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Temple Bar

) #90 of 425 Restaurants in Cambridge $$ - $$$ American,
1688 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-1803
+1 617-547-5055
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Overview
  • Excellent33%
  • Very good43%
  • Average17%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (15 reviews)
“fondue” (4 reviews)
“calamari” (7 reviews)
Open Now
All hours
CUISINES
American, Bar
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
1688 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-1803
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1 - 10 of 124 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a jumped up sports bar whose cuisine has been improving markedly. I particularly enjoyed the charcuterie plate, which included an assortment of fine selections with excellent biscuits and a variety of mustards. The mussels appetizer was also excellent, as was the roasted beet...More

Thank FineGueule46
Reviewed 21 April 2017

If you are staying in Cambridge and loathe Harvard Square this is a great option. Oozing quiet confidence and a tight menu with a relaxed bar this is a wonderful place to retreat with a romantic partner. Or even solo with a good book or...More

Thank ARamiah
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Thursday night, lots of young couples and several 2-female parties. Not too noisy, prices reasonable, but all the female parties seated up by the door. Did tapas-style: eggplant good but somewhat tough and insufficient quantity; calamari in great batter, but no sauce or topping; good...More

Thank Lsbrandon
Reviewed 20 February 2017

I love the semi-circular booths at the Temple Bar. Very comfortable. And there is a great range of beers and other drinks. The menu is wide-ranging, and the dishes range from good to great. I recommend the steamed pork bun appetizer.

Thank Wanderlust777
Reviewed 16 February 2017

This is not a truly high end dining destination, but it certainly is a notch above, with well prepared and interesting food that is nicely presented. Service was excellent, and the overall ambience is warm and comforting. Beer selection was very good. Prices are fair...More

Thank SlewpJB
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Food is okay for local bar with late hours and nice ambience. Can get a great fish dish and the soups are typically good. Miss how they used to make the burgers (without bread). Sometimes my choices are limited (gluten-free), but worth it for Craig's...More

Thank TDBcam
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Nice staff and space. I have had brunch here at least five times and it has always been good. Fresh coffee poured all the time, large selection of choices with very big portions. No one can ever finish.

Thank JeffreyFireIsland
Reviewed 6 January 2017

Only downside is noise. It's usually crowded but food is great. Love their steak dishes. Eating at the bar is a good alternative when the place is full.

Thank rhfdb
Reviewed 20 December 2016

Came on a Sunday so we didn't have issues with parking. The food was really good, the service really good, but the thing that makes this place stand out is the atmosphere. Exposed brick, dim lighting, high-top tables. It is really a classy place.

Thank DoraGirl24
Reviewed 13 December 2016

We had supper here this past Sat. evening. An early reservation got us in before they became crowded. The food and service here are excellent. Prices are moderate for Boston. I had the steak frites and my wife had the lamb variety. Both were delicious...More

Thank Michael W
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 21 - USD 40
Cuisine
American, Bar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 01:00
Monday
17:00 - 01:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 01:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 01:00
Thursday
17:00 - 01:00
Friday
17:00 - 01:00
Saturday
10:00 - 01:00
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
  • E-mail
Description
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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