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Cafe Pamplona

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12 Bow St, Cambridge, MA 02138-5104
+1 617-492-0352
11:00 - 00:00
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Geneva,, Switzerland
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 too many and relaxed guests but the two young women in charge simply don't get... More 

Thank Petronius67
Maastricht, The Netherlands
1 review
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
on the move
Level Contributor
144 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
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 have any rest room facilities.

Thank planbee
Level Contributor
8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 of other menu items and specials. The institutional yellow rather than white walls are a... More 

Thank Kenneth M
Level Contributor
23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016

It is not a bad place if you want to seat outside and watch people and buses streaming by. Service is fine too. However, our food (cheesecake and fruit tart) was at best mediocre.

Thank I_A_69a
Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Walking the Freedom Trail means you need fuel and coffee to keep you going. In a historic building you get both. Bagels by the ton and coffee served by folk who yell "What's your order?" The atmosphere cheers you up and keeps you going.

Thank Ron906
Level Contributor
100 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

They have great chickpea soup, but you must come have it when there's no one, otherwise they put extra water in the soup and then it's so bland. The rest of the food and coffee drink items I found just okay.

Thank pinacolada2017
Level Contributor
6 reviews
Reviewed 8 August 2016

One of the few places in Cambridge that felt like an artsy, intellectual, studenty place of days gone by. If you need to get away from the chains that line Mass Ave, pop in to this cafe...

Thank Jennifer J
Jackson, New Jersey
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92 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2016

Cafe Pamplona is lovely, a nice place to sit and have a relaxed conversation with a friend. The coffee drinks are always yummy, and I have also enjoyed their chai lattes. A couple of years ago, I used to dislike the waiter, who was a snob. Now the waiters are always pleasant and friendly! It is also open later than... More 

Thank mm305
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2016

Full of character, great chocolate mouse. Coffee is average. Savoury lunch items are simple and satisfying. Lovely to sit outside when the suns shining

Thank ianY773SP

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?