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Bambara

4.4
4.4
2574 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 21 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, American

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Dinner Tue–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 2,574 people are saying

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Salt Lake City

    Contemporary American

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  1. DH

    DebraH

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    The food and service was okay but nothing was amazing. It was just bland and not exciting. Wasn't worth the price....for $50-$60 entrees, I expect something interesting and flavorful.
  3. A

    Amymer69

    Salt Lake City

    66 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I used to dine at Bambara very often when they still served lunch and LOVED their hummus. Wish they'd bring it back. I had the filet of beef and my daughter had the chicken. We shared the blue cheese chips and Brussels sprouts. Everything was delicious. No complaints.
  4. K

    Kell

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and excellent food! - waiter knew exactly what they were doing
  5. PB

    PeterB

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is incredible, with wonderful flavors and creative recipes. The dishes are good portions too, not little foo-foo fancy treats, but just the right amounts. I've had breakfast and dinner here, both were wonderful and I highly recommend. Friendly staff.
  6. AA

    AlexA

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    amazing Elk! service was good, but not great (nothing bad, just the waiter was slightly dry and robotic). great desserts too.
  7. BS

    BridgerS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience5
    Usually love Bambara but the food was absolutely trash this time! The steak was inedible and potatoes where so undercooked couldn't eat them. We where rushed out of the restaurant service didnt want to deal with the issue.
  8. MB

    MichelleB

    Salt Lake City

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bambara is one of the best restaurants in SLC. The food is incredible and creative.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    We've eaten here before and though pricey service and food have always been excellent. Not the case this time. Service was slow and inattentive. Food was uninspiring. My wife,s scallops were undercooked. Menu was also shortened and uninspired. Given the prices I would expect more.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  11. GR

    GregoryR

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    GREAT service and the food, as usual was very good!
  12. DF

    DianneF

    Savannah

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous food Fabulous service Table neighbors were noisy but actually not a Bambara issue- just a customer issue
  13. S

    Sarah

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of my favorite restaurants in salt lake! You can't go wrong with any of their menu items although $$$.
  14. J

    Joel

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious breakfast, friendly staff and great ambiance - highly recommended!
  15. B

    Bonnie

    Salt Lake City

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    After moving away from Salt Lake City, we were visiting there and remembered Bambara as a classy restaurant. We enjoyed our time there and the food, and the service was nice ... but we were surprised at how much the prices have gone up!!! We'll have to save up some cash before we can go there again.
  16. N

    Night

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was amazing and the service was very on top of it, I loved the decor and fine nature of it. It was a little louder than I thought but overall made me feel comfortable there. A great experience and one I recommend at least doing once in your life.
  17. m

    markr

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    It took almost 15 minutes to get initial service. After that the service was very good. The food is very good as well but extremely overpriced. Soups at 13-19 is simply too much and the same for the salads and side dishes. We don't eat meat so we ordered from the appetizer and soup and salad portions of the menu. The entree prices also seemed higher than those at other fine dining restaurants like Tuscany.
  18. KK

    KarenK

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fabulous!
  19. CB

    ChrisBarber

    Salt Lake City

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Generous bone marrow portions. The best rib eye I've had in a couple years, putting the high-end steakhouses like RC, M, Del Friscoes, Truluck, Flemmings, etc. back on their heels. Creative dessert menu. Attentive and professional service staff, without coming across as pretentious. Impressive for a hotel-based restaurant. Price point is a tad high, but perhaps in response to recent inflation impact. I'm typically a "boutique-independent-quiet-small" type restaurant sort of guy (e.g., Veneto, Osteria Amore, Wildwood, Charleston Draper, etc.), but for an anniversary or three-five person business deal dinner, I'd go back again to Bambera in a heartbeat.
  20. AT

    AmyT

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    While the corn bisque was subperb and the roasted chicken was spot on, the four scallops were very disappointing especially for a $50 dinner entree. Regan at The Vault was a great host!
  21. J

    Jack

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Last February on Valentine’s Day we had one if the best meals we have ever had. We returned to Salt Lake City in hope to have another great experience only to be extremely disappointed to learn there was a new chef. The restaurant was nearly empty now we know why. The scullery was near the open kitchen and all we could hear were slamming plates. Our total experience was awful. We will never return!!’
  22. SP

    SaphuP

    Salt Lake City

    32 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Terrible food - what happened? This used to be the best restaurant around and now it’s empty, bland and overpriced. The yellowtail crudo was fishy and not fresh, the watermelon sauce was sour and gross, the crispy rice on top was hard to chew, the green mush underneath was foul, and the crushed ice in the middle - why?!? The soup was grocery store quality. The filet was cooked properly but the sauces and sides weren’t good. The food looks pretty but that’s about it.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    It was so expensive for mediocre and unimaginative food. And the waiter talked our ears off.
  24. JJ

    JasonJ

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Thomas and crew did a great job making sure we had everything we needed.
  25. ED

    EricD

    Jackson Hole

    96 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Outstanding service for our party of six, very engaging staff. Delicious starters, and even yummier desserts, especially the lemon crème brûlée and the ice cream sandwich. We’ll be back.
  26. PB

    PatrickB

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Súper great food… ambiance is super nice!! Great for a getaway to the city! Large portions and the service was great! Must go for downtown SLC!
  27. DW

    DonW

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service made for a fabulous experience!
  28. SH

    ScottH

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Great place for a special occasion!!!
  29. PD

    PaulaD

    Boise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Eric, our waiter, was outstanding! His attentiveness made our visit well worth it.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Monterrey

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente lugar muy buena comida todo lo que probamos fue delicioso tal cual lo describía el menú. se pude platicar muy bien y el servicio fue muy bueno.
  31. JS

    JulieS

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was wonderful. Service was a little slow. We waited about 30 minutes for our appetizer and salads.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience and service as always!
  33. SP

    ScottP

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food and ambience great as usual. However, they have raised their prices apx 15-20% which is far greater than the inflation. They also now charge for bread which is ridiculous considering how expensive this restaurant has become. Nice restaurant, but over priced. Service was decent, but the server had a bad attitude and over charged us for our drinks which he corrected. Overall, not worth it!
  34. JF

    JayneF

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We stay at the Kimpton regularly and love being able to pop down to have dinner at Bambara. There is not a huge choice on the menu but everything offered is fantastic and customizable. The service is exceptional. Jack in particular is excellent. He remembers us, my food allergy and our favorite cocktails. What more could you want.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Portions were big, but I was expecting way better food for the prices…disappointed.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The prices have gone up by a decent amount however the flavor and portion size make it worth it for a special occasion. Ice cold draft beer, great service and lovely ambience. Definitely recommend it!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! Our server was very informative and catered to our every need! The manager took us on a tour it was so fun. A great historical experience! The vault door was impressive!
  38. L

    Luann

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    For special occasions we have been going to Bambara for years. Previously it seemed nicer with tablecloth’s and calming music. Last night it was very noisy. Cooks yelled to each other and there was some type of techno music playing too loudly. It was not the experience we have enjoyed in the past. It felt more like a middle class restaurant with extremely high prices. Sadly we will find another restaurant for special occasions.
  39. SS

    StuS

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We’ve been away for two years and we’re glad to be back. Menu prices have gone up but we really appreciate this restaurant.
  40. MA

    MichaelA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the Elk and it was amazing. The tuna starter was nice size and the homemade chips made the dish.

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 4.4 stars by 2574 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 21 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

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Dinner Tue–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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