Cafeteria Boston
Cafeteria Boston

Cafeteria Boston

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafeteriaboston.com/
  • Phone: 6175362233x
  • Hours of Operation:
    FOOD: Monday - Friday 11:00am - 11:00pm
    Saturday and Sunday 9:00am - 11:00pm

    Bar open until 1:00am
    Brunch served Saturday and Sunday 9:00am-2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Antonio Perez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Catering is available. Please call 617.536.2233 for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private room on the second floor comfortably accommodates cocktail parties for 100 or a seated dinner for 50 people. The large windows on two sides of the room provide expansive views over Newbury Street and the perfect atmosphere for private lunches, brunch, dinner parties or cocktail receptions. Cafeteria is also available for buyouts as well as private and semi-private functions.
    Clients can choose from a wide array of appetizers, entrees, desserts, beverages and wines, to create the right formula for their function. From passed hors d’oeuvres with drinks, to an intimate dinner party to a gala event, we can customize a menu that’s exactly right for your event.
    We look forward to working with you and planning your upcoming event.
  • Private Party Contact: Demetri Tsolakis 6175362233x
  • Special Events: We kept the straightforward, select what you like, style of a cafeteria, but, at this cafeteria the food comes to you with dining on three levels - outdoors, downstairs and upstairs for special events. Call 617.536.2233 or email info@cafeteriaboston.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Gloucester St.
  • Public Transit: Hynes Convention Green Line; Copley Green line
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available and recommended
A word from Cafeteria Boston
Cafeteria is a cool, casual, contemporary atmosphere where the comfort food of "yesterday" gets schooled by the flavors of "today" to create a dining experience that is "tray chic."

Our new cafeteria-themed menu is a modern interpretation of classic soul-satisfying American dishes prepared with organic grass-fed beef and lamb, free-range chicken, the freshest seafood and organic, local produce. These properly raised ingredients
behave perfectly with a new world of herbs, spices and culinary techniques to create deeply satisfying comfort food for the new millennium.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Cafeteria Boston reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (56)great for lunch (34)neighborhood gem (28)good for groups (26)great for brunch (22)fit for foodies (21)hot spot (17)romantic (9)scenic view (6)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (4)special occasion (4)notable wine list (4)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • the best eatery on Newbury St
    Yanna
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    You can not pass this place up. The food is always fresh and delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • slow and inattentive service
    cocod
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Don't go here if you want a good drink. Bad service. Lazy
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place for friends
    BDdrew
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The expansive menu is the real plus here. Anyone can find something they'll like. The food was good. I'm no foodie, and don't expect top notch culinary masterpieces for every meal, so I would call this food good standard cooking, nothing crazy, but all 3 of us enjoyed our meals- salmon, meatloaf sandwich and Feta pizza. Everyone came away happy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cafeteria
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Easy to make a reservation- got lucky with an 8pm timeslot on a Saturday night. Good food at reasonable prices. Drinks are a bit pricey but that's to be expected on Newbury St. Service was so-so; our server wasn't very attentive and, in fact, we found another server to bring out the birthday dessert as our server was no where to be found. I'd still go back; overall, we had a great time
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A could be worse could be better
    Bostonnative
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Great service, poor atmosphere. The food is always great but our experience was less then. Our server side, most of the staff was standing around in the middle of the dining room gossiping. We've been in several times now and it seems that the dining room always has an unattractive smell to it. That being said the food was great the place looked clean.and our server give great friendly service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite
    IlovespicyfoodVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Best burger in town. Everything here is good. I have been dozens of times and I can say that truthfully. Field trip is my favorite drink. I could eat here every day and never get bored. Service wasn't great this visit but usually is better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not great
    AssistantVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Server disappeared. Had to go looking for her to get the check. Was late for a meeting that had plenty of time to get to otherwise. Was for some reported as a 'no show' to open table. Food is overpriced.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great spot for lunch while shopping
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Had a great lunch here on Labor Day. Everything was very fresh (Lamburger and Cheeseburger (goatcheese) were incredible. Must have the Red Sangria! Best I have had in a long time; and pretty potent. Not the most "glamorous" decor, but still nice for a casual spot. I would highly recommend. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Call
    Ricky
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I was referred here by a friend and it was a great call. Good food, good service in a great location.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jemjam
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Poor and incompetent service; many items not available even though it was early in the evening. Very disappointed. Will not return.sev
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food. No outside reservations
    Kimba
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The overall experience was great: the food was delicious, the wine list was great and the service was wonderful. The one bad thing however tags back to my reservation on open table. I asked for an outside table as it was a sunny day and I had guests from out of town. However, when I got there, I was advised that no reservations were allowed for the patio. It would have been nice if open table or Cafeteria had advised that when I made the arrangements.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good date night spot
    NetOperatorWibby
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I've been here before for my mom's pre-wedding dinner thing a few years ago and thought it would be a good place to try again. My gf is relatively picky about food and she liked her meal okay. I forget what she had, but I had a lobster roll and it was good. We were seated on the second floor and it got really loud throughout the night as more people came in. It wasn't annoyingly loud though, I prefer a good noise level because I don't like people in my conversations, haha.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't let the name fool you...
    Sensei01913
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Yes Cafeteria style food types but with the gourmet touch - lobsta roll to die for; grilled cheese and tomato soup like no other. Can't wait yo go back and try the meat loaf or better yet the mac& cheese. Reasonably priced as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Choice
    kcwood94
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Cafeteria Boston is one of my favorite places. It has great music and the food is excellent. Their Parmesan Fries are DELICIOUS and you can't go there without having one of their strawberry lemonades - comes in a mason jar! Definitely should be on your list of places to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow service, great food!
    m4mom
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Went for our daughter's 19th birthday on Sunday evening. Great food, slow service. Steak, shrimp mac and cheese and tuna burger were all excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was great but unfortunately our waiter was not. He had to " go get paper" twice before being able to actually take our order, we barely saw him, and he brought my friend the wrong drink. We waited a considerable amount of time after asking for our bill and we were just overall disappointed with the visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious al fresco dining
    WhiteyVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We had a great lunch, dining outside on a warm summer day. Everyone enjoyed what they had. Lunch included some delicious salads and sandwiches. Everything was fresh, tasty and just as described on the menu. Our waiter was efficient and treated us well. Found us a little shade on a hot day and made sure we were comfortable. We will be back for dinner soon!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DebbieVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Loved this cute place for brunch. Our server was beyond great! Food was delicious. Fun, fun, fun.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Cafeteria
    iluvf00d
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I have been to Cafeteria Boston for brunch and dinner, and have always had a great experience here. The menu is large and the food tastes amazing. The atmosphere is really fun. I will definitely be back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average food...good location!
    Karenlc5VIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    If location is your thing over the food, this may be your place. They're not kidding when they all it Cafeteria...that's what the food actually tasted like!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good brunch
    backbayfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We reserved a table for seven on Sunday at around 10am and no problem, but they seated us inside upstairs where there weren't too many people. Was hoping for a little more festive atmosphere. View out the windows over Newbury was beautiful. Food was good--breakfast sandwich for me and french toast for my wife and daughter. Overall a nice experience and will probably go back, but nothing spectacular.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Everything was awesome! It was the perfect day to sit outside. Food & drinks were so delish. & server (forgot her name) was friendly & super helpful!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jderwin26VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Cafeteria was delicious! We were lucky enough to go on a beautiful day and sit outside, which made our experience that much better. I ordered the tuna burger and my fiancé and his brother both had the huevos rancheros. We all cleared our plates. This is a must visit on Newbury St!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Agorel
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Service was great, waitress super friendly and helpful
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable but looking tired
    MBBostonVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We dine here fairly regularly--the food is reliably good and the service is excellent--and particularly enjoy dining outside in summer. For Newbury St., this place holds its own, but it is badly in need of renovation. While it is lovely outside, it's rather dingy and worn out looking indoors. Order the Bolognese, salmon, or roast chicken, and any of the salads.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 59 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 643 reviews are from the Cafeteria Boston reviews archive.
  • OK, but...
    BackBayEaterVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Pleasant enough place with good, but not outstanding, food. However, day we ate there their coffee maker was on the fritz and they ran out of some items even though it was only noon.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great menu!
    TheBestorNeverAgain
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Excellent. Will recommend and will go often. Enjoyed all the choices
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to dine along
    Sunday2dayVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    It was a beautiful summer evening in June. I sat outside with many other diners. The patio is very comfortable. Having just getting used to dining alone, I felt fine. The wait staff was very attentive. Food was great. I particularly liked the parmesan fries.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great choice
    GreyStBruin
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    We chose Cafeteria because our group had not seen each other in a while and wanted somewhere tasty and fun. This was a good decision. Everything we ordered tasted fantastic and came quick. We had a server who was a trainee and she was attentive and very friendly - would never have known she was training if she hadn't said so. All around a wonderful experience and we would all come back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really boring food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I had the 3 eggs any style with bacon and it was so boring. I got poached eggs, bacon, and three pieces of toast. It didn't come with any other sides or seasonings. It could have definitely used some veggies or fruit with it, but yo uhad ot order things seperatly if you wnated them with that dish. I won't be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Location location
    judeb
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We had a very nice celebratory lunch sitting in the outdoor patio on a gorgeous day in Boston. I was not too impressed by the food . Although it was good it was overpriced for what I got. I thought that an $11.00 salad would be much more and better than it was.Overall a pleasant lunch experience,but I would probably not eat there again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boston favorite
    Cnpdines
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great restaurant with a simple menu to satisfy any tastes. Love coming in the summer to sit in the patio. Great drink menu!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Abby
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    “Honesty is a very expensive gift; Don't expect it from cheap people.” Warren Buffett "Honestidade é um dom muito caro, não espere que ela venha de pessoas baratas. Warren Buffett Don't u love when people r honest? On father's day I left a ring in a restaurant at Newbury St. called "Cafeteria Boston" the best place in town! The manager called me today to let me know that it is there!!!! Como é bom saber q há pessoas honestas? No dias dos pais eu esqueci um anel em um restaurante na Newbury St. chamado "Cafetaria Boston" o melhor lugar da cidade! O gerente me ligou hoje para me dizer q o anel está lá!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great pizza and salads
    GetbubblyVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Love fig pizza, curried chicken salad, and lobster roll
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    Mikey
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We eat at the Cafeteria more than any other restaurant in Boston. They have an outstanding patio (one of the best in Boston), great food, reasonable prices (by Boston standards), and we are always treated well. The past few visits we have been a bit "high maintenance" since we bring our one year old daughter and our dog. They are still very accommodating with a high chair and giving us a table on the fence so our dog can rest right beside us on the other side. They are actually dog friendly too (not 'dogs tolerated' like other places). They brought my dog a bowl of water and had a few dog treats as well. We love this place and will continue to come back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great date spot
    foodiva
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Very good food, fun vibe, excellent service and staff. Loved our cocktails too! We'll definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is always amazing!
    JakeBoston
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    This is one of my favorite spots in Boston. I have been many many times and the food never disappoints. It's very clean, very friendly, and a great value. I have never had any dish that wasn't good here, but I would definitely recommend the burgers by far. Great place for drinks or a trusty date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Very friendly seating hostesses, accommodating for Sunday patio dining.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot for outdoor lunch
    BerkerycVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Food was good. drinks are good (a little overpriced). awesome outdoor area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • yum
    bonmanVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Cheese burger spring rolls. Brisket. Individual Pies. ...all delish! Quaint and cute atmosphere. Waiter Nick is cute and very attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.