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1688 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-1803
+1 617-547-5055
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Ranked #112 of 553 Restaurants in Cambridge
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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Restaurant details
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
Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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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
27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
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63 reviews 63 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
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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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
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116 reviews 116 reviews
83 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
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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74 reviews 74 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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Additional Information about Temple Bar

Address: 1688 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-1803
Phone Number: +1 617-547-5055
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
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
Average Prices: USD 21 - 40
Cuisine: American

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