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Review of Cafe Pamplona

Cafe Pamplona
Ranked #208 of 642 Restaurants in Cambridge
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Diner, Mediterranean, Spanish
Good for: Large groups
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Good for: Large groups
Reviewed October 23, 2011

Nice location but that is about it. Service was slow and inadequate. Food mediocre. Iced tea to be avoided.

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Reviewed September 1, 2010

So we go way back about 30 years when Cafe Pamplona was quirky and delightful. Just a whitewashed room in the basement of an old house, with several beautiful marble topped tables and bentwood chairs. Maybe because we were dating the world seemed a better place, but I was a regular throughout the years. Often one would see writers and poets at work jotting down thoughts on paper or reading or just lost in thought. The owner Josefina was never seen but her culinary talents were in evidence with every bite of food and pastry and with every cup of the many kinds of coffee offered and especially with her flan.

That's all changed now. New owners, the coffee is watery, service is terrible, and the food certainly not up to Josefina's standards. I might try it one more time to be fair, but it's not what it used to be.

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Reviewed July 16, 2008

This is a tiny, romantic old-time cafe tucked away in a nook of Harvard Square. Bring a book and pretend you're in Europe for a few hours.

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Reviewed January 14, 2008

Once a noted place of intellectual gatherings, Cafe Pamplona has so-so food. But if you're looking for a quick drink or bite while walking down Bow Street, might as well...

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Reviewed January 9, 2008

Hole in the wall with nice food and great atmosphere when the weather is nice - outside!

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