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“Delicious sandwiches, nice vibe” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Crema Cafe

Crema Cafe
27 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138-3709
617-876-2700
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Ranked #31 of 553 Restaurants in Cambridge
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Quincy, Massachusetts, United States
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“Delicious sandwiches, nice vibe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

This spot is easy to miss with its small(ish) storefront, but once inside you realize how large and popular it is. There is ample seating, usually mostly full especially at lunch time; an extensive menu, and friendly staff. The coffee is also delicious and equally importantly, strong. There are extensive vegetarian options, and before you roll your eyes and think that must mean they are bland, give them a try. I especially like the Sweet Potato. The veg options are interesting and healthy and largely NORMAL portion sizes - finally! If you aren't ready to try a different vegetable they also have adult grilled cheese and more typical salads/turkey sandwiches/etc. In the warmer months, you can linger at the outdoor seating and watch Harvard Square swirl around you, which is a sight to be seen. Enjoy!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
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20 restaurant reviews
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“Our fave place for cappuccino in Hvd. Sq”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

This is our Sunday-after-church ritual. The cappuccinos are fantastic. There is plenty on the menu - warm, cold, dessert - for the hungry foks as well.
It's a hip, local Cambridge cafe which is always busy. In the summer time grab a seat outside and watch the passersby walk the square.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles, California
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“Great Espresso”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

This place makes a great, although somewhat small, cappuccino. Friendly staff, good coffee and the food is ok for a snack. Well worth a stop here if you want a great espresso drink.
If you are a Starbucks fan then this place isn't for you.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Newton, Massachusetts
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“great coffee, great atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

I'm really picky with my coffee, but Crema Café really knows how to make their coffee and all other drinks. also their salads and pastries are really interesting and great quality. It's about time that Harvard square has a really great coffee as opposed to the other chain Cafe's. If you're looking to some unique, and well performed, for a real student atmosphere that's probably the best choice in Harvard square.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boca Raton, Florida
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Love the Latte, Oatmeal, Great B'fast Sandwiches”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

The best place to start your day in Harvard. Very close to the Metro stop, it seems to be a popular place even in the summer, when school is pretty empty.
Latte is outstanding and the variety of b'fast options is good, sometimes earthy, and served in a reasonable time. Great oatmeal too. Worth making another visit.
Great people watching spot even in summer. Looks like a wide cross section of Harvard traffic walks through here. Can't imagine the traffic it pulls during school days. May really change the experience if it's crammed and the hurried pace of traffic was not summer casual.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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