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The Center Cafe

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1027 Great Plain Ave, On the Commuter Rail Platform, Needham, MA 02492-2511 (Eaton Square)
+1 781-455-8800
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Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Thu - Sat 05:00 - 21:30
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Needham, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 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 Ribs are sinfully good. Homemade sorbets - Yum!! Karen and Steve are so supportive in... More 

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Thank SSG24
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

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

San Francisco
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 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 grill chef had broken his leg and things are not going well. We were seated... More 

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thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

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. Hopefully we will see you again down the road. Thank you. More 

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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 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.

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Thank Emily P
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

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

Needham, Massachusetts
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 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, groups and families. They are very generous in the Needham community as well so we... More 

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thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

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

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175 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 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 the Ribs, I've never had such a delicious dish (as an appetizer or for an... More 

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Boston
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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!

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Thank tdo2002
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

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. More 

Needham, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 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.

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Thank George K
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

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! More 

Needham, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 December 2016

After the Saturday noon-time memorial service for a dear-departed friend & neighbor, we, mourners, gathered in the afternoon at The Center Café during its normal off-duty hours. The Center Cafe was her favorite Needham restaurant where we had shared many good times and celebrations. This past snowy Saturday was damp and chilly on the outside but warm and snug inside... More 

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thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

We are honored to have hosted your celebration of her life. A fine lady indeed! Thank you and best to everyone in the new year. More 

Boston MA
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582 reviews
337 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2016

All is familiar - the warm greeting at the door when you enter gives a hint of the comfortable evening ahead. This is real - and delicious - comfort food. Butternut squash apple bisque very tasty. The veal was tender and tasty; chicken moist and tender; and the lamb done perfectly to order - succulent and tender. Great service.

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Thank mpd
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

We sure do like people coming through our door! And thank you for joining us and sharing the comfort. More 

Needham
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58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016

This restaurant has been in Needham for quite some time. I think this is a small family owned and run business.Overall, we had a pleasant experience. Pros and Cons: It has a very small dinningroom. This can be cozy and nice when it is quiet or doesn't have young children. We arrived when there were one or two families with... More 

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Thank readingtutr
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

Yes, you are correct. We are family owned and operated and are fortunate to have many regular guests. And yes we do not set with bread plates but it is a good point about the orange rind. We will save a plate for you. Have a great holiday and Thank You. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$12 - US$30
Cuisine
American, Gluten Free Options
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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Tuesday
17:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 21:00
Thursday
17:00 - 21:00
05:00 - 21:30
Friday
05:00 - 21:30
Saturday
05:00 - 21:30
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?