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About Bambara

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.

202 S. Main St.
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:00am
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 8:00am - 2:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
200 South

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(801) 363-5454

Website:
http://www.bambara-slc.com/

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.

For more information or to book your event, email Claire Kapp, call (801) 990-9708, or fill out the form below.

Parking Details:
Street parking; valet service that is discounted with validation.

Public Transit:
TRAX stop on Main Street Between 200-300 South
UTA Bus Stop on 200 South at Main Street

Executive Chef:
Nathan Powers

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please visit our website for upcoming special events www.bambara-slc.com

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Details
Sun 10:00AM - 1:45PM 5:30PM - 10:00PM

Mon - Fri 8:30PM - 10:00PM

Sat 10:00AM - 1:45PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

Private Dining

Bambara offers 4 elegantly appointed separate rooms for holding business meetings or receptions. They can accommodate groups of 12 – 220.

Bambara Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (55)
Pre/post Theatre (45)
Good for a Date (44)
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Good for Anniversaries (41)
Fit for Foodies (40)
Creative Cuisine (38)
Romantic (28)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Business Meals (25)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Notable Wine List (19)
Good for Groups (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Local Ingredients (16)
Fun (15)
Hot Spot (15)
Seasonal (15)
Authentic (12)
Great for Brunch (12)
Cozy (12)
Healthy (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Casual (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
People Watching (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Organic (4)
Scenic View (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Great Beer (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Had a truly amazing dinner with my wife. The service was great and the food was Amazing!!! I would recommend Bambara to everyone!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Organic, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Healthy, Good for a Date
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined 4 days ago

Every dish was a delightful taste in the mouth. The menus were thoughtfully laid out and lots of options for the delicate tummy clients. the food was lovely to look at and easy to savor.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Organic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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·Dined 5 days ago

Some of the best food I’ve ever had .. ...
I had steak

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined 5 days ago

Changed the res from 4 to 2 people but the restaurant didn't get the message.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined 5 days ago

I have been multiple times at Bambara but Jake (Our Waiter) made it very special. He is very classy, professional, friendly and most importantly, Jake is very pleasant to talk to, he is smart and he knows how to provide extremely excellent customer service. My hat off to Jake.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Tapas
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 (México)·Dined 6 days ago

Nothing outstanding but a good proposal of entries and sandwiches. It is a good local restaurant.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great food! The only thing I would change...
Your lighting is WAY TOO BRIGHT!! DIM THE LIGHTS!

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Wonderful service, incredible food. Best meal of my life. Order the beef ravioli!

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Best food I have every had. The atmosphere is great. Cozy and quiet. The food is mouthwatering. I would eat there every night if I could. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The hotel Monaco also has a great atmosphere. When your done eating you can play games out in the lobby. The giant scrabble board is a must after dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Always amazing food and the service was fantastic.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Asked for a romantic table. (Double birthdays and New Year’s Eve) Stared at a coat rack all night. lamb was good but the pork or lamb belly in sauce tasted very gamey, couldn’t eat. There was a piece of plastic in my husbands wine glass. We were kind of shocked, but didn’t make a big deal of it.
Had duck confit next day. Very little duck present. Service erratic.
The cheeseburgers and fries from room service were GREAT!
Did love staying at Monaco and coming down for dinner.
Do need to work on food a bit though. Usually fabulous. This time, very inconsistent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The service was excellent. Nice looking restaurant that was quiet enough for easy conversation. But, the best part was the excellent food that tasted great and was beautifully presented.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We went for our anniversary. Letting the staff know it was our anniversary beforehand through open table turned out to be a good idea. They had special menus printed out that said "Happy Anniversary" and the staff seemed particularly attentive and aware of our special evening. They also gave us a free dessert at the end of the night. Overall the food and service was fantastic. We both got the filet and it was one of the best filets I've had in a long time and I eat out a lot at nice places so I'm not easily impressed.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We are here on Christmas Eve while staying in SLC for the holidays at the Grand America. For the price, there are far better options in downtown SLC. The bread was stale, my wife’s gnocchi was perhaps the worst she’s ever had - very heavy and dense with oil, as if they’d been sautéing for hours and been rewarmed in oil. The filet was cooked well but fairly bland on flavor. I had the special - a chicken roulade that was fine, but certainly not special. Maybe I’m too much of a good snob, but we were not impressed. Wouldn’t ever go back and definitely would not recommend.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 25, 2017

I'm pleased I scheduled ahead for a reservation as it was well worth it. I took my adult daughter and her boyfriend and thoroughly enjoyed our time together. We weren't rushed, the starters were out of this world, the entrée crazy good and even ordered amazing dessert and coffee. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu and obviously loved being there. I'm so pleased Bambara is open. I did Christmas Day with my adult children in 2014 and will always remember the wonderful evening together. That was our last Christmas together so there is bittersweet memories for me. We'll be back for yet another memorable experience. Cheers

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

This place has wonderful ambiance. It 's an uptown experience at a reasonable price. Service was great.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Excellent location, staff and the Chef is the best. You are always a true guest in this place. Thank you for the service and kind passionate feelings.

Tags: People Watching, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Spicy, Business Meals, Healthy
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 (Boise)·Dined on December 18, 2017

As usual. Elegant and casual. Never disappoints.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2017

very expensive but convenient for the Capital Theater and ballet performances

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 17, 2017

This was my third time at Bambara. Two dinners and a brunch. It is fine. Great space, the staff are wonderful. They are always friendly and willing to help. They are prepared and accommodating. It is the reason I am willing to go back.

The menu is well rounded and while there may be to many "friets" on some of the entrees the selections sound exciting and delicious.

Once delivered the presentation is very nice and the amount of food is what one would expect. But each time I have looked towards the kitchen area and asked myself if the main chefs are off tonight and I received the second string. Mind you I have been here on a Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday morning. Nearly a year time span. The food just doesn't pop. It's good, it is tasty and has flavor but tends to fall flat. There just isn't real depth to the sauces or flavor in the pork.

I have ever been fully let down and certainly would not caution someone against a visit. The staff and ambiance factors come into play to support the creative menu. For $100 a person (with a cocktail) I want the kitchen to stand up and deliver the words on the page.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

It was a very nice treat for a romantic dinner. The blue cheese chips are so good as was the entire dinner

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Had a reservation for 5:30 but we had to call to let them know that we would be late about 15 minutes due to the traffic at that time of night was horrible. They had no problem with our tardiness and sat us at a small booth. The booths look great but if you are over 175lbs it is a tight squeeze. I had to sit next to my wife in order for us to move the table further away so that we could enjoy our meal. Our server Cal was very friendly and attentive to our needs. Our dinners and wine were very good. The filet was cooked medium rare as requested and the potatoes were awesome. My wife had the gnocchi and loved it. We didn’t have time for desert because we had a 7:00 ballet show to catch. Great place to dine at wish we had more time to enjoy it instead of having to rush because of our time schedule. We will be back again in the future.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Wonderfull ambiance, good food.love the valet park8ng. VERY expensive!!

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Bill was $78.19
I gave $60 in cash to cover part of it. The remaining $18.19 I put on my card.
I gave a $19.81 tip.
My card is being charged $38 (card + tip) AND another $19.81. They charged me for 2 tips. Ridiculous.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Our reservations were for 6:30 and we had a theater engagement at 8:00 PM. I told our waitress that we had to be to the theater at 8:00. It took her 20 minutes to bring my first drink and 15 to bring my second. She put our order in late and we were forced to cancel the order at 7:45. This girl was the worst waitress I have ever experienced. She was not very apologetic and did not offer to comp our appetizer. I had to speak to the manager who was very accommodating about everything but the experience was a disaster all around. When I asked for Chardonnay she came back 15 minutes later to tell me that the Bar had run out and then she took another 10 minutes to return to tell me that she had found some. Wow!

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Barbara has always been a great restaurant with a great menu and delicious entrees.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Appetizers “Small Dishes” left a lot to be desired - very acidic. Cheese plate was not diverse or profound in flavor. Entrees were fantastic. Wine list was over priced, but what fine restaurants isn’t. I didn’t like the selection though either - there was not that many to choose from.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 10, 2017

As usual, Bambara was Outstanding! We have been coming here since 2002 when we discovered the Bar during the Olympics. Many Birthdays, Anniversaries and friend dinners later, we are never disappointed here. Looking forward to the next visit

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Stay at the Hotel Monaco for an overnight staycation! Bambara was great, great food great service great wine pairings. We had to leave early but our server was quick to box up the goodies for us. Thanks!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Reliable quality of food and service. This time deserts were a bit disappointing. Pastry of profiterole was tough and chocolate torte was surprisingly not chocolaty.

Tags: Casual, Gluten Free Options, Disabled Access
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Our 3rd or 4th time there - always very good. Must try the Silky Corn Bisque! And the filet.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Cozy, Hot Spot
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 7, 2017

It was and always will be one of the great restaurants west of Chicago

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We ate here before the theatre. It was busy but our waiter was efficient and pleasant. The food was delicious as usual.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Outstanding food in hip downtown atmosphere. Makes one feel as if they’re dining in a fine restaurant in San Francisco or New York. The adjoining cocktail lounge is a hidden gem. We’ll be back.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Great location for downtown eating. Very nice decor and really good service, however, the food was at best average.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Best steak in Utah!!!! Loved the wedge salad and calimari for appetizer was excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Cozy, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Bambara continues to impress . Always a great meal and splendid service. This was the first time we had brunch and it was as good as lunch and dinner. In our top ten places to dine in SLC.

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We went for my wife's birthday as it is her favorite dining out option and once again they did not disappoint. Her filet of beef was perfect and left her completely satisfied with our evening out. We have dined here on multiple occasions and they have never failed to exceed our expectations with their outstanding meals and service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Service was definitely lacking. We had to ask for everything, including menus, refills of water, silverware, etc. I should have tipped myself as I was the one overseeing all of the table management.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

We were there for Thanksgiving buffet. While the food was good, it felt like most of it were cheap items (carrots, green beans, veggies in general) and very limited on seafood and main entrees (Salmon was very good, but small potion). We feel it was overpriced at $75, we would have been happy at $40 or $50 max. Most likely won't go back for another thanksgiving.

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