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The Center Cafe

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1027 Great Plain Avenue, On the Commuter Rail Platform, Needham, MA 02492 (Eaton Square)
+1 781-455-8800
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Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 5:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Boston
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I say this is one of the best meals we've had in a restaurant because at the price, it was. The restaurant is small and the food and drink surprisingly good for such a casual place. The staff is so interesting that you feel comfortable immediately. The selections of mixed drinks, wine, and food are wide and go beyond what... More 

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Thank Duke D
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us and for appreciating what we do. We are always happy when we can please our guests. See you again soon. More 

Boston, United States
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36 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The owners and staff make you feel welcome. Their fish special one night was absolutely divine. They also have dinner salads and vegetarian options. I went with a large group and everyone ordered something vastly different, based in preference. Everyone was happy. Thank you!

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Thank Lisa G
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you. Happy you and your group could all find something to meet your preference. Have a great summer. See you soon. More 

Newton, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

This restaurant is truly a wonderful place to go. I have been 5 times, each and every time I enjoyed a delicious dinner. The drinks are very tasty as well. But the part that makes this restaurant so special is the staff. They are truly the nicest people and really go out of their way to make your dinner the... More 

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Thank Patty J
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us again and contributing to the 'vibe'. Have a wonderful weekend. See you soon! More 

Massachusetts
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

We live in Needham and this is the #1 place we go to. Service with a smile. Gluten-free options that are delicious and they will adapt others if necessary. Friendly. Get the mini-sundae for dessert and enjoy.

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Thank Schooner3
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you very much. The mini-sundae looks forward to your return. More 

Dallas, Texas, USA
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32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

We had an excellent dining experience here. From the moment you walk in 'til the moment you leave, you feel as if you're dining with family. The owner was phenomenal!! He really made us feel at home and was very attentive to our needs. We had a server, but he was also there making sure everything was perfect. The wine... More 

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Thank thetravelguy55
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you very much for joining us. Yes, it is a bit like coming home. See you soon. More 

Needham, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

Dining out is more than just about the food, The setting,the service and the vibe generated by the other guests all blend to create an experience that can be poor, average, good or great. The Center Cafe experience is always great, always inviting and warm. And with Vanessa and Jon in the kitchen the menu, preparation and presentation are always... More 

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Thank Brenda S
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

We are very fortunate to have the talent that we have. And thank you for recognizing them. More 

boston
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

Always good and tasty food. The owners Steve and Karen are always there to greet you with a warm welcome. Seasonal changes. Gluten free menu available, if needed. Varied choices of appetizers as well as burgers and entrees. Some main entrees have a smaller size option. Yummy desserts easily shared. This is a restaurant where you can talk comfortably and... More 

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Thank suekflowers
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your support and thank you for recognizing what we strive to do. See you soon. More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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58 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016

We all felt like family at this charming restaurant. The owners seemed to know most of the diners by name. We had a group who had particular needs and food concerns, and the restaurant addressed each and every one of them. This is a restaurant where the owners and the staff all love people, love food and love wine, and... More 

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Thank mrpicky65
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you, Happy you could join us. And from our family to yours, we look forward to seeing you again. More 

Massachusetts
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2016

I haven't written a local restaurant review before but wanted to save another couple hoping for a delicious, romantic dinner from wasting their money. The ambiance is basically upscale diner. Picture a small room with tables packed in, an acoustic tile ceiling, dated floral upholstery on booth seats, a 6" high mirror running around the perimeter wall (who wants to... More 

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2 Thank hearnold
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

Good morning and thank you for your review. We're sorry that your evening was less than pleasant. That is not our intent. We will share your comments directly with our staff. While the scallops were not to your liking, we never use frozen product. Hopefully you will give us a second chance. Thank you again. Have a good week. More 

Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2016 via mobile

We were celebrating our daughter's birthday. Both the service and food were great. It was a lovely evening. The next day I received a call from our waiter Steven who tracked me down from the open table site. Long story short my wedding ring slid off my finger (probably when I removed my gloves) and onto the floor. He remembered... More 

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Thank mnbluebird
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

You are most welcome. We are happy to have helped and to have shared your birthday celebration. See you again. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$12 - $30
Cuisine
American, Gluten Free
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1027 Great Plain Avenue, On the Commuter Rail Platform, Needham, MA 02492
    (Eaton Square)
  • Public Transportation: We are on the commuter rail line at Needham Center Station.
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Needham
  • Phone Number: +1 781-455-8800
Description
A converted commuter rail stop with the warm welcoming atmosphere of a neighborhood hideaway serving terrific American cuisine.

Summer Hours: Tuesday through Thursday: 5:00PM to 9:00PM
Friday and Saturday: 5:00PM to 9:30PM
Sunday and Monday: Closed

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