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Bambara

4.1
4.1
2652 Reviews
$50 and over
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 42 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Daily 7:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:30 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

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.6Value

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  1. BG

    BondGirl

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food! Wine was really overpriced.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Elk was delicious
  3. SE

    ScottE

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Worst snapper I have ever had. Wine list is ridiculously expensive.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best part of the evening was the service. Our waiter was personable and knowledgeable. He really took the time to tell us about each dish and give solid recommendations. Wonderful experience!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    The Manager who greeted us as we walked in was curt. As we approached the host desk he was on the phone. I smiled at him as I approached and was given a very dismissive finger to the face shushing me. That set the tone for the evening. The food was good as always but it took almost three hours to dine this evening. It was forty five minutes before our appetizer order was taken. The waiter seemed to lose track of all time and space and was slow to provide decent service. This is one of our favorite places to dine but tonight the service was abhorrent!
  6. KB

    KentB

    Salt Lake City

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Menu was not very broad and salads were mediocre for the price.
  7. JE

    JustEatIt

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Good service. No cocktail menu. Server said the restaurant was delayed getting their new cocktail menu printed because of a late menu paper delivery. Basic cocktails we ordered were mediocre. Little gem cesar salad nothing special about it. Beignet prosciutto appetizer good. Entrees we’re fantastic. Tenderloin with slow roasted kale and elk encrusted with coriander and fennel with crunchy mushrooms and sun chokes. Took way too long to get the entrees out.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated the eve of our anniversary at Bambara and we had a wonderful experience! The food was delicious, and our waiter was good-humored and on-top of our needs. We ordered their honey ice cream for dessert and he lit a candle in the ice cream for us to celebrate. Great ambiance, too! It was quiet enough that it felt intimate and the experience, individualized. We’ll keep coming back!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. The noise level was low and easy to have a conversation.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never been here before, fantastic food and excellent service, just a great place for dinner!
  11. JH

    JanieH

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m a cattleman’s daughter, and my filet mignon was perfectly cooked to medium rare. The beet salad was innovative and a delightful combination of flavor and texture. My husband enjoyed the elk, perfectly seasoned and as promised by our waiter, not a bit gamey.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was amazing! We ordered salmon and elk and they were delicious! Our server was very attentive and helpful! The only downside we had to wait for about an hour for our food to be served. Everything else was great!
  13. K

    Kathryn

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall2food3service4ambience5
    We came here for our 10-year anniversary based on a list that it was a good restaurant to celebrate a romantic evening, anniversary or special occasion at. I left in the special instructions that were were celebrating our 10-year anniversary here and I'd like to make it special. Flowers, flower petals, or a dessert that said happy anniversary is what I was expecting since those are the kinds of things we've had added at other restaurants. The servers were very nice, but they did absolutely nothing to accommodate a special evening. Didn't even wish us a happy anniversary. Did they even read the special instructions? Probably not. Will definitely be calling restaurants after this to see what they do and not rely on OpenTable to forward information on. The server started out saying there were no specials and they only had what was on the menu, which was a bit of a downer to start the night off with. Otherwise, the food was good, but not $200 good. We ordered the prosciutto beignets and salmon tartar to start. Both were very good. I got the elk and my husband the striploin for our entrees. My elk was perfect, but the fried mushrooms as a side were very heavy and very rich. I think roasted vegetables and a salad or quinoa would have been a better pairing. My husband's steak wasn't rendered or trimmed properly so about 1/3 was fat. We weren't impressed (except for the elk). The desserts were good. My husband ordered the banana crème brûlée with burnt cinnamon and the flavors were excellent. They were very skimpy on the sugar topping so it didn't have a nice break when digging in, but that was the only negative. I ordered the double chocolate Panna Cotta with graham cracker crumbs and a roasted marshmallow and it was also good. Overall, we won't be coming back. I can pay $200 at Current Fish and Oyster or La Caille and have them make it a special celebration like we've done with previous anniversaries, which is what we should have done to begin with. Lesson learned.
  14. R

    Resortguru

    Orlando

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    ELK filet was very good and cooked as requested, Bambara salad had great texture and apple vinaigrette was refreshing Lamb shank was delicious, service was delightful and server was very knowledgeable and personable
  15. H

    Holly

    Salt Lake City

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In one word…amazing! Great food, great drinks, and great food!
  16. C

    Christian

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The restaurant was smaller than expected but the food was absolutely incredible! Our waitress is very friendly, and have very good recommendations that we took up. Her service could’ve been a little more frequent but she was worth a good tip. Overall, we had an amazing experience.
  17. LS

    LSNelson

    Salt Lake City

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Food was mostly not good. 3 of 4 ordered red snapper and it was poorly done. Starving so they did consume. Some staff considerate including our waiter but others inattentive and rude. Not really interested in honest feedback. Waiter is the one who made the experience bearable. He was great. Probably won’t go out of our way to go there again anytime soon
  18. CW

    CarolW

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    They had blue cheese chips as a signature but we were told the general new manager did not want it. Sometimes you need to keep things from the past because we love them. They have a replacement that does not come close.
  19. CS

    ClintS

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Way over priced for the quality and quantity received.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were outstanding! Loved the lamb shank and the scallops were the best I have ever had. Great evening!
  21. D

    David

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were excellent. The venison was the best I have ever eaten and our server was knowledgeable about the available wines.
  22. MR

    MistyR

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All around we had a great experience. The food was delicious, the service was exceptional, and we will definitely be back.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Largely neglectful service, waiting a while each time for non-alcoholic drinks, placing our order, and for the bill. At one point after having laid down our menus for several minutes and awaiting return to place our orders, Chrit was standing literally alongside our table with his back turned, gabbing to the last remaining guest of a 4-top for a solid 2-3 minutes. I nearly interrupted them but didn’t want to further sour the experience. As for the food itself, fantastic. A couple odd texture choices with our beignets (should have been a bit more crisp throughout, given the pear compote generously covering the plate) and the lamb was impossible to distinguish texturally from the spaetzle in your mouth. Flavors all exceptional, however.
  24. DK

    DianeK

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    I was very disappointed. Not the same quality prior to the pandemic. Willing to pay for quality. This was not it. Coffee tasted instant. No saucers with coffee cups. Main meal plated on a plate too large. Not aesthetically pleasing. Server dropped items 4-5 times while serving us and others. Was a regular customer. No longer. What happened? Food not as tasty.
  25. m

    madeleinep

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fabulous new menus
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jackson Hole

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience1
    This was our go to restaurant before attending the Nutcracker,an annual tradition. It had been 3 years since dining at Bombara and I was surprised that the interior had been remodeled. In previous years it was a very upscale and special dining experience requiring a reservation well in advance but now has the ambiance of a diner / deli with partitions separating four person booths stacked upon each other and table seating lined against the walls. No tablecloths, no candles or table lighting, vacuum cleaner and a commercial refrigerator in plain sight of our table, wait staff dressed down. We waited too long for our pre-dinner drinks and our salad showed up before our cocktails. The saving grace…the salmon and scallops were both good albeit quite small to average portions. There was no charge for the bread and butter however you must request it as they do not ask you or bring it otherwise. The server was friendly but overall the whole experience was disappointing for a special night out and I’m sorry to say we won’t go back.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Didn’t feel like the same as it used to be. It was a business lunch so it’s weird to receive a brunch menu at 12:30. Bar wasn’t stocked so ingredients for drinks had to be collected and no dessert options. Host up front wasn’t warm and friendly… just did not get a hospitality vibe from the experience at all.
  28. K

    Krys

    Salt Lake City

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    The restaurant was empty and they wouldn’t seat us until everyone was there which was a little frustrating. We would go 10-15 minutes without seeing our server. The food was good but not a great experience
  29. FN

    FishNSkiMedia

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jake was an amazing waiter.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The friendly staff there was able to get the four of us in and out in about 45 minutes. Granted, it was not crowded. We were on our way to the nutcracker at Capitol theater across the street, so it was the perfect location for dinner.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The service was impeccable. The sour dough bread that comes with the goat cheese appetizer was burnt. The petite filet was delicious. And the Creme brûlée for dessert was burnt on the top. Just a little tweaking would bring this restaurant back up to where it has been in the past.
  32. S

    Snowman

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Extremely slow service. The waiter was outright rude. Food was very average, our soups arrived lukewarm. Overall a terrible dining experience. Stay away.
  33. AM

    AidanM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    waiter stopped by the table more times to ask if we had any questions then to see if we needed anything I don't need to be asked 3 times if I under stand a menu with 20 things on it horrible service at this place. just unacceptable well never return or recommend this place to anyone
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great brunch before the nutcracker
  35. L

    Lindsedawn

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Had the salmon ceviche and Proscuitto beignets as starters and both were delicious. But the star of the night was the gnocchi. The pickled Fresno chimichurri was divine!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Food was reasonable for a hotel restaurant but service was extremely slow both days. The ambiance is very cool, as is the hotel. We are allowing some grace though because it seems like they are short staffed.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and atmosphere is amazing. Brandon gave is great service. He was aware we were attending the show next door and made sure the food came out quickly so we made the opening curtain.
  38. b

    binky

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    We have eaten here many times and we love it. Our service was fantastic but for some reason our entrees were overcooked, both the salmon and the lamb shank. We mentioned the salmon to our server and the price was taken off the bill which was appreciated. The appetizer and dessert were both wonderful. We will return and hope this was a fluke.
  39. GV

    GeneV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent staff, attentive, meal was SUPERB, wide variety of choices !
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    A bit disappointed

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

FAQs

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

Bambara is rated 4.1 stars by 2652 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 42 times today
Google Map for Bambara

202 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    200 South

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Daily 7:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American

  • 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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