Bambara

4.5
2171 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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Sun 10:00AM - 1:45PM 5:30PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Fri 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Sat 10:00AM - 1:45PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

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Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Bambara!! I always forget about this little gem of a restaurant when I’m making plans downtown. The food was delicious, the scallops and steaks were cooked to perfection, and we all had a wonderful evening. Bambara is always so accommodating if you’re headed off to the theatre or a show at Abravenel Hall, they work hard to get you fed and out of there, without compromising on taste or service! Bambara is a fabulous option for fine-dining downtown, inside the beautiful Hotel Monaco!!

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Orlando
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect place to dine before going to see Wicked at the Eccles Theatre. The Tempura Green Beans, Blue Cheese Chips and Cheese Board were both enjoyable and delicious! The Filet Mignon and Elk were cooked and served to perfection. Myke, our server was amazing! He Attended to our every need. Outstanding Dessert and hot beverages after the show on a snowy February night, completed our perfect evening. The ambiance of the restaurant was refreshing and lovely. Thanks to Bambara for excellence in all they do!

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There was a bit of a wait to be seated despite having a reservation. However, the wait staff informed us that our table would not be charged for any drinks due to this. That was very accommodating, and it was greatly appreciated.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch in downtown.

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect special occasion dinner location!

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T
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Myke, was absolutely fantastic and the chefs did an amazing job the night we were there!

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AA
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on Valentine's day. Service was great, the food was excellent! The manager gave us a complimentary dessert to top it off! Good experience!!

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EC
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual, everything at Bambara was lovely. The food was delicious. The timing of everything was perfect.

My only negative was that the tables by the large windows are incredibly cold in the winter. I was cold through the whole dinner.

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BS
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best night out we’ve had in a year and a half since moving to SLC. Got the recommendation from a foodie friend, and he wasn’t wrong. Food was incredible in presentation and flavor, the staff was friendly, and the open kitchen is so fun to watch. Definitely worth the high dollar signs. My only complaint in value is with the wine list. We regularly keep one of the “by the glass” bottles in our wine rack at home. A bottle here (one of the cheapest options on the menu) is over 5x retail price. I get that it’s a fancy restaurant, and it’s Utah, but come on... not everyone can afford a three digit bottle with their $40 entrees. Literally everything else was perfect.

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k
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

very nice and quiet good service! food came hot! they were very respectful and kind!

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TE
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Good spot to meet in downtown SLC. Easy access from Hotel Monaco.

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OT
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the sea bass branzino, wife had chicken . Fun and delicious. All the staff were friendly. $100

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LS
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I have eaten at Bambara many times and I have always had a good experience. The service was good. I thought the quality of the steak salad I had was sub par for the cost. The presentation was nice.

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DV
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good waiter. Great food. Wine: very very pricey
We enjoy Bambara, with that reservation

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Cool atmosphere. Friendly service. Highly recommend for brunch

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C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Despite having a reservation, my table was not ready on time (they weren't busy, there were many empty tables). My waiter had forgotten a few things that we ordered, we were sat near a party of 20, half of which were children who literally ran around the tables during our meal. The quality of the food didn't justify the price tag. You're better off elsewhere.

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SF
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We were very disappointed with the coffee, it is the best part of breakfast and I can honestly say it was the worst coffee we have had. We expected better

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g
Salt Lake City
21 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Francesca and Jake were awesome!

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ML
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. The filet was perfectly cooked!

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NR
Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and creative food, and a waiter who was superb--we love coming to this restaurant when we're in town.

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JM
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service in a contemporary atmosphere. Definitely one of the better vibes in SLC.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

Server was horrible food was good

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

Myke took care of us and was GREAT. We went back for lunch the next day and he was our server again. Made great accommodations for dietary needs along with knowing his menu inside and out. Well done! Food was great! Definitely on the recommended list!

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MB
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

I have dined in this establishment several times. In fact, since it first opened (albeit infrequently). The food has always been good, and the overall experience is usually first rate. On our last visit, everything was as expected apart from the slow, and distant service. I believe his name was Chrit. I am sure it was just an off night for him, but perhaps some additional training on attitude, and loosing arrogant attitudes are in order.

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m
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and amazing food.
Definitely recommend the lamb shank; there's a reason it doesn't come with a steak knife - so tender.
Drinks were made well too!

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LH
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was honestly incredible. I've never had a dining experience quite like it and the staff was so friendly. Our server (Zack I believe?) Was so nice and when asked about recommendations he gave us a full run down and was very specific so it was just like vague answers. Super amazing and i hope to come again soon!

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R
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed with Bambara! This has turned into one of our favorite date night stops. Amazing food with a menu that changes throughout the year so it stays fresh but some of the items stay all year.

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KD
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! JC’s Sandwich was great and it was nice to say thank you to JC! He’s the nicest guy. I had a great experience.

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D
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Cocktails weren’t very good, martini’s used cheap olives that weren’t tasty. Wines were $15 to $17 per glass, even for bottles that cost less than $20 at the liquor store. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable, but seemed less interested in us than other tables. Food was good and we never felt rushed, though the wait for our entrees was quite long. Didn’t seem crowded enough to explain the delay, (we dined on the Thursday that ended Sundance).

Wouldn’t go back. Wouldn’t recommend. Dinner for the 4 of us, with tip, was nearly $400.

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MG
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly attentive and courteous service. The Elk and Yellowfin were amazing. Tender, full of flavors, beautiful presentation.

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SC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place! The food was delicious, and all employees we came in contact with were really nice! I'd definitely come here again.

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l
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Met my parents here for brunch. My avocado toast with scrambled eggs was mediocre. Sad that a

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b
Salt Lake City
17 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I’ve been here for brunch many times, but decided to come for dinner and it was amazing! Love this place and totally recommend it.

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TT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolute delight. Would 100% go back. The servers reccomendations were perfect! Can’t wait to go back

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, Great service and no rush.

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ST
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have dinner at Bambara whenever we’re in town. The food is always good and the wait staff knowledgeable. Good wine selection as well!

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a wonderful evening. Our waiter was excellent and the food was worth every penny!

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v
Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice place for Salt Lake City dining. Would recommend for any occasion.

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CS
Salt Lake City
22 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I go to Bambara at least once a month and always enjoy the experience. The staff are great and the food is one of my favorites.

The specials change daily, and there is always something for everyone. Always start with the home made chips. They are awesome.

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l
Jackson Hole
9 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Bambara is typically one of our favorite restaurants in Salt Lake City. However, this last experience was less than satisfactory. Service was extremely slow, and by the time breakfast was served (it took about 30 minutes), my breakfast was cold and my poached eggs over cooked. I did not send it back because I was fearful it would take too long to get a new meal. Service continued to be extremely slow after that as well. I guess we will stick with Bambara only for dinner in the future.

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