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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
06:30 - 22:00
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Sun 08:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 06:30 - 22:00
Fri 06:30 - 23:00
Sat 08:00 - 23:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW 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.

Thank Brawitz
Cayey, Puerto Rico
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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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Hartford, Connecticut
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Michael S
Wargrave, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank chris l
Butler, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank memrick
Level Contributor
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 

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 

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.

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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107 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

I waited out in the lobby for the restaurant to open at 5:30pm for dinner. The social hour was happening. So I sat at the bar, when the restaurant opened. Chris was my bartender. He was great. Because I had kimpton rewards I was able to get the chef's choice. It was a chicken liver patte. I have never had... More 

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

Hello, Thank for you for the glowing review about our bartender Chris. We are happy he was able to make your experience special and ensure you enjoyed the food as it should be made. We hope to see you again soon. Best, Amanda M. General Manager More 

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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

I went into the restaurant with my son and sat at the bar .The service was terrible and the bartender Patrick should be fired. Look around the first clue should be hardly any customers..I urge anyone to go elsewhere so many great places all within walking distance

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

Hello Mr. Munsey, We take our relationship with our staff and guests very seriously. Kimpton Hotel and Restaurants has strong ties to the LGBTQ community and derogatory language is not accepted in our restaurant. Please enlighten yourself to one of our charitable partners on the Trevor Project website. We are sorry that we needed to ask your group to leave... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$40
American, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
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
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 23:00
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
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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