Nubar

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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Pre/post Theatre
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. Our patio is now open for lunch and dinner, weather permitting.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Regular menu, plus a Valentine's Day package deal -for $67/pp you get: 1) Long stem rose 2) Glass of Prosecco 3) Amuse bouche 4) 4 course meal 5) Chocolate truffles. This deal is available on Valentine's Day only. Reserve early, as we usually sell out.

Friday, February 14, 2020

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J
New England
53 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food4service5ambience5

That particular night, Nubar was hosting a large cocktail-style party (maybe 40 people) in the main room, and it was deafening. Because of this, we asked to be seated in the separate new room facing Concord Ave. Even so, the noise was disruptive, and we asked the that the glass doors be closed (other tables thanked me when I made the request). Nonetheless, whenever a waiter opened the door to enter the room, our conversation had to stop because the noise was level became intolerable again. The whole experience was frankly miserable. Later, another party, this one of about 16 people, were seated in that same Concord Avenue room. That was the end of it. We had our food packed to go, skipped dessert, and went into the Square to have dessert and drinks elsewhere. I don't recall ever doing that anywhere before. I wouldn’t be surprised if the restaurant lost about 30 other customers in the room that night. In my opinion, I should get a full refund, and everyone else in the room that night should as well.

To the restaurant: If you are going to have two large parties, put them in the same space; for example, both inside or both outside of the Concord Ave room. The other recommendation would be to take large parties and find separate rooms in the hotel for them. The big party of 40 or so people should never have been scheduled in the restaurant space anyway, period.

WZ
New England
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was having some health problems which severely restricted what I could eat. The waiter was very accommodating and together came up with one entree offering, plus a combination of things they had that I could eat in place of everything that came with it. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal as a result. When we got the bill, I was amazed to discover how much cheaper my meal was than if I had not made the substitutions in question.

j
New England
18 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I think this is an undiscovered gem in Harvard Square. It was quiet (I did see some reviews that found it noisy) the service was very good and the food was excellent. When I want to get a reservation at the last minute in Harvard Square on a Saturday night, I can count on Nubar

JL
New England
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I have been there several times before - would love to see an update to the menu. Otherwise I love it.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We arrived a little late but still got sited. We chose this restaurant for our Christmas Day lunch. We saw the menu and thought it had a lot of vegetarian options which it didn’t. The buffet was rather small with limited options ie no vegetarian entrée. The tip was pre fixed although it was a buffet and it cost 18%. We found this restaurant quite pricy for the quality and variance of food it serves.

ML
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great buffet - delicious and elegant and healthy! Warm and friendly environment. Lots of families. Service was very attentive and caring. Plan to go again next year!

OT
New England
61 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Sunday brunch. Very fine selection of dishes; omelet and carving stations; sumptuous desserts.

DU
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A reliable neighborhood place that is great for pre-theatre dinner. Service is efficient and pleasant. Food is tasty —both beef burger and veggie burger were good. Prix Fixe menu is a good value. Recommended as an every day go-to restaurant.

C
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

We were unable to enjoy our meal because the large groups at the other tables were very loud.

JK
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

gotta love a place that has a vegan menu — upon request, so as not to offend ...

LW
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

we love NuBar and appreciate what the manager and staff did to make our get-together a good one

TM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice place for tasty and reasonable dinner...especally for those attending concerts nearby.

DQ
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very glad we tried this quiet treat of a restaurant. Great meal in a slightly off the main path of Harvard square

PG
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Honestly, it was just okay all around. Not stellar, not bad....

E
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This was a nice place for a fairly large party to have dinner following a talk. The food was good and different from other places around (although it would be nice to have another vegetarian entree). The wine was excellent. The temperature was good, but it was a little loud for some of our older party members (so I would not choose this place if I knew guests were hard of hearing)

SA
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

I am a fan of Nubar, but I felt that the Thanksgiving buffet was terribly mediocre.

JM
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent selection of nutritious healthy food including traditional Thanksgiving items. Turkey dressing very good. Excellent desserts , especially the pecan pie and carrot cake. Attracts a very friendly and well-mannered clientele. Everything was done very Tastefully and with an excellent ambience. The family member I was entertaining was very satisfied. Very satisfying helpings of food.

B
New England
66 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Thanksgiving Buffet was really good. This is the 3rd year we have dined here for Thanksgiving. Will be back again next year.

c
San Francisco
225 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nubar served the purpose: somewhere very close for dinner with a five year old. It was fine.

L
New England
46 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

noise level was better than previous visits because we were not seated in the small renovated section. Still too noisy and had to yell to be heard at the table. Everyone had to speak loudly so noise level was uncomfortable. Place really needs an acoustical engineer.

FS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place, good service. Nice space. Will go again.

RY
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff was so courteous and helpful. Dinner was delicious—I never thought chicken could taste so good! Could use more creative desserts

RY
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food delicious. Not too loud

L
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely wintery atmosphere eating by the fireplace, seated in armchairs. Had soup and side dishes, which were all stellar!

C
New England
69 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A lovely evening, as usual. The waitress was particularly accommodating, replacing a cider for one of us when he didn’t care for it. She also made an extra effort to get me the recipe for the Sticky Toffee Pudding, which I had asked for on an earlier visit. The host also helped to get that for me.

JC
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Well-appointed and comfortable. Service was excellent and the Pre-Theater menu was an excellent value. The restaurant seemed very well run and was much better than most other restaurants found in hotels (Sheraton Commander). A strong competitor in the Harvard Square area.

S
New England
53 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Very small portions. The side of steak I ordered for my salad was a joke at $14. Will not return

JM
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Table worked well . It was nice to have lunch and brunch option ,

B
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely time. The food was very good as was the service. A really nice atmosphere to meet friend.s.

JG
New England
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The dining room has a warm and pleasant ambience. The food is not advertised as a “small plates” arrangement, but that appeared to be the concept. We were very appreciative of the separate vegan menu, and our meals were excellent — but the vegan choices were still limited.

NE
New England
70 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Had event in bar area the created explosion of noise and also affected service. Made it hard to talk and hard to pay bill

Food very good and interesting menu

C
New England
69 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

One of my favorite restaurants. The duck breast was delicious, and the Sticky Toffee Pudding cake was super OTW (out of this world).

B
New England
18 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Casual but elegant restaurant with fireplace, great wine list, and lots of menu options. Something to please everyone in your party.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The cocktails were seasonal and fabulous. Overall the cocktail menu is very unique.
We enjoyed a baked apple flatbread that was also great. For an entree we enjoyed the scallops, they were blackened and juicy and perfectly cooked over a bed of shaved Brussels sprouts.
Our server, Gabrielle was attentive.

L
New England
46 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Sat in newly remodeled smaller dining room. Noise from conversations in dining room was deafening. Why can’t dining rooms use some noise reduction materials in design? Hard to hear and talk among people in our own table for 3. Made evening uncomfortable and definitely not relaxing.

JA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Food and service were excellent. The time to wait for our meals to arrive was perfect. The flavor of each dish was exquisite.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food is hyped but subpar at best.

C
New England
69 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The new decor is very handsome. In the evening, though, the lighting is a bit dim. The food was excellent, and the server was helpful, and very pleasant. Wish we had had room for dessert!

KM
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved our server. We were celebrating our anniversary and his timing was perfect. Plus the food was delicious (except the corn bread - just ok).

AL
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great. I had the salmon flatbread with cucumber salsa and radishes, and my husband had the roast salmon dinner. The newly decorated space is beautiful, the service was perfect. We've always loved coming to Nubar, and this did not disappoint. Can't wait to come back.