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Cafe Jaffa

#473 of 2,720 Restaurants in Boston
#512 of 2,934 Places to Eat in Boston
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48 Gloucester St, Boston, MA 02115-3141
617-536-0230
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 36
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Can't go wrong here

Full house always. Excellent for take out as well as dining in. Nothing about this place disappoints.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
Amya M
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Tokyo, Japan
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Tokyo, Japan
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214 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Full house always. Excellent for take out as well as dining in. Nothing about this place disappoints.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Ordered chicken and lamb shawarma with high expectations only to be left full of disappointment. The meat was of very poor quality. Specifically, both chicken and lamb looked and tasted like tofu. Very rubbery and fake. The service was really good which is a plus but please be aware of what you order.

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Atlanta, GA
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Food was great, service was a little slow but absolutely worth the wait. We all had something different and everyone was happy with their selection.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I stumbled upon this place and I couldn't have been happier! The staff were warm and accommodating. I love middle eastern food and this place was absolutely delicious! The homemade hummus and tahini were the best I have ever had!!! Definitely a place I will come back and visit again and again!!!!

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Acton, MA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The only reason my review isn't a 5 is that the front of the restaurant gets very congested with people waiting to either pick up an order to take out, or place a takeout order. The food is authentic, tasty, and reasonably priced. Table service can be a bit slow, but the wait staff is unfailingly pleasant and eager to... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Overall, good quality food. But the service is bit choppy...there are 2 waiters running around 20 odd tables. They need to hire more waiters. Falafel is the best in town.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015 via mobile

This is a great choice. We had hummus, stuffed grape leaves, falafel sandwich, and the lamb kabob platter. The portions are big so either go hungry or plan on having leftovers. All of our dishes were well prepared and seasoned. Skip the sports bars on Boyleston and eat here.

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Bedford, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

I feel bad rating a place based on one sandwich, but I just have to say that everything about it was tasty except the chicken was so salty and unnaturally tender that I have to believe it had been injected with some type of solution...did not taste like fresh, all natural chicken, though I could be wrong. Very salty.

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White River Junction, Vermont
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The Cafe Jaffa is just for fun. Conveniently located near the convention center off Boylston Street, it is easy to find. The staff are young, enthusiastic and welcoming. The food is Middle Eastern and if you have a taste for hummus and felafel you have found home. Prices are quite reasonable, service is fast, atmosphere is -- well -- funky.... More 

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Framingham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I love this place! Their food is always fresh and delicious. Sometimes service can get slow but overall this is great place to dine!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 48 Gloucester St, Boston, MA 02115-3141
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Back Bay
  • Neighborhood: Back Bay
  • Phone Number: 617-536-0230

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, African, Cafe, Greek, Middle Eastern
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 4:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?