Nubar

4.2
790 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Easter brunch buffet 11:30am - 4pm: eggs to order, smoked salmon, fresh fruit, breakfast meat/potato, brioche French toast, breakfast pastries/bread, salads, fish dish, chicken dish, carving station , dessert bar- all for $49/adults, $22/kids 12 and under, kids 5 and under free - incl. coffee/juice

Sunday, April 21, 2019

What 790 People Are Saying
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Service very satisfactory. Ambience, too -- except for those cold winter drafts rolling off the high windows, down the walls, onto my neck. Sort of killed the coziness while I waited by Just right!my spouse. I griped to a server, who immediately got on the stick, taking me for a quick spin of the various seating areas: a toasty warm section near the fireplace, some less so approaching the room center, some more than okay as we poked around the floor space. Finally I found the just-right Goldilocks table: When me mate arrived and we ordered, things were fine as well: meze plate was done well with intriguing flavors; burger done to pinkish perfection; fishwich lovely and crisp, trimmings mostly Just Right too. Tab was reasonable for the environment. And to repeat: service quick and gracious.
But, Dear Managers: When temp is in the 20's, save our necks from cricks by hanging curtains or tapestries on those high, cold walls. Thanks!

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Under seasoned food-

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C
Tampa
56 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely dinner st Nubar earlier this week. The menu was varied, and our dinners were delicious. The desserts were excellent. Overall a great place for a great meal.

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OT
New England
96 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I had a pre-concert dinner here on Saturday night. The food was excellent, and I found the server to be attentive. My wife had ordered for me while I was parking the car, and she observed that the server didn't seem happy that we didn't order more food. I didn't observe that occurring, so I didn't include it in my rating of this meal.

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LM
New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I had a fine meal there a few years ago, but this time the service was a bit slow, our entrees were not warm (let alone hot), and the noise was a problem for most of the meal... the three course special meal was a relative bargain ($##) but overall, disappointing!

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GT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Sweet, warm bar and restaurant. Neighborhood find good for those outside the neighborhood as well.

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JL
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went with friends for DineOutBoston and had a wonderful dinner, promptly served. Everything was delicious--up to their usual high standard. The only quibble was a slightly drafty location (fan? window?) in the corner, which we chose because it was quiet.

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DM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I would only recommend for ambiance and drinks. Would not recommend for a nice dinner, which is what we were expecting. Food was okay- would not order nice meal, but perhaps more sandwich/classic food that has low expectations but tasted good rather than nicer plates with higher expectations. Ambiance is very cozy, especially electric fireplace. Staff is kind.

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e
New England
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Tables by the fire looked inviting and cozy, but our table close to the back wall was cold, both literally and in terms of ambiance. That part of the restaurant seemed quite makeshift? Service was friendly and pretty good, but we would've appreciated another check-in or so after the food was served (and probably would've ordered another drink if that would've happened).

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RC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

good food and service. i only had sald and a flatbread,but these had very good flavor and texture

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WZ
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff very attentive, even let me recharge my cell at the receptionist’s desk

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r
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We always have a good food and a good time at Nuber.

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AA
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Horrible service. Poor timing with the service, food came out cold, the servers struggled to understand English.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lunch Brunch Dinner and Drinks.. This is the local spot to go and if you need too stay at the SC for the night.

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TM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is the perfect restaurant before or after one of the many concerts at the nearby (100 yards) 1st Church Congregational opposite the Cambridge Common. (It's one of the only close by)

Food and service are fine and varied.

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CK
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The menu looked promising, but we were disappointed with the execution. The mushroom tarte appetizer was good but be prepared to wait at least 20 minutes for it. The duck breast arrived cold. The spinach salad was uninspired. The service was slow and inattentive.

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NB
New England
20 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Nubar is a 'neighborhood restaurant' for me. This review concerns Sunday breakfast. They offer "buffet service only." They made "to order" omlettes. The rest of the breakfast was pretty much what you'd find in any middle-grade hotel - the usual cold cereals, oatmeal, precooked eggs, potatoes and bacon, yogurt, cut fruit, etc. The room is nice, the service was attentive, the location is great for anyone around Harvard Square.

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AD
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The recommended wine was not very good...

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WZ
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Except for a delicious dessert called apple cranberry cobbler that wasn’t really a cobbler (dough was more like a cookie dough) so it shouldn’t be called that, all was perfect. If I could have awarded fractions of that 5th star, review would be more accurate. I really love Nubar.

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JC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Happy to have found a place that serves good food at fair prices but offered a quiet, spacious dining room, at least on the night I was there. Great for a pre-theater meal (short walk to the ART) or for lounging with friends. The rest rooms are a fair walk away from the dining area but if that's not a problem for you, this place is worth a try.

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Y
New England
105 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nubar is our go-to place in Cambridge, especially with friends. The food is always great, the noise level reasonable, the waitstaff is knowledgeable and friendly, and the prices are fair. The menu changes often, and always using the freshest, local (when possible) ingredients. What's not to love!

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NN
New England
19 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It was okay. Our only complaint is that the serving areas were a little messy, especially the dessert bar. We were one of the last brunch seatings probably, but the serving areas should have been kept clean without spilled food and crumbs all over.

Other than that, the staff was attentive and the food was pretty good.

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SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and kind waitstaff make Nubar a favorite for me.

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ML
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This was our second Christmas buffet. Elegant and delicious food!! Service was very hospitable and caring! It was nice not to be hurried. Made reservations five weeks ahead of time.

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OT
New England
43 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

good place in harvard square for a large group to meet for dinner. food was good, service a little rushed considering we were in for an early dinner and the place was fairly empty.

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L
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We went to Nubar for Sunday brunch to celebrate my birthday. We enjoyed the extensive buffet, with both breakfast items as well as more substantive fare (like chicken cacciatore and a salmon dish). The made to order omelet was excellent. I was happy to see that smoked salmon was available as that is a favorite. There was also a carving station (with pork roast) and some nice desserts. Drinks were brought to the table. We felt we got our money's worth. There were several large groups there, including one with several very young children, but the noise level was very reasonable. The dining area is open. The decor isn't very exciting, but is fine.

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p
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The party there that night made it exceptionally loud..

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K
New England
15 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

I would have given Nubar a higher review as it is a favorite spot where I have dined many times. However, I had issues with my $100 gift card. For some reason, Nubar was unable initially to honor a partial use of the card ($75). It was only after I strongly questioned why this was not a "no brainer" that I was given a new card for $25.

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NW
New England
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our waitress was friendly but a little overbearing; telling us that we might not be able to split a sandwich and just inserting comments here and there. It was weird.

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PT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

It seems every time we go there is a party. It takes the enjoyment out of the experience. Considering not going there anymore.

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MC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great entres at a great price. Innovative and creative dishes and good wines! Loved it

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SM
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I had been warned the service is not good here, and it wasn’t.

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GG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We are regulars. The food is always good, with plenty of palate-pleasing options and matching sides. The service is good. There's a broad list of wine choices to complement the entrees. And deserts are always just right. The ambience is comfortable. We've recommended Nubar to many friends.

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MF
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Went to the thanksgiving buffet and food was surprisingly amazing. They had anything you couls thing of for the occasion. The service was not great because it was very packed and we were asked to leave after about an hour and 15 minutes because of other people coming. Overall would recommend if you are looking for a good thanksgiving meal. Worth the price.

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S
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Thanksgiving Buffett. Food was great.Carving station for turkey and ham,good choice of vegetables.Fabulous desserts. Excellent service

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B
New England
58 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second year we have eaten here for Thanksgiving. Wonderful buffet selection of food and desserts as well as really great service. Also liked that we weren't rushed out. Everything was delicious, and we will be back next year.

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E
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Lovely Thanksgiving buffet however, we were dismayed when we were rudely rushed out after a a little over an hour despite there being many vacant tables. It felt a bit like an assembly line and was not a relaxing dining experience towards the end, unfortunately.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dinner was delicious, staff attentive.... lovely evening!

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H
New England
37 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

A delightful lunch; good and interesting food with excellent service and friendly ambiance

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N
New England
20 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a very good meal. It was our first time there, and it won’t be our last. The staff is very accommodating, making sure that people with food issues are well taken care of.

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