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The Center Cafe

1027 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492-2511
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Ranked #10 of 57 Restaurants in Needham
Price range: $30 - $30
Mon - Tue 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Fri 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Eaton Square
Transit: We are on the commuter rail line at Needham Center Station.
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

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
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We have been trying to eat here a few times. Reservations are a must! But it was definitely worth the wait. We were greeted by the two owners and seated promptly. The staff was very personable and accommodating. My boyfriend and I both ordered a cup of clam chowder for an appetizer which was good. For our entrees I ordered... More

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Needham, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We always have a good meal here. The host adds a personal touch by coming around to the tables checking frequently. I recently had a problem with my meal. Not only was it backed off the tab, but I was given a gift card for a future meal, which I call above the average service. They do all kinds of... More

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Needham, MA
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We've eaten at The Center Cafe half a dozen times and had a wonderful meal every time. Tonight there were four of us, and we had three different entrees. My husband and I shared a Caesar salad, definitely large enough for the two of us. I had the seared tuna and it was wonderful; he had the steak; and our... More

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Needham, MA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Central Cafe in Needham is a modest little building down by the train tracks, easy to miss - but don't. They are open for dinner 6 nights a week and they put their all into that one daily meal. Don't forget to ask for their fresh baked bread. Don't miss the deep fried honey spare rib appetizer. Any entree is... More

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40 reviews 40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We went to the Center Café on Sunday night and was welcomed by a friendly host named Steve. He gave us our choice of opened tables and proceeded to explain the day's specials. There were 3 of us and we all enjoyed our dinners. I had the daily special which was a delicious strip steak, cooked as ordered, which was... More

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Westwood, Massachusetts
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97 reviews 97 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

So food was ok... Ambiance ok... Service ok... Everything was just average... For the pricing, I thought the value was a little less than ok... Not a memorable experience.... Probably will not head back.

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Boston MA
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172 reviews 172 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Located in the train station building, nicely decorated to muffle the noise of the occasional train passing by. Wonderful green salad with tasty vinaigrette. The roast lamb was cooked to perfection, very rare and tasty, accompanied with mashed potatoes and perfectly crisp asparagus. Steak and fries were a great combo and cooked perfectly. Gracious hosts and excellent service. Very nice... More

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Additional Information about The Center Cafe

Address: 1027 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492-2511
Phone Number: 781-455-8800
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Needham
Open Hours:
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: American

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