Bambara

4.5
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2425 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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B
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Ordered a medium rare filet and it came out medium well, the waiter was fantastic and promptly returned it but while we waited for a new filet my dining partners dish got cold.

s
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Brunch items not as good as lunch. Cook didn’t know what soft scrambled eggs were. Closed the drapes and made the morning lovely light go away. Waiter said the light bothered him even after guests said they wanted the drapes open. Hot chocolate was mostly milk.

JR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were fantastic. It’s certainly a fine dining experience and I would highly recommend it for anyone who doesn’t mind paying a little extra for quality and service.

F
Los Angeles
59 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food was too salty and the New Strip was cold

b
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic, and Service was as well. Thank You!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Work Celebration. Great service! We had a lovely table for 7 in the back that allowed us space to visit and enjoy.

S
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love. This is my go to restaurant. Food is always good. Service timing is always perfect. Reasonable cost for always delicious food.

SS
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was an excellent food experience. I had the elk loin which was cooked to perfection medium rare and came with yummy asparagus and a risotto. There was not a spec left on the plate. I then had the chocolate panna cotta. The flavour was great but the texture was grainy. I enjoyed it and was pleasantly surprised when they took the cost off the bill. Well done folks! I would certainly return. Service was polished/

CB
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food and service. Too pricey for overall product.

S
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Had a number of small plates. A bit pricey, especially for the drinks and wine.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New Year’s Eve with friends. First time at Bambara. Really liked it.

T
Salt Lake City
17 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We dined with in the company of our dog just outside the entrance to the restaurant. We appreciated that Bambara gave us the opportunity, especially since our pooch was about to experience a long flight to the east coast. Our server was fantastic.

l
Savannah
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! I wish I could remember our server’s name. Delicious meal and a fab wine list.

JE
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

It was nice but it’s definitely overpriced. Good for once in a while special occasion.

l
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

$13.00 for a salad consisting of a pile of greens on a plate with some ranch dressing, a few peanuts and a little bit of shaved cheese? GIVE ME A BREAK! Also $13.00 for an ice cream sandwich which was "free" because it was our anniversary. Whoopie! I would not recommend Bambara to my friends because they are cheap just like me. We should have gone to Coachmans.

H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food2service4ambience2

The quality of the dishes doesn't match the price level. The food is not bad but way, way overpriced. The wine list is too short and pretentious with only expensive wines.
The staff is very friendly.

JW
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cheese plate was nothing special at all. Just like cheese and olives from home. But entrees were wonderful. Great experience and beautiful environment.

TB
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Not enough vegetarian options

r
Orlando
28 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love going here as the menu consistently gets updated, so, you can always try something new. Great wine list.

L
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner at Bambaras. The food is spectacular. The service was amazing. It was a most memorable evening.

D
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

unique food offerings

OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They did such an amazing job making my partner’s birthday a lovely evening. They printed personalized menus and the server gave excellent wine recommendations. The food was also very well cooked and all meat was cooked to the correct temperatures.

T
Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner after Nutcracker ballet. Everything was excellent!

CS
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had never been to Bambara before but as it was a big birthday for me, I wanted to spend it somewhere very special. I’m so glad I chose Bambara! My husband was hesitant but I knew when we got there we would both love it. Our server was Chris and he was so knowledgeable and helpful with the entire menu. So my husband and I shared the pork cheek and belly as an appetizer and it was delicious. A perfect start to an amazing meal. I got the Maine scallops as my entree, and he got the 7 oz. filet. Both were delectable. We weren’t going to get dessert but when Chris brought out the dessert menu, we both chose something different. The brown butter pound cake with pumpkin sherbet, and the vanilla bean crepes, were both to die for. I highly recommend and will be going back in the future!

l
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great downtown location with a better than a, 'hotel restaurant' ambiance.
Our server was excellent. In addition removing the overcooked, greasy calamari & shrimp appetizer from our bill, he also had the kitchen split our main course. The elk was delicious. Overall a very nice dinning experience.

CD
Salt Lake City
14 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jake was an excellent waiter.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Willing to personalize menu options

A
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, superb food, and incredible service. The scallops were the best I have ever had, tuna was divine, overall a stellar dining experience!

f
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As a recent transplant from Manhattan I comment as a habituee of better restaurants. Bambara is somewhat overpriced. The Justin red was superb. but even your wine prices are higher than Manhattan at for example, Balthazar. Lower your prices overall and make it less of an "investment" to eat and drink and your business will flourish. Think brasserie, think Balthazar. I would dress the waiters in white aprons.
Frank Bergman
646 209 1216

OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quail appetizer was fantastic. Amazing combination of flavors. Quail was very small portion.
NY Steak was perfectly cooked and excellent quality. Service was great as usual.

J
Chicago
112 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience1

We got there at 445pm and was told multiple times no food service until 5 pm. We were in no rush at all. We ordered one if two appetizers available which was calamari. With our wine, it was delivered and immediately we thought it was not tasting right. We told Regan the waitress, she got very defensive but we told her to return it and we would order dinner off the menu. If not once but four times, she made nasty comments like “chef said it was fine but oh well” or “glad you like your scallops at least youre finally happy” After a $150 bill, Bambara was one of our favorite places in SLC, but The Vault certainly gave us a bad taste in our mouth. The rudeness of Regan and just not sure an order of scallops and a couple glasses of wine has a $150 value, it truly ruined our experience with Regan repeating glad your happy etc.

JG
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I’ve enjoyed the Elk Loin dish twice this month. It’s outstanding. The seasoning is unique and I have not been able to crack the code as to its ingredients. The cut itself was the most tender and flavorful cut of red meat I’ve ever had.

MJ
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It was a great dining experience! Good food and the waitress that helped us was wonderful.

JB
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class Restaurant . First class Food, First class service

MJ
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the location/aesthetic. Our waiter was very rude which was a bit difficult. I arrived with 4 other friends to celebrate my birthday. He seemed upset with us from the get go. When I asked for a cup of coffee after breakfast, he didn’t even verbally respond. He signed and walked away. When one of my friends asked if he could combine her’s and my check so she could pay for me, he did the same thing. I love this restaurant and haven’t had issues in the past, but this particular waiter was awful.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The small plates were better than the main. My food was a touch cold when it got to me but the blueberry lemonade, bisque, and cheek and belly were amazing. Sides were great too. Steak wasn’t the best cut but sea food was great. Had a great atmosphere and would go back again

b
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a wonderful dinner with excellent service. We were a bit disappointed with the lack of Christmas decorations in the dining area. Also, the drink prices were equal or greater than prices in Hawaii or New York. Utah pours should be much less expensive.

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My first Time here, it was amazing! Fantastic experience, divine food.

MH
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and outstanding, friendly service. An incredible experience, and will definitely be returning.

AL
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My husband and I made a last-minute reservation on 12/7/19 and were seated at a high-top table across from the open kitchen. I loved watching the choreographed-like performance of the six chefs working together in the tight space.
The server was great, and he gave us excellent recommendations. My husband had been planning on ordering the beef tenderloin, but trusted the server and instead ordered the seared loin of elk. It was flavorful and tender, not gamey, perfectly cooked to medium rare. I had the yellowfin tuna which was lightly seared and served in a broth made of lobster shells and saffron. It was delicious.
Along with the entrees, we split an appetizer, salad and dessert and had several drinks, so the bill was over $200.00 before tip. We will come here again for a special occasion.