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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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Overview
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good27%
  • Average10%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“schnitzel” (51 reviews)
“fried cheese” (18 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
CUISINES
American, German, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
8 Fort St, Springfield, MA 01103-1208
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Last went here 17 years ago and the food is as good now as it was then. Has since been remodeled for the better. I ate at the bar and I remembered the bartender from back then. If you’re ever in Springfield I would highly...More

Thank Edward G
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We are glad that you enjoyed the establishment. The remodel brightened the place, while preserving the original lines from over 89 years back. Having some food at the bar is fun and we have a good assortment of regular bar customers.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonder full ambience and the decor reminds you of old German pubs. Very authentic - in terms of the decor, food and beer. Total German experience. Friendly staff. Cannot stop thinking of the decor (as the pictures show) dfinitely visit place to be in your...More

Thank rajeev c
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the nice review...and the nice photos.! Our German recipes date back to the 1930's and we are very proud of the authentic fare. Springfield is becoming a great place to visit and we hope to see you soon on Fort Street.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very popular place. We were lucky to get a table straight away but of course it was next to the bathroom. Waitress was good. Menu had some different appetizers, we had 3, the smoked trout was good. The Brussel sprouts were ok and the breaded...More

Thank kgh62
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the time to review the restaurant. We hope to see you again.

Reviewed 7 October 2018

The Student Prince, but always called "The Fort" in my family, is an institution. It's been going since the 1930's and the dining room still has the ambience of the 1930's with it's wood paneling and pillars. It was owned and operated by the same...More

Thank HollyR56
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Holly, Thanks for the nice review. the Student Prince/Fort has some wonderful history and the decor reflects the origin of the restaurant in the 1930's. New owner ship has opened the space up a bit and brightened it, but it is still familiar. We have...More

Reviewed 3 October 2018

I had a business luncheon and a political fundraiser at this famous old German restaurant and tavern recently. It was painstakingly restored to its original 1930's splendor within the last two or three years. There are hundreds of German beer steins, plates, wood carvings and...More

Thank David S
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

David, Thanks for the nice review. We are glad that you enjoy the renewal of the restaurant. Our lamb shank is delicious and the best selling item at this Germanic restaurant is the old New English standard of broiled Scrod.

Reviewed 28 September 2018

The food is very good,authentic German food,prices are good,my o oh disappointment is they don't serve German potato saladMore

Thank Judy M
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2018

Thanks for the nice review. I love German Potato Salad, with or without bacon. Sadly a lot of people are ignorant of this dish and we often had people sending the salad back because it had neither mayonnaise or celery. We do run it as...More

Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile

A large party of 11 and they sat us promptly on time. Servers were pleasant and accommodating with a couple who are vegan. They were knowledgeable about the food and beverage choices. Food was excellent. As was the service.

Thank KellyK57
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2018

Thanks for the nice review. We always enjoy it when we have a chance to help celebrate a birthday or other special occasion

Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

We, all 9 of us came in for an early dinner around 4 pm. We had a reservation but seating would not have been a problem since there is ample room in the dinning area. Our waiter was prompt and friendly. Our appetizers came out...More

Thank Tina P
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2018

Thanks for your nice review. It is funny how the once shunned Brussels Sprouts have become stars in the culinary firmament. We have been greeting toddler on Fort Street for over 80 years and it is lucky-that we had some spare room to let the...More

Reviewed 3 September 2018

Terrific classic German food, service, and atmosphere. Especially delicious were the SAUERBRATEN, CHICKEN SCHNITZEL, and SAUERBRATEN.More

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Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2018

We have been happy that the guests at the casino take a break from gaming and a walk down Main Street to the restaurant. although the casino has several dining venues, they are without Germanic options, we also serve excellent seafood and steaks. Thanks for...More

Reviewed 3 September 2018

This noisy restaurant features German food. Unfortunately, our food was not very good. My meat loaf was ok but it was covered with a gravy that was very salty. My wife's veal was swimming in a white sauce with little flavor. Our friend had some...More

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Rudirup, Owner at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2018

I am sorry that you were not satisfied with your experience at the restaurant. We were unexpectedly busy that evening and the place got louder than usual. I wish that you had told us that your were not happy with the meals...we would have been...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
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1 October 2016|
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Response from StudentPrinceMgmt | Property representative |
Yes. Mikey and Al are still here.
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Destination807505
15 April 2016|
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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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$8 - US$28
Meals
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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
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
Description
The landmark restaurant of Downtown Springfield with dedicated service and a German accent since 1935.
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