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The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room

8 Fort St, Springfield, MA 01103-1208
+1 413-734-7475
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Overview
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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“spaetzle” (44 reviews)
“fried cheese” (16 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 am - 10:00 pmAll hours
CUISINES
American, German, European, Central European
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
8 Fort St, Springfield, MA 01103-1208
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best food in Western MA. Ambiance and service unparalleled. Free valet parking makes it very easy. Unfortunately it's the only reason to go downtown Springfield.More

Thank monix234
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your nice review! While Downtown Springfield is not as it one was, we hope that it is getting better. Our establishment is unique and worth a visit. The valets do a great job. We hope to see you again on Fort Street. Thanks...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my second time here, four of us went to the Springfield Armory Museum at the National Historic Site - not to be missed! (See my review of that for details). Again we ate in the old, original bar with booths and hundreds of...More

Thank BaysideConnecticut
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your nice review. It is strange, but not many restaurants in this area offer pastrami, which is one of my favorite sandwich meats, The Springfield Armory is a very interesting museum, with lots of history and the inspiration for a poem by Longfellow....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I haven't been to the Student Prince in many years. My daughter chose this as the restaurant she wanted to celebrate her 40th birthday with family and friends. We had reservations and from the moment we walked in the door I knew we were in...More

Thank Janet H
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the nice review, Janet. The establishment has gotten a bit of a facelift but it still is reminiscent of how it looked in 1935. We are proud of our waitstaff. On a cold winter evening, there is nothing like a bit of meatloaf...More

Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

Can’t complain about a thing enjoyed dinner and service left full great sausage great schnitzel:) call ahead to be safe or be prepared to wait. Nice cold beer.More

Thank Betty A
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Thanks for your review, Betty. Sausage or Schnitzel washed down with a beer is a good thing. I am glad that you mentioned calling ahead. It is always a good idea to do so. Aome times we might have plenty of room, other nights we...More

Reviewed 4 January 2018

We had not been to the Student Prince since new owners bought it. Just prior to the holidays we decided to try it. It was excellent! Our server, Nathalie, was friendly and attentive. We never had to call her over to ask for anything. She...More

1  Thank Jim G
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2018

Jim, we appreciate your taking the time to post the nice review. The new ownership has made a few minor changes, but the place is still the classic establishment. Natalie is fairly new, but has been doin a great job....I enjoy carrot cake that has...More

Reviewed 2 January 2018

My parents took me to the Student Prince during the Christmas season as a child - it was a family tradition. I am now 44. This year I had the opportunity to take my parents, wife and 6 year old daughter. Showing the new generation....More

1  Thank Twennberg
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2018

One of the great pleasures of working at the Student Prince is seeing families passing through many generations. It is gratifying to do a dinner for a baptism, then a graduation, then a wedding rehearsal and then seeing another generation on Fort Street. Christmas is...More

Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

We took our daughter here for her 24th birthday and had such a wonderful time! Authentic German food and beer made for a great cultural experience. We started with the German pretzel, crispy Brussels sprouts and fried Camembert. All equally delicious but the pretzel is...More

Thank Sondra L
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 1 January 2018

Sondra, Thanks for the nice review. We are glad that your daughter enjoyed her birthday and spent it with us. Our germanic soul foods taste great in cold weather. The pretzels are a wonderful way to start a meal. Our tradition of dimming the lights...More

Reviewed 25 December 2017 via mobile

The last time I went here years ago was when you could park (and pay) at the nearby parking lot. Or, if you were lucky, find a free spot on the same street then. But within the last couple of years there were changes and...More

1  Thank SUN_and_H2O
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2017

Thanks for the nice review. I should point out that one can still park (and pay) at the lot down the street from the restaurant or the City Parking garage a block away. We validate parking at the lot at noontime. We have had the...More

Reviewed 23 December 2017

Dropped in for lunch 3 days before Christmas. Did not realize we should have probably made reservations, but they accommodated cheerfully, The holiday decor is delightfully dated. It is very tasteful. Our waiter was Jeff was very cheerful and served us well. The giant pretzel...More

Thank Edward W
Rudirup, Owner at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 24 December 2017

We are glad that you enjoyed. Maybe we can work on a potato pancake that is a bit thinner and crisper. Veal shank is a great meal ad one of our more popular specials. Thanks for the nice words and have a great 2018!!!

Reviewed 23 December 2017

There is no restaurant in Springfield that has so much history, memories and stories intertwined in its bones and soul. Despite its near death experience a few years ago, the new Fort has sufficient DNA, preserved customs and gemutlichkeit to continue serving the community and...More

1  Thank ulysses4
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 24 December 2017

Thanks for the nice review. Many of the eliminated menu items were no economically justified. The Eisbein (corned boiled pork shank) was delicious, but not appealing to those born in the last forty years. Prior to the sale , items such as veal kidneys and...More

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Christopher R
8 October 2017|
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Response from Bill P | Property representative |
Sorry for the delay, Saturdays andSunday's you can park anywhere, street meters are free. We do validate for the Hampden Street lot at the end of Fort st., Monday thru Saturday for our lunch hours. We also have Monday thru... More
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1 October 2016|
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Response from StudentPrinceMgmt | Property representative |
Yes. Mikey and Al are still here.
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BuddyDogbostonterrier
15 April 2016|
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Response from Rudirup | Property representative |
I am still around. "I tried to get out, and they pulled me back in." I work a few shifts at the door and I am helping out with menus, etc. I will be working tomorrow evening, April 16. Thanks for asking., Come in and take... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 28
Cuisine
American, German, European, Central European
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 Fort St, Springfield, MA 01103-1208
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Springfield
  • Phone Number: +1 413-734-7475
Description
The landmark restaurant of Downtown Springfield with dedicated service and a German accent since 1935.
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