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Temple Bar

1688 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-1803
+1 617-547-5055
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Ranked #91 of 541 Restaurants in Cambridge
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Price range: $21 - $40
Mon - Fri 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 1:00 am
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
Houston, Texas
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Delicious food and great atmosphere. Waiter and manager very accommodating. Great place to eat in Cambridge

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West Islip, New York
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Did not know what we would find and were very pleasantly surprised. Beautiful decor, interesting menu, plenty of drink choices with interesting combinations. This is a place that likes to play with it's food and drinks. Our meals were delicious. The only miss was the roasted red arugula with the scallops, very bitter and the missing flavor of horse radish... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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66 reviews 66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Six of us were looking for a reasonably priced place for dinner that was fully handicapped accessible, and Temple Bar was it. The brand new waitress was as accommodating as could be... if she hadn't been shaky on answering questions about the menu we never would have guessed it was her first day on the job. Our meals were very... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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105 reviews 105 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We went as a family to Temple Bar; my brother, niece, mother and I. Some of us had been there before. We had reservations and were seated in a booth opposite a large (15 people) party that was enjoying a beer dinner. They were loud and this did not allow for conversation. We started with drinks and I had a... More

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Sacramento, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Great service, friendly staff, good bistro food with good variety. Very kind to children, at least the polite child I was with.

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Mercer Island, Washington
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60 reviews 60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This is a cool place, with lots of atmosphere. But the food was attempting to be bold, adventurous, and memorable---but just could not make it all the way to memorable. Bad? No. But not too exciting,

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This is a go-to place when I have a little extra money to spend. for tourists/travelers it is about a 15 minute pleasant walk from Harvard Square. Both brunch and dinner are excellent and cocktails are innovative and priced in $10-12 range. I like that it has many vergetarian options and often get 2 appetizers rather than one entree. for... More

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Scarsdale, New York
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62 reviews 62 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We had a very nice brunch at the Temple Bar. The space was pretty. The service was good, with the earnestness that always pervades a restaurant near a college. The coffee was OK. The menu was good, varied and reasonably priced. The omelettes were very good. The pancakes were excellent. I would happily return.

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New York City, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

For a casual, friendly and spacious restaurant for dinner, this is a great choice. The burger was fantastic.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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276 reviews 276 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 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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