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About Nubar

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.

16 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 234-1365

Website:
http://www.nubarcambridge.com/

Catering:
Semi-private room for up to 40 seated guests and 60 for cocktail format, with a wide variety of passed and stationary items.

Parking Details:
$10 for up to 3 hours with validation. The rate goes up to $22 for up to 5 hours.

Public Transit:
Number 1 bus line and red line subway both stop nearby

Executive Chef:
Tom Connaughton/Ed Robinson

Additional:
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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

We will be serving regular hours for breakfast and lunch. We will be serving the full menu for dinner, but our last reservation will be at 8pm. The bar will close at 9:45pm, and the restaurant will close at 10pm.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Holiday buffet from 11:30am until 5:00pm - carving station, many traditional and creative dishes, a salad station, and a dessert bar. The cost is $45/adults, $20 for kids 12 and under, free for kids 5 and under, and it includes coffee, tea, juice, or soft drinks. Please make reservations early.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

We will be serving our full dinner menu, plus a separate menu of specials, including lots of bubbles -until 11pm. The bar will stay open until midnight. Please make your reservations early, as we tend to sell out.

Nubar Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (17)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
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Pre/post Theatre (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Special Occasion (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Casual (8)
Cozy (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Vegan (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Business Meals (6)
Healthy (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Romantic (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Authentic (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Seasonal (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Fun (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Organic (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 4, 2017

we had the butternut squash soup - may have been the best I ever had. Very delicious. Most of us had salads for lunch and enjoyed them. Always guaranteed a table. Very quiet. Service good. I do wish you had more availability through Open Table. I often cannot get a table through them, and arrive to find 2 other tables of diners. Seems rather silly.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Very underwhelming food. Service was inattentive . It was a buffet and we had to ask for our plates to be removed throughout dinner. Dessert table was really disappointing as well. Pies looked like they were purchased at a grocery store..

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had a wonderful time! Staff was excellent! Food outstanding! We will be back again! Thank you all for such a wonderful Thanksgiving meal!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Fun, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Quick Bite, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Went to Thanksgiving lunch, food was very nice, service was great all around good value and location.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Healthy, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great atmosphere. Great service. A little disappointed with the food. Didn't have the freshness I would have expected from a hotel brunch.
We were not crazy about the bloody Mary's either.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Reliably excellent food, not over-priced, very comfortable decor, just right service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I always enjoy coming to Nubar. Food is good and reasonably priced.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Solidly average. Food was nothing special. Cool ambiance and setup, but wouldn't come back for a meal - maybe for a drink.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Bar Seating, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on November 2, 2017

I enjoyed my visit to Nubar, although it was a little noisier than I like for a group dinner. My only complaint was the cocktails: they were very weak!

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Casual, Vegan, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

The service was so good. Everyone was solicitous and helpful. The food was very good.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great prix fixe -risoto was outstanding, as was the chowder and mousse. Charming atmosphere with charming server. Lovely meal in a cozy atmosphere.

Tags: Quick Bite
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food5
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

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🙌🏽

Tags: Fun, Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Fantastic dining! Highly recommend for large group--we had 50 in our group and good and service were superb!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 19, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 18, 2017

The vegan menu is outstanding! Lots of choices, and the chef's special is always excellent.

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food is always good and the menu changes frequently enough to keep it interested. It was extremely busy last Saturday evening and noisier than I ever remember it being. That doesn’t happen often.

Tags: Healthy, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Good food but way too loud! Maybe it was because it was Friday night. Nice menu, good wine, nice service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Altho in my neighborhood, this was my first time at Nubar. Went for special pre theater fixed price menu which was an excellent deal. Loved the ambience. Server was amazing! Food was excellent!

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Casual, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 4, 2017

The food was exceptional. I had fantastic blue cheese stuffed dates wrapped in bacon and duck confit with wild rice - almost like a risotto, with cranberries and spinach. It has a chic atmosphere.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The vegan chef's choice is always amazing! I can't rave about it enough.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Nubar is N overlooked gem. Despite its location in a hotel, the food has been creative and excellent the two times I was there. The atmosphere is pleasant and comfortable, and service attentive.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Very enjoyable evening had dinner near the fireplace very romantic

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 (New England)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Love the new menu! Vegetarian and vegan options are terrific. Okay

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 7, 2017

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. 😊

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 18, 2017

I just love the fresh veggies from their rooftop garden. Can't be beat!

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Organic
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 (New England)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Delicious dinner with quiet dinning room where intimate conversations can take place and good service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Fresh veggies from their own rooftop garden are great! Vegan and vegetarian options are excellent. Outdoor seating is away from the street and especially pleasant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on August 6, 2017

We went during dine out week on a Sunday evening and found all three courses were very good. Service and ambiance were exceptional and since it was prix fee we thought this was exceptional value.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on June 16, 2017

I have always enjoyed going there. I was kinda sad - that they changed their menu - no more small plates like Brussels sprouts / roasted cauliflower - but nice ambiance. Drinks are little strong.
Good overall.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Excellent soup of the day. Other food was okay. Won't go back. The vegetarian among us ordered a salad *without the bacon*, discovered bacon in it as she was eating; the response was a nonchalant apology that suggested a lack of interest in diners.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 21, 2017

I was here with two old friends. We live miles apart, but come to the Square on Sundays. Nubar was the perfect place to meet. We had a good time and had enough time to talk with each other. The food was excellent.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 20, 2017

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.

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