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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, Dinner, Private Dining, Reservations
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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    Very good
  • 14
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice but loud

We went here with family after a day of moving. It was very convenient to where we were staying. The waitstaff was very attentive and the food was good. We ordered a cheese board as an appetizer which was very good. The only comment I would have is that when you put a really hard cheese on the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 4, 2015
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Latham, New York
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Massachusetts
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94 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Great place to get together with friends or family. Friendly staff, attractive room with outdoor dining if you don't mind the Mass. Ave. traffic. Menu concepts need re-thinking, though. Might be ok for undergraduates, but everything (except the bread and fantastic beer) my wife and I ordered seemed a little off in taste and texture. Caesar salad was limp and... More 

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Latham, New York
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We went here with family after a day of moving. It was very convenient to where we were staying. The waitstaff was very attentive and the food was good. We ordered a cheese board as an appetizer which was very good. The only comment I would have is that when you put a really hard cheese on the board, cut... More 

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Kildare, Ireland
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Visited this venue with a bunch of friends. The venue itself is very impressive, fabulous décor and relaxed ambience. The staff are amazing very professional but also great fun. The range of food and drinks available is great. The quality of the food that all of our group experienced was excellent. Great place to visit if in Boston. I will... More 

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San Francisco, California
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58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This is a pretty typical restaurant these days with a great bar, interesting cocktails in a perfect walkable location if you're in Cambridge. Ordered a less than fashionable drink and it was made immediately and very well and its seafood dishes were all very good (all three of us ordered sea main courses), all in all a great place to... More 

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Pennsylvania, US
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329 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

The restaurant was packed with groups enjoying an early Sunday afternoon brunch. I started with the specialty cocktail which was perfectly balanced and delicious. The Potato Latkes were delightfully crispy and served with a generous portion of corner beef and a perfectly complementary whole grain mustard hollandaise sauce. I would definitely order that again. They made a great cappuccino too.... More 

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burlington, vt
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Sat at the bar and had a casual supper and wine. Service was wonderful" felt very comfortable by myself. Will return many times!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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148 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We have been here before and I am not a fan but my niece really likes it so I go. We went last night and it was not busy but the service was really poor; slow and impersonal. The food was average and the wine was good. I find that they over salt much of the food. Just not a... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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144 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 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
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 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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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 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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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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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?