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Bambara

4.3
4.3
2892 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 52 times today

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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

What 2,892 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

2,892 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious. The menu should be more extensive. The dessert was amazing.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent. Good atmosphere, however the service from the waiter was very poor.

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  3. BrantB

    Boise

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was spectacular. Service was top notch. Order all the starters. All of them *NOTICE* They need 48 hr notice to prepare the Bison Wellington. Wish I would have known before hand...

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at Bambara, will definitely be back. Great cocktails, and the filet mignon with the funeral potato purée was out of this world.

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  5. LisaO

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So happy that the Blue Cheese Potato chips are back !!

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  6. SheriffL

    Salt Lake City

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bambara's long been a fine dining destination. It definitely belies one's notion of a hotel restaurant. They excel at grilling meat and seafood. Expect elegance and fine service at this top-notch downtown restaurant. There is an excellent wine list and good cocktails. A great location for an evening at the theater---both the Eccles Theatre and the Capitol Theatre are within a block of the restaurant. Validated valet parking ($12) covers the evening's parking.

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  7. Sockeye

    Sacramento

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We arrived half an hour ahead of our reservation so we went to the bar for an aperitif and starters. Prosciutto beignets were delicious. Ambience in the bar was very nice - intimate and quiet. We were seated in the restaurant on time and the service and the food were both excellent. We ordered Filet Mignon and Truffle Spaghetti, Baked Alaska for dessert. Wine menu was broad and very good. An excellent dining experience.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food at Bambara used to be incredible. Now it’s good, but unremarkable. Chef Dave Jones’s absence is palpable. My trout and its accompaniments were bland, and my husband’s elk was tough and gristly. The by-the-glass wine choices were depressing and expensive. When I can buy the entire bottle at the liquor store for less than the glass price at the restaurant, and the bottle is mediocre at best, it’s depressing. The astronomical prices for the food and wine will keep us away in the future. The wait staff was outstanding.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent dinner, cooked very very well. Planned to pay a high amount due to the occasion. I should have requested seating that was not so close to others. Overall, great great dinner.

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  10. RINE

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Went here for a Valentine's date, and I wanted flowers delivered to the table. I set up my reservation, and when I tried to call and confirm or talk to someone, no one ever answered. It took 5 calls and 3 voicemails to get a response, and by the time they finally got back to me, it was too late to do anything about it. We didn't get the table reserved, which was a high top chef's table, we were seated at an ordinary booth, and were told they couldn't seat us where we reserved. The food was good, and the staff was helpful and friendly, but it was almost impossible to get a hold of them beforehand, and they wouldn't seat us where we had asked

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Disjointed seevice , lukewarm coffee, cold eggs with not much flavor (eggs Benedict) . One friend s order came out wrong by the time she got it back the rest of the table were finished eating. Another friend requested medium cooked bacon and sent back then it was brought back over cooked but she had to remind waitress to bring it back . The croissant pastries were dry . All in all I won't be willing to return .

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  12. JohnC

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was outstanding. Food was delicious, and ambience was spot on.

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  13. Jennifer

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Unfortunately, the overall experience was poor/fair. The food was great - eggs benedict - but by the time we ordered I didn't receive my spritzer until 30 minutes after the food was delivered. I had to find the server in their service station to ask about the beverage. She apologized but nothing immediately happened. I told the server that she hadn't even checked on is to see if we were ok. The manager said that the bartender was in the office and not in the restaurant (?). This was on a busy Saturday, where most restaurant goers were headed to the ballet across the street. Couldn't they anticipate a busy day and have more folks working? Overall, I have been disappointed lately with Bambara. The service needs some serious work. No one came to the table next to us for a good 20 minutes when they sat down; no water delivered or anything. Years ago we would go to Bambara and we had a great time. We won't be going back anytime soon. What a shame.

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  14. JulWC

    Salt Lake City

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We haven't dined at Bambara since their renovation and menu reconstruction. What a pleasant surprise to find such a lovely, clean atmosphere, attentive staff and delightful options to savor. The prosciutto beignets were amazing! Everyone there seemed happy, celebratory and in great spirits. A wonderful atmosphere that felt welcoming. I won't include specifics here but suffice to say that Kenzie (sp? - my apologies if incorrect) and Dillon were superlative and, for reasons not detailed here, offered an incredible kindness, in addition to a delicious meal. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. We will be sure to return.

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  15. Joerizz

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This was my first time, and unfortunately it did not live up to that anticipation. The truffle pasta was gummy and not Al dented (which is how I asked for it), and it came out cool, not even remotely warm. The flaming dessert was good, but the blue cheese chips and pasta were disappointing.

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  16. debs

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant seated us in a nice quiet booth to celebrate my birthday. They gave me a free dessert with candle. The food and service were impeccable.

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  17. SpencerR

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious bison Wellington, everything on the menu looked delicious. Will go back to try more.

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  18. TobyW

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Having eaten here several times, the food has always been outstanding until last night. We ordered the Osso Bucco. It was barely warm, extremely tough, so much so that we had to saw it w the steak knife. It was sent back and I got the Chicken Roulade dish w farro and broccolini instead. That dish was worse. The chicken was dry, the entire dish tasted like tap water. The broccolini was tiny, thin and tasted bitter and burned. I could only eat a few bites. We were sat at a small two top, the neighboring tables were extremely close, their coats/items were touching me and we could hear their entire conversations. It was difficult to squeeze out of the table w my coat and bag. We were extremely disappointed and it all made for an awkward evening. I know the staff could tell bc they removed our entrees from our check w/o us asking for that and we were only charged for our drinks. Our server and all the staff we encountered were exceptional. They made up for it the best they could which is appreciated.

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  19. RonG

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sat at a high top chef's table. We really enjoyed watching the work in the kitchen. Both the chef de cuisine and sous chef came and visited with us, and were more than happy to answer any questions we had. The food was excellent and the service was fantastic. We would definitely return if we find ourselves back in SLC.

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  20. JacksonC

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food has diverse complex flavors that compliment each other. Being someone who harvests their own meat, the quality of meats is that of a true home cooked meal, which is paired well with their unique cocktails. Service was exceptional and friendly, willing to explain the menu and pairings. Being located in downtown Salt Lake City creates the perfect atmosphere for a comfortable, high quality meal and service.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a fantastic place to celebrate our anniversary! Our server was attentive and knowledgeable. He made several recommendations and those recommendations were spot on! The food was amazing! My filet mignon was tender and nearly melted in my mouth! My husband had the blackened cod. His review “This is how fish should taste!” We loved the pork belly pancake as an appetizer. The cocktails from the bar were fun. We weren’t sure what to order so they surprised us. We love Bambara!

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  22. MarkS

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    the food was pretty good, the service was OK, not great. the atmosphere was ok but not warm and fuzzy,the value was just ok.

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  23. JeffreyB

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    First of all, staff was friendly and accommodating and the atmosphere was modern and uncrowded. The only downside is you can hear the kitchen rather loudly from the seating area. Unfortunately they did not have the signature dish available we initially wanted to order. I ordered fillet mignon instead and it was cooked to perfection, though the flavor was nothing particularly extraordinary. Portion sizes are small considering there's no bread starter, or any ammount of vegetable sides to accompany the main dish. My steak had a small ammount of funeral potatoes and three sautéed mushrooms. The server was polite and helpful. It was my birthday, so he kindly removed the cost of our appetizer from the bill. Overall, it was a good experience and the food was decent. But, in my opinion, not worthy of 5 stars for the price range compared to similar establishments.

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  24. JosephF

    Miami

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful place for a special meal in a special place. Food was outstanding and Melanie, our server was personable and professional. Can’t wait to come back

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicioso dinner! We substituted the potatoes with the cod for the famous “funeral potatoes”. Excellent! Service was cordial and punctual. Really liked the place!

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  26. JoseC

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great menu and the atmosphere was great, the overall experience was great.

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  27. drapp1952

    Denver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food quality was lower than that in several visits we have had there over the past 20 years. Prices have risen higher than comparable or better restaurants. Service was excellent.

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  28. JoshA

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was absolutely fantastic. A true delight.

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  29. PomPomPom

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The beet tartare blew me away. It could have been shared but I was on a solo business trip. The branzino was phenomenal! New favorite dish is acqua pazza! Great portion size. Waiter was very attentive and “fine-dining” professional!

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  30. JamesS

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, nice ambiance-not noisy, very upscale but not stuffy

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  31. giorag

    Salt Lake City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Patrick LeBeau has done an amazing job. This was my third visit and the food was delicious.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food. Normally don’t like ordering elk but it was incredible. Order the scallops

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  33. AdrianW

    Salt Lake City

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great and helpful! Food was amazing and quality to price was very much worth it. Repeat!

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  34. LeighAnn95

    Salt Lake City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've eaten here a few times before but never for dinner service. Immensely enjoyed our meal and will definitely be back.

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  35. NoeBee

    Exclusive

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was awesome. Food was fine, but hefty prices for the quality/execution.

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  36. DebraM

    Portland

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was fantastic! My waiter (I believe his name was Nathan) was perfect! Great suggestions and attentive service.

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  37. WilliamH

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant is one of the nicest hotel restaurants I have ever eaten at. The service was cheerful and helpful. The food while not dazzling was well prepared and presented. My filet mignon was the best I have had in quite a while. Sometimes you just want good food done well rather than a full on foodie experience.

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  38. BrianL

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was so amazing, it was our first visit and it lived up to the hype, the service was outstanding. And the food was seriously one of the best meals I’ve had in SLC! I’m so excited to go back for more :)

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  39. Stylequeenie

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was decent, but the portions were small and it was definitely lacking! I will not be here again for a long time. The cost versus quality and the quantity of food did not translate. I’m sad about it though because I used to love this place!

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  40. Jenn

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was absolutely amazing and the service was incredible. The staff and the ambiance made our anniversary dinner special. I will say the only buzzkill to no fault of the staff, was an extremely sick child coughing through the first hour of our meal. Totally offputting, but we were located the furthest table away possible; and neither of us got sick thankfully. We will be going back.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers

FAQs

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

Bambara is rated 4.3 stars by 2892 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 52 times today

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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