Bambara

4.4
2589 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Bambara Restaurant is located in an historic building with a lively atmosphere, serving New American food in downtown Salt Lake City, UT.
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

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Tue - Thu 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:00PM - 8:45PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM

What 2589 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friend promotion and new friendship celebration

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annec
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Honestly- I’m sure this is a fantastic restaurant, however my dish was disappointing. Maybe they were short staffed- but I paid $33 for a vegetable entree that wasn’t cooked. Crunchy and flavorless. My husband and I roast vegetables at home all the time/ and we love them- so I thought this would be a nice treat.
It was not.
My husbands scallops were perfect, and the creme brûlée was delicious.

But my overpriced entree that wasn’t even good was such a disappointment.
I would have mentioned something to the server- but he didn’t check on us- and things were slow. At one point someone said they were going to take one of the entrees off the bill since it took forever… but they didn’t.
So all in all… not impressed. But it could have easily been an off night.

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vipMaria
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall great atmosphere and food, I would definitely go back again.

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lindafromsf
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were passing through SLC and wanted to revisit since our first dining here 6 years ago. We were happy to find that the food was still amazing. Service was a bit slow at the beginning but our server was great.

Elk au Poivre was cooked to perfection. Tuna Tartar was fresh high grade ahi, wild king salmon was done right. Beet salad could have been better but no complaints.

My only disappointment was cocktails. They sounded amazing on paper, the execution was underwhelming.

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vipDanteF
Salt Lake City
21 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food never disappoints! Elk was amazing and of course the chips for an appetizer are our favorite. Service from Jack was great!

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GregA
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was great - food very good. Always enjoy Bambara

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OpenTable Diner
Baja California
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We intentionally wanted a lovely dining experience before the theater event. Let’s just say, I’ve had better. So much better. I figure the cost of the food reflects the whole experience. For the price we paid the service was a 2 (aside from the assistant who refilled our water was a 4), the presentation a 3, food taste and enjoyment a 3 — among other things the disappointing warm baguette (a “starter” menu item intentionally ordered) being a half cold, dry, Sysco bread bun, the salmon was dry, and the Jonah crab with the soup was a tiny garnish. I will say veggies on each dish were cooked to a nice tenderness and had good flavor. Yes, I tasted them all.
It’s unfortunate this is supposed to be of the best in SLC.
I definitely won’t return, on purpose, to Bambara.

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MichelleB
Salt Lake City
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food! And beautifully served. One of the best restaurants in Salt Lake and certainly the best food!

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CarolW
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Bambara. We go every New Years Eve. The menu seemed more limited this time but they have the old favorites --Blue cheese potato chips.

Our meat was not cooked as we wanted it but they made it right and I thought it was the best steak I have ever had.

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Jules
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Our waiter was excellent. Bus staff also.

Our cocktails were bad, but I didn’t want to send things back because it was a celebration dinner.

The food was just not great, except the corn bisque with crab, which was delicious.

This is very much a hotel restaurant: okay food, very high prices.

We won’t be going back.

Convenient location for plays at Eccles Center is why we went this time. No more. :(

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MandyW
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the food were both fantastic! We loved the ambiance and location!

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ArioB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Bench seating was very tight. Space between tables was adequate. Main meal was way overpriced.

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AngelNello1
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always nice to dine in a Luxury Hotel Restaurant offering Valet Parking.
An exceptional experience from the hostess to the professional and experienced waiter to the Manger coming by to check on us.
A must while in SLC.

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vipmelissa
Boise
14 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual it was delicious. We always have the same things .. strip steak cooked to perfection and potato chips with melted blue cheese. Service was prompt. We had exactly one hour to finish in order to see the ballet and they happily fed us and got us out of there. We love Bambara.

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KathyS
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fast and waiter was helpful and kind.

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GloriaC
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The valet service should be mentioned. Friendly and efficient. Wait service was excellent. Food delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With the Capitol Theater across the street we would have loved to have made a 5pm reservation rather than 5.30 to better enjoy our time at Bambara, but we couldn't. They open at 5.30 which I find disappointing. There just wasn't enough time for all we wanted to eat and drink! Besides that it was sheer perfection. The menu is great, and our waiter was very knowledgeable about wine. I loved Bambara!

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mgymay
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I love this place and I came in with my top customer. Food is amazing every time but service was terrible

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience4

Food was way overpriced and mediocre at best.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my bf’s 40th birthday here. The evening was fabulous… the dinner and staff were on point.

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vipCharlesD
Salt Lake City
31 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jared was an excellent waiter

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wow the New York strip was exceptional!!! The waiter was funny and very fast. Very dark in the restaurant, not my style. The food was great so I cannot complain.

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fatbear
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Good food, service a little off

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ClarenceG
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Menu options aren't great. Food was good but not outstanding and as such not a good value for the money. I would expect a $50 entree to be exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Food was awesome, but service was the complete opposite.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Our first time there and will go again. My husband was really impressed with the simplicity of it all but yet elegant (and he is pretty picky). Will go again!

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vipAloha
Salt Lake City
48 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice to return to an old haunt after a long pandemic break. New Chef, tasty combinations

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DonaldW
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always enjoy Bambara. my only recommendation is to turn down the music volume.

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KimR
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bambera had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. We loved everything they served! It spared us having the cleanup and cooking at home. We would definitely eat here again!

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JODYM
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family eats out every thanksgiving, usually


at very nice places. This was our first meal in which all family members agreed, this is our new go to tradition for thanksgiving. The food and staff were beyond. Our meals were traditional and served directly to us to help with COVID control and staffing issues. Needless to say, everyone needs to make this their new tradition. We will!

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Carol
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

While I would still recommend Bambara because the food was good, the prices were a bit steep for my taste. $33 for a small vegetable plate seemed steep. I appreciate that it was a creative plate and tasted fine, it felt more like an appetizer.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Pricey but decent food. The waiter was knowledgeable but covered a lot of tables so service was a bit sparse.

Atmosphere was on point. If you plan on chatting for a while I recommend a table and not a booth.

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Stormhunter
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

My wife wanted to go someplace fancy for her birthday, so we picked this. That turned out to be a mistake.

We both ordered a salad and an entree. The salads were ready very quickly, and finished off even faster, because they were *tiny!* And then we waited for the entrees. And waited. And waited. And waited, for the better part of an hour. Finally the food arrived, and it was similarly tiny. Good, but very small portion sizes, *especially* considering the price! We knew we were going someplace expensive, but if I'm going to order a $50 meal, I expect to receive $50 worth of food!

After all this, we were still hungry, so we asked to see the dessert menu. They only had one item on there that didn't contain either coffee or liquor, and it looked boring and ridiculously overpriced. So we just went "screw it" and I got my phone and put in a dessert order from the Cheesecake Factory. (And *that* was ready for pickup before we even got there!) How a place like this manages to remain in business, in the heart of Salt Lake City, while displaying such blatant ignorance of the demographics of its customer base is beyond me!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing everything we come here, definitely best food for the price

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RoyS
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

We sat at our table and waited for our food for an hour. Our server told us our order got lost in their system and needed to know what we ordered again. It took over 10 minutes for them to bring a glass of champagne to my girlfriend and had to ask for it before it was brought to us. Our server never apologized for our wait on anything

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Bobby
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing dining experience and incredible menu. The Tiramisu was the best I think I have had period. Main dishes were flavorful and plated really well. Wine offerings were superb. I look forward to revisiting.

BM
BenjaminM
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Ordered the NY Strip, the cut was low quality. Preparation was excellent.

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vipAshleyB
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We were seated in the back room and felt like we were forgotten. The service was very slow. It took 15 minutes to get a glass of wine. The vegetarian dish was delicious. But the scallops were way too salty. I think it’s ridiculous to charge $5 for baguette and butter. If I make a future reservation, I will request to be seated in the main dining area so the server remembers I’m there.

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priferrazoli65
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner before Abravanel Hall Music Show

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

First time back to Bambara since C19. Menu has familiar favorites and some new additions. Like most restaurants right now service is suffering due to staffing shortages, but the food was excellent and you can tell everyone is trying.

FAQs

Bambara offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (801) 363-5454.

Bambara is rated 4.4 stars by 2589 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.