Bambara

4.4
2130 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
History and innovation go hand in hand at Bambara, from the décor to the menus. Critically acclaimed and locally loved, Bambara’s grand arched windows, original brass accents and travertine marble blend stylishly with its contemporary design. In Chef Nathan Powers’ dynamic exhibition kitchen, ingredients from local farmers and ranchers are reimagined as inspired New American bistro plates. In a nod to the diversity of tastes and preferences of our clients, we are happy to offer a range of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options in addition to our regular menus.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am
Brunch
Sat & Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(801) 363-5454
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Nathan Powers
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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.

For more information or to book your event, email Claire Kapp, call (801) 990-9708, or fill out the form below.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
200 South
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Parking details
Street parking; valet service that is discounted with validation.
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Public transit
TRAX stop on Main Street Between 200-300 South
UTA Bus Stop on 200 South at Main Street
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Special events & promotions
Please visit our website for upcoming special events www.bambara-slc.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Sun 10:00AM - 1:45PM 5:30PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Fri 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Sat 10:00AM - 1:45PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

What 2130 People Are Saying
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing extra happened as far as for my birthday but we were there celebrating and the food was amazing and got to the table quick

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C
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food! We had chicken and lamb dishes and both were very good. Waiter was knowledgeable and attentive. Not intrusive at all.

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D
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fantastic! Our waiter was the best! I took my wife there for a weekend getaway and we will definitely be back!

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SL
Salt Lake City
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been to Bambara many times, but the quality of our meal as well as the service tonight was definitely better than in the past. This restaurant is doing great things, and I will be back soon!

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S
Salt Lake City
13 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bambara is a place you can count on for solid service and food. Great evening!

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c
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Got the elk loin. Best elk ive ever had. Waiter was unenthused and when we asked about what made the mussel & clam appetizer broth so delicious they responded that it was a very basic white wine and cream sauce. Should’ve just re-read the menu as it was more informative than the waiter.

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KL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had tasty cocktails and good food. The service was excellent and the atmosphere is nice.

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KS
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Regan was an amazing server. We loved her! Stellar selections. A great brunch.

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OT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting, beautiful food, with a most beautiful date. 2019 will be full of beauty.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Arrived on the 31st. Requested seating arrangement ahead of time. Wasn’t properly greeted well, nor was I seated where I arranged, ( as seeing as there were tables available even near the area I had requested. Which of course I asked the server if I was able to switch.. waiter said yes. Then we ordered off the menu. Main menu requested there was no more of the main course, waiter failed to compromise or suggest anything else, I was left with really no options as I’m vegetarian. Food arrived missing my partners entree and side entree, I had to send mine back because it had meat. Where I had specified the waiter no meat. So then we had to wait again for our meals. During the course of waiting, we had waters, we had no refills, the lack of attention was very disappointing and unfortunately didn’t enjoy our meal. I was hoping for the service I had had reviewed. So I was highley disappointed. Especially since it was for a personal special occasion.

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Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Everything I have ordered, has been excellent. They have some unique items on the menu, all will amaze you.

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B
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Horrible service, the restaurant was empty which I assumed I’d be help faster. I staff stood around didn’t greet me, didn’t offer to seat me. They just looked around. I don’t waited for Around for a while and no offered to seat me. Needless to say I will not be returning.

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A
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I watched them let someone in right at at 2 o’clock and then turn the next guest away. That was right behind them, maybe at 2:01? So basically they were in line at the same time. Then they shut the door in my face. I knocked on the the door. The guy opened it. I said, I have a reservation I’m just trying to change for tonight... he couldn’t help me. I understood because they were busy. I just didn’t like the way I and the other guests were treated before hand. That night when I dined my server did the best he could, but just had too many tables. He need an assistant.

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Boise
38 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice setting and attentive service. Food was good, main courses were served warm...not hot. Main course of Seared Stealhead was overpriced. It's as though the restaurant felt the need to price their meals high to attract a certain clientele or garner a certain reputation. You don't have to have a high priced menu to achieve an outstanding reputation....you need outstanding food and service.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Terrible. Waited for drinks for 20 min. Food took over 45 min and we had to rush to make the play. They didn’t charge us. But didn’t do anything to make us come back. Would never try again.

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DV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food
We had a concert to get to and our waiter was great in getting us out the door on time
Nice restaurant

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R
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time being here, always first impression counts, so definitely I”ll go back for a great evening. Food and service excellent!! Thank you !!

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OT
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas dinner!🎄

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GB
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Initial service was great however no bread until we asked twice and then came After we started the meal. Price high for what you got.

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TG
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The worst service & food I have ever had for $200.
Drinks took 15 minutes to get, the poke tuna was brown, the ravioli was so thick & gummy. My husband had the steak, it was mediocre. I wound not reccomend going there for anything. There are so many other better restaurants in SLC.

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TH
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Reserved a booth, got a high top in front of the kitchen instead. Was okay but very loud and a lot of traffic in that area as you could imagine. Food was great, and came out fast. The service was good, attentive but not that energetic. Expensive menu but you could still find some moderately priced items that were a great value for the serving size.

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RS
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always. Waiter had great recommendations. Christmas cocktails were fun.

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C
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Service started out great then the waiter got "dismissive" we had to ask for things several times. The risotto was terrible--absolutely no seasoning--so we sent it back. He brought it back loaded with salt--it was really bad. the Elk steak was fantastic. Cheese board was okay--not much. He finally brought bread to our table at the END of our meal.

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F
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have gone 2 years in a row, and both time were starved by the same energetic awesome guy! Cal! He offered his opinion on good foods and treated us like family. We will definitely be coming back. The food was amazing this year, a better selection than last year.

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T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was very terse here - put in drink orders and those took forever (including the water). Then when we finally gave our dinner orders, we hinted to the waitress that we needed to be out of the restaurant with time to get to a show, which was 1 whole hour left in the restaurant. Our food came out 10 minutes before we had to be walking out of the restaurant. And when it came out, none of it was hot, so I'm not sure what they were doing with it while it cooled off. The waitress did not apologize for the wait.

This was supposed to be a birthday celebration too with a birthday dessert, but the long wait did not give us time to actually celebrate. Overall, the food tasted good, but it was cold. The service was also cold. Will not return to Bambara!

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c
Atlanta
44 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good, especially the elk. Waiter was knowledgeable and helpful.

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AB
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We ordered the calamari as a starter and Wind River Farms Chicken and Steak Fritas for our entrees. Everything we ate was fine, but nothing delicious or special. We know good food and this isn’t it. This restaurant was recommended to us as a favorite, but we weren’t impressed and wouldn’t return to give it a second chance.

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l
Jackson Hole
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints. Fabulous food and great ambiance. It is one of our favorites in Salt Lake City.

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t
Denver
70 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I dined alone on a short getaway to SLC and enjoyed my meal very much at Bambara. Penny was a wonderful server and we chatted a little about the differences in the Denver Hotel Monaco and this SLC location. I had deviled eggs that were delicious and the scallops and a yummy wine.

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DM
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were attending a concert at the Eccles theater and so we wanted to find something close by, Bambara's was exactly what we were looking for. Great service, wonderful food and we went out on a limb and ordered the elk dish...WOW!!! We will be back! Well done Bambara!!!

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KS
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

One of the places on my continual dinner out list, that I come back to often. Brunch is good, and dinner choices and meats are cooked amazing.

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Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Bambara delivered. One of our favorite places to go in SLC!

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l
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Overall the food was underwhelming for a price tag of $250 for two people and no alcohol.

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TR
Salt Lake City
37 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Tuna appetizer stunk. The only good dish was the corn soup. Entrees, scallops & lamb, were very disappointing. We were wondering if the lamb might be too dry even for our dog.
The only redeeming factors were that the hostess & our waiter were nice.

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JR
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great, service was great. Restaurant was very cold inside.

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DM
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find looked at a bunch of menus and decided on this one. We were in from out of town and look for restaurants that cook with fine ingredients and put together complicated flavors. Bambera exeded our expectations if we would have ate here our first night we would have come back on the second night. Amazing food especially the lamb.

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LW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great recommendations by our waiter! Steered us to the more unusual (bone marrow, elk, and the mushroom ravioli) for their unique pairings of flavors.

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TU
Salt Lake City
34 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our company uses Bambara for corporate entertainment. We are never disappointed. Service and food are excellent. The lunch specials are usually interesting. I highly recommend Bambara.

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AC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

When you ask us 5x’s if you can take our plate it moves from a 5 Star dining experience to a chain food establishment trying to turn tables. The restaurant was only 60% full so pretty sure they didn’t need our table.
The food was excellent the servers were experts in helping us make great choices. The menu had plenty to offer!

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MH
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I drove 30 minutes out of my way for dinner at Bambara on Thanksgiving night. I scoured the web site and found only the regular menu. Nothing about Thanksgiving. I even looked in Events and there was nothing.

I arrived at the end of a 7-hour cross-country flight to noise & chaos. There was a buffet in the hall and a buffet menu plus a fish and vegetable al la carte menu. I was seated and waited about 5 minutes before someone came with water and asked if I wanted a drink. I said I would wait to figure out food, so he left. I didn’t know he was the server til he returned. I asked about food and he said there was the buffet and that the al la carte dish was included in the buffet. I was tired enough to consider a $40 buffet to get a piece of fish and Brussels sprouts. But I thought I better ask the price. It was $80. That showed up no where on the web site or menu.

This used to be my favorite restaurant in DC, but the quality has gone down as the cost has become ridiculous. There are better and lower cost options in Salt Lake City.

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