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Trident Booksellers & Cafe, Boston, MA

Trident Booksellers & Cafe

4.4
4.4
71 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

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Other options

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Breakfast, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed, Sun 8:00 am–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 8:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 267-8688

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome a variety of private events! We offer several options for room set-up and can accommodate any style of dining. Our dedicated events coordinator will help you plan your perfect event and ensure a seamless experience for your guests. Some of our favorite gatherings to host include: *graduation parties *birthday parties *holiday parties *murder mystery dinners *bridal showers *baby showers *work team outings *networking events *bar/bat mitzvahs *anniversary parties *business meetings *alumni events Let the Trident's independent spirit make your next event one to remember! https://www.tridentbookscafe.com/private-events

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Cross street

    Between Hereford Street and Massachusetts Avenue

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Steps away from the Hynes Convention Center stop on the Green Line.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 71 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston / New England

    Kid Friendly

  • Boston

    Kid Friendly

  • Boston

    Great for Lunch

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was a good solid place for lunch! I don’t think it’s particularly amazing food but I love having the book store right there
  2. j

    jjv1234

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    The food was good; the breakfast burrito with the salsa was particularly tasty. The outdoor seating had plenty of options. I was a bit disappointed with the service. No one came out to clean the table before we were seated (or at any point during the meal) and we ordered through the website, so the first time we had interaction with any waitstaff was when they dropped off the food we had ordered and paid for. We did not even get waters until a few minutes after our food. It was a bit silly to think we tipped 18% for essentially ordering takeout to our table.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The servers were excellent. We created a special memory there after our daughter’s college graduation.
  4. KB

    KristaB

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the best place on Newbury for a quiet lunch.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Disappointing - not a service-oriented experience and food was cold upon delivery. Our requests for basics like cream (as ordered) or an extra plate were met with annoyance. It’s really a self service model. And not the unique, enjoyable experience it once was.
  6. BI

    BostonianInLondon

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    I've been visiting Trident for well over ten years now, and this visit will probably be my last. The service was poor (the server acknowledged forgetting to bring items we ordered, then we had to remind a few times before they remembered to bring everything to the table - this took long enough for the food to go cold), the skillet breakfast was bland until we were able to get another server's attention for sauces to flavourit, and the new app for ordering doesn't accept international credit cards so we were not able to order until we could get attention with someone at the counter. (The server walked past our table several times while we struggled to order, without acknowledging us.) Then to make the experience even more "enjoyable" the server who looked after us said we didn't need to check in for our reservation - causing Open Table to email me with a warning about being a no show. After this experience I'm no longer recommending Trident to friends visiting my home state.
  7. CA

    CAL11

    New England

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great Atmosphere. Service was a little slow, but it was also pretty crowded. Plus, we didn't realize we were supposed to order on our phone.
  8. PC

    PeterC

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    The process of ordering isn’t ideal, and when your drinks come out 20 minutes after your food… one has to question if perhaps some enhancements could be made. Honestly, this wasn’t a good experience at all. Collecting a tip before any service is provided might be a new trend… but is really off putting and confirms that I made a mistake eating here.
  9. TL

    TomL

    Miami

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Yippe Yappy Yahooooeyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My friends and I have a little book club and we thought there was no better place than Trident booksellers to go for a brunch get together and discuss our current read. We have all been here before but thought we’d leave a review because we love Trident so much. The food is unique and delicious (the mimosas are even better), the atmosphere is energetic (but not overwhelming), the servers are always on their game (friendly and accomodating), and the bookstore itself makes you want to stay in there forever and explore every shelf. Thanks Trident for always being a fun time!
  11. T

    Torontiff

    San Diego

    77 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    An unusual choice for a business meal but lots of book lovers among us. Table service after I figured out the entire table’s online entries was very gracious and accommodating! Ginger shots became a novel team-building experience
  12. S

    Stephanie

    Philadelphia

    55 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Cute nook that hasn’t changed much in 10 years since I’ve been there last. Great neighborhood staple where you can enjoy books and food.
  13. VS

    VickiS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Breakfast was amazing! Service was good. Great location
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!
  15. MB

    MarissaB

    New England

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2021

    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
  16. L

    Leedines

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I booked with open table but restaurant didn’t indicate I had shown up.
  17. F

    Foodie

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  18. JB

    JoannaB

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 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!
  19. G

    Gabby

    St. Louis

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 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.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Okay. Nothing special.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    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!
  22. CS

    CliffS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    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=
  23. D

    Drew

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 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.
  24. AB

    AmandaB

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great idea Great menu Amazing for vegans
  25. SC

    SimoneC

    New England

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    It was midweek brunch and cool fun.
  26. SC

    SelfCareMaven

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  27. WC

    WalterC

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lots of choices, charming, casual, great place to meet
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun experience
  29. C

    Claudia

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Adorable bookstore! I enjoyed my visit and was able to read peacefully.
  30. PV

    PVDisgr8

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 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.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was fantastic. A little crowded and loud , but worth the noise.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Horrible food
  33. L

    Liliana

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    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!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Awful service and the food wasn’t good, will never come back!
  35. SS

    SSun

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    cafe space on the first floor only now. but spaced apart. good food. large menu.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Eggs were prepared incorrectly, twice and the waitress was very rude
  37. E

    Ellie

    1 review

    2.0

    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.
  38. K

    Kirby

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Smaller portions than i remem
  39. AL

    AndreaL

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful breakfast in a nice outdoor eating area.
  40. SH

    ShayaH

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    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.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

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 4.4 stars by 71 OpenTable diners.

Trident Booksellers & Cafe does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Trident Booksellers & Cafe

338 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02115

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Hereford Street and Massachusetts Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed, Sun 8:00 am–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 8:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Breakfast, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Steps away from the Hynes Convention Center stop on the Green Line.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 267-8688

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome a variety of private events! We offer several options for room set-up and can accommodate any style of dining. Our dedicated events coordinator will help you plan your perfect event and ensure a seamless experience for your guests. Some of our favorite gatherings to host include: *graduation parties *birthday parties *holiday parties *murder mystery dinners *bridal showers *baby showers *work team outings *networking events *bar/bat mitzvahs *anniversary parties *business meetings *alumni events Let the Trident's independent spirit make your next event one to remember! https://www.tridentbookscafe.com/private-events

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