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Cafe Polonia

#197 of 2,365 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
South Boston
Polish, Eastern European, Central European, European
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611 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127-3509
+1 617-269-0110
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Baldwin, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been to this restaurant several times now, and have only had great experiences. The food is delicious. As someone who doesn't know much about Polish food, it is nice to be able to get the Polish Plate, which includes a nice variety of food to try. The restaurant is very small and cozy, and has never been too loud.... More 

Thank S_Grundleplith
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

There was nothing really special about the vibe, service, or food. We were there for an early lunch, so maybe the place livens up at other times. The kielbasa was oilier than any other sausage I've ever eaten, but the stuffed cabbage was tasty. The boiled pierogi were nice, but the fried, again, were really heavy. I should have been... More 

Thank Joanne W
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016 via mobile

Lunch today was exceptional. Meat pierogi, kielbasa twists, breaded mushrooms. A variety of Polish beers and other goodies. To die for.

Thank Gord M
Lowell, Massachusetts
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266 reviews
218 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Recently returned to Café Polonia. We heard that it is under new ownership. The meal began with an order of Potato Pancakes, which were fantastic. Unfortunately the meal went down from there. The stuffed cabbage arrived almost cold, which was sent back for a reheat and still arrived not very hot. The sauce on them was basically tomato soup -... More 

Thank Martha T
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114 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

I stayed at the courtyard by Marriott in South Boston. I was on line and realized I was in Polish South Boston. I saw cade polonia and decided to give it a try. well, it is the one ofbest polish restaurant in the US . The barszcz,borscht, is just like my grandmother made. I had the goulash with dumplings, and... More 

Thank Bones57
Half Moon Bay
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116 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

We ate there for dinner - every one was happy. Just before leaving town we HAD to go back for lunch. Potato pancakes with slices of smoked salmon was on everyone's list -- and no disappointed folks in this group. When one thinks of the expensive brunch buffets that have smoked salmon (loxs) and then see the amount of beautiful... More 

Thank patiD
Wilmington, Delaware
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83 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

Our trip to Café Polonia took me back to my Polish roots and childhood. The restaurant was busy on a Friday night and we had to come back in an hour after trying to get in at 7:00 with no reservation. It seemed like one waitress was trying to get it all done and really hustling. All of the dishes... More 

Thank mieczyslaw2015
Central Ohio
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73 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Where do I start? Thank you TripAdvisor for directing us to this restaurant. I used the app on my phone to locate restaurants near where we were staying which was in South Boston. This place came up as one of the top rated restaurants and I now know why. We had a group of 5 and we were all hungry.... More 

1 Thank Jeffrey H
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

The restaurant was comfortable. However I found the food was just OK Now the people we were with loved there food so it could be what i ordered but it was kinda pricey as a dinner for 4 was well over 100.00 For what you got overpriced. The staff was good not great. This is a small location so you... More 

Thank Doug B
Lawrence, Kansas
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52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

We were looking for a Saturday lunch spot in South Boston and picked Cafe Polonia off a list of TripAdvisor possibilities. What a wonderful choice! We got there around 11:30 and had no difficulty getting a table. Diners arriving after noon needed to wait. We started by splitting the tomato and mozzarella salad, which was fresh & tasty. We split... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Polish, Eastern European, Central European, European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 611 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127-3509
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > South Boston
  • Neighborhood: South Boston
  • Phone Number: +1 617-269-0110

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