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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.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Contemporary American, Mediterranean, Vegetarian / Vegan
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast Monday - Sunday 7AM - 10:30 AM
Brunch - Sunday 11AM - 3PM
Lunch - Monday - Saturday 11AM - 5PM
Dinner Monday - Sunday 5PM - 11PM.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Semi-private room for up to 40 seated guests and 60 for cocktail format, with a wide variety of passed and stationary items.
$10 for up to 3 hours with validation. The rate goes up to $22 for up to 5 hours.
Number 1 bus line and red line subway both stop nearby
Tom Connaughton/Ed Robinson
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
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
Nubar Ratings and Reviews
A good standby place for a light meal and quiet conversation. The salads and add-ons are
generally good. The menu could be improved upon and offer more substantial dishes.
The service is very good and the wait staff are very accommodating when asked for a quick service to catch a show or other reason.
This was our second time at Nubar and our expectation was met for good choices of menu item , cozy place for a birthday celebration with good conversation .you wouldn’t know you are in the crazy crowd of Harvard Square . As a vegetarian I had lot of good choices and every one was pleased with their choices . The restaurant wasn’t busy but it took the waitress a while to bring water and the menu so we complained . The service was slightly improved but I wouldn’t tip 18 percent , we had to due to group of six so gratuity was already added . I would go back hoping we get better service . Another small disappointment was the dessert menu . Ice cram portions very small and not filling
It went there with my girlfriends for my birthday dinner. We absolutely love it!! The music was great, not too loud, good vibes, great food and excellent service. I was just kind sad that I didn't get my dessert with the candle as they said when I made the reservation but it's no biggie, when enjoyed our night out and I highly recommend the place🙌🏽
My friend and I were virtually the only ones there on a Thursday at 12pm -- not sure if we were early or if this restaurant is just not busy for lunch. In any case, both of us enjoyed our meal very much. Freshly made soups -- one pumpkin and one NE clam chowder -- both excellent. My friend had a truly beautiful and tasty baby leaf spinach salad with salmon, and I had the appetizer crab cake. My crab cake was outstanding -- light, flaky and very flavorful. The service was very good and our server (forgot his name,) was genuinely friendly and attentive. The only "negative" was the decor -- for my personal taste the colors were quite drab and dark. But this is only a factor if this kind of thing is important to you. I would definitely return.
Having made a reservation, I was disappointed to be escorted to two high tops in the bar. It wasn't the environment that I expected from having dined there before. All the tables for two were taken in the restaurant area. Since I was with someone young, it wasn't good. That said, the food and the service were excellent.
The food was good, and it was very convenient to lunch there while at a conference in the Sheraton Commander. But there were not enough servers to manage the crowd that needed a fairly quick turnaround. Or maybe also not enough kitchen staff. In any case, a long wait for the food that we then had to rush through. This is a problem that can be solved easily.
Six of us for a post-concert meal arrived early - not a problem! Wait staff very accommodating and pleasant. The place filled up quickly, but the ambience there is terrific, not "energetic". We could actually have a conversation without having to shout like at so many other places. Waitstaff was fantastic and supportive, the food and drink really excellent. We'll be sure to return again and again. Please note - tables of 6 and more have the gratuity automatically added to the bill - it's in the small print on the menu!
I really enjoyed the restaurant set up, and how there was a specific area for drinking/lounging separate from the dinner tables. Our server was amazing and had a positive personality. The cocktails we tried were delicious and ended up taking some food home because there was just so much on the plate.
Enjoyed my time there. They have changed the menu - I missed the roasted cauliflower. Girl who seated us was very sweet (forget the name - curly hair girl) and so was the elderly gentleman - both very friendly. Hummus plate is one of my fav on their menu. 😊
This restaurant is very convenient to Harvard Square with and nice, reserved ambience. This last visit was not as enjoyable because the manager came across as very curt and unfriendly when asked a question regarding a special offering. It left a bad feeling from the start of our meal and then to find our favorite dish was taken off the menu was an even greater disappointment. Well still go to Nubar for meals, but it has lost a bit of its specialness for us.
We were very unimpressed with the service. Maybe it's because we didn't order a high-priced bottle of wine for dinner. It was one beer and waters all around. Perhaps that sent a signal that we were not a "high value" customer. We were a party of six. After the food arrived the waiter did not once stop by to see how we were doing and how the food was. This is unusual given that Nubar is supposed to a be an upscale restaurant. After our meals we were just waiting for attention. Seeing none coming, while other tables around us (that had ordered bottles of wine) were being waited upon, I finally got up and spoke to the manager. Our check arrived pronto, with the 18% gratuity added already. I gave zero additional tip, and frankly didn't think the 18% gratuity was deserved. Never going back.
We're never disappointed with our dining experience at Nubar. Service and food were good. The buzz from the bar did not overwhelm the dining area but helped create a somewhat lively feeling. It's not gourmet but a good choice for a meal before theatre or really anytime. And, if you live in the eighborhood it's a good choice for anything from a lite bite to an entire meal.
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