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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
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“schnitzel” (50 reviews)
“fried cheese” (18 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, German, European, Central European
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
8 Fort St, Springfield, MA 01103-1208
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1 - 10 of 434 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is one of the best German restaurants in the US. Food is good, atmosphere is authentic and the staff is fun.

Thank Bob A
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for the kind words. Our staff works to make sure that guests have a good time on Fort Street. It is nice tosee someone from Boston coming to Springfield for a meal.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very nice ambiance. The food is good but the staff and decor are very warm and welcoming. Good place to go out with friends. They have a killer after dinner drink : chauvinette! Yummy!

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

Thanks for your review. Our staff tries to make our guests feel welcome. The chauvinette is a great drink that has been featured here for over fifty years. Thanks again and we hope to see you soon on Fort Street!

Reviewed 13 March 2018

Overall experience was average at best. I grew up in Springfield area and have never gone to the Student Prince so I was really looking forward to the dinner.Six of us dined on a saturday night so it was fairly busy. To start the soft...More

Thank Lobdoc06
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

Thanks for posting the review. While we might not enjoy it, it is needed to hear about any shortcomings. I am sorry about the beer confusion. We are switching from our winter beers to some quaffs more suited for the warming weather. The list is...More

Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Rudi has returned to his roots and brought back the traditional Srudent Prince. We like the German dishes, the fried cheese, the great bartenders, and the bar at a is THE place to hang Glad to have your influence back Rudi The renovations are wonderful,...More

Thank JBMartiniguy
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2018

Thanks for the nice words. For many years, our bar has been a great place to hang out, with a wide array of customers. We continue to serve our classic Germanic fare and have added a few more contemporary meals. My function is to chat...More

Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

The Fort Restaurant has been a favorite place for my sister and I to stop for dinner on our way back to CT after our ski trips to VT (for over 20 years). Tonight our visit surpassed all of our expectations and although I am...More

Thank Jackie P
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2018

Thanks for the nice review. You ordered some of our great classic German fare. What better way to recover from a hard day of skiing! Thanks again and after your next trip we hope to see you on Fort Street!

Reviewed 4 March 2018

I haven't been back to the Student Prince for years and this past year was a complete surprise as it had been remodeled. They have added free auto parking on arrival which was great for not having to find parking spaces in Springfield. The menu...More

Thank Steven F
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Steven, thanks for the nice words. After more than eighty years in business, perhaps a remodeling or facelift was needed. While the interior has changed a bit, the classic German recipes are still being used and are still delicious. The valets are doing a nice...More

Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

Lamb shank tasty and cooked well, fell off the bone. Gravy left much to be desired, I am used to much more flavorful sauces. Home fries not fresh; warmed up, and just about warm. Rye bread delicious. Chicken pot pie nice lunch portion, tasty, all...More

Thank H L
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2018

I am sorry that you were not pleased with your meal on Fort Street, and I apologize.I will be showing your review to the kitchen staff and, hopefully, they will work to correct the problems. I am glad that you enjoyed the Chicken Pie, a...More

Reviewed 23 February 2018

As a family of hard core Italians, we had such a great experience at this wonderful German restaurant! First of all, they have complimentary valet parking after 5pm...that is awesome! Very friendly valets! We did not have reservations but were seated with absolutely no waiting....More

Thank 250crystalp
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2018

Thanks for the nice review! The giant pretzel is a great way to start a meal on Fort Street. Youngsters have been enjoying burgers at the Student Prince for eighty years. The fish and schnitzel that you had are the top selling meals on Fort...More

Reviewed 8 February 2018 via mobile

Best food in Western MA. Ambiance and service unparalleled. Free valet parking makes it very easy. Unfortunately it's the only reason to go downtown Springfield.More

Thank monix234
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2018

Thanks for your nice review! While Downtown Springfield is not as it one was, we hope that it is getting better. Our establishment is unique and worth a visit. The valets do a great job. We hope to see you again on Fort Street. Thanks...More

Reviewed 4 February 2018

This was my second time here, four of us went to the Springfield Armory Museum at the National Historic Site - not to be missed! (See my review of that for details). Again we ate in the old, original bar with booths and hundreds of...More

Thank BaysideConnecticut
Rudirup, Manager at The Student Prince Cafe & The Fort Dining Room, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2018

Thanks for your nice review. It is strange, but not many restaurants in this area offer pastrami, which is one of my favorite sandwich meats, The Springfield Armory is a very interesting museum, with lots of history and the inspiration for a poem by Longfellow....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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BuddyDogbostonterrier
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
Cuisine
American, German, European, Central European
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
Bar Scene, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups
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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