Nubar

4.1
809 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.
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FG
New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food is excellent, the atmosphere was quiet, the place was about 1/2 full. Our waiter was distracted and it was difficult to get his attention.

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TM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Perfect place to eat when attending one of many local and very close musical events

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b
New England
21 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was mixed. Waitress quite preoccupied. No sign of bread for the table until we asked 15 minutes in. Food was good.

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MM
New England
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Yes! Thank you again for a nice meal. We enjoyed it very much, and the service was very good.

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W
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bright, welcoming ambience. The Nubar burger is award winning as are the flatbread, especially the one with salmon. The wait staff is marvelous!

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JA
New England
25 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent! Will go back again soon!

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h
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overpriced for Easter Brunch!

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They always do great holiday buffets. The Easter desserts were especially nice. Our waiter, William, was very friendly and attentive. I always look forward to going to Nubar.

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SB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Easter brinch

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OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the ambience, menu, ( especially the flatbread) and the wait staff are charming.

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B
New England
16 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We first visited Nubar on a cold and rainy evening before a concert at the church next door, not expecting more than a typical boring hotel meal. But we were very pleasantly surprised by the warm and friendly atmosphere, the excellent food, and the great selection of wine and beer. Since then, it has become a family favorite!

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MC
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I wanted to LOVE Nubar, but am only in heavy like with it. With so many new restaurants, this one is 'almost there'. If you are a VEGAN, you can ask for a menu - which is a fantastic option. The service was good, but a bit too quick for us in that we wanted a leisurely night.

The restaurant was not busy at all on Sunday for dinner - but if it were, I would imagine it would be very noisy and hard to have a conversation.

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LB
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great location, excellent food. A bit dark and down under feel to it, but service was top-notch.

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AA
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the the service was unobtrusive yet complete. The food again, had us closing our eyes and just contemplating the taste sensations.

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K
New England
18 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good for a quick pre-concert dinner with a friend!

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r
New England
15 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We like how they change the same dinners every time we eat there.

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F
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a reliable neighborhood standby for me and my wife - normally excellent food served in a comfortable setting, with great service. At our most recent dinner here, my wife raved about her monkfish dish, but it pains me to say my scallops and accompaniments were grossly oversalted, and the cranberry cobbler dessert, so treacly oversweetened only a 6 year old could finish it. My hope is that it was simply the chef's night off.

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J
New England
52 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casual fine dining, excellent in all respects. Terrific chicken

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MG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for pre theater dinner. Food was delicious and plentiful. Excellent, courteous service, relaxing, pleasant atmosphere. Low noise level. Fair prices for Cambridge.

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PM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
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 on March 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Under seasoned food-

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C
Tampa
60 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
99 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
15 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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s
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
3 reviews
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
21 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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