Bambara Kitchen & Bar

4.2
953 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Bambara Kitchen & Bar is nestled on the Charles River Canal, and is right where you need it: close to MIT, Tech square, the Museum of Science, and adjacent to the Hotel Marlowe. Here, Executive Chef Adam Resnick's menus explore different cuisines and flavor profiles bringing seasonal American fare beyond the traditional with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and subtle global influences. Come enjoy our vibrant, welcoming atmosphere for indoor dining and outside courtyard dining.

Our outdoor seating is located in the private courtyard of the Hotel Marlowe.

Loxal Guidelines will be enforced including: masks are required indoors unless actively eating or drinking.

Reservations are recommended. Contactless ordering & payments are available.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 953 people are saying
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Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It had availability at the last minute and was easy to find and park. The staff seemed busy and overwhelmed, but nice. The food was decent, but nothing amazing or special. Somewhat limited menu.

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vipRobin
New England
25 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside seating had comfortable seats (padded) & distance from other tables was good. It was a cool evening & they turned on a heater for us. Food was great - loved the butternut squash soup & the goat cheese appetizer. for dinner, the pork, broccoli & polenta were my favorite! The apple tart with ice cream was delicious. No crumbs left on anyone’s plates.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Guest at the hotel

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GailM
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent...service was very good. Only downside was options were few due to scaled back menu...due to COVID.

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Allie
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a delicious meal here during DineOut Boston -- food was tasty and artfully presented. Really enjoyed!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Pasta was not homemade - I could have made the pasta dish. Missing homemade fusilli pasta and ricotta.
Menu is not very inspired.

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vipBill
New England
29 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We thought that given the location, the outdoor seating would face the water on the side of the restaurant. Instead, it is in the auto entrance to the hotel. You get to see hotel guests going and coming by car. Not so interesting. The food, drink, and service were just fine. When we are willing to eat inside we might be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Food was cold, never saw our waitress to ask about heating up my oatmeal. Bacon tasted like fish. Don’t recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Staying at the hotel so went there for convenience and was pleasantly surprised based on some of the other reviews I read. Service was prompt and friendly and the food was very good. They had live music, which was a little too loud, but the gentleman had a good voice.

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vipMichaelA
New England
25 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was expecting a much better menu. It is possible we encountered a downgraded covid menu. I don't recommend unless they chsnge.

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MichaelC
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

For such a limited menu, you would think they would be really good at it. Apps and dinner lacked flavor, and portions were meh for the price. Perhaps this was a better place before the pandemic, but as of today, it is an over-priced hotel restaurant.

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Gingernai
New England
15 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

They were clearly understaffed and had limited their menu. The food did not arrive hot nor did the coffee for breakfast the next morning. The chicken Parmesan was a huge disappointment, it looked and tasted like something from a fast food restaurant, a microwave meal. The salmon and asparagus was delicious and was what made the meal enjoyable for one of us.

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vipRobin
New England
26 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outside & the seats were very comfortable (cushioned). Food was great, had oysters, fried calamari + another appetizer. The steak frites were cooked perfectly, the extra asparagus was very tasty& lobster roll was enjoyed. The warm banana bread dessert was also eaten & no one left anything on their plates. A couple people had drinks & liked them as well.

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vipGeorgianneL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I showed up for my reservation 5 minutes early. Basically waited for someone to acknowledge me at the door for at least 15 minutes. We ended up leaving.

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StacyQP
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Very short staffed and the experience suffered because of it. The staff that was on did a great job of juggling all the tables while bartending, but things were very slow. Multiple tables had to get up and find someone to request their check. Food was ok. Nothing to write home about. Overall disappointed. Expected a much better experience based on the beautiful concept and ambience.

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DavidK
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our room was very comfortable other than the music coming from the courtyard on Friday evening.. the music played late into the evening delaying our ability to fall asleep.. thank you..

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EdmundS
New England
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Gabriel was our server and he has always been great- warm and hospitable, helpful and so professional. It was our first time back at Bambara since pandemic. We usually go early so we were the only ones in the restaurant! Food was great but menu was limited bc of a wedding occurring at the hotel. [our entrees of chicken Parmesan w salad & and burger with ‘thick cut’ fries were scrumptious]. We each had a drink from the bar and they always seem weak or watered down.

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IpekE
New England
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and especially delicious appetizers! Would definitely come back.

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SbaraC
New England
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was the subject of part of a TV show recently on PBS, and with a guest coming we decided to eat there -- on a Sunday evening, in late April (masked, of course).
Not only was the service excellent -- from two rounds of superb hors-d'ouevres through dessert, including wine (beer for one of us three).
We each chose something different -- all very creative pasta dishes, generous, and just enough "out of the ordinary" to make them interest as well as very tasty. I had buccatini, e.g., and the tomato sauce was light and made with fresh tomatoes.
We had panna cotta for dessert -- the very best I have ever eaten (and I am ... some decades ...old. My wine was on the low price end, but a very fine malbec.

When the friend visits again, we shall return to Bambara.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Menú online and in front of restaurant were not what was offered. I also left a note to bring out a cake for my boyfriend and they never did. So obviously they don’t read the note section.

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DaveV
New England
17 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice place. Friendly staff and excellent food, but the atmosphere lacked a little bit, as there were a couple of parties with kids running around the place (presumably staying at the hotel).

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vipBARBARA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Bambara always serves excellent food in a comfortable atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing, including the awesome background music which was at just the right volume!

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vipFeiFei
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Loved everything especially the garlic knots.

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DustyA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was just not what i expected. An Italian eatery and the only Italian food was the dessert. For the cost it seemed a little over priced for what we got.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The ambience was good and seatings were standard.. The noise level was high because of open kitchen. Overall good experience but, compared to price, quantity of food was less. Being vegetarian there was less options.

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Carm
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent calimari!

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vipJenn
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for my birthday dinner and as usual receive so much love from this team. Everyone from servers to bartenders to the chef is welcoming. The restaurant is rarely full these days due to COVID, but that is just another reason we love dining here. They have a variety of table styles from booths to high tops. You can make reservations until 8pm on Open Table.

The bar is well stocked with local and speciality liquors. The restaurant is doing a Italian pop-up/takeover currently and so you'll see different types of Negronis on the menu. The cocktails change seasonally, so do come back for different recipes.

The dishes are always simple, yet beautiful and delicious. Chef Baz is incredibly talented and is always kind enough to create or modify a dish to make it vegan. The pasta and vegetables are so fresh. Don't miss the soup (whatever it is on the menu). It's my favorite thing to order whether it's mushroom or minestrone. It's often plant based or easily modified.

Don't miss a stop here. It's our quiet Cambridge go-to.

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Midmom
New England
27 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service. Accommodating and generous. Comped an extra dessert in consideration of a delay. Food was beautifully preset during delicious. Great attention safety and an all around great evening.

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vipGastroPubLover
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Completely new take on eggplant parm - the best I have ever had!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
29 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You won’t be disappointed!! Food is outstanding. This is our new go to restaurant.

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vipJulie
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

COVID dining is weird. The setup is in the same area where cars pull up to pick up or drop off hotel guests, so the background noise is often an idling car. We came early to avoid the cold of the evening, and as the only diners at the time we opted to play music from a phone to dial up the ambiance a touch, which worked fairly well. But the food was great (the burrata was too good to have just one round), as were the drinks, so we greatly enjoyed it despite the unusual setting.

Bambara Kitchen & Bar
Responded on December 11, 2020

Hi Julie, We certainly agree that COVID dining is weird. We know the limitations within our outdoor courtyard space and are glad you were able to make the best of it with a little extra ambience. Thank you for the kind words on the meal and service. Best, Amanda M General Manager

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vipmelissak
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food !

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
30 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bambara is now doing a pop up in its restaurant called Capalbos and it is absolutely delicious! My party and I didn’t have one complaint and we all would highly recommend this restaurant and we will definitely be going back again real soon!!

Bambara Kitchen & Bar
Responded on October 27, 2020

So appreciated! Thanks for the great review. Cant wait to see you again- Chef Baz

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ALEXL
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian that I have ever had. Great service, more people need to know about this great spot.

Bambara Kitchen & Bar
Responded on October 27, 2020

Wow what and incredible review! We are so grateful. Hope to see you again soon! -Chef Baz

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vipJackieR
New England
176 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was cool to see a pop up concept at Bambara. I think that adds a fun element to an established restaurant. The ribs were out of this world! And the RBG inspired cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I loved this place. The food was excellent! The pork chop was insanely good, with everything else closely behind it! For those concerned about covid exposure, they were extra diligent with plenty of well spaced seating both inside and outside. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

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JesseK
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, well spaced tables, friendly service, recommended.

JB
vipJuliaB
New England
17 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bread and honey butter was amazing. Ended up ordering 2

FAQs

Bambara Kitchen & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 868-4444.

Bambara Kitchen & Bar is rated 4.2 stars by 953 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.