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About Bambara Restaurant

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.

25 Edwin H Land Blvd.
Cambridge, MA 02141
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American, Seafood

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 - 10:30 am, Mary Madness Event 1:00 pm-4:00 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

Cross Street:
28 (McGrath Highway)

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 868-4444

Website:
http://www.bambara-cambridge.com/

Catering:
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.

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.

Public Transit:
Green Line to Lechmere, or Red Line to Kendall Square

Executive Chef:
David Bazirgan

Additional:
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

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Details
Sun 5:30PM - 9:00PM

Mon - Fri 5:30PM - 6:00PM

Sat 5:30PM - 6:30PM

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.

Bambara Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.0

service

3.7

ambience

3.8

value

3.4

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (7)
Business Meals (4)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Casual (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Authentic (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Romantic (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Cozy (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The food was excellent.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The food was quite pedestrian yet insanely over-priced.

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 (New England)·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!

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vip
 (New England)·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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on August 20, 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!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2017

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

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 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!!!

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Fun, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2017

The food was outstanding. The restaurant was surprisingly empty for a Friday night. The server was a little slow at taking our order, but that was fine for our schedule. The waitstaff were helpful in recommending how many dishes to order and which ones were really small or really large. They kindly put a candle in my husband's dessert to celebrate a birthday. I would definitely go back. The mushroom tortellini was ah-mazing!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 7, 2017

The menu is creative and the food is good quality. Nice atmosphere.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Food was amazing! Interesting veg options and the BEST bread in town! Wish this place had a more swanky/modern/trendy vibe, but the food made up for it

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Extremely over-priced for a mediocre meal and even worse service. The quality of the steak was sub par for $41. I'm not really sure how this place got such high ratings.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Great service from the time we arrived until we left. Chef stopped by the table which was nice. We had pork chop and the striped bass. Both done perfectly.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (London)·Dined on July 23, 2017

The restaurant's main problem is inconsistency. Some dishes are excellent. Some are not. Unfortunately, all are in the $$$ price range. And then there's the question of truth in advertising. Bread normally comes to one's table as an amenity. When none was forthcoming, we asked the waiter for some. He brought the bread along with a spiel. It was award-winning. It tasted like dessert. He said everything except that it came with a price tag. We overindulged. We didn't realize our overindulgence came at a cost until we got the bill. The waiter should have informed us of the price at the outset. That said, the wait staff, the service, the congeniality is all first-rate. The bottom line: order carefully and and make sure you know what you will be paying. If you do this judiciously, you can do it deliciously.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 16, 2017

I don't usually "do" 'Open Table' reviews, but this place was great, GREAT, great...I was surprised there were not more people in the restaurant. The food was special; good selection of wine, bee, etc.. It was easy to order well from the menu. We could hear each other around our table of six, which included two children (ages 10 & seven.)

We were celebrating our son's 42nd birthday; he is somewhat of a food connoisseur, as well as a beer specialist, and he was impressed!

It was a highlight of our two week vacation up-north. (We live in Florida.)

I was so happy with our whole experience that I left a 30% gratuity. (Molly was an excellent server.)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Tapas, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Food was ok. Bartender extremely rude.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 8, 2017

What a great place, my wife and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary last night here with good friends. We were not disappointed, they started our night by presenting is with a bottle of champagne. They recently won Boston best bread competition, it was so good we had two orders of it!! All four of our meals were perfectly prepared and nicely presented. We will be back as soon as we can.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Overall, very happy with the restaurant. Very convenient as we were at the Marlowe Hotel for two days for a family wedding. We had dinner one evening and breakfast two mornings. Service was good and friendly. One comment - one person ordered the rib eye Friday evening. It was very expensive (over $40) and although tasty, so fatty that there wasn't much meat. Thought that meal was way overpriced for the quality of the beef.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Cozy, Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Great small plates, very interesting and really good. Great bartender.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Excellent service and food. Thank You for a fun evening.

Tags: Bar Seating, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 30, 2017

We finally made it here. Had read good things about very interesting and creative menu so we excited to try it.

The space is very comfortable and welcoming. Not large, but tables well spaced around the central bar. High ceilings, dark walls and great lights create a comfortable vibe.

The server was attentive, but not pushy. The menu WAS interesting. We tried several small dishes, all excellent, plus a half portion of the fava bean risotto that was so good we wished we had room for a full portion. The small plates tried were:
- choereg bread with honey butter - irresistible
- manchego cheese plate - yummy
- wagyu beef tartare - not my thing, but my partner loved it
- roasted sunchokes - a first for both of us and a pleasing surprise
- the afore mentioned fava bean risotto - exceptional

We plan a return visit to try other things!

Tags: Good for a Date, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Nice restaurant but it was freezing and while the staff was nice there was nothing they could do - unfortunately it really affected our experience - good food and attentive service though

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Loved the meal. The bread was delish and the burger was outstanding. Next time I'll save room for dessert the options passing by me look so good. Great atmosphere, ambience and service (Holly is a very thoughtful server).

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Fettuccini was not fresh and had a tablespoon sized blob of cream cheese under pasta.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Great food, veey slow service

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 8, 2017

I met two long time friends and we enjoyed the ambiance, food, service and one another. Couldn't have picked a better place.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Great menu options, tasty food, wonderful service. Delightful decor and vibe here made me book a room in the hotel. It's located in a great location near shopping and the T.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Decent food, but very limited menu. Comfortable atmosphere, but felt like one step-up from Macaroni Grill. Service was poor, despite server only having 3 tables. Polite though. Overall, there are way to many options to settle for mediocrity.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Houston)·Dined on May 18, 2017

After a long airline flight, fighting the traffic in Boston, Bambara's was a great refuge. We were staying at the Kimpton Marlowe so restaurant very convenient, service on point - no problems. Limited menu but more than adequate with the staff providing more selection flexibility if asked.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Savannah)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We really enjoyed our meal last night. The service was excellent and the food was wonderful. A small menu with interesting options. Everything we had was delicious.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Our waitress was charming, but we had the impression they were very understaffed, in the dining room, the kitchen, or both. The food ranged from okay (seated salmon and the pork chop) to great (tuna ceviche and the lobster linguine). While I'll definitely consider returning, the price was on the high side.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Weirdly confusing menu: Can't tell what's appetizer and what's main course. Food was good enough but not particularly tasty. Convenient upscale to Cambridgeside Galleria. Table water was poor in quality (smelled off).

Tags: Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Lunch with a couple of friends after Museum of Science visit. Very comfy booth. Server was awesome, wish I knew his name, super nice and accommodating. Offered to hang our coats, kept checking up on us. Made hot chocolate for my friend even tho not on the menu. Even gave us cookies to take home. Food was amazingly yummy, we all got the Lobster Fettucini.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 17, 2017

Even though it was a la carte menu! You could treat it like tapas. The Choereg bread with honey butter was amazing! We got three for the 6 of us and it was plenty. The za'atar spice on top made it special. The chef even shared his recipe which was from his grandmother. Several people at our table had the dry aged beef burger with the thick cut fries. They enjoyed very much. Try other tried the Wagyu Beef Tartare with red curry spices and grill toasted bread. Truly yummy and shareable! The homemade fetticuni​ with lobster was delish and had plenty with the small dish to share. The scallop dish, the pea falafel, the oysters, asparagus soup and tuna ceviche was all amazing! We felt like it was a special night out even though it was just time with family. Don't let fact that it's in a hotel steer you away!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Went for Easter brunch for a 2 pm seating. Omelet station was already dismantled and food that was available was lukewarm. Only a handful of desserts. Overall one of the most disappointing Easter brunches to date. We clearly missed the prime time but we shouldn't have been given a reservation if we were only going to receive the dregs of the buffet for $50 per person.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 15, 2017

I chose this restaurant based upon previous very favorable dining experiences here.
I didn't realize that the menu had completely changed and we were very disappointed as a result. It was difficult to distinguish between the appetizers, salads, and main courses as everything seemed to run together on the menu. The food selection was also quite limited. Previous menu was extensive. Something for everyone.
I ordered the scallops thinking it was a "main course" for $18. Out came a small plate with 3 scallops! That was outrageously overpriced and I went home hungry to boot! When I questioned our server about it, I was told these are "tapas" entrees. There is nothing on the menu to indicate that.
Unfortunately we will never go back to Bambara. Too bad because it used to be a lovely restaurant. No wonder it was empty on a Saturday night of a holiday weekend!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 13, 2017

The food was good and the service was attentive but not overbearing. Prices were lower than most up-scale restaurants in the area. Ambience is so-so, not atypical for a hotel restaurant. I would recommend it to others for a once-in-a-while experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 6, 2017

The food was out of this world. We ordered the 4 course tasting and wine pairing. Not only were the courses great the wine was perfect.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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