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Fresh Side Cafe

39 S Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002-2233
+1 413-256-0296
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good32%
  • Average17%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible6%
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“meat rolls” (23 reviews)
“udon noodle” (2 reviews)
“coconut soup” (2 reviews)
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Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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39 S Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002-2233
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Reviewed 24 August 2017

I have been there multiple times for dinner and we always enjoyed their food and service. A specialty of theirs is the tea-rolls, which they serve with a variety of filling-choices. Last time I ate a salad and was a little disappointed as it seemed...More

Thank Alexandra R
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

A wonderful gem of Amherst, Fresh Side has remained one of the few long operating restaurants in Amherst, which says a lot. The owner has her own unique take on Vietnamese. The food is simple and fresh, lots of veggies. Her chicken curry soup ls...More

Thank Karen M
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Caught these guys for brunch recently and had their spicy Chicken salad sandwich on a baguette. Same stuff you find on the tea rolls of the same name. Can't beat it. They have a monopoly on spicy Chicken.

Thank g0ldengut
Reviewed 22 December 2016

My wife and I are regulars here. There's a reason for that. With all the restaurants that come and go in Amherst, Fresh Side has stayed true to its name for a very long time now. The taste of Spicy Chicken Tea Rolls are on...More

Thank g0ldengut
Reviewed 5 December 2016

The immediate impression, upon entering, with the black painted walls, dark floor and very low lighting was that it was gloomy and depressing. I ordered the chicken pad thai and while the noodles were passable the chicken strips had a very unpleasant taste. .I thought...More

Thank Connecticutosprey
Reviewed 29 August 2016

This place is great and I keep coming back to it. I have a tendency to always get the curried chicken tea rolls, which are great (2 for $4). I sometimes go with a friend who is always trying something new. It's always good. Love...More

Thank Conniefay
Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

We were driving through Amherst and needed to stop for a snack. We're glad we discovered the nice little Vietnamese restaurant. We had pho and mushroom soup along with some fresh appetizers. This place was a nice surprise. Great food and friendly service.

Thank Charles O
Reviewed 27 July 2016

Years ago while taking a class across the street, I enjoyed Fresh Side. NOT anymore. What a decline. The place is dark and unclean. The waitstaff could not have been more awful. The food was barely passable for edible. The miso soup was even horrible....More

Thank abstractmuse
Reviewed 4 July 2016

It was a Sunday , Fourth of July weekend and we came up from Ct to enter a local art show, ended up strolling around the green and checking out the local merchants. It's one of those picturesque New England towns that I imagine becomes...More

Thank Just G
Reviewed 29 June 2016

I have eaten at Fresh Side many, many times over many years. They have a great selection of tea rolls (I like the curry rice with tofu) and also offer a variety of noodle and rice dishes. I like the cold peanut noodle dish and...More

Thank FairmontForever
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 39 S Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002-2233
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Hampshire County  >  Amherst
  • Phone Number: +1 413-256-0296
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