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Ball Square Cafe

708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144-2239
+1 617-623-2233
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Overview
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (12 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (19 reviews)
“french toast” (23 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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LOCATION
708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144-2239
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you show up on weekends you'll see a line. Don't let that scare you off. First, it's there for a reason. The food is that good. Second, it moves fast. Third, you'll be entertained in line talking to your neighbors and sampling the free...More

Thank Hammbrook
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for coming by, and we so appreciate that tip about the line! We're pleased it's always worth the wait. Always happy to make it fun -- those samples are the best. The staff here cares so much about every experience being the most personable...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ball Square Café is located in "North Somerville" across from the old B&M Railroad Station site, soon to have the T "Green Line" opening there. The restaurant is a family run effort and offers all of your traditional New England favorites. The hash is a...More

Thank Fozman72
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I'm so happy to hear you're a fan of our breakfast favorites -- especially the hash! Thank you for taking the time to leave your thoughtful review, and I hope you'll be back our way again soon. All the best, Mike, Owner

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a weekend, the line will wrap all around the block. That alone tells you everything you need to know.

Thank TangoCarmen
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the high rating! Our place does get pretty hopping on the weekends -- thank you so much for taking the time to wait in order to enjoy a delicious breakfast with us! Hoping to see you again soon, Mike, Owner

Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

Visited here while staying in Boston, there was a little line but it quickly went down and the owner was really good at letting us know when the table would be ready! Breakfast was awesome! Huge portions and such good quality ! Thoroughly recommend -...More

Thank Shoegal1990
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

I'm thrilled you loved your Tijuana omelet! Thank you for the recommendation. I hope you'll come back to see us next time you're in the area. Thank you, Mike, Owner

Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

Ball Square Cafe is so good that you can count on a line of people waiting eagerly to pick from the huge menu of omelettes, waffles, and benedicts. The wait will be worth it! Half orders are available for many items, so if the macaroon...More

Thank Jason S
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

Thrilled to know you're such a fan of ours, Jason! I hope you'll be back again soon -- I know the French toast and pastrami Benedict are calling your name. Take care, Mike, Owner

Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

We had a nice lunch at the Ball Square Cafe. The wraps were good (Texas and Marinated Chicken wraps), but the Spinach Salad was disappointing mainly because the menu did not indicate that the pine nuts were caramelized, which made it unexpectedly and unfortunately sweet....More

Thank David K
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2017

I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed the two wraps you had, David! It's unfortunate the pine nuts had such an impact on your experience -- we would have been happy to make that substitution, so we apologize it wasn't clearly listed on the menu....More

Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

Nice local feel and CROWD! tight quarters but worth any wait! Great care in perfecting dishes with wonderful staff!

Thank Eric R
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2017

I'm so glad you love our local vibe and dishes, Eric! I hope you'll make it back our way again soon. Take care, Mike, Owner

Reviewed 22 August 2017

We were seated promptly, and three of us had a very diverse order that satisfied everyone-- pancakes with fresh fruit, eggs/bacon/pancakes, oatmeal with fresh fruit. The waitress was very attentive, and prices were reasonable for this urban environment. Self-serve coffee was delicious with several choices...More

Thank Richard R
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2017

I'm proud to hear your whole group was able to find something they enjoyed, Richard. I'll make sure to pass the kind words along to the rest of the staff! I hope you'll make it back our way sometime in the future. All the best,...More

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Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

Long lines outside but they move quickly and it's worth the wait! Love the corn muffins and French toast delight. Will be back on our next visit to the area!!!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2017

I'm glad you love our corn muffins and French toast! Looking forward to the next time you're in the area -- I'd love to know what you try next. Take care and safe travels! Mike, Owner

Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

I sadly did not make it to the Ball Square Café for its fabled breakfast on this short visit to Somerville and Medford, but when I had a chance to stop by for lunch I grabbed it and was glad I did. The smoked salmon...More

Thank HMac_2013
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

Glad you could join us for lunch! It's great to hear you enjoyed the BLT as well as the fries. I'm looking forward to your next visit to grab breakfast -- you're gonna love it! Take care, Mike, Owner

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kels112
19 March 2017|
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Response from | Reviewed this property |
Nope, no line when I went. Weekday at 7 am
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Larry C
7 November 2015|
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Response from Ellen M | Reviewed this property |
Parking is tight, but there are meters on Broadway the main street.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144-2239
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Somerville
  • Phone Number: +1 617-623-2233
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