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The Center Cafe

1027 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492-2511
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Ranked #6 of 56 restaurants in Needham
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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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35 reviews from our community

88% Recommend
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English first
Needham, Massachusetts
19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
13 helpful votes 13 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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83 reviews 83 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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151 reviews 151 reviews
99 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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Needham, Massachusetts, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

With reliably good food and reasonable prices, and they take reservations, this is a top choice for local dining.though the place is small and can be a little crowded, the warm owner and staff make you feel as if you're dining at a friend's house! On busy weekend nights, the food can sometimes be a little slower in appearing, but... More

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Needham, MA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

This tiny place down by the railroad tracks looks like just another old stone terminal until you get inside where the soft lighting mirrored walls and a host who always remembers you after the first time and greet you like a beloved friend make you feel like you've fallen into a story book world. Do not miss the bread -... More

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Needham MA
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Five "ladies who lunched" before we got so busy got together for a holiday drink and dinner together at Center Cafe. Such a refreshing change from the typical pre-fab chain places. The scallop appetizer was divine...sweet on the inside, nicely crisp- coated. Others enjoyed the pumpkin bisque. Main courses included the duck, and sliced lamb, which was a somewhat modest... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

If rude management and being ignored by waitstaff is your thing, than this is the place for you. Food is average at best. There are better choices in Needham. Avoid this one.

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