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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

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Temple Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (17)
Bar Seating (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
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Casual (14)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Special Occasion (11)
Fun (11)
Cozy (10)
Great Beer (10)
Romantic (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Good for Groups (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Authentic (7)
Great for Brunch (7)
Business Meals (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Happy Hour (4)
People Watching (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Tapas (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

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.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Great atmosphere. Good food and drinks. Bar was slow and waitress never brought our dessert, just the check. Overall would go back but won't sit in the high tops section again, much better at a table.

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·Dined 3 days ago

What a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Both myself and my date were delighted with our meals and drinks

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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2018

First time visit, and really enjoyed it. Great food and drink, vibrant atmosphere, friendly people working there, easy parking. Highly recommend.

Tags: Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Groups, People Watching, Casual
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Bar Seating
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Very positive all around except kitchen was backed up and we waited for food way too long. Very responsive when noted. Very good restaurant with excellent food and pleasant staff

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Good drinks, amazing service! Ordered the cheese plate, which was somewhat underwhelming. Good music, not too loud. Great spot for a date.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The chocolate pudding is TO DIE FOR

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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Very family friendly despite bar and sophisticated ambience.
Terrific brunch.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The atmosphere is upscale but comfortable, the menu is interesting and the service is great. The calamari appetizer is really good! I've been going here for years and I like that they change it up but keep it consistently good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Authentic, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on January 17, 2018

As a regular customer, I love Temple Bar. Steak Frites and Caesar Salad are great!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

My partner and I came here for our anniversary and it was one of the best dates we've been on. Great food and drinks, excellent service, a cozy atmosphere. We loved it, and will absolutely be back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Authentic, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 11, 2018

The food was fantastic and the Old Fashioned cocktail was one of the best I've had. I hosted a client for dinner here after an all-day meeting and it was perfect - not too stuffy and not too informal. I'd highly recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Temple was a nice surprise. We wanted something easy and good for dinner and this worked great.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Bronzini was top notch as were warm beets appetizer and pork main course.

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

While I enjoyed the overall experience the menu choices are somewhat limited and a bit eccentric ...

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Always a MUST when we visit Boston & Cambridge... great food and fantastic environment for all

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 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The service was terrific. Lucy was attentive, incredibly knowledgeable, and brought out the ice cream chef when she learned that we were really interested in how they make it. Many thanks for making us feel so welcome, Lucy. Food was exceptional!

Tags: Great Beer, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Fun, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

It was surprisingly good and a very pleasant experience all round.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Very delicious, great service. Will come back
Only con is not a lot of options for the dairy free gluten free..

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Amazing service- all of the waitstaff is so friendly, greatnatmosphere and great food!

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always love having dinner at Temple Bar, a neighborhood standby. Fun, innovative menu options, good price points on dinners, excellent cocktails . . .

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on November 30, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great service by server and hostess, great food and drinks. Cozy ambience!

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Best meal we have had in Boston - will definitely be back! 5/5 stars

Tags: Comfort Food, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Authentic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Fun, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Food sounded creative, but was ordinary.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The “music “ was too loud and not conducive to a good night out

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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Very good service, attentive but not overbearing server who provided us with useful and helpful information about the menu items. Food was very good, I ordered the steak frites. Little bit loud and dimly lit, but otherwise excellent experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Enjoyed Temple Bar , The Abbey, Grafton Street and Parc during our visits to Cambridge. All good places to visit with family and friends.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Friends asked me to take them to a local place that I especially like. They were pleased with Temple Bar, as was I.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Food was delicious, service was friendly and unhurried, place was lively. An enjoyable dining experience all around.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I love the food here and it's very affordable, but the service was slower than usual, I think they may have been understaffed

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food was only okay. Busy atmosphere but nothing stellar or particularly memorable.

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