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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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Maastricht, The Netherlands
1 review
Reviewed 30 November 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
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144 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 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
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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
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 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 29 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
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100 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 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
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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
Johannesburg, South Africa
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46 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2015

Heard of this cafe from one of the lists about what to do in Boston. Struggled a bit to find the cafe and walked past it for the first time. When I saw the outside of the cafe I was not so sure about the cafe but decided to go in. They have a wide variety of warm drinks, especially... More 

Thank Rohan K

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