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“Lovely outdoor seating in good weather” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cafe Pamplona

Cafe Pamplona
Ranked #172 of 623 Restaurants in Cambridge
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Cafe
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout
San Francisco, California
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118 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Lovely outdoor seating in good weather”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

This cafe has been around for decades and is a great place to meet friends away from the bustle and noise of the Square for a light snack and a cup of tea or a refreshing juice drink. The basement location is a bit cave like, but in good weather the outdoor seating gets lots of sun and has views of Adams House and other Cambridge landmarks.

Visited April 2013
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Surly help, very good food!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2013

I had a "groupon" type voucher I needed to use in teh next 24 hours so I ended up running in for take out. So glad I did as there are no bathrooms and after walking around harvard square, most normal people would need one before they eat. The waitress was less than friendly and had very little patience. There were only 3 items listed on the board. After I ordered, I found the while menu. Just info. BUT it was the BEST BLACK BEAN soup I've ever had. A tad salty, but very flavorful. There are outdoor tables warm weather, but only ~ 8 tables in the dankishnbasement.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Lexington, Massachusetts
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78 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Back to the 1960s”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

This is one of my favorite places to hang out in Harvard Square. It's tucked away and a little hard to find, but that is one of its charms. Pamplona was introduced to me by an emeritus professor of architecture, who loved it because of its European style. The menu then was even simpler, but I still get the standard: gazpacho (or maybe black bean soup, if it's chilly) and a media noche sandwich. Coffee is outstanding. The service is sometimes a bit slow, but hey! the staff is cool and you are not in a hurry if you are here, anyway. Sit outdoors if you can - the basement is pretty much without charm.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MCE1959
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Toronto, Canada
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84 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Quiet Corner off Mass. Ave.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2012

A lovely place for lunch on the outdoor patio. Red umbrellas beckon a short distance off busy Mass. Ave. Lunch time summer menu includes tasty panini and a delicious white gazpacho (made with cucumber) by the bowl or cup. Imaginative pomegranate iced tea. Service could be friendlier but it's summer and the food is good.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Marshall W
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Boston, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Nice cafe”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2012

The prices are a bit expensive and the basement location is not too nice but if the weather is good, it's wonderful to sit outside. I love their menu. I really like the black bean salad (with avocado!), the blueberry cheesecake, the sopa de ajo...This a cafe different to the others around and I really like it!

Visited February 2012
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