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Cafe Polonia

611 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127-3509 (South Boston)
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Ranked #215 of 2,816 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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38 reviews from our community

88% Recommend
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English first
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104 reviews 104 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Wow. Who would have thought that this itty bitty little place on Dot Ave would provide one of the BEST meals I have enjoyed in Boston? The decor is authentic (and flipping adorable); I felt like I stepped into a little European restaurant. It's a small place so seating is open. We grabbed a table right by the window. We... More

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Wilmington, Massachusetts
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is a place to get a taste of Polish food at a very reasonable price. The decor is wood and the food is fresh, tasty and made like in the old country. As an appetizer they bring you slices of Polish rye bread with lard to spread on it. It sounds like "cardiac special" but with salt and pepper... More

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Wilmington, Massachusetts
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100 reviews 100 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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68 reviews 68 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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Stanwood, Michigan
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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138 reviews 138 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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