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Ball Square Cafe

708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 623-2233
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Ranked #12 of 246 restaurants in Somerville
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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English first
Honolulu, HI
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60 reviews 60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This place was very cool! There was a small wait outside for a table, but there is a self-serve coffee bar where you can grab a coffee while you wait. Once seated inside it's pretty small but the staff is friendly and menu is large- just like the potions. The waffles looked amazing, everyone in my party had omelets and... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne,England
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We were on vacation in Boston. My girl friend has Coeliac Disease and cannot eat Gluten. She was therefore looking on line for a Gluten free (G/F) meal nearby, We decided to take the T to this cafe in Somerville. It was an excellent choice. We had a short wait,but had a lovely breakfast. Everything was G/F and the breakfast... More

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Massachusetts
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

5 of us for breakfast on a Sunday mid-morning. Wait to seat was not long, for food longer, but not unexpected given the time of day. Host was extremely friendly and on top of things for seating, coming outside to inform everyone of what was happening. Food was plentiful and delicious (according to everyone), and the fruit offering I had... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

Went in for a late lunch with my son after visiting Tufts. Excellent food and truly outstanding service. Hawaiian Chicken Salad Wrap was superb. When I first ordered, our server (Matt) said they were out of chicken salad, so I ordered something else. He came back a couple minutes later to say they were making a new batch of chicken... More

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Los Angeles, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Ball Square Cafe is the place we always have to go while visiting our daughter at Tufts University. We actually found it by accident. Our hotel had sent us to another restaurant next door, but this one looked more like our style. They have great gluten free options. The owner introduced himself to us and was very sweet and down... More

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

I went to Ball Square Cafe with my sister around 11 on a Saturday morning - as expected, there was a wait but it really wasn't too bad (about 20 min for 2 people). There's usually a line out the door (and sometimes around the corner) to this place, but definitely for a reason! Someone from the restaurant comes out... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

This is hands-down the best breakfast place in New England. The owner, Mike, goes out of his way to make sure every single customer feels like family. He truly appreciates anyone that steps through his door and takes pride in this wonderful cafe. The staff is friendly, helpful and enjoy what they do. The lines move quick and the food... More

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

Best breakfast place in New England? What an amazing compliment! I'm truly humbled by this review, and I appreciate you sharing your thoughts here on Yelp, Ashley. I can't wait to share this feedback with the rest of the team. Whenever you're craving a good breakfast, you're always welcome here. All the best, Mike More

Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

I came here on a Saturday morning around 11 am for brunch. There was a line outside, but we only had to wait for 10 minutes or so until a table for two opened up and we got to jump the other customers in line who had larger groups. The menu is pretty diverse and has a nice selection. I... More

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

I'm happy you and your friend enjoyed the food, Melisa! We love serving our guests a delicious breakfast, and it never fails to make us smile when we hear positive feedback like that. On a different note, we never meant to offend by asking you to leave once you were done eating. We only do that so other people waiting... More

Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
246 reviews 246 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013 via mobile

I love breakfast and this place is perfect. Tons of options and amazing food. Our server Matt was wonderful. He was hilarious and just made our day. He was very helpful and professional. Both mine and my husbands omlettes were huge and so good! The place was packed and people were waiting outside to get in. I wish we lived... More

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

Thanks so much, Misty! We're proud of our food and service, so hearing things like this makes us all really happy. I'll be sure to pass your compliments on to Matt too (he'll be thrilled to hear it). Anytime you're back in Somerville, we'd love to cook for you again. Cheers, Mike, Owner More

Boston, MA
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50 reviews 50 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

When we have out of town visitors who want to see where the real people eat in Boston, we take them slightly out of town to the Ball Square Cafe. The waffles and fruit are absolutely outstanding. No one has ever walked away hungry. Lines outside on weekends, but well worth the wait.

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

Thanks for bringing in your friends to see us, Malchus! We're proud to help show your friends what Boston and Somerville is all about. Anytime you have guests (and even when you don't), we'd love to cook for you. Cheers, Mike, Owner More

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