Trident Booksellers & Cafe

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Boston's last independent general bookstore, Trident Booksellers & Cafe is located on Newbury Street in historic Back Bay. Since 1984, Trident Booksellers & Cafe has been providing Back Bay residents, students, and tourists with sustenance for the mind and body. Trident is the perfect place to catch up with friends, study for your exam, grab brunch, or browse our wide selection of books and magazines. We offer free wifi, an award-winning magazine selection, a full service restaurant, books, cards, gifts, and, above all, a unique Boston experience. Check out the Trident’s extensive menu, featuring fresh juice and smoothies, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner. Be sure to look at our events calendar to see what’s happening tonight!
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d
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Restaurant located inside a small bookstore. My wife and I enjoyed it. Good breakfast..

B
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy cafe located inside a bookseller! They do weekly events that would encourage me to go often if I lived in the area! Great choice!

AR
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was solid and good value, something for everyone. The servers were friendly and responsive. And the atmosphere was awesome. We enjoyed our breakfast and coffee while surrounded by books. After dining, we explored the two-story bookstore. Fun experience.

TD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was an amazing find. Fast service, excellent food, and an adorable, relaxed setting. A cozy breakfast/brunch spot to enjoy Newbury Street and then peruse the well-stocked book shelves. The cafe and bookstore alike contain both classic favorites and creative firsts. A real gem in Boston's Back Bay.

K
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Generally nice place with good food at reasonable price. Seemed understaffed by at least one wait person as the existing ones were hustling just too many tables to cover so service was slower than should have been on getting order taken and coffee refills.

JT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food, and we love that it is also a bookstore. Our waitress was nice and quick, but she never checked on us after our food was delivered

C
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Meh. Food was so-so. Service was slow and inattentive, I was only offered a coffee refill as I was preparing to leave. My eggs were not cooked as requested.

SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful and varied menu! Loved it! Wish there were more places like this.

F
New England
64 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

A really fun place. You’re surrounded by good books and funky small gift items. Food was so-so but it’s all about the atmosphere there!

DB
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Not all that it is cracked up to be. Pancakes burnt, delivered breakfast before coffee, nobody came by after our food was served - had to flag down a bill when done. You could do better.

CH
New England
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Trident. Perfect place for a bookclub meeting or intimate dinner with friends.

PK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Eggs had runny yokes. I had requested over hard

SK
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Without the lights on, the huge windows facing those sitting in the booth along the wall presented a glare that made it hard to look at the person across the table. Even on the cloudy day.
Also disappointed they don't have real maple syrup.

LJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff. Great food. Loved the Grub Street memoir author reading!!!

l
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vegan options for breakfast lunch and dinner. I had the breakfast burrito with tofu instead of egg and it was delicious. The salsa is top notch—ask for extra! Trident is always bustling and the new updates are great. I love going to Trident!

CS
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, especially the lemon ricotta French toast. The only downside is that space is a little tight, so you are a bit too close to your neighbors. I would still eat here again though.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food and table was ready for us when we arrived.

JD
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere food and beer selection is great. Loved it

ES
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was great- I had the French Dip- Perfect. Warm, nice crusty bread, nice au jus. Nachos were pretty good too. Cant remember what my son had, but he devoured it, so it must have been good. Was there for a reading- Could have ben set up better for readers and signings. Service was good, a but slow and awkward during the reading. Waitress was very knowledgeable of the menu, pleasant and attentive.

CC
New England
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Get your books, food, wine/coffee, study/workspace and entertainment all in one place. Magical.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and a great atmosphere for a team breakfast! Thank you! I will be back!

d
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good breakfast food at good prices, and a great atmosphere.

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

A breakfast date at Trident turned out to be a wonderful idea. It was easy to get seating as the attentive staff took immediate notice of our presence. We were served at a perfect pace, not pushy but noticing when we were ready. We both had the house coffee and it was perfect both with & without cream - not bitter but with a good rich coffee flavor.
My open face egg sandwich was cooked beautifully and had just the right amount of seasoning, the avocado was fresh with no black spots at all. My wife’s tofu bowl was equally impressive with a great amount of veggies and a wonderful fresh sourdough toast to compliment.

Definitely a great experience and the ability to wander the bookstore after with to go coffee was perfect.

EJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent spot especially if you arrive before 9 am. We were the first to be seated upstairs. The menu is extensive and service was terrific.

KB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Fun lunch we arrived and it didn’t seem that they actually had a reservation for us, which wasn’t the end of the world.

A few mistakes were made with the orders but everything was corrected quickly and we had an enjoyable lunch.

l
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We were there weekday morning so it was quiet. We did not really eat so I am not sure about their food. A conveniet spot on Newbury street.

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

Trident is a great spot for a low key meal, and some book shopping as you are leaving! We had soup and sandwiches which were really yummy and generous. Perfect for a late winter lunch. Very nice servers, too. I love Trident!

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. I got a mulled apple cider and the Benedict. If you want a special treat get the tater tots!