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“If I can cook it better why bother?”

The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room
Ranked #4 of 337 Restaurants in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $28
Cuisines: American, German, Steakhouse
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The landmark restaurant of Downtown Springfield with dedicated service and a German accent since 1935.
Reviewed May 12, 2013

First off I want to say that when you order a beer in a restaurant where the meal you are going to eat is over $20.00 the waitress should bring a glass with it. The mashed potatoes were very dry and tasteless, the bacon wrapping the teeny tiny filet soggy and limp and the gravy tasted like a bouillon cube reduction. The veal was ok. Overall about a C- meal, D service and to boot my husband and I walked out $50.00 poorer and barely full. Scared to entertain the desserts but asked anyway and her first mention was blueberry cobbler. No delicious chocolate desserts? Really? Stopped for an ice cream on the way home and that was money well spent.

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Thank Wendy P
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

We had the most amazing food at the Student Prince. Started with the Fried Camembert which was really good!. The Cucumber salad has wonderful mix of Dill and sweet vinegar. The warm german potato salad is truly amazing. Our Entrees were both Schnitzel. Chicken and Kaiser. The Kaiser came with a mushroom gravy that really made this a special dish. I had originally ordered the Hasenpfeffer but sadly, they were out. We finished with a Chocolate and cherry torte and Killer Bee Cordial that were also quite wonderful. Our waitress Emelee was very attentive, kind and helpful. We will definitely go back.

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1  Thank cynmcd
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

Excellent food and have been here for ever. There are 3 German restaurants in the area and they are all very good.

1  Thank g8torfan
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

We were in the Springfield area and decided to try The Student Prince Café for a late lunch.

Really liked the ambiance. Very old world, warm and inviting. Seemed to be an abundance of dining areas and also two rooms with nice large bar areas.

We dined in one of the dining rooms. Couldn’t have had a nicer more accommodating waitress. Lots of items to choose from on the lunch menu and prices seemed very reasonable. We all ordered something different and none of us really enjoyed our meals. Portions were very good sizes. The potato salad was like a scoop of cold mashed potatoes. The liver was grainy and stringy. The veal was pounded so much it resembled Swiss cheese. Nothing really had any flavor. German food is usually not over seasoned but all of our meals were rather flat. None of use was raving about our meals.

On a positive side, they really give you lots of sautéed onions for your liver which is very nice. Rye bread was delicious and so was the coffee. They don’t charge extra for additional glasses of ice tea.

We all said that we would like to try one more time since they have a good selection of menu items from appetizers to meals to sandwiches. And once again, the waitress was top notch. We were able to change items for our meals w/out a problem. She alone would bring in customers.

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1  Thank HonestEvaluatorGal
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

From the moment you walk in the front door to the moment you reluctantly leave, you will enjoy the old-world charm of the Student Prince. The wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable, the décor is beautiful and the food is wonderful, whether you love German food or not.
There's nothing to add that the other reviewers have not mentioned, from the steins to the schnitzel, it's all good.
We've been here dozens of times and never had a bad meal. My husband enjoys trying all the German beers; we both love everything from the cucumber salad to the pistachio pudding. Our last time he enjoyed the goulash and I loved the braised beef.
Sadly, the restaurant is in a depressed part of Springfield(well, okay, it's pretty much all depressed there), but don't let that deter you. The Student Prince is worth a trip.

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Thank BostonVickie
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