Temple Bar

4.5
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1466 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Located just outside of Harvard Square, Temple Bar is a casually sophisticated neighborhood bistro offering modern American cuisine. Its menu offers seasonally-focused, New England flavors at reasonable prices. Named for the urban district in Dublin popular for its shopping and nightlife, Temple Bar is the place where classic dining and smart atmosphere meet. Our Executive Chef serves up his own flavorful takes on creative New American fare, each emphasized by Temple Bar’s selection of hand-crafted specialty cocktails.

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vipElizabethF
New England
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and cocktails. Consistently excellent. Never a bad experience.

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vipJane
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely return after many years

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Marjorie
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was soooo good. Went out as part of dine out Boston and this far exceeded expectations.

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SaraM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and reasonably priced entrees, drinks and appetizers.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
16 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Temple Bar is a favorite Saturday date-night go-to—in fact, I don’t know why we don’t do it more often! We had a great evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Food was mediocre, lacked flavorful taste.

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vipShirin
New England
91 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Pleasant surprise to have crunchy potato chips instead of bread basket enjoyed it very much . I ordered the warm quinoa salad and I was surprised with small portion (very few sweet potatoes and the cashews were soft and not crunchy ) taste was very bland even with the ginger dressing !! it was an appetizer portion and not an entree portion should have sent it back and ask for the white bean burger which is much more filling and a lot tastier

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vipallaz
New England
17 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Everything was good , however service was slow . They had a large party that took most of their attention

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Staff was great with our kids. One dish was missing when food arrived. But all in one, the experience was ok

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vipGerManny
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was great. Especially the spareribs tasted great. The beet salad looked like a fast food delivery truck dish, but tasted very good. The roasted duck leg was well above average although I didn't care for the too dente beans.
The sommelier list is a failure though. The house wine choices all were pretty bad. The sparkling rose from Italy tasted like a strawberry punch. The Cava was worse than most. And then the Sancerre tasted like it was half tap water. No structure. No bouquet.
It is great that they offer still and sparkling water. I do remember the days when Cambridge had the best water in the state. Unfortunately, our sparkling now had a chlorine aftertaste.
And on the service side, our waitress was very friendly, but had a terrible lack of knowledge about food and drinks. Also, it is odd when a waitress only talks to me and ignores my companion. If one is interested in opinions, why not ask both.
The host desk was much more professional and helpful. They accommodated our seating wishes and helped us retrieve a lost item later.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We spent Valentine’s Day at Temple Bar and it did not disappoint!! We really liked how the V-Day menu was a la cattle and not fixed - it gave us options and we didn’t feel pressured. Our server was great and recommended a bottle of red that went perfectly with our meal!
Only slight complaint would be how close the tables were to each other. We kinda felt like we were eavesdropping on the couples on either side of us because we were all squished in like sardines. That being said, the seating didn’t take away from the overall experience. Will return!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always tasty and great service!

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vipRegulardiner
New England
483 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Convenient to Sanders and nice perk to have free parking. Food is tine but t not fancy.

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AnnC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really lovely atmosphere and nice staff provided for a lovely and relaxing evening. I would recommend! A neighborhood gem.

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vipAimee
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was yummy, the cocktails were creative and awesome and our booth was just perfect for the four of us. Can't wait to go back!

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Athena
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience3

The restaurant space itself is great and the food is decent. Had multiple issues with the service (put in the wrong order, glasses of wine came far after our appetizer, waters were left empty for extended periods of time, took many attempts to get anyone's attention, etc. ) which was a bit souring. Perhaps an off night, would consider going back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love it here!!

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Ducky
New England
12 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The ambience is low key and the service is good. The food is creative without being weird. The short rib was outstanding and the burrata was too, except I thought the sauce for it a bit too sweet. They serve the off-beat Bourbon that I like.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Nice cozy ambiance for a Friday night. Excellent wait staff. Atlantic cod was excellent. Steak Frites par. Cooked well but too fatty.

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StuartM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had our Thanksgiving dinner at Temple Bar; the turkey was perfectly cooked; we had the butternut squash bisque, which was excellent. I went with wine parings recommended, which went well with the bisque and the turkey meal. Followed up with a small scoop of their home made ice cream. Ambiance was great and we had a great experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
36 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, we had a great meal here- this time for Thanksgiving Dinner. Everything was delicious. The service was excellent. Exactly what we were hoping a laid-back Thanksgiving Dinner would be.

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SarahO
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A very comfortable atmosphere and we were thrilled that they had the dog show playing on the tv! Food was very good. I would like to go back and order from the regular menu. (I had the Thanksgiving menu.) The next time I visit my daughter, we will be coming back for dinner!

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Honesti
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the white bean burger and kale/quinoa appetizer and the service was great.

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vipFoodgirl
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My brother in law keeps saying it was the best hamburger he’s ever had.

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vipLoisA
New England
28 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Food is always lovely and well-presented. We prefer a booth because of the noise level and we appreciate when they are able to accommodate us.

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CecilioO
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at Temple Bar and I really liked the place. The decor was nice and the staff were very pleasant.

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VinayakS
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food is a little basic, but it was not bad. The drinks are pretty good!

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vipSueS
New England
53 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

4 of us had dinner at Temple. The food was good, nothing too outstanding, but it would have been a more positive experience if the beer menu on the chalk board was up to date. My husband and son each had to go through several requests from the board before they got one that was really available. It seems like the chalk board should be easier to keep up to date. It's frustrating to decide on a beer only to be told they don't have that one.

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Hamilton
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food1service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. This must have been an aberration the French toast usually melts in your mouth. It was tough and overcooked/browned. Awful. But the staff and manager were very nice about it. Am hopeful next time it will be great.

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vipJulie
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

While not quite a "destination" restaurant, Temple Bar is reliably good -- tasty, well-prepared, fresh dishes, with enough variety for every taste; friendly wait staff; and a soothing, comfortable ambiance that lends itself to conversation. A great value and a "go-to" spot.

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vipBRFade
New England
38 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu and food have improved’ very good service & an overall fun experience..

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vipShirin
New England
91 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We like temple bar because of the menu which has a variety of choices especially for vegetarians the ambiance and vibe is great and the service is always attentive and not too pushy what is also great is that they have free parking available which is very rare in Cambridge

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MAJack
New England
36 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great little eatery with a cool cocktail list and a nice menu. Also reasonable and they have parking! Would certainly return.

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Hayes
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great service, pleasant atmosphere. Would recommend highly.

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MattA
New England
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Ambience and food was great. Waiter was just not very good and brought the overall experience way down.

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vipDavidB
New England
109 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super super amazing spot!! Gotta love the food and beverages to come with, the selection was worth it and great date spot too!!

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vipWauzo
New England
38 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waiter was terrific. The a/c was too cold, everything else was good.

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vipDCHugh
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awsome burger , lovely beer , nice restaurant , good service , great array of beers and liquors, have to go back and explore the menu further

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vipMusix
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, good outdoor seating on a nice day.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I have been going to Temple Bar for many years. I love the ambience. The service is always good. But some of the dishes have no flavor, such as the bean burger, margherita pizza and kale and eggplant meatballs. The muscles and fresh fish are good. I hope they will improve so that the menu is more consistent.

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