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Fresh Side Cafe

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39 S Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002-2233
+1 413-256-0296
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Northampton, Massachusetts
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81 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2016

This place is kind of charming and the menu is great. I've been here for lunch three times. Fish tacos, eggs and hash and today warm udon salad. The salad was terrific, served with your choice of tofu or chicken with shredded veggies and noodles with ginger and a light peanut sauce. Yum. My mouth is watering just thinking about... More 

Thank Sh59l1h
Amherst, Massachusetts
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2016

Servicescape/Environment: • The entrance wasn't as lit up as it sometimes appears and it looked a little run down from the winter season. • The immediate entrance is open and spacious. Immediately when you step foot in the door, you are positioned in front of a transparent glass food case and counter top. There you are greeted and seated. •... More 

Thank Thevalleycritic
Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

I went to Fresh Side with a group of six classmates for dinner. My expectations were pretty low going into it, because I've heard nightmares about how dirty the kitchen is there. The drinks were okay. They have a selection of "sake tinis," which I thought would be cool to try one, but it wasn't really as special as I... More 

Thank angclare
New Orleans, Louisiana
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2016 via mobile

We've been going for years and never disappoints! Lovely owner, great waitstaff, huge portions of Asian cuisine and so inexpensive! Great ginger coconut milk tea too! HUGE bowls of yummy soups, noodle dishes, tons of veggies, tea rolls. Now serving liquor too!

1 Thank MadGrif
Hartford, Connecticut
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99 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2015

I'm always amazed at the popularity of this place. Most of the menu is noodle and rice dishes that are homogeneous and boring. The bi bim noodles, for example, sound good on paper, but when you get them they are basically noodles with that hot sauce you get in bi bim bap, with some shredded vegetables that don't add much... More 

Thank shirleyotis
Amherst, Massachusetts
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181 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2015

Aptly named place that serves some of the freshest produce to be found anywhere! This unusual twist on asian cuisine is student-friendly and student-priced. Faculty hang out there too, but mostly because one can eat healthy and eat hearty at the same time.

Thank g0ldengut
United States, Amherst, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2015

The freshest cooked food I ever tasted. Especially the fried rice. All food is cooked to order and delicious.

Thank J0yce
Amherst, Massachusetts
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159 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2015 via mobile

We love a lot of there food. Ribs are good. Tea rolls are good. Their healthily teas are amazing. We eat here every couple months.

1 Thank Wolfspark
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85 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2015

One of our favorite restaurants in Amherst. Great tea rolls, egg drop soup, Moroccan tea, noodle dishes. Fast and friendly service and reasonable prices.

Thank Andrew E
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163 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2015

Pros: The food was very tasty, fresh, and service was friendly. Cons: Sticky tables, plastic 'glasses', dreary dining room. I would have rated this 'very good' for the food, it really was excellent -- a fresh, tasty asian-inspired menu. But actually I'm unlikely to go there again except for takeout. There was a big disconnect between the quality of the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 39 S Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002-2233
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Hampshire County  >  Amherst
  • Phone Number: +1 413-256-0296

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?