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The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room

8 Fort St, Springfield, MA 01103-1208
+1 413-734-7475
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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American, German, European, Central European
$$ - $$$
8 Fort St, Springfield, MA 01103-1208
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I couldn't find anything I disliked my whole family was so impressed with the elegance and service ...the food was all made with passion you could really tell they love there jobs

Thank Joe M
Reviewed 3 days ago

Based on the reviews I thought it would have been a better experience. The pros are that the food was very good. There must have been a mix-up with service staff. We waiting about 10 minutes before a waitress noticed and took our drink order....More

Thank John R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate here after a workshop in town. I had called to make a reservation but we were not on the books when we arrived. However, the host quickly sat our party of 8 which included a birthday gal. Our server was awesome (Nina?) -...More

Thank varneykr
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the great review. I will tell the server how happy you were. Schnitzel is a long time favorite meal on Fort Street. The giant pretzels are not only delicious but fun to share with one another. Sprouts, once the most reviled vegetable have...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came here with my in-laws. Word to the wise: if you don't like where you're seated...ask for a different seat. This is a large restaurant, and unlikely to ever be filled, given the almost total lack of people visiting downtown Springfield MA. Very unfortunate as...More

Thank jakeDVermont
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We appreciate your review, Jake. We and most establishments are happy to give you a table to your liking, unless the establishment is packed, which does happen from time to time. The city is not as it once was, but good things are taking place,...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped on the way back from Smith College in Northampton. Our last stop here was four years ago. Not much has changed, Beer steins line the walls as do cases of wine openers. All good fun. The lunch group has many businessmen. Service was...More

Thank Allen F
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your review, Allen. We have been serving lunch since 1935, and the faces change and ties are becoming rare, but generations of customers enjoy the establishment. There is always something new to see. I am sorry that your meal had some problems and...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stumbled upon this restaurant, thanks to Tripadvisor, during a 1 night stay in Springfield. We were warmly greeted by the host at the front door and enjoyed large portions of delicious sausages/wursts, fried Camembert (yum!), and boots full of beer. The restaurant is old,...More

Thank Josh T
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We appreciate your nice review, Josh. Tripadvisorcan be a useful tool when traveling. Our establishment is still fun to visit and has a lot of interesting things to see accumulated during the 82 years of operating. The sausage is a great meal, we pride ourselves...More

Reviewed 16 October 2017

The menu has a good amount of German style choices with some good old favorites. I had their famous Boston Scrod which came in a large portion with two sides. Most of their items are large and tasty. Their desserts are not so large but...More

Thank kyee67
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thanks for your nice review. Scrod is a classic New England dish, a nice of fish broiled with some bread crumbs. It always ranks in first or second place in our sales. The other favorite is Wiener Schnitzel. Our free valet parking is very popular...More

Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

This was our third trip to this restaurant. Each time is better! I highly recommend their prime rib as this is the best we have ever had. Well seasoned, moist and delicious. Our server Jeff was terrific as well. Overall a great dinner, worth the...More

Thank Gracemarie S
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Gracemarie, Thanks for the nice words. Jeff, a long time veteran, does a great job! Prime rib is served on Friday and Saturday evenings and is delicious, and usually sells out. We hope to see you on Fort Street!

Reviewed 14 October 2017

Great German food and excellent beer.. Service was excellent and the menu selection was perfect. We had a great time and the deserts are to die for... We would recommend anyone loving authentic German food this is the place to go..

Thank backeast123
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2017

Thanks for the nice review. By the way, yesterday, October 14, was National Dessert Day! What better place to celebrate than the Student Prince. See you on Fort Street!

Reviewed 12 October 2017

Exquisite place. Recently acquired by new owners who kept the ambience while noticeable cleaning it up. What a pleasure it was to walk into this restaurant. Food is always outstanding. Waitstaff perfect. All and all, never a disappointment. Can't wait for the casino to open...More

Thank Jpshorewood
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2017

Thanks for posting the nice review. We are blessed with a great waitstaff. The casino will open in a little over a year. It would be great if the gamers make their way to the restaurant.. The casino will certainly have an impact on Downtown....More

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Christopher R
8 October 2017|
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Response from Bill P | Property representative |
Sorry for the delay, Saturdays andSunday's you can park anywhere, street meters are free. We do validate for the Hampden Street lot at the end of Fort st., Monday thru Saturday for our lunch hours. We also have Monday thru... More
1 October 2016|
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Response from StudentPrinceMgmt | Property representative |
Yes. Mikey and Al are still here.
15 April 2016|
Response from Rudirup | Property representative |
I am still around. "I tried to get out, and they pulled me back in." I work a few shifts at the door and I am helping out with menus, etc. I will be working tomorrow evening, April 16. Thanks for asking., Come in and take... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$28
American, German, European, Central European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 Fort St, Springfield, MA 01103-1208
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Springfield
  • Phone Number: +1 413-734-7475
The landmark restaurant of Downtown Springfield with dedicated service and a German accent since 1935.
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