We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ball Square Cafe

708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144-2239
+1 617-623-2233
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (12 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (22 reviews)
“french toast” (25 reviews)
Open Now
6:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Hours
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144-2239
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (153)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 152 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the fresh & tasty food here. Portions were huge & great for sharing or leftovers. Gluten free options were over the top. Haven’t been able to order almost any gf breakfast item at the same place. Loved the gf pancakes & waffles. Omelets were...More

Thank Bonnie H
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Bonnie, it means a lot to know that you loved our gluten-free pancakes and waffles so much! We have so many different options for everyone here. Also, thanks for the kind words about our speedy service. Getting you your food hot and seconds out of...More

Reviewed September 10, 2018 via mobile

Easily the most flavorful breakfast I've had. Our server was very accommodating and made excellent suggestions. Fit for a King platter and substitute in strawberry/banana french toast and get the real potatoes fried and mashed (half n half): OMG, the flavors were amazing! Eggs Benny...More

Thank Greg B
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2018

Greg, amazing flavor is in every dish we serve here! It's wonderful that you loved the suggestions we gave, too. You really can't go wrong with anything you order here! The platter and eggs Benedict were excellent choices, though. We can't wait to have you...More

Reviewed August 27, 2018

Nice decor inside , comfortable , service is great , food is perfect every time , large portions , a little pricey but you can eat twice on the portions . Never walked out of there feeling like I had a bad meal. Owner greets...More

Thank lawrence j
Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

I have been searching, with marginal results so far, for well cooked Egg Benedict. Finally found them in this quaint relatively small place in Somerville. The hollandaise sauce was made to perfection, much as the peach eggs. MUST GO BACK!!!

Thank grantrealestatellc
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2018

We're thrilled that you discovered our eggs Benedict and that it was spot-on! You'll have to try one of our omelets next time, too -- they're great. We can't wait to see you again soon! Have a great day, Mike, Owner

Reviewed August 1, 2018 via mobile

High-quality (and plentiful) breakfast classics in a no-fuss environment. The place was packed on a random Wednesday morning, and after our meal I could understand why. Definitely worth the trip.

Thank Heather C
Reviewed July 27, 2018

I was very impressed by the welcome I received when I first walked in. The atmosphere was great, I noticed that the attention that the patrons received from the servers was timely, friendly and just excellent overall. I was even impressed by the cleanliness of...More

Thank Steven F
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2018

Steven, we're always here with a smile when you stop in! Thanks for visiting us and for being a fan of our atmosphere. Also, we appreciate your kind words about our staff and quick service. We work hard to get your food to you hot...More

Reviewed July 9, 2018

I love this place! The food is fresh and delicious and staff is friendly. The owner gets to know his regulars too. My favorite is the french toast (plain please). I don't eat pork so they have turkey breakfast meats. There are also vegetarian options...More

Thank Nicole G
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2018

Nicole, how great to hear -- thank you for loving our place! We're always here to provide delicious food to you when you stop by. The French toast is one of our popular dishes -- nice choice. Also, we're glad that you noticed our vegetarian...More

Reviewed June 16, 2018 via mobile

The reviews would lead you to believe that you are in for a great experience but we were let down. The caramelized strawberry French toast I had was worse than something I can make at home. This bizarre brown flavorless Caramel sauce covered the plate...More

Thank Chris j
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2018

Chris, we're sorry to hear that you weren't a big fan of what you ordered here! We always want you to enjoy everything, so we apologize for your experience with us. Our French toast is a signature and loved dish here, so this is surprising....More

Reviewed June 5, 2018

nice space, good service, interesting menu with many options. best to go on a weekday i think as it's very popular with locals.More

1  Thank marybeth02140
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded June 6, 2018

Thanks for loving our space and variety of dishes! We love having you here. Hopefully you'll be able to come back and try even more of our well-known items! We recommend the coconut French toast if you haven't tried that already. Have a nice day,...More

Reviewed June 2, 2018 via mobile

They suggest an 18% Tip but you have to get your own coffee and stuff. The food presentation was impressive but the taste was not. Had corned beef hash and it tasted like sour mash. The meat was not recognisable and mushy to the bite....More

1  Thank Elfilibusterismo
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2018

Thanks for letting us know about your visit! We're sorry to hear that you didn't love the food, though. We always want to make sure that you enjoy your meal with us, so we apologize for this. Hopefully you'll decide to give us another try...More

Nearby HotelsSee all 3 hotels
Porter Square Hotel
119 reviews
1.35 km away
Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Cambridge-Arlington
630 reviews
1.94 km away
Hyatt Place Boston/Medford
995 reviews
2.00 km away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Boston Somerville
1,040 reviews
2.34 km away
Nearby Restaurants
La Cascia's Bakery
23 reviews
.61 km away
Semolina Kitchen And Bar
10 reviews
.50 km away
Sound Bites Cafe
174 reviews
.01 km away
Nearby Attractions
Davis Square
200 reviews
.92 km away
Royall House and Slave Quarters
22 reviews
1.37 km away
Somerville Theatre
53 reviews
.90 km away
Tufts University Art Gallery
7 reviews
1.03 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
March 19, 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from GlobeTrotting300806 | Reviewed this property |
Nope, no line when I went. Weekday at 7 am
Larry C
November 7, 2015|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Ellen M | Reviewed this property |
Parking is tight, but there are meters on Broadway the main street.
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
6:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
6:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
6:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
6:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
6:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
6:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
6:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144-2239
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Somerville
  • Phone Number: +1 617-623-2233
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing