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First Printer
First Printer

First Printer Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thefirstprinter.com
  • Phone: (617) 497-0900
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday – Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;
    Midday Bar Menu Everyday 3:00pm - 5:00
    Dinner: Monday – Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
    Late Night Menu Sunday - Wednesday 10pm -12am Thursday - Saturday 10pm - 12:45am
    Brunch Sunday 10am - 3pm
    The Bar is Open Sunday 10am - 12am Monday - Saturday 11:30am - 1 am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Seafood
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Massachusettes Ave and Mt. Auburn
  • Public Transit: Harvard T stop Red line
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Several garage lots in the area along with meter parking.
A word from First Printer

We are located in Harvard Square steps from the Red Line on the site where Stephen Daye, the first printer in British America lived. First Printer Restaurant offers an elegant yet simple gastropub featuring American classics, fresh New England seafood and yummy vegetarian options. The restaurant is decorated with antique type cases, printing paraphernalia and newspapers dating back 300 years. Our dining room seats 95 and includes many handcrafted mahogany booths, an 18 seat full bar and a private gathering room in a converted bank vault. Please check out our ever-evolving menus at www.thefirstprinter.com.

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Diner Reviews
  • "Hoping for a little better food when we came here. Appetizer came out with meals, not before. Meals were ok but not great. Beers were fine, wine list not inspiring. Passed on dessert."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I would highly recommend First Printer as unique and a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "What a cool atmosphere! The restaurant is upscale and funky, yet I felt as if I were sitting in a Ben Franklin-era printer's shop! The food was fabulous and the portions were quite large for a restaurant of this style. I expected small, artful meals that left me hungry but it was just the opposite. The food was creative, delicious, very filling and I would go back in a second! Also, as a vegetarian, I was thrilled to have more to choose from than usual and the options were just as interesting as the non-vegetarian options. The service was an A+ and it was a great place to relax and talk. Highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We had always walked by this place and never realized it was a restaurant but we were pleasantly surprised! They have a great menu, so much so that we had a hard time deciding what to eat, and everyone in our six person party loved what they got!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "How did I not know about this place in Harvard Square? It's a great location close to the "T", the menu had lots of options and price points and service was friendly and great. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • " My husband ordered the beet salad and ate most of it before I tasted it. It seems like someone in the kitchen added salt to the beets twice. As the waitress was clearing the table, I mentioned that she should tell the chef that the salad was too salty. She apologized and since it was mainly eaten didn't offer to do anything about it. Shorty after she came back and said the chef had tasted it and agreed it was basically inedible and said that they would take it off the bill. We really like the atmosphere, but we were trying to make a 7:00 show and were eating early. There were only a few other patrons at that point. It seems like a fun place for drinks and the other food we ate was very good. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Quick service and very diverse menu. We unfortunately chose the seasonal root vegetables side dish (cubed parsnip, carrot, and something else), but it was very oily and not cooked enough - however what we tried was tasty, and I had the duck sandwich with a side salad, which was served on a sweet, toasted roll with arugula and a fig jam. Delicious! Coffee has improved, but bar drinks were still too sweet (and one had a handful of blueberries floating in it. ?? Would return, as we haven't made it to dessert yet..."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The food and service were good, but I made this reservation to meet up with a smallish (8 people) reunion group. It was very loud and difficult to have a conversation with one or two people. Having a table-wide conversation was out of the question."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I've been here many times - never disappointed. Food is great, service is better! very great atmosphere. Great beer choices on tap."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We had the duck sandwich with fries, the pappardelle with beef, a raspberry lime rickey and a Guinness. The food was gray - the drinks were OK. We were seated immediately and even though the bar area was busy and the booths full, we didn't feel crowded or drowned out by loud ambiance. Great, simple decorations and a very high ceiling - would definitely plan to go back immediately. Right in Harvard Square, behind Au Bon Pain."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I dined at First Printer this past Sunday for Mother's Day. I was disappointed with my experience. We were initially frustrated that we couldn't order off of the lunch menu, which was available at 2, 30 minutes after out arrival. I completely understood however, and the server went out of her way to ask the chef if we may order salads. From there though, our wine glasses were dirty, we were never offered another beverage after the server neglected to bring us iced tea. It was only after we said something that she announced you were out of iced tea. I ordered a make-your-own omelette, which had none of things I asked for. The server was friendly and sweet, but I was overall pretty disappointed in the experience for such a special day. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Second time with our 5 year old. Staff is friendly and food is right-on! Great location in Harvard with plenty to do."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Received a gift card and decided to try First Printer. The place was active and we were warmly greeted at the door. Our waiter was terrific! He clearly new the menu and the preparation of the items. At our request, he made suggestions on favrorite menu items. We started with the musssel appetizer that was delicious. Fresh mussels in a buttery broth with tha thick piece of toasted bread. I had the burger with add on including the jalapenoo relish and I must admit it was one of the best burgers that I've had in a long time! We will be back... "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Food was excellent, as was service. A very lively crowd, noise level very high. Have been there for lunch, and food and service also excellent."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "No wonder this place is going out of business. Food is way overpriced, drinks aren't nearly the quality implied by their >$10 charge. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Create ambience and food. Excellent drinks. Waitress could have been a little more attentive. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Spent the night in Boston and decided to go to Cambridge because Boston was so busy for the Marathon... So glad we did. We found a gem... Without a doubt they serve the best chicken wings we have ever had. Not sure if they deep fry then bake, bake the. Deep fry, but what ever they do they do it right. Not over sauced, perfect spice. We also had fish and chips and flatbread... All exceeded our expectations. Liked it so much, we went back the next day for lunch."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Nice friendly welcome. Everything was very good except our waiter forgot to put our order in. Manager explained and offered fresh fruit for the table but brought it with the meal? "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I went with a group of four. Everyone loves what they had. The chicken and waffles were a particular favorite, but I enjoyed my duck sandwich too"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Looking for an easy going place to have a bite after a play or a film, this is it. Pub fare and New England classics at reasonable prices. Nice Cobb salad!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This was a return trip to First Printer. We had reservations and were seated promptly. Although the service, waitstaff and food were very good it was just too noisy to really enjoy. A party was taking place in the bar area which is, as in most restaurants, part of the large dining room. The waitstaff was extremely apologetic but there was really nothing to be done. We will try again but earlier in the week. An appetizer was served seconds before the main meal and was impossible to enjoy. Thankfully, after a comment, the waiter did not charge us for the appetizer."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Great find.. brunch ranging from light, fluffy farm fresh omelets to delicious sandwich fillings on home made brioche buns. The Duck was amazing. Friendly service, lovely ambiance, historic building."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Took another new diner there for dinner. She was 21 years old and loved all of it. We shared the mussels and we each had the lamb chops. Great service by Mike. A good time was had by all! Thank you!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Really great date night spot; the cocktails and wine list are great, and the food is really well thought out and crafted."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Went with my girlfriend for dinner on a Friday night. Restaurant was pretty full so we were seated in the Vault which was cool although it seemed we may have been a little forgotten about a couple times since sitting in there removes you from view of pretty much the entire restaurant. Ordered the charceuterie board which was fine, but a little underwhelming for the price and in comparison to some others we've had in the Cambridge area. Entrees were GREAT however as we got the chicken and waffles (which we done perfectly) and cobb salad with fried pork belly. A very tasty meal overall, and the only drawback was feeling a little isolated sitting in the Vault area. Would definitely recommend for a couple looking for night out."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Pretty standard pub type fare. I was in a parrty of 5 and everyone seemed pleased with their meal although personally, I would pass on their calamari. My cheeseburger was a little undercooked, which was fine with me, but if it matters a lot to you, maybe emphasize that for the server. You're a block from Harvard Square so obviously it's a young crowd, good vibe. I think WYSIWYG for the most part. I would go there again."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Perfect place to catch up with a long time friend. Didn't feel rushed to move along. The booths allowed for conversation and privacy. I'll be back."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We met a friend from Pasadena on Saturday. All three of us enjoyed our meals. The Asian noodles were a terrific blend of flavors. One person had the scrod and that was delicious as well.. Service was excellent. It was a great spot to relax and catch up with an old friend. Also convenient to the square and parking garage!!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I've been to the Printer before and had a great time so I figured I'd come back. It's been a few months since the first visit but the two visits were night and day. The food and drinks were still very good but the service was not so much. We were seated by the door and unfortunately people could not understand the concept of not holding the door open for no reason at all in 10 degree weather (not the restaurants fault). The server we had visited the table 3 times, The initial order, a drink order after the meal was finished, and to bring the check. We never got checked on besides that even though we wanted the wine list back to make another order. It was disappointing to say the least. I might give it another chance but not anytime soon."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend here for Valentine's day knowing she loved the salmon she ordered last time we were there. The menu, however, had been changed to something much less like fine dining and much more like bar food. Fish and Chips, wings as an appetizer... Not what I was expecting. She ordered the lamb chops and I ordered the seafood linguini. The lamp chops were 90% fat and bones, 10% actual lamb. The seafood linguini must have had 2 sticks of butter in it. Neither was good. Neither plate was finished. We left in awe of how bad the food was, especially for the price I paid. Needless to say, we are not going back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We tried this place on Vday day. The location is ideal and the menu looked good. The inside of the restaurant has a nice feel to it. The decor goes well with the Harvard square feel. However, the food was only OK. My bf got stuffed pork chops and when he cut into it, the inside was pink. We asked the waitress as politely as possible if she could check with the cook. The cook confirmed his meat was not completely cooked. Once the meal was brought back out (about 10 or 15 mins later) the pork chops were delicious! The manager came out to apologize and gave us complimentary cocktails so it all worked out. Mistakes happen. I had a spinach salad which was only OK. We probably wouldn't run back here but it was still an enjoyable night."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "When First Printer opened we liked it a lot. Nicely creative menu with interesting modern takes and great choices for both the Primal fan and the vegetarian/vegan. The new menu has very little for the one vegie choice, nothing vegan and the meat choices are much more boring. Presentation wasn't great and the dishes were uninspired. The wine list is limited in selection and of low quality. Very disappointing."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "First Printer was a nice place to head for Valentine's Day dinner. The staff was courteous and the noise level was quite reasonable. The menu is overpriced for what you get but then again it is located in the heart of Cambridge, half a block from Harvard Square."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Thought the food was better than expected but the service lacked a bit. The waiter needed to be flagged down every time we wanted another drink and dropped the bill off with out asking if we wanted dessert. Somewhat of a turnoff as we always want dessert. But overall it is a cool atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Menu nor wait staff told us that something was spicy."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Lovely lunch for four with good food, good service and low noise level. definitely will go again."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The food was ok - nothing to go back for. I asked for a quiet table - and the restaurant was fairly empty. They put us near a group that was extremely loud and we couldn't hear each other at all. Not impressed. Plus the waitress didn't know the menu at all."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "We live nearby and have wanted to try First Printer for a while. I described it to my husband ahead of time as a fun burger place. It was that and more. Nice selection of burgers, sandwiches and salads (entrees too). The food was good and moderately priced. The fries were delicious. For some reason it was empty the night we went and I'd say my only complaint was that the waitstaff was somewhat in attentive."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "The service was great! Very friendly. The food was well prepped, cooked perfectly and was tasty. The decor was cool. We'll be back! Keep up the nice vibe and great menu!"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Awesome food- apps, meals and dessert. Great coffee. Waitress was attentive and charming. Can't wait to go back. Reasonable prices too!"
    Dined on 1/9/2014