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Bambara

4.5
4.5
2935 Reviews
$50 and over
Modern European
Bambara, located within the vibrant Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City, is a modern bistro renowned for its impeccable service and stylish ambiance. Since its inception and through the extensive renovation and re-haul this year, Bambara continues to set the tone for the Salt Lake culinary landscape, consistently ranking as one of the best places to dine.
An ideal choice for both hotel guests and devoted locals, Bambara offers the ideal setting for celebrating cherished moments with loved ones, indulging with friends, dining with colleagues, or seeking a pre/post-theater bite. Nestled in a historically significant bank lobby adorned with original arched 10ft windows, this centrally located restaurant boasts a seasonal rotation of dishes that celebrate the local bounty of fish, game, and vegetable.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Modern European, Contemporary American, Bistro
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 7:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (801) 363-5454
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Catering
    Have the place to yourself for an unforgettable evening with 180 of your closest friends or colleagues. If your soirée requires a longer guest list, we also have access to three meeting spaces at the adjacent Hotel Monaco, with more than 3,100 square feet ranging from the 14-seat Tokyo Boardroom to the Paris Ballroom, with seating for 225. <br /><br />For more information or to book your event, email Tommy.Girrbach&#64;bambara-slc.com, or fill out the form below.<br />
  • Private party facilities
    Bambara offers 4 elegantly appointed separate rooms for holding business meetings or receptions. They can accommodate groups of 12 – 220.
  • Private party contact
    Bambara Restaurant : (801) 363-5454
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    200 South
  • Parking details
    Street parking; valet service that is discounted with validation.
  • Public transit
    TRAX stop on Main Street Between 200-300 South<br />UTA Bus Stop on 200 South at Main Street
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Matrons of Mayhem Drag Bingo

    $5.00 per person

    Jun 1, 2024 only
    The Trevor Project’s mission is to end suicide among LGBTQ+ young people. They are the leading suicide prevention and crisis intervention nonprofit organization for LGBTQ+ young people. We provide information & support to LGBTQ+ young people 24/7, all year round. Learn more at: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/ & https://www.monaco-saltlakecity.com/ Regular Admission: BINGO begins at 12:30PM $5 per bingo card (good for 7 games) Party Foul Insurance - $5 Flamingo Hat of Shame - $5 Drag-in-a-Bag - $50.00 - Drag makeover during Intermissions Bring your one-dollar bills and help raise money for this wonderful charity! This event is family-friendly, kids are welcome and encouraged!

What 2,935 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Salt Lake City

    Good for business meals

  • Salt Lake City

    Romantic

2,935 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The trout was amazing. Also enjoyed the Baked Alaska. Our server was top notch!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Meh. Butternut soup tasted predominantly like onion. The house salad was nothing special and the grilled chicken on top was not fresh

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Menu was unappetizing and overpriced. Service was not the best.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was burnt and subpar. Our server was fantastic though and the place was cute. Although for the price, their attention to detail needs some work when it comes to their facilities and decor.

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  5. Meli

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    High prices for Costco bought muffins, burnt and overcooked lobster rolls and a 1/3 full cup for a mimosa. This was our first experience here for Mother's day brunch. Though the gesture of a chocolate covered strawberry and hand written note was nice, unfortunately the food wasn't worth it. I don't know if this was a quick and poorly planned brunch menu or if the dinner service is better but I wouldn't try this place again.

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  6. JulWC

    Salt Lake City

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Since the remodeling of this restaurant, the staff, food and experience continually surprises and pleases. Brunch today was so delicious - thank you, Chef Andrew! I have never been treated with such kindness at a restaurant and my husband and I deeply appreciated the management's thoughtfulness today, thanks you. Our brunch included a Bloody Mary and the smoked salmon Benedict - sublimely tasty. Once again, thank you. We will return! If you attend Utah Opera, I encourage you to experience a meal here. Valet parking is available and offers excellent service.

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  7. AmberP

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service!!! Enjoyed the food and people

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    had the bison steak.. was a special. cook was great but fries were mid.. overall great experience but a little slow on food

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Anchorage

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is definitely a fine dining experience. It was very easy to spend between $50 and $100 per person. The food was delicious, but the portions were not as big as I anticipated based on the price. The service was outstanding, and the atmosphere was a quiet and intimate ambiance perfect for an intimate date setting.

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  10. SandyE

    Salt Lake City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was amazing! We had the blue cheese potato chips as an appetizer and both had halibut for our meal. It was wonderful! Had an espresso martini and ice cream for dessert. Our server was very nice and attentive. Only downside was our table was right by the kitchen and so it was loud and we heard every order be called out by the line cook. Definitely will be back! We will just ask for a different table.

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  11. Alexareigh

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! Melissa was so helpful with recommendations - very good meal

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  12. Zmangio

    Salt Lake City

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a treat to bring my wife for dinner to Bombara. She was on the opening team of Hotel Monaco 25 years ago, and the opening of Bombara as well. We usually make a night of it and get a room at the Monaco and enjoy a great dinner and a few cocktails. Dinner is always fantastic and the service is the same.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We had a great experience in our first time and celebrating my birthday. For sure we are going back next opportunity. The elk Wellington was just fabulous.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice meal! Pretty expensive for what it was but I would still come back again. Appetizers were tasty, we had some goat cheese dip and leak that was my fav. Filet mignon was good but slightly overcooked.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Server was wonderful, food was good. But the prices for everything were extraordinarily high for what they were. FYI, a glass of Chardonnay was $24. At this price point. I would go to another fine dining restaurant with more than 8 selections on the menu.

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  16. CorinaB

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Below expectations. Food was quite low quality - prosciutto beignets = non-beignets with cheese and a thick inedible slice of prosciutto on top and some kind of sweet jam underneath, scallops on a bed of watery risotto and wagyu beef only as a name. The wine by the glass - who knows when it was opened. Service was ok and relatively quick.

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  17. DaveJ

    Salt Lake City

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food but a little pricey. Definitely a great option for a special occasion

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  18. Mayra

    New York City

    99 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Branden was very helpful and nice. Pork belly and scallops were great.

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  19. Edward

    Salt Lake City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    For was very delicious. Nice waiters and ambiance. Would go again.

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  20. WilliamH

    Montana

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had not been to the restaurant in a couple years, but we were still delighted. The menu was somewhat smaller than we remembered, but the scallops and the halibut were excellent. It was not busy when we arrived at 6:00pm, but by the time we left it was packed. The service was especially attentive.

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  21. beacondiner

    New York City

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a delicious dinner. It was our first time dining at Bambara and will go back the next time we are in Salt Lake City.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great staff, great food, great wine list. Can’t ask for more from a ‘hotel restaurant’ on a Sunday night!

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  23. JohnnyBull

    Cincinnati

    99 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Traveling from out of town and came here based on reviews. I gave it 4 stars for very good based on flavor of trout and blue cheese chips. Waitress was attentive but took 45 minutes for main meal. Trout was tasty but not hot. Ceaser Salad was ok. Not worth the money.

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  24. Meloden

    Salt Lake City

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is always great fro pre show dinners. The special was a bi8son Wellington, flavor and the pastry with the filling was amazing. I did expect the bison to be a little more tender but over all the food was very good.

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  25. BobA

    Salt Lake City

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious appetizers and entrees. Exceptional service.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Okay food. Great service and nice place. Stake was good. COD wasn’t amazing, but wasn’t bad

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Was in town for a business trip and wanted to check out a local establishment downtown that wasn’t going to be noisy or crowded. This place fit the bill on a Wednesday evening. Very comfortable and cozy. Service was friendly and prompt. I ordered a glass of Malbec and the Bison Striploin entree (I subbed mashed potatoes for the sweet potatoes). There were two other tables sat in the main dining room when I sat down and was waiting. I waited exactly 45 minutes for my meal. That is exceptionally long. I was starving by the time it arrived and thankfully it was very tasty. I’d definitely recommend but be prepared for a solid wait on the food.

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  28. Turbocat

    Salt Lake City

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great meal and service. A bit loud. Still good after so many years.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Waitress not very friendly. Ambience not same as it used to be. Too plain now. Steak overcooked. New ownership? Not coming back

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  30. Warrens

    Salt Lake City

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Food was excellent, Service was inviting and sublime; and the ambience is warm but sophisticated.

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  31. DanC

    Chicago

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and staff were excellent. Beignets are amazing as was potato chips. Entrees were amazing.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu change and is not as good as was before, good food but not worth the high price anymore…

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  33. JosephS

    Salt Lake City

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The new Bambara revamp is beautiful and the Vault looks to be a new favorite bar! The food was tasty and well presented. The wines and cocktails were excellent and unique. The service was pleasant and very well timed. All around a wonderful evening.

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  34. Florida

    Orlando

    248 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    248 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious, we both had filets which were cooked to perfection and presented beautifully. Service was very good. We were aware of the bison Wellington, but failed to order it 48 hours in advance. The host was kind enough to check with the chef if there might be an extra. To our disappointment there was not, but we certainly understood. If we have a future visit to Salt Lake City, we will certainly return to Bambara.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was tip top but the filet mignon was not a single steak as is the norm, it was two slices and both pieces and orders were overcooked.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and exceptional service! Try the beef carpaccio.

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  37. AndreM

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hot potato chips were fantastic. Shared tomahawk cooked perfectly. Must try! Service was above and beyond.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good and loved the chef running the show right in front of our high top. Was fun watching the action!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome meal!!! Great service!! Made it for a memorable experience!

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  40. MyaM

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    me and boyfriend went for his birthday it was very nice the hospitality was on point and the food was excellent we had the filet mignon is was cooked perfectly and tasted amazing the best part was the desert

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FAQs

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

Bambara is rated 4.5 stars by 2935 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Bambara

202 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    200 South
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 7:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Modern European, Contemporary American, Bistro
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street parking; valet service that is discounted with validation.
  • Public transit
    TRAX stop on Main Street Between 200-300 SouthUTA Bus Stop on 200 South at Main Street
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (801) 363-5454
  • Catering
    Have the place to yourself for an unforgettable evening with 180 of your closest friends or colleagues. If your soirée requires a longer guest list, we also have access to three meeting spaces at the adjacent Hotel Monaco, with more than 3,100 square feet ranging from the 14-seat Tokyo Boardroom to the Paris Ballroom, with seating for 225. <br /><br />For more information or to book your event, email Tommy.Girrbach&#64;bambara-slc.com, or fill out the form below.<br />
  • Private party facilities
    Bambara offers 4 elegantly appointed separate rooms for holding business meetings or receptions. They can accommodate groups of 12 – 220.
  • Private party contact
    Bambara Restaurant : (801) 363-5454
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