Nubar

4.5
949 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
We are currently serving our breakfast buffet 7 days/wk, from 7am - 10:30am. The price is $22, and it includes coffee, tea, or juice. We open for dinner at 5pm daily. Sunday through Thursday, the kitchen closes at 9pm, and Friday/Saturday at 10pm. The bar will stay open 45 minutes after the kitchen closes each night.

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 949 people are saying
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DeniseB
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely table for 4 outside, served by a very friendly accommodating server. We got our drinks right away and they were perfectly prepared. The crunchy salad was great -- my husband and I shared. I had the fried fish sandwich, crunchy with slaw and fries (a bit too salty!) Others had steak (very good) and the crusted hake. It was a celebration dinner. Everything worked.

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viphard2plz
New England
64 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A quiet corner in the Harvard Square area. The courtyard dining is perfect for outside and good conversation. Tables are well-spaced, the slightly below ground level insulates the patio from traffic noise, and no piped in music. Excellent for adult dining. Service and staff are superbly professional.

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vipALPT
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Peter's burrata, watermelon, almonds etc salad was utterly wonderful (A+). So was my grilled veggie gazpacho (A). My lobster risotto was good (B) and Peter's Hake was also very good (B+). The service was fantastic and we will come back often!

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RebeccaS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most outdoor seating was completely covered, so possible to keep reservations even in inclement weather! Great food and drinks. I’ll be back for sure.

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ElizabethC
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was so outstanding and courteous you'd never know there was a pandemic on causing stress and hiring shortage in the hospitality industry. Can't say if the food or the service was better so will say that both were delightful.

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AnneMarie
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Staff was very attentive, but did not rush! The menu is not too big, with a very nice variety! Chowder was excellent, but risotto was very salty!
Will definitely visit again!

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vipAmyC
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful classy restaurant with so many creative delicious dishes on the menu. Excellent service.

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NicolasB
New England
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time at Nubar and this was a really nice surprise. The restaurant is really nice, the outdoor space is cozy. The food was absolutely delicious, the cocktails were sophisticated and well prepared. The service was very efficient and courteous. I'd definitely go back.

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Dilaar
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food and service was good but the early closing time at 8:00pm made it a little bit of hurried meal.

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vipOldtimer
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patio is lovely! Very enjoyable dining experience.

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MerrilyG
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice outdoor seating

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We liked our table outside under a covered patio on a rainy evening. The bar was full so our delicious cocktail involved a wait and so did the food but the waiter handled it pretty well. The menu had a nice selection. Our hake was delicious and cooked perfectly. The Tres Leches dessert was better than any we had in years of living in Texas.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience2

nubar? more like noob bar.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice patio, great date spot

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the food we had was amazing. Salmon, Stake and burger are all cooked to profession. 10 out of 10!

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Jess
New England
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the mezze appetizer, asparagus flatbread, and salmon with poppyseed gnocchi and snap peas. Everything was delicious. My favorite dish was the asparagus flatbread--the flavor combinations were spot on. The outdoor seating was comfortable and the waitstaff attentive. Would definitely return. I liked that the menu spanned a range of price points and level of "fanciness", which makes it easy to imagine going back for a casual meal or special occasion.

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JOSEPHK
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent location. Very well designed layout. Table arrangement excellent and very comfortable. Waiter was very professional. Menu had some basic and interesting dishes. Chicken was not over cooked and tasty. The fish dish was fine but they could have used something other than peas. Appetizer and desert was very good, excellent taste. All in all I would give the dinner experience an overall excellent rating, with a very fair price and we were quite surprised. Can’t wait to return.

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OldGuy
New England
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a group of fourteen for Sunday brunch--so a challenge for the wait staff. But Nubar handled the challenge with aplomb. We were served quickly (and quietly). The staff was patient, accurate, attentive. The food? Excellent. We all had a good time. With a large group in our alcove, the noise level was noticeable (I have two hearing aids), but leaning in did the trick. This place is lovely and romantic for couples, it's quiet and comfortable for solitary diners, and it's the best in Harvard Sq. for large groups.

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vipALPT
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. Asparagus flatbread was wonderful. We shared the feta salad. His hake was A+. Our servers were perfect.

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FritzK
New England
7 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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catgirl
St. Louis
32 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surprisingly good for a hotel restaurant. The menu was quite varied so everyone could find something they liked. The mezze platter was excellent and much more flavorful than similar dishes at other restaurants. Service was very good, drinks were good and all entrees were fine. We ate in the courtyard which is lovely and made for a perfect evening.

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viponespeed63
New England
15 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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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Solid food, good ambiance!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 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
42 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 .

SJ
vipSJMG
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Tiny portions for the entree. Drinks were good

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vipBirthdaycelebrant
New York Area
96 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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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 4.5 stars by 949 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.