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Ball Square Cafe

708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 623-2233
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Ranked #10 of 248 Restaurants in Somerville
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Every time we have visitors, we take them to Ball Square Cafe for breakfast. It serves its extensive menu all day every day, with something for everyone - waffles, pancakes, platters, eggs, vegetarian options...It's always packed, but we somehow always get seated within 30 minutes (usually within 2, but it's a different story on weekends). The laid-back friendly atmosphere is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

The staff at ball square cafe understands service, which I find to be paramount in the restaurant business. Mike, one of the owners, is extremely outgoing and knows how to make you feel at home the second you come in. We had a 15 min wait and it breezed by with the luxury of serving ourselves ice coffee and enjoying... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This place is great. I have been going here with friends and family for years. Excellent array of breakfast and bunch items. Try the fruit plate, broadway blues, or take a breakfast sandwich to go and check out the nearby Nathan Tufts Park.

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Honolulu, HI
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60 reviews 60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
33 helpful votes 33 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 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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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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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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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 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

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