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
The food was excellent. We had the squid in pasta and the steam buns for appetizers and botwere very tasty. For dinner I had the suckling pig and the bushel sprouts, the flavor was great on both. To be expected but the pig definitely was high in salt flavor. The cocktails were a bit intimidating for a novice, one included a "shrub" and "old munk" I'm sure they are good but I stuck to beer. Would definitely recommend for a casual work dinner or a date. Also note, it's not obvious but there is a parking lot in the back.
Very accommodating wait staff and very apologetic Manager. Two orders of brunch omelettes for two of us were truly inedible - on the first try and again on the second try! Past experiences with the food have been much better. We were not charged for the food and we were treated extremely well. The atmosphere is perfect for a friends' get together. We were not rushed. I would just recommend staying away from brunch omelettes. No gluten free bread available.
Started with the charcuterie , all house made, and creative. There was one ham that had a wicked blast of smoke, the mustards were tangy/hot and the pate was the least fatty/slimy I've ever had. The 1/2 chicken entree was perfectly cooked throughout and most bones were removed for easy eating. My wife loved her fish and the cocktails /beers were a plus.
I like many things about this restaurant - the ambiance, the decor, the quality of the is food, the service. But the menu needs more variety. It is exactly the same every day, and for someone like me who likes to use this as a neighborhood restaurant, it gets monotonous. They really should vary the menu, or at least have two different specials every day - and vary the specials as well. I was there twice a few days apart and there was the same special both times...
We brought my parents, who are in their 70's, here for an early dinner. We like the food, the interesting menu, and the decor. The only negative was the loud progressive rock that was blaring, making conversation difficult. That early in the evening, most of the clientle was older adults, and the loud rock seemed like a real mis-match - particularly for older adults, who often have trouble with loud ambient noise. Maybe the restaurant could start with quiter music earlier in the evening, and then shift to the loud hip playlist a little later, when younger people show up.
My friends and I were in Cambridge for the "Puddles Pity Party" at the Sinclair...we wanted a great spot for dinner prior to the show. I'd read the Temple menu online and found it to be accommodating to our wide variety of tastes...it didn't disappoint. Our server was fabulous; he described drinks and dishes in detail. We chatted with him about the menu, his background (NYC-yay!), and he couldn't have been more pleasant. Wish I had the photos my friend Greta took of the apps-sublime presentation. We ate on the lighter side-Temple burgers, black bean burgers...and had to fly, so we didn't have time for dessert. Can't wait to return for dessert, though-what choices! Forgot to mention the surroundings-classic, deco style; we were seated at a round booth-so comfy-perfect!
My only issue was with the door staff. Horrible. There were four people seating people and they ignored me for about 20 minutes. It was not busy yet nobody would talk to me or accept my reservation. People came in after me and they helped them, both talked to them and seated them. I had a reservation yet was ignored. WTF?
We had a great time at The Temple Bar on Thanksgiving. My review is about the service we got when we first arrived at the restaurant. I had made a reservation and was very surprised when the host took us to a drafty bar stool table for our meal, especially when there were many empty tables and booths. If I hadn't made a reservation, I would have happily accepted the bar stool table. However, when I make a reservation, my expectation is that we are seated at a table, especially when there are many tables available. This was the first time I was meeting my boyfriends family and it led to an extremely uncomfortable situation of us standing around waiting when I asked that they seat us at a table or booth instead of the bar stool table. Avoiding any awkwardness was PRECISELY why I had made the reservation!
Having said that, the service at the table that we were eventually seated at was fantastic.
We have been to the Temple Bar many times but over the past year we felt that the quality of the food and experience had diminished a bit. We were very pleasantly surprised on Saturday night to find that the menu had been updated and the service was superb. The restaurant was lively but we were very well taken care of and all of our meals were very good. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Temple Bar again.
Friend ordered medium well done burger. It took over 1/2 hr and then was served pink with raw juices running onto plate. Replaced it quickly but still a bummer. Good fries though. Front desk people apologized with free sorbet. Underimpressed
This isn't the first problem there: eggs Benedict served absolutely raw. Ugh. And another time with drastically undercooked entree. Giving up on this restaurant
The food was excellent and beautifully presented. Pumpkin porridge was an unexpected seasonal delight. The list of wines, beers. and other spirits was extensive. Desserts came in large portions. The ice dream sandwiches with house-made cookies were great.
Service was attentive, and the noise level was not annoying. It was a nice spot on a dreary evening.
Great food, slow service. It took 10 minutes for cocktails to arrive, but they were well done and worth the wait.
The mussels as an app were more than enough for 3 to share and the grilled bread had an awesome mustardy sauce.
The lamb entree turned out to be lamb 3 ways, including sausage and all perfectly medium rare and tasty. The lamb sliders were the same and came with a side of good potato skin fries.
Temple Bar was the only restaurant with a 7PM opening when I was searching for a Cambridge restaurant for a Sat night get together. Food was very good, service was great but the TVs playing sports at the bar combined with the loud music playing are the reason I won't return in a hurry. Too loud and busy to feel special. At least last Saturday night!
I love Temple Bar, my girlfriend and I have been coming here for almost two years, and it is our restaurant of choice. We bing out-of-town guests here, and on one occasion ran into a group of people from the same conference as a friend who were given an "inside tip" on where to eat in Cambridge.
My first time at Temple Bar. It was a great meal. My only mistake was to not know the portion size before deciding to split an entree with my wife. The lamb was delicious, but only 2 small portions (with lots of nice vegetable and sauce compliments, but it was not big enough to split.
Nice ambience, and overall a pleasant place to eat that wasn't too noisy.
We love the service at Temple Bar. The food has always been great, think of a fine bistro and you have Temple Bar, but the service is the a thing to get right. Not hovering. No reticence to accept the customer's wish. Quick to correct any misunderstanding. You are made to feel at ease because they, the management and servers seem to be 'at home in their skin'.
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