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
Cambridge, MA 02138
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
$30 and under
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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.
Harvard Square and Porter Square Redline T stops as well as several bus routes
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
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Temple Bar Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I am disappointed in Temple Bar, as I have read similarly from other regular patrons on Yelp. Three of the last four times I went there my food was underwhelming. What's up Temple Bar? This week I had the clam pizza/flatbread. As the server said, it was very garlicky, and that was great. But where were the clams? I saw a few small pieces of grey, but they had no taste at all, and were barely present. Tasty cheese and garlic, but not what I would call "white clam pizza" as the menu does. Very disappointing. I had the field green salad with blue cheese, pear, etc. Drowned in salad dressing, so much that the greens were all wilted. Or were they wilted before the dressing? I don't know, but not good. Pear had no flavor. My tablemates: 1) very underwhelmed by the mussels, which both she and I have had an enjoyed in the past; 2) & 3) had the white bean burger and they said they were great , although one of them either got a chunk of chili powder or a hot pepper and suffered from a burning mouth. We all tasted the burger after that, found no overspicing, so we don't know what her mouthful contained, but she had two glasses of beverage to calm the burning before trusting us to return to her burger. And then she said it was surprisingly very good. So what was in that burning mouthful? Whatever it was, it shouldn't have been there. Earlier visits this year had the same mixed results: one friend with a good meal and then disappointment by others. I really like the physical setting, esp. for a group of friends, but the food is just too unreliable, or rather, it's more not-good than good. And the prices do not fit the unreliable, mixed quality, so I have to give up on Temple Bar. Our party of four are all local folks who eat out in the area a lot, often with others, so our sour response to a past favorite will spread out into our circles I think. Pay attention to this TB.
Server Stephanie was great.
I hate to give this place such low points, but I see no other choice. I've been going to Temple Bar several times a month over the past few years, sometimes weekly. It has become my go to place, but lately the kitchen is so inconsistent I never know what's going to come out of it. Case in point.
I was there tonight. I order the Brassica Pizza. I've had it a dozen or more times, it was different than before. There were large chucks of broccoli stems that were not cooked well. The Brussell sprouts which are usually thinly sliced were large chunks also not fully cooked. I don't remember a time when there were enormous chucks of vegetables on this pizza.
When I've ordered the side dish of potatoes, sometimes they are covered in chives and garlic (personally I don't like) other times they are not. A few nights ago I order the Sausage Pizza, the amount of ground sausage on the pizza was gross and greasy, usually it's light on the sausage, well balanced and flavorful. The other night all I could taste was the clumps of sausage. And the heavy handedness of the Calabrian chiles made the pizza so hot it was barely edible.
This place used to be spot on. You'd go in and know exactly what you would get, but over the last few months, its a crap shoot.
If someone from the restaurant reads this, please fix the problems in your kitchen. Keep your recipes standardized, or if not, then change the menu! Different kitchen staff should not be modifying or doing their own things to the recipes!!!
The service has also recently gone down hill. My waitress tonight disappeared for 15-20 minutes at a time and the restaurant was not busy. After I ordered my pizza, I didn't see her for well near 30 minutes. When she was there she was friendly and attentive, but most of the time she was just gone.
We went to Temple Bar with friends. The food was very good. Tasty. Liked the fact it was not to noisy, like so many places these days.
The waitress was good but seemed like she was stretched with to many tables. She was attentive as she could be, but could have been better. I think she was to busy.
Overall a very nice evening. Good food and company.
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