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
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.
My friend and I went on Monday eve of Memorial Day weekend. No problem with seating. Was disappointed with the squash appetizer but the cheeseburger was delicious. I chose the salad instead of french fries. I had to ask for additional dressing. I would go back again for the experience to compare.
Temple Bar is owned by the same company as Park, Russel House, and Grafton but I think Temple Bar is the best. They have delicious desserts that are creative. I hate normal boring American food, so Temple Bar is great for elevated American food at super reasonable prices. Cozy atmosphere for friends, romantic atmosphere for a date.
Third or fourth time here. Always something really good for my veg. husband with plenty of nice sides. I've had the steak frites twice and I think it's the best I've had. The steak is really tender and very, very flavorful and the fries are incredibly good. This most recent visit.. the service wasn't great and the cheese platter was not good - the bread was hard as a rock before we finished (and not enough) and the cheese was not properly ripened (IMO). Someone needs a lesson on cheese from Fromaggio's nearby. Otherwise, I think the menu is varied and well done.
Temple Bar has a very notable wine, cocktail, and beers list. We went for a date and had a great time; each ordered cocktails, had creative and fairly healthy entrees (suckling pig with sweet potatoes and a pumpkin porridge with farm fresh egg) as well as the DELICIOUS desserts: ice-cream sandwiches and apple francier - amazing!
First table we were given was literally FILTHY with dirt over the entire surface--they has opened the windows. Chairs were also filthy as I discovered later looking at the seat of my pants. Staff seemed reluctant to reseat us and defensive, almost belligerent [balding young guy with a beard]. Noice feel was far too loud, service was slow and hamburger was one of the worst I have ever had. Descriptions of items was not accurate, cheese plate was nice but far too small for price, beet salad was basically large pieces of rather tough beets--overall certainly not worth the price.
I have mixed feelings about this group of restaurants, including Temple Bar, Grafton St, Park, The Hourly, Russel House, etc. They are all owned by the same corporation, and while there is some differntiation among them, there is a certain cookie-cutter quality to them that aggravates me. And while they allow us to dine in Harvard Square without dropping a hundred bucks per person, which I appreciate, the quality is so mediocre that I really feel like they couldn't get away with charging half of their prices if they were located anywhere else.
I guess I will continue to patronize them when I am in the area taking in one of the diminishing number of evening entertainments available in our sadly diminished Harvard Square.
I've eaten here a few times over the years. I think the food is alright but the portions for brunch varied wildly. Both my parents had huge dishes while my red flannel hash seemed rather petite in comparison. Brunch is generally a fun affair here but our waiter continually got into conversations with us. It wasn't the worst thing but it usually interrupted the conversation we were having.
We had an outstanding experience in every way. From our reservation being met on time, excellent service and teamwork by the staff to provide prompt and friendly service. The charred eggplant starter was perfect to split or for one,the Caesar salad had a light,yet intensely flavored dressing. Yum! Our dinners,the salmon and the pressed chicken were delicious,perfectly cooked,hot upon arrival. The accompaniments were perfectly matxhed. Our dessert,the chocolate fondue stands out as one of the most fun and delicious desserts to share. Lots of interesting textures.temperatures,and textures to dip,with fresh fruit as well! My one recommendation is how the salmon was plated. There was a very large blank space that made it look as if something was missing. I suggest a different size plate. The dinner had plenty of food,but the starkness of the plate initially detracted from the presentation. The salmon was superb!
We will be back and recommend Temple Bar wirhour hesitation.
We love Temple Bar, and this is our "go to place" for Friday nights. However, I had to rate it lower for ambiance because the place was too loud!!! Energetic is one thing, BUT when you have energetic customers competing with a 50s Rock Station it is too much. We don't expect to have soft conversations at the Temple, BUT we do expect to have conversations. PLEASE LOWER THE VOLUME IF YOU MUST HAVE A RADIO STATION COMPETING WITH ALL OF THE OTHER NOISE IN THE PLACE.
I love to review great experiences and this 1 certainly fit the bill. I had made a reservation for 8 pm and even though the table wasn't ready Katie kindly suggested the bar for a cocktail and she would come find us when our table was ready. The bartender immediatly attended to us even though the bar was full so we didn't have that "uncomfortable feeling". We enjoyed a cocktail then we were seated in the restaurant within 10 minutes. Our waiter Ron was absolutely amazing, helpful and truly enthusiastic about the dishes on the menu and helped us make our selections. The food was wonderful. Instead of ordering entrees we decided to order the appetizers. Everything sounded so amazing so we wanted to taste it all.....and where thrilled we did. After dinner we decided to have the espresso martinis and the salted caramel chocolate pudding. Everything came together.... food, service and ambiance. The wonderful staff worked so well and effortless together in front and behind the scene. A true sign of a quality team of people and a well run establishment.
Food we had: Charcuterie, Squid ink pasta, Tuna Poke, PEI Mussles, Brussel Sprouts.
Service was affable and prompt but the food was really lackluster. Enjoyable ambiance and good proximity to Sanders Theater but will not return for anything except a burger. My special salad and scallops very disappointing. But very nice staff, parking and a pleasant buzz.
Great service, good bar selections only thing is the menu in my viewpoint had good food but was a limited menu, not sure why I was expecting more to choose from. What we ordered was good, unfortunately the appetizer we wanted was not available because their slicer broke that day, just my luck. But it is a nice place to try.
I have been to Temple Bar 4 times in the last month and loved it more each time! Jake and Jesse were fabulous hosts/ servers- esp Jake even remembered us from our previous visit and made the experience very special. He took time to describe what we were eating and drinking. The cocktails were great as was the food! Thanks for making our experience worthwhile!
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