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Bambara

4.5
4.5
2565 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


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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 2,565 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Salt Lake City

    Contemporary American

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  1. AT

    AmyT

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    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!
  2. J

    Jack

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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!!’
  3. SP

    SaphuP

    Salt Lake City

    32 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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!
  9. SH

    ScottH

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Great place for a special occasion!!!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience and service as always!
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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!
  18. 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!
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. PC

    PCDiner

    Salt Lake City

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We have always loved this restaurant for high quality, imaginative food at a reasonable price. Food is still great but be aware that prices have skyrocketed.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Felt like we had been forgotten several times… it wasn’t that busy.
  24. k

    karenw

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband have been to Bambara many times over the years. The food is exquisite and the service is always fantastic!
  25. KH

    KrystinH

    Salt Lake City

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    The server was great. The cook yelled at us as we walked in you have 10 minutes to order. Very awkward. Took my husband and daughter here for Fathers Day breakfast.
  26. D

    Disappointing

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    We have been coming here before theater for many years, but something changed since the shut down for Covid. The menu is definitely smaller, which is understandable, but this is the second time we have come and waited forever for our food. The first time our steak was raw inside and cold, and we had to send it back. This time, my scallops were good, but the risotto was literally flavorless. And we had to wait forever, almost late to the theater, even though we came two hours early! Our teenager had to wolf his steak down, which is not optimal at $62 for a steak, but at least this time it was actually cooked. I just expect better at these prices. And absolutely no communication for our waiter, it seemed like he was avoiding us! I hoped our first experience back was just a blip on the radar, but this is a trend - we won’t be coming back until things change.
  27. B

    Bryan

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic anniversary dinner. The scallops were fresh and delicious and I could not believe how tender and juicy the elk was cooked. We got the meat and cheese board which also did not disappoint as it had a good variety of cheese, including some that are local.
  28. JY

    JillY

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We come here every year for our anniversary. At least for the last 15 years. This was the best meal yet!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were amazing !
  30. BB

    BizBag1

    Phoenix

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time eating here and from start to finish was excellent. Cocktails were well crafted, and the iceberg wedge was perfectly balanced. One thing you will note eating here is if you like meat, there is no shortage. From the bacon on the iceberg wedge, to the bits in the mac & cheese and especially the amount they give you for the steak Frites. I usually don’t show a picture of my food AFTER I’ve eaten it but this is what was left over… And I ate a healthy portion! We’ve also included a picture of the desserts which are excellent. Great addition to downtown SLC!!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was simply to die for that’s all I have to say. Like WOWWWWW
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful delicious.
  33. RJ

    RandyJ

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, always a treat, a bit pricey
  34. DM

    DonaldM

    Toronto

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding food & service
  35. LV

    LucV

    Los Angeles

    41 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    There are much better restaurants in Salt Lake. Food was cold, service was lackluster and hostess told us she was bored
  36. AP

    APX1

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everyone in our group had an exceptional meal - full of rich flavors and textures - will be my go to for future dinners in SLC.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Made special menus for our anniversary, amazing food and experience
  38. JH

    JessicaH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    There are limited options. It owuld have been nice to have a larger selection of menu items.
  39. YJ

    YukonJohn

    Denver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food, good service. Pretty energetic atmosphere.
  40. d

    dschrick

    Salt Lake City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food.

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 4.5 stars by 2565 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


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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