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Ball Square Cafe

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708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144-2239
(617) 623-2233
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Stow, Massachusetts
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100 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

In Somrville there is a square named about every two miles. Ball Square is not far from Powerhouse Square, Teele Square Davis Square and Porter Square but if your from out of town how about just down the street from Tufts University. This is the 1st time at this highly rated Trip Advisor cafe and very impressed. First, was greeted... More 

1 Thank John O
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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69 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I was in Arlington visiting friends and he highly recommended this place. Apparently we got there at the right time bc the line began to back out. It is self service coffee which is a great idea. The menu is excellent and I let the server pick for me. Prices were not bad either. I definitely will be back next... More 

1 Thank Jason432
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

M&M pancakes on special were amazing!! The breakfast sandwiches are delicious as well. Would definitely eat here again.

Thank Molly R
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this review

So glad you loved those special pancakes so much, Molly! I happen to think you can't go wrong by adding M&Ms to things, and I'm so happy you agreed when it came to those pancakes. Hope you'll join us for another bite of breakfast soon! Till then, Mike, Owner More 

New England
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567 reviews
313 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 391 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent breakfast - we were warmly welcomed as soon as we walked in the door; love the self serve coffee as then you don't ever have to wait, and in the morning, no one wants to wait for their coffee! Several coffee options, French vanilla, hazelnut, donut shop, hearty and decaf. Omelette was excellent, super fresh ingredients with plenty of... More 

Thank lexmiller
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this review

So glad we could make you feel at home, Lex! It's our pleasure to take care of you while you enjoy breakfast with us, and I'm thrilled you got to see that this time. I'm even more excited you found some winners on our menu, though! Between our omelettes and our potatoes, it's really great to hear you liked everything.... More 

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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Place have earned every single star, We search in Google for places to have breakfast and the pictures were really appealing, so we decided to try it French toast were amazing, excellent coffee and the service nothing bad to said about it You should go visit!

Thank Olga V
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much, Olga! I'm so happy we could live up to your expectations, and I'm even more thrilled you found some favorites on our menu this time! Hope we'll get a chance to serve you again sometime. All the best, Mike, Owner More 

Somerville, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Ball Sq. Cafe is not only the best breakfast place in Ball Sq. which has 2 other pretty good breakfast joints, but in Somerville, maybe even Somerville and and the surrounding Area, the best food the best chef, the best wait staff And last but not least the best owner, Mike is the best, he's almost always there greeting... More 

Thank timferg2016
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this review

I'm absolutely thrilled we're your favorite breakfast spot in Somerville, Tim! It's an honor I don't take lightly, and I hope you know we'll do our best to continue taking great care of you. Can't wait to see you next time! Take care, Mike, Owner More 

Somerville, Massachusetts
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84 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have never eaten anything here except items from the breakfast menu. There is a long back story of intrigue, loyalties, and menu stealing. Google it if you care. I generally enjoy a benedict here. They now offer a half portions which is great for me. The side fruit salad is no longer complementary, but still well worth the price.... More 

Thank smtucker
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this review

So glad you've enjoyed many breakfasts with us -- and that you've found a favorite in our Benedicts, too! Sorry the hollandaise hasn't been up to par lately, though. We're always trying to perfect and improve our recipes, and I certainly appreciate your feedback on this. We'll keep working on it, and I hope you'll be pleased with the final... More 

Somerville, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food and excellent service. Friendly place to eat breakfast or lunch. It's always worth the wait or get in early for breakfast. Sometimes I go for brunch around 1:30

Thank Rick C
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this review

I'm so glad you enjoy visiting us for breakfast and lunch so much, Rick! I always say there's really no higher compliment than when a guest tells us we're worth the wait, and I'm thrilled that's how you feel. We can't wait to see you for another bite soon! Till then, Mike, Owner More 

Bedford, TX 76021
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36 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

Saturday morning at 9:00AM had to wait just a minute to be served. Self serve coffee, plenty of choices. Self was quick, friendly and efficient. Food was well prepared to order and delicious. Very popular place with the locals. Highly recommend Ball Square Cafe.

Thank Laurence S
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this review

So glad we could get you seated so quickly, Laurence! I'm pleased you found some winners on our menu, too. We're looking forward to serving you again next time you're in the area! Till then, Mike, Owner More 

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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

Have been here twice now, and both times have waited about an hour to get in the door and thought twice about leaving.. Then was handsomely rewarded with absolutely amazing food that made the wait seem well worth it. The owner offers you coffee from the serve yourself coffee bar while you're waiting in line, which is a nice touch!... More 

1 Thank Kristy B
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this review

I'm happy you think we're worth the wait, Kristy! That's just about the highest praise I can think of. So glad we were able to make the wait more bearable with the coffee bar, too. We're always here with pancakes and whipped cream, so come and get 'em whenever you're hungry! All the best, Mike, Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144-2239
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Somerville
  • Phone Number: (617) 623-2233

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