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Temple Bar

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1688 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138-1803 (Sacramento Street)
+1 617-547-5055
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17:00 - 01:00
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Mon - Fri 17:00 - 01:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 01:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
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127 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Only downside is noise. It's usually crowded but food is great. Love their steak dishes. Eating at the bar is a good alternative when the place is full.

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Thank rhfdb
Boston, Massachusetts
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40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came on a Sunday so we didn't have issues with parking. The food was really good, the service really good, but the thing that makes this place stand out is the atmosphere. Exposed brick, dim lighting, high-top tables. It is really a classy place.

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Belmont, Massachusetts
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236 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had supper here this past Sat. evening. An early reservation got us in before they became crowded. The food and service here are excellent. Prices are moderate for Boston. I had the steak frites and my wife had the lamb variety. Both were delicious and far more than we could finish. The atmosphere is comfortable, many nice booths. A... More 

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Thank Michael W
Holliston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

This is a place we go to when we go to Cambridge and want to meet friends for a meal or celebrate a birthday - often on our way to music or an event in the area. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, the food always hits the spot and, I really love the cocktails! Recently, after being at Temple... More 

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Thank Rdtandrose
Boston, Massachusetts
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140 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,048 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

On a drizzly Sunday evening my husband and I had a comfortable dinner with friends from out of town here for the first time. Our server was very friendly and attentive. The food was excellent - tasty, beautifully presented, and just-right portions. Some restaurants substitute quantity for quality. Others provide high quality but meager portions. The Temple Bar gets it... More 

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Hayward, California
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129 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

After reading the reviews concerning small portions and slow service, we went anyway as it was in the neighborhood where we were staying. The food and the portion size were a pleasant and positive surprise. With 3 of us, we ordered a starter of mussels and the portion was big enough to easily be an entree for one. Nice plump... More 

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Cambridge
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71 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

A little trendy and upscale, but generally good food in a slightly pretentious atmosphere. A good spot, but slightly cold decor.

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Thank CharlieW338
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Restaurant has cut corners and isn't the place it used to be. Given what else is available up and down Mass Ave, let alone in Cambridge, why bother coming back. We were disappointed, especially since it had been a go-to place for us. As examples of the cut corners, the "fondue", which had been a nice cheese dish now had... More 

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Warwick
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189 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Temple Bar is an unexpected dining gem about 4 blocks outside of Harvard Square, on Mass. Ave. Decent looking from the street, there is sidewalk and inside dining. The menu has several pizza choices, lots of apps a reasonable number of entrees, and loads of draft and bottled beer choices. dimly lit, but pleasant atmosphere for dining or barf drinking,... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Honestly, I haven't been this disappointed in a restaurant in a while. I went into this place in a wonderful mood, and left completely annoyed. I usually refrain from giving bad reviews, figure there's always someone else more anxious to do it, but just feel so passionate about this one. Also, there's no point in the review system, if I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 21 - US$ 40
Cuisine
American, Bar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 01:00
Monday
17:00 - 01:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 01:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 01:00
Thursday
17:00 - 01:00
Friday
17:00 - 01:00
Saturday
10:00 - 01:00
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
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?