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“Disappointing”

The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room
Ranked #4 of 355 Restaurants in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $28
Cuisines: American, German, Steakhouse
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: The landmark restaurant of Downtown Springfield with dedicated service and a German accent since 1935.
Reviewed November 3, 2012

To start with the positive: The wait staff is working hard to overcompensate for what seems to be missing in this "once great" restaurant. Kudos to them as this is often not the situation. The restaurant needs some updating and something needs to be done with the restrooms asap. In the past, this restaurant has had every thing in perfect order but this was not the case on this visit. The dishes (Sauerbraten and Jagerschnitzel) which my companion and I ordered were covered with an acidic gravy sauce which was not easy on the palate. Others in my group were distressed over the complete lack of preparation by the restaurant. Perhaps, it is better to go here when you want to have a late evening full of German fun!

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Thank DRH0PS
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Extra Charge for one piece of bacon. Wasn't cows liver it was chicken pieces. We were so rushed to finish our meal I didn't even finish one beer. We had apps tO dessert and out in less than one hour. If I have decided to pay top prices for my meal. I want to enjoy. Not to mention enjoy the company of friends. Will not go back.

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Thank Ravenwood11
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

When you walk through the door to The Student Prince you enter a place that gives you a peek at how German restaurants in the 1950’s ethnic enclaves of NYC were set up. Bar in the front with numerous draught beers, lots of stools, and the noise of numerous people enjoying the drinks, the mood, and the atmosphere. The side door (on Fort Street) of The Student Prince (which is how you got to the restaurant portion of the NYC German establishments) is the main entrance and the bar area is off to the right in a room that is segregated from the dining areas. This does not mean that the restaurant areas are quiet. When full, they are every bit as loud as I remember the ones in NYC being years ago when acoustic considerations were not part of anyone’s architectural design. This may not be O.K. if you are planning an intimate dinner for two but it projects a level of life that was always evident in the old world style German eateries. The food is good and the service is friendly and courteous. Steins of Spaten Oktoberfest were nice accompaniments to the Oktoberfest special (Bratwurst, Smoked Pork Chop, Veal Goulash) for me and the standard Weiner Schnitzel that my wife ordered. Neither meal was a “show stopper” but they were prepared well and were fairly priced. Overall we had a very enjoyable dinner, a short walk down “memory lane”, and a nice conclusion to the drive through Massachusetts that we took to enjoy the fall foliage. We will keep The Student Prince as a potential stop whenever we are in the Springfield area.

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Thank brooklyn45
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

Ok, so this place is way too expensive, but the beer selection and the appetizers are amazing. You can make a meal of appetizers and drinks while enjoying this wonderful spot in the city.

Thank Peter S
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

Downtown Springfield isn't exactly the most happenin' venue in the East, but this energetic restaurant on a side street is where the action is. The night I went, it seemed to be the only business open in the entire downtown, but it was packed, noisy, and great fun. The largest collection of beer steins you'll ever see, tiered on high walls, greets you when you enter the bar. In the adjoining dining room, German-costumed waitresses are delivering steins of the house Oktoberfest brew and heaping platters of sausage, sauerbraten, wiener schnitzel, braised veal or lamb shanks, and less ethnic steaks and seafood. Good, hearty, satisfying fare. Tempting sides, including delicious red cabbage and German potato salad. Perfect apple strudel for dessert. Prices are reasonable considering the quality of the food and the happy atmosphere. Definitely worth a visit.

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Thank bill1766
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