really ticking her boxes to get all the sales. I imagine she's quite well liked by management for being thorough but not pushy!

vipjpnewton (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 16, 2017

Overall good experience tho I find Cambridge venues seem to have staffers that operate on "island time". Very slow bar staff, ditto waitstaff, and not too busy an evening. Perplexing. Good preparation except for lobster pasta dish our server said best on menu. Supposed to be pasta, lobster, light broth- was a gluey tangle of mostly dry pasta wit random morsels of what appeared to be chopped lobster. Most dishes presented were as described, the pork chop very nice. Nice place, friendly menu

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 9, 2017

Date night dinner after Omni show, easy walk from science museum, and food was amazing!

ReallyLikeIt (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

Always have at least one meal at Bambara when we stay at the excellent Kimpton Marlowe Hotel also one of our favorites . The restaurant has lovely relaxed atmosphere and very good simple food. Grilled cheese and tomato soup a must have at Brunch and they make a terrific Bloody Mary.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on August 19, 2017

Very mediocre overall. We stood at the hostess stand for 15 mins before seating ourselves and the food was just average. They did validate parking!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 19, 2017

Food is excellent. For price, portions should be more generous.

Mp7000 (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 18, 2017

Bambara was fantastic! I went for my birthday with a party of 6. When our DELICIOUS food came out we were all drooling :) The chef even came to say Happy Birthday! They were extremely accomidating, all the servers were awesome & Rob the bartender was great! He made a mean cocktail and he was also very funny and nice. Will definitely return!!!