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Cafe Polonia

611 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127-3509 (South Boston)
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Ranked #183 of 2,784 restaurants in Boston
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Polish, Czech, Central European, Café
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Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: South Boston
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36 reviews from our community

88% Recommend
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English first
Wilmington, Massachusetts
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85 reviews 85 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

We (my wife, my cousin and her boyfriend) visited Cafe Polonia in South Boston for dinner. This was our second time in two years, The first time was a bit better than this time. The restaurant is located on Dorchester Ave in South Boston. Curbside parking is all there is so plan on taking a taxi as we did. The... More

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White Salmon
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Came here for lunch with daughter and friend, both veterans of the place. Having traveled in Poland and spent time on a Polish research vessel years ago, I was familiar with the food (and beers). It was like a trip to Poland. We shared pierogis, Gołąbki, bigos, and a Gypsy pancake (two huge potato pancakes with goulash in the middle... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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64 reviews 64 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Cafe Polonia is always worth the trek it takes to get there from where I live in Boston. I traveled for a while in Poland and had been looking high and low for good Polish food and finally I found Cafe Polonia. Their potato pancakes and goulash are delicious and are so much like the amazing meals I had while... More

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Chandler, Arizona
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83 reviews 83 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Never had Authentic Polish food; outside recipes discovered by my family through cookbooks, so this was a welcoming experience. The food was absolutely fantastic, the waitress was polite and old fashioned. Nothing felt rushed, and I got to get in touch with my Polish heritage through the European design and decor inside. This is a place I'll make a stop... More

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Boston/Cape Cod
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58 reviews 58 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Tasty Polish comfort food served a little restaurant just down from the Andrews Square. Potato pancakes were delicious. Service was friendly but a little indifferent, esp. since the restaurant was not nearly full.

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

We were out for a walk when we first got to Boston and ran across this place, it was the kind of place that when you saw it, you wanted to go in. So we checked out menu and talk with waitress. There were 4 couples who went for dinner and we all enjoyed the service and food.

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Bakewell, England, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

We ate here twice while staying in the Marriot Courtyard Boston South. It is close to the Andrew Metro stop on the Red line, but unless you are keen to try Polish food, or are a homesick Pole, it is probably not worth a journey out of town.The food was ample and seemed to be very authentic (we have only... More

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Wareham, United Kingdom
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136 reviews 136 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013 via mobile

10 mins walk from JFK / U Mass station (red line) and near the Doubletree I decided to check out this place. I have never tried Polish food before but this seemed the perfect intro. The waitress (extremely friendly and from Poland) suggested the Polish plate and I added some Borscht. The food was what I expected; hearty fare, tasty... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

This was about my 3rd visit. Each time I have had an excellent meal and the wait staff was very pleasant and helpful. The menu is in both Polish and English. My friend had the medium dark beer and found it so delicious she went back the next day and bought a six pack. We both had different variations of... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

In South Boston a small friendly place that serves authentic Polish food and drinks. They do accept reservations and the food is worth any wait you may have! The pierogies, potato pancakes, Stuffed cabbage, bread with lard, and more were all delicious. The dark polish beer was great as well as the coffee and the warm chocolate cake with ice-scream.... More

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