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“Delicious breakfast; excellent, caring service”
Review of Big Bean Cafe

Big Bean Cafe
Ranked #1 of 28 Restaurants in Newmarket
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$1 - US$20
Cuisines: American, Cafe
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Boston, Massachusetts
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Delicious breakfast; excellent, caring service”
Reviewed 15 August 2013

My daughter and I had been at UNH for an early morning hockey clinic and stopped at Big Bean at 11 am for a late breakfast/early lunch. She'd earned all the calories in her mouth-watering biscuits & gravy, eggs and homefries, but I enjoyed my omelet with tomatoes, fresh basil and local sausage just as much. The menu offers omelets, benedicts, scrambles, pancakes and french toast, breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches, salads, and smoothies, espresso drinks, and specialty teas. The bi-weekly specials, currently named after Adventure Time cartoon characters, were especially tempting.

I requested my omelet without the feta that came in it, and the kitchen messed up and sent it out with feta. Our server said, Oops, there's been a mistake, whisked it away, and a new omelet appeared in just a couple of minutes. Clearly getting the new order out was the kitchen's first priority, and the waiter took almost half the cost of the omelet off our bill. It was the best service I've had in a restaurant in ages!

The ambiance at The Big Bean is relaxed, warm and friendly. There were mostly families and groups dining when we were there. At the next table a dad and his two-year-old twins were finishing up pancakes and fruit. The twins were testing to see if they could scream a little bit without being whisked away--alternating little screams and giggles. Everyone took it in stride. The two-year-old from another table came over with her parents to be introduced. When the dad finally coaxed the twin who was determined to stay that they had to get home to mom ("If you stay you'll end up in the kitchen washing dishes" and the toddler paused and thought about it--could be fun! you could tell she was thinking) the waitress swooped in and swept up the crumbs and crayon bits so that a family with much older children on the way to a vacation in Waterville Valley could sit down.

This is a family restaurant in the best sense--the caring service and relaxed vibe were irresistable, and the food was first-rate. Everything about our dining experience here made us feel good. The next time we drive through the area, we will try to time our trip so we can stop for breakfast or lunch at The Big Bean.

  • Visited August 2013
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Hailey, Idaho
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4 reviews
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“our family arrived late and we were greeted with smiles”
Reviewed 8 August 2013

We had a great experience. We were seated immediately and looked at a wonderful menu. All six of us had great meals. I would go back and recommend it to anyone.

  • Visited August 2013
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Dover, New Hampshire
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“New Favorite Restaurant”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

The servers made us feel right at home. You grab your own coffee and refills from the coffee bar and wow the food came fast. I had a breakfast felafel wrap - incredible. They make their own bread & bagels so we bought some day-olds to take home. They did not last long! Highly recommend on all accounts. Fast, friendly, amazing food.

  • Visited July 2013
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Exeter, New Hampshire
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68 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“THE breakfast place in Newmarket”
Reviewed 26 July 2013

the breakfast here can't be beat...and judging by the waiting lines in the summer a lot of people agree...get there early

Visited July 2013
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Newmarket, New Hampshire
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Local, friendly eatery”
Reviewed 1 July 2013

We go here for breakfast almost once a week. Also have had lunch here. Food is fresh, imaginative and delicious. Get here early as it is a small restaurant and fills up fast. However, the turn over is fast do you usually don't have to wait too long.

Visited June 2013
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Thank Arna B
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