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1027 Great Plain Avenue, On the Commuter Rail Platform, Needham, MA 02492 (Eaton Square)
We are on the commuter rail line at Needham Center Station.
+1 781-455-8800
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5:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Wed 5:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 5:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Classic Neighborhood restaurant where the reputation is great food and...
Classic Neighborhood restaurant where the reputation is great food and friendly service, offering a robust wine list, a special drink list and specializing in Bourbon.
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Visitor rating
  • 25
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Rock-solid dining option in Needham Center

The Center Cafe is a small, friendly dining spot along the tracks of Needham Center station. It also happens to be our favorite spot for regular dinners without the kids because it's so convenient (Needham Center parking), the service is friendly, they take reservations and the food is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
David_T_Zarraga
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Needham, Massachusetts
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Needham, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
146 reviews 146 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

The Center Cafe is a small, friendly dining spot along the tracks of Needham Center station. It also happens to be our favorite spot for regular dinners without the kids because it's so convenient (Needham Center parking), the service is friendly, they take reservations and the food is wonderful. You can't go wrong with the crispy ribs (fried, with a... More 

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thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us. We love what we do! More 

Wellesley, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We came here on Saturday night for the first time after reading many reviews in the past on TripAdvisor.We were greeted very warmly by the hosts Jan and Steve. We had a reservation on Open Table at 7:30 and were seated within a few minutes when we arrived. The restaurant is located conveniently on a side lane adjacent to the... More 

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thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us for dinner and we too look forward to seeing you again. More 

2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Center cafe is expertly run by Steve and Jan and deliver on the goods. Its great food, reasonably priced. The meal options are interesting and I have yet to have a bad meal. Its our favorite place in Needham and Wellesley.

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thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you. It's our pleasure. More 

Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The food is delicious, the location is central, and the owners are genial. An excellent place for a relaxing, informal dinner after a hard day's work.

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thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for allowing us to do what we love to do. See you soon. More 

Needham, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Very friendly staff,good food, nice small comfortable restaurant.If you go on a weekend it will be filled.Make a reservation.Had the Icelandic cod which was excellent,the salad was the Caesar with a delicious dressing.For dessert I had mini ice cream and my husband had the sorbet.The best thing about the dessert was the side of butterscotch.It came hot and we had... More 

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thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you. Great to know you had an enjoyable evening. Hope to see you soon. Steve More 

Massachusetts
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We don't live near Needham and relied on the Trip Advisor reviews to pick this place for dinner with friends who were visiting Needham from out of town. So it was a first time for our party of four. Made reservations on a Friday evening. and were greeted cordially and seated promptly. Our experience was consistent with the favorable reviews... More 

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thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

Happy New Year and Thank you. Glad you stopped in. Hope to see you again. More 

Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
134 reviews 134 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We walked in on New Years Eve without a reservation at about 7:30PM. The owner (Steve) greeted us like we were old friends and fit us in for dinner. The place was packed with diners. Our waitress (Victoria) was excellent. She was so friendly and helpful telling us about the different meals etc. We decided to go for the prix... More 

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thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your support. We hope 2015 is good to you. See you soon. Steve More 

Boston, Massachusetts
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We ate here on a Saturday evening, and it was our first time here. The food was very good. I had the meatloaf with mashed potatoes and fresh broccoli; it filled my craving for comfort food perfectly. Several of their meals have a smaller serving option, which I really liked. They also have mini sundaes if you just want something... More 

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Needham, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

Waited over 45 minutes for our meals when the restaurant was only about 1/2 full. When we asked the owner to check, he told us that my husband's hamburger takes 25 minutes to cook. To his credit, he stopped back at our table to ask how our meals were, and I told him I ordered my tuna cooked more. He... More 

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Monterey, California
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I have never had a bad meal here. My husband says that the cod is the best he has ever eaten. Steve, the owner, makes each guest feel special. I love it that they give so much back to the Needham Community.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1027 Great Plain Avenue, On the Commuter Rail Platform, Needham, MA 02492
    (Eaton Square)
  • Public Transportation: We are on the commuter rail line at Needham Center Station.
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Needham
  • Phone Number: +1 781-455-8800

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 30
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

Classic Neighborhood restaurant where the reputation is great food and friendly service, offering a robust wine list, a special drink list and specializing in Bourbon.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 am - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?