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Temple Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar
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1688 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-1803 (Sacramento Street)
+1 617-547-5055
17:00 - 01:00
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Sat - Sun 10:00 - 01:00
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Baltimore, Maryland
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657 reviews
238 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 259 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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77 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 for the quality and location.

Thank SlewpJB
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles 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 crazy wonderful Spotify playlist!

Thank TDBcam
New York City, New York
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47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
Boston, Massachusetts
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141 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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
Boston, Massachusetts
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 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
Belmont, Massachusetts
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247 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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 and far more than we could finish. The atmosphere is comfortable, many nice booths. A... More 

Thank Michael W
Holliston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

This is a place we go to when we go to Cambridge and want to meet friends for a meal or celebrate a birthday - often on our way to music or an event in the area. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, the food always hits the spot and, I really love the cocktails! Recently, after being at Temple... More 

Thank Rdtandrose
Boston, Massachusetts
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152 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,190 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

On a drizzly Sunday evening my husband and I had a comfortable dinner with friends from out of town here for the first time. Our server was very friendly and attentive. The food was excellent - tasty, beautifully presented, and just-right portions. Some restaurants substitute quantity for quality. Others provide high quality but meager portions. The Temple Bar gets it... More 

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Arnold, California
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131 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

After reading the reviews concerning small portions and slow service, we went anyway as it was in the neighborhood where we were staying. The food and the portion size were a pleasant and positive surprise. With 3 of us, we ordered a starter of mussels and the portion was big enough to easily be an entree for one. Nice plump... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$40
American, Bar
Breakfast, Dinner, 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 - 01:00
17:00 - 01:00
17:00 - 01:00
17:00 - 01:00
17:00 - 01:00
17:00 - 01:00
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?