Nubar

4.1
932 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Nubar will be opening for dining on Thursday April 1st. We will offer dinner 7 days/wk, beginning at 5pm. The kitchen will close at 8pm Sun - Thurs, and at 9pm on Fri/Sat. The restaurant will close 1 hour after the kitchen closes. We are now serving brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11am - 3pm.

Located under the glow of a Cambridge landmark and in the heart of Harvard Square, Nubar restaurant and lounge is now open at the Sheraton Commander Hotel. A chic neighborhood hangout emphasizing a comfortable bar and dining experience, Nubar restaurant serves food reflective of its surrounding neighborhood: smart, seasonal and approachable.

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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 932 people are saying
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4.2
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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FredH
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food is fine for money. The patio area is very pleasant.

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Caitlin
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoor seating, great food and cocktails. Incredible staff.

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viponespeed63
New England
13 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Wife and I frequent Nubar once in a while. It’s in the neighborhood and nice to change things up.
This is a pandemic review...I had the steak tips that looked like a little over 1/2 cup portion with fries and arugula salad...$26!!!
Server was nice but inattentive, forgot a drink order and then proceeded to break down bar while we waited for the drink that was never coming or check.
I guess this will be the norm for awhile as restaurants try to find experienced talent and ramp things up. The menus are the same everywhere...one fish, one pasta, one chicken and steak frites/tips...I’m bored

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LONEILL
New England
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely! My favorite place to go in Harvard Square.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating area!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Love the outdoor space, for the ambience the food is a bit plain but happy to be back dining in restaurants with friends!

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Erika
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience on the patio at Nubar. Portions are big and the food is excellent. Delicious mixed drinks.

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vipJack
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Nubar accepted a reservation time of 7:30. When we arrived, they told us that kitchen closes at 8, but in fact that the kitchen starts closing at 7:45 and we needed to order immediately. We thought about leaving, but our party of six included several students still working on Finals, so we didn't think we had the time. We had to order everything immediately, including dessert. And the food all came at the same time. And even while eating, we were being pushed to finish so that they could take the dishes before going home. Never have I experienced such a stressful meal service. They should never accept a reservation with less than a hour before kitchen closing. I don't fully blame the staff, but the urgency of their pushing us was not necessary. And to top it off, tip was added. Thanks Nubar. Not just the worst dining experience in Boston, maybe in the country.

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Lene
New England
41 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Awesome Mother's Day brunch! One of my neighborhood favorites! Casual/ upscale /gourmet . Our outdoor table was along a wall and wonderful. Virtually all the tables have overhead covering so rain wouldn't have been a big issue, but it was nice out. The server was very nice and fairly attentive. The food came out promptly, however the starter came out with the rest of the meal. Speaking of which, the huge sticky bun starter was heavenly and plenty for the 4 of us to share. I ordered the frattata but swear it was quiche that I got, fortunately I like quiche. Two friends got the stuffed french toast which was wonderful. Last person got steak tips which were excellent and came with small, very yummy potato pancakes. We weren't rushed and I must confess overstayed the 90 minute limit a bit.

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Kita
New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was a bit slower. Noise level was fine except that everything inside echoed so it was hard to hear ppl next to you (I’m use to loud restaurants and typically prefer them but this was a bit much). Since it was Mother’s Day everything was premade which wasn’t indicated when originally made reservation. Overall not horrible but not spectacular

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WendyM
New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was good. Choice was limited. Portions were too small, and prices were too high.

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EllenE
New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

I had dinner here last week - the food and service were wonderful. I just got back from Mother's Day brunch and the food and service were awful. I was with my mother and son; we waited 15 minutes to place our orders, our food arrived 45 minutes later. The wait person, who was very nervous and in a hurry, barely said a word. When our food finally arrived, my son's salad had dressing, mine did not. My son's biscuits were 'mediocre', my frittata was a dry square of egg which I ate out of hunger. Our wait person never checked on us; after flagging him and asking for dressing, it came out 10 minutes later at which point I had to ask for more coffee. The check came with 18% gratuity added (after the tax). I told the manager I was unhappy with our experience and this gratuity. She did not ask why, nor offer an apology. She removed the gratuity, I added my own. I remain most shocked by the lack of interest in my comments by the management. I will think twice about returning ever.

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NatalieP
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

We had Mother’s Day brunch at Nubar and it was great. Service wasn’t the best.. we were understanding that I was a holiday but it was not busy enough to be that ignored. Over all, 4/5 experience.

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vipJudy
New England
30 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Nubar! It is always wonderful to enjoy a meal here! The salmon with the snap peas was absolutely mouthwatering. Cooked perfectly. Don's service was great! I highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipiped
New England
15 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Terrible service and food for brunch. Past dinners were great; not sure if and when I will return.

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vipcyc3
New England
20 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nubar is one of my favorite places, but I haven't been there in a while because I'm not dining inside. This time my friend and I ate outside on the patio--my first time--even though it was a bit chilly.
Our server--I'm so sorry not to have her name--was excellent. We were the only people on the patio so perhaps you can link her to our service. And the food, which I've always enjoyed, was yummy, too. I had the hake--delish! and my friend had the chicken--also delish according to her. Top it off with two of Nubar's signature cocktails and lovely desserts and it was just a great evening.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and drinks .

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SJMG
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Tiny portions for the entree. Drinks were good

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vipBirthdaycelebrant
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoor setting on a covered patio. Our fish dishes were good, though both could have used a wee bit more seasoning. My only disappointment was that the restaurant does not offer complementary bread. Service was excellent. The cookies we had for dessert were wonderful!

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LucasS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The food and drinks were fine, but nothing outstanding. The service was outstanding and it was quiet when we went (half the restaurant was empty at 7pm on a Friday). Overall, not bad but we probably won't be going again.

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HannahS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Husband and I had dinner on the patio at Nubar and the whole ambiance was wonderful for a pop-up patio! Quite, private, socially distanced, with friendly staff and really great food. Food and wine pricing was amazing for the area! We really loved it!

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Mike
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

everything closed too early, food was mediocre. Drinks were very good and the place was beautiful

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JohnI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family had a very nice Easter brunch in Cambridge.
Will definitely visit again the next Time we’re in town

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

This lounge/restaurant is stunning in the photos, but the actual experience left so much to be desired. The decor is beautiful, but the space is eerily quiet... to the point of being uncomfortable. You can hear the water glasses placed down on the table echo through the room. The waitress was nice, but seemed very timid and evasive. The food was decent yet overpriced for what it was. Really disappointed; perhaps the experience is more pleasant in non-COVID times when it has more energy.

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vipJylF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I had the flat bread which had no flavor at all. My partner had the past dish and it also had no flavor. Very poor wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and perfect place for an anniversary. We’ll be back.

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JanetBen
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We sat on the porch. The food was very good, and our waiter was wonderful and even brought water for our dog. A really great experience all around!!

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AmyM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nubar is an excellent spot for a snack or a meal. I went on a night during the pandemic, so I can only speak to my own experience, but I found the wait staff incredibly friendly and thoughtful, and the food delicious. The prices are a little high, but I was very happy with my experience overall.

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3456
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Despite the fact that a table remained unoccupied during the entire time I was at the restaurant, I had to wait 15 minutes to be seated.

Nubar
Responded on November 11, 2020

Thank you for your feedback. The table you saw empty was a reservation for a larger party that was made earlier that week. Because our patio is so popular, we reserve tables first come, first serve. The reason you waited was because we wanted to give you the table you had, so we didn't rush you out/only give you an hour to dine. In general, a typical grace period for seating is 15 minutes. We are trying our best to accommodate all guests during these hard times. We apologize for your wait time.

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Tiapest
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time I’ve been to Nubar I was pleasantly surprised, the waitstaff was wonderful and the food was delish ! Will definitely go again

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vipsavorer
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

gracious servers sumptuous dinner; wonderful vegan offering

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and beautiful outdoor seating!

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dorbarr
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since I now live out ot town, I hadn't been in Cambridge since the beginning of March, prior to lockdown. The changes were profound, ot least at Nubar. The hours and staff are much reduced; I did know the two servers but no one else. Nubar was always my go-to place because it was a local hangout, the food was always good and reasonably priced, the service excellent and the ambience great - vibrant and friendly but rarely noisy, a real plus in busy Harvard Square. Everything is sitll outstanding despite the limitations. Highly recommended.

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KristaD
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service. We enjoyed the live music as well. I had the monkfish and a great glass of Malbec.

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Ginny
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was exceptional. Highly recommend the salmon, the flat bread with squash and goat cheese and hummus platter.

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Hieronymus
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating and interesting and satisfying menu. The prix fixe was a great deal.

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vipLeslieK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, thanks to all!

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KelleyH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and a nice menu. Appreciated the patio seating option.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing service and food at Nubar. Attentive servers and management, excellent craft cocktails alongside a strong beer and wine list from the bar, and the food never fails to impress while leaving you satisfied. They are making the most of the situation with the patio seating among an inviting atmosphere around the garden, and the inside looks recently renovated - very clean. Go and help Nubar through these unfortunate times with your patronage, you will not be disappointed.

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BelindaC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service, nice ambience, enjoyed the food, and they offered to do separate checks without our asking.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Nubar using the Order Online button. Nubar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 234-1365.

Nubar is rated 4.1 stars by 932 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.