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Temple Bar

1688 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-1803
+1 617-547-5055
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Ranked #90 of 535 restaurants in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $21 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Sacramento Street
Transit: Harvard Square and Porter Square Redline T stops as well as several bus routes
Description: 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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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
252 reviews 252 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The cocktails were very good, try an old fashioned. The lighting is dim and the restaurant features brick walls, leather booths and hardwood chairs. The atmosphere feels old and upscale. Perfect for a date. They also own Park and the Russell House Tavern, and like those restaurants the food is very good. We had the charcuterie to start and pork... More

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Panama City
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Went for st valentines and we got undercooked and cold rib eye that seemed more like another kind of meat. Wife woke up at 3am to literally toss her cookies (that is why i am writing this). Wine pairing was also mediocre. Many better choices close by with regards to food!

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Temple B, Manager at Temple Bar, responded to this review

Felix, I am disappointed to hear about your recent experience at Temple Bar. I would love to talk to you about it further. Please feel free to contact me at your convenience at 617-547-5055 or christina@templebarcambridge.com. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Best Regards, Christina More

Cambridge, MA
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Maybe it's because my name is Keyser and that is cognate with Caesar, but I take how well a restaurant does a caesar salad as the best indicator of everything else. Temple Bar has one of the best caesar's, bar none, in the Cambridge area. The noise level is in the "energetic" zone of the meter. That is par for... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Nice atmosphere, however way over-priced. It's glorified pub food, mediocre service with a big price tag. There are plenty of other places in the area that are a much better value for what you get.

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Newport, RI
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

chose Temple Bar as our place to hang on New Years Eve. Was with another couple and the four of us snagged seats at the bar. It was a great spot, the bartenders were super friendly and attentive. The food looked great and I would like to go back and check out the dinner menu. I would highly recommend this... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
406 reviews 406 reviews
286 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

My husband and I met up with another couple for dinner to wish them well on their upcoming move abroad. We had a reservation for 7pm and were seated right away. The restaurant was pretty quiet for New Year's Day. The menu had a nice selection of options in terms of both food and alcohol. We ordered the calamari appetizer... More

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Cambridge, MA
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is our No. 1 neighborhood go-to restaurant. We always order the same thing: hamburger, medium rare with pommes frittes and a caesar salad. The hamburger is excellent. The caesar salad is the best we've had. Wait staff couldn't be nicer and the beer selection will get you through the even with a low-flying buzz. We have eaten here more... More

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Rockville, MD
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120 reviews 120 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

My husband and I had dinner here while visiting Cambridge last week, mainly for convenience--it was just a couple of blocks from the inn where we were staying. It's a pleasant setting, and it feels like a neighborhood hangout in an upscale but still casual way. The staff was friendly and welcoming, and service was efficient. The food was mostly... More

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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

My husband and I were in Cambridge this summer and quickly found Temple Bar within walking distance of our inn. It was very attractive and the menu was what we wanted. Our first night 's dinner was good but not fabulous but the next night we had a wonderful meal. Our salad was delicious and the sliders were amazing! The... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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69 reviews 69 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

This is a typical Cambridge hipster bar/restaurant. My daughter gos here quite often and it is a favorite of hers as she is vegetarian and they have a large selection of vegetarian dishes. I had a manhattan to start which was good, not great. There was a bit too much sweet vermouth even though I asked for "light on the... More

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