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Bambara Kitchen & Bar

4.4
4.4
903 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Bambara Kitchen & Bar is nestled on the Charles River Canal, and is right where you need it: close to MIT, Tech square, the Museum of Science, and adjacent to the Hotel Marlowe. Here, Executive Chef Adam Resnick's menus explore different cuisines and flavor profiles bringing seasonal American fare beyond the traditional with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and subtle global influences. Come enjoy our vibrant, welcoming atmosphere for indoor dining.

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2 people

11:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:30 am Brunch Sat, Sun 7:30 am–1:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 868-4444

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Adam Resnick

  • Catering

    Or, let Bambara create enticing menus for an event at the adjacent Hotel Marlowe, which offers three beautiful rooms with views for your guests to enjoy. The flexible and beautifully appointed rooms can accommodate intimate ceremonies, gala Cambridge wedding receptions, chic holiday parties, and other special events of up to 350 guests. <br /><br />

  • Private party facilities

    Bambara is happy to accommodate semi-private groups. Indoor seating is limited to 6 guests per table. We can seat up to 20 people with proper social distancing in our semi-private space. Masks are required unless you are seated at your table during events. Let us customized a menu for your gathering!

  • Private party contact

    Amanda McBride & Denis Allain: (617) 868-4444

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Cross street

    28 (McGrath Highway)

  • Parking details

    Garage parking available at the adjacent Cambridgeside Galleria mall, parking validation available for up to 3 hours after 5pm.

  • Public transit

    Green Line to Lechmere, or Red Line to Kendall Square

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 903 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston / New England

    Romantic

  • Boston

    Romantic

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  1. KD

    KimberlyD

    New England

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This is a fantastic spot if you are visiting the Museum of Science as you can valet at Hotel Marlowe, walk over to event and then walk back and enjoy a meal. The service & food were great. They had a musician/singer that was wonderful, but the sound system made them sound too loud even at the farthest table. It was tough to converse over the music. The vibe of restaurant was pretty casual, so we would not return simply for a dinner... BUT, as an add on to an event nearby... this would be a fantastic choice!
  2. CH

    ChristianH

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was outstanding. Service was very good except they couldn’t honor our outdoor seating request due to staffing issues.
  3. D

    Deborahg

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff is professional. The restaurant is clean. We really enjoyed our drinks and food.
  4. S

    Shell

    New England

    33 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    While the food was very good and the server was nice, it took quite a long time for anyone to come to the table to ask if we wanted drinks. Maybe the server was not clear about their assigned tables? Once we ordered drinks, it took a good 15 minutes to get them. The restaurant was not crowded; maybe 6 tables were occupied. Only then did we order food. However, the food came fairly quickly, faster than the drinks. And it was very good.
  5. j

    jenniferw

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    I would wait to visit here until they work out their service issues. There were three tables full but still took 20 minutes for someone to come over and then it was difficult to get drinks and coffee. Not good
  6. WG

    WelshGirl

    Detroit

    24 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Small menu, nothing imaginative. Hotel spot accessible to non-patrons. I don't think I'll bother going back given all the other options available.
  7. JW

    JamesW

    Atlantic City

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful!
  8. R

    Rika

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A large party of six we all got something different from the brunch menu and we all loved our meal. My roasted mushroom and goat cheese omelet was great and the home fries one the best I ever had. The service was impeccable and very efficient. We all agreed we should of had dinner here the night before instead of the crowded and not very impressive place in the Cambridgeside Galleria
  9. H

    Heidi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food, simple and elegant decor, excellent service! The only weird thing was that at 9:30pm we had to leave our table in the dining room and move 6ft away next to the bar area, where we enjoyed another round 😂
  10. CS

    CameronS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been going here for years. Recently chef baz left and a new up and coming chef has taken over. Let me start by saying. Chef Adam made an amazing ribeye with yakiniku sauce that was better than any fancy steak I’ve ever had. He even came by the table to introduce himself and make sure everything was to my liking. Definitely a chef to watch make headlines in the Boston area. Would recommend for everyone to try.
  11. R

    Robin

    New England

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pasta cooked
  12. N

    Naomi

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great little hidden gem in the city!! The pasta dish was incredible and the salmon was great!
  13. JM

    JohnM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food, great service and overall great experience at Bambara - would recommend to anyone in the Cambridge area.
  14. MC

    MaryCCS

    New England

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very enjoyable place to have an Easter Sunday Brunch. Great vibe.
  15. LA

    LADJCD

    Minneapolis

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Very email menu changing daily so make sure to check it. Steak was expensive and not outstanding ..just fine. Fish was good. Brussel sprouts were soggy... Ceasar salad was huge but nothing special. Decent place if staying in a hotel nearby and you don't want to eat at cheesecake factory or the mall.
  16. j

    jpro

    New England

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed a delicious dinner with my daughter for a special occasion. Nice atmosphere pleasant waitress ! Look forward to coming back when weather warmer to enjoy the outside grounds on the Charles River
  17. Z

    Zeze

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food with some great new flavors. Nice servers. I’ll be back.
  18. O

    Oldtimer

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very pleasant--food, drink, ambience, and easy parking in mall garage.
  19. JW

    JamesW

    Atlantic City

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful time!
  20. QC

    QCdiner63

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    While staying at the hotel across the street, I asked the front desk for good restaurants within walking distance. They recommended Bambara. My coworker and I met 2 local friends there for drinks and dinner. There had been a lot of snow that day and it was messy outside, so the place was almost empty when we arrived. The host and our server were very friendly and prompt, but I have to say the food left a lot to be desired. Maybe it was an off day for the kitchen, but I've never eaten a more tasteless Caesar salad or clam chowder in my life. I know there's a lot of competition for chowder in New England and not every place can serve the best, but this was truly terrible and I can honestly say I've eaten better chowder from a can. And how anyone makes a Caesar salad with absolutely NO flavor whatsoever is a mystery. Again, good service, which was appreciated, but I couldn't eat more than a few bites of the meal and wasn't asked why or if I liked it at all. (It was obvious I didn't.)
  21. VG

    VincentG

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met up with some friends and their young child for dinner here. Staff was super attentive and came over a few times with different activities for the kid, you can tell they've put a lot of thought into helping everyone enjoy their meal - not just the adults!
  22. CC

    CaroleC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was tasty, well presented. The service was terrific.
  23. AM

    AimeeM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Server was extremely rude and didn’t give us the full complimentary dessert that was advertised for Halloween. She didn’t bring our drinks (soda water) for almost 35 minutes. We got them after our appetizers were brought out. She clearly wasn’t in a good mood and made faces to everything we asked.
  24. AM

    AllieM

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great meal in this cozy space on a dark rainy night. The Caesar salads was delicious. The goat cheese with cranberry compote on pecan toast was deceptively simple but balanced and a great appetizer. The calamari was outstanding — crispy breading, tender squid, and a nice aioli for dipping. The service was very attentive without being intrusive. We couldn’t have been more pleased.
  25. JM

    JudithM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quiet, easy, nice choices, consistently great. Thank you for keeping it this way.
  26. EO

    EatOut

    New England

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Restaurant seemed a bit overwhelmed with a very reasonably sized breakfast crowd. Surprised that seating felt fairly close together in a COVID world but I guess that’s how they are doing it. Food was quite good, as was the service.
  27. V

    Vcccccc

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It had availability at the last minute and was easy to find and park. The staff seemed busy and overwhelmed, but nice. The food was decent, but nothing amazing or special. Somewhat limited menu.
  28. R

    Robin

    New England

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outside seating had comfortable seats (padded) & distance from other tables was good. It was a cool evening & they turned on a heater for us. Food was great - loved the butternut squash soup & the goat cheese appetizer. for dinner, the pork, broccoli & polenta were my favorite! The apple tart with ice cream was delicious. No crumbs left on anyone’s plates.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Rude. Felt unwanted. No dedicated waiter/waitress after being seated, had to frequently flag workers just to place an order for drinks, apps, etc. I would recommend a convenience store for dining before I ever think about this place again…

    Bambara Kitchen & BarResponded on November 16, 2021Hello, We are sorry that you did not enjoy your experience at Bambara. We are going through what much of the industry is with limited staffing and on the night of your visit we had a staff member unable to work. We apologize that our staff made you feel unwanted, that is not the impression we which to give our diners. We are continuing to modify and learn on the best ways to operating with some of the current limitations and appreciate everyone's patience. Best, Amanda M General Manager

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Guest at the hotel
  31. GM

    GailM

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent...service was very good. Only downside was options were few due to scaled back menu...due to COVID.
  32. A

    Allie

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a delicious meal here during DineOut Boston -- food was tasty and artfully presented. Really enjoyed!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2021

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Pasta was not homemade - I could have made the pasta dish. Missing homemade fusilli pasta and ricotta. Menu is not very inspired.
  34. B

    Bill

    New England

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2021

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    We thought that given the location, the outdoor seating would face the water on the side of the restaurant. Instead, it is in the auto entrance to the hotel. You get to see hotel guests going and coming by car. Not so interesting. The food, drink, and service were just fine. When we are willing to eat inside we might be back.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2021

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Food was cold, never saw our waitress to ask about heating up my oatmeal. Bacon tasted like fish. Don’t recommend.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Staying at the hotel so went there for convenience and was pleasantly surprised based on some of the other reviews I read. Service was prompt and friendly and the food was very good. They had live music, which was a little too loud, but the gentleman had a good voice.
  37. MA

    MichaelA

    New England

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I was expecting a much better menu. It is possible we encountered a downgraded covid menu. I don't recommend unless they chsnge.
  38. MC

    MichaelC

    New England

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    For such a limited menu, you would think they would be really good at it. Apps and dinner lacked flavor, and portions were meh for the price. Perhaps this was a better place before the pandemic, but as of today, it is an over-priced hotel restaurant.
  39. G

    Gingernai

    New England

    17 reviews

    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    They were clearly understaffed and had limited their menu. The food did not arrive hot nor did the coffee for breakfast the next morning. The chicken Parmesan was a huge disappointment, it looked and tasted like something from a fast food restaurant, a microwave meal. The salmon and asparagus was delicious and was what made the meal enjoyable for one of us.
  40. R

    Robin

    New England

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ate outside & the seats were very comfortable (cushioned). Food was great, had oysters, fried calamari + another appetizer. The steak frites were cooked perfectly, the extra asparagus was very tasty& lobster roll was enjoyed. The warm banana bread dessert was also eaten & no one left anything on their plates. A couple people had drinks & liked them as well.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Bambara Kitchen & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 868-4444.

Bambara Kitchen & Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 903 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Google Map for Bambara Kitchen & Bar

25 Edwin H Land Blvd., Cambridge, MA 02141

Additional information

  • Cross street

    28 (McGrath Highway)

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:30 am Brunch Sat, Sun 7:30 am–1:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Garage parking available at the adjacent Cambridgeside Galleria mall, parking validation available for up to 3 hours after 5pm.

  • Public transit

    Green Line to Lechmere, or Red Line to Kendall Square

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Adam Resnick

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 868-4444

  • Catering

    Or, let Bambara create enticing menus for an event at the adjacent Hotel Marlowe, which offers three beautiful rooms with views for your guests to enjoy. The flexible and beautifully appointed rooms can accommodate intimate ceremonies, gala Cambridge wedding receptions, chic holiday parties, and other special events of up to 350 guests. <br /><br />

  • Private party facilities

    Bambara is happy to accommodate semi-private groups. Indoor seating is limited to 6 guests per table. We can seat up to 20 people with proper social distancing in our semi-private space. Masks are required unless you are seated at your table during events. Let us customized a menu for your gathering!

  • Private party contact

    Amanda McBride & Denis Allain: (617) 868-4444

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