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“Go to place restaurant in a town of great places!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Center Cafe

The Center Cafe
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Ranked #5 of 64 Restaurants in Needham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Eaton Square
Transit: We are on the commuter rail line at Needham Center Station.
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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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Go to place restaurant in a town of great places!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2012

Great menu, friendly staff , consistent quality in the casual comfortable restaurant in the center of town

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Needham, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“classic foods expertly prepared”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2012

Center cafe has a solid menu of classic cafe items. I'm always impressed at how well they are prepared.

Visited April 2012
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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Didn't wow me”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2012

Had read reviews that were glowing so expected more. Nice, friendly place and server was terrific. However food service slow. We sat down at 6:30 and didn't see our entree until 7:20. Place was not crowded at all...maybe 6 other tables seated when we got there.
It did fill up around 7:00. Menu was fine but nothing really grabbed any of us. We all had meals that were ok, I would say adequate. Two were lukewarm and 2 were hot. Portions were average. Read a review somewhere that talked about huge portions...didn't see them. Portions were fine but not huge. Thought prices were a little high for what you got.
We all agreed we would try this place again because the people were so nice and I like to see a neighborhood restaurant succeed. However, I'm with "Just Okay".

  • Visited April 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MAYBoston_MA
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Boston, Massachusetts
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409 reviews
307 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
“Just okay”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2012

While the owners and servers were friendly, the service itself was painfully slow. It wasn't just waiting on our entrees, but getting bread and drinks took forever too. The food itself was pretty good, though the menu sort of random and nothing really wowed our group.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Adam R
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Leverett, MA
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382 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
“Comfortable, pleasant little restaurant with good food.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2012

Located in a small stone building (a converted train station) this is a very pleasant restaurant of modest size. Service is friendly and the host interactive and caring that you had an enjoyable time. The menu is of good size and there is a nice selection of wines by the glass or bottle. From time to time the local commuter train comes by. We made a reservation (Wednesday) for 6:30 and when we arrived there was plenty of seating. When we left near 8 the restaurant was two-thirds full. So, it would seem that a reservation is needed on weekends. We started with a spinach salad, split in the kitchen (without asking) so two of us could share it. Wonderful tender baby spinach, fresh feta and a bit of oil and vinegar with some walnuts. An excellent spinach salad. One ordered baked haddock, good, no complaints. I (and another) ordered salmon, which can stop mashed potatoes, a bit of spinach and some white beans. We were asked how the salmon should be cooked and it arrived as requested. The salmon was tender and tasty and the potato smooth and also tasty. There were nice selections to follow dinner, but we opted for none because we were satisfied. This is a good place and we will return.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BobHLeverett
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