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Nubar, Cambridge, MA

Nubar

4.4
4.4
981 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

We are currently serving our breakfast buffet 7 days/wk, from 7am - 10:30am. The price is $26, and it includes coffee, tea, or juice. We open for dinner at 5pm daily. The kitchen closes at 10pm daily. The bar will stay open 45 minutes after the kitchen closes on Sunday - Thursday, and on Friday and Saturday, last call is 11:45pm.

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.

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Booked 14 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Mediterranean, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 234-1365

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Tom Connaughton/Mark Mariano

  • Catering

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

  • Private party facilities

    We have a semi-private space that can seat up to 40 for dinner, and 60 for cocktails. We also have a fireside lounge area for groups up to 40, or expanded to include the bar for groups up to 100. In addition the entire space may be available for events as large as 200 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Richard Mann: (617) 234-1360

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Parking details

    $12 for up to 3 hours with validation. The rate goes up to $30 for up to 5 hours.

  • Public transit

    Number 1 bus line and red line subway both stop nearby

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Nubar Buffet

  • Nubar Buffet

    Nubar breakfast features a comprehensive buffet, including: fresh fruit, granola, yogurt, eggs, breakfast meats and potatoes, French toast, omelet station, oatmeal, and assorted pastries and breads.

    Breakfast is available 7 days a week

    • Breakfast

      M-F 6:30am-10:30, Sat-Sun 7am-10:30am; $19/pp including juice and coffee; $10 for children 12 and under, free for children under 5; á la carte is available upon request.

      Sunday Brunch

      $27 per person

      • Sunday Brunch

        Brunch is served on Sundays from 11-3

        Last updated: February 2, 2022

        What 981 people are saying

        Overall ratings and reviews

        Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

        4.4
        4.4 based on recent ratings
        • 4.3Food
        • 4.6Service
        • 4.4Ambience
        • 4.3Value

        NoiseModerate

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        1. h

          holholl

          New England

          5 reviews

          vip
          5.0

          5 reviews

          Dined 2 days ago

          overall5food5service5ambience5

          We went to Nubar for a pre-theater dinner. The general ambience is classy and cozy. I had the Statler chicken and couscous -- delicious! My dinner partners were also happy with their risotto and pulled pork sandwich. Our server made sure that we were out in time for the show. I would definitely go back.

        2. OT

          OpenTable Diner

          New England

          1 review

          2.0

          1 review

          Dined 3 days ago

          overall2food2service1ambience5

          Shocked at how poor the service is in such a beautiful place.

        3. DO

          DaveO

          1 review

          5.0

          1 review

          Dined 4 days ago

          overall5food5service5ambience4

          nice place, good food, friendly service; decent price for the area

        4. I

          Isobel

          New England

          8 reviews

          4.0

          8 reviews

          Dined on May 17, 2022

          overall4food4service5ambience4

          I was forced to rate the noise level which was irrelevant as we ate on the patio, the only table occupied on an evening when thunderstorms were forecast! So ignore that rating. Lovely cocktails, good but not superb food, terrific service, nice patio.

        5. MG

          MonicaG

          New England

          6 reviews

          5.0

          6 reviews

          Dined on May 8, 2022

          overall5food5service5ambience5

          It was a delicious dinner with super quality service.

        6. C

          Cole

          1 review

          3.0

          1 review

          Dined on May 8, 2022

          overall3food2service4ambience3

          Alot of the food that should have been warm was served cold. Other than that it was good.

        7. c

          camssmt

          New England

          1 review

          4.0

          1 review

          Dined on May 8, 2022

          overall4food5service3ambience5

          If they improve the service (which I understand it is tough in these pandemic times) this is a 5 Star restaurant for the 4 Star price. Parking is also another challenge. Nice decor. Good food. No one will be disappointed

        8. m

          maggie

          Washington DC

          5 reviews

          vip
          4.0

          5 reviews

          Dined on May 6, 2022

          overall4food4service4ambience4

          close to harvard square. It is a little noisy friday evening. Great hamburger

        9. AM

          AlisonM

          New England

          3 reviews

          5.0

          3 reviews

          Dined on May 6, 2022

          overall5food5service5ambience5

          Lovely place. Armenian options along with classic sandwiches. Cocktails were tasty, too.

        10. OT

          OpenTable Diner

          New England

          1 review

          vip
          3.0

          1 review

          Dined on May 4, 2022

          overall3food4service3ambience1

          CRAZY LOUD- we were in a room but very loud - I won’t go back

        11. D

          Doctorj

          New England

          8 reviews

          4.0

          8 reviews

          Dined on May 1, 2022

          overall4food5service5ambience3

          We eat there frequently. Unfortunately, there was a very noisy party in the area nex to the dining room so it made it difficult to have a pleasant evening of conversation since we were gathering for a meal with close friends.

        12. G

          Gigi

          New England

          5 reviews

          5.0

          5 reviews

          Dined on April 30, 2022

          overall5food5service5ambience5

          The Nubar burger is the best in town and a great value! The service is always good, and the ambiance is good too. I’ve never had a bad meal there, and I’ve been there several times. Menu is limited but excellent.

        13. OT

          OpenTable Diner

          New England

          47 reviews

          vip
          2.0

          47 reviews

          Dined on April 30, 2022

          overall2food2service1ambience1

          Mediocre food in a setting that is very loud. Not worth a second visit.

        14. d

          drharry

          New England

          4 reviews

          vip
          5.0

          4 reviews

          Dined on April 23, 2022

          overall5food5service5ambience5

          Great service and food!

        15. SA

          StevenA

          1 review

          5.0

          1 review

          Dined on April 23, 2022

          overall5food5service5ambience5

          Excellent early dinner. Wait staff was great and the food delicious. Also not crowded at that time, so very covid friendly.

        16. CB

          CaptainBoston

          New England

          23 reviews

          vip
          5.0

          23 reviews

          Dined on April 22, 2022

          overall5food5service5ambience4

          Nubar is a go-to place for me. Of particular importance is that the chef will make a vegan meal for you on request. They used to have a separate vegan menu, but no longer, and I have to admit being somewhat disappointed with the limited vegetarian options on the menu. But the vegan dish prepared by the chef was excellent. I'm encouraged to return to Nubar as a regular matter, relying on the vegan chef's choice option if the regular menu lacks sufficient vegetarian choices. By the way, Nubar has very reasonably priced wine choices, and they make a great martini.

        17. JK

          JosephK

          New England

          1 review

          5.0

          1 review

          Dined on April 19, 2022

          overall5food5service5ambience5

          Nice decor and amazing service. Amazing stuff and ambience is on point. Anyone around Harvard Square, its the place to be.

        18. CE

          ChandraE

          New England

          20 reviews

          vip
          5.0

          20 reviews

          Dined on April 17, 2022

          overall5food5service5ambience5

          Amazing place to have Easter brunch. Impeccable service!!!

        19. C

          Carol

          New York Area

          16 reviews

          vip
          4.0

          16 reviews

          Dined on April 16, 2022

          overall4food4service5ambience5

          Fabulous waitress and delicious food. Would definitely recommend

        20. m

          mew1150

          Glasgow

          36 reviews

          vip
          4.0

          36 reviews

          Dined on April 14, 2022

          overall4food4service5ambience4

          Food was great!

        21. M

          Mish

          1 review

          4.0

          1 review

          Dined on April 8, 2022

          overall4food4service4ambience5

          The interior is very elegant and it is a place to socialize. However, I would not recommend as a date since it was very very loud with people standing up with wine on the bar side. I recommend the gnocchi and salmon! I did not like the beet risotto though

        22. C

          Caitlin

          New England

          6 reviews

          5.0

          6 reviews

          Dined on April 2, 2022

          overall5food5service5ambience5

          This was our annual winter visit to Nubar, when we enjoy a sublime cocktail in the lounge area (as close as we can sit to the fireplace), and then move to the dining room for what is always a sumptuous dinner. This visit did not disappoint. Our server was kind and attentive. The menu had many choices for starters, sides, and entrees. I chose the Braised Beef Bolognaise with white truffle oil. It was an enormous serving and absolutely amazing. The flavor was rich and deeply flavorful, and the presentation was artful. Even though I ate less than half of what was served, I had no room for dessert, sadly. The desserts looked irresistible, but I'll have to go back another time for that.

        23. OT

          OpenTable Diner

          New England

          10 reviews

          5.0

          10 reviews

          Dined on April 1, 2022

          overall5food5service5ambience5

          Nice atmosphere in Harvard square, good was delicious, service was great

        24. GK

          GabrielaK

          London

          2 reviews

          4.0

          2 reviews

          Dined on March 27, 2022

          overall4food3service3ambience4

          Very well decorated and quiet environment. Nice drinks, but a bit small. Very good value for money for food and wine.

        25. g

          genie

          New York Area

          5 reviews

          3.0

          5 reviews

          Dined on March 26, 2022

          overall3food3service5ambience4

          Wait staff were great. Ordered from the dine out Boston menu. Steak was tough, fish was good. Soup good, hush puppies can be passed up. Desserts were pre plated with made the cake dry and fruit compote gummy and jellied. Very nice interior and good vibe. Food could have been better.

        26. N

          Noureine

          New England

          12 reviews

          5.0

          12 reviews

          Dined on March 19, 2022

          overall5food5service5ambience5

          Neighborhood place for me. Good food and nice atmosphere.

        27. HG

          HiddenGem

          New England

          17 reviews

          5.0

          17 reviews

          Dined on March 18, 2022

          overall5food5service4ambience5

          We went before a concert for appetizers and drinks. Excellent food and decent drinks, and good service, really nice inside. Will certainly come back! The duck confit side dish was wonderful, my friend had a salad with salmon, she ate it all before I got a chance to ask her for a bite so it was very good. My my hubby got lobster arancini and beet salad with burrata which was out of this world yum!

        28. TM

          TedM

          New England

          6 reviews

          5.0

          6 reviews

          Dined on March 18, 2022

          overall5food4service5ambience4

          Dinners, in particular, are not simply excellent and provided by a long-serving, polite, and cheery staff. The location, adjacent to the Sheraton hotel and close to a nice church with frequent and well attended and much- admired concerts. We and many like us dine at NuBar before each concert, and others stop by later. We will certainly continue!

        29. L

          Lienna

          New England

          52 reviews

          vip
          3.0

          52 reviews

          Dined on March 18, 2022

          overall3food3service3ambience2

          Very noisy and difficult to carry conversation without yelling.

        30. P

          Pastramiqueen

          London

          26 reviews

          4.0

          26 reviews

          Dined on March 14, 2022

          overall4food4service4ambience5

          Low key atmosphere with attractive decor. The food is always good. I have been many times as it is an easy place for conversation with dinner friends in a pleasant setting and they have parking.

        31. JM

          JeannetteM

          New England

          2 reviews

          4.0

          2 reviews

          Dined on March 13, 2022

          overall4food4service5ambience5

          Pleasant and efficient wait person. Ambiance comfortable. Some very good choices on menu. Food good.

        32. SG

          SusanG

          New England

          2 reviews

          5.0

          2 reviews

          Dined on March 5, 2022

          overall5food3service5ambience5

          Wait staff excellent, a little noisy. I had a pizette and thought it cold and salty.

        33. KH

          KHARCA

          New England

          13 reviews

          vip
          5.0

          13 reviews

          Dined on February 24, 2022

          overall5food5service5ambience5

          Had dinner there last night with a friend and service was really good. Food came out quick and was delicious...

        34. J

          Judy

          New England

          34 reviews

          vip
          5.0

          34 reviews

          Dined on February 21, 2022

          overall5food5service5ambience5

          Jim is an outstanding server and bartender. Always a pleasure to dine at Nubar. Amazing food and wonderful staff!

        35. D

          Doctorj

          New England

          8 reviews

          4.0

          8 reviews

          Dined on February 12, 2022

          overall4food5service5ambience4

          We eat at Nubar all the time. The food is always excellent as is the service. We generally eat there on Sunday evening which tends to be quiet. Last night was much busier and nosier than we are used to. Perhaps this was the case because it was the weekend before Valentines Day. We found it hard to converse.

        36. s

          ski50

          New England

          14 reviews

          4.0

          14 reviews

          Dined on February 5, 2022

          overall4food4service4ambience4

          A nice way to start the weekend with our granddaughter.

        37. D

          Doctorj

          New England

          8 reviews

          5.0

          8 reviews

          Dined on January 31, 2022

          overall5food5service5ambience5

          Always excellent!

        38. EM

          EricM

          New England

          1 review

          5.0

          1 review

          Dined on January 16, 2022

          overall5food5service5ambience5

          Great food and nicely designed interior. Pleasant service and tasty food

        39. NA

          NiteshAgarwal

          New York Area

          1 review

          3.0

          1 review

          Dined on January 12, 2022

          overall3food2service4ambience4

          Entrees were good (not great) but dessert was disappointing -- chocolate cake tasted like it had been in the freezer for a while. Would be interested in trying some other dishes but not sure it was a good enough experience to repeat. Waiter was very attentive and kind. Pleasant ambience and very quiet (largely empty). Categorical 'no' to bread was a little strange.

        40. A

          Anne

          San Francisco

          2 reviews

          4.0

          2 reviews

          Dined on December 30, 2021

          overall4food4service4ambience4

          Everything was fine - good food, quiet room, not a lot of people, good service.

        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

        FAQs

        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 4.4 stars by 981 OpenTable diners.

        Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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        Booked 14 times today
        Google Map for Nubar

        16 Garden Street Cambridge, MA 02138

        Dining areas

        Additional information

        • Neighborhood

          Cambridge

        • Hours of operation

          Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

        • Cuisines

          Contemporary American, Mediterranean, Vegetarian / Vegan

        • Dining style

          Casual Elegant

        • Dress code

          Smart Casual

        • Parking details

          $12 for up to 3 hours with validation. The rate goes up to $30 for up to 5 hours.

        • Public transit

          Number 1 bus line and red line subway both stop nearby

        • Payment options

          AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

        • Executive chef

          Tom Connaughton/Mark Mariano

        • Additional

          Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

        • Phone number

          (617) 234-1365

        • Catering

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

        • Private party facilities

          We have a semi-private space that can seat up to 40 for dinner, and 60 for cocktails. We also have a fireside lounge area for groups up to 40, or expanded to include the bar for groups up to 100. In addition the entire space may be available for events as large as 200 guests.

        • Private party contact

          Richard Mann: (617) 234-1360

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