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Trident Booksellers & Cafe

Trident Booksellers & Cafe

Bookstore and Café
Back Bay West, Boston
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    Shaunna G.
    "Great lemon ricotta french toast (on Challah bread, holla!)"(5 Tips)
    Nina H.
    "The Lattes are the best and the Morning Monte Cristo is delicious."(7 Tips)
    Dana V.
    "Love the cape codder sandwich!"(4 Tips)
    Kristin L.
    "Free wifi and the best stuffed French Toast in the world!"(4 Tips)
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  • Fernando R.heart icon on user image
    Fernando Robles CoulterNovember 3, 2017
    Don’t let the bookstore front fool you. The breakfast here is amazing. These are toast with honey ham jam and a lot of delicious insides. Sweet and savory perfect.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Yera H.heart icon on user image
    Yera HaOctober 15, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    This cozy spot is a must when you're in the area. They (fairly) recently renovated + added 2nd floor seating, where you can catch a cool view of Newbury. Get the breakfast burrito or any hot drink!
  • Matt L.heart icon on user image
    Matt LintottDecember 12, 2015
    The Monte Cristo Breakfast item is Amazing and so is the Vanilla Chai Latte Perfection if you have a sweet tooth. Very friendly and efficient service. The Menu has some great options a must visit.
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱November 19, 2017
    Great place to work/study. They have free WiFi (not the fastest) and comfortable seats. The hot chocolate is not as rich as I'd like but hey, just paying $4.30 let me stay here for a couple hours!
  • Bhavin G.heart icon on user image
    Bhavin GandhiJanuary 14, 2018
    My god!! It has been 3 years since I moved to Boston. How the heck did I miss this cafe/book shop. Incredible food. I genuinely think this is one of the best cafes in Boston.
  • Minnie K.heart icon on user image
    Minnie KimAugust 17, 2014
    Really great brunch food! The apple & Brie omlette was amazing, along with the lemon ricotta filled French Toast and the Frittata! The smoothies were delicious as well :) wonderful place for brunch!
  • Jeremy K.heart icon on user image
    Jeremy KrantzNovember 6, 2014
    One of my favorite indie bookshops, they also serve up some awesome food and have some great café drinks. Try their Tibetan momos! Or their pancakes! Yum!
  • Laura W.
    Laura WongNovember 16, 2016
    Great locally owned bookstore and restaurant. Portions are huge, lots of smoothie and juice options. Also hosts a lot of events like trivia, sip&script, plant nite etc...
  • Mohammad R.heart icon on user image
    Mohammad RedaJune 11, 2021
    Been here 5+ times
    The fried sweet potato and the sauce it comes with taste really good and the size was more than enough. Also, the cold brew with hazelnut and almond milk is one of the best I've tried in Boston.
  • Mary G.heart icon on user image
    Mary GlazenerOctober 31, 2015
    I got the huevos Ranchero and homeade lemonade! Fanastic, cozy great for studying or just grabbing a bite. Wide variety of book choices if you want to grab a book to read too. Free wifi too
  • Sofia P.heart icon on user image
    Sofia PapastamelosMay 31, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Fun and unique place in the heart of Boston. Sit down to a awesome menu of delicious breakfast foods. Recommend the corned beef hash.
  • Brooke W.heart icon on user image
    Brooke WendellJanuary 11, 2020
    Short rib Benedict! Great beer selection. Will be back to try the lemon ricotta French toast! Vast menu with tons of good stuff. Pleasantly surprised by this spot. Hidden gem for sure!
  • Jen O.
    Jen O'NeillDecember 12, 2011
    Challah bread French toast is amazing. So is their coffee. Breakfast for dinner whenever you want. Plus, free wifi and it's open til midnight. You can truly do no wrong at Trident.
  • Rue La La
    Rue La LaSeptember 5, 2012
    Incredible breakfast, all day long. You'll have to wait if you go during brunch on weekends, but we say it's worth it. Try the ricotta stuffed french toast for brunch or sweet potato fries for lunch.
  • George M.heart icon on user image
    George MaierOctober 4, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the only full service coffee, food, and work hangouts. Excellent service and weekly writer / expert talks.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithDecember 22, 2011
    There's a cart in the back for those books that you picked up, decided you didn't want, and couldn't remember where it was supposed to go. Make the employees' job easier: use this cart!
  • Vanessa G.
    Vanessa GatlinJanuary 15, 2015
    (Best of Boston 2014-BREAKFAST) Improper Bostonian says, "Here, breakfast is an all-day, every-day affair, and we certainly wish we could start (or end) each day with a freshly squeezed juice blend."
  • Xavierheart icon on user image
    XavierOctober 18, 2017
    My favorite, the prosciutto brie sandwich !!!
  • Keri G.heart icon on user image
    Keri GarelJune 25, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    A great spot to sit, snack, and study during the week. Take your time! They'll leave you alone. (The sole downside: the prices have risen astronomically since I started coming here in 2006.)
  • Matías G.heart icon on user image
    Lovely bookstore with plenty of books, games and more stuff. The on-sale books section has great bargains.
    Boston.comAugust 4, 2014
    Count the Trident Bowl as one more reason to love the Trident. The bowl features your choice of grain base; kale, Brussels sprouts, sweet potato chunks, chickpeas and beets; and marinated tofu. Read more
  • Debbie C.heart icon on user image
    Debbie CraigAugust 1, 2014
    Delicious food. No typical beers. On the 2nd floor w lots of windows overlooking Newbury St. Try the portobello mushroom quesadillas!
  • Nikole F.heart icon on user image
    Nikole FuquaMarch 21, 2015
    The Lemon Ricotta Berry French toast is fantastic. Also the Belgium waffle and the hash browns are a must try. Great service.
  • Deskplore
    DeskploreDecember 21, 2013
    "Good for Work/Study" - 4 Stars, "Food & Service" - 5 Stars. Trident is a spacious place with plenty of seats available but electric plugs are limited. Reliable WIFI. Great food for lunch or brunch.
  • Shannon F.heart icon on user image
    Shannon FarrarSeptember 4, 2015
    Heard about this gem through the web/word of mouth. Absolutely ecstatic that I finally made my way inside! Incredible selection of books..found myself browsing for a good hour and a half...
  • Anthonyheart icon on user image
    AnthonyJuly 12, 2015
    Such a delicious brunch selection, and then there's an entire bookstore for you to peruse right after your meal.
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱November 19, 2017
    Stop by the front book shelf and read their book recommendations! I'm sure you'll find a couple interesting books to add to your reading list.
  • Kristin B.
    Kristin BedardOctober 13, 2010
    This place is awesome! Chill atmosphere, great books, delicious food. Plus they serve coffee drinks and beer and wine, and they have free wifi, AND you can charge your phone, computer, etc.
  • Brendan S.heart icon on user image
    Brendan SullivanMarch 1, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Trivia upstairs on Friday night! Get there before 8 to guarantee a table since it's popular. Not your standard pub quiz about sports and movies; more nerdy and eclectic.
  • Stacy B.heart icon on user image
    Stacy Bo BacyMarch 24, 2019
    A lovely place to shop, eat, or get work done, as the WiFi and service is great.
  • Martinheart icon on user image
    MartinAugust 14, 2016
    Kind of pricy for a breakfast spot but very delicious. The bookstore/cafe vibe is soothing. The breakfast sandwich with avocado is a must
  • Jenny C.heart icon on user image
    Jenny CarronAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Their breakfast options are amazing— I'm sure their other food is great too, but I just can't stop myself from ordering the breakfast burrito every single time!
  • Scott Kleinbergheart icon on user image
    Scott KleinbergJune 25, 2017
    What a cool trip back to when bookstores were cool. The cafe is crowded but nice.
  • Sarahheart icon on user image
    SarahDecember 30, 2016
    Food is good (not great) but staff is so friendly and this is such a cute spot! One of my favorites in Boston for sure!!
  • Dana F.heart icon on user image
    Dana FAugust 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Not only do they have a great book and magazine selection but they have really tasty food too. Check out the 'perpetual breakfast' menu or the amazing Cape Codder sandwich.
  • Carly B. M.heart icon on user image
    Carly B. McNeilFebruary 20, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The perfect place for a bookworm and brunch addict. Their fresh juices are all must-haves! My favorite is Gail's Kale.
  • The Next Great Generation (Boston)
    Trident is an escape from the retail therapy and often-overpriced dining options. Seating may be tough to find, but the food is heavenly, and there’s free WiFi and plenty of places to sit and work. Read more
  • Stephen B.heart icon on user image
    Stephen BarresiFebruary 13, 2015
    The staff picks right inside the door offer some good selections if you can't decide what to read next.
  • Allegra F.
    Allegra FloresJuly 13, 2012
    Great coffee and breakfast. Fry basket, avocado and havarti melt, and "momo" dumplings are delicious as well. Service is consistently sub-par, and most sandwiches/burgers aren't worth eating.
  • Kethrellan P.heart icon on user image
    Kethrellan PetersonJune 10, 2016
    Good food and great books. Easy to spend hours here. Try the Yerba Mate Latte!
  • Mary A.heart icon on user image
    Mary AdkinsMarch 8, 2015
    The apple and brie omelet was the best omelet I've ever had. Service is a little slow, but grab a book and enjoy your time there
  • Naiaraheart icon on user image
    NaiaraAugust 29, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    This place is great. For every book and yummy food lover. The brie and apple omelette is amazing!
  • Isabella K.heart icon on user image
    Isabella KeefeApril 5, 2016
    I love coming here on half-days with my friends. They have really good food, a good book selection, and really cute trinkets.
  • Spencer H.heart icon on user image
    Spencer HansenSeptember 4, 2019
    Food was good. Atmosphere is nice. Service was sub-par. I had the smoked salmon skillet, which was very good. The atmosphere is charming and fun. However, our waiter seemed really cold and indifferent
  • Kat K.
    Kat KimOctober 14, 2011
    Browse the bookstore first to pick up a few you're interested in. Then get a table, order a latte and the French Onion soup while you peruse your picks. A great way to spend an afternoon.
  • Senator John B.
    Senator John BlutarskiApril 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Food & drinks in an independent bookstore make for a special kind of delight. A great place to pass an hour or two; not the right spot if you're in a rush.
  • Nina H.heart icon on user image
    Nina HolmesFebruary 15, 2018
    The Lattes are the best and the Morning Monte Cristo is delicious.
  • Cynthia S.heart icon on user image
    Cynthia SSeptember 15, 2019
    The corned beef and eggs was delicious. My daughter loved the French toast.
  • Kyle H.
    Kyle HardySeptember 6, 2014
    A great café & book store mix that is charming to sit down to eat as well as look for a new book to buy
  • Michael P.heart icon on user image
    Michael PanJuly 27, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    A bit pricey, but in a great location for people watching. Get a seat on the patio and try the cape codder sandwich.
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