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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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Bambara will be open with out all day menu from 11:30am - 7:30pm. The full dinner menu will not be available.

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Monday, December 25, 2017

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Bambara will be open with out all day menu from 11:30am - 6:30pm. The full dinner menu will not be available.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Select your favorite dishes from 2017 from 5:30pm-7:30pm from our 65 dollar three course prix fixe menu. Then from 8pm-9:30pm options increase with an enhanced 80 dollar four course menu. Wine pairings available.

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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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4.2

service

3.9

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4.0

value

3.5

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Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New England)·Dined on April 29, 2010

We came for dinner because of the 25% charity benefit to Cambridge
Cares that night and were delighted to find a comfortable, spacious layout with excellent food and service. We have already returned for lunch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on April 26, 2010

Great place to eat. Will be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on April 24, 2010

The ambiance was great and the hostess was very friendly. Beyond that the restaurant was very quiet for a saturday night. The food was average overall although loved the Tuna. Given the restaurant was not busy I was surprized the server did not check on us more often. One of my friends had to actually get up and ask the hostess after he did not receive his wine despite asking for it 3 times to the server. Overall the service quality was poor especially since there was no busy traffic in the restaurant. I had gone in to evaluate the restaurant for a big company dinner but I will not be returning to this restaurant anytime in the future.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on April 24, 2010

slow service
the food was good but not heated properly- would have been much better if served at the appropriate temperature, the wine with the wine tasting menu was not good, and not worth the extra money

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 (New England)·Dined on April 23, 2010

Looks like a low-key affair when you first walk in. The food was delicious! I had fresh pea ravioli with shrimp and bacon, and it was EXCELLENT! My only complaint was the wine list. Not enough Chardonnays to choose from. Our waiter was warm and welcoming. We will definitely eat there again.

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 (Miami)·Dined on April 22, 2010

Upon arriving, there was no one at the front door and it was a little confusing trying to figure out whether we needed to check in for our reservation at a different part of the restaurant. The service was a little slow and the waitress was not as informative about the menu as we would have expected, especially after we asked questions about particular dishes. However, we were surpised and delighted by the complimentary appetizer and dessert wine that the waitress brought to our table.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 21, 2010

food was excellent as always - service also

a great go to place when you want to be sure you get really good food in a relaxing atmosphere

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on April 18, 2010

We didn't realize this was a hotel restaurant when we booked this, so our expectations were probably a little too high going into it. The food was as you'd expect from a hotel restaurant--good not great. The bloody mary's tasted like they were made with very watered down tomato juice, and I couldn't even finish mine. It's not a bad place to go if it's convenient, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it again.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 11, 2010

Everything was served HOT, just the way I like it. These days, it's not unusual to send a dish back for further heating, even in the "better" venues.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on April 10, 2010

After contemplating dining at Bambara for ever, we finally decided to try it a couple of weeks back. The food was amazing and the wine list suitably expansive. While the restaurant is in a hotel, it eschews most of the plain, hotel-restaurant atmosphere giving it more of a "destination" feel. Service was impeccable, the only drawback is the requirement of garage parking due to the lack of on-street parking (that's non-resident) in the immediate vicinity.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on April 10, 2010

great food and service; funky decor ... but I found the corner booth we were seated in to be too tight and the angle of the booth backs too vertical for comfort. There were some pillow available to use but then you were jammed up against the table edge. We did, however, sit for almost 4 hours talking and the staff didnt chase us out! I think we closed the place! Would go back again in a moment, just prefer sitting at a table with chairs.....

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 (New England)·Dined on April 4, 2010

We had a nice Easter brunch at Bambara, esp. for $25 pp. A good choice of breakfast items with a couple carved meats, salads and desserts rounding things out. It's a nice dining room, service was fine, no complaints.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on April 4, 2010

We went on Easter Sunday for brunch. Our waitress was especially attentive, and gave candy eggs to our 7 year old, and reminded us about our complementary cocktail. The manager was very attentive also, and made sure we were happy and even got a special "Shirley Temple" cocktail for our daughter. The ambience was great, we didn't feel crowded or rushed, and we enjoyed a relaxing meal. The food was delicious and constantly being refreshed. We hadn't been to Bambera in a few years, but we will definitely go there again sooner, and we've already discussed going there again for a holiday meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on April 4, 2010

Went for brunch on Easter, which might have been a mistake as it was billed as a regular brunch, not something special for Easter. Even still, I knew going into it, and I wouldn't have minded if it wasn't fancy, but I did mind that everything was cold. All of the buffet items, which I think were probably pretty tasty, were not warm. So that's a problem in my book. Overall, the hotel where the restaurant is located, and where we stayed (Hotel Marlowe) was fantastic.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 27, 2010

Went for dinner on a Saturday night at 7. By 8 the restaurant was full. Good service, but we were never rushed. We stayed for almost 2 hours. The food was excellent and we just happened to be there on Restaurant Week so the price was excellent also.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 26, 2010

We went for Restaurant Week and there were several options to choose from, which isn't always the case at other restaurants. This was appreciated by all. While I thought the food was delicious, the men thought the portions were a bit small and left a bit unsatisfied. Perhaps this was due to smaller portions for Restaurant Week, but thought there could have been more food for the money that was spent.

I still thought it was good enough to come back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on March 26, 2010

we loved all the selections for restaurant week..especially the lobster !!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on March 26, 2010

The food was delicious; the service great; and nice ambiance.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 26, 2010

Tucked away in Hotel Marlowe, Bambara is a gem of a restaurant with a long, elegant bar, and cozy booths for romantic dining. We went for restaurant week, and their salmon was the best I ever had. Portions are generous, and service is prompt and attentive.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2010

We came here for the first time during restaurant week but enjoyed a large menu and wonderful service. Near the end of our meal, we had a question about our bill (a mistake that was totally our fault) but the manager was quick to make an adjustment. I was very impressed by his gesture and will definitely go back to Bambara again.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 24, 2010

It was very good and the service was great.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on March 23, 2010

Extra special treatment because it was a birthday - lovely. Very nice service

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on March 23, 2010

We (group of 6) went there for lunch during Restaurant Week. The food was a little greasy and bland - in particular the Portabella Panini. The appetizers (including soup) were good. The entrees were definitely a little bit greasier than expected. Even though we had made a reservation for 6 and the restaurant was empty when we went there, we were made to cram into a table for 4. Also, the waiter could have been a little bit more polite.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 22, 2010

We (4 people) tried 2 of the soups served that day - both were delicious. We tried 4 different main courses - each of us decided we would order them again as they were terrific. Service was wonderful. Seating w3as a little close.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on March 22, 2010

Very comfortable atmosphere, good food and great service.

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on March 20, 2010

Cool atmosphere, nice wine list, and perfect for a date or party of 4. The food was salty, especially the steak and risotto dishes, and I was disappointed that parking was not validated.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on March 19, 2010

Great place to stop by for good food with good friends. All around solid choice!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on March 19, 2010

I am so impressed with Bambara! I just had dinner there - a Friday night during restaurant week & the service was smooth & friendly. Food arrived at the right temp with great timing. The 4 course lobster dinner ($10 supplement) was worth above & beyond the cost........all courses contained a large amount of lobster, each one show casing a different way to bring out the best of the flavor of the lobster with the basics: roll, chowder, ravioli - but with a unique use of flavors to put the Chef's own flair on each classic. I very well may find myself there next week to enjoy this special before it is gone!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on March 19, 2010

Food and service was fantastic. Steak frites and tuna tartar was outstanding, but go somewhere else for dessert!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on March 14, 2010

This was by far the worst dining experience I've ever had. The menu is limited and in no way comparable to similar dining establishments in the Greater Boston Area. Aside from incompetent, arrogant, and unknowledgeable staff the presentation of the food lacks anything close to a 2-star rating and for the price, forget it. Walk around the corner to PF Changs or Cheesecake Factory in the Galleria. The best part of this restaurant is the lobby of the hotel it's attached to where you can wait for a taxi to take you to a real restaurant.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 13, 2010

My boyfriend and I went to Bambara this past weekend for a romantic dinner. The food was excellent. We both got the roasted half chicken with sweet potato mash and swiss chard. The sweet potato mash was one of the best I have ever tasted. We also tried the roasted garlic and potato soup, which was a little more bland than we had both been expecting. However, dessert was amazing. I got the creme brulee which was delicious, and my boyfriend raved about the bread pudding. I would definitely recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on March 12, 2010

Outstanding service and food with great ambiance!

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 (New England)·Dined on March 8, 2010

Ingrid was our server - she was attentive, detailed and extremely friendly. Both the manager (Lynn) and the chef (Jay) made appearances at our table to welcome us and assure the food was to our liking. It's rare to find such extraordinary service. And yes, the food was outstanding. I had the cod topped with oven roasted tomatoes and set on a creamy polenta that was to die for. I'll be back!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on March 7, 2010

Food was good. Nice atmosphere. In general good service, although we waited 15 min for dessert to arrive-- had to leave for a Celtics game and the dessert never showed up! The reaction of the management was a little lacking.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 6, 2010

The food was good but not outstanding. Service same. Since we live in Boston not sure we'd go back, given there are so many other choices that are better for this kind of money.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 4, 2010

Our waitress (Megan) was awesome and when my friend spilled coffee (on herself!) the manager came over to make sure nothing was stained and that we were well taken care of. Excellent staff & service; I'd return based solely on that!

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 (New England)·Dined on March 2, 2010

When we went, we happen to hit their Restaurant Week, so that was definitely a nice surprise. And I've never had bad food when I go with Restaurant Week's menu, and this place was no exception.

I had tuna tartar for app, then salmon for main entree, with Creme Brulee as dessert. The whole meal was fantastic, food was really awesome, with pretty good service.

It was a little too dim for my taste but some people might find it to create a romantic experience.

Can't comment on their usual menu's food since I've never tried it, but Restaurant Week menu, thumbs up!

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 22, 2010

The chef came to the table to discuss our special dietary needs. Very accommodating, and the food was beautifully presented.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 20, 2010

Delicious food, well prepared! Service was perfectly timed and we felt very special, especially as we were guests of the Marlowe Hotel. Try the Arancini (risotto balls) as a starter.. yum!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on February 19, 2010

We went for a special occasion and the service was excellent. The waiter was very nice and we had a large table with plenty of room. The restaurant is great if you want to go someplace with great food AND a great atmosphere. Although, it wasn't particularly busy on the night we were there.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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