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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%
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“eggs benedict” (18 reviews)
“french toast” (18 reviews)
“home fries” (9 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144-2239
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were staying in Boston and happened upon this place when we were leaving. Very thankful we did, because it was delicious and had tons of gluten free options for one of my friends. Best Benedict ever, and my friends all agreed their plates were...More

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

Best Benedict ever? That's awesome to hear, Nicole! Glad you and your friends enjoyed your visit here while you were visiting Boston, and we'd love to have you back again any time you find yourself in the area. Hope the rest of your trip was...More

Reviewed 16 May 2017

Literally the best breakfast in the area. Be prepared to wait in line, but it will be worth it. Creative breakfast specials change every week.

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

It means a lot to hear we've got your favorite breakfast around, Simon! I know it can get a bit busy, but it's fantastic to know it didn't stop you from enjoying yourself here. Hope to see you again soon! Best, Mike, Owner

Reviewed 3 May 2017

If you are looking for an old fashioned, big, hearty, fresh, delicious breakfast, this is the place for you! From the omelets to the eggs benedict and french toast, everything is freshly made and delicious and often accompanied by fresh fruit. Wonderful!!

Thank gchasan
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2017

Happy to hear you found just the breakfast you were looking for! Any time you're after a bite, we'd love to have you back again. Hope you can stop by soon! All the best, Mike, Owner

Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Let me start by saying get there early if you can because the lines get long after 8 (on average 10-15 groups of people). They have a nice selection of things to choose from if you like the savory or sweet side of things. I...More

Thank SolarGarlic
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2017

Sounds like we've had the chance to serve up the whole family, and we're glad you're all enjoying it here! It can definitely get busy, but we hope it hasn't kept you from stopping by as often as you'd like to. Can't wait to have...More

Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

We went here on a Monday morning and we're seated immediately. The restaurant is small but there is plenty of seating. Everything we ordered was delicious and the coffee was very good! The menu is huge so I'm sure anyone could find something to eat....More

Thank NinaMcG
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2017

It's great to hear everything you ordered hit the spot, though I'm sorry your service was a bit slower than you were hoping for. Any time you want to stop in and try out some more of the menu, we'd love to have you. Hope...More

Reviewed 7 March 2017

This place was recommended by our hotel for a great breakfast place. They were 100%correct. It isn't huge, so large parties may have a slight problem sitting. We were a party of 2 that walked in at 8:30 Sunday morning. We were able to sit...More

Thank Christirdh
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2017

Glad you made it in just in time! I'm happy to know your hotel pointed you our way, and even happier that everything was perfect for your visit. If you're ever back in our neighborhood, we'd love to have you in for another breakfast. Hope...More

Reviewed 1 March 2017

There's a reason why the line is always so long to get in here! Great breakfast menu & a good place to go with friends, family & groups. Would definitely go back.

Thank Jgraves700
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2017

I hope you do decide to join us again! We'd love to have you any time. Thanks for the awesome review! -Mike, Owner

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Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Help yourself to 5 different varieties of coffee, loads of fresh fruit, fluffy waffles and excellent eggs Benedict. Would go back anytime!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 March 2017

I'm glad you found so many great treats on our menu! We'll be here for you anytime, so come on in whenever you're ready! Best, Mike, Owner

Reviewed 20 February 2017

No line this time, early morning, our multi-generation party of three adults and two toddlers seated immediately. We enjoyed the friendliest service and a most delicious holiday breakfast! The beautiful fresh fruit bowl (including cantaloupe, honey dew, blackberries, mango, kiwi, apple slices, banana, strawberries, and...More

Thank RedSoxFan100341
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2017

I'm happy to hear you didn't have to wait for this breakfast, and I'm glad it was so delicious, too! From our fruit to our fries and everything in between, it's good to know your whole family enjoyed. We'll be here whenever you're ready for...More

Reviewed 9 February 2017

I got one of the omelettes and it was <b onmouseover="alert('fantastic');">yummy</b>. This place is popular and there is often a line, so it helps to go early (or late). You may also want to try the burrito.

1  Thank Andy G
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2017

I'm so glad you found our omelette to be this yummy, Andy! Glad it was worth the wait for you, and we'll be looking forward to seeing you in for another bite whenever you're ready. All the best, Mike, Owner

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is there always a line to get in?
19 March 2017|
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Response from | Reviewed this property |
Nope, no line when I went. Weekday at 7 am
Larry C
Where is there parking in the Ball Square area?
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
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144-2239
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Somerville
  • Phone Number: +1 617-623-2233
  • E-mail
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