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The Real Deal

Jamaica Plain
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736 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA 02130-2518
(617) 325-0754
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Albany, New York
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336 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

We ordered lunch and most of us were extremely happy. The salad was a generous portion and very tasty (Asian Chicken Salad) except for the soggy wontons. The chicken sub was big, juicy, and yummy. The pizza crust, however, was a big tough. All in all, we'll surely try this restaurant again.

Thank Sheila L
Boston, Massachusetts
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42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

The best I've ever had. Their sandwiches and salads are just okay - but I really, really like their pizza. Good crust, not too much sauce on the cheese pizza. Their buffalo chicken pizza is the star - they don't use marinara or BBQ sauce (I hate it when restaurants add that to a buffalo chicken pizza), just delicious white... More 

Thank Eliza D
Boston, Massachusetts
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240 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

We went to Real Deal for lunch today, you know, today, the 3 inches of snow and temps around freezing with nasty winds just 2 days after 70 degree day? Food was good (one panini, one regular sandwich), but the orders were getting all mixed up at the register, and although the food was hot, every time the doors open... More 

Thank Northern_Traveler00
Boston, Massachusetts
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016 via mobile

Saw this place on tv. Figured it was worth a shot. I am glad I watch TV! I had the grown up grilled cheese! It is now my favorite sandwich! My son had the clogger! Biggest steak sub with bacon and cheese I have ever seen! We got buffalo tenders to go for later. They were awesome. My only complaint... More 

Thank bigchuck68
Bellingham, Massachusetts
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101 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

We heard about the Angry Roast Beef sandwich on Phantom Gourmet and decided to try it. We were very disappointed with the sandwich, because it is small, not very flavorful, and comes on a refrigerated sesame and poppy seed bun that was gross (in my opinion, poppy seeds are a very subjective taste and I wish I had known they... More 

Thank Jayme S
Boston, MA
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50 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Nice family lunch after a visit to the Arnold Arboretum! Good sandwiches, fine service, enjoyable meal. Several options in the area if it is too crowded. Note that Real Deal has two locations in the area, this is the one closer to the Arboretum, on Centre Street. Not a fancy place by any stretch, but clean and eclectic. Really nice... More 

Thank LarryBoston
Quincy, Illinois
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205 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

Saw reviews, hard to find since map function picks up wrong sections of Centre St. & two locations are on same streets in different towns. Great selection of burgers & sandwichs. Sides aren't shown on menu board My Reuben was very good. Seating is Spartan. Try desert at bakery next door

Thank John S
Cincinnati, Ohio
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Just good food. I first visited with a group, and we all got different sandwiches to try. All the sandwiches were fine, but the burger was the real standout. We didn't try the pizza, but I can highly recommend the burgers.

Thank twest42
Boston, Massachusetts
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44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014 via mobile

I'll make this one short and sweet. Parked in a space on the street. Entered and was met by a huge menu that was up on the wall. Best part is they explain what is in each sandwich. I'm boring so I got a large steak and cheese with bacon. The bread was fresh and not crunchy, I hate it... More 

Thank Tommy B
Boston, MA
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55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Is pretty good. They have a great variety to choose from with pizza, sandwiches, salads and other semi-random things like hot dogs and burgers. The prices are reasonable, the service is quick, and pleasant. Whenever we are passing through this neighborhood, we know this is a reliable place we can stop for a decent meal.

Thank BlackJM

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 736 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA 02130-2518
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Jamaica Plain
  • Neighborhood: Jamaica Plain
  • Phone Number: (617) 325-0754
“Real” is a popular term used virtually everywhere, real or not. In in our opinion, if you use that word you had better be prepared to back it up every day. What’s Real? Real is knowing your neighbors, creating a friendly environment where smiling faces are the norm, not just a pleasant surprise.Real is giving your customers more than what they’ve come to expect. We’re all more food savvy these days. We know quality when we taste it and we demand the same quality that we insist on at home. At The Real Deal we strive to use only the freshest ingredients to create genuine food at affordable prices for your family. So what’s the deal? It’s simple. It’s real fresh, real good.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Jamaica Plain

Neighborhood Profile
Jamaica Plain
This Boston neighborhood feels like a distinct community unique and separate from the bustle of other areas. Beautiful Victorian homes, restaurants with an emphasis on being eco-friendly and providing local and organic food, and a large Hispanic community. Visit Centre and South streets for restaurants, cafes, and little shops. The Arnold Arboretum is a beautiful, large green space well worth a visit if you venture to JP.