Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.20mi
  2. Distance: 0.29mi
  3. Distance: 0.36mi
  4. Distance: 0.53mi
  1. Distance: 0.20mi
  2. Distance: 0.29mi
  3. Distance: 0.36mi
  4. Distance: 0.53mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.20mi
  2. Distance: 0.29mi
  3. Distance: 0.36mi
  4. Distance: 0.53mi
  1. Distance: 0.20mi
  2. Distance: 0.29mi
  3. Distance: 0.36mi
  4. Distance: 0.53mi

About Temple Bar

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

1688 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Daily 5:00pm - 11.00pm
Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm
Late Night: Daily until midnight
Bar: Daily until 1am

Cross Street:
Sacramento Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 547-5055

Website:
http://www.templebarcambridge.com/

Parking Details:
Temple Bar offers FREE Parking to all of our patrons with reservations between the hours of 6pm and 1am, 7 days a week in the rear of the restaurant to the right. There is additional FREE Parking across the street at 5 Sacramento street in the Lesley Guidance Center lot.

Public Transit:
Harvard Square and Porter Square Redline T stops as well as several bus routes

Executive Chef:
Richmond Edes

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Temple Bar will be serving some seasonal specials in addition to our full dinner menu

Send a Gift Card

Buy now and send it instantly by email, or print a card to give in person.

Temple Bar Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (17)
Bar Seating (15)
Good for a Date (15)
See All
Casual (15)
Great Beer (11)
Fun (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Special Occasion (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Romantic (8)
Cozy (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Happy Hour (6)
People Watching (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Authentic (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Business Meals (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
Sort by
S
1242 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
 (Columbus)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was fantastic and the Old Fashioned cocktail was one of the best I've had. I hosted a client for dinner here after an all-day meeting and it was perfect - not too stuffy and not too informal. I'd highly recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Bronzini was top notch as were warm beets appetizer and pork main course.

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, People Watching
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

While I enjoyed the overall experience the menu choices are somewhat limited and a bit eccentric ...

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service4
value3

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Always a MUST when we visit Boston & Cambridge... great food and fantastic environment for all

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The service was terrific. Lucy was attentive, incredibly knowledgeable, and brought out the ice cream chef when she learned that we were really interested in how they make it. Many thanks for making us feel so welcome, Lucy. Food was exceptional!

Tags: Great Beer, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Fun, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

It was surprisingly good and a very pleasant experience all round.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Very delicious, great service. Will come back
Only con is not a lot of options for the dairy free gluten free..

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Amazing service- all of the waitstaff is so friendly, greatnatmosphere and great food!

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Casual, Sunday Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always love having dinner at Temple Bar, a neighborhood standby. Fun, innovative menu options, good price points on dinners, excellent cocktails . . .

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Wonderful service (thank you, Molly), a great vibe, reasonable noise level, though it rose as the evening went on. The food left something to be desired. The pizza with broccoli and feta was excellent. The caesar salad with salmon... the salmon was done to perfection but the Caesar salad was bland and there was very little of it. It had none of that special caesar-salad-dressing zingy taste. It was just some pieces of lettuce with a bland dressing. When the wait-person asked how the food was, I mentioned the issue with the salad and a few minutes later the manager came over to thank me for my honesty. I was not offered a fresher, tastier salad, however.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The following words came in our friend's thank-you message after four of us celebrated her birthday on Sunday evening.
Thanks so much for dinner at the very comfy Temple Bar restaurant. It was just what I needed — a relaxing time catching up with close friends while sharing some good food (including just-right salmon), a refreshing Vermentino wine and just the right amount of a sweet apple dessert. ... plus, very nice waiter!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I live close to the Temple Bar and up until a couple of years ago, I used to go there frequently with friends. The menu for me et al, is not very appetizing anymore, especially since they took the truffle pizza off the menu and added things like 'wheat berries'. However, we took a chance on Thanksgiving and had dinner there. Absolutely delicious, such a pity their regular menu cannot be so tasty and normal. The bar is delightful, very good if you just want a drink.

Tags: Bar Seating
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service4
value3

vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great service by server and hostess, great food and drinks. Cozy ambience!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
·Dined on November 22, 2017

Best meal we have had in Boston - will definitely be back! 5/5 stars

Tags: Comfort Food, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Authentic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Fun, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Food sounded creative, but was ordinary.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service3

vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The “music “ was too loud and not conducive to a good night out

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience2
service5
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Very good service, attentive but not overbearing server who provided us with useful and helpful information about the menu items. Food was very good, I ordered the steak frites. Little bit loud and dimly lit, but otherwise excellent experience.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value5

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

Our waitress was not on her game. She brought out one entree with the apps (there were 4 of us) and then the three other entrees came out much later and the person whose entree came out early was finished and had to sit there while the rest of us ate. The timing was a mess. Then she threw away the “take home” doggie bag. Nightmare. So bummed. Had been there before and picked this restaurant on my birthday. Oh well.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience2
service1
value2

 
 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Enjoyed Temple Bar , The Abbey, Grafton Street and Parc during our visits to Cambridge. All good places to visit with family and friends.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service3
value3

vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Friends asked me to take them to a local place that I especially like. They were pleased with Temple Bar, as was I.

Tags: Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The service was excellent.the food was another story.my wild mushroom and grits was lacking in mushrooms.My friend's cheeseburger ordered mediam came without the cheese and was overdone. I have stopped ordering hamburgers here since they went to the two patty burger which lends itself to being overdone.I used to love the hamburgers here and now I never order them here.

Tags: Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service5
value3

vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was delicious, service was friendly and unhurried, place was lively. An enjoyable dining experience all around.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Very disappointed. I've been admiring the look of this restaurant for a while, and decided to try it out with my mom. The ambience is beautiful and the menu looked good. Figured, it's got to be good! Lesson learned: Don't judge a book by its cover! Service was terribly slow. For example, waitress served coffee and then asked if we wanted cream. Took her at least 5 minutes, if not 10, to bring it to us. And she didn't even apologize, as if that was normal. And the restaurant wasn't even busy! She was nice, just wicked slow. To add to service woes, another server didn't know where he was bringing his food, and asked us if we'd ordered the such and such...As for review of the food, although ricotta donuts were delicious, the actual breakfast (the breakfast sandwich) was such a disappointment. Biscuit was dry. Sausage was way too seasoned, and almost tasted fake. And what's with American cheese?! In sum, won't be coming back. Wanted to like the place because of its awesome ambience, but it all comes down to the quality of food...and this place needs to try harder.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service1
value2

 
 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I love the food here and it's very affordable, but the service was slower than usual, I think they may have been understaffed

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was only okay. Busy atmosphere but nothing stellar or particularly memorable.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service3
value3

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was good. Slightly overpriced but not crazy. Desserts were a far miss and the strawberry ice cream tasted like apple pie flavored.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service4
value2

vip
 (London)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great service

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We were in Cambridge to go salsa dancing for our anniversary. I did a search on open table for restaurants in the Cambridge area and chose The Temple Bar because the menu looked good and the pictures of the restaurant looked romantic and warm and cozy for our special night. The restaurant atmosphere was perfect and had a nice ambiance. The bar was busy and very welcoming. The drink menu had many creative drinks to choose from. The hostess greeted us with a smile and was happy to seat us right away at a cozy window seat. Our server was also great. The best part was the food was amazing! We had the mussels for an appetizer and halibut for dinner, so flavorful. The prices were all reasonable. I would highly recommend this restaurant, and I already have to several friends.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, People Watching, Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

 
 (Denver)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Very warm and relaxing environment. An interesting menu - each guest will find something they like.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Temple Bar is my new "go-to" restaurant for when my family is in town. It's classy without being off-putting, cozy without being cramped, and the food is usually a cool spin on familiar comfort foods (soufflé pancakes, poutine, mini doughnuts). Great beer menu with rotating favorites like Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale and other craft picks. All in all a safe choice for a good time.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great spot for date night or catching up with a friend. For appetizers, my friend and I ordered the calamari (delicious but the corn dusting on the calamari took a little away from the flavor) and the nettle spatzle. The nettle spatzle was tasty but was surprisingly small - like what would be 3 tablespoons of spatzle in the middle of a bowl. I had the bronzini which was excellent and my friend had the lamb (which is cooked a few different ways in the same dish) which was really delicious.

Our server was great - you could tell she was vegetarian but still had it within her to provide suggestions for meat-based offerings. Overall, the food was very good, the service was good to excellent (busy night so bar service was slower) and the menu offerings were both unique and delicious.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Perfect for a birthday!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

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

interesting menu with creative ingredient combinations. Service was slow. Entrees appear before appetizers removed. Drinks show up after apps. a few extra entrees on the bill.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service3

 
 (New England)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Highly recommend this place, especially if you like fine crafted cocktails with the ambience to go with it. Food was also outstanding. Absolutely loved the salt and pepper calamari with shishito peppers. Really nice twist on the classic and perfectly executed. We were a party of six that comfortably fit in one of there oversized round leather booths. We tasted across the menu and would give highest praise to their seafood items. And the caramel dark chocolate pudding that arrived at the end of the meal with a birthday candle in it was to die for. Everyone in the group had to have a bite. Also high praise to our awesome waitress!

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 11, 2017

The lamb dinner was delicious. Fresh herbs and vegetables served over three different types of lamb. Each one was better than the last!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great brunch!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (New England)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Entertaining friends from LA (frequent diners-out). They thought it was one of the best restaurant meals they'd ever had! And an excellent value. Temple Bar service was engaging as always.

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on August 15, 2017

The menu was actually very good. I think it's getting better over time - a nice mix of not-too-weirdly-adventurous but not shopworn. Excellent appetizers. The service was attentive and good humored. One felt that the staff actually was in a good mood and able to share it - whether that was the case or not.
We sat outside, so there was plenty of environmental noise. But that didn't make it so different from Paris, where it would be about as noisy, with worse air quality.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Lovely ambience, very good food, nice & knowledgeable servers, good location w/ free parking.

Tags: Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on July 23, 2017

Not good food

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience5
service1

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.