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Nubar, Cambridge, MA

Nubar

4.3
4.3
1018 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
We are currently serving our breakfast buffet 7 days/wk, from 7am - 10:30am. The price is $26, and it includes coffee, tea, or juice. We open for dinner at 5pm daily. The kitchen closes at 10pm daily. The bar will stay open 45 minutes after the kitchen closes on Sunday - Thursday, and on Friday and Saturday, last call is 11:45pm.

Located under the glow of a Cambridge landmark and in the heart of Harvard Square, Nubar restaurant and lounge is now open at the Sheraton Commander Hotel. A chic neighborhood hangout emphasizing a comfortable bar and dining experience, Nubar restaurant serves food reflective of its surrounding neighborhood: smart, seasonal and approachable.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Mediterranean, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 234-1365

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Tom Connaughton/Mark Mariano

  • Catering

    Semi-private room for up to 40 seated guests and 60 for cocktail format, with a wide variety of passed and stationary items.

  • Private party facilities

    We have a semi-private space that can seat up to 40 for dinner, and 60 for cocktails. We also have a fireside lounge area for groups up to 40, or expanded to include the bar for groups up to 100. In addition the entire space may be available for events as large as 200 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Richard Mann: (617) 234-1360

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Parking details

    $12 for up to 3 hours with validation. The rate goes up to $30 for up to 5 hours.

  • Public transit

    Number 1 bus line and red line subway both stop nearby

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,018 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. K

    Kalmia

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Tasty food and outstanding service
  2. JD

    JuneD

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, carefully prepared food Our wait staff lady was very attentive, superb service
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and ambiance was great!
  4. WR

    WendyR

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous Xmas buffet! Fantastic bartender gets two thumbs up for Manhattans and great personality. Overall great experience, as we also had at Thanksgiving.
  5. DW

    DianneW

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Nubar's Xmas buffet was terrific. Well worth the low cost of $57pp. Will def. Go back next year
  6. C

    Cher

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great buffet! I hope Nubar offers more buffets in the future for Christmas, year round and other holidays.
  7. LJ

    LizJill

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A nice meal for a friend and me!
  8. AD

    AnnD

    New England

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Food was very mediocre - disappointing for the price
  9. NH

    NHBob

    New England

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    A good and reasonably priced Harvard Square restaurant. Good service and food, fair wine list.
  10. S

    Stan

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The steak was over cooked. The wine was very fine
  11. E

    Eddies

    New England

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    I usually have one of their excellent chicken or fish full dinners, but went for the burger and fries. The burger was fine, but the fries were really hard. I would have asked for a new batch but they were busy with more customers than usual who were probably going to a concert down the street. I was one of them.
  12. NJ

    NicholasJ

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant! We've been going there for a few years now. The only problem is the noise level. It's unfortunate that no planning was done to mitigate this during the recent renovation. A minor gripe; the food and the service are always excellent!
  13. BR

    BertR

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have an amazing time here for Thanksgiving 2022. Great service, great food and nice decor..very classy. Highly recommended We will be back as soon as we can.
  14. RM

    RuthM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Went for Thanksgiving. Food was good, but we were seated in the ballroom, not the restaurant. The ballroom had no decorations or ambience, a bit of a let down on a holiday.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I have been here for Thanksgiving before and was truly disappointed this year. We were not seated in the restaurant but in a windowless hotel ballroom. The turkey was cold and the seating was poorly placed so that people's behinds bumped into us while we were eating. Service was borderline rude. I had planned to go back for Christmas as my daughter can't take a lot of time off work, but now I am thinking about getting Chinese for Christmas and going to the North End (where I have never been disappointed) the day after. Truly unfortunate.
  16. M

    Maryl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat on the patio for the first time. It’s fantastic!!! It felt like a quiet oasis in the city. The service was great! All the staff were attentive. I love the Fall menu. So many really good choices and our waitress gave us great recommendations. I can’t say enough about our entire experience. I love Nubar and the Sheraton Commander. I can’t wait to return and I will be telling friends and family that they must go. Thank you for a great night.
  17. Y

    Yogaenthusiast

    New England

    137 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    137 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our Sunday evening visit to Nubar was unusual - the place was crowded and noisy. Fortunately, we were able to eat outdoors where the noise was minimal. The staff was well informed and helpful. The fall additions to the menu are terrific and were enjoyed. The menu offers plenty of variety and addresses dietary needs. Looking forward to a return visit.
  18. DK

    DorothyK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    I would have rated much higher but the lamb was so tough it was hard to cut and harder to chew. Very flavorful but very overcooked.I asked for medium pink.
  19. LB

    LandB

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    We have eaten here every year for ~15 years when staying at the connecting hotel and always loved it. This year, the food was very disappointing. Everything was over-salted and the Armenian Family special was unappealing and unappetizing with only 4 small chunks of overcooked lamb. The wait staff and ambiance were excellent.
  20. JM

    JuanM

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything from the location of the restaurant to the actual food and drinks! The waiter was super patient with us and very attentive! I was surprised by how reasonable all the prices are, yet how good everything was. We were all very happy with our night :)
  21. BR

    BradR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Enjoyed our experience thoroughly. Server was very attentive, food was great, drinks a little heavy handed on the booze - would’ve been perfect if I was back in my 20’s. Only minus was when non restaurant goers would grab an open table to smoke their butts. Food A Drinks B- Ambiance B+
  22. SC

    SarahC

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dine here often and always enjoy a delicious meal.
  23. ED

    EDKib

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experiences at Nubar have always been greart. So nice to see long term employees. Food is great and so nice to see a creative menu. Did I mention an amazing dirty martini?
  24. AL

    AndreaL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Really nice staff and fun ambiance. Appetizers were over salted, and salmon was over done. I will return and try something different
  25. BB

    BarryB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful outdoor seating with excellent food and great service
  26. JL

    JanetL

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food. Waitstaff were kind, pleasant and efficient.
  27. C

    Crazymythlady

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful place to go with friends.. easy walk to ART!
  28. SS

    SSOTN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely dinner on the patio. The food was delicious and service excellent.
  29. M

    Melc

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for Dine Out Boston. Great experience.
  30. b

    booboo

    New England

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    The service was great, but the food was just okay...
  31. G

    Grace

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We happened upon it with restaurant week and were pleasantly surprised. It’s a gem of a place. We will definitely be returning.
  32. NL

    NL263

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Losh Kebab and celiac friendly
  33. ST

    ShellburneT

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    i love nubar. both inside and outside are lovely. highly recommended. the staff is wonderful as well.
  34. d

    dorbarr

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat on the patio with a dog and it was lovely!
  35. SJ

    SandJ

    New England

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent, we did not feel rushed. Great menu options for us included sharing a crunchy salad and each ordering a delicious flatbread. I had the shrimp and will return for that! We sat outside and, apart from street noise and bus traffic, it was very pleasant. The flowers are beautiful! It was a well-priced meal and we really enjoyed our time at Nubar.
  36. L

    Lola99

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    The patio is lovely and the food good. There is often a large event taking place indoors, so you might request to be seated a little further away from there. Our server seemed to be quite busy so we flagged down another one who was happy to help us. The salmon is delicious, and the flatbread appetizer was my favorite thing that we ordered. The papardelle I thought lacked flavor. Oh and the cocktails are delicious! We also finished with the flourless chocolate cake which was very intense and good. I would definitely go back.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    food was very good, and enjoyed eating outside. It was very nice.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The waiter was really nice and the mezze bread was perfectly cooked
  39. J

    Joanne

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We were looking for a quiet place for dinner before going to the Opera House 2 blocks away. It was perfect. An easy walk after dinner. Food was fine, reasonably priced and service good. I would return.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent and attentive service. We were allowed to take our time and did not feel rushed at all. Food was delicious…

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

You can order delivery directly from Nubar using the Order Online button. Nubar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 234-1365.

Nubar is rated 4.3 stars by 1018 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Nubar

16 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Mediterranean, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    $12 for up to 3 hours with validation. The rate goes up to $30 for up to 5 hours.

  • Public transit

    Number 1 bus line and red line subway both stop nearby

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tom Connaughton/Mark Mariano

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 234-1365

  • Catering

    Semi-private room for up to 40 seated guests and 60 for cocktail format, with a wide variety of passed and stationary items.

  • Private party facilities

    We have a semi-private space that can seat up to 40 for dinner, and 60 for cocktails. We also have a fireside lounge area for groups up to 40, or expanded to include the bar for groups up to 100. In addition the entire space may be available for events as large as 200 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Richard Mann: (617) 234-1360

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