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Bambara

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American, International
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202 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 (200 South)
TRAX stop on Main Street Between 200-300 South UTA Bus Stop on 200 South at Main Street
(801) 363-5454
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic
Description: Bambara: A Salt Lake City Restaurant Celebrating Past and Present
With a...
Bambara: A Salt Lake City Restaurant Celebrating Past and Present
With a tempting New American Bistro menu featuring a "World of Flavors" and a playful sense of whimsy and style, Bambara is one of downtown Salt Lake City's liveliest restaurants. Housed in the historic Continental Bank lobby, Bambara Salt Lake City expertly melds a sense of tradition with a very contemporary energy, at once colorful and elegant. Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, our nationally recognized, award-winning restaurant has attracted a devoted following that expands daily.
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Visitor rating
  • 189
    Excellent
  • 78
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Hard to believe this is the best in SLC

Only in a restaurant desert like Salt Lake would this restaurant be regarded as "high end" or "best in town". The food was quite good but the atmosphere replicates a trendy steak house and the service lacked professionalism. The butter plate was dirty, information from the waiter limited, and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Peter V
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Boulder, Colorado
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Boulder, Colorado
Level Contributor
338 reviews
236 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Only in a restaurant desert like Salt Lake would this restaurant be regarded as "high end" or "best in town". The food was quite good but the atmosphere replicates a trendy steak house and the service lacked professionalism. The butter plate was dirty, information from the waiter limited, and it was often difficult to get anyone's attention on two visits.

Helpful?
Thank Peter V
nicole w, General Manager at Bambara, responded to this review

Hello Peter V, Thank you for taking the time to write this review. I am sorry your dining experience was not what it should have been. I would like to know more, if you have time, please email me at nicole.willis@bambara-slc.com. I appreciate any feedback. Thank you and take care, Nicole More 

Camberley, United Kingdom
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128 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

was joined by about 18 colleagues for a meal at Bambara. We were very pleased to get a last minute reservation in a private dining room. The room itself was lovely and the menu choices were really good but the service was very slow. we had one waitress for 19 of us which was just not enough. we waited a... More 

Helpful?
Thank sarahlew
nicole w, General Manager at Bambara, responded to this review

Hello Sarahlew, Thank you for taking the time to let us know how we are doing. I am happy to read we were abled to accomodate your group and you enjoyed our food! I am sorry the service was slow, I remember your group and we should have had another server assisting. This kind of feedback is so helpful for... More 

Park City, Utah
Level Contributor
94 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Love the atmosphere (upscale without the snobs) - with great brunch selection for the entire family. Their booths are cozy and their food delicious. A great choice if you're looking for some food out on a Sunday in Mormon-town.

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Thank aronmarsh
nicole w, General Manager at Bambara, responded to this review

Hello aronmarsh, Thank you for taking the time to write a review! I am happy you got to experience our brunch (my favorite meal period) . We are rolling out a new brunch program at the end of February, please come check out the new offerings! Take care and hope to see you soon! Nicole More 

Prescott Valley, Arizona
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225 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I took my brother and sister-in-law to Bambara for the first time. They live in Oregon and are Portland Foodie Snobs. I have enjoyed Bambara in the past, but was apprehensive about their reaction. They LOVED it. Couldn't say enough nice things about the food and the service (thank you, Cal!) All in all, it was a delightful meal for... More 

Helpful?
Thank cachevalley1
nicole w, General Manager at Bambara, responded to this review

Hello Cachevalley1, This was such a great review to read! I am very happy your out-of-town guests enjoyed! Cal is a fantastic server and was grateful to read this awesome feedback! Hope to see you in soon, Nicole More 

Salt Lake City, Utah
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has never failed to measure up.... Food, service, drink, all is top notch. Starting with great appetizers, to salads and then entrees, not a single complaint not to mention the service makes the evening all that much better.... DO NOT miss this place when you are visiting Salt Lake or if you are a local, it's a crime... More 

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Thank troy o
nicole w, General Manager at Bambara, responded to this review

Hi Troy O., Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we love feedback. I am happy to read your dining experience was a success! Cheers! Nicole Willis General Manager More 

Salt Lake City, Utah
Level Contributor
116 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a favorite upscale place in town. I do think the menu is a bit overpriced for the quality which is why it gets 4 instead of 5 stars. The hotel Monaco (home of this restaurant) is modern with a fun vice. The restaurant itself has kind of an open/modern feel to it. It's more or less a quiet... More 

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Thank Scott S
nicole w, General Manager at Bambara, responded to this review

Hello Scott S., Thank you for taking the time to write a review! I am happy to read that you enjoyed your meal and the atmosphere! Those bleu cheese chips will never come off of the menu, they are a die hard favorite for most :) Cheers! Nicole Willis General Manager More 

Canterbury, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Make sure you are hungry when you visit this great restaurant. It is a big busy place with great staff and a small but well chosen menu. The main courses are very good but huge.

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Thank hamish d
nicole w, General Manager at Bambara, responded to this review

Hello Hamish D, Thank you for the nice review! And thank you for complimenting our staff, they are pretty amazing. We hope to see you back soon! Cheers! Nicole Willis General Manager More 

Boulder Colorado
Level Contributor
62 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Terrific service (thank you, Cal), attentive and personable offering good recommendations. My wife and I split the scallops and steak. Beautifully presented and the best food and service we had in the city during out 3 day stay. They have something special.

Helpful?
Thank BoulderCanyon
nicole w, General Manager at Bambara, responded to this review

Hello BoulderCanyon, I loved reading your review! Cal is a great server (and person), I am excited to share this with him. I am so happy you enjoyed, and touched that you appreciate what we are doing here. Please visit the next time you are in town! Nicole Willis General Manager More 

Salt Lake City, Utah
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

I have always LOVED Bambara and recommended as a top restaurant to people visiting, but I returned last week to find that the quality of the food and service has deteriorated. While the Crab Bisque soup was as good as ever, other aspects were lacking. First, our server was pushing us to order the special salad, but I said we'd... More 

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1 Thank jendub3
nicole w, General Manager at Bambara, responded to this review

Hi jendub3, Thank you for taking the time to let us know how we are doing. It sounds like you had a pretty bad experience. I am sorry that we missed the mark on so many levels. One thing we do well is giving our guests a great experience for when they want to have that big night out, it... More 

Salt Lake City, Utah
Level Contributor
99 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Unlike many restaurants in town, Bambara offers top notch ingredients expertly prepared for a reasonable price. I've been dining there a few times a year since it opened and have never been disappointed. The most recent visit was Christmas Eve, during which we had a pasta dish and mussels. Service was excellent. My only (very small) complaint: more chocolate ganache... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 202 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
    (200 South)
  • Public Transportation: TRAX stop on Main Street Between 200-300 South UTA Bus Stop on 200 South at Main Street
  • Location: United States  >  Utah (UT)  >  Salt Lake City
  • Phone Number: (801) 363-5454

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic

Description

Bambara: A Salt Lake City Restaurant Celebrating Past and Present
With a tempting New American Bistro menu featuring a "World of Flavors" and a playful sense of whimsy and style, Bambara is one of downtown Salt Lake City's liveliest restaurants. Housed in the historic Continental Bank lobby, Bambara Salt Lake City expertly melds a sense of tradition with a very contemporary energy, at once colorful and elegant. Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, our nationally recognized, award-winning restaurant has attracted a devoted following that expands daily.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 10:30 pm

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