Bambara

4.6
2618 Reviews
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
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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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
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

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Tue - Thu 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:00PM - 8:45PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM

What 2618 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
value
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal and service!

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vipScubaDiver
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for Mother’s Day and were not disappointed. She had lobster eggs Benedict and I had the New York for an appetizer we had tempura asparagus All outstanding

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MichaelB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was great. We loved the humus appetizer.

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vipCharlesD
Salt Lake City
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Jake, was excellent

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MelindaM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service in the dining room was excellent; service and atmosphere in the bar was lacking.

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Steve
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very nice and dependable. The menu was a bit limited......Covid?

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was very quiet and relaxing. Service was crazy fast and the food was excellent. The New York was delicious, but the scallops were incredible and I recommend getting them (and I’m not even a seafood lover).

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LonnyP
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was fantastic and the service was very good. Great evening waiting for our table at the Kimpton Monaco then dinner. A must place to go!

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BahatiM
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The ambience could be better, looked a bit too basic. The music can also e improved The food was good even though limited in variety.

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Rick4939
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! We never felt rushed and the service was spot on.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
14 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a very Pleasant experience

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancée and I came to Bambara for dinner after I proposed to her earlier in the day. I can say that this was the most amazing restaurant I have ever eaten at. The ambience of the restaurant was amazing and the food was better than anything I’ve had before! I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing restaurant for such a special night. I couldn’t recommend Bambara enough!

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VeryPleasedFromPA
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bambara is absolutely incredible... wow. I had the Elk Loin and it was absolutely perfect in every single way. My girlfriend had scallops and they were perfect as well. I was completely satisfied with everything about Bambara and so glad I found it and made the reservation. It was a great end to our Moab vacation and one night stay in SLC.

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ARKJr
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Return visit with friend. Just excellent, although somewhat expensive. Quiet enough for conversation, which was purpose of evening. Shall return.

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DawnK
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Any menu selection at Bambara is always a good choice!

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EFoody
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good, Enjoy the Elk, juicy and tender.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food WS amazing! The service was a little slow. Drinks didn’t hit the table till 30 min after arriving. Dinner took 2.5 hours start to finish. A little long, but otherwise, everything else was great.

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JudithR
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was amazing! Will definitely be coming back! Thank you!

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vipskier
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Limited menu but convenient. we were staying at hotel.

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Linc
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Are dinner with my teenage boys and we all enjoyed it immensely.

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CraigH
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jack was our waiter and he was exceptional
Thanks for the great service

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RWRemington
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a mediocre breakfast, dinner was delightfully perfect. We ordered the dishes we desired and they arrived exactly as expected. We had made reservations at another nearby establishment at City Creek, but facing a long wait, we decided to visit Bambara. Even the cheesecake was excellent!

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vipPenelope
Salt Lake City
15 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Purple potatoes with steak did not have a good flavor and for that and a fillet I paid $49 so no I didn’t think it was a good value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the pleasure of working with Tony who recommended the seared elk. It was wonderful! The appetizer, drinks and entrees were outstanding. I wish there was a Bambara in Atlanta!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Tasty and good service.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Bambara! Great food, service and ambiance!

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SuzanneC
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic server, food was delicious, and COVID-19 protocols were in place which made us feel safe and relaxed! We hadn't been out to eat at a restaurant for over a year and the afternoon at Bambara was the perfect place to be!

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CareyM
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience! We had a perfect Anniversary dinner! We will be back!

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vipAdamant
Salt Lake City
10 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gresh and hip. Wonderful place for a Friday night date.

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Jody
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

So sorry to say that it was the worst meal I've had in a long time. My husband and I went on our anniversary which was on April 1. We had the anchovy parmesan Caesar salad, which we thought was quite fishy tasting. But most of all my scallops were very disappointing. It felt like the chef didn't sear them in a hot enough pan so they didn't develop a nice brown crust. And the hash that came with it was inedible, like it had been made several days in advanced and merely heated up. I chewed and chewed and chewed but couldn't manage to eat it parts of it. My husband enjoyed his Elk Loin, however. I probably will not return to Bambara given the prices and quality of the food.

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We dined 3/28/2021.
Bambara was VERY clean.
The staff was welcoming.
The wait staff was slightly confused:
1. The IPA initially served was not what we order, but that was quickly remedied.
2. Secondly, we were presented with the wrong order. That, too, was quickly remedied.
The elk loin was nicely prepared, but too salty to our taste. We believe the meat was influenced by the side that was included.
Nice evening.
To recommend Bambara? ... nice convenient location. Pricey.
JM

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Made me look good!

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DPete
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A very small menu that could perhaps offer a couple of more-mainstream and/or vegetarian options, but overall a very good experience.

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JanT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and ambiance-
Small portions for the price.

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vipmaryellen
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Very expensive for what it is.

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Bristol
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has a great meal, with great drinks. Sat in the bar, and the bartender was very busy but kept checking on us. Had the steak and green bean appetizer. Overall good experience will come back for that steak!!

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HappyNotHangry
New England
13 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really nice wait staff. The bone marrow appetizer was delicious and generous in size. The fuji apple salad and the steak and frites were also very tasty. Overall, really great place!

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MadisonO
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy with our experience. We felt safe and everything was spaced out appropriately. Our food was amazing and the service was fantastic, despite knowing that they were managing a lot of diners with a smaller staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I booked it for my birthday. They didn’t even recall the booking or asked if it was for anything special. Salad and drink was good. Steaks was okay. Service could be improved and the ambiance could be improved. Also the floor was very slippery.

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vipJessicaN
Portland
26 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was AMAZING! The atmosphere was great and our server, Jake was great. He knew the menu inside and out and every recommendation was spot on. The drinks were so yummy and the food was incredible. We had the steak frites which were great and the scallops which was one of the best dinners I have ever had. Order the scallops!! Thanks for an awesome dinner!

FAQs

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

Bambara is rated 4.6 stars by 2618 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.