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Temple Bar

1688 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-1803
+1 617-547-5055
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good42%
  • Average18%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (18 reviews)
“fondue” (4 reviews)
“calamari” (7 reviews)
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American, Bar
$$ - $$$
1688 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-1803
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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 9 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 8 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
Reviewed 1 June 2017

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 15 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$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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