Bambara

4.7
2647 Reviews
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
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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Safety precautions

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 2647 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MelissaF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time & Branden was an amazing waiter. This is one of my favorite restaurants in SLC.

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MARCUSW
Little Rock
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere with a good wine selection. The bar was nice. Food was fantastic.

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vipJetlcr
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

While the food was spot on, there was a very fishy smell as you walked into the restaurant. I overlooked that and went to my table. While the wait staff was good, there were long periods of time where we sat and no on checked in to take our order or bring us our check. We would have stayed for dessert, but by the time the waiter came back to take our order, we were done for the evening.

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GalenC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food...great service. Perfect place for late night dining.

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vipAmazon
Salt Lake City
12 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, Chrit was a superb waiter and the food here really is great We had ahi tuna tartar to start, which was sublime. Next, scallops on coconut milk quinoa, which was DIVINE. The halibut was cooked to perfection and was also excellent. We love this place!

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John
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date place

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

The service was very slow. Had soup and salad took an hour and 45 minutes. Food was great just slow service.

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vipmeandB
Salt Lake City
37 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It had been a very long time since we visited this lovely restaurant, and we decided to try it when we realized how much the menu had changed. Except for a few things that weren't available, I would say the food and drink were really exceptional--delicious, pretty and well composed. You can't help feeling they're still suffering the effects of the pandemic in staffing but they manage to overcome it pretty well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience as per usual! The food is incredible, Krit gave us amazing service and always recognizes me. I love this place. One of the last truly romantic amazing places to come in Salt Lake.

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vipHollyM
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food in SLC! Everyone in our 6 person group left happy and satisfied.

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viprondmcd
Orlando
46 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, wonderful service. We tried the new Tuna tartare and it was great.

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vipLorraineS
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The filet was outstanding and the lavender creme brûlée fabulous

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall2food5service3ambience1

The restaurant does not know what it wants to be. We saw a clash of themes, not only in the decor but also the menu. It felt like a hotel restaurant instead of a gem that happens to be in a restaurant. The food was very good! The service was decent. We just left feeling like we spent too much on an ok experience.

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vipTimR
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The filet and duck fat fried potatoes is worth the trip.

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vipGary
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a special dinner for our anniversary while on the road for vacation. The food was excellent. I had the elk loin and it was very well prepared. My wife had the scallops and they were likewise excellent.

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vipJimDandy
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

An attractive and tasty menu! No main vegetarian choices, but we managed to find lots of great options among the apps, salads and sides. Recommended!

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vip4boys4me
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bambara is always a great choice! The Fuji apple salad was delicious and scallops were perfect! Amazing dessert selection too!

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TomM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bambara has long been one of my favorite restaurants in SLC so it's no surprise that I loved it so much on my most recent visit.

The green bean and bleu cheese potato chip appetizers are simply amazing!

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Visible
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i DONT HAVE A DESIRE TO ADD ANY FURTHER COMMENTS IN MY REVIEW

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vipKimC
Salt Lake City
12 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service (Jack), and expertly executed dishes.

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NNewton
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My spouse & I stayed at the Hotel Monaco and ate at Bambara for my birthday. We had a lovely time - the food was wonderful, the atmosphere was nice, and my spouse loved watching the kitchen. The highlight of our meal was the cheese board - it's an appetizer, but I can picture having it as a full meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!!

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vipCAtraveller
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We liked it so much, we ate at Bambara 2 nights in a row. Over the 2 nights we had, cheese plate (both nights - delicious), hummus, baguette, elk (both nights - that good) and Steak + Frites. Desserts were good and as expected. Great value for us. ~$200 each night before grat. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great environment and excellent service

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SherylH
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The filet Mignon was our main course, and it was a poor quality cut. It was actually pieced together in a very tiny portion that was tough and actually fatty. The delicious sauce and prep was fantastic, however. Our server was great, and the cheese plate was a great value. Overall, we enjoyed our evening very much.

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Erindy
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's been well over a year since we last ate inside a restaurant, and I'm so glad we chose Bambara as our first "fine dining" outing. The food was wonderful. Our waiter recommended the elk loin, served rare, and it was easily the softest, most flavorful elk I've ever tasted. The berry/cauliflower puree it was served with was incredible-- an interesting culinary theme evoking the woodlands and wilderness. We also ordered the grilled filet of beef, medium rare, with the leek puree and fingerling potatoes. The meat was gorgeous and the flavors were exquisite. The presentation, in all cases, was perfect. We'll definitely be returning again for future special occasions since the price tag IS on the steeper side. =D

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LizH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and service. The music was very loud which detracted from the ambience, but otherwise it was a perfect meal.

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Patron
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Service was not good. We waited a really long time for our entres and the server never came back to check on us and refill waters. I went to the reception area to ask if we could pay the bill and was rudely told to go find our watier by the bar.

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SuzanneW
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a superb evening; our waiter, Jake, was incredibly- very knowledgeable, attentive, and made recommendations for cocktail/wine pairings with food. The only issue was the music was just a bit loud for usual conversation, but nothing that wasn't tolerable.

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JSW24
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bambara was excellent!! My wife and I both got the steak and it was perfect.

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vipKellbell
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was fantastic. Food was amazing. Beautifully prepared!

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vipCraig
Orlando
110 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Amazing food that was worth waiting for! Service was seriously lacking and the food took a really long time to come out. A few glimmers of hope with service then long periods of nothing! Sure sure everyone says COVID and no one willing to work- but the restaurant seemed to still be on half capacity and plenty of people around. I loved the food and would definitely try it again!!!

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TamsenD
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delicious food and great service. we loved our experience there

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food is very good though I wish the portion sizes were a bit larger. The service was a bit slow too. Overall would recommend, just know that service may be slow and that it will be pricey.

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WhitneyH
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and ambiance were perfect. Can’t wait to go back.

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Trent
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoy this place they they really hard to work around allergys and the food has always veen fantastic

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vipbrowneyedsusan
Salt Lake City
67 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved all three entrees we ordered for our table of 3. Attentive, courteous service. One of the women at table accidentally left her credit card on table. I received a text (reserv under my name) about 15 minutes later the cc card was secured at the front desk. So honorable!

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GregN
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One word can describe our food “awesome”. Our meal was fabulous

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vipEat2live
Salt Lake City
80 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, excellent food and service for dinner party of 8.

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DonovanR
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Elk Loin was terrific. The service was outstanding.

FAQs

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

Bambara is rated 4.7 stars by 2647 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.