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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.
Cambridge, MA 02141
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
28 (McGrath Highway)
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
Green Line to Lechmere, or Red Line to Kendall Square
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
Special Events & Promotions:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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