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Ball Square Cafe

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708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 623-2233
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6:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch

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  • 38
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    Very good
  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Awesome brunch!

#1 brunch spot in Somerville/Cambridge area! We had two breakfast plates (a Broadway Blues with diced potatoes and a Bagel & Lox), and a French toast. Everything was so tasty, and the French toast was just delicious. The service was polite and friendly. It is often very crowded on Saturday and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

#1 brunch spot in Somerville/Cambridge area! We had two breakfast plates (a Broadway Blues with diced potatoes and a Bagel & Lox), and a French toast. Everything was so tasty, and the French toast was just delicious. The service was polite and friendly. It is often very crowded on Saturday and Sunday, so I would suggest to go there early... More 

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Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this review

#1 brunch spot in the area? You sure know how to flatter us! It sounds like the breakfast plates and the French toast won you guys over, and that's exactly what I want to hear. I love that you enjoyed your meal here so much, and hope you'll be by for another soon! Thanks for that tip about coming early... More 

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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This is my #1 breakfast spot. Food and service never disappoint. I would highly recommend going in the early AM though, as crowds start to form after 8am, especially on the weekend. They make the best french toast I have ever eaten in my life. It's done perfectly without the middle of the bread being soggy from to much egg... More 

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Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this review

I'm so flattered to know that we're at the top of your breakfast spot list, Nicole! The fact that the French toast and hot cocoa is the best you've ever tasted is pretty awesome -- the kitchen will absolutely love to hear that. I know that our line can get lengthy sometimes, but I appreciate your understanding and patience as... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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216 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Came here for Saturday brunch. Good menu, very friendly staff and tasty, well priced brunch. 4.5 stars Highly recommended

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Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this review

I'm so glad that you enjoyed your brunch with us! It sounds like the flavors of the food and the friendliness of the staff both left a good impression on you, and that's just awesome. Hope to get you a five-star meal next time! Mike, Owner More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Amazing place! Our waiter was phenomenal. The menu had so many tempting choices. Omlettes were huge and then they came with a choice of potatoes and choice of bread. The garlic mashed potatoes were yummy! We will be back the next time we visit Somerville!

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Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this review

I love that the service and flavors of the food both won you over, especially since it sounds like this was the first time you've joined us for breakfast! I'm looking forward to your next visit -- you'll have to try the French toast or eggs Benedict next time. Lookin' forward to the next time you're in town! Mike, Owner More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Best place ever !!!!! Good food, friendly people, I really recommend this place, my favorite banana Nutella French toast

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Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this review

Best review ever! If the banana and Nutella French toast could blush, you can bet it would be right now, Joci. Your recommendations mean the world to me -- thank you so much for sharing! Can't wait until next time! Mike, Owner More 

Somerville, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Stopped for breakfast alone on a recent morning after spending an overnight with my married son and his three young children. I was very hungry and I wanted a quality breakfast with good service, so i went to Ball Sq. Cafe. I ordered my favorite, Eggs Benedict Florentine. It is a delicious combination of eggs, with spinach and tomatoes on... More 

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Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this review

I'm just so happy that you enjoyed your favorite breakfast dish with us here, Ellen. It's even cooler that you got to enjoy it with an old colleague -- there's nothing quite like old friends and breakfast! I hope to see you next time you're visiting your son and his family! Mike, Owner More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This place is seriously amazing. Just take one look at the breakfast menu, and you'll be dying to get there. The staff is super friendly and helpful. The place is a bit small, and there is usually a line, but it is well-worth the wait. The pancakes and waffles are delicious, and they always have amazing specials. I would definitely... More 

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Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this review

This review is what's seriously amazing, Jackie! You're right -- our line can definitely get to be pretty long, but it's great that you thought our food was worth waiting for. I'm so glad to know that you're impressed with the staff and the flavors, too -- I'll tell the rest of the team to keep up the good work!... More 

nyc
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Whenever I visit Boston from NY, I always make a point to visit this place before I hit the road. I always start out with the yogurt with fruit and granola. We've tried the waffles in the past and this past weekend I had an open faced egg sandwich on a croissant with avocado and canadian bacon... it was excellent.... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Another great brunch spot in Somerville. Their fried mashed potato (instead of homefries) is worth trying. You can grab coffee outside while you wait for a table, and the drinks tend to be self serve here so they can get the food to you efficiently. The owner will come round and chat with you most times too.

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Boston, MA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Went here today at the recommendation of a friend. Got there nice and early before the lines formed - and believe me, there was a long line waiting when we left but the staff seems to try to keep things moving. It's not a very large place. The food was amazing - everything was fresh and the portions were enormous!... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Somerville
  • Phone Number: (617) 623-2233
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 3:00 pm

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