Trident Booksellers & Cafe

4.5
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
31 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cafe Dining

Top tags:

Casual
Afternoon Coffee
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!

Support Trident Booksellers & Cafe during COVID-19

Get it delivered

What 31 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 22 January 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 ☺️

SF
SherylF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 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
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 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

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

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

B
Brie
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on 13 September 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 19 August 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 16 August 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.

K
Kevin
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 13 August 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 9 August 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

C
Candidcio
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 9 August 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 6 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

F
vipFoodie2
New England
67 reviews
Dined on 30 July 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 26 July 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.

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

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

PK
PamelaK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Eggs had runny yokes. I had requested over hard

SK
SusanK
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Without the lights on, the huge windows facing those sitting in the booth along the wall presented a glare that made it hard to look at the person across the table. Even on the cloudy day.
Also disappointed they don't have real maple syrup.

LJ
LoJay
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff. Great food. Loved the Grub Street memoir author reading!!!

l
vipluvalwysheather
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vegan options for breakfast lunch and dinner. I had the breakfast burrito with tofu instead of egg and it was delicious. The salsa is top notch—ask for extra! Trident is always bustling and the new updates are great. I love going to Trident!

CS
CodyS
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, especially the lemon ricotta French toast. The only downside is that space is a little tight, so you are a bit too close to your neighbors. I would still eat here again though.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great food and table was ready for us when we arrived.

JD
JackD
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere food and beer selection is great. Loved it

ES
vipEdwardS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food was great- I had the French Dip- Perfect. Warm, nice crusty bread, nice au jus. Nachos were pretty good too. Cant remember what my son had, but he devoured it, so it must have been good. Was there for a reading- Could have ben set up better for readers and signings. Service was good, a but slow and awkward during the reading. Waitress was very knowledgeable of the menu, pleasant and attentive.

CC
ChristineC
New England
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Get your books, food, wine/coffee, study/workspace and entertainment all in one place. Magical.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and a great atmosphere for a team breakfast! Thank you! I will be back!

d
donc
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good breakfast food at good prices, and a great atmosphere.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A breakfast date at Trident turned out to be a wonderful idea. It was easy to get seating as the attentive staff took immediate notice of our presence. We were served at a perfect pace, not pushy but noticing when we were ready. We both had the house coffee and it was perfect both with & without cream - not bitter but with a good rich coffee flavor.
My open face egg sandwich was cooked beautifully and had just the right amount of seasoning, the avocado was fresh with no black spots at all. My wife’s tofu bowl was equally impressive with a great amount of veggies and a wonderful fresh sourdough toast to compliment.

Definitely a great experience and the ability to wander the bookstore after with to go coffee was perfect.

EJ
EJWR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent spot especially if you arrive before 9 am. We were the first to be seated upstairs. The menu is extensive and service was terrific.

KB
KristyB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Fun lunch we arrived and it didn’t seem that they actually had a reservation for us, which wasn’t the end of the world.

A few mistakes were made with the orders but everything was corrected quickly and we had an enjoyable lunch.

l
lotichanai
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We were there weekday morning so it was quiet. We did not really eat so I am not sure about their food. A conveniet spot on Newbury street.

CM
CatherineM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trident is a great spot for a low key meal, and some book shopping as you are leaving! We had soup and sandwiches which were really yummy and generous. Perfect for a late winter lunch. Very nice servers, too. I love Trident!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. I got a mulled apple cider and the Benedict. If you want a special treat get the tater tots!

FAQs

Trident Booksellers & Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Postmates. Trident Booksellers & Cafe also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 267-8688.

Trident Booksellers & Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 31 OpenTable diners.

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

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.