Center Cafe is a fine addition
Center Cafe is a fine addition to Needham's restaurants. The food was very good, and we felt comfortable in the room, except that at times it was loud enough so that conversation was difficult.
3/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
great food and great service-Very
great food and great service-Very involved management-and eager to please!!
3/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
Tucked away in an old train
Tucked away in an old train depot, The Center Cafe is a hustling and bustling spot. Dining here is like going to a friend's house for dinner, with the staff greeting you as you enter and depart by an open kitchen. The starters, a spinach and arugula salad and a plate of prociutto and mozzarella, were delightful. The lamb was delicious and perfectly cooked, and the salmon pasta was so delicious, we wanted to lick the bowl. The wine list is impressive, with many good wines at affordable prices. We'll definitely return.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Center Cafe is our go to spot
Center Cafe is our go to spot when we aren't sure where to go. The food is always good and the hospitality is unlike any place else. So glad to have them here in Needham!
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time diner. Enjoyed
First time diner. Enjoyed very much. Table ready when arrived. Service was excellent and owners were very attentive!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food at the Center Cafe
The food at the Center Cafe is out this world. The service is swift and not intrusive. The atmosphere is low key and very friendly. It is like visiting a friend for dinner. We love this place and visit as often as we can.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Casual gem in Needham! Very
Casual gem in Needham! Very good food! The owners are very attentive with great humor!
4/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
We are from Western MA and found this restaurant with the highest level of ratings on both Open Table and Yelp. Another out of town guest was staying at the Sheraton and this was the closest place with the best ratings. We were greeted by the owner who was friendly and attentive. It felt as if we were visiting his home. The food was outstanding. Every one at our table raved about the food. The service exceeded expectations - even the kitchen staff stuck their heads out to thank us for our business. I would recommend this to locals as well as visitors from wherever.
4/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
I brought 2 friends, one of them a lady of 92. We had very nice drinks, and the food was superb. I particularly like that the menu has a number of items with a 'petite' option: smaller portions. My friends had burgers with various toppings, which they said were excellent. I had lamb chops with layered potatoes and broccoli (petite portion). Very very good. The waitress was very attentive and helpful. The owner Steve welcomed us and came by several times to check on us. All in all, a great evening.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Friendly, gluten free menu avail.
Third visit. I need GF food and they master it- including GF rolls so you don"t feel left out when everyone else is enjoying their bread. The ribs are great- tasty,large portion, not too messy . My gluten eating friends loved the pasta with salmon dish- light cream sauce. Also the chicken cutlet was yummy. A number of the items are offered in petite portions.
This is a family run place, very friendly The owner is attentive to guests, filling in where needed. The small dining area can accomodate larger groups although that can potentially tax the kitchen as everything is made to order. There is a 5-6 seat bar as you enter the building which was formally a small train station right at the commuter rail in Needham.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful gluten-free dining option
Staff paid extra attention to our gluten-free dining needs. Food was excellent!
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great neighborhood gem
Terrific service, engaging owner, friendly & personable wait staff, delicious food, very fairly priced. Try the home made sorbet for dessert!
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the Sole'
I have eaten here twice and both times I chose the sole! It is light, with just the right amount of lemon. This is a family run establishment, very warm and welcoming.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Center Cafe is a true
The Center Cafe is a true Gem in Needham! Syeve paid great attention to our dining experience and the entire staff was great. Terrific food and drink!
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent, personal service
This is a great little place in Needham! Both times we've been there, the food was very good and the service was excellent.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great little spot
The Centre Cafe is a great local spot. We always enjoy the food and service. The lamb chops were excellent ! They were very tender and the sauce was delicious.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a local gem with excellent food and reasonable prices. They seem to try very hard to please and generally succeed. We have eaten there at least half a dozen or more times and with the exception of one Saturday evening when they seemed to be overwhelmed have never been disappointed.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hidden away Gem!
What a fabulous place for great food/service and fun. The owners are fabulous and make you feel like you are eating at their home. Nothing is a problem, they accomodate your every wish. The food is fesh and so yummy. Make sure you leave room for dessert!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
our visit to the Center Café. While the food isn't traditional comfort food, you definitely feel comfortable being there and the food is always very good. Friendly staff and remember you when you come in. Owner Steve is a great guy, very engaging and the staff takes care of you. Food is very good and always well prepared. They take pride in their place and it shows. Not a fancy place but the focus is more on the food and the service and that is important to me. We go there often.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Center Cafe is a real find. It is a true neighborhood restaurant with excellent food, a surprisingly large and good menu supplemented with specials, friendly and attentive service, and an owner who makes every customer feel at home. Bravo!!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great neighborhood find!
This is a wonderful family-owned business with a warm atmosphere, excellent food, drinks, and service. I would recommend this place for any occasion.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Nice Surprise
This was the first time that my husband and I dined at the Center Cafe. We did not really know what to expect. The food was very tasty and the staff was very friendly. We felt comfortable in a place where we did not know anyone. We will definitely go back.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
They never fail!
This is my second time and my first time for my husband to eat at Center Cafe! He travels a lot therefore doesn't get too excited about any restaurant. The next day early in the morning while driving to go play golf, he texted me and confessed that this restaurant was GREAT! The food, service, and the feeling of being special to the point that you feel like you are eating/being treated at their home for dinner, makes this spot so special!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been there three times in the past month, just beacuse it is SO great! Relaxing, fun amazing family/service, fabulous food, just all around great! Casual elegance, you feel like you are eating at their home. So cozy and comfortable! Make sure you have their vanilla ice cream with butterscotch/caramel sauce (they make) and have them add some banannas, touche! Everything is fresh and so darn YUMMY! I have had their lamb chops, duck and last time their Blue Fish special. All were so fantastic, I want to keep going and try each main course. Nothing like watching the train go by!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Friendly Find in Needham
As a former chef and restaurateur I can be very picky, but my family and I found this to be a welcoming place that we will return to. The food was excellent, and I can't remember a friendlier staff. It was our family's first time dining here. The hosts actually shook our hands and thanked us for coming as if we had been regular patrons that had been coming for years. This place is a gem.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good local eats
This is a good casual dining spot at a reasonable price. It was just what I was looking for when I wanted to eat out with friends and just catch up without feeling hurried. Casual, friendly and reasonably priced. Food was good for the price with ample portions.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
First rule: ALWAYS try the specials
Vanessa is a great executive chef, and she knows sauces like no one's business. The ocean perch was served on a small mound of cappellini that had been tossed with delicate pieces of asparagus and green beans, lightly finished with a touch of lemon... Glad to see Center Café doing well.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great find
Center Cafe never disappoints. Food is presented well and is always delicious. Wait staff is friendly, attentive, and accommodating. A great place to dine.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great family run neighborhood gem!
Something for everyone on the menu. Great ingredients - fresh - delicious. Can't wait to go back!
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Overall had an enjoyable evening.
Overall had an enjoyable evening. The food was very good and the restaurant had a good buzz. The wait staff was engaging and gave great recommendations.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Center of Food
We always enjoy our visits to the Cafe. Steve and hisvstaffvare great they remember us each time and have some new taste treat to try.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoyable dining experience!!
I can't say enough about the Center Cafe. From the wonderful food, to the terrific staff and the warm welcome we received when
we arrived, my friends and I had an extremely enjoyable dining experience. I would highly recommend the Center Cafe to friends
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Restaurant Always Delivers
My husband and I have been to this restaurant 3 times and each time the food has been great. . The owner is friendly. He makes you feel so welcome. We brought a friend with us the last time and she also loved the place.
12/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
I like the family friendly
I like the family friendly ambiance of this family run restaurant. The bartender is very accommodating if you want a special drink.
12/12/2013 4:00:00 PM