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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
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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

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Come celebrate New Year's with our a la carte NYE Specials in addition to our regular dinner menu.

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Temple Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (17)
Bar Seating (14)
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Good for a Date (13)
Great Beer (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Comfort Food (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Fun (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Romantic (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Cozy (5)
People Watching (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Authentic (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Business Meals (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Randomly picked this place and was impressed. Lovely atmosphere and lighting. Long copper bar and great service and food. Beet salad was delish!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2017

Lovely evening at Temple. Hadn't been there in a year - greatly improved. Cuisine was more interesting and service was impeccable! Look forward to going back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on January 22, 2017

We had a lovely anniversary dinner on a Sunday night. It was very quiet and the service was great. Our favorite part was the amazing cocktail menu.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2017

Food wasnt as good as in the past. Bean burger was disappointing

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 (New England)·Dined on January 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Very good food I gave it four stars because I thought the appetizers were small for the price. Service was excellent. The fish entrees were excellent and the sandwich was also

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2017

Bork belly buns and squid ink spaghetti was delicious.
Halibut was dry and over cooked.
Caesar salad was watery.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2017

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...

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2017

Our server recommended the roast chicken, which is cooked under a brick. Fantastic. We liked it so much we came back a few days later to have it again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Outstanding Value
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2017

We love TB. The food has been spectacular and is currently not up to par.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2016

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.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Great cocktails. Service was outstanding - friendly, accommodating, attentive. Enjoyed the food and the atmosphere.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 7, 2016

Excellent in every way. The six of us all loved our meals. If you are reading this, you are probably trying to decide whether to reserve a table. Book it! You will be glad you did.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2016

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!

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Organic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2016

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?

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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2016

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.
Thank you.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2016

The food used to be very good. Now three disappointing meals in a row. A mess of poorly prepared Thanksgiving food smashed together in a high pile on the plate. It is a shame. Perhaps the cooks could take more care with the food.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 20, 2016

Amazing place

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 (New England)·Dined on November 20, 2016

This place continues to disappoint with badly cooked, flavorless food. It's a shame because it used to be good and the staff continue to be gracious and attentive. Bad brunch!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2016

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

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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2016

Disappointed to find a fabulous chicken dish I'd had last month no longer on the menu. Raviolo appetizer (one!) dough very hard, app itself not very tasty; sent it back.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2016

We waited for an hour before we got our food. Unacceptable. Table after table who sat down after us got their breakfast before us. It ruined our experience.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Great food, inventive menu and varied beer and wine list.
Atmosphere was cozy, nicely decorated and conducive to quite conversations also.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2016

We had Friday dinning here. Chicken liver mousse was outstanding. Very good service, good atmosphere, reasonable price of dishes, and good 60's music. Why not try?

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2016

Having eaten at this restaurant over many years, this was the first time I visited it on a weekend night. MUCH TOO NOISY. I would never go again on a weekend evening.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 30, 2016

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.

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2016

the fondue needed guryeye (sp?) cheese. the charcuterie was sparse & bland. the waitress (nice) but had a lip ring, rather off setting.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 24, 2016

The food was outstanding, but the service was awful. Our waitress barely attended to our table and we had to constantly flag her down to get her attention.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2016

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.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Apple fonancier was awesome! Service was slowwwww.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2016

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!

Tags: Seasonal, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2016

The food was alright - not great. The app came out burned on one side and not entirely cooked on the other side. Service was sporadic and at times slow (the server just started so hopefully with practice the service will improve).

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2016

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2016

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2016

EXCELLENT SERVICE- MADE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AMAZING

VERY KIND WAITER- SUGGESTED GREAT DISHES

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2016

Very knowledgeable and attentive staff. Delicious food with plenty of interesting options. Spacious with a warm and modern ambiance.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2016

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'.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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