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Cafe Pamplona

12 Bow St, Cambridge, MA 02138-5104
617-492-0352
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Worcester, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Few coffee houses have their own Wikipedia page, but this place is steeped in history. I took my girl friend, now my wife, there over 40 years ago, so I cannot write a completely objective review. But this place works for me. We almost always share the flan. And the decaf expresso is excellent. We look forward to returning soon.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Good place for a light lunch on a nice day. They have outdoor tables on a patio on a side street in Harvard Square.

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mass
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We stopped in for some to-go beverages and to sit in the shade for a minute. The inside was warm and muggy in August, but I didn't mind, happy to be out of the sun for a few minutes. We ordered some iced teas, and my husband asked for a strawberry Italian soda. The Italian soda tasted like straight syrup... More

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San Francisco, California
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80 reviews 80 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This cafe has been around for decades and is a great place to meet friends away from the bustle and noise of the Square for a light snack and a cup of tea or a refreshing juice drink. The basement location is a bit cave like, but in good weather the outdoor seating gets lots of sun and has views... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

I had a "groupon" type voucher I needed to use in teh next 24 hours so I ended up running in for take out. So glad I did as there are no bathrooms and after walking around harvard square, most normal people would need one before they eat. The waitress was less than friendly and had very little patience. There... More

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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55 reviews 55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

This is one of my favorite places to hang out in Harvard Square. It's tucked away and a little hard to find, but that is one of its charms. Pamplona was introduced to me by an emeritus professor of architecture, who loved it because of its European style. The menu then was even simpler, but I still get the standard:... More

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Toronto, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

A lovely place for lunch on the outdoor patio. Red umbrellas beckon a short distance off busy Mass. Ave. Lunch time summer menu includes tasty panini and a delicious white gazpacho (made with cucumber) by the bowl or cup. Imaginative pomegranate iced tea. Service could be friendlier but it's summer and the food is good.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

The prices are a bit expensive and the basement location is not too nice but if the weather is good, it's wonderful to sit outside. I love their menu. I really like the black bean salad (with avocado!), the blueberry cheesecake, the sopa de ajo...This a cafe different to the others around and I really like it!

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Belgium
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2011

Nice location but that is about it. Service was slow and inadequate. Food mediocre. Iced tea to be avoided.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2010

So we go way back about 30 years when Cafe Pamplona was quirky and delightful. Just a whitewashed room in the basement of an old house, with several beautiful marble topped tables and bentwood chairs. Maybe because we were dating the world seemed a better place, but I was a regular throughout the years. Often one would see writers and... More

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Additional Information about Cafe Pamplona

Address: 12 Bow St, Cambridge, MA 02138-5104
Phone Number: 617-492-0352
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Diner, Mediterranean, Spanish

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