Nubar

4.4
741 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
  • Good Vegetarian Options
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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Cuisines
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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Catering
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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Neighborhood
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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
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
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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on December 13, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was good but service was lacking.

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4.0Dined on November 23, 2017

I was there for thanksgiving dinner. The food was good. Our waitress was amazing. But it took as a while to seat at the table and one of the waiters treated us very poorly. Overall it was good

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3.0Dined 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..

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on November 15, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on November 4, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 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🙌🏽

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on October 18, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on October 13, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on September 26, 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2017

Very enjoyable evening had dinner near the fireplace very romantic

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5.0Dined on September 8, 2017

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

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