Temple Bar

4.5
1370 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Temple Bar is a neighborhood bistro with a focus on creative cuisine along with professional and friendly service. Temple Bar offers a warm and welcoming charm. Accented by exposed brick, oversized mirrors, lights and booths and an oak enamored paneling, guests enjoy the buzz and excitement of Temple Bar
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New England
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Temple Bar is our go-to neighborhood restaurant. We go for margaritas regularly and add the fries and the tuna poke for a yummy and comforting evening.

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JC
New England
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We brought new friends who recently moved to Newton from New Jersey, and Temple Bar was just the right place! It was a Saturday night, and thus somewht noisy, but both the food and service were excellent. And, thanks for changing your menu every now and then, and adding small plates!

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C
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The atmosphere is nice and we liked the menu, but the food was mediocre and the service was poor. There are much better options in the area.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely one of our favorite restaurants! Never disappointed... awesome food, great service and fun cocktails!

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RG
New England
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, reasonable prices for the market and great service.

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DH
New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite local restaurants for years! Romantic but also good for groups, and the food is excellent. Lovely ambiance, good service, cozy tables.

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I
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice selection, well prepared and presented. Very nice wait staff.

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MI
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a very nice Sunday brunch at Temple bar. Food was great & service was excellent. I wish we had more restaurants like this in the Boston area-good food, casual & friendly atmosphere but not expensive.

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AF
New England
17 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice meal overall, we had to wait a bit to get the waitress’s attention but then once we were on her radar, everything went smoothly. Dishes were well prepared, very tasty and portion sizes are reasonable. The booths are very comfortable. Noise level can be a bit high at times, something to keep in mind if one member of your party has a hearing impairment. I would definitely return. This is probably my 5th or 6 th time at Temple and I was not disappointed.

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MC
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved Jan! She was so kind and fun. The food was incredible, service was great, and we are definitely coming back!

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CM
New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Fish (ATLANTIC HALIBUT $25, Fregola, Citrus-Braised Endive, Salsify, Walnut) was really boring and way too expensive; drink was way too sweet, which I could not expect from the description (HIBISCUS SPRITZ $11 St. George California Citrus Vodka, Hibiscus, Aperol, Grapefruit); dessert (chocolate fondue) was ok, but not special. One of our favorite bars in the past. Not worth to go there again.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was good , nothing special but very nice

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B
New England
51 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good fresh food. Great wine list with very nice service

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P
New England
44 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This is our go-to neighborhood restaurants and it always fits the bill.

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MV
New England
19 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was just meh...

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WB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an excellent brunch discovery, the service was great and the food was excellent. Would totally recommend it!

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J
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ever since my wife and I discovered Temple Bar a few years ago we have made it a point to go there for dinner on our visits to Boston. The reason: the Green Circle Chicken. This half-chicken is a large enough dish for us to share (we're obviously not big eaters) and it just may be the best chicken we've ever had; certainly the best of any restaurant we've been to in the Cambridge area.

Can't wait to return and have it again. Outside of that, we've found other items on the menu to be very good. Service, is friendly and attentive.

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HC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Dined here for NYE dinner. Service was good and cocktails nice, however the food wasn't great. I ordered the burrata as the appetizer and aside from a few drizzles of honey and fennel, it was essentially just a ball of cheese. I would have appreciated a few toast points at the very least. I also ordered the lamb, which was presented beautifully, however did not taste great. The vegetables were artfully plated but were under cooked (think still crunchy carrots) and completely unseasoned. I would not order this dish again. My partners food however, the burger, was fantastic so maybe I ordered incorrectly. This location did not live up to my experiences at their other restaurants (russell house and park).

I'll be back to give it another shot as the bar area was very inviting.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing New Years experience!

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WW
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delightful server Lucy N. Superb service very knowledgeable explaining food options.

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MB
New England
42 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Ricotta doughnuts & avocado toast superb!! Bloody Marys’ were perfect. Kevin was a good server

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JS
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Temple Bar has always been a favorite for me and my husband. We start out with just the two of us and now our friends also love going here with us. Makes for a great double (or triple!) date spot. Would give it 5 stars, but the cocktails are not always consistently good. My friend ordered the seasons "Mele Kalikimaka" drink and it was terrible - said the only thing he could taste was ginger beer. And the "Grin Without a Cat" has been a standing cocktail on their menu that we don't care for. My husband keeps forgetting and accidentally ordering it, regretting it each time.

Food here is great though. I always get the Colorado Lamb which has more of a fall/winter dish feel to it, but I'm so glad they make it year round. They do change up the vegetables used in it so that it's somewhat seasonal. Another reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is because the delicata squash that was used in my lamb dish this past visit was not good (and it's a favorite of mine), and the carrots could have been cooked longer. These are all just small complaints. We will certainly continue to come back!

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Hidden gem.
Will return again (and will spread the word).

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PL
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Unlike prior visit the chicken on the chicken sandwich was over-cooked and dry. The bread in the basket was a little stale. The draught beer choices are thoughtful. The server, Megan I think, was excellent.

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c
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Being huge fans of Park Resturaunt, we were expecting the same with Temple Bar. From the service to our meals, things were just “ok”. Food was good (came out fast and entree presentation was beautiful) but nothing blew us away. With all the other resturaunts to choose in the area, not sure if we will be back!

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DD
New England
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The menu was not extensive, which is fine... but you kind of expect them to do it well. While the calamari's flavor profile was good, it was SATURATED in grease to the point where it was a little unpleasant. Beet salad was good. Had the white bean burger which was just meh... sounded so much better in print than it tasted. Nothing was horrible, but nothing blew me away either. With so many options... not really on the top of my list to return. Ambiance is very nice, though.

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PM
New England
32 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Our food was good but our server was awful. Hovered while we were talking then walked by me with no drink for 5 times. Couldn’t run the card right on the bill. Didn’t know information about the entrees, wine or desserts. He literally interrupted every conversation we were having but then we had to work to get his attention. Not my favorite.

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IV
New England
28 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

As a frequent patron of the restaurant, I have enjoyed many good meals. However, the recent revision of the Brunch menu has left a lot to be desired. For one thing, the choice is rather skimpy and, with the elimination of the fruit and pancakes, among other dishes offered in the past makes for an unsatisfactory brunch experience. Hope for an upgraded Brunch menu soon.

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H
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent. I go almost every Saturday. I always eat the French Toast. Only negative--how can a reataurant be "out of the French Toast" by 10:45?

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely service, good drinks, knowledgeable about menu. Accommodating about allergies

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B
New England
52 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good Thanksgiving dinner

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S
New England
54 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service was very attentive and very good . Every one enjoyed what they ordered many great entree options for every one we didn’t have to eat turkey :) the ambience was warm and welcoming and easy for family conversation . Will definitely go back for not only thanksgiving but any other special holiday

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LC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time and pleasantly surprised. Food was very good. Lamb dish portion was a bit light. Wait staff was excellent and friendly. Will definitely return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Solid last minute place in between harvard and porter. Draft cocktails and apps were mostly very good. Very accommodating, great server. (Angie)

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AR
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great steak frite. Lovely cocktails. Salad was a surprisingly small portion, but delicious.

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E
New England
49 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Surprisingly good. For a casual spot near porter square, we had an excellent meal more in line with a fine dining experience! Beet and calamari appetizers were unique and both the salmon and lamb entrees were excellent

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T
New England
25 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We used to live up the street about 5 years ago and Temple bar was our go to brunch spot. Have sinced moved but when I had a flight to Boston Sunday I thought let’s go get brunch for old time sake. Wish we hadn’t gone out of the way. The food was terrible and so was the service. We ordered donuts that came out raw in the middle, no one came to see if they were ok and we tried to get a persons attention but no where to be found. They were not busy with another table (we were one of three tables in the restaurant). Then I asked to get a English muffin with jam. Got the English. No jam. No butter. And when they finally came back it was stone cold and I asked again. Then they brought a packette of grape jelly. Saw the manager and asked if they only have grape jelly and she said yep and walked away. No explaination, no sorry, no how is the rest of your meal. She was too bothered to even talk to us. If the staff if going to act bothered to help you there is no wonder is was empty. We used to really enjoy going there. But sadly I don’t think we will ever return.

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RL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food. So tasty and fresh, great value. Brought family members here and atmosphere and service was perfect.

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L
New England
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Atmosphere and service were very nice. Disappointed in the food--rather uneven. Vegetarian bean burger and other veggie main dishes greasy and flavorless. Huge servings of fries with the mains kind of overpowered the plates. Would have preferred healthier alternatives. The pizza and starters were good.

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W
New England
33 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The new menu items are terrific, and a welcome addition an already good menu.

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