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
We all had different dishes, and all four of us were delighted with our dinners, including three main courses , and two of the small plates. Delicious! Wonderful wine selection. My only request would be to keep the music level far lower, as it was too noisy for good conversation for four.
The good: The food was tasty, parking was easy. Service was good. Easy to get a reservation despite being last minute for Saturday night. Nice atmosphere. The less good: Lighting was too dim - it was hard to read the menu without a flashlight. Cost of a bottle of wine was higher than it ought to have been but the wine was good. It was a bit on the loud side, a problem for those of us who are beginning to have hearing problems. Overall: It was a good all around compromise with many positive points.
Great spot to meet friends and share some delicious food and cocktails. The staff and kitchen were very accommodating for my gluten allergy - they even used a separate frier for the (rice flour battered) calamari! YUM! They also prepared several small plates to be gluten free for our table to share. Everything was very good - I just found the majority of the main courses to be a bit pricey for an everyday dinner. It would be a great date spot.
Went there for brunch, coffee was great and refiled were prompt. Bloody marry was good but not exceptional. Food was good, they have the basics but with a trendy twist. Price was very reasonable. Would recommend for get togethers with friends and family. Not a place to go if you are looking for a fancy or gorment food. But a great place to go for a good meal.
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.
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