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55 E College St, Ste. 3, Oberlin, OH 44074-1644
08:00 - 23:00
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Sun 08:00 - 23:00
Mon - Thu 07:00 - 23:00
Fri 07:00 - 00:00
Sat 08:00 - 00:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Staff was real good. Vanilla and lavender scone was really tasty. Not dry. Very relaxing environment, I relaxed read my book and drank my tea. It was a nice place to chill between events.

Thank bonardilaw
Ontario, Canada
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55 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

We ducked in here twice this weekend to escape the rain. Great coffee! I had a dirty chai the first time, & they sold me on an iced Albino Squirrel today. White mocha with soy milk & a shot of hazelnut. YUM. The latte art was also impressive (wish I could do that....& I work in a cafe!!). The staff... More 

Thank Carmen S
Oberlin, Ohio
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33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

This coffee house was very difficult to find a table because so many people were just sitting there for free WiFi and none of them had a beverage. The indifferent counter staff do not even make eye contact with me and continued conversing with each other. When my coffee order finally came it had foam dripping all over the side... More 

Thank travel4now
Seattle, Washington
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1,220 reviews
872 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 341 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

If you are looking for a hip coffee shop you can hang out in all day long, look no more. You have found it at Slow Train Cafe. Great coffee, a few snacks and even a full bar! Lots of college students hanging out, doing work and enjoying the cafe. Highly recommend if you are in Oberlin.

Thank misopiso88
Tiffin, Ohio
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69 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

Slow Train is a good coffee shop, with a wide selection of drinks and small selection of pastries and snacks. I particularly liked the spinach and cheese croissant. I'd give this a five star rating, but there are some drawbacks. The coffee isn't consistently good. When it is good, it's very good. And it's a loud place. The music and... More 

Thank Chuck N
Chicago, Illinois
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016

Have visited this Cafe numerous times while visiting our Oberlin student and it does not disappoint. Lavender scones are amazing - I always have to bring one home to the other daughter! Cafe Mocha is just right - not too sweet and always with a lovely design on top. Service can be slow, but I attribute this to the popularity... More 

Thank LynnLLS
Cleveland, Ohio
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88 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2015

They offer a range of espresso-based coffee drinks as well as drip coffee. This is my go-to place in the morning. Besides coffee, they have a fun happy hour, Monday through Saturday, from 4 to 6 pm. They have a well-stocked bar so you can stop by for an aperitif or an after dinner drink.

Thank StVM
Oberlin, Ohio
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301 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

Their coffees and mochas are as fine as that other place and the cafe has a nice college vibe most of the time--though sometimes I wonder why they often sit alone at stare at their computers. Nice selection of pastries and wines by the glass

Thank Charles A
Oberlin, Ohio
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

Locals and students alike come here, buy a coffee, and sit for hours on their laptops! It is the meeting place in town for all ages. It does not serve cooked meals but has great pastries and baked goods, as well as alcoholic beverages. It is large and open, yet cozy and relaxing at the same time. Outdoor seating in... More 

Thank 114claraw
Oberlin, Ohio
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

If it's cappucino or expresso or any kind of coffee, this is the best coffee house in the US. And maybe even in Europe and I know, because I've had great coffee in Italy. The pastries are local and fresh and good, but mostly I have my fix (cappucino)here.

Thank Sharon M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout
Open Hours
08:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 55 E College St, Ste. 3, Oberlin, OH 44074-1644
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Oberlin

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?