Bambara

4.5
2598 reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Bambara Restaurant is located in an historic building with a lively atmosphere, serving New American food in downtown Salt Lake City, UT.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

Offers

1,000-Point Tables

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Tue - Thu 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:00PM - 8:45PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM

What 2598 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious. And our server was excellent very knowledgeable and friendly.

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asfd
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

food was fine, but definitely not worth the premium price.

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NancyH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Some of the food was way too salty. Our waiter was unwilling to lower the music volume, and said he couldn’t. However the hostess said, “Sure!”

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DinningoutRI29
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We special ordered off the menu and they fully and happily accommodated our request

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GregN
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our most favorite restaurant on the planet, there simply is no better place I'd rather go for a meal.

Filet cooked to perfection, not just once, twice or five times, every single time.

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artkistler
Salt Lake City
15 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

We have been going to Bambara since it opened. Our food Saturday night was subpar!!! Our 2 steaks came out cold, Cod was almost raw in the middle...very disappointing. Our server was wonderful, but dont think we will go back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived to find the restaurant closed. Even after being asked to confirm the reservation 24 hours before hand. Had no email, or call to say there were going to be closed.

Struggled to find another restaurant before our show and made a major dent in our night. I won’t be going here again, a shame as I had heard to good was good.

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vipnickwu
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food, creative. Good for special occasions.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall4food2service1ambience5

Even though we were one of the first to be seated it took 90 minutes for our food to be served. During our wait our waiter did not keep us up to date on the reason or status of our meal.

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JaniceJ
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meals were cooked perfectly and the service was excellent. Try the ice cream sandwich - it’s delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Beautiful ambience!

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UtahMan
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for a cheap, good meal, this is NOT the place for you. Before our tip, it was $75 per person (and that's without alcoholic drinks!). But, if you are looking for great food, this is a good restaurant to visit. We started with the cheese plate and roasted broccoli appetisers. Then salads. Main course: two of us had the elk - excellent. One had the pheasant, another had the scallops - once again, all of us enjoyed our entrees. Since we had to rush off to the Symphony performance, we skipped dessert.

The service was excellent. The food was brought out in a timely manner. The reason we were rushed is because downtown was crowded with Comic Con and we had to park quite far away, and arrive 15 minutes late for our reservation.

We are definitely planning on dining at Bambara again!

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stevenp
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect location for business dinner! Waiter and food were great and noise level was low so accommodated conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was excellent and the food exceeded my expectations.

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vipWill
Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well taken care of. Food was great. Pretty noisy.

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ScottP
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

I recently visited Bambara for dinner where I had a poor experience. I ordered the filet mignon where it wasn't cooked properly even though I communicated medium well. They took it back to the chef to cook the steak properly where it was still under cooked. This is an expensive restaurant where they should know how to cook a filet mignon properly. Disappointing experience!

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iconwill
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. We wanted whip cream on our ice cream and we were told that it’s not offered, our waiter said if we were not in a hurry, he’s make it himself. He did and it was awesome and certainly appreciated.
It was a special meal and a great experience!

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PeterB
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely one of the best dining experiences of our life! The food was absolutely amazing. The service was the best I've experienced in years, and my guests were delighted.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine food and excellent service!

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pastafan
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed all -- but EXPENSIVE!

I'll go again, definitely, but not as often as Id like because I can't afford to!

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vipDeanB
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was good. A little overpriced in my opinion. Service was pretty good. Wine was expensive with limited choices by the glass and small pours.

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LeeB
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and was priced appropriately for the quality and presentation. Our server was extremely knowledgeable and helpful in describing the meals and made excellent recommendations. Out of the multitude of restaurant choices (some more/some less expensive), I’m glad we made this our dinner choice.

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Diningout
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Food was good, wait for food was wayyyyy too long. We got to our table at 7:15 and waited for over an hour to get our main course. We were not the only ones frustrated by the wait time to g we t food.

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Josepine
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Elk dinner was excellent as was tuna and avocado salad. Bread was a little dry and drinks v. expensive. Good service.

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DaveO
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great! Very helpful and remembered small details we had brought up from a previous dining experience at Bambara.
My steak was perfectly seasoned and cooked to perfection. The chef prepared a delicious vegetarian entree for my wife. It was truly a great dining experience.

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Sahm
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was awesome. The restaurant was quiet and food was served quickly. I had the scallops and they were cooked perfectly. The herbed fries were outstanding. My husband's steak was slightly overcooked, but it tasted great.

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Toosweet
Salt Lake City
10 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food was good. Our server was not good, no follow up, seemed very distracted, robotic. The water service reached across plates to pour without warning which was very distracting.

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blondediner
Salt Lake City
13 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and we will be back. Excellent downtown eating. Great food and friendly service.

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ValerieG
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good. Food was a little dry, like it was under a heat lamp for a bit. Everything else was okay.

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ThomasTellsAll
Salt Lake City
20 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional. So was the service. I highly recommend going to this place.

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JasonF
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Overall the food was excellent, server seemed very rushed and wasn't overly attentive but was a good experience overall

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TrinitieL
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was phenomenal. Waiter was attentive without being pushy.

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GregN
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always, always great and last night was no exception. Our favorite 4+ star restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For my first time here, it was a treat. The server was fantastic, the ambience was serene and rustic fine dining, and had an incredible staff overall. The chef even made an off the cusp vegetarian dish for my vegetarian girlfriend to tend to her liking, and the dish they had prepared was delightfully vibrant and full of sophisticated flavors and prep styles. The scallops were divine and were paired well with light and buttery sides. The server recommended the best sauvignon blanc for this. And for dessert, the most delectable tiramisu that will have you dreaming about it later. 10/10, will be returning again.

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Rfriz
Boise
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious! We waited for over an hour and had to ask our server when we could expect it. Music was loud and not a good genre for the mood of the restaurant. Our waiter was great and there was always water being poured.

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DSIf
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good ambiance and Brenden was excellent. Food was good, choices were limited

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Mateo
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was outstanding. I had the elk and my girlfriend had the salmon. Blue cheese potato chips were tasty, but the cheese could have been separated amongst the chips more evenly. Fuji apple salad seemed like a waste of money. It was very pretty to look at but the amount of food actually on the plate… not worth 15 dollars. The desserts were also fantastic. We ordered the crème brûlée and fancy ice cream sandwich. Both were great.

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Senojlm
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This restaurant is not a particularly good value. The menu selection was very limited, although the dishes we chose were, with one exception, both flavorful and tastefully prepared. For the market niche it appears to be targeting (expense account business travelers and upper 1%) it will deliver exactly what they are seeking. For the rest of the Salt Lake City population, not so much.

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vipJodieG
Memphis
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small and fantastic menu. The service was professional and efficient and everything we ate was amazing. From my craft cocktail to the apple, walnut and endive salad to our two meals (filet and scallops), this restaurant exceed our every expectation! Can’t wait to go back.

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MelissaF
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time & Branden was an amazing waiter. This is one of my favorite restaurants in SLC.

FAQs

Bambara offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (801) 363-5454.

Bambara is rated 4.5 stars by 2598 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.