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John Bale Books and Cafe

158 Grand St, Waterbury, CT 06702-1909
+1 203-757-2279
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  • Excellent18%
  • Very good64%
  • Average9%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible9%
“Nice place for lunch”
6 Jul 2017
“Books and food!!”
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158 Grand St, Waterbury, CT 06702-1909
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Reviewed yesterday

Variety of lunch choices. They mix it up a lot. Good coffee and fresh pastries. Very nice atmosphere. Always running into someone I know. Popular spot.

Thank chriszp11
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

Anytime books are near food is a good combination...two of my favorite things! I wish I could have stayed longer and had an experienced more of the menu other than the coffee, which was good! Maybe next time! Pleasant and helpful staff as well.

Thank Jeanette524
Reviewed 15 April 2017

John Bale is a bookstore with food. You can get breakfast or lunch or just a good cup of coffee. Sit around the large tables, meet friends or strike up conversations with complete strangers. Every town should have such a place.

Thank W-Hartford_CT
Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

The website says they are open on Saturday at 11 but that was not true. We walked over at 11 and nothing...No info on the door re opening hours...nothing. So if the web site is correct why weren't they there and if it's not apparently...More

Thank teddib912
Reviewed 5 October 2015

Bale's has some of everything -- homemade soups and stews,frittatas, generously-sized sandwiches, and a wide selection of homemade desserts, including the enormous cupcakes. Grab takeout, or stay and browse their selection of used books.

Thank SavvyTraveler618
Reviewed 4 September 2015

Great place to grab a fast breakfast sandwich and a coffee. This location is actually a great place if you have to kill some time as there are many seating options and plenty of things to read. This location is also within walking distance to...More

Thank Dan C
Reviewed 28 August 2015 via mobile

Great coffee. Decent food. Brownies that are likely illegal. Ice cream. Downtown location. Books galore. Great environment. Servers are friendly and enthusiastic. Limited selection. Been in 4 times now. Fills the bill. :-))

Thank David H
Reviewed 19 April 2015 via mobile

Must try fresh breakfast you will love this spot atmosphere is amazing best stop to get breakfast without the crowded mess great menu great food great service

Thank guzmanmcg
Reviewed 10 December 2014

Just had coffee and a bagel at John bale and was pleased with the food and service. Coffee is self serve, so don't expect a latte with a Christmas tree design. Bagel was toasted perfectly and had just the right amount of cream cheese.

Thank chrisooo
Reviewed 9 December 2014

We went here for high tea. We browsed the book collection first, which is fairly extensive. There are some unique books upstairs, near the tea room. High tea was a fabulous experience! For only $10, you get as much as you want from their little...More

Thank imazebo1
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Breakfast, Lunch
Open Hours
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 17:00
10:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 158 Grand St, Waterbury, CT 06702-1909
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Waterbury
  • Phone Number: +1 203-757-2279
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