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About 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.

279a Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

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

Cross Street:
Gloucester St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 536-2233

Website:
http://www.cafeteriaboston.com/

Catering:
Catering is available. Please call 617.536.2233 for more information.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available and recommended

Public Transit:
Hynes Convention Green Line; Copley Green line

Executive Chef:
Antonio Perez

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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 info@cafeteriaboston.com

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Mon - Wed 5:00PM - 5:00PM

Cafeteria Boston Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.1

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (13)
Great for Lunch (11)
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Sunday Lunch (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Fun (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Healthy (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Scenic View (5)
Cozy (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Authentic (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Business Meals (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
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Kid-friendly (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2016

Great spot with indoor and outdoor seating, reasonably priced, and a diverse (and delicious) menu!

Tags: Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch
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food5
ambience5
service4
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 20, 2016

Always like Cafeteria for lunch after a spa day with friends or casual get together. Only consistent problem (more chronic now than consistent) is their disgusting bathrooms. Not sure if it's from a lack of attention or some issue with the building's plumbing. But it causes me to rethink just how sanitary the restaurant is overall

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 (New England)·Dined on September 18, 2016

Hello
Our evening started okay until was time to order , every entree we wanted to order was not available. The server was not aware about the meals available . We were celebrating a birthday, I called in advance to request a simple candle. The server brought us the check did not acknowledge the fact that I called and asked him directly to bring us a slice to cake with a candle . About 20 minutes later I found myself looking for the server to remind him again , he was not around , I reached out to his colleague and no luck . We were about to leave the restaurant and someone came with a slice of cake . So sorry to say that I'm disappointed about your service.
Thank you for the opportunity to express my feedback .

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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food3
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service1
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 (New England)·Dined on August 21, 2016

We had a wonderful time at Cafeteria Boston! Our food was yummy and the fries are to die for! Our server was very friendly and the White Sangria was also delicious! Highly reccomend having a bite to eat here if you are in the Newbury Street area!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Sunday Lunch
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food5
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on August 21, 2016

The food was good-not outstanding. Sat outside which was nice- just look out for birds in the trees-my food and my credit card got pooped on! Service was good. Nice to be able to make a reservation for brunch.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Liverpool)·Dined on August 18, 2016

Waitress was incredibly rude, not accommodating at all, food was ok.

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food2
ambience1
service1
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 (New England)·Dined on August 18, 2016

Excellent artichoke dip as an appetizer. Probably the best I've had

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 14, 2016

Restaurant was very hot and food was only mediocre.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 13, 2016

Great service and great food me and my friends had a really good time. Very glad we picked cafeteria

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on August 13, 2016

Went for brunch on a Saturday they gave us the option to sit outside which was great :) the food was amazing and the waitress gave us a great recommendation. Also loved the champagne drink options

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food5
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2016

Great meal

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 (New England)·Dined on August 10, 2016

Consistently good food, great patio always packed.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 8, 2016

Horrible service. Beet salad bad. Fish tacos great.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 8, 2016

Great wait staff and food came out fairly quickly. Asked for salad before entree and it came with entree.

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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on August 6, 2016

It wasn't my first time here, but it was great like usual. I will keep going back!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2016

Food was very good. Wait staff was lost most of the time--hard to fine. Took our drinks when they were 3/4 empty. Hostess were rude....they alone about made us leave tonight.

Obviously the kitchen carries this place!

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food4
ambience3
service2
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 (New England)·Dined on August 3, 2016

Our family met at Cafeteria for an early dinner before a concert at Fenway. We sat outside and thoroughly enjoyed the food, the service, the weather and the vibrant atmosphere. We look forward to a return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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food5
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 3, 2016

Lovely location on Newburyport St. Nice trees for shade. Server Nick was knowledgeable and friendly. But tables for two are too small to reasonably hold drinks and dinner for two. All food - shared appetizer, salad, and pizza - were delivered at once. One of us had to use the pizza tray for a plate. Pizza was cool by the time we got around to eating it. Will go back - food was very good; service was excellent - but will order one course at a time.

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food4
ambience5
service5

 
 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Food here was pretty good and service was pretty good as well. Nothing amazing but still very good and would recommend to others

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 29, 2016

Cafeteria has an amazing menu! I always love whatever I order, service was great!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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service3
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 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2016

Overall it was a very nice meal and a relaxing experience. My beets were a bit too bland but really that isn't why you go here. The lamb burger my niece had was delicious. We sat outside on a very hot day and it was quite nice.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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food3
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service5
value2

 
 (New England)·Dined on July 9, 2016

Food was fabulous; service was great! This was a perfect venue to meet relatives for a birthday brunch!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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food5
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 7, 2016

Great service, great food!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 29, 2016

Loved the vibe here! Met with friends and we ate outside. My chicken Caesar salad was great and I'd love to come back with my husband for a date night!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 25, 2016

The service here is impeccable. Very warm and friendly, the most I've experienced in all of Back Bay. Waitresses are attentive, polite, and spot on with their warm and welcoming demeanor. The food complements the staff with great tasting fresh cuisine. Indoors is a little quiet on a nice day but can seat outside without reservation; its a popular choice on a sunny Boston summer day (rare).

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on June 25, 2016

Food and service was ok, but we found a fly in one dish. Manager and staff were apologetic and took of dish and one beer.

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food2
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 24, 2016

Casual place on Newbury St. Food isn't super noteworthy, but it's usually easy to get into when I'm in a pinch. I've never had a bad meal here, but I wouldn't come for a special occasion or anything.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on June 23, 2016

Food is great but it's too loud! It's hard to listen and converse. The service is spotty, you'll get a good waiter/waitress but other times you have to wait a while to be greeted or for a water refill. I keep coming back for the spinach artichoke dip.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 21, 2016

I had the macaroni and it was not good at all. It tasted like something you could make out of a box from the grocery store. Regretted going to Cafeteria because there are so many other great food options around like MET Back Bay.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 18, 2016

Our food came very quickly, but it took en exceedingly long time to get our check. The food was good, but nothing outstanding. The outdoor seating was very nice and is great for people watching!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2016

Great for groups. Fun drinks and appetizers- definitely try the cheeseburger spring rolls!

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 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2016

My daughter took her friend here for the friend's 16th birthday. Perhaps, because they were kids, the waiter did not notice that one dish was garnished, the other was not. He brought the check, without asking if they'd like dessert (they did want dessert and went elsewhere.) BUT, all in all, they were both happy with the food, especially the salads, and the atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 12, 2016

I had skipped Cafeteria many times because of the "meh" reviews, and I should have continued to do so. It really is a fun atmosphere, very lively and busy. I would say that is the best reason to go. I ordered the lobster roll ($22), and it was okay. The bun was too big (bread:lobster ratio was off), and I asked if I could have half fries/half greens (the options for the side). Most places will gladly accommodate this request, but our server nicely shared that they don't do that anymore. So I went with the "parmesan frites". These are really just those twice-cooked fries you see everywhere, and are truly nothing special. My plate arrived, and it looked so sad and sparse. Maybe I got a half side of fries and no greens? Our server was nice, but seemed eager to move us along. We'd had the menu for about 60 seconds, and he came by saying, you look ready! I get it, but no, not ready at all.
Basically it seems like a fun place to drink on the patio.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 5, 2016

Lobster roll with Parmesan fries were good but can be a bit too much roll. They don't skimp on the lobster but for market price, I don't expect anything less.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 5, 2016

This is a terrific causal restaurant at the upper end of the Back Bay neighborhood. We had prompt service and generous sized portions of food for our brunch gathering. The French toast was tasty and the huevos rancheros was large and flavorful. The eggs with two pancakes was terrific. Not romantic but a great choice for our group of six.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 5, 2016

We heard this was a great place and were unpleasantly surprised. The food was quite expensive and not particularly good. The music was very loud and the service was inattentive. Other than that, a fine place to dine.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 20, 2016

We were frustrated by be passed over for outdoor seating since the names around us were crossed out. We were estimated 30 minutes and after about 50 minutes I checked and we were able to be seated after some convincing I had put my name down. Luckily the bartender (female) made fantastic drinks so we were able to catch up at the bar. The food was fantastic and it was a beautiful night to eat outside.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 18, 2016

Disappointed they took off my favorite dish (meatloaf) from the menu, however it was delicious

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 15, 2016

We went to Cafeteria for brunch before my daughter's graduation. It was very nice and as usual the food was good. But we made a few simple requests that they didn't have - English breakfast tea and sugar free syrup. My sister requested her eggs on top of her breakfast potatoes and we were told they couldn't do that. I've never had any issues before so maybe it was just a bad day.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 15, 2016

Breakfast pizza amazing craving it already! I live out of state will try to recreate recipe at home.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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