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Temple Bar

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1688 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-1803 (Sacramento Street)
Harvard Square and Porter Square Redline T stops as well as several bus routes
+1 617-547-5055
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5:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Description: Conveniently located between Harvard and Porter Square, Temple Bar offers...
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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Good for:
Casual Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 25
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Quieter and more pleasant

We visited Temple Bar for the first time since they remodeled. The restaurant was quieter and more enjoyable than we used to find it. We could actually talk to our table guests since the music was low. The lively, modern ambiance was still the same and the food was good. The prices and menu... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Private Dining
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78 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We visited Temple Bar for the first time since they remodeled. The restaurant was quieter and more enjoyable than we used to find it. We could actually talk to our table guests since the music was low. The lively, modern ambiance was still the same and the food was good. The prices and menu seem more reasonable. I had the... More 

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Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We stopped by the Temple Bar today for brunch. We were meeting our niece and her family who attend college in the area.The staff was very friendly and the place seemed to have a nice ambiance. The brunch menu was pretty limited. My wife ordered a pastrami reuben sandwich and it was a lot fattier than the typical corned beef... More 

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Wakefield, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I found their menu offered different fare, the marrow bones were excellent..seared scallops delish...ambience, industrial chic...wait staff, friendly and helpful...had a great nite....

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Temple Bar reopened only recently after having been closed for several months due to a fire. The owners advertised changes to the menu and my husband and I were eager to try it out. We were so pleased with our entire experience. The restaurant looks very pretty inside, with a buzz but not a tremendous amount of noise. The additions... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The Temple Bar was taken from the Temple Bar in Dublin, and it is really fun with great food. The best, most unusual pizza I had ever had. YUM! Every dish that was had by our party was superb! Atmosphere great as well as service. Within walking distance of our inn...The Mary Prentiss Inn and Harvard University.

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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
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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
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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
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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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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 40
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?