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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
Sunday
Closed
Hours:
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Thu - Sat 05:00 - 21:30
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Needham, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Thank aeg100
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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522 reviews
296 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 

Great Falls, Virginia
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62 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Got it through tripadvisor, my go-to source. A little crowded, but reserved ahead of time at 8pm, less busy then. Lamb was fabulous, delicious gravy, spinach bed, loved it. Not a fancy place, just excellent, medium-priced food. Both owners came over and chatted, offered us complimentary taste of cacao-(they call it chocolate) sorbet - fantastic, do not fail to get... More 

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

Thank you for the support. We'll save you an order of the frozen cacao. Have a good Thanksgiving. More 

Irving, Texas
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94 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Go here at least once for the experience. If i were local,this would be my haunt. Very homey,with a lot of personal flair.

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Thank bithead2k
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you. And if you were local, we'd save you your personal table. More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

I came to have dinner on Saturday with my friends. We were offered a cozy table for 4 in the corner, we were gritted by the owner. We came when the other restaurant could not accommodate us that evening, but I was so glad we came to this place. It was nice, warm, food is delicious. We were feeling really... More 

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

Thank you for sharing some time with us. We look forward to saving you another cozy table in the corner. See you soon. More 

Needham, Massachusetts
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Such a warm, friendly place. Every time we go, we love it more. The food is delicious and the staff is very receptive and try very hard to make you feel like you are special. We can't say enough about the center cafe. We have been going there for years. You never feel rushed and it's cool to have the... More 

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

Thank you from all of us. You always have a table here. More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Walk off the commuter train and the sign reads "Welcome to Needham Center. The first building one sees is the remaining section of the old train station designed by famed architect Henry Hobson Richardson and constructed from nearby Dedham granite. This quaint structure houses The Center Café. The husband and wife owners, who for years owned and ran an historic... More 

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

Thank you very much. We look forward to seeing you again so you can enjoy another dessert! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Excellent food with friendly people. Mac/Cheese is awesome. Small place but nice at home atmosphere.

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
thecentercafe, Owner at The Center Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you. We agree......the Mac/Cheese is pretty good.........and thank you for joining us in 'our living room' for dinner. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$30
Cuisine
American
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?