Bambara

4.5
2311 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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Orange County
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience here. My wedge salad and fish entree were delicious. We ordered their blue cheese potato chips on recommendation by the waiter - they were okay. .wouldn't order them again ,though I would definitely revisit this restaurant .

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

real good time and food was awesome

CS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great atmosphere. I wish they offered 'just' a little bit more diversity on their menu (only one non-meat/fish entree). Everything else about this place is divine.

T
Salt Lake City
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and very good service. The Elk was amazing and the beet salad was delicious. Nice atmosphere and great location for shows at the Eccles Theater

LC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, amazing food. Left very happy, very close to Eccles Theater. Very convenient.

l
Jackson Hole
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was the high quality we expect from Bambara. One of our favorite restaurants in Salt Lake.

CJ
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband took me to Bambara for my birthday. It's on of our favorite places to eat.

Bambara
Responded 4 days ago

Cindy, thank you for taking the time to review us. We're so glad you were able spend such a special day with us. Please come back anytime! We'd love to serve you again.

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CS
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, great service, and excellent atmosphere. We will definitely be going back.

Bambara
Responded 4 days ago

Cam, thank you for taking the time to review us. Bambara thrives when able to offer an overall excellent guest experience. We're so happy we were able to serve you. Please come back soon.

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OT
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal. Had the scallops this time. The hash was wonderful. New dessert menu is fantastic. I have to go often because there are so many good options on the menu

Bambara
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us! Bambara has a fantastic culinary team dedicated to offering the freshest items available. We regularly change our menus, so you'll have to come back soon! Thank you for dining with us.

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DB
Salt Lake City
11 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy Bambara. The food and atmosphere and especially the service are great. What a nice way to start the night. Thank you for being such a good place to enjoy.

Bambara
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. We are always glad to set the mood for your evening (or whatever time you choose to dine). Thank you so much for dining with us, we hope to see you soon.

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M
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is hand down the best and has provided me and girlfriend an excellent service for our one year anniversary. Thank you for the wonderful services and my girlfriend loves you guys.😀

Bambara
Responded on August 14, 2019

Mokoma, thank you for taking the time to review us! At Bambara, we are truly dedicated to providing consistent quality in all areas of our guests' experience. We're so happy you shared such a special occasion with us. Please come back anytime (next year, perhaps?), we'd love to serve you again.

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RM
Salt Lake City
14 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best. Absolutely the best. That’s all.

Bambara
Responded on August 14, 2019

You know what Robby, we feel the same about you. Thank you for dining with us. Please come back soon.

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BA
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food great service perfect company pricey but food worth the price excellent combos

Bambara
Responded on August 14, 2019

Brett, thank you for taking the time to review us! Bambara is nothing but committed to excellent service, amazing food, and a warm, inviting atmosphere. Thank you so much for dining with us; please come back soon.

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and best waiter! Loved this place. Food was spectacular!

Bambara
Responded on August 10, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us! Please come back anytime. We'd love to serve you again.

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OT
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous, as always

Bambara
Responded on August 7, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us! We're so glad you enjoyed your time. Please come back soon, we'd love to host you again.

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OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food.

Bambara
Responded on August 7, 2019

Thank you for your review! Bambara has an amazing culinary team dedicated to creating the most flavorful menu in SLC. Please come back anytime, we'd love to serve you again.

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OT
Milwaukee
24 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

High top tables overlooking the kitchen are a fun way to dine and watch the action.
Menu was creative with interesting options and food was delicious!

Bambara
Responded on August 7, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us! Bambara is an ideal date night - dinner and a show in one convenient location. Thank you for dining with us. We hope to see you again soon.

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B
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

—-Overpriced on drinks and food, but very good quality. The Scotch on the rocks at ten bucks was ridiculous.

Bambara
Responded on August 3, 2019

Thank you for your review, Bill! We hope to see you again soon.

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DC
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very good restaurant for a business lunch. The restaurant has valet parking, which is accessible. The wait staff was helpful and attentive, and the food was all that we have grown to expect from this restaurant. We have been back many times, as this is proximate to downtown for a business lunch.
The atmosphere was inviting, lively, but not overly noisy to hinder good conversation. We recommend this as a nice spot for a business lunch.

Bambara
Responded on August 3, 2019

Darrell, thank you for taking the time to review us. Being centrally located has always been a blessing and a curse at Bambara. We are so lucky to have wonderful regulars and non-regular business luncheons daily! However, as Salt Lake grows, there's a severe lack of parking in readily available areas. When you dine with us we validate parking at the hotel for just 8 bucks! Thank you so much for dining (and parking) with us. We hope to serve you again soon.

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AG
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Found a hair on my food. They rectified it immediately and I enjoyed the rest of my meal. Fabulous restaurant. I would recommend it to anyone.

Bambara
Responded on July 31, 2019

Amy, thank you for taking the time to review us. When we make a mistake at Bambara, we work to amend and improve that oversight. Thank you so much for dining with us. We hope to see you again soon.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, service. Just a little pricey, especially for SLC

Bambara
Responded on July 29, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us! Bambara is one of the higher-end restaurants in SLC. We provide deeply committed service from all of our employees, a welcoming and inclusive environment, and the freshest ingredients compiled into thoughtful, exciting menu items. Thank you for dining with us, we appreciate your continued support.

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Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, excellent food and cocktails!

Bambara
Responded on July 31, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us! We hope to see you again soon.

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CS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed lunch here with friends, and a dinner with friends. Both dining experiences we had excellent, kind and attentive wait staff. The food was delicious! We will be back. :)

Bambara
Responded on July 23, 2019

Thank you for your review, Cathy! At Bambara, we believe every occasion should be a special one with good food, good friends (or good strangers), and great service. Please come back anytime, we'd love to host you again.

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BP
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a wonderful experience at Bambara. She had the scallop dish, which was beyond delicious! I opted for the bone-in ribeye, which was sadly disappointing. Cook too tough and on a flat top. The accompanying sides were very good. Just shouldn't expect a great steak that doesn't come from a steak house. Our waiter was extremely knowledgable and very friendly as well. I would recommend this place as a great date night dinner. Thanks for a great time!

Bambara
Responded on July 23, 2019

Brandon, thank you for taking the time to review us! Bambara builds itself on guest feedback - good or bad we can take note of where we can expand on and how to create a better experience for our guests. The scallops are a wonderful dish, with fresh scallops flying in from the coast daily. When you come back, be sure to try our elk loin with blackberries and cherry Luxardo BBQ sauce! Thank you for dining with us; we can't wait to serve you again!

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N
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A bit slow service at the begging but was ok afterwards. The hamachi appetizer was the highlight of the meal. The blue cheese salad put me off with inordinate amount of creamy dressing serving as a bed for the greens. The halibut was good but a bit overdone. Both entree and salad were served at same time.

b
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great setting. Our waiter Jacob was excellent. The food was excellent. We do wish there was more non seafood item. The pre dinner salads were excellent but really seemed expensive. Overall tho a really nice dining experience.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We originally had a 6:15pm reservation and changed it to 7pm due to confusion around schedules.

Bambara
Responded on July 19, 2019

Thank you for a five star review! We look forward to seeing you again.

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MF
Nashville
33 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE Bambara and enjoy eating there at least once every time in Salt Lake City!! The food is exciting, vibrant, beautifully plated and is over the top delicious!! I will be making reservations for our return trip in June of 2020 if not sooner!

GJ
Salt Lake City
26 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were staying at the Kimpton and delighted to find Bambara’s as the in house restaurant. I had read about this restaurant many times but never had the opportunity to dine there. Not only was it convenient but it was outstanding in every way!!

Bambara
Responded on July 19, 2019

Thank you for your review! At Bambara our only wish is true guest satisfaction. We're so happy to be the outstanding, convenient restaurant of your choosing. Please come back soon, we can't wait to host you again.

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j
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Filet was tough.
Halibut was like rubber.
Sleepy waiter

KM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

After seeing the menu from a google search for special occasion places to eat, we decided to come for our anniversary dinner. I got the scallops and my husband got the halibut. Both were delicious. We enjoyed a delicious dessert on the house for our anniversary. Our waiter, Jack, was the perfect amount of helpful and attentive while still leaving us alone for our meal.

Bambara
Responded on July 15, 2019

Kacy, thank you for taking the time to review us! Bambara prides itself on offering our guests the finest service, the highest quality food, and making every visit a special occasion. Thank you so much for choosing to spend your anniversary with us. Please come back anytime.

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CD
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were guests at the hotel. The venison is worth it! Great cocktails too.

Bambara
Responded on July 14, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us! Bambara's impressive culinary and bar teams work hard to create spectacular, delicious menus with the freshest ingredients. We are so happy you were able to dine with us, please come back anytime! We'd love to host you again.

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J
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible service. The food was amazing, and the EXPERIENCE was amazing! We already can't wait to go back.

Bambara
Responded on July 14, 2019

Jake, thank you for reviewing us! Bambara prides itself on perfecting the guest experience. We strive to offer a delicious menu, a warm and inviting atmosphere, and attentive service. We're so happy we were able to serve you. Please come back soon.

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Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a nice meal at Bambara. Tried something new this time -- the spinach & mushroom omelet.

Bambara
Responded on July 14, 2019

Thank you for your review! Breakfast (or brunch) is the most important meal of the day - and at Bambara we work to offer you spectacular options to get you started right. Thank you so much for dining with us. We hope to see you soon!

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HP
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just moved to Utah and found this gem in downtown SLC. Loved the food and the service! We will definitely be back

Bambara
Responded on July 14, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us, Heidi! Utah is known for its beautiful landscapes and amazing snow, but not necessarily for high-end restaurants. That's where Bambara comes in! We are here to offer you the finest food, the most dedicated service, and a warm, inviting atmosphere. We're so happy you chose to dine with us. Please come back anytime.

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I
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was amazing! Flavors were creative and delicious. I had the elk and my husband had the filet. Both were cooked perfectly. The service was great. I have celiac disease and the waiter was very helpful and knowledgeable. It’s fairly expensive but after you taste the food you’ll forget about the price. My only complaint would be the decor. For a restaurant of that caliber I would have expected a little more. It’s just a little shabby. The seat next to us had a huge tear in the fabric. Overall though, a great experience.

Bambara
Responded on July 14, 2019

Ingrid, thank you for taking the time to review Bambara. We know the importance of food allergies and work hard to offer you a delicious meal at no risk to your health or safety. We can't wait to welcome you back - we've unveiled a beautiful new menu and have some very exciting atmospheric changes coming soon! Thank you for dining with us!

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LO
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The service was great. The restaurant looked like a typical hotel restaurant. i expected better finishing and a more elegant look for the prices. The Main course was excellent. The fillet of beef was fantastic . However, the appetizer and deserts didn't match. if felt like there were closer to what i would get at an Applebees.

Bambara
Responded on July 14, 2019

Leonard(o), thank you for taking the time to review us! Bambara is a hotel restaurant in constant motion. We are working rather aggressively to keep up with visual trends at this time. However, don't let that dissuade you as - you're right - our filet is a meaty, mouthwatering option. We're very happy you decided to join us for dinner. Please come back soon!

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b
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We came here for our anniversary. The food was fantastic. Big bonus points for having fountain drinks, I hate hate hate drinking Diet Coke from a bottle with half melted ice in a glass in the name of being “high end.” So we were super happy about that. We had the elk and the lamb, two things that were recommended but we wouldn’t have picked out on our own. They were both excellent. We had the blue cheese chips for an app and the wedge salad which were also both great. We will be back. Service was fine. Nothing that stood out but fine.

Bambara
Responded on July 14, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review Bambara, Brooke! As a restaurant, we are constantly in pursuit of divine flavors that are quick to tiptoe over taste buds and sit firmly in the memory as The Greatest Meal of All Time(TM). As a restaurant, we also understand the value and appeal of fountain coke vs pre-bottled (and let's be real, the fizz tells the truth). We're so happy we were able to serve you. Thank you for dining with us. Please come back soon.

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AS
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, service was on point! The blue cheese potato chips are a must as is the beet salad.

Bambara
Responded on July 14, 2019

Antonia, thank you for your review. Bambara has become known for a couple of things - great service and great food. Speaking specifics, the blue cheese potato chips have become something of a legend in these here parts. Paired with any cocktail, soft drink, salad, meal, our southern-comfort nachos are here to take you to a zen-like state. We're so glad we were able to serve you up a savory slice of heaven. Please come back soon.

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OT
Salt Lake City
14 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Utah

Bambara
Responded on July 14, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us! Bambara endeavors to constantly and consistently serve you the most tantalizing menu items this side of the Mississippi. Our staff is the exact embodiment of hospitality, always available with a smile to make recommendations based on your unique and famished desires. Please come back anytime, we can't wait to serve you again.

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