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The Center Cafe

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1027 Great Plain Ave, On the Commuter Rail Platform, Needham, MA 02492-2511 (Eaton Square)
+1 781-455-8800
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Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Thu - Sat 05:00 - 21:30
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Needham
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47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This restaurant has been in Needham for quite some time. I think this is a small family owned and run business.Overall, we had a pleasant experience. Pros and Cons: It has a very small dinningroom. This can be cozy and nice when it is quiet or doesn't have young children. We arrived when there were one or two families with... More 

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Great Falls, Virginia
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50 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Got it through tripadvisor, my go-to source. A little crowded, but reserved ahead of time at 8pm, less busy then. Lamb was fabulous, delicious gravy, spinach bed, loved it. Not a fancy place, just excellent, medium-priced food. Both owners came over and chatted, offered us complimentary taste of cacao-(they call it chocolate) sorbet - fantastic, do not fail to get... More 

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Thank FriskyTrips
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for the support. We'll save you an order of the frozen cacao. Have a good Thanksgiving. More 

Irving, Texas
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86 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Go here at least once for the experience. If i were local,this would be my haunt. Very homey,with a lot of personal flair.

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Thank bithead2k
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you. And if you were local, we'd save you your personal table. More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I came to have dinner on Saturday with my friends. We were offered a cozy table for 4 in the corner, we were gritted by the owner. We came when the other restaurant could not accommodate us that evening, but I was so glad we came to this place. It was nice, warm, food is delicious. We were feeling really... More 

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Thank linaboston
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing some time with us. We look forward to saving you another cozy table in the corner. See you soon. More 

Needham, Massachusetts
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Such a warm, friendly place. Every time we go, we love it more. The food is delicious and the staff is very receptive and try very hard to make you feel like you are special. We can't say enough about the center cafe. We have been going there for years. You never feel rushed and it's cool to have the... More 

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thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you from all of us. You always have a table here. More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Walk off the commuter train and the sign reads "Welcome to Needham Center. The first building one sees is the remaining section of the old train station designed by famed architect Henry Hobson Richardson and constructed from nearby Dedham granite. This quaint structure houses The Center Café. The husband and wife owners, who for years owned and ran an historic... More 

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Thank Don J
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you very much. We look forward to seeing you again so you can enjoy another dessert! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food with friendly people. Mac/Cheese is awesome. Small place but nice at home atmosphere.

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thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you. We agree......the Mac/Cheese is pretty good.........and thank you for joining us in 'our living room' for dinner. More 

Boston
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30 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Walked in with my family and took a quick look into the kitchen on the right and noticed a cook picking up onion rings with two bare hands and dropping them on a plate - gross! We arrived and the waiter took our order, then disappeared literally for over an hour. We had no idea where he went. He was... More 

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Thank BostonFoodieTruth
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

We are sorry you had an unpleasant experience. We did have a problem with flies and our exterminator has been in to resolve this. We are also sorry that you misinterpreted a tactile gesture of friendship to a young member of your party. More 

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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

We were in town for Boston College Parents Weekend and wanted a place for dinner. Found this on Trip Advisor. Very very friendly staff- made us feel at home right away. Food was delicious- make sure you try the crispy ribs! Steak and Cesar salad was good! We will definitely go back next time we're in town!

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Thank Joanne E
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to visit us during your busy weekend. Look forward to seeing you again! More 

Needham, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

The food and service was excellent. We were very hungry and tired and the restaurant was cool, clean and pleasant. We really enjoyed our lunch.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 12 - US$ 30
Cuisine
American, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Tuesday
17:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 21:00
Thursday
17:00 - 21:00
05:00 - 21:30
Friday
05:00 - 21:30
Saturday
05:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1027 Great Plain Ave, On the Commuter Rail Platform, Needham, MA 02492-2511
    (Eaton Square)
  • Public Transportation: We are on the commuter rail line at Needham Center Station.
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Needham
  • Phone Number: +1 781-455-8800
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?