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The Center Cafe

1027 Great Plain Avenue, On the Commuter Rail Platform, Needham, MA 02492
+1 781-455-8800
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Ranked #10 of 58 Restaurants in Needham
Price range: $12 - $30
Sun 5:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Wed 5:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 5:00 am - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Eaton Square
Transit: We are on the commuter rail line at Needham Center Station.
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.
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English first
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56 reviews 56 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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132 reviews 132 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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7 reviews 7 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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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
10 helpful votes 10 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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35 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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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:
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
Average Prices: USD 12 - 30
Cuisine: American

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