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“Great place for weekday lunch, make reservation for weekend” 5 of 5 stars
Review of First Printer

First Printer
15 Dunster St, Cambridge, MA 02138
+1 617-497-0900
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Ranked #40 of 538 restaurants in Cambridge
Price range: $30 - $30
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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.
Cambridge, MA
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Great place for weekday lunch, make reservation for weekend”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

This quirky space used to be a bank (still has a giant walk-in safe people book for small parties.) It is just off Harvard Square, good food, great drinks, great staff, and amazingly neither over-crowded nor over-noisy at lunch time. In Harvard Square it is rare to find a place for lunch where you and your guests can hear each other talk. I really like the staff, especially Jen and (behind the bar) Roosevelt. The French dip, lobster roll, and fried chicken with waffles are all delicious. On the drinks menu, they have some fun recipes going back to the 19th century. I recommend the Correspondent. In between lunch and dinner on weekdays there is a pub menu that includes something awesome called "Lobster sliders," basically 3 tiny burger buns w lobster-roll stuff inside. It is an ideal place for a business or friends lunch in Harvard Square; I have also been there solo and been treated well at the bar. My only caveat is that for weekend brunch they fill up fast. If you don't have a reservation, good luck getting in!

  • Visited November 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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Honolulu, Hawaii
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51 reviews 51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“French Dip Sandwich was awesome”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We had a great lunch here. The French Dip sandwich was one of the best I've ever had--the bread was what made the sandwich. Great fries too. They had a great blood orange draft beer that went perfect with it.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
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35 reviews 35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Fair food, good ambiance”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Our food was fair but nothing spectacular. They were sold out of the fritters so we had the Misto Frito - it was ok. I had the half chicken was pretty good, very standard fare. The service was good but the food was just OK. I wouldn't make a special trip, but might be a nice place for a beer or glass of wine.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Fairfax, Virginia
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Terrific brunch in a charming setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

My family was seated in a private room that was an old bank vault. I had the lobster roll, which was terrific. Service was excellent, and we enjoyed conversation in our private vault!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Washington, DC
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290 reviews 290 reviews
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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
“Good Food and a significant value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

This is a modestly priced restaurant with good food and good service. For what you get, it's a major value. I had the bouillabaisse, which came with a good quantity of high-quality seafood including several kinds of fish, lots of small mussels, a couple of large shrimp, a huge scallop, and a light creamy sauce. A beet salad with arugula was beautifully arranged, well thought out, and very tasty. It was $8 and more than worth it. Downsides? Nothing major. Bread was almost tasteless, and it was pretty noisy. Not sure if the noise is normal or a consequence of a large group in the bar. I don't quibble with those who gave First Printer 5 stars. I'd give it 4.5 if I could.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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