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Bambara

4.2
4.2
2604 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 35 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 Mon–Sat 5:30 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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What 2,604 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Salt Lake City

    Contemporary American

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  1. EM

    ElizabethM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    It was advertised as $60 per person but actually was $78 per person
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Way too much salt AND rather over cooked. Brussels, Salmon, Scallops.. SALTY. What I’m sharing is that it was not a great value at the “take away”. Birthday celebration was met with very good service however. Sadly our party did not enjoy the expensive $350- price tag. We won’t return
  3. A

    Andrew

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    This place was really nice and had a fancy feel. However, the quality of food for the price was a little imbalanced. The food was great but not $160 great.
  4. GM

    GlennM

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    We’ve dined at Bambara numerous times, typically before the ballet, and occasionally for a nice night out. The menu is new, the food is very good, but like everything else, it’s getting expensive, the server was boring and it’s just not that special anymore. We shared the whipped goat cheese app(great), split a Caesar( very good), shared the Wagyu striploin (very good, bit over seasoned, pricey), glass of wine and martini. Total bill $200. I do like the place, but will probably look for a new favorite restaurant.
  5. J

    Josepine

    Salt Lake City

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really good food! Not a single miss on any of the orders, and we had 5 people trying different things.
  6. WH

    WilliamH

    Montana

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The venison was excellent, and cooked as ordered with an intriguing mix of spices.
  7. W

    Weberco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    The food was not spectacular for the price. The Venison tenderloin with the sweet potato crisps was cooked to medium rare; however it was cold when it arrived to the table. The lamb was dry and cold as well. Most of our party ordered the Gnocchi which was soaked in vinegar and almost everyone did not finish it. We had high expectations but were let down. I hope this place can pick up if they are going to charge what they charge for this.
  8. N

    Nate

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Absolutely fantastic flavor combinations and meat quality. Make sure to get plenty of appetizers (which were also downright delicious) because the main part of the entree (the scallops, the steak, the cut of venison, etc…) is the only thing of interest on the entree plate. The cocktails that we had were surprisingly lackluster.
  9. C

    Christine

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    This restaurant is connected to the Hotel Monaco. The Vault does open 30 min before the restaurant, but does not serve food until the Bambara opens at 5:30pm for dinner. I wasn’t impressed by the bar service or the drink that I ordered at The Vault. As for dinner, our server was very nice and informative. The food was good, but definitely less than what we expected based on the reviews.
  10. l

    labreez

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Menu was tired and uninspired. My entree arrived luke warm while my associate received 4 scallops for $48. Wine pours were very uneven. All in all, poor and expensive overall experience.
  11. P

    Pdufff

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Didn’t stay for a drink or dinner. Bartender was rude. We moved on.
  12. A

    Amymer69

    Salt Lake City

    71 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    We did the brunch a few weeks ago, and had the steak frites and eggs benedict meals and LOVED them...so, we went back today and ordered the exact same thing, and... something was "off" with both of our meals. They weren't nearly as scrumptious as they were before. My meat tasted gamey and the hollandaise sauce on the benedict was not the color or taste of the one from before. Different chef? The shoestring fries were still fantastic, and the service was great. Just wish the food was consistent.
  13. DF

    DanteF

    Salt Lake City

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food2service5ambience5
    Bambara is one of our favorite places to dine. We have been going there for years. Our server Melanie was awesome ! I had the filet and it was amazing. My souse and friend has the chicken and his wife had the venison all were amazing. The reason for not a perfect rating on the food was the one thing we all have come to look forward to is the blue cheese chips and we were so excited to have them with a glass of red wine only to find out they took them off the menu. A HUGE disappointment! I literally had been this out them all week it took a perfect meal and dropped it down a few notches. Please bring them back !
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. One of our absolute favorites
  15. p

    promprom

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Gruff, and unknowledgeable wait staff. Lost their good chef. New one there only a few months and is mediocre to terrible. Expensive without merit. Entire dining experience unremarkable and disappointing.
  16. PS

    PamS

    Phoenix

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Absolutely the best food we had on our trip to Salt Lake!! Loved the atmosphere, attentive waiter and superior cuisine! Bravo!!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    So sad about no blue cheese chips and the burger no longer on the menu. It wasn’t broke!!!
  18. AH

    AndiH

    Salt Lake City

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Overall it was nice. The service was great, but one of the items we ordered wasn't accurately described on the menu and was not at all what we wanted. The staff happily took it away and didn't charge us, but we were quite disappointed.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    A bit underwhelming… But the food was just ok... we had the brussels sprouts for appetizer, very good! The carrot, and ginger soup was ok but underseasoned needed salt and pepper. The steak over cooked and somewhat bland. Gnocchi was OK but undercooked. Overall meh ..
  20. LL

    LaurieL

    Key West

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love dining in Bambara. Great ambience, outstanding and delicious food, and such attentive staff. Perfect evening!!!
  21. SL

    SLC1989

    Salt Lake City

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great date night dinner prior to Ballet West which is right across the street. Wonderful service, classy setting.
  22. LO

    LisaO

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The Blue Cheese Potato chips were one of the best appetizers. Please put them back on the menu. They are missed!
  23. d

    dine22jh

    Jackson Hole

    34 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Bambara is typically great. This time the service and food were horrid. I had to send my steak back after two failed attempts to cook it medium rare. The server and food runner had no idea what they were doing. Unprofessional and hugely disappointing.
  24. F

    Foodman

    Salt Lake City

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    This restaurant thinks it is way better than it actually is. When you first enter you are excited by the décor and ambiance, but then when you look around closely you notice how tired the place looks. The menu is just weird. It's one of those restaurants where you are handed the menu and 10 minutes later, nothing still sounds good to you. The food was good. But we ultimately ended up with soup and salad. The scones were amazing. Service was terrific. We would like to return and give them another try - but would hope for a seasonal revamp of the menu, with items that are more mainstream and appealing than most of their offerings.
  25. LO

    LainieO

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We had a gift card. There is nothing special about this restaurant other than how overpriced it is.
  26. AP

    AlexanderP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    Nice food and service. But way over priced. Kinda feel like a sucker.
  27. A

    Ambsgeo18

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The dishes were (salmon , fillet mignon , biscuits, Brussels sprouts ) tasted good but was not fully worth the money . The service was excellent and the wines were also good.
  28. PD

    PamelaD

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Bambara is overpriced with average food. We had the Bambara salad (greens, radishes, a little cheese) and scallops with pomegranate and quinoa. The 5 scallops were surrounded by about one-quarter cup (maybe) of the side, looked forlorn on the huge plate, and tasted ok but not memorable. Wines are also pricy. I used to enjoy Bambara but probably won’t be back anytime soon.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    New menu and new chef. I missed the blue cheese chips. Salmon was amazing but I didn’t love the pickled cabbage. The crème brûlée was divine!
  30. K

    Kirby

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredible and the chefs were extremely kind about my food allergies - and even caught something I hadn’t! Incredible food, drinks, and staff. Will absolutely be back when I’m in town.
  31. L

    Leswashsmith

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    We were there for breakfast but the menu was a brunch menu, We wanted more breakfast items, more sweet and less savory. I am not ready to have salad at 8:00 in the morning. We came back specifically for the waffles we had in March, and no waffles were on the menu. We loved the waffles. So, disappointed. The eggs benedict were good but the hash brown/potatoes were hot and the egg was cold. Walnut muffin was delicious. And the server made me hot chocolate which was good. The server was great. I am not sure if I would recommend for breakfast, and have not had another meal there.
  32. JO

    JOLW

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Both the food and the service were excellent . We had the elk, cooked medium rare, and the salmon. Both were prepared to perfection. When we requested one soup to be split between the two of us, we expected one plate and two spoons, but instead each half portion was served in a separate dainty small dish. We thought this was a special nice touch.
  33. S

    Stew

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Salmon was delightful, carefully and successfully cooked. Our party also had the Elk, again successfully cooked, tasty and not tough or gamey-tasting.
  34. LK

    LisaK

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unique and delicious food! The service was great and the location is very convenient.
  35. A

    Alltravis

    Salt Lake City

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Awesome meal. As always. Prices have gone up. Service was decent. The place never seems to fill up for some reason! Try the Elk!
  36. SP

    SuzanneP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bambara is always a great choice! The food is delicious, the service excellent and events downtown are within walking distance.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff.
  38. GA

    GretaA

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    To start, they were not serving lunch at 11:30 though the website said otherwise. They were out of everything from Prosecco to eggs Benedict- even ketchup. We used to like this place but won’t go back. Garbage experience.
  39. SC

    ShaneC

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about the meal is carefully considered and brilliantly executed. It's expensive but worth the price. You're paying artists to make art for you.
  40. DH

    DebraH

    Salt Lake City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, Bambara was amazing on every level. One of the BEST places in Salt Lake City!

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 4.2 stars by 2604 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 35 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 Mon–Sat 5:30 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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