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The Center Cafe

1027 Great Plain Ave, On the Commuter Rail Platform, Needham, MA 02492-2511
+1 781-455-8800
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Overview
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good34%
  • Average8%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“crispy ribs” (5 reviews)
“icelandic cod” (3 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
CUISINES
American, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
1027 Great Plain Ave, On the Commuter Rail Platform, Needham, MA 02492-2511
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1 - 10 of 95 reviews

Reviewed 27 July 2017

Very friendly owners actively involved in the service. Food is very well done and good quality. Seems like there are a lot of regulars. If you want to experience it though you need to come in quickly, as I was told they are closing next...More

Thank Edward M
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

First things first: the food here never disappoints. The menu reflects the season with a good range of choices. They might have the best vegetarian entree I have ever had. The restaurant is small enough to feel intimate and Steve, the owner, makes a point...More

Thank Barbara R
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

Thank you for the kind words. And thank you for joining us for dinner. I guess it is evident that we love what we do. See you soon.

Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

Easy to get there, especially after you get off the train. Nice atmosphere and very pleasant staff. Relax and enjoy the night out here.

Thank PapaMarkie
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2017

Thank you. Have a great summer! See you soon.

Reviewed 11 April 2017

Love love the food and the super fun service. Had the lamb and Icelandic Cod on recommendation by Josh. And we are so glad that we asked him - truthfully we have never had anything we didn't love. The Potato Onion Hash and the Crispy...More

Thank SSG24
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2017

Thank you for your support. We like to extend the walls of the restaurant around the community. See you soon.

Reviewed 31 March 2017

I was excited to try out The Center Café as it is considered a neighborhood gem and it routinely gets 5 star reviews. We walked in and were confronted with the host/owner having a loud disagreement with the kitchen staff. She then explained that her...More

1  Thank SFTraveler070
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2017

Thank you for coming to dinner. We are sorry you visited us on a night when we were clearly off our game. While we are training new staff both in the front of the house and kitchen, that is no excuse for your unpleasant experience....More

Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Cozy atmosphere and attentive service. Clearly a family owned and operated business. Menu could be a bit more creative, and serving staff need some polish but overall had a terrific meal.

Thank Emily P
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

Thank you for visiting . And always appreciate input to help us improve. Enjoy thé weather. See you soon.

Reviewed 14 February 2017

The owners are very hospitable and stop by to check in on your dining experience. We are always happy with our meals. The dining room isn't huge but we think it's perfect. Don't sit right outside the kitchen- it can be loud. Good for couples,...More

Thank hancamem
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2017

Thank you. We do try and help our neighbors and friends in town. And Thank You for joining us for dinner. Happy Valentines Day!

Reviewed 13 February 2017

This is a terrific restaurant with all the warmth and hospitality of a family owned establishment. If this establishment were not in the Boston suburbs, you would think you were in a classic New England Inn where everyone is relaxed and friendly. I highly recommend...More

Thank rubyfoody
Reviewed 8 February 2017

this is a favorite neighborhood place! great atmosphere! owners make every customer feel very spacial! Kids are treated with respect and kindness!! Food is very nice! Always love coming back!

Thank tdo2002
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2017

Thank you for visiting us. We love taking care of the young people. We'll save an Etch - A - Sketch for them. See you soon.

Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

This is a very good family owned restaurant. All entrees are very well prepared uniquely. The owners (family owned) are very involved with the operations and provide a level of care to every customer. Try Center Cafe and you will not be disappointed.

Thank George K
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2017

Thank you for joining us for dinner. While the family as at all 'stations', we look forward to seeing you again. Have a great weekend!

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Debbie C
28 July 2015|
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Response from Paula R | Reviewed this property |
The food is very good and since the place is small I am sure they will be able to change some things for your friend.
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Debbie C
28 July 2015|
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Response from thecentercafe | Property representative |
Good morning. We have a Gluten Free menu which is one of our standard menus. We look forward to seeing you on the August 1. Thank you.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$12 - US$30
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic
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
  • E-mail
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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