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For 2
7:00 PM
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712 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Quiet Conversation
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, Mediterranean, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Breakfast Monday - Sunday 7AM - 10:30 AM
Brunch - Sunday 11AM - 3PM
Lunch - Monday - Saturday 11AM - 5PM
Dinner Monday - Sunday 5PM - 11PM.
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Phone number
(617) 234-1365
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Tom Connaughton/Ed Robinson
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Semi-private room for up to 40 seated guests and 60 for cocktail format, with a wide variety of passed and stationary items.
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Parking details
$10 for up to 3 hours with validation. The rate goes up to $22 for up to 5 hours.
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Public transit
Number 1 bus line and red line subway both stop nearby
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Special events & promotions
Special Events welcome - semi-private for up to 60, unless the entire restaurant is requested - then up to 120 seated or 200 for cocktail format. Room charge may apply
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 712 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GregD (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We really enjoyed our valentines day dinner here! Great food and they even have a vegan menu!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines day

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

We have returned to Nubar for a small family reunion of 9. As always, most of the food is quite tasty and well presented and the atmosphere is very pleasant. The vegetarian and vegan options are a plus for a few of us, and are unusual for many restaurants. Strangely, our server seemed to disappear for quite a while when we were ready to order, and service was generally slower than expected; but, she was cheerful and helpful. Overall, the food is good, but a bit pricey for what we got. I think we would return, but Nubar may not be our first choice.

Pamela (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Thanks we all enjoyed our meal. The house was busy so more staff might have been smoother.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent family get-together, but excellent for dining with clients as well.

The service is impeccable.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Very good food at very good prices in a modern space with nice ambiance. I have never been disappointed.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Bar tender (female) excellent and server Gabriel was excellent!
Great experience

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

Perfect spot to gather with our family after the Revels afternoon performance. We had essentially our own private dining room and suited many tastes and dining choices.

vipKathy (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

The Christmas Day buffet was wonderful.....great variety and excellent food quality!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas brunch was like fine dining. Not a breakfast - like eggs,...- but a dinner menu. They served butternut squash soup, three salads, vegetables including Brussels sprouts with walnuts, chicken with mushrooms, salmon, roast beef, ham, and gourmet desserts and eggnog. Would definitely go again.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Loved it. The space is not what you think it's going to be: a restaurant, in the basement, of a hotel? OMG lovely lovely lovely. Beautiful, muted colors, a wide selection of seating options, a fireplace in the wall, it was all so unexpected.

Service was very nice, starting from the reservations desk. Very professional, and smooth.

Food was great: I had the "Chef's Whim" vegan dish, which was beautiful and delicious. I don't eat meat, so I appreciated the menu. My guy had a meat dish that he said was fantastic.

My only quibble is that my cocktail--the Nubar Rouge--was far warmer than it ought to have been. Warm cava is never an enjoyable drink.

VeganFriendly (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 18, 2017

We stumbled on Nubar a year or so ago and were quite pleased to see that they had a separate Vegan menu with several creative options including a "Chef's Whim" which indicated that they took a bit of pride in producing something interesting for Vegans. They also have an interesting assortment of specialty drinks - fun for a special occasion. And a nice draft beer and wine by the glass list as well.

On the particular night of our most recent restaurant experience it was a little noisier and chaotic than remembered from previous visits. But the staff was responsive and apologetic for any delays. There was one glitch that I will send a private note about: we ordered the Nubar Mezze from the Vegan menu (and the Chef's Whim) - not knowing that the Nubar Mezze appears on the regular menu as well (with cheese). The waitress should have keyed it in as vegan given that we ordered it off the menu, but we were delivered one with cheese. This was removed and remade for us cheerfully, but perhaps a separate name for the version on the Vegan menu would be easiest.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

The restaurant was about 10% full and very quiet at 6 PM on a Sunday. We only saw 3-5 other tables. Even with the small crowd they seemed under staffed. Service was extremely slow. Food was very good. Would give it one more chance if in the area, but would not go out of my way to eat there again.
it was a good place to let some in our party wait in the lobby of the hotel while others went shopping and parking was worth the $10.

CMMC (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

The food is consistently delicious. We were a party of four, all the orders were good and came out in a timely manner. The atmosphere is cozy and the wait staff is attentive but low key.

PaulaC (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

I'd been to Nubar in the past as always walk away feeling it was a rather special experience.
This past Sat. evening all the right stuff came together - dining room was quiet, food was interesting, healthy, and not what we'd cook at home, service was spot on - helpful, but not hovering. The flexible menu - sandwiches, flat breads as well as more elaborate entrees - put Nubar on my radar for a more casual meal.

Notsofussy (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Food was good. But I like to go to Nubar for conversation because it can be quiet. We sat next to an incredibly noisy table and couldn't hear each other talk. I think that if they're going to seat noisy parties, those parties should be nowhere near other patrons.

Also, it's as pretty cold - they turned up the heat, but my fingers were icy.

Food was good and service was friendly.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

We go out for dinner before going to the ART and had never been here before. We loved it and will definitely come back. The design is really great, creating smaller spaces within the larger layout. It was really cozy and comfortable and also light and not too loud, like many places can be. The food was solidly good (we are good cooks so it takes a lot to impress us). There were other things on the menu we wanted to try which means we'll be back.

Noureine (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 13, 2017

Always love the cocktails and hamburgers here. We came for dinner this time, but the Sunday brunch is outstanding!

tuftsfamily (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 10, 2017

Great spot on the outskits of Harvard Square. Atmosphere is good and have always had a great meal with excellent service.

vipZorba (New England)
2.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

I go every couple of months, and usually have a good dining experience. We like the varied menu and good service. This time, the food just wasn't good. Two of us ordered the clam chowder which was the worst I ever had. Too thick and very, very bland. The monk fish was also very disappointing. I have to say, with so many good options in Cambridge a restaurant doesn't get a lot of opportunities to for a 2nd or 3rd chance.

You need to up your game, Nubar.