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Bambara Salt Lake City

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(32 Reviews)

202 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

(801) 363-5454

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General Info
Bambara Restaurant is located in an historic building with a lively atmosphere, serving New American food in downtown Salt Lake City, UT.
Hours

Regular Hours

Services/Products
  • Catering
  • Private Dining
Payment method
amex, discover, master card, visa, diners club, debit, all major credit cards, cash
Price Range
$$$
Neighborhoods
Rio Grande, Downtown Salt Lake City
Categories
American Restaurants, Bars, Cocktail Lounges, Sports Bars, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Caterers, Night Clubs, French Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Continental Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Parking: Garage, Paid

Bike Parking: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, American, French, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, European, Continental, Bar & Grills

Wi-Fi: Free

Alcohol: Full Bar

Attire: Dressy

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

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LEXISMOM

11/10/2011

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Okay, Not worth what they charge

I finally decided to try Bamara with some girlfriends. I had heard such great things about their service, food ,etc. The food was really good, the service, not so much. Our server was never to be found, he never filled our waters, etc. It was kind of a reunion with some girls that I havent seen since high school so once we found our waiter we asked him to please take a picture. Without saying a word, he snatched the camera out of my hand, snapped the picture without warning, set the camera down and walked away. I was shocked and a little embarassed by his behavior. I didn't think it was that big of a deal to ask our waiter to do that. Like i said, decent food, not good service and pretty expensive for not being up to par like they claim to be. I probably won't be becoming a regular there anytime soon.

DVECTOR

05/10/2010

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AMAZING Experience!

Amazing atmosphere, very quiet and classy. The waitress is very knowledgeable about th food and extremely friendly. The food was just as amazing as the service. I reccomend this to ANYONE who is going on a nice date or just wants a delecious quiet dinner.

Tobuk

10/13/2009

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Don't Even Think About It...Not Worth It!

I have eaten many times at Bambara, but it has been about one to two years since I have been back. Typically, I would have vendors stay at Hotel Monaco and we would eat at Bambara. I have had dinner and breakfast and it was always very good. Tonight I took 5 people to dinner there and the entire night was a disaster. First, the valet drives my car around the block and as he entered back into the Monaco parking lot he hit my skid plate on the driveway – awesome. The host is a male that was not very friendly with no real greeting or welcome at all. We are taken to our table by a waiter, which was a great table by the window. We order three appetizers and they were very good. I and one of my guests ordered the 12oz Dry Aged New York Steak. A couple ordered the Filet Mignon and the others the Halibut. Many of us ordered the Roasted Corn Bisque – which was ordinary at best. The reviews on the Halibut were good. Filet Mignon was good. Our New York Steak had been pre-sliced with a Béarnaise sauce and French fries. The fries looked straight out of Sysco Foods…nothing special at all. I cut into my steak and it was cold! The other steak was cold as well. I try cutting a piece and it tastes ok. I try to cut another piece and it was straight sinew. So much so, that I couldn’t cut through it. The other steak was exactly the same. Needless to say, we both sent back our steak and ordered the Filet Mignon. The Filet was adequate. Nothing special as to the price you are paying, however, but at least I could cut it!
We finish our meal and everyone is thinking about desert. After 10 minutes, the waiter finally brings a desert menu. Everyone picks what they would like and it took another 10-15 minutes before the waiter showed to take our desert order. Several had the White Chocolate Mousse and the waiter recommended the Blueberry Napoleon, which is what I chose. No kidding, we waited almost 20 minutes for the desert. He brought out two White Chocolate Mousses and one of them was clearly smaller than the other. After all of us looking at it, we noticed one didn’t have the graham cracker crust! Another person in our party ordered coffee and he tasted it and it was cold as well. So the waiter shows up to drop off the rest of the deserts and we send back the one mousse with no crust and the cold coffee. He brings out the new orders and the desert has crust and the coffee had been warmed. The White Mousse feedback was “ok”. I bite into my Napolean and it is completely bland. It has blueberry jam on the top that looks like somebody literally spooned out some jelly and put it on top. My Crème Fraiche ice cream has absolutely no taste. The blandest desert I have ever had. It was becoming comical at this point and we are laughing about how we have already sent 4 things back – what’s one more. I just chose not to eat it.
Net – I will not go back. Dinner was $400 and I tipped 20% to the waiter. I’m not going to take it out on him, but I will never come back at this point. Don’t tell me this is 5 star, when it barely makes a 2 star presence. The waiters were under-staffed, too laid back and the food was so ordinary – it isn’t worth the money. Save it for somewhere else, whatever you do. Don’t get sucked into the reviews all over the place. It used to be a great dining experience.

george3238

07/12/2009

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Local once in a life time opportunity

Waiter's attention was as if we were his only table. You're able to see your chef cooking but not the food. The bar popping before dinner time. Nothing on the menu seemed appealing to my hubby. I was worried the soup I ordered would be too spicy, not. Both of us agreed, meal Marvelous. Only time hubby didn't complain about how his steak was cooked. Free dessert on honor of our 6th Anniversary.

suzeequ

04/30/2009

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Best birthday dinner!

My boyfriend and I went to Bambara for my birthday celebration and I was more than impressed. The service was above and beyond top notch and the food was delicious!!!! I came here to write an awesome review since people are very careful who they give their money to these days, but Bambara obviously doesn't need the extra attention. Proof by all the other posts, this restaurant is a gem in SLC. I will definitely be going back! PS...although the featured wine wasn't my fav choice, the option for a $20 bottle when everything else is $40+ is awesome in this economy!

misskimberly

02/04/2009

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Overall
Great service, nice atmosphere, tasty food

I visit this restaurant every time I travel to Salt Lake for business. It's always a great meal and the service is very attentive. Highly recommended!

nate101

10/21/2008

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Great food, but bring your own wine

The service is decent, the ambiance is good, but not very intimate. Wine is way overpriced, even the cheap ones (they were selling 10-15 State store wine for 60-80). Unfortunate, because you don't want to ruin your food. If they allow BYO wine, I'd definitely recommend you do that & the corking fee.

lillika

04/06/2008

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Always wonderful

We've eaten at this restaurant many times for special occasions as well as business lunches and it's never disappointed. The menu is always interesting and the specials are inventive. The space is the most lovely restoration of an elegant old bank building and could not be prettier. I know how difficult it is to be consistent but we have never had a bad meal or poor service at Bambara -- the entire staff is completely professional and they know what they're doing.

truckguy

03/23/2008

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Overall
Great food

When i called for the reservation, they asked if it was for a special occasion. I was taking my girlfriend here for dinner. They had a very nice suprise for her. The service was great, food was tasty and a classy place to eat. As far as the price it was about 55 bucks a person (without wine).

phluphy

01/12/2008

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Fantastic Food - Servers need personality

We went to Bambara last evening and had a great experience. We arrived 30 minutes early to have cocktails in the bar. The bar service was less than personable, but we enjoyed the atmosphere. After we finished our cocktails, we went into the dining room for dinner. We started off with the calamari (EXCELLENT) and the tuna tartar (beautiful presentation - but not a favorite). We ordered a bottle of champagne (good bottle - unfortunately the server had no idea how to open a bottle correctly). My guests ate caesar salads which they enjoyed and I ate the bay shrimp salad (good). We all ordered the filet (A Perfect Cut of Meat - finally a chef who knows how to cook a steak perfectly medium rare). We ended our meal with the ice creams and sorbets (Wonderful)! The server was very friendly and helpful - he just needs a little bit of polishing to be great. Coming from 13 years of hospitality experience and being a new comer to Salt Lake City, it was great to finally get good food in this city!

beau0003

12/30/2007

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New Chef leads to great food.

Bamabara has always had decent food but I dined there last night and it was impressive. Their new chef clearly can innovate and it was apparent through the piquillo peppers stuffed with crab, cedar planked salmon with poblano chile sauce was perfect and a impeccably cooked crusted sea bass. Can't beat the wine list and the dessert expert that dined with us said teh panna cotta was one of the best he had ever tried. The restaurant is clearly matching their eccletic hotel with some great food coming from their kitchen.

stimpy16

11/14/2007

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Very nice inside and great food

This is my second time to Bambara and the food both times was great.
The first visit was for a friend?s birthday and the service was just OK, she made it obvious that she was not happy that we brought our own wine to have with dinner; however the food and dessert were very good.
The second visit was excellent, yes we brought our own wine and the waiter was receptive and seemed OK with that, the food once again was very good. I want to give kudos to the host that I made reservations with; he asked me if it was a special occasion, and yes it was for a birthday and the staff had presented us with a menu and on the top it had the individuals name on the menu that said Happy Birthday?. Nice touch Bambara (sorry I can?t remember the host?s name but thanks) I would recommend Bambora and I intent to return for special occasions.

ebeth312

01/03/2007

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Overall
Check out Thier Awesome Bar!

I made my way in to Bambara bar on New Year's Eve and had a great time. Bar Keeps could not be beat, they were so helpful and really attentive with good conversation skills. I had their signiture lemon drop is it was the best I have ever had. Do yourself a favor and check out the bar next time you are in.

evangelia67

11/16/2006

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Out of this bubble we call Utah!

The food and ambiance of this place is reminiscent of some other worldly city.....
If you want a great meal, beautifully made and arranged like a true presentation - this is definitely the place you should come! Don't think you can afford to be a regular - not true! Order one of their fabulous appetizers and you are set for lunch anytime!!

Clartikus

10/13/2006

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Have to admit, I'm a big fan

Bambara has great food and a fun atmosphere. I went for lunch and fell in love with the salad I had (included spiced walnuts, green apple-curls, blue-cheese crumbles, etc. DELCIOUS). The entree was good, not amazing, but the dessert was great too. The waiter was very good, and the host remembered our names and hailed us on our way out. Very fun, just this side of classy, and very good food.

mmoosm

06/26/2006

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Good food, but snooty

I will say that the food was good, you will probably enjoy anything you order. I had the Ribeye Steak and my wife had the Halibut, both were very good.
The staff needs personality, they were a bit snooty. To bad, this place could be one of the premier restuarants in SLC.
I probably won't go back, as I usually enjoy more comradorie with the staff, and you won't get that here.

harddriv

06/09/2006

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Overall
A must-try in SLC.

Bambara offers an exciting, contemporary menu with decor and service to match. I started with the Roasted Corn and Peeky Toe Crab Bisque. The flavors were sublime and addictive. I had a difficult time choosing an entree, since everthing sounded good. The server recommended the filet so I tried it, and it was exceptional. The server was engaging, pleasant, and efficient all at once. The wine list offers a nice selection at prices you would expect for a restaurant of this caliber. The only thing I found odd is how casualy some people dressed yesterday evenling. One gentleman showed up in a leopard spotted bathrobe and socks (I'm not kidding) and was seated joyfully. It doesn't really bother me, I just thought it was a little peculiar.

stormwa

05/31/2006

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Excellent meal, good service, quality experience

Good food well prepared and interestingly seasoned. Scores as a best restaurant in town every year.

fudlovr

04/29/2006

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Excellent Hotel Restaurant

I had a wonderful experience at this restaurant. I started with an excellent portabello pasterie appetizer that was laced with aniseed (sp?) flavoring. It was delicious and just the right size for two to share. For my main course I had a special they were offering - an excellently prepared seared ahi tuna. This was perfectly prepared the way I like it - rare and well seasoned. I thought the ambience was fabulous and the service was good. They also gave me a coupon for a free blue chip appetizer on my next visit. All in all I thought this was a very classy restaurant and would be a great place for a date.

tom bee

03/13/2006

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Ibaramba! I was expecting a movie first

It was late and I was starving, this was the only reason I even sat down. True they were packed, but we did have reservations, we passed several tables not in use and and were seated in thier bar. Our waitress had way to many tables, but still not an excuse for being rude. The food was okay, Im a vegitarian and the Prawns dish was recommended by the waitress, it was a great meal other then the pieces of beef I had to pick out. Other then that is was fantastic, a little over priced, but if you like eating at small tables with Sports Center in the back round and the ever so pleasent smell of smoke that this is the place!!!!!

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