Trident Booksellers & Cafe

4.7
56 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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 all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner. Be sure to look at our events calendar to see what’s happening tonight!

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 56 people are saying
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4.6
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New England
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined with my mom and aunt. Been coming here for years for the bookstore, first time eating. Soooo good. Had the Huevos rancheros. Excellent. Definitely recommend

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vipLeedines
New England
14 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I booked with open table but restaurant didn’t indicate I had shown up.

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service! I sent my boss here to meet one of our VPs who lives in the area and received rave reviews! The local VP said it's his new fave in the area.

JB
JoannaB
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Consistently one of the best places to browse, eat, drink and just hang out in Boston. I don't even live in the USA, but make sure to pop in for brunch or dinner every time I'm in the area, and pick up a book or two, of course!

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Gabby
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Trident. Not only is it a great bookstore, it’s also a fantastic place to get a casual drink or bite to eat. All the food that I have had there is delicious (the sweet potato fries especially). I also tried the pea blossom mimosa and it was also delicious. Service was great, I have 0 complaints.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Okay. Nothing special.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trident never disappoints. This was the first time dining for dinner, but we are regulars for breakfast takeout when we are in town. Mimosas to go and the best english muffins anywhere!

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CliffS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food was good.

It was quiet enough to have a good conversation and the unique atmosphere was really fun. IU=

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vipDrew
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

How can ambience be less than five stars, surrounded by books? The food was tasty and ample. Virtually everything - viewing menu, selecting, ordering, paying - was done, uhm, virtually, but service was friendly and efficient.

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vipAmandaB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great idea
Great menu
Amazing for vegans

SC
SelfCareMaven
New England
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Trident Booksellers Cafe. It's a great way to support a local bookstore, and their food really is delicious. They serve breakfast all day and additional options later on in the day and evening. On their breakfast menu I love their Monte Cristo sandwich. They also have really good coffee with tons of options if you'd like to have a flavored latte.

WC
WalterC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lots of choices, charming, casual, great place to meet

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun experience

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Claudia
New England
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adorable bookstore! I enjoyed my visit and was able to read peacefully.

PV
PVDisgr8
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place for breakfast and what better setting than being surrounded by books. One thing you might need to consider is the air circulation is high making it safe but cooler.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was fantastic. A little crowded and loud , but worth the noise.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible food

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Liliana
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a pleasure to indulge in a meal at Trident before exploring the bookstore. Even during the pandemic, the customer service and staff were absolutely incredible and the food was delicious as always. I will certainly be coming back soon!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Awful service and the food wasn’t good, will never come back!

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vipSSun
New England
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

cafe space on the first floor only now. but spaced apart. good food. large menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Eggs were prepared incorrectly, twice and the waitress was very rude

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Ellie
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Food was overpriced, flavorless, and coated in oil. Had to ask the waiter to bring out tap water to drink.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Smaller portions than i remem

AL
vipAndreaL
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful breakfast in a nice outdoor eating area.

SH
ShayaH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Was a great atmosphere and had a plethora of books to choose from in the bookstore. The food was quite good, but a lot to finish in one sitting.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food came out fairly quick. And the server was always mindful of filling up coffee and water. We were also able to hangout for a bit of time after paying check to finish coffee. Weekday morning are the perfect time to go. Mega Eggs Benedict is the way to go ☺️

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SherylF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Cute little cafe inside a bookstore. Nice counter and a handful of tables. My husband's breakfast was better than mine. I got the frittata with high expectations, but my first few bites were very dry. The center of the frittata was a little better and the tomatoes really helped with moisture, but I think it could have been lightened up a bit to not be as dense. My husband got the homemade corned beef hash & eggs, which was really excellent, as was the toast. Sadly, the frittata wasn't served with toast. He got coffee and was never offered a refill. I finally flagged down a different server (hadn't seen ours in a while) and he got a refill. Because of the small space, it only takes one loud table to dominate the space. Of course, we had one right next to us. Once they left it was a more pleasant atmosphere. Really nothing the Cafe could do about that, it's a small space, so the tables are close together. All of that said, I would go back again, but I'll be the one ordering the corned beef hash!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I loved the atmosphere here. Surrounded by books and sitting by the window looking out onto Newbury street. It was a quaint feel but in a large bookstore. Food was yummy and the staff was friendly. They had many vegan accommodations as well

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vipdm3jr
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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Brie
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
AmandaR
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
TinaD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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Kevin
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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
JacobT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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

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Candidcio
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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
SusanC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipFoodie2
New England
69 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

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
DavidB
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

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.

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CH13
New England
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PK
PamelaK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Eggs had runny yokes. I had requested over hard

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Trident Booksellers & Cafe using the Order Online button. Trident Booksellers & Cafe also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Trident Booksellers & Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 267-8688.

Trident Booksellers & Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 56 OpenTable diners.

Trident Booksellers & Cafe does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.tridentbookscafe.com/trident-books-cafe-gift-card.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.