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The Real Deal

Jamaica Plain
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736 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA 02130-2518
+1 617-325-0754
10:00 - 21:00
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Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 21:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
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60 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

AMAZING. If TripAdvisor would let me leave a one word review that would be it....AMAZING. The Darth Vader sandwich is one of the best i've ever had. My father had their cordon blue and it was a close second, but nothing could beat the pastrami and onions in the Star Wars Tribute. Go to this place for a quick bite... More 

Thank Tooch81
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

I had a half hour to kill in JP and I was starving. I ordered a large steak and cheese and sat down. Shortly after a smiley young guy brought me my sub and then went and got me some napkins! So nice! Sub was good, exactly what you'd expect from a steak and cheese. Seating is plentiful and very... More 

Thank MyLuckyChicken
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158 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

We had a Joe Sap wrap and a salad with fresh corn and cherry tomatoes. Both were lovely. Lots of people eating pizza and burgers. Huge pizza slices. Attached to a lovely bake shop that even makes whoopie pies!

Thank aggada
Level Contributor
10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 September 2016

The first time I visited The Real Deal was seven years ago. I've visited twice in the past two months, and it's just as good as I remembered. I got a veggie burger with guacamole and cheese and it was delicious!

Thank Nicolette P
Albany, New York
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419 reviews
287 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

We ordered lunch and most of us were extremely happy. The salad was a generous portion and very tasty (Asian Chicken Salad) except for the soggy wontons. The chicken sub was big, juicy, and yummy. The pizza crust, however, was a big tough. All in all, we'll surely try this restaurant again.

Thank sheilal921
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2016

The best I've ever had. Their sandwiches and salads are just okay - but I really, really like their pizza. Good crust, not too much sauce on the cheese pizza. Their buffalo chicken pizza is the star - they don't use marinara or BBQ sauce (I hate it when restaurants add that to a buffalo chicken pizza), just delicious white... More 

Thank Eliza D
Boston, Massachusetts
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351 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2016

We went to Real Deal for lunch today, you know, today, the 3 inches of snow and temps around freezing with nasty winds just 2 days after 70 degree day? Food was good (one panini, one regular sandwich), but the orders were getting all mixed up at the register, and although the food was hot, every time the doors open... More 

Thank Northern_Traveler00
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2016 via mobile

Saw this place on tv. Figured it was worth a shot. I am glad I watch TV! I had the grown up grilled cheese! It is now my favorite sandwich! My son had the clogger! Biggest steak sub with bacon and cheese I have ever seen! We got buffalo tenders to go for later. They were awesome. My only complaint... More 

Thank bigchuck68
Bellingham, Massachusetts
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113 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2015 via mobile

We heard about the Angry Roast Beef sandwich on Phantom Gourmet and decided to try it. We were very disappointed with the sandwich, because it is small, not very flavorful, and comes on a refrigerated sesame and poppy seed bun that was gross (in my opinion, poppy seeds are a very subjective taste and I wish I had known they... More 

Thank Jayme S
Boston, MA
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49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2015

Nice family lunch after a visit to the Arnold Arboretum! Good sandwiches, fine service, enjoyable meal. Several options in the area if it is too crowded. Note that Real Deal has two locations in the area, this is the one closer to the Arboretum, on Centre Street. Not a fancy place by any stretch, but clean and eclectic. Really nice... More 

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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Average prices
US$ 15
American, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating
Good for
Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 736 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA 02130-2518
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Jamaica Plain
  • Neighbourhood: Jamaica Plain
  • Phone Number: +1 617-325-0754
“Real” is a popular term used virtually everywhere, real or not. In in our opinion, if you use that word you had better be prepared to back it up every day. What’s Real? Real is knowing your neighbors, creating a friendly environment where smiling faces are the norm, not just a pleasant surprise.Real is giving your customers more than what they’ve come to expect. We’re all more food savvy these days. We know quality when we taste it and we demand the same quality that we insist on at home. At The Real Deal we strive to use only the freshest ingredients to create genuine food at affordable prices for your family. So what’s the deal? It’s simple. It’s real fresh, real good.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Jamaica Plain

Neighbourhood Profile
Jamaica Plain
This Boston neighborhood feels like a distinct community unique and separate from the bustle of other areas. Beautiful Victorian homes, restaurants with an emphasis on being eco-friendly and providing local and organic food, and a large Hispanic community. Visit Centre and South streets for restaurants, cafes, and little shops. The Arnold Arboretum is a beautiful, large green space well worth a visit if you venture to JP.
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