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Cafeteria Boston

979 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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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
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Phone number
(617) 536-2233
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Antonio Perez
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Catering is available. Please call 617.536.2233 for more information.
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Cross street
Gloucester St.
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Parking details
Valet parking is available and recommended
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Public transit
Hynes Convention Green Line; Copley Green line
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Special events & promotions
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
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

Loved it, it was a great time with great service

OpenTable Diner (Adelaide / SA)
1.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

Food came out with a hair on it

vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

Awesome food!

Stoneshare (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 8, 2017

Great location, great food, great service. Fun spot for a quick lunch on Newbury Dtreet.

vipIwatchtoomuchfoodnetwork (New England)
4.0  Dined on November 6, 2017

Dined at Cafeteria twice last week while attending a conference at the Hynes Convention Center (this place is like 400 feet from front door to front door). The first day I was there for Brunch, which was fine but not outstanding. One day later, I was there with a different group of colleagues for lunch, and was much happier. The lunch menu is better - more interesting. In both cases the food was delicious (the bolognese I had for lunch was absolutely fantastic) and my colleagues also seemed really happy with their lunch dishes and just mediocre about the brunch fare the day before. I actually think Cafeteria should to a menu overhaul - this sounds picky but the look of the menu gives you low expectations. Cafeteria's ambiance is bright, casual and pleasant - but with their current menu you get more of a "diner" feel. With a different, more elegant menu it would have more of a "delightful luncheon" feel. Of course, if the target audience is hipsters they're probably right on target, and I should buy some ironic T-shirts.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

Best French toast in all of boston! Wish I could eat here every day.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on October 29, 2017

Great food, service slow. Group next to us incredibly loud and should have been told to keep it down. Once they left the entire room’s noise level returned to normal!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 29, 2017

We went to Cafeteria Boston with our twins, age 3, for Sunday breakfast and were pleasantly surprised by the experience. The kid-sized portions were appropriate and extremely palatable (I'm going to get the kids pancakes for myself next time) but weren't really "kid food" but smaller portions of terrific, in this case, brunch. Also, the coffee was really good (and I'm a total coffee snob). With a great ambiance on the terrace and an attentive staff - my first coffee was on the cool side - we got a great value for our family. We absolutely will go back next time we're in the neighborhood.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

Great menu, something for everyone! Service was fantastic. Food arrived hot and fresh. Will definitely go back.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

Love the patio at Cafeteria, but if you can't sit on the patio ask to sit upstairs inside. Awesome food and great drinks. Highly recommend for brunch or lunch.

vipJames (New England)
4.0  Dined on October 10, 2017

Good spot. Relatively cheap for being on Newbury, wide variety of options on the menu, nice patio, food was good.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on October 8, 2017

Poor service. Never brought a 2nd drink I asked for. Distracted kids working there.

vipHarp28 (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

Great service and decent food.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

Showed up on time for our reservation and there were quite a few walk in parties. The hostess took their names down and said she would be with us in a minute. I watched her seat a few of the walk in over 20 minutes. I walked over and asked if she forgot about us and she answered yes! They then stuck us in a tiny table outside with no umbrella directly in the sun. Food was meh - truly unimpressive.

You are better off waiting at one of the other restaurants on the block.

vipDebbie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 6, 2017

Beautiful outdoor lunch to celebrate a special birthday! Food is delicious with great service!