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First Printer

15 Dunster St, Cambridge, MA 02138
+1 617-497-0900
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Ranked #29 of 541 Restaurants in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
Sun 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 1:00 am
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Massachusettes Ave and Mt. Auburn
Transit: Harvard T stop Red line
Description: We are located in Harvard Square steps from the Red Line on the site where the first printer in British America lived. First Printer Restaurant offers an elegant yet simple gastropub featuring American classics, fresh New England seafood and yummy vegetarian options. The restaurant is decorated with antique type cases, printing paraphernalia and newspapers dating back 300 years. Our dining room seats 95 and includes many handcrafted mahogany booths, an 18 seat full bar and a private gathering room in a converted bank vault. Please check out our ever-evolving menus online.
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

We chose this restaurant as we walked passed it, and were struck by the beauty of the bar. Elegant yet casual. We took a quick glance at the menu and ordered for 4 people. Surprisingly, the food arrived pretty fast and everything was hot, fresh and beautifully plated. The Dunster St Classic Burger was done to perfection, as was the... More

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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134 reviews 134 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

As others have mentioned this restaurant is located right off of Harvard Square (just down a side street a little) and it's atmosphere and decor is really nice and inviting. My daughter and I each had a Caesar salad, one with shrimp and the other with chicken, and both salads were delicious. Instead of crotons the salads came with toasted... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Very warm welcome when we walked in. Great atmosphere. Easy reggae playing in the background. Our server was very pleasant. The food was prepared very quickly and tasted great. Try the cut fries with truffle oil and Parmesan cheese! Worth the visit.

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Storrs, CT
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58 reviews 58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

In Cambridge and this was convenient. Not very crowded...but the food was very good. The beet salad was quite tasty and with the $9. added salmon (large filet) very substantial lunch. The seafood pizza was a thin crust and also tasty...lots of shrimp...not much lobster.

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London, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

After a full morning of touristing we needed a calm place to cool down. With a spacious booth we were treated to good service and a lovely lunch. STRONG cocktails. Definitely have a look around, they have a lovely history described on the walls.

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Irvington, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Ok, so the name does not define a restaurant, and the decor was totally strange, but the food and drink were AMAZING! The blackberry mojito was terrific and ample, a surprise for any restaurant. We shared the lobster roll as an appetizer and devoured it, a 10 on my scale. My wife had the vegetable parpardelle and I never tasted... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Had lunch here while walking around Cambridge. The place was pretty empty, yet we stood around a while waiting for someone to seat us. The atmosphere was roomy with a nice decor. The service was okay, but not great. Same with the food, I had a caprese sandwich that was a bit different with avocado and a smoked cheese. It... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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94 reviews 94 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We live in the area and decided to 'hang out' in Harvard Square! We liked the place and the atmosphere right away. We were there for lunch and we were all very happy with our choices. The food was excellent and well prepared. We will go back the next time we go to 'hang out'.

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

The First Printer is located in Harvard Square and tucked down a side street. It has tall ceilings and dark paint with old printing equipment, so the decor is very impressive. Our waitress was very friendly and efficient. It wasn't that busy but we didn't have to wait long for drinks, our order and the food. I had the clam... More

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Carlisle, Massachusetts
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97 reviews 97 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

We had the duck sandwich with fries (very tasty), the pappardelle with beef (very light sauce on the noodles), a raspberry lime rickey and a Guinness. The food was great - the drinks were OK. We were seated immediately and even though the bar area was busy and the booths full, we didn't feel crowded or drowned out by loud... More

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