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: Monday - Sunday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Bar: Sunday - Thursday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm; Friday - Saturday 11:00am - 12:00am
Late Night Menu - Friday and Saturday - 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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.View Private Dining Details
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Sun 5:30PM - 9:00PM
Mon - Fri 5:30PM - 6:00PM
Sat 5:30PM - 6:30PM
We looked for a restaurant within walking distance following a Cambridge River Cruise. The food here was better than anticipated, with a wonderful salmon cerviche appetizer and delightful warm hummus with abundant seasonal vegetables to share. They were followed by a creative pork chop dish in cherry sauce and a pasta with lamb and mint. The only detraction was the service as our young server was not familiar with the menu and seemed indifferent to our inquiries. Our fist wine selection went "missing" for twenty minutes and we had to ask to see the wine list for an alternate selection should it never be found, as indeed turned out to be the case. The service also left plenty of time for relaxed conversation, which was fine with us.
Interesting menu, the food was excellent.
We had a great night. Jeremy the manager was serving wine in the courtyard and he treated us great. Food was very good - try the bread its delicious. We had the charcuterie to start. We split everything including the hamburger which was delish! Will go back.
The food at this restaurant is spectacular. The portions are on the small end but it’s generally fine. The problem was that our service was comically bad. Everyone was very kind but they screwed up everything that could be screwed up. They brought us the wrong meals, the wrong sides, all the wrong specifications. They were extremely kind about it all but ultimately we gave up on getting the drinks we wanted and the sides we wanted. Probably will not go back.
We always stay at the Marlowe when in town and usually eat one meal here. Never disappoints.
Our server was wonderful and was happy to make recommendations. The food was delicious and so flavorful. Will definitely be going back!
A restaurant very likely to be in a Kimpton hotel, with limited but good food options. The menu is a short list of good and uncommon things. We were a party of 5 so had a chance to taste many different dishes - which were all very good! The service was great, so helpful and friendly. On gentleman from El Salvador and a lady from Colombia were helpful in pointing out strengths of the menu and helping us make the most of our choices. Probably the least relevant was the dessert menu. Next time I’d probably try the manchego.
My husband & I had a delicious Anniversary meal at Bambara. We hadn't been since they changed chefs and decor and we were blown away - everything we ate was absolutely delicious! The service was perfect. Ou server was attentive but not overly so. We cannot wait to go back with our family...
Three of us for a business dinner and Bambara doesn't disappoint! Great service, delicious food with unique flavors and preparations, we all enjoyed our appetizers and meal ... highly recommended!
The Armenian sandwich and poached eggs with hash were both fantastic. Interesting and unique brunch menu.
The food was excellent but it could have been the first night for our waiter as a waiter. The restaurant was fairly quiet and most requests took and excessive amount of time. Food was very good though. I would return.
Excellent food and service. Waitress was very accommodating.
Knowledgeable, friendly and very helpful staff. Especially helping us choose gluten free items and suggestions for substitutions. In the 2 days i was in Boston I ate there 4 times. Great food!
Good place for business lunch: space for private discussion with good lobster rolls for two out-of-towners who wanted a bit of a New England feel for lunch. The "blueberry lemonade" was a bust being a watery lemonade containing a half-dozen blueberries.
I requested something special for my wife’s birthday expected something special for desert for instance but was shocked when they gave us the check after a long wait!
The food is perfectly okay, the ambiance is acceptable, the service would be fine if Bambara were a luncheonette or diner. But it isn't either of the above, nor is it priced accordingly. I don't plan to return.
Fairly good and overall happy with my experience, but not sure it's really worth the trip and the price to come regularly.
Great service. Very attentive staff. No bartender for brunch time so no complex mixed drinks available. Had the burger...it was ok. Nice ambience/space.
The menu is most interesting and the presentation of the dishes exemplary. Our brunch was delicious.!
Great just felt a little pricey. Food was phenomenal.
Good was very good overall. The beef tartare was not what we expected but drinks and desserts were excellent. My son ordered the 14 oz ribeye and fries and ate every bite on the plate. He said he felt like we were rich eating there.
Good, inexpensive business lunch!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Everything was amazing!
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.
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.
Food ok but awfully uninspiring.
Service adequate but not up to the prices.; spotty attention despite the restaurant was less than 20% full.
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.
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!
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.
The food was excellent.
The food was quite pedestrian yet insanely over-priced.
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!
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
Date night dinner after Omni show, easy walk from science museum, and food was amazing!
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.
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!