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Ball Square Cafe

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708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144
+1 617-623-2233
06:30 - 15:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food and cute space. I recommend the grilled smash potatoes they where so delicious! Our waiter Brad was awesome and super attentive. I definitely will go back!

Thank Joemarie H
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52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here from recommended reviews from this website. I was very excited to try their corn beef hash (14.95). It reminded me of pressed salmon loaf very disappointing experience from start to finish. Very overpriced for a place you have to serve yourself coffee. You have to wait out side for a table very small diner moved right along but... More 

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Hull, Massachusetts
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190 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very pleasant bustle. Very tasty food arrives quickly. All of the staff pay attention to you so when they ask if you need anything they mean it and will get it. You do get your own coffee and drinks. Fun place!

Thank Timothy5
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this review

I'm so happy you enjoyed everything, Timothy! Great to know our team took such wonderful care of you this time, and I hope you'll come see us for another bite of breakfast soon. All the best, Mike, Owner More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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230 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

First off expect to wait in line to get in. They do have overhead heaters which is nice. Small number of tables inside which party's of 3 might have the option of sitting at a small table - better than waiting outside! Self service brewed coffee, tea and water. Large menu with lots of options to choose from. A big... More 

Thank pdxballard
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this review

So glad we could make that wait a little easier with some big smiles and hot coffee! It's great to know you enjoyed our big bites once you made it inside, too. Hope we'll get to welcome you back sometime! Best, Mike, Owner More 

Andover, Massachusetts
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54 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Today we went to Ball Square Cafe with friends for brunch. This was our 3rd visit there and their food never disappoints. We ordered Mexican Omelet, Asparagus and Prosciutto Eggs Benedict, Moroccan Eggs, Tijuana Omelet and Coconut Macaroon French Toast. They serve omelets and Moroccan Eggs with a complimentary choice of either Home Fries (grilled mashed) or Diced Potatoes and... More 

Thank ZestnLeisure
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this review

Seeing your note on each new platform has continued to make me happier and happier! Thank you, thank you, and thank you again for showing us some love on Yelp, Google, and Trip Advisor -- I can't tell you what your support means to us. All the very best, Mike, Owner More 

Copper Mountain, Colorado
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133 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Look no further than the Benedict Menu! 5 STARS! So delicious! My buddy and I shared the PASTRAMI and the CRAB - both were sooo tasty!

Thank Joshua S
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this review

So happy you found everything you wanted on our eggs Benedict menu, Joshua! I'm thrilled you two loved the pastrami and crab as much as you did, and we can't wait to welcome you back to try some of our other dishes soon! Best, Mike, Owner More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Went for brunch on a Sunday morning. Line was out the door; but, but owner offered everyone coffee while waiting. Had to wait for nearly an hour; but the food was worth it. Amazing breakfasts. Eggs benedict and stuffed french toast were to die for. Portions were huge and the bottomless coffee was much appreciated.

Thank Mia R
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this review

I'm so happy your brunch was worth the wait, Mia! It's great to know that coffee warmed you up while you were in line, too. We love making you feel so welcome here, and I hope we'll get to do it again next time you're craving some eggs Benedict! All the best, Mike, Owner More 

Taipei, Taiwan
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

A cute and cozy breakfast place in Somerville. The staff is very friendly and they offer a great variety of food, including lunch plates. Customers help themselves with coffee and there are several options to choose from, such as French vanilla, hazelnut, décaféiné, regular, medium roasted, dark roasted, etc. You can try a different one when you refill. If you're... More 

Thank taipeibear
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this review

So happy you came by to spend some time with us! It's our pleasure to make you feel at home here, and I'm thrilled you were such a fan of everything from our self-serve coffee station to those Moroccan eggs. Can't wait to serve you again! Best, Mike, Owner More 

North Berwick, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

There was a long queue which we took to be a good sign and it was. The friendly owner made sure we all knew how long the wait would be and there was a hot drink service while you waited. In fact the wait was not too bad and the French toast, eggs Benedict and pancakes were well worth the... More 

Thank SallyD989
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this review

I'm so happy every bit of your breakfast was worth the wait, Sally! It really means a lot to us that our guests are willing to stand in line for a table, and I'll never stop appreciating that. Hope we'll have the pleasure of serving you more French toast, eggs Benny, and pancakes sometime! All the best, Mike, Owner More 

Somerville, Massachusetts
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Really nice place to get breakfasr. There's always a feud in this Square about who has the best breakfast. I like the atmosphere of the Ball Sq Cafe and the help is reaaly nice as well!

Thank ddlily
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for those kind words! I have to say, there are some fantastic spots here in the Square, and we're just honored to be considered one of them. I hope we'll get to serve you next time you're in the neighborhood! Best, Mike, Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
06:30 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Somerville
  • Phone Number: +1 617-623-2233

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?