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Bambara Cambridge

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25 Edwin H Land Blvd, Cambridge, MA 02141-2236 (28 (McGrath Highway))
+1 617-868-4444
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08:00 - 23:00
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Sun 08:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 06:30 - 22:00
Fri 06:30 - 23:00
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Stockholm, Sweden
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here after reading some reviews and it wasn't that far of from the office... Extremely overpriced and the pasta I got wasn't good. I had a vegetarian dish the non vegetarian dishes at least looked better. To sum it up if you feel like eating vegetarian don't go there. Very disappointed.

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Thank danull
Boston, Massachusetts
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Comfortable and quiet setting wit very good service and food. Lots of variety to chose from. Visited for a business luncheon and was impressed.

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Thank MRV_VT
Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really great food. Just expensive for the small portions you get. It was also a little quiet in there on a Saturday night. The staff was very friendly and accommodating to all dietary needs.

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Thank Brawitz
Amanda M, General Manager at Bambara Cambridge, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for the kind words in regard to our food and service. Chef Baz pride's himself on sourcing local and seasonal items whenever possible which often comes with a steeper price tag. We appreciate your visit to Bambara. Best, Amanda M. General Manager More 

Cayey, Puerto Rico
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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our favorite restaurant in Cambridge changed so much they lost their way. New decor, new chef, new staff, new menu,. Changed so much that it should have changed the name to warn customers. We loved everything about the old Bambara. Especially their Lobster Sliders. Which were the best in New England. Their other plates were excellent. Their Sunday Brunch was... More 

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Thank G2492QCcarlosd
Amanda M, General Manager at Bambara Cambridge, responded to this review

Hello, We appreciate your repeated business. It is true we went through a restaurant renovation in 2014 and we had a new Chef start with us in 2016. The new menu is significantly different from our previous menu with lots of shareable plates and a Mediterranean style that is uniquely our Chef Baz's. While the lobster sliders were a very... More 

Hartford, Connecticut
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Four of us dined tonight at Bambara, the flagship restaurant of Hotel Marlowe, a Kimpton Hotel. Service was good, the atmosphere was informal Sunday pre-marathonish, yet the dishes were classy and the food was great. I enjoyed the asparagus soup, and a friend had a great beef tartare which he shared - it was delish. My wife had the chicken... More 

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Thank Michael S
Amanda M, General Manager at Bambara Cambridge, responded to this review

Hello Michael, We are happy to have you and your guests get marathon ready at Bambara. We are always happy to hear when our guests have a good time and hopefully, we'll see you visiting again before the 2018 Boston marathon! Best, Amanda M. General Manager More 

Wargrave, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

dropped in for an easy dinner near to our hotel (based on trip advisor reviews) and was not disappointed with the menu variety of the food. Sevice was friendly and efficient in a pleasant restaurant environment, usually, I do not eat in hotel attached restaurants (in favour of independent restaurants) but Bambara exceeded expectations.

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Thank chris l
Amanda M, General Manager at Bambara Cambridge, responded to this review

Hello Chris, We love to challenge the hotel restaurant stereotype, Bambara and Kimpton restaurant's are known to do just that. Chef Baz's menu has a wide variety and is constantly changing so it'll be worth a visit again soon. Best, Amanda M. General Manager More 

Butler, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017

The food and drinks were very good. We had 2 'half' pasta dishes and they were great. My only complaint would be the selection of menu options. I'm not a fancy food person, so I don't need octopus on my menu. Nonetheless, even though there were some interesting items on the menu, we were able to find something we liked.

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Thank memrick
Amanda M, General Manager at Bambara Cambridge, responded to this review

Hello, Our menu does have some more adventurous types of food. The octopus is actually one of the best made octopus dishes you can find in Boston and the next time you visit be sure to try one of the interesting items! Best, Amanda M. General Manager More 

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3 reviews
Reviewed 22 March 2017

The Kimpton Marlowe in Cambridge is just simply 'spectacular'. I work in Cambridge and some evenings when the weather is bad or I don't want to wait in traffic for hours, I will rest my head here. Each time I've visited (about 4 now) I am greeted with open arms by the front desk. Everyone that I've met at the... More 

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Thank Karissa M
Amanda M, General Manager at Bambara Cambridge, responded to this review

Hello Karissa, Your kind words about Patrick and Mario will certainly make their night. It is great to hear when our team can help turn a guests day around. We appreciate your visit and feedback. Best, Amanda M. General Manager More 

Level Contributor
5 reviews
Reviewed 21 March 2017

I picked this restaurant because I knew Kimpton Hotels were pet friendly and I was traveling with my dog. I called ahead to ask if I could bring my dog into the lobby and order food to go. They told me I could and offered to watch my dog at the reception desk for $20/hr if I chose to eat... More 

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Thank Kara P
Amanda M, General Manager at Bambara Cambridge, responded to this review

Hello Kara, Traveling with a pet can be a challenge and we at the Marlowe and Bambara want to make your experience as easy as possible. Thank you for your feedback. Best, Amanda M. General Manager More 

South Bend, Indiana
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46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

This is pretty good restaurant. The food is creatively prepared and the service is pretty good. But it's the only good restaurant in this part of Cambridge, so it's a very busy place with a very long wait time for a table if you don't reserve ahead of time.

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Thank Don H
Amanda M, General Manager at Bambara Cambridge, responded to this review

HelloDon, Thank you for taking the time to visit Bambara and try our new dinner menu! We are happy that you had the opportunity to try Chef Bazirgan creative dishes. Best, Amanda M. General Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 40
Cuisine
American, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Validated Parking, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 22:00
Monday
06:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
06:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
06:30 - 22:00
Thursday
06:30 - 22:00
Friday
06:30 - 23:00
Saturday
08:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 25 Edwin H Land Blvd, Cambridge, MA 02141-2236
    (28 (McGrath Highway))
  • Public Transportation: Green Line to Lechmere, or Red Line to Kendall Square
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-868-4444
Description
Nestled on the Charles River Canal, Bambara is right where you need it: close to MIT, Tech Square, the Museum of Science, and adjacent to Hotel Marlowe. Here, Chef David Bazirgan’s menu finds inspiration from his experiences and exploration of different cuisines and flavor profiles, focusing on hyperlocal and seasonal ingredients. You’ll encounter tastes from around the globe, while enjoying our singnature hospitality and carefully curated beverage program. The Mediterranean-inspired cuisine finds its perfect match with our exceptional service and our vibrant, welcoming atmosphere. Bambara is open Monday thru Sunday for breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch, and private dining.

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