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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

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Please join the Bambara family for Thanksgiving! We will be doing a decadent buffet with carving stations, seafood displays, all the traditional trimmings and a wide array of desserts!

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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

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (44)
Fit for Foodies (39)
Good for a Date (39)
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Creative Cuisine (38)
Pre/post Theatre (33)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Romantic (22)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Notable Wine List (19)
Worth the Drive (19)
Local Ingredients (17)
Business Meals (17)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Good for Groups (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Seasonal (12)
Casual (10)
Cozy (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Great for Brunch (9)
Healthy (9)
Fun (8)
Hot Spot (6)
Authentic (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
People Watching (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tapas (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Organic (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Chic place, with trendy menu. But tastes are exaggerated by over- manipulation of the recipes, everything tends to be in the salty side. The gnocchi seemed to be cooked the day prior and re-heated with extra sauce; salmon was salty and spicy and the only remnant of the fish flavor was a slightly fatty aftertaste. Freshness lacked from the menu and the tastes of the items we tried.
The goat ice cream was a great fresh taste and a surprise; but the chocolate mousse that came with it was just too rich to pair with it.
Service was great.

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·Dined 3 days ago

The food and service were fantastic.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great location, interesting menu. Definately try the blue cheese potato chips.

Tags: Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was amazing. Wine list could be better on reds. Seem to push for a quick turnover on tables. Felt rushed.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was fabulous and he service was perfect! Great for pre ballet or theater.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The perfect spot for a high class special occasion dinner. Service was stellar and the food was absolutely amazing. The scallops melt in your mouth and the lamb was cooked to perfection. Try dishes exactly as they are with no substitutions for optimal palate experience! Thanks again, Bambara!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for a Date, Romantic, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fun, Great for Brunch
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We love to eat here before the theater or ballet as they will always be efficient with great food. The ballet at Capitol Theater is across the street.

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Awesome birthday dinner. Halibut was fantastic. Great service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was excellent! Very high-class, fresh ingredients.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We were absolutely impressed with Bambara! Perfect repast before the ballet. Within walking distance to the Capitol Theatre. The scallop dish was heavenly, and the lemon-thyme gnocchi to die for.

Tags: Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Great for Brunch
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 4, 2017

You are late due to traffic and they were very accommodating when I called and needed to move our reservation back. We were seated immediately and the server came right away but was not rushed. The food was delicious; I had the beet salad and then the scallops. Everything was very tasty with multiple flavors and textures My husband had a short rib ravioli which he enjoyed very much.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Best meal I’ve had in a long time. The starters sounded all too good to pass. The duck prosciutto was salty (in a good way) and absolutely delicious. The bone marrow was balanced nicely with notes of acidity and crispy cilantro. The cheeks were tender, crispy and meaty. The clams sat in this beautiful thick sauce full of flavor and perfect for dipping and scooping. The deviled eggs were elevated with a perfectly crispy piece of prosciutto and deliciously mildly sweet pickles. If that wasn’t enough for our tastebuds we then had the short ribs raviolis. They were savory pockets of deliciousness paired perfectly with a touch of acidity to cut the richness making it beautifully light and oh so flavorful. Lastly we ended our night with a must have turtle icecream sandwich and an apple sorbet with tarragon. Both nice and light and a perfect ended to the meal. I️ would return to Salt Lake City just to eat here again. Definitely worth the price and the trip.

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 (London)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The meat was suberb and not a tiny portion.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Fantastic food and our waitress Sophia was gracious and a great server. Highly recommend.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

A very lively and energetic environment. Service was wonderful, and the waiter was knowledgeable in suggesting a perfect wine when we were trying to juggle lamb and seafood. We both had the corn bisque to start and it was every bit as good as the reviews suggested. A fun place with good bar scene and tasteful decor.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food was great - full of flavor and taste. The service was phenomenal, almost a little quicker than I would like. The restaurant would be great for a meal before the theatre or a concert. I will be back.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Pre Ballet West show - perfect location. Service impeccable, accommodation of diet was most appreciated. Food a bit salty but not appreciably different than other establishments. Clams were outstanding.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Healthy, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Overpriced food, "fancy cafeteria" ambience, average service, unexciting menu choices.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 22, 2017

A must for any SL local couple to experience! I'm sure would add double the romance if staying at the Hotel Monaco as well with its exquisite menu!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Romantic, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Organic, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Previously impressed that the menu changed regularly, but haven't seen much change as of late. While the food is still good, attention to detail seems lacking (ie, Pasta is exceedingly thick on the short rib ravioli, food overly salted, duck prosciutto cut very thick). Hopefully, this is just a temporary lapse.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our server was fantastic. He knew the wines on the wine list and the food. We started with a shared Tuna Tartare which was excellent. It is light and was a good portion for sharing by both os us. We then enjoyed the beet salad which was light and flavorful! We followed with by the sea bass which with the faro and baby tomatoes was outstanding. It was cooked to perfection. The pace of the meal was terrific and we enjoyed our evening.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was amazing. Our waiter even better. Had excellent recommendations and went above and beyond. Great location. Would definitely venture here again.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Bambara always delivers - great food, service and ambiance. It’s a Salt Lake City gem!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Fun, Cozy, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Amazing good and great service! We had a few limitations- food allergy, different timing for two people, and two kids in tow. Bambara was right on it! Meals were prompt, fresh and delicious! Kids loved the food as much as the adults, and all accommodations were exceeded! We all will return!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 18, 2017

We enjoyed a pre-concert meal with the staff paying good attention to timing as usual.
The appetizer of trumpet mushrooms was excellent and the house special Caesar that we shared excellent. The scallop preparation was interesting but the amount of scallops was too small (about 5 medium) for my husband's appetite. The short rib ravioli were very creative and much enjoyed. The pinot noir by the glass was terrific.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 18, 2017

One of the best pastas I have ever had.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was amazing but our server (C-Mac) made the meal. Great evening.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Special touches all around, from a personalized menu to a birthday candle on the dessert. Delicious, creative menu!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Great service and delicious food...as always. Have to start with the potato chips smothered with melted cheese. The special was a grilled cheese with caramelized onions and a bowl of tomato soup. Starts with a salad, finishes with a yummy cookie. All was delicious, especially the grilled cheese!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Casual, Romantic
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Not happy that they took the Monday special of the chicken fettuccine off the menu. Had the cubano sandwich...pork tasted strange.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Love Bambara as a great pre- opera dining experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

We went to Bambara for our first anniversary. We noted the occasion on our reservation, and we when we arrived our menus had "Happy Anniversary!" printed on them, which was a nice touch. I wish that there was a little more to choose from on the menu, but overall the food was delicious. We started off with a shared plate of the Blue Cheese House Cut Potato Chips, which were amazing! Tons of delicious cheese and perfectly crisp and tasty chips. For main dishes, my husband was head over heels for his Scottish Salmon. I opted for the Gnocchi, which was good but didn't pack as much of a punch as I would have liked.

Our waiter graciously offered us a dessert for our anniversary, and we decided to go with the Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee, which was the perfect way to end the night.

Overall, we're happy with our choice of celebrating our first anniversary at Bambara, and would recommend it for other special occasions!

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

The ambience of the restaurant was very nice. Good lighting and low noise level. It was our anniversary and the staff wished us well and our menus had happy anniversary written on them. Collin was an excellent server. Very attentive and respectful. EXCELLENT recommendations on food and drink pairings. We had a wonderful experience!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The ravioli and filet were excellent. The blue cheese fries were overly greasy and a bit overdone. At over 300% markup, I thought the wine a bit overpriced. It did go well with both meals. Overall a very good meal.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food and service were both on point. Steak cooked perfectly. The Bone Marrow appetizer is amazing. The NY Sour craft cocktail was a perfect blend of sweet and sour. Bambara is located inside the Kimpton Hotel Monaco. Staying at the hotel and making a reservation at Bambara, makes for a great staycation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great food! We had a wonderful professional server. My only issue I had with our dinner was the server assistant staff seamed frantic. It was like a cold breeze when they came by.

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

We had a great time enjoying the wonderful food and service Bambara had to offer. We have 4 kids and don’t eat at nice places often enough so this was a treat to go to such a wonderful restaurant and try new things.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We have dined here and taken friends here and hosted visitors here over the years. The restaurant has always had a creative menu and this meal was no exception. Our server helped us arrange a tapas small plates style meal with the highlights being pig cheeks, brussel sprouts, and an all local cheese plate. The "by the glass" wine offerings are always excellent. Looking forward to coming back again.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The menu is very misleading as to the description vs the reality of the dish. The waiter did not know or did not properly describe the dishes. This is a management and chef problem.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

I've been here before for lunch and it was fantastic. However, this dining experience was not nearly up to par. A few of the dishes were fantastic like the duck prosciutto, however a few of the dishes were awful. Tuna tartare had no flavor whatsoever, filet was ordered medium rare and came out very well done. The short rib raviolis were also disappointing. Heavy on pasta was way too aldente, with very little short filling. Our server was friendly enough when he was around, but when he did come back from long absences, he wreaked of cigarette smoke, which was quite unpleasant. My husband and I both would have offered another glass of wine, but were never offered. Overall, a very disappointing meal for $300.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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