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Cafe Jaffa

Back Bay
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48 Gloucester St, Boston, MA 02115-3141
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Chanced upon this joint 20 years ago when spending a week at a conference nearby, ate lunch here every day. Now back with the kids and chanced upon it again (on a previous visit assumed it had closed) and great news is it's as amenable and enjoyable a luncheon spot as you'll find. Either of the meat wraps with baba... More 

Thank KipKNoh
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

We came across this place at the beginning of our tour around New England. We enjoyed our lamb schwarma & mixed kebab so much that when we returned to Boston 2 weeks later we made sure that we paid another visit. This time we had another mixed kebab & a falafel & hummus platter - the falafals were delicious &... More 

Thank EssEmmEff
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

Hummus plus the schwarma lamb/beef sandwich were both excellent. I have been there twice in the last week. One of my new favorite lunch spots.

Thank RC13
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

the greek salad is iceberg lettuce and some small pickles, which was a disappointment. falafal and hummus had nice flavor, but the pita bread wasn't extraordinary. nice server, but the service was slow. atmosphere is pleasant and casual.

Thank Steph D
Somerville, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

This is a great spot away from the regular foodstuffs typically available downtown. Food service is fast despite how busy it can get. Portions are lunch sized, ok we had lunch. The taste of the shawarma was great. Loved the falafels on another visit. For the Hynes Convention Center it's very convenient for food (less than 5 minutes walk).

Thank Waidesworld
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7 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

The hummus and baba ghanoush didn't taste like they should, and the kebab's presentation left something to wish for. I'd recommend the place solely for their falafels - they were lovely.

Thank Veronica H
Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Ordered chicken shawarma. What came was nothing like real chicken. It was strange texture, rubbery/soft, salty and horrible. Some kind of processed stuff? Having lived in the Middle East we were very disappointed with this food . We expected slices of real chicken on a spit, then carved. No recent reviews so maybe changed hands? Don't go there even tough... More 

Thank Snipsy47
Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

I was here with friends for dinner the other night. The stuffed peppers were very good as were the hummus and grape leaves. Service was very good. I will def go back

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2016

We love the food here but the place is always WAY too smoky. This has been going on for months and months. My eyes hurt for about 5 hours after the meal. They need to to get some air filtration going!

Thank Julie O
Kearney, Nebraska
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016 via mobile

I had their special of the day, a schwarma sandwich with a Greek salad. Really fresh and filling. A bit messy, so get a spare napkin. Price was very reasonable. Definitely not a greasy spoon. Great staff and prompt service!

Thank skiNebraska

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Lebanese, Middle Eastern, American, Cafe, Mediterranean, Greek, Israeli
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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

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

Staying in Back Bay

Neighborhood Profile
Back Bay
Wander around this quintessential neighborhood in the heart of Boston for high-end shops, restaurants, and the feeling of city bustle. Its most identifiable skyscrapers, the Prudential Center and John Hancock Tower, are highlights of the city skyline. Visit Newbury street to explore unique and trendy boutiques – as well as every other kind of store imaginable – all housed in beautiful brownstone buildings. In nice weather, restaurant patio seating is packed with Bostonians and tourists alike soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the food. Commonwealth Ave offers a beautiful stroll down residential tree-lined streets. Keep walking towards the Charles River and enjoy a beautiful view by the water. In warmer months, people run and bike on paths running along the esplanade, and sail and kayak on the Charles River. Boylston street, also full of shops, bars, and restaurants, is the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Head towards Copley Square and check out the Boston Public Library, which is particularly beautiful from the Dartmouth street entrance.