The food, ambience, and service were wonderful. One thing I would suggest you consider is to update the wait staff into today's world of younger, more hip staff. The server we had was efficient and affable, but also overweight and not reflective of the world we have today. He was not unpleasant, just not what a place like this restaurant should have I believe.
Hi Ken! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and that the servers age and weight did not affect your overall service and experience. Most of our staff have been loyal employees of the restaurant/hotel for years. We believe it's important to keep our staff diverse, which includes people from all different walks of life and of all different ages. Perhaps another restaurant in Harvard Square will have younger staff more suited to your liking. Thank you again for dining with us!
AS usual, the food and service were wonderful, but there was a very large private party taking place at the same time as our reservation. The waiters were a little distracted and it was VERY noisy. That's anomaly for Nubar, though, and I'm certain the next time will be quieter!
Hi! Thank you for your feedback. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed both the food and service at Nubar. We do apologize that the noise level was a bit distracting to your overall dining experience but hope to see you again soon!!
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.
Perfect place to eat when attending one of many local and very close musical events
Service was mixed. Waitress quite preoccupied. No sign of bread for the table until we asked 15 minutes in. Food was good.
Yes! Thank you again for a nice meal. We enjoyed it very much, and the service was very good.
Bright, welcoming ambience. The Nubar burger is award winning as are the flatbread, especially the one with salmon. The wait staff is marvelous!
The food and service was excellent! Will go back again soon!
Overpriced for Easter Brunch!
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.
We love the ambience, menu, ( especially the flatbread) and the wait staff are charming.
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!
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.
Great location, excellent food. A bit dark and down under feel to it, but service was top-notch.
As always, the the service was unobtrusive yet complete. The food again, had us closing our eyes and just contemplating the taste sensations.
Good for a quick pre-concert dinner with a friend!
We like how they change the same dinners every time we eat there.
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.
Casual fine dining, excellent in all respects. Terrific chicken
We went for pre theater dinner. Food was delicious and plentiful. Excellent, courteous service, relaxing, pleasant atmosphere. Low noise level. Fair prices for Cambridge.
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!
Under seasoned food-
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.
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.
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!
Sweet, warm bar and restaurant. Neighborhood find good for those outside the neighborhood as well.
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.
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.
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).
good food and service. i only had sald and a flatbread,but these had very good flavor and texture
Staff very attentive, even let me recharge my cell at the receptionist’s desk
We always have a good food and a good time at Nuber.
Horrible service. Poor timing with the service, food came out cold, the servers struggled to understand English.
Lunch Brunch Dinner and Drinks.. This is the local spot to go and if you need too stay at the SC for the night.
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.
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.
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.
The recommended wine was not very good...
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.