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39 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002
413-256-0296
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11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout

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  • 18
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Unique place with excellent food and variable service

We eat here frequently, easily the best food in Amherst, though certainly not cheap and not always reliable in terms of service, which can be a little odd at times. We've waited a long time for food one visit and then had everything brought out quickly and all at once the next time, but the food... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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old deerfield ma
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  • Dining on a budget
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old deerfield ma
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We eat here frequently, easily the best food in Amherst, though certainly not cheap and not always reliable in terms of service, which can be a little odd at times. We've waited a long time for food one visit and then had everything brought out quickly and all at once the next time, but the food, from the amazing tea... More 

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24 reviews 24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I go here frequently but haven't made it over since this terrible winter hit. I can't say enough good things about Fresh Side and they aren't paying me though I think they should at least give me a free t-roll for this review :) The food is always delicious and fresh. High quality veggies. My son and spuse order chicken... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Came here hungry for brunch and was let down. Service was very slow. Ordered corned beef hash and turned out tasteless (!) and cold. Same with eggs benedict: bland and barely warm. Overall flavor is missing in dishes. Disappointed is only the beginning.

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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56 reviews 56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Fresh side cage is primarily Asian, but with a different twist. We've had the lunch specials (always good). I also really like the tea sandwiches. The curry chicken is wonderful. On Saturday and Sunday brunch is served. I haven't tried it but I hear their oatmeal pancakes are excellent. I also enjoy the atmosphere.

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88 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We used to go here. We enjoy a lot of their food. They also have amazing nonalcoholic drinks. The food is fresh, but expensive. Love there Korean ribs & pickled vegetables. Got to be careful ordering here. It's easy to run up $20 just ordered 2 or 3 things at lunch. Also, the menu can be confusing. Service is low... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Thai and Vietnamese tea rolls and dishes. Fun to sit outside and people watch or greet friends. The best Thai tea.

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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84 reviews 84 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is one of the nicer places to eat in Amherst. Outside seating is pleasant in spite of being on the main street of town; great for people watching. I always get one of the soups, especially like the udon with poached egg and the coconut soup with tofu. I sometimes come here with a friend who has very specific... More 

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Eat outside, great little tapas like offerings, very fresh. Plus, you see everyone you know! Food is eclectic and tasty.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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106 reviews 106 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Generous portion sizes from the Tea rolls stuffed with fresh ingredients to the tastymiso soup filled with at least a cup or two of tofu. The menu is quite extensive with an extraordinary number and variety of options making this a true vegetarian paradise. Clean and sleak interior. Charming and helpful servers. Great stop for lunch on our first visit... More 

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

You don't have to be a vegetarian to enjoy the food and drinks at this remarkable restaurant. All kinds of varieties of foods, healthy yet delicious, and unusual teas and other drinks in all seasons. Eating outside in the summer is fabulous, but you can't always get a table.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 39 South Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Hampshire County  >  Amherst
  • Phone Number: 413-256-0296

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?