Bambara

4.6
2642 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 2642 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipKimC
Salt Lake City
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service (Jack), and expertly executed dishes.

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NNewton
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My spouse & I stayed at the Hotel Monaco and ate at Bambara for my birthday. We had a lovely time - the food was wonderful, the atmosphere was nice, and my spouse loved watching the kitchen. The highlight of our meal was the cheese board - it's an appetizer, but I can picture having it as a full meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!!

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vipCAtraveller
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We liked it so much, we ate at Bambara 2 nights in a row. Over the 2 nights we had, cheese plate (both nights - delicious), hummus, baguette, elk (both nights - that good) and Steak + Frites. Desserts were good and as expected. Great value for us. ~$200 each night before grat. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great environment and excellent service

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SherylH
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The filet Mignon was our main course, and it was a poor quality cut. It was actually pieced together in a very tiny portion that was tough and actually fatty. The delicious sauce and prep was fantastic, however. Our server was great, and the cheese plate was a great value. Overall, we enjoyed our evening very much.

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Erindy
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's been well over a year since we last ate inside a restaurant, and I'm so glad we chose Bambara as our first "fine dining" outing. The food was wonderful. Our waiter recommended the elk loin, served rare, and it was easily the softest, most flavorful elk I've ever tasted. The berry/cauliflower puree it was served with was incredible-- an interesting culinary theme evoking the woodlands and wilderness. We also ordered the grilled filet of beef, medium rare, with the leek puree and fingerling potatoes. The meat was gorgeous and the flavors were exquisite. The presentation, in all cases, was perfect. We'll definitely be returning again for future special occasions since the price tag IS on the steeper side. =D

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LizH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and service. The music was very loud which detracted from the ambience, but otherwise it was a perfect meal.

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Patron
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Service was not good. We waited a really long time for our entres and the server never came back to check on us and refill waters. I went to the reception area to ask if we could pay the bill and was rudely told to go find our watier by the bar.

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SuzanneW
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a superb evening; our waiter, Jake, was incredibly- very knowledgeable, attentive, and made recommendations for cocktail/wine pairings with food. The only issue was the music was just a bit loud for usual conversation, but nothing that wasn't tolerable.

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JSW24
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bambara was excellent!! My wife and I both got the steak and it was perfect.

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vipKellbell
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was fantastic. Food was amazing. Beautifully prepared!

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vipCraig
Orlando
110 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Amazing food that was worth waiting for! Service was seriously lacking and the food took a really long time to come out. A few glimmers of hope with service then long periods of nothing! Sure sure everyone says COVID and no one willing to work- but the restaurant seemed to still be on half capacity and plenty of people around. I loved the food and would definitely try it again!!!

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TamsenD
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delicious food and great service. we loved our experience there

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food is very good though I wish the portion sizes were a bit larger. The service was a bit slow too. Overall would recommend, just know that service may be slow and that it will be pricey.

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WhitneyH
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and ambiance were perfect. Can’t wait to go back.

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Trent
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoy this place they they really hard to work around allergys and the food has always veen fantastic

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vipbrowneyedsusan
Salt Lake City
64 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved all three entrees we ordered for our table of 3. Attentive, courteous service. One of the women at table accidentally left her credit card on table. I received a text (reserv under my name) about 15 minutes later the cc card was secured at the front desk. So honorable!

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GregN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One word can describe our food “awesome”. Our meal was fabulous

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vipEat2live
Salt Lake City
76 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, excellent food and service for dinner party of 8.

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DonovanR
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Elk Loin was terrific. The service was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal and service!

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vipScubaDiver
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
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 on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipCharlesD
Salt Lake City
26 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Jake, was excellent

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MelindaM
Boise
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
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 on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
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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vipswhtieindy
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good at Bambara. Very knowledgeable waiter

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LonnyP
Denver
2 reviews
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
Salt Lake City
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
3 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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GK26
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Over rated. Atmosphere is lacking warmth and coziness. Hamburger was tough. Cheesecake was great.
Very expensive which is fine when the food lives up to expectation. Our dinner did not.
It was decent but not outstanding.

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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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ChelseaF
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Went with some friends and it was a great time. Casual upscale dining, not fussy.

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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.

FAQs

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

Bambara is rated 4.6 stars by 2642 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.