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Crema Cafe

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27 Brattle St, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138-3709
+1 617-876-2700
07:00 - 21:00
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Sun 08:00 - 09:00
Mon - Fri 07:00 - 21:00
Sat 08:00 - 21:00
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Brisbane, Australia
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I used to visit this place all the time thanks to their awesome toasted sandwiches. Lately though, it's totally missed the mark. The baked items have been stale (the banana bread I had today tasted like it was baked a week ago), the macarons are like little rocks, and staff talk about getting drunk while you stand awkwardly in the... More 

Thank David R
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314 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

One of the people with us is a coffee geek (he imports coffee from overseas and does all kinds of brewing techniques), and he said that their espresso was the best coffee he had ever tasted. They also had a guest brew from a place in Portland, Maine, which was good too. We also had the chicken sandwich and their... More 

Thank Lauren K
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93 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

This is a very popular crowded restaurant near the Harvard campus. It needs a good restaurant organizer! At ten am, I stood in line and waited each time to place order, to get cappuccino, to get breakfast sandwich, then had to walk through crowd to get a seat, then had to walk to another part of restaurant to get napkins... More 

Thank HeleneDC
Berwyn, United States
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

We had breakfast here twice on our trip to Cambridge. The service was fast, lots of options and the food was good. They have outside seating which we took advantage of.

Thank Julia F
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

There are just not that many places to have breakfast, lunch or a quick coffee near Harvard. This is one of the few. The food is good -- after a long, noisy, shouting barista kept barking names, we received the tiniest egg/croissant sandwich. Delish but crazy prices. Very loud, communal seating. What can you do -- nowhere else to eat!

Thank Marytango99
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

This place has a good variety of coffees. Tried the cappuccino and it was really good. Also tried the breakfast sandwich ( egg and cheese on English muffin) not so impressed. Their menu board also offered baked good and sandwiches.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Boise, Idaho
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341 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

I recently stayed in Cambridge and my hotel on Brattle Square did not serve breakfast and I stumbled on Crema Cafe. I had their fruit cup, chocolate croissant and yogurt parfait. There was a steady stream of customers and the food and service was as good as, if not better than Starbucks. While I did not have any coffee, I... More 

Thank Dale H
Boston, Massachusetts
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103 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

A short walk from the Harvard stop on the red line, the café is a lively venue for lunch or a snack. the seating on the street level is limited to a couple of tables seating 6-10 but I wasn't sure if they were 'shareable'. The upstairs is loft like overlooking the first floor serving and sitting area. I found... More 

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Thank KMHvaca
Port Washington, New York
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Great place down the block from Harvard Square. Came for breakfast. Had egg and cheese on a fresh baked English Muffin. You can't beat a fresh baked muffin! Grabbed a couple of tuna sandwiches on pretzel rolls for the road. Also, delicious. Don't be deterred by the long line, it goes quickly.

Thank Aventuriste
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

I asked for gluten free food and decided on a salad - it was delicious. The mocha I ordered not so good I will definitely come again . It was really busy but the staff were quick to serve and very helpful.

Thank Carol B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 09:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 27 Brattle St, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138-3709
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-876-2700

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?