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Centre Street Cafe - CLOSED


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US$15 - US$35
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Hearty greens
parmesan, pickled cauliflower, torn croutons, white balsamic caesar
Summer salad
local lettuces, heirloom tomato, torn croutons, buttermilk basil dressing
Local oysters
green garlic & champagne mignonette, tiny herbs
Stuffed arancini
fava beans, mint, mozzarella, preserved lemon aioli
Grilled mushrooms
roasted cherries, farro, arugula, shaved fennel, sheep's milk blue, vermentino vinaigrette
tomato sauce, ricotta salata
Toasted semolina rigatoni
squash & blossoms, tomato, summer truffle, pine nuts, thai basil, taleggio
fava bean, wild mushrooms, roasted radishes, pecorino, grains of paradise, herbed bread crumbs
Squid ink fusilli
puttanesca sauce, poached swordfish, littlenecks, squid, basil
tomato sauce, mozzarella, guanciale, pecorino
mascarpone, sweet corn purée, roasted corn, hen-of-the-woods, chili oil
Striped bass
green olives, sundried tomato, corona bean salad
Chicken parm
buttermilk-brined statler chicken, tomato sauce, burrata, garlic scapes, baby zucchini, crispy polenta
Spice-rubbed skirt steak
charred broccoli, pecorino, chickpea salad, garlic aïoli
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Reviewed 10 June 2018

Latest visit very disappointing. Menu is diminishing to nothing in anticipation of a closing and reopening as a "space-themed" restaurant. When I go out to dinner, I have little interest in the future plans of the restaurant and whether it is worth their while to...More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Last minute decision to go out for dinner, and had walked by this restaurant recently and liked the look of it. It was exactly what we were looking for, a very casual and quiet setting, not too fancy but thoughtfully prepared dishes. Wine pouring a...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank David M
Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

Came with a friend for an early dinner on Saturday night. Friendly atmosphere. Enjoyed red wine and a porter. Excellent Caesar salad and tasty chicken parmigiana with fresh mozzarella. Waiter was a bit nonplussed.

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank magivey
Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

This is my go-to neighborhood restaurant in JP - the food is always delicious with a great wine selection, and the staff is always friendly and helpful. Definitely a local gem.

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank Michael H
Reviewed 21 September 2017

This is an excellent restaurant, The kitchen knows what they are doing. The tasty are subtle and intense. Italian food is their specialty. I don't usually go to Italian restaurants because I can cook Italian food, but this place is many steps above what I...More

Date of visit: February 2017
Thank Robert S
David D, Owner at Centre Street Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2017

Dear Robert: I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed your recent meal at the Cafe so much, and thank you for sharing your thoughts on Trip Advisor. We're proud of our house-made pasta and appreciate your compliment. Hope to see you again soon. Best regards,...More

Reviewed 7 September 2017

This cafe has healthy tasty meals, with a small diverse menu. The Monk Fish was delicious, service was great and a good atmosphere

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank merrilyne2015
Reviewed 7 September 2017

To be fair, McKenna's at Savin Hill is still probably the co-best breakfast I've had, but they're different genres. McKenna's is your classic American breakfast experience, done better than any other classic American breakfast place. Centre Street Cafe is a semi-swanky affair that falls into...More

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank SteveL313
Reviewed 20 June 2017

I am a middle aged woman and was dressed professionally when I entered the Center Street Cafe on 6/19/17, a Monday evening, about 7:30pm. There were at least 5 empty tables, roughly a third of the total tables in the restaurant. When I told the...More

Date of visit: June 2017
Thank KMNicols
David D, Owner at Centre Street Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2017

We're sorry you perceived the server's honest communication as discrimination. As a small restaurant that relies heavily on positive word of mouth reviews for our success, we have no interest in turning away any of our guests, single or otherwise. I reviewed the situation with...More

Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

After wandering the high street of Jamaica Plain, my friend & I decided on this Italian influenced eaterie. To be honest, we weren't very adventurous: my friend had grilled octopus and I had homemade meatballs. For mains we both had pastas. My spaghetti sauce was...More

Date of visit: May 2017
Thank SouthBucksMan
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

We came to Centre St. on a whim on 4/8/17. We are from out of town and happen to stumble upon this place. The breakfast was great! The special Lemon poppyseed pancake was amazing!! Highly recommend this cafe. Even if there is a short wait,...More

Date of visit: April 2017
Thank baum713
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