Cafeteria Boston

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$30 and under
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American
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.
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New York Area
59 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Just okay. Salads were average, quesadillas were so spicy you couldn’t taste anything but chipotle. Zero atmosphere inside and we couldn’t wait for an outside table. With all the great options in the area can’t quite say I’d go back

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was la king. Took 45 minutes to get eggs and pancakes. Was maybe 20% full. Had to flag waiter down for everything - coffee refill, pancake syrup.

MC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My friend and I had a lovely dinner on the patio here. The heated lamps were perfect for an early fall evening! Service started off amazing, but as the patio filled up we found ourselves waiting quite some time to close out. But onto the FOOD! The cheeseburger spring rolls are a must-try, and we loved the tomato soup. The artichoke spinach dip was great too, but I'm not a huge fan of goat cheese and that flavor is rather strong in this dish. Overall though, the Newbury St location is ideal, it's lively and fun and a gorgeous setting for good drinks and excellent food. As a Boston resident I'll be recommending this restaurant and I'll be back!

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Honestly, the main thing Cafeteria Boston has going for it is the setting ; they have lots of outside seating. The staff was nice, but the food was mediocre at best. Two of us ordered eggs over medium, and they were incredibly runny. The coffee was warm at best , and that’s being generous. It just seemed like the place wasn’t well managed at all...

S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Pube in our eggs and a dog hanging out on the bar ? ? ?

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The perfect place to grab lunch on Newbury and booking on open table is the best way to go! All meals are great and these are my favorite French fries in Boston, a real treat.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 2ambience 3

Noisy and just average food and drinks for way too $$$$

C
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Four of us had a very nice lunch here. Food was good. Solid choice for a casual meal.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were seated quickly, and our large party had the upper level of the restaurant to ourselves, though we would have appreciated the option to sit outside. The cocktails were delicious and the spinach artichoke dip was also especially good. Burgers were fine, but average.

AB
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food (brunch) and service but if you can’t sit outside I’d go someplace else. The patio is gorgeous, the inside is a little drab & dated. It’s basically a basement turned into a restaurant.

SM
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiters and hostesses are always extremely nice and make sure your food is perfect. Nice, relaxing atmosphere (brunch and lunch), and not too loud.

EG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant...found it by accident after downloading this app.
Was in Boston 4 nights and went twice.
Food choice is eclectic & the vib was fun.
Would throughly reccomend it.

EG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this little gem by accident.
Loved the food & retro disco vib...right up my street.
Would throughly reccommend it!

SK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Chicken Milanese was outstanding. They were out of lemonade which was odd since they feature many varieties on the menu. Server was friendly and helpful, though I did have to wait for the check for a long time.

AL
New England
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was excellent but the food quality does not match everything else.

CK
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed sitting outside in this casual environment. Ordered cheeseburger appetizer and black bean/veg burger. Both were excellent.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The place is cool and very friendly. The food is good but anything besides that.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food.

NF
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Online reservations, does not include outside, BUT you are not told this until you show up. The macaroni and cheese was $30 because we added chicken and bacon. It's good, but not $30 worth of good. The service was great.

V
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We came for lunch during the Saturday of the heat wave and the place was pretty empty, so we got seated right away. The staff was friendly and greeted us right away. Our waiter was good and was open to taking any questions we had throughout our visit.

We ordered a Mediterranean Pizza and Garlic Truffle Fries for lunch, and a slice of Bread Pudding for dessert. Food was at our table in literally 10 minutes. The pizza was REALLY GOOD! Baked perfectly and the vegetables all blended great. The crust was also salted and soft but crunchy (big plus). The truffle fries were really good and perfectly crisp, but covered in oil which I had to dab off with a napkin. The Bread Pudding was soooooooo good and came with a scoop of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream which went perfectly together. AND the slice was pretty big so I was happy we ordered one to share.

Everything was clean, including the bathroom, and the table tops were comfortable for us taller visitors. We were actually rolling laughing cause someone had their making love playlist on that day and some of the songs that came on were definitely not for a restaurant setting LMAO! Other than that everything was cool.

B
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was a huge disappointment for the price.
Pizza crust tasted frozen and artificial.

E
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined outside on the patio and the ambience was fantastic. Our dinner was fresh and delicious. The food arrived quickly and just as we ordered it. Service was attentive and the prices were great for the generous portions we received. Would definitely return!

SE
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice outdoor scene in summer. Fun place to sit and people watch. Prices okay for the area, but since the area - Back Bay - seems to becoming a kind of Silicon Valley East, it is relatively reasonable. The food is fresh and well cooked. Portions could be a little more generous. Nice sangria.

BT
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

All 4 dishes were under seasoned. Server made mistake after mistake

i
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly service and delicious food.

HK
New England
26 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love to eat outside and the Cafeteria is perfect - beautiful, staff is great, food is terrific and prices are manageable. Great all around.

JA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great place to hang out and see and be seen. Must go while in Boston.

MM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

As always was good and Marta our server was very nice and very efficient!! Is the second time that she help us in our visits and we were happy that she got to serve us. Host are very welcoming and the food was delicious

b
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Nice spot for bachelorette dinner, however, I was disappointed as I called ahead to make sure they could do individual checks which they said they could. Upon arriving, I was told that was actually not possible and that they could take a maximum of 4 cards. Delicious food and adequate service but staff did not do anything above and beyond for such large group.

CN
New England
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic and we loved the atmosphere. Would definitely go back again.

DD
New England
54 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a terrific place for a delicious lunch with friendly and mostly efficient service. The portions are generous and the menu offers wide choices that provide something for any and all diners. Definitely a gem among the many mediocre Newbury Street restaurants.

a
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous waiter. We were not very hungry and only ordered an appetizer to share but he acted like we'd ordered a three course meal. The food we did have was fantastic and combined with the service I'd go back for sure.

MS
New England
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We've visited a few times to the restaurant over the years. Found it to be a little dirty and smelly inside. Could smell the bathrooms when you entered the building. It could definitely use a "face lift". Food was good, especially the grass fed burger. Waitress and manager were very very nice!

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere! Excellent food. Loved our server. Would visit again!

B
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The garden salad has WAY to much goat cheese on it. It was like half goat cheese, which is a disgusting amount. My friend and I also got sangrias, which tasted like wine with a shot in it. We took two sips and couldn’t drink more. The waitress saw that and didn’t ask what was wrong :(

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

My friend’s Chicken Milanese tasted like a chicken tender at Burger King. Not worth the money.

[My order] The over-roasted chicken was well cooked and tasted great.

ED
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Food was very EEHHH. Dry pancakes and bland eggs. How do you make a bad mimosa!! Beautiful place, great vibes inside

A
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such delicious food! Really good with gluten free friendly the GF bread was delicious.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great experience overall! I went with a few friends and the staff was very helpful when we had to change the reservation time and number of people in our party. Great place for a casual dinner / night out in Boston. Good outside seating for “people watching”. Cob salad was really good.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always good food!

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