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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:
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 5:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: A converted commuter rail stop with the warm welcoming atmosphere of a...
A converted commuter rail stop with the warm welcoming atmosphere of a neighborhood hideaway serving terrific American cuisine.
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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The Center Café is a small property immediately adjacent to the railroad tracks and platform in Needham Center (and yes, the trains do go by regularly-check out the picture on their web site). We have eaten there a few times before, but I had not taken the time to review until now. This is a great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Boston, MA
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Boston, MA
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95 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The Center Café is a small property immediately adjacent to the railroad tracks and platform in Needham Center (and yes, the trains do go by regularly-check out the picture on their web site). We have eaten there a few times before, but I had not taken the time to review until now. This is a great place for very good... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to contribute. We all look forward to seeing you again. More 

Florida
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40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Made reservations through open table and was glad I did. Arrived at 7pm on Thursday and restaurant quickly filled up We all enjoyed our meals. I had fish and chips and 2 others had the cod. Waitress and owner were quick to help us in our selections. Very nice little town to walk around and wear off a great meal

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

Thank you. Hope to see you again on your next visit. Enjoy the summer. More 

New London, New Hampshire
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We are relatively new to the area and have eaten at this restaurant about 6 times in a short period of time. After having first been taken here by friends who live in the area, we have returned often, bringing other friends and family members. The food is consistently very good, but what brings us back as well as the... More 

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

Thank you. We look forward to your next visit and to future chances to 'taste'. More 

Needham, Massachusetts
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154 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 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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Thank you for visiting us. We love what we do! More 

Wellesley, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
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89 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 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
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70 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 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
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135 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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Thank you for your support. We hope 2015 is good to you. See you soon. Steve More 

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Additional Information about The Center Cafe

Address: 1027 Great Plain Avenue, On the Commuter Rail Platform, Needham, MA 02492
Phone Number: +1 781-455-8800
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Needham
Open Hours:
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm  5:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 5:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday 5:00 am - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 12 - 30
Cuisine: American

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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

A converted commuter rail stop with the warm welcoming atmosphere of a neighborhood hideaway serving terrific American cuisine.
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 am - 9:30 pm

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