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Temple Bar

1688 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-1803
+1 617-547-5055
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good44%
  • Average17%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (18 reviews)
“colorado lamb” (3 reviews)
“calamari” (7 reviews)
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American, Bar
$$ - $$$
1688 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-1803
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife ordered a margarita and she said it tasted odd. We sampled it and agreed. Called the waitress, she took it back to the bartender and the diagnosis: spoiled lime juice. Fixed another at no charge and it was great! I had the Bronzini...More

Thank Skippy4159
Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

We had dinner here twice during our week-long visit to the Boston area - on our first and last nights. Really interesting work from the chef, with a great selection of quite innovative small dishes, as well as some very well done mains. Tonight I...More

Thank turneretti
Reviewed 2 April 2018

We had a lovely brunch at the Temple Bar on a Sunday morning. The food was quite good and the location is pleasant.

Thank freqtrav17
Reviewed 24 February 2018

I have eaten here numerous times, and have given it favorable reviews, but not this time. I ordered a hamburger; when I bit into it, I thought I had broken a tooth. I hadn't, but the hamburger contained a french fry which had been cooked...More

Thank jtp4
Reviewed 19 February 2018

Went with a friend the other night on a week night, booths are quiet and better for talking than comparable restaurants in Cambridge, such as Little Donkey or Alden and Harlow (both excellent restaurants). I had thought of Temple Bar as a bit of a...More

Thank Anna M
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

A very pleasant visit. Pork belly steamy buns and warm beets were a perfect start for the evening. For main course, corn porridge was creamy and smooth (definitely going back just so I can have it again), Colorado lamb and Green Chicken was devoured eagerly....More

Thank PreetiPabreja
Reviewed 24 October 2017

I had a very pleasant dinner--not fabulous, but good--at Temple Bar, made up of three appetizers, which turned out to be much more than I could eat.The apps were considerably more interesting-looking than the entree offerings, I must say. The steamed PEI mussels were good;...More

Thank word_factory
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

The place looks very nice but unfortunately the food is very mediocre and overpriced. Furthermore, the service needs Training how to treat customers properly.

Thank Sanktgeorg17
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

First time visit and we were pleased. While they missed the mark with their calamari starter (too much salt and pepper) the salmon and brick chicken were hits. Outside seating is nice when the weather is good. The service and friendliness were five star. Our...More

Thank Hammbrook
Reviewed 9 July 2017

We enjoyed Saturday brunch at this capacious and friendly restaurant on Mass Ave, halfway between Harvard and Porter T stations. Buses 77 and 96 will bring you there if you don't fancy a walk. The brunch menu is not extensive but more than adequate for...More

Thank Jaytara
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 21 - USD 40
American, Bar
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 am - 1:00 am
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1688 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-1803
    (Sacramento Street)
  • Public Transportation: Harvard Square and Porter Square Redline T stops as well as several bus routes
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-547-5055
Conveniently located between Harvard and Porter Square, 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. While waiting for a table, guests are drawn Temple Bar's unique copper bar. Alive with people, it offers guests a chance to unwind over conversation. The late night lounge scene brings a trendy and intimate atmosphere completed with Temple Bar's signature drink list. Mellow and intimate during the week and lively on the weekend, Temple Bar is a wonderful backdrop for any occasion. A detailed approach to food preparation, execution and clarity of taste from Chef Matt Drummond internationally-inspired bistro menu is punctuated with Temple Bar's broad-reaching wine list. In the evening, guests can kick back with specialty cocktails at the bar or in a cozy booth. From entrance to exit, Temple Bar gives guests an upscale experience in a refreshingly peaceful setting. Guests can enjoy complimentary parking 7 days a week. Bring the family for brunch Saturdays and Sundays, children under 12 eat for free.
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