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Ball Square Cafe

708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144-2239
+1 617-623-2233
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (13 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (19 reviews)
“french toast” (24 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144-2239
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Found this place on a recent trip with my husband and young children. Perfect breakfast place! Great tasting food and good portions. I could order just one pancake for my 4 year old. Great selection of self-serve coffee, tea and other beverages. Free refills with...More

Thank PCHan888
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

I'm so happy you found us! It's wonderful to hear you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you again soon! -Mike, Owner

Reviewed 7 November 2017

From the moment we set foot in this little café we were treated like we were the only people that mattered...our waiter was so attentive...and the service was great as was the food..for the 1st time ever the picture you saw on the menu was...More

Thank Patricia09Fanning
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Patricia, I'm so happy you felt welcome and taken care of while you were here. And it's great to hear your meal was exactly what you were wanting and expected. Hope to see you back again soon! -Mike, Owner

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Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

You know, the first time I was here, I was taken care of so well and felt confident about wanting to return. Today, I can't quite say I'd return when back to Boston. Food quality was maybe a 3 out of 5 as I tasted...More

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Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Lanexa, like I said in response to your Yelp review -- I'm sorry your recent experience wasn't up to par. While I'm thrilled our French Toast left a memorable impression with you, I'm disappointed your meal this time around didn't wow you over. Beyond that,...More

Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

If you show up on weekends you'll see a line. Don't let that scare you off. First, it's there for a reason. The food is that good. Second, it moves fast. Third, you'll be entertained in line talking to your neighbors and sampling the free...More

Thank Hammbrook
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

Thanks for coming by, and we so appreciate that tip about the line! We're pleased it's always worth the wait. Always happy to make it fun -- those samples are the best. The staff here cares so much about every experience being the most personable...More

Reviewed 2 October 2017

Ball Square Café is located in "North Somerville" across from the old B&M Railroad Station site, soon to have the T "Green Line" opening there. The restaurant is a family run effort and offers all of your traditional New England favorites. The hash is a...More

Thank Fozman72
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2017

I'm so happy to hear you're a fan of our breakfast favorites -- especially the hash! Thank you for taking the time to leave your thoughtful review, and I hope you'll be back our way again soon. All the best, Mike, Owner

Reviewed 2 October 2017

On a weekend, the line will wrap all around the block. That alone tells you everything you need to know.

Thank TangoCarmen
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2017

Thanks for the high rating! Our place does get pretty hopping on the weekends -- thank you so much for taking the time to wait in order to enjoy a delicious breakfast with us! Hoping to see you again soon, Mike, Owner

Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

Visited here while staying in Boston, there was a little line but it quickly went down and the owner was really good at letting us know when the table would be ready! Breakfast was awesome! Huge portions and such good quality ! Thoroughly recommend -...More

Thank Shoegal1990
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

I'm thrilled you loved your Tijuana omelet! Thank you for the recommendation. I hope you'll come back to see us next time you're in the area. Thank you, Mike, Owner

Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

Ball Square Cafe is so good that you can count on a line of people waiting eagerly to pick from the huge menu of omelettes, waffles, and benedicts. The wait will be worth it! Half orders are available for many items, so if the macaroon...More

Thank Jason S
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2017

Thrilled to know you're such a fan of ours, Jason! I hope you'll be back again soon -- I know the French toast and pastrami Benedict are calling your name. Take care, Mike, Owner

Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

We had a nice lunch at the Ball Square Cafe. The wraps were good (Texas and Marinated Chicken wraps), but the Spinach Salad was disappointing mainly because the menu did not indicate that the pine nuts were caramelized, which made it unexpectedly and unfortunately sweet....More

Thank David K
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2017

I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed the two wraps you had, David! It's unfortunate the pine nuts had such an impact on your experience -- we would have been happy to make that substitution, so we apologize it wasn't clearly listed on the menu....More

Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Nice local feel and CROWD! tight quarters but worth any wait! Great care in perfecting dishes with wonderful staff!

Thank Eric R
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2017

I'm so glad you love our local vibe and dishes, Eric! I hope you'll make it back our way again soon. Take care, Mike, Owner

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19 March 2017|
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Response from | Reviewed this property |
Nope, no line when I went. Weekday at 7 am
Larry C
7 November 2015|
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Response from Ellen M | Reviewed this property |
Parking is tight, but there are meters on Broadway the main street.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144-2239
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Somerville
  • Phone Number: +1 617-623-2233
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