Bambara

4.6
2233 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
History and innovation go hand in hand at Bambara, from the décor to the menus. Critically acclaimed and locally loved, Bambara’s grand arched windows, original brass accents and travertine marble blend stylishly with its contemporary design. In Chef Nathan Powers’ dynamic exhibition kitchen, ingredients from local farmers and ranchers are reimagined as inspired New American bistro plates. In a nod to the diversity of tastes and preferences of our clients, we are happy to offer a range of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options in addition to our regular menus.
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Sunday, May 12, 2019

What 2233 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Pretty good for Salt Lake. Tip of the hat for drinks and elk dish. Missed the element of surprise a little. It's predictable, yet good new American food.

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BC
Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Easter Brunch!

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Easter brunch. Would definitely go there again.

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M
Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

incredible service with amazing food. The house cut potato chips are a must try.

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SL
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

I want to start by saying that Bambara is usually our favorite and go-to for occasions--from birthdays to anniversaries. This time, we went to celebrate a co-worker/friend who was getting married. There were three of us in the party. We ordered the ahi tuna salad, the lunch special steak salad, and the grilled salmon. The ahi and the steak were borderline raw. I understand that ahi is supposed to be "rare," but this was inedible. We sent both back to be cooked further. The steak came back cooked properly, but after a long wait and everyone else was done eating, the ahi then came back way over cooked. However, it was better than eating it raw, so I just went with it. At this point, I was late for a work meeting. The server did give us a free dessert to try and make up for the debacle. Overall, this experience was not up to the usual Bambara standard. I hope this just an anomaly and next time is better.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

It was not a good. experience. Our server was not attentive, food was cold, no cream for coffee and then brought an item she forgot in a to go container which was also charged to our bill. This was an overpriced disappointment and I will not recommended this place to anyone.

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J
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious. The elk loin was tender and excellent flavor; complimented with berries and cauliflower. My mouth is watering remembering it

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PW
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a fantastic choice. Honestly one of the best restaurants in the state in my opinion.

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DB
Salt Lake City
10 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place. You will really enjoy Bambara. The food, the ambiance, the choices and all that they have to offer. I highly recommend this to you and your friends.

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KD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dropped in with a same day reservation for lunch. Everything we had was delicious. The wait staff was polite and fast. Great experience all around.

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always great location and good food!

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AB
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

The food just isn’t fine dining. I don’t think it would get a zagat rating. Overpriced for the quality.

Bambara
Responded on April 10, 2019

I am sorry to hear you did not find value in your dining experience. I would love to know more about your dining experience as I appreciate feedback from our guests. I look forward to hearing from you.

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D
Salt Lake City
52 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner at Bambara recently and, as usual, it was a great experience. The roasted marrow bones were tasty. Another favorite appetizer is the blue cheese potato chips. The Maine scallops were delicious and well prepared, as was the elk. We had berry creme rule which was very tasty as well. ..the service is always excellent.

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RP
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! We really enjoyed the food and our first time at Bambara.

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WD
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Best Lame choppes I have ever Ate and the Beats on Beats Salad was Great.

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A
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great whiskey selection.

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent!

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CG
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was a bit loud. The restaurant was very cold. The food was good.

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RB
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and exceptionally well prepared food. Beautiful presentation. A favorite downtown dining venue.

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GB
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our brunch at Bambara. Our waitress Sierra was awesome. She knew the menu well and had great suggestions. The beef short rib hash was prepared perfectly and was very tasty. The pancakes were a little tuff but had a nice texture and taste. The cappuccino was spot on.

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RM
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always lives up to reputation. Never had a bad experience at Bambara.

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D
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent meal courtesy of the masters.
I have never had a bad experience.

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DC
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

WE are not surprised Bambara is the most booked restaurant on Open Table in SLC. This has to be the 10 or 12th time we have dined here. The Elk was perfectly seasoned an paired with very tasty veggies.

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D
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Drinks were terrible, food was bland and not impressive for the price.

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb service, and absolutely every bit of both of our meals superb.
Truly outstanding!

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Great waiter! Good drinks.
Chilly in winter with big windows. Modern elegant decor.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I went with my family to Bambara as a dinner out because we had just come back from skiing at Jackson Hole. The food and service were good, especially the desert. They had sweet potato ice cream and huckleberry creme brûlée which we really enjoyed; however, the first time they brought out the ice cream, they made a mistake and brought out just the vanilla. Overall though, the food was delicious.

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JT
Salt Lake City
10 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bambara never disappoints! Our go to in Salt Lake for great shared appetizers, inventive craft cocktails, delicious mains and tasty desserts. The service is also friendly and informative.

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DJ
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for brunch before a ballet across the street. The restaurant was busy and we were concerned about having time to be served and make the show. We brought up our concern and the waitress, manager, and chefs were so accommodating and rushed our order requests. The food was excellent, the service was excellent, and so nice to have a busy restaurant to really make an effort to please the customer...it's becoming a lost art!!

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R
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My mother and I had a great brunch there b4 r show across the street (Shen-Yun) (Wu I) lol, I wish I could remember names better but I can' t find where i put the list duh the guy and girl there was amazing at there job and really enjoyed being there! as a rest. asistant man. myself i can respect and admire that after 20 years in the business so thank you and thank Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.

My Best,
Ryno Aldred jr.

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K
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Cool place in town in a cool hotel. Pricey drinks and menu. Food was ok- mushrooms and mussels had odd taste. Wanted it to be better.

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L
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed going to the Vault next door first for a drink before our reservation. Food was delicious and the ambiance was wonderful.

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WL
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bambara never disappoints!

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B
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We have come to Barbara’s for years and this is the first time we have been disappointed. The blue cheese potato chips had very little blue cheese. The meals were very busy. It seemed that there were too many things going into the plate. The chocolate cake dessert was pretty tasteless and the creme brûlée was more huckleberry jam like than brûlée. All 4 of us were disappointed.

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CG
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location for dinner if you have a post-dinner event downtown. Food and service is consistently good.

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AR
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

It is overpriced Price per value ratio is definitely not worth it

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambiance and service! Excellent

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BG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Business dinner

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RT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Went out with friends for an early Friday night dinner. It took us over 3 hours to eat. The waiter, though informative; took his time with everything. The food was sub par, far from what I had once had there before. Over 600.00 with tip for dinner and drinks for 4 people at this place was outrageous. I used to recommend this place but no longer will.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

All fantastic except the $17 glass of “house” wine - waaaay out there

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