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The Black Sheep

79 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002-2350
+1 413-256-1706
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good37%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“sandwich” (24 reviews)
“pastry” (6 reviews)
“challah” (2 reviews)
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07:00 - 20:00All hours
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
79 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002-2350
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Offers a large and varied menu of salads, sandwiches, desserts and pastries, and coffee and teas (walk up service like a Starbucks or deli). I believe all the bread items are made in house. The baguette my sandwich had was perfect! Both my son and...More

Thank alostyankee
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place offers a pleasant atmosphere, good coffee, and a wide selection of pastries and wraps and such. Nothing truly special.

Thank ccmccall
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Coffee? Tea? Sandwich? Everything very fresh. With a signed note from Cesar Chavez to the owner in thanks for solidarity in working with California farm workers. Sprouts with that? Seriously, the staff really knows the business and can guide the newcomer through any request. I...More

Thank indoorcampers
Reviewed 15 May 2017

A funky place with an ecclectic selection of sandwiches and very good baked goods. The coffee, espresso, and chai late were very good. My only regret is I couldn't go back one more time before leaving

Thank pen1
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I had breakfast here two out of three mornings I was in Amherst. I thought the coffee was really good (though others in my group preferred Amherst Coffee). Both times I was there I got a bagel breakfast sandwich with eggs and bacon. It was...More

Thank FrogSqueezer
Reviewed 1 April 2017

Had tasty muffins and egg sandwiches here on a quick visit. Recommend it for a quick breakfast although finding a seat can be a challenge because many people camp out with laptops.

Thank coolya
Reviewed 28 February 2017

We were house hunting and looking for a fast and friendly place to eat for a vegan and omnivore. This cafe has a student feel to it. Various singles and groups of students were situated around tables studying, drinking hot drinks and eating pastries. There...More

Thank Wildflower01945
Reviewed 14 February 2017

This is a popular place for good cakes and pastries, excellent coffee, bagels and lox, whitefish and other delicacies. Clientele includes students and faculty. Friendly and informal. Recommended

Thank activist12
Reviewed 13 February 2017

This cafeteria style coffee hang out/ sandwich shop has a very intriguing menu, so I had high hopes, but really nothing here is particularly good. The Sandwiches are OK, but the bread is substandard for these types of sandwiches and they are put together in...More

Thank Kaycee12561
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Amherst has coffee shops but on a winter morning Amherst Coffee had no seats and Black Sheep was just great. Coffee is less pretentious and great as are all the other more substantial food options. I even found some excellent chocolate covered beans for a...More

Thank John B
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Has anyone tried their catering service? Were you satisfied with the quality of the food? Thank you.
2 August 2016|
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Response from Penny R | Reviewed this property |
Don't know anything about their catering. But they serve very good food in the coffee shop.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 79 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002-2350
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Hampshire County  >  Amherst
  • Phone Number: +1 413-256-1706
  • E-mail
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