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“Friendly, good food, reasonable”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Classic Cafe

Classic Cafe
Ranked #76 of 111 Restaurants in Arlington
Cuisines: Cafe
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff
Boston, Massachusetts
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167 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Friendly, good food, reasonable”
Reviewed 14 November 2011

The friendly neighborhood atmosphere of the Classic brings us back for more with Mimosa and Paige remembering our standard orders and taking care of us. Depending on how busy things are, the attention to detail can be spotty. As a regular customer, I notice the change in quality of the food from time to time. Don't know if there's a change in the cook or the quality of the ingredients but sometimes it's better than others. That's why the average rather than the above average rating. Can be noisy with seating close together. This is, after all, a neighborhood cafe where people read the paper and drink the regularly refilled coffee over breakfast. Sundays can be very busy so be prepared to wait.

  • Visited November 2011
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1 Thank rickiboston
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boston
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“Better than ever. Mimosa is still the best reason we are a "melting pot"”
Reviewed 7 October 2011

Ran into terrible Mass Pike Saturday traffic trying to get to a wedding party. Everyone was starving, so we turned around and headed back to our old standby diner. Mimosa nearly cried to see our two children, now 21 and 18 after a three year hiatus. While my husband dines there regularly, our kids are busy with college, etc. and had not been back for 3 years at least. I'm pretty picky about my eggs Benedict and can honestly say that a full overhaul has been done on the recipes. Keep in mind that this is a family that bought out the whole shebang from the original owner and has worked BEYOND hard to keep improving through economic drought to bring their own style (Albanian) to this local diner. Omelets, lots of them - try them all - go for it! And likely find yourself and your family in a place that truly appreciates and remembers your business.

  • Visited September 2011
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Thank winterport
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Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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205 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“The local diner”
Reviewed 27 July 2011

Breakfast all day with a great selection of omelets as well as Belgian waffles, pancakes, etc. Nice service. Tables with a few seats at the counter.

  • Visited May 2011
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Thank CarolineMR
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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152 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Welcoming and Friendly Service”
Reviewed 27 May 2011

My sister and I dropped in for a quick lunch and felt so welcome. The hostess/owner is originally from Albania and she suggested a salads with an Albanian twist - they were very tasty. We stopped in a few days later for breakfast and were welcomed back like old friends. I had a waffle with fresh fruit salad (nice chunks of melon, berries, etc.) My sister had an omelette that was quite good although perhaps a tad overcooked. I might suggest that they consider offering real maple syrup as added choice for an additional charge. We will certainly drop in again - I'd like to try one of their interesting sounding main dishes.

  • Visited May 2011
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2 Thank ABroad1
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Good neighborhood diner, great staff”
Reviewed 8 January 2011

The food is good, the room can be a little cramped, the staff is friendly and welcoming--a nice low-key place for breakfast or lunch in Arlington Heights

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