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First Printer
First Printer

First Printer Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thefirstprinter.com
  • Email: Info@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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Menu nor wait staff told us that something was spicy."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The food is mediocre at best. My lamb chips, which I ordered medium rare, were well done and tough as shoe leather. We were going to a play after dinner so there wasn't time to send them back and wait for a new plate. Service was slow."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "The brunch menu was boring and not well executed. We had brunch there previously, almost a year ago and had a very positive experience. Upon inquiry, we learned that there has been a change in management. The staff are lovely; the food is not."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "This was one of the worst dining experiences that I have ever had, and I don't say that lightly. The service was horrendous, she knew nothing about the menu, the food was very poorly presented and did not taste good, I had two mouthfuls of my meal. I would not recommend this to anyone."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "The website is beautiful, restaurant not so good. The food was poor/fair at best. Service was not great. Appetizers were forgotten. Cheese plate appetizer was a joke. Tiny dabs of cheese and not enough crackers. In-house cider was just bad. Too bad. Great location but just not good."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "It has a good feeling about it, not elegant but far above the ordinary in look. The "old fashioned booths are a treat as are the wooden floors. The greeters at the front door are friendly and helpful, as are some of the waitresses."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Best mashed potatoes ever had. Our table's diners really enjoyed their stuffed pork chop or short ribs with homemade noodles. However, the diner who ordered the Chinese chicken/noodles dish was very dissatisfied but probably shouldn't have ordered a less traditional entree here. The chicken was overcooked & chewy, the sauce too salty & the noodles rubbery. Service was top notch.Sat at a booth which was gleaming wood & clean but wouldn't recommend it for diners of girth as the space to enter the seats cannot be altered.(table is anchored in place.) In early December 2013, diners were "treated" to odors of paint courtesy of renovation in the vault -- would recommend holding off on a visit as it didn't add to the dining experience."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "great menu and the food it great -- nice and tasty and attractive"
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "Great restaurant The salmon was the best I have ever had and I have salmon all the time. The gluten free creme brûlée was the best creme brûlée bar none regardless of the gluten free status."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Good food. Pretty noisy at night. Service wasn't great. But pretty good food, albeit a little pricey."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "We enjoyed Sunday Brunch here during Harvard Parents' Weekend. The lobster rolls were delicious."
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "Struggled to find somewhere to eat and First Printer could fit us in. Hamburger very fatty and a little unpleasant but fish and chips enjoyed. Service friendly and efficient. Ambience good, if a little too loud for me. In spite of hamburger, I like it here, it has an easy going atmosphere and despite being busy we were not rushed at all."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "First Printer was comfortable, good space, good food, fun ambiance"
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "Despite middle of the road reviews on yelp and open table we still wanted to give this place a try. Service was fine but not great. Food is what really missed out. A beet salad I ordered was mainly arugula with some diced beets... I was expecting the majority to be beets... a cobb salad was missing the pork belly - if a server is going to allow a food runner to deliver the food then that person needs to inspect each dish to make sure its ready to go. The bison burger really missed the mark. We likely wont return and will stick with Russell House and Park."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "We had dinner at the First Printer for the first time. Though the menu is kind of "typical American" (we are not :) ) everything was very delicious and different in taste from other American style places we've been. Interesting appetizers, fresh salads with different herbs and an uncommon dressing, homemade pasta and steak cooked to the point!! It's still not a "gourmet temple", that's why it's 4 and not 5 stars. And they could work on their wine list."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "I understand everyone has an off day so I'm not going to bash this place.The pan seared scallops were seared on on side and barely warm on the other.When i asked about this our waitress assured me they were cooked but if not to my liking she would take care of this.they came back with the chef and an unappreciated glare.the appetizer we ordered was a plate of cheese and meats which we asked no seafood please and she served us a platter with smoked salmon."
    Dined on 10/13/2013