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The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room

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8 Fort St, Springfield, MA 01103-1208
+1 413-734-7475
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Large groups
Description: The landmark restaurant of Downtown Springfield with dedicated service and...
The landmark restaurant of Downtown Springfield with dedicated service and a German accent since 1935.
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  • 124
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  • 90
    Very good
  • 32
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  • 24
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  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great atmosphere

The food was good, Heather our server was great. Highly recommend. The beer selection was good as well.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Mary D
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Stafford Springs, Connecticut
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I arrived for a 6:30 dinner reservation to celebrate my mother's 85th birthday. Our party of seven ordered drinks, appetizers, salads, and dinners. Our server abandoned us, probably because she was embarrassed about the delays in getting us our food. Our salads came around 45 minutes after we were there. We were told that the appetizers were taking so long... More 

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Canandaigua, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went as a group for a Saturday night dinner. Our reservation for 700pm was not ready until 730pm. We were left standing in a packed narrow corridor trying to stay out of the way of others passing through until our table was ready. Our server was extremely slow. It took a while for drink orders and then more time... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The food was good, Heather our server was great. Highly recommend. The beer selection was good as well.

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Thank Mary D
Southport, Maine
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Suggested by a Springfield resident, four of us ate here before attending the January Boar's Head Festival at the Trinity Methodist Church - an amazing presentation, all of us would add! With a reservation we were seated promptly in an atmosphere which had the character of my memory of a German locale - steins, wood panelling, and more. Two of... More 

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Thank John L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went for lunch on our way back from Boston. Wonderful house made bratwurst with dark beer mustard (also homemade). Decor made you feel like you were in an authentic German hunting lodge/tavern-dark wood and stag heads abound. Great service, reasonable prices. Interesting beer stein collection. Could have done without the dolls suspended from ceiling and elsewhere-think it was for Christmas... More 

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Thank Beth A
Rudirup, Public Relations Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this review

I am happy that you shared your thoughts about the establishment. The dolls are indeed part of our massive collection of Christmas decorations. I think that they are over 60 years old. They show their age, but we keep them around..the same could be said for me! My Dad was born in the Harz Mountain area, the setting of many... More 

Holyoke, Massachusetts
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My 3rd visit over the past 5 years. The first 2 visits were okay (not memorable), last night's meal wasn't even passable. Must give credit to a good burger, but the rest wasn't worth the price - even if free. Risotto was cold and bland (having to rely on Morton's salt to add taste is a bad thing in any... More 

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Thank Melinda H
Rudirup, Public Relations Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. We have a new system for our bread, which has been well liked by customers. The risotto recipe has been reworked and we are striving to see that our food is served at the proper temperatures.We have just introduced a new menu and think that people will enjoy the changes. We... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

This was my first, and last, visit to the Fort since it reopened. Its a long time Springfield Institution. Its no longer safe to walk around downtown Springfield at night so you should use the Valet Parking. As soon as we walked through the door we were hit with a wall of sound that would make Phil Spector proud. We... More 

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Thank fingerstyle
Rudirup, Public Relations Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this review

That Friday was a busy night on Fort Street. We had a cocktail party that came in with double the amount of guests that they had booked. Our hostesses were a bit overwhelmed by the volume of noise and business.. A few new bussers and food carriers were used, which in retrospect might have been a mistake. We have been... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

Excellent food, atmosphere and drink selection. They seemed a little understaffed as the service was on slow side but I think it was busier than expected because of the symphony event. The camembert cheese is a must have appetizer, the filet mignon tournedos with roguefort cheese was melt in your mouth delicious. The oysters were fresh and the Kaiser Schnitzel... More 

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Thank Brykenn11
Rudirup, Public Relations Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this review

We appreciate your raking the time to post your thoughts about the Student Prince. We were hit with a double whammy that day. we had our Symphony business and we also had a lot of guests come in after the UMass basketball game...and as usually happens everything was at 6:00, we managed to get all the symphony group fed and... More 

Monson, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Recently I was able to spend a lunch at The Fort, and was delighted. At first I was concerned about the changes in the driving and parking but was able to secure a space (before I noticed the valet service!). The new interior looks fresh while keeping some of the old touches I remembered. Service was fine for the size... More 

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Thank Lynn r
Rudirup, Public Relations Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this review

We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to Fort Street. A lot of effort was made to keep the feel of the place while giving it a bit of a face lift. This is a great month to visit the Student Prince. Our carolers are starting on December 11. See you on Fort Street More 

berlin nh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We have used the Student Prince for our nearly annual gathering of scattered friends. We come from as far north as Berlin New Hampshire and from as far west as the New Jersey banks of the Delaware River. Springfield is halfway between. We have always enjoyed the wonderful beer selections and the Bavarian food. Having missed a year, we found... More 

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Thank claudepig
Rudirup, Public Relations Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this review

Thanks for the nice words. We hope to greet you and your friends in the future. We will have our famous Christmas caroling nightly starting Dec. 11 if you feel like taking a trip North. The city of Springfield also has a beautiful Bright Night display! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8 Fort St, Springfield, MA 01103-1208
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Springfield
  • Phone Number: +1 413-734-7475

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 28
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, German

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups

Description

The landmark restaurant of Downtown Springfield with dedicated service and a German accent since 1935.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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