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Ball Square Cafe

708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144-2239
+1 617-623-2233
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (11 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (21 reviews)
“french toast” (24 reviews)
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6:30 AM - 3:00 PMAll hours
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144-2239
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The breakfast, food and service are always excellent. Not a big place, so you might have to wait for a table. The staff is extremely friendly and flexible to make you exactly what you want. The fruit plates are amazing and the fruit is consistently...More

Thank Laurence S
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Laurence, so glad you've always experienced friendly staff and delicious food! Can't wait to see you back soon. Till then, Mike, Owner

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You won't go wrong here, the food is good, plentiful and good quality. The only thing I felt was that the omelettes were filled with "loose" fillings. I quite like them part of the omelette rather than fillings that spill out when you cut open...More

Thank globetrottheworld
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much! We appreciate your feedback, and it was great having you here. If you're back in the area, come see us again! Till then, Mike, Owner

Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

The ambience is great. Omar the owner greets you and converses with everyone. The menu is large and varied. The corned beef hash is awesome. Blueberry muffins toasted perfectly. The hash browns great. He’s Benedict large and perfect. Omelet was large and plentiful. The self...More

Thank Rafael C
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

I love hearing how much you love it here, Rafael! Sounds like you've found some favorites on our menu. Can't wait to welcome you back for another delicious meal! Till then, Mike, Owner

Reviewed 13 January 2018

The food hear was great, but they were oddly strict about not saving tables. We had a large group coming at different times after a meet so we could not get everyone to sit together. I do understand where they were coming from though as...More

Thank Nicholas P
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

So glad you and your party enjoyed everything so much, Nicholas! I'm sorry you had to wait at all. I understand your frustration, but I appreciate you understanding that it's the best way to serve everyone who comes to see us. I hope you'll be...More

Reviewed 10 January 2018

Stopped by at Ball Square for breakfast while visiting Tufts and I am happy I did. Ball Square is small and looks like a typical breakfast place you would come across in the States. We got a table straight away and the service was quick...More

Thank Bjarkithors
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2018

Thanks for trying us out while you were visiting Tufts! I'm happy your meal exceeded your expectations. I appreciate your recommendation and hope to see you the next time you're in the Somerville area. -Mike, Owner

Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

Stopped in here for lunch on a cold, blustery day with my brother and nephew. We had to wait about 10 minutes for a table. The place was busy, but turnover is quick. My brother and I had sandwiches-a Reuben and a BLT. My nephew...More

Thank barbershopchick
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 January 2018

I'm happy you enjoyed your lunch with your brother and nephew! It's wonderful to hear you were seated promptly and that you enjoyed your meal. Looking forward to having you all back again soon to try out some more items on our menu! -Mike, Owner

Reviewed 21 December 2017

I love having breakfast here!! Not only is the food the best around but the staff is amazing! They're very genuine, friendly and helpful!! It's packed on weekends but I like going during the week. Love it!!

Thank Kilroy519
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2017

We love having you here for breakfast as well! I'm thrilled both our food and service have wowed you. Thanks for the support! Can't wait to have you back. -Mike, Owner

Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

Found this place on a recent trip with my husband and young children. Perfect breakfast place! Great tasting food and good portions. I could order just one pancake for my 4 year old. Great selection of self-serve coffee, tea and other beverages. Free refills with...More

Thank PCHan888
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 24 November 2017

I'm so happy you found us! It's wonderful to hear you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you again soon! -Mike, Owner

Reviewed 7 November 2017

From the moment we set foot in this little café we were treated like we were the only people that mattered...our waiter was so attentive...and the service was great as was the food..for the 1st time ever the picture you saw on the menu was...More

Thank Patricia09Fanning
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2017

Patricia, I'm so happy you felt welcome and taken care of while you were here. And it's great to hear your meal was exactly what you were wanting and expected. Hope to see you back again soon! -Mike, Owner

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Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

You know, the first time I was here, I was taken care of so well and felt confident about wanting to return. Today, I can't quite say I'd return when back to Boston. Food quality was maybe a 3 out of 5 as I tasted...More

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Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Lanexa, like I said in response to your Yelp review -- I'm sorry your recent experience wasn't up to par. While I'm thrilled our French Toast left a memorable impression with you, I'm disappointed your meal this time around didn't wow you over. Beyond that,...More

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19 March 2017|
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Response from | Reviewed this property |
Nope, no line when I went. Weekday at 7 am
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
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
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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