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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.0

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (21)
Casual (20)
Great for Lunch (16)
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People Watching (15)
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Great for Brunch (13)
Good for a Date (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Healthy (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Scenic View (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Cozy (5)
Authentic (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Business Meals (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Loved it, it was a great time with great service

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food came out with a hair on it

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Awesome food!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2017

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

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Cozy, Fun
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vip
 (New England)·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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

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

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·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!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: People Watching, Kid-friendly
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New England)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Casual, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·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.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

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

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great service and decent food.

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 (New York Area)·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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

fabulous service and accommodated our music requests.

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Only have seen the outside dining area, but it's really pretty! I had a decent amount of options as a vegan and my non-vegan friends loved their food as well.

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Casual, Healthy, Organic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Vegan, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Outstanding food but service was just so-so. Our coffee took far too long to show up (our waiter pulled a disappearing act later handwaved by a manager as "he's at the brew station"). The kids ordered the pancakes (1 order was enough for them to split), but even though we had two orders of pancakes at the table we had to ask repeatedly for syrup, as none came with the food. On the other hand, the pancakes, the huevos rancheros, and the French toast were all excellent (the coffee wasn't worth the wait). Go for the food for sure, but don't be surprised if the wait staff needs a bit of prodding.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch
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food5
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

We had so much fun. We were tired from moving into college apartment, and this was a perfect fix. Josh is so charming and fun and knowledgeable. The food was really good, and it hit every mark for a nice family evening out.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, People Watching
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on August 25, 2017

spent a few days in boston for my son's graduation and found this gem - great patio, delicious food - NOT your grandmother's cafeteria!

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Lobster rolls were very tasty; perfect amount of dressing just to hold the lobster together.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

I had a good experience, the food was very good, and the drinks where great. The chairs are very old and unstable. Overall a good experience

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great date spot. The food was awesome. Loved the drinks

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 (New England)·Dined on August 11, 2017

We had a reservation for inside, but there was a table on the patio so we ended up eating there, which was fantastic! Only one beer on draft. We got the spinach artichoke dip to start, which was more pureed than we expected but very tasty. My group got the fish and chips (well cooked, but needed a little salt, which wasn't on the table), the gazpacho (delicious), burger (slightly overcooked - med well instead of medium - but tasty), and taco salad (a little lacking on dressing, but otherwise good). Service was impeccable, waters were filled regularly, and our food was delivered in a timely manner. Great experience, and a perfect dinner before heading to Fenway!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 11, 2017

I've been to Cafeteria on numerous occasions and I always love my visit! The food is always fantastic & their red sangria is my go-to beverage. Fun & consistent, Cafeteria has a solid choice for dining.

Tags: Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on August 8, 2017

The service was awful, customers who came after us were served before us. We waited almost 45 min for salad, grilled cheese, and a fish entree. The server seemed as if he didn't care we waited so long even after we complained. The food was mediocre, they forgot my chicken on my salad and the chicken came out asap after I complained, which makes me question the quality and freshness of it. Even the spinach artichoke appetizer took 20 min to come out. The restaurant wasn't even that full, which means there's no reason why it should have took so long. The only thing that i appreciated was when the server took my card after my friends fought me over the bill lmao. The service has gone so downhill, and I will not be returning after being a loyal customer.

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·Dined on August 6, 2017

The truffle fries were absolutely amazing and the specialty margarita was very strong and tasty

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Nice place without being pretentious. Consistently good food. Generous portions. Overall great experience.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Our waiter kept disappearing for an eternity, and several times we needed to ask the hostess or another server to track him down. The noise was out of control (not helped by a screaming baby, but even besides that conversation echoed off the basement walls and concrete floor). The food was OK and reasonably priced, but uninspired. I was told the dish I really wanted, the chicken, would have a wait time 25 minutes longer than the other meals (why?!) so I substituted with the cod--which was paired with ice-cold asparagus, which seemed to be intentional but was unappetizing. On top of that, the booth was apparently made for very twiggy people - my average-sized dinner companions were not at all comfortable. Overall, not a pleasant experience.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Great outdoor dining spot!

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Bathrooms were disgusting
Everything was Dirty
Bathrooms were Un attended the entire hours I was dining there. Made me feel sick.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Great Thursday night dinner. Delicious burgers, salads and sangria. We sat in the basement bar area and it was a bit loud. Fast and friendly service.

Tags: Hot Spot, People Watching, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Fun, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 26, 2017

The food and service was very good and attentive. The noise level started out comfortable and easy to have a conversation but later the noise became uncomfortably loud. Difficult to have a conversation.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Great food and nice service

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Good place for a burger and very casual eating - very loud - red wine was "hot"

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 (New England)·Dined on July 16, 2017

I've been to Cafeteria a few times and each time it's pretty tasty. I'd say the brunch is above average for Newbury and well priced. The portions are also very large, so you could share dishes as well.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Truffle fries were unbelievable. Great service and the outdoor seating makes for great people watching.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Very impressed. Really enjoyed the place, atmosphere, music, food

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 (New England)·Dined on July 8, 2017

I've been to Cafeteria many times now and the food never ceases to be great! They always have fresh fruit and brunch on the weekend is an absolute must to do! Their lunch options are also very great! Although the vegetarian options are few, they're so tasty that I keep revisiting. The Spinach dip is a must-have!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Authentic, Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Great prickly pear margaritas!!!

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