The Student Prince Cafe

4.5
89 reviews
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German
Since 1935, Student Prince has offered quality German draught beers and delicious German-inspired cuisine in a beautiful old-world atmosphere.
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PM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious German cuisine!! The giant pretzel is amazing!

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MV
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Even with a reservation and a half-empty restaurant, we were seated in an awful back room next to storage and the kitchen. Despite the lack of customers, service was painfully slow. Not worth the hassle of trying to find parking downtown (no valet parking on Sunday afternoons).

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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasantly surprised
Great food and atmosphere
Will go again
German food for me and surf and turf for my husband

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C
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selection of entrees and appetizers, many not traditional German food. Pleasant server, broad range of beers, including regional and national brands of craft beers in addition to German brews.

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D
New England
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Salmon with crab was delicious. Steak was also cooked to perfection. Duck wings, butterflied shrimp and fried Camembert cheese to start our meals were wonderful. Finished up our meals with their signature chauvenette’. Can’t wait to go back

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TD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Sadly, our Valentine Day experience was so terrible, we had to go somewhere else a few days later just to compensate for the lack of quality by the amateur chef they have hired to replace, at what used to be the best place to eat in Springfield. For shame, Student Prince. We expected better from you. Our good waitress compensated slightly for the tough chewy veal covered in watered down tomato paste, and the tasteless cream sauce on my husband's veal. Even the famous salad, a once loved staple, has been replaced by different greens, which taste terrible with Roquefort. So, you'll see some of your old favorites on the menu, but they've been replaced by watered down similarities, cooked by a watered down chef. The prices however have doubled. There was another menu, the GAME menu, which had NO ELK?! If we had come to Student Prince in years past, the chef would have found a piece of elk to cook for my husband, regardless of the menu options. Really?? Wow. Looking for a better GERMAN restaurant now.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Service was great as well.

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SY
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place, one of our favorite restaurants, always excellent food and service

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jeff is the best waiter on the planet. If you even had the shadow of a thought that you needed something, he was already delivering. If I didn’t know better, I’d say he could actually read minds. They should have a 24K gold-plated bust of Jeff right inside the door, as a temple of inspiration for the staff and a promise of excellence to customers. If The Fort can find a willing mad scientist, they should clone an army of Jeff so no customer ever leaves unhappy. Jeff is love. Jeff is life. None leave with satisfaction except through the almighty Jeff.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server natalie was amazing ! First time for both of us. My boyfriend is a chef and had great things to say about the food

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TL
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Plenty of menu choices. Service was great. Pricing was reasonable. Would go there again. Would recommend this restaurant.

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New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place!!
Options include standard American fare as well as classic German cuisine. Feb. is "game month".
We have been enjoying the Student Prince for over 50 years.

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AC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been going to The Fort for many years. Don't usually sit in a booth but we enjoyed the privacy.
We all enjoyed our meals. Fantastic. Granddaughter had salmon and she said is was really good. Daughter had Sauerbraten which she always orders and as usual it was great. I had Jaeger Schnitzel. Very good. Our waitress was delightful. Spot on!! Overall can't say enough good things about The Fort. Brings back so memories of going there with family.

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RL
New England
24 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

It was not our first visit. We have visited at least once annually over the past decade, excluding brief intervals when the restaurant was closed apparently due to management changes. Our prior visits were on early Sunday afternoons. This was our first Saturday visit; the restaurant this time was much livelier, with live music and surrounding chatter that were much unlike the comparatively-sedate environment on Sundays. Thanks to our OpenTable reservation, we were seated not long after arriving, despite a somewhat-crowded customer mix. But the pleasant and inviting courtesy that the wait staff have displayed on Sundays was not evident on that Saturday night. What followed after we were seated was quite disappointing: it seemed that two of the nearby table servers studiously avoided making eye contact with us for what at least a 30-minute period, and consequently we did not have an opportunity even to place our orders until a gentleman (apparently the manager) finally did make eye contact. Only then did one of the table servers appear to receive our orders, then providing an implausible explanation that she had assumed that a different table server was responsible for our table. I say "implausible," because even if some confusion might have existed (which is questionable), the prominent presence of menus on our table for 30 minutes should have altered each of the table servers that a need existed to verify whether we had received any service. Thankfully, the food's arrival time afterward was not unreasonably late, although I can say that the food's preparation was uneven: my entree was tasty, but the Spätzle side dish was less so - perhaps burned in places. Despite the table server's seemingly-forced smile, we were left with a sense that the server (whom we would have no reason to know, or vice versa) seemed disinclined to have been assigned to our table in the first place. But the manager checked in on us several times; that was the saving grace for this evening.

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F
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We're from the Boston area and love German food. I've heard about this place but we never had the opportunity to visit. Our first time here and it did not disappoint. The food was delicious and the service impeccable. My husband was daring and went with the Game Sampler. Nothing gamey about the taste. He thoroughly enjoyed it. I had the Crispy Duck and it was exactly that. A nice crisp skin and moist tasty meat underneath. Our server Mishie was one of the best we've ever had. We'll definitely make a trip back.

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BC
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Pleasantly Surprised - Definitely would return to try different offerings. The food was great and the service was good.

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DW
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was amazing. It was my first time there and I ordered off of their game menu. Best food I've had in a long while and our server was wicked attentive. I also love that they have valet parking because parking in that area can be a pain. Will definitely go back.

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A
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Celebrated my mother’s 70th birthday. Apps were cold out it took nearly 2 hours to get our dinners. Would not recommend.

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J
New England
20 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We chose traditional German dishes plus the fried Camabert cheese appetizer. Portions were generous and the meals come with two sides; we both chose spaetlze which was good but could have been a little hotter. The server was attentive and efficient; it was a busy Saturday night so the place was pretty full.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with friends was so so so much fun. Fabulous food, outstanding service (thank you Patrick and Erin) and a sweet band!! Couldn’t have been any better.

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were visiting Springfield for the day and decided to visit The Student Prince after searching for restaurants on Open Table. We are so glad we decided to dine here - great beer selection and delicious selection of German food. You can’t go wrong with any schnitzel on the menu and the goulash was a nice hearty warm up on a cold winter day. Next time we’re in Springfield we’ll definitely visit The Student Prince again.

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KF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A unique dining experience. Good food and service. A nice and unique selection of German etc beers.

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DR
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and the food was fantastic. Beer selection was good and the 1lt boot is a great way to enjoy it.

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SC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was my girlfriends birthday and she had chosen this restaurant, We both love German food but haven't been to the Student Prince in many years. Anyway, I had mistakenly chose the high back seating option when reserving our special evening from the OpenTable site. This seating was at the stage area and not the big woody, dark booths that she had wanted to sit in for her special dinner. On a busy Saturday night we only had to wait maybe fifteen minutes before we were ushered to the next available booth. We were very happy to be treated so well by the staff. Our special night was saved and the food was every bit as good as the service. I look forward to having my birthday dinner there this year as well.

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TL
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night at the Student Prince, as always. Impeccable service. Traditional german food served in a comfortable, casual atmosphere.

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U
New York Area
103 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We have many fond memories of the Fort. The kitchen is not as good as it was in its prime, but they still service decent comfort food, excellent beer and some good wines. The servers are kind, the atmosphere is relaxing, the prices are reasonable. It represents a great Springfield tradition and a reliable place for unpretentious and satisfying fare.

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Western NC
13 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great German restaurant!!

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JB
New England
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great German dinner and great interior - loved it

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NM
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carmela (I think that was her name - dinner staff on Tuesday, January 15 in the main dining room) was an awesome server. We had a guest in the party with specific food needs and she went out of her way to accommodate our guest. I know she's worked there for a long time, they are lucky to have her. 10 stars for her.

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J
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We have taken to the new MGM casino in Springfield. My wife and I enjoy a nice dinner when we travel to a casino. Unfortunately, the restaurants in the casino have been disappointing. I found this place on YELP and it didn’t disappoint. My wife had the baked stuffed shrimp and I had the filet. We both enjoyed them. You get a lot of food for the money as well!!!

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TK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our waiter was training a new staff person so the service was a little disconnected; however our trainee was excellent! The food was outstanding as usual.

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TH
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The BEST - never disappointed - can't wait to go back

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KR
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience at The Student Prince. A must stop when near or in springfield.

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BH
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this gem of a restaurant in downtown Springfield, MA. Took 7 of my sales reps for drinks and dinner. We are all from out of town and loved it! The food and service were excellent. We'll be back!

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NP
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was pleased since I had not been in 25 years. My husband wanted German food and I said let’s try this place in Springfield

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family reunion. Waitress was great, great ambiance , food was excellent. Love this place

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Our reservation was for 7:00 p.m. We were finally seated at 7:55 when we ordered dinner they ran out of the meals we went there for.

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JR
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Our server, Sheila made our entire evening worth the trip. For a newbie she really gets how to make customers feel welcome!

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JB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Went on New Years Eve and the menu was limited so some of the food we were looking forward to having were not offered. Some of the food served were not as warm as it should have been, but considering the food was tasty.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Although I was initially disappointed in the modified holiday menu there was plenty of excellent appetizer, entree, and dessert options. The mushroom gravy was wonderful and the house made egg nog was a special holiday treat. The service was great. Overall it was a great dinner!

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