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Cafe Pamplona

12 Bow St, Cambridge, MA 02138-5104
+1 617-492-0352
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good47%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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“gazpacho” (3 reviews)
“soups” (2 reviews)
“outdoor patio” (2 reviews)
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12 Bow St, Cambridge, MA 02138-5104
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Reviewed 6 February 2018

I've lived in Harvard Square for nearly 30 years and have always loved this quiet place with its excellent coffee and simple food and its wonderful intellectual buzz. Come hang out and drink it in. A delightful taste of timeless Cambridge.

2  Thank Jonathan G
Reviewed 6 August 2017

The cafe is a little away from the busy downtown area. It has a nice outdoor seating area. Really good if you want to get away from the crowd. Barista even comes out to serve you. Nice simple menu.

1  Thank bcsystems
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

Just off the Harvard square shopping loop on the corner of Bow & Arrow is a relaxing cozy little coffee shop and cafe with way above average coffee and food (desserts or out standing) if your at harvard this is the place to go to...More

1  Thank D H
Reviewed 30 June 2017

Harvard Square, like everything Boston, has been kind of overrun by money and gentrification.....which, let's face it, is perhaps better than other urban realities. But it becomes increasingly difficult in such settings to find the truly unique or singular - Boston has become one big...More

Thank 23gadfly
Reviewed 16 June 2017

This is a neat little cafe. Its a great little place away from the square if you're looking for a quiet meal or cup of tea etc. Has a nice little outdoor area and a cool little basement level area inside. Its a small indoor...More

Thank Brendan N
Reviewed 15 May 2017

We were in the mood for hot coffee and tea on a recent cool, rainy Sunday afternoon in Harvard Square. We were so happy to settle in at Cafe Pamplona where there are lots of choices of both (caffeinated and decaf) to appeal to everyone...More

Thank TravelerWithOpinions
Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

A nice, small place near Harvard Yard, with tables on a little patio at street level. It is very popular with students and locals. But, alas, the service (or better the absence of it) is about to ruin the place. Example: Sunday afternoon, sunshine, not...More

Thank Petronius67
Reviewed 1 December 2016

Everytime I'm in the neighborhood of Harvard Square I and up here. Nice spot, cosy terras, good food, relaxed people.

Thank NoraOosting
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped here for quick morning coffee while exploring Harvard and other sites in Cambridge. The coffee was hot and fresh and I was tempted to have a slice of their delicious pumpkin pie. Tasty and I recommend you try it. Note they do not...More

Thank planbee
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Had to give it a try again after staying away for a bit. Just had coffee and flan dessert with a friend. Cuban coffee was good, though the cups smaller than Pamplona in it's heyday. Flan was perfect! Have to go back for a taste...More

Thank Kenneth M
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
US$ 20
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12 Bow St, Cambridge, MA 02138-5104
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-492-0352
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