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Club Café

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313 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem

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About

This Award Winning, South End/Back Bay Landmark located in the Pledge of Allegiance Building, has been serving excellent American Cuisine since 1983. Free live nightly piano & vocals entertainment mix with excellent dining by Chef Luis, in a relaxing and inviting atmosphere. This recently remodeled restaurant, provides some of Boston’s best dining values, including Bostons' Best Brunch Value
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Continental, International
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: beginning at 5:00pm. Bar open till 2:00am (Please note we are 21+ ONLY after 9:30pm)
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Phone number
(617) 536-0966
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Luis
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Private party facilities
There are two private rooms, one of the rooms (capacity 125) is complete with audio visual, flat screen TV's, and a stage. In addition a smaller room can accommodate up to 50 people with full audio visual capabilities
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Private party contact
James Morgrage: (617) 536-0972
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Catering
An extensive catering menu is available. Club Cafe has private seated dining areas for parties as small as 12 to 15 people, and as large as 100+. We also can accommodate cocktail parties for up to 300 people, in multiple rooms with multiple entertainment options.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Berkeley St.
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Parking details
Primary parking is in the John Hancock Parking Garage, one block south. Enter on Clarendon Street. Additional open air lots are located across from Club Cafe. Limited on street and metered parking is also available. Meters in effect util 8pm.
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Public transit
Orange line - Back Bay, Exit Orange Line at Clarendon Street exit and go one block north on Columbus Avenue. Green Line - Arlington Street Exit on Arlington Street and walk east to Columbus Avenue. Right on Columbus Avenue, 1 block to Berkeley Street. Entrance is on Columbus Avenue.
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Entertainment
Piano entertainment in our Napoleon Room Cabaret & dining room; 8pm, Sunday's 6:30pm. Monday's Drag Bingo & RuPaul Drag Race viewing parties, Trivia Tuesday's, Karaoke Wednesday's, Hot Body Thirsty Thursday's, Friday & Saturday Dance party beginning at 10pm.
Back to Basic's Disco T-Dance Sunday's beginning at 5pm. Check out our web site at www.clubcafe.com for all up coming events.
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Special events & promotions
Wine dinners and shows are announced on our web site and to our customers via our mailing list. Visit www.clubcafe.com to join our "Club Cafe Members Club" where Members earn discounts and invitations to VIP Only Events.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.9
service
3.8
ambience
4.1
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on March 5, 2016

Reserved table for two 6:00pm, of which was a birthday celebration for my husband. At that time of evening, I would certainty think the service would have been exceptional? We gave the food server sufficient amount of time to place our order and time the food. ( I am former waiter) Drinks took awhile. We ordered an appetizer. Then ordered the entrees 20 minutes later. I ordered a salad to start, and then the entrees. The dinner came in 10 minutes- with the salad? My husband ordered sirloin steak, but ended up with Lamb. I ordered a pumpkin ravioli, but got a different kind. I did not complain, but I had to track down food server to advise that my husband was brought the wrong item. The Food Server apologized and brought the correct entrée to him after about 20 minutes. I waited to eat my pasta as not to be rude to my husband. We had ordered a fruit plate for my husband previously which came with a lonely candle on it. A gentleman came over to apologize, but did not identity himself. I asked him if he was the Manager. He said yes. He advised that they had taken off my husband's entrée, and birthday fruit plate, from the check. They also gave us a 20% discount on the check. A nice gesture. Food Server was OK, but she was really "green". A nice place for late night drinks or finger food, but not recommended for a real restaurant experience.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2016

Server was very chipper and nice! Awesome cocktails as well !!

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2016

We have gone here many times for dinner, but mostly to see a show. The past few times it's to see Peter Mac as Judy Garland! One of the most amazing shows, ever.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2016

Perfect for what I was looking for. Brian and Joe are a wonderful duo and I'll be recruiting friends to go and sing whenever they are playing.

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2016

Club Cafe is a great place to be with the LGBTQ community in Boston. These days it is difficult to find a place like Club Cafe. Where else can one go to play Drag Bingo?? The food is great as is the service.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2016

Great food and wonderful service. The live entertainment, With A Twist, was excellent. We had a really special night! Thank you!

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2016

We chose Club Cafe for our Valentine's Day dinner because it's one of our favorite places in Boston. We have been going to Club Cafe since the late 80s and it has a consistently good reputation. We reserved a table in the Napoleon Room especially for the entertainment. On Saturday night of Valentine's weekend, Brian and Mary were performing and they were wonderful. The food and service were very good as was the entertainment. We had a lovely night despite the sub-zero temperatures outside. We highly recommend Club Cafe!

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2.0Dined on February 6, 2016

The food was alright nothing I'd rush back for but it was decent. The service was a little on the slow side.

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2016

First time here. Food was very good, drink was excellent. Club was fun!

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2016

The waiter was amazing and very attentive! Food was pretty good!

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4.0Dined on January 16, 2016

Wonderful time. The Golden Girls production was excellent - very entertaining. Into the bar after to watch the Pats. Then to dinner which was very good. Menu has a good variety and the service was excellent. Plan to go back and enjoy more of both the entertainment and the dining.

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4.0Dined on January 15, 2016

We were there to see the Golden Girls Show and ate while waiting for it to begin. The food was surprisingly good. We tried several entrees and apps and each was quite tasty.

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2015

Service was not up to par as previous visits. Reservation didn't seem to matter in getting a table neat time requested.

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2015

We were two for new year diner. We reserved for 8pm. It Began well, good food, Nice music. But at 9h30 the waiter told us we had to leave because the table was reserved after us.... It was not mentionned on the réservation . I asked twice if we could order the dessert and the answer was No! So business is business. Not very class acting:) we came from Montreal especially...!

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4.0Dined on December 13, 2015

The young woman wait staffer was incredible

Very attentive without being a nuisance. Always had a GENUINE smile on her face.

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2015

Club Cafe delights from the minute you walk in the doorway. Great service, delicious food, attention to detail in presentation and offerings. Even though a private party reserved the dining room, everything was terrific in the lounge area.

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2.0Dined on December 5, 2015

Was there on a Saturday night, three in our party, after attending a show there. When we checked in 15 minutes early for our dinner, we asked if we could sit in a certain area, we were told no as a private event was going on, then we were told yes and shown to the requested area. Our waiter frequently disappeared & was gone for long stretches of time, the table next to us was seated after us, yet recieved food, drinks, check, etc. before us. The food itself was mediocre when it finally appeared, crab cakes arrived with burnt edges & little flavor, two of our meals- one chicken dish & one pork, had an attractive presentation, but again little flavor. I have always found the food uneven here, but this time was the worst. Between the quality & service, I would say don't go there to eat, just drink and enjoy the entertainment.

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5.0Dined on December 5, 2015

The Mediterranean hummus plate was delicious as was the flat bread pizza. The place was very vibrant and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. I would definitely return for dinner and a show.

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5.0Dined on November 26, 2015

So glad we chose Club Cafe for our Thanksgiving Dinner! We loved the ambiance and easy going atmosphere. The buffet was fantastic and it was easy to hold a conversation as the noise level there was very civilized. Thanks a million - from the Lonely Hearts Club Diners! xxox

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3.0Dined on November 26, 2015

Thought the mashed potatoes were kind of mushy. Wanted a second choice of meat. Some guy was slicing just the fatty part of a roast beef kind of like so no one would have any. No utensils at the buffet for people at the bar. Enjoy the regular buffet more for half the price.

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4.0Dined on November 26, 2015

This was my third straight year of partaking in the Club Café Thanksgiving Buffet. The food and the variety is satisfactory and it is really good value for the money.

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2015

We've been going to Club Cafe since it first opened and it continues to be great. This time, we started with well done specialty drinks, in the bar, with a very capable waiter, Nick. Later, we joined friends to celebrate a birthday. Our dinner waiter, Dennis, was just great about explaining, giving us time to review the options, taking our orders and following up while not being overbearing. He provided a nice surprise dessert for our birthday boy. We'll keep going back because it's a great experience.

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2015

I have had dinner at Club Café several times while attending performances of the Golden Girls and Judy Garland. The food was very good, reasonably priced. Wait staff attentive. Entertainment mentioned is fantastic. Recommend to all for dining and entertainment. I have had the salmon which was the best I have had in a while. My dinner companion had the fish and chips and said it was very good. Nice crust on the fish.
What I like about the place is that you may dine outside the entertainment area and then go to the show or you can dine in the same room as the entertainment. Hard liquor, beer and wine available.
I was present on Sunday, November 9, 2015 for the brunch. Excellent selection of items. There were choices for all. Food was very good. Would recommend brunch!! Reasonably priced.

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5.0Dined on November 2, 2015

We went to Club Cafe to hear our friends sing on the Monday Cabaret series. We were delightfully surprised at the delicious food and wonderful service. We especially enjoyed the mushroom/spinach ravioli.

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4.0Dined on October 24, 2015

A perfect place for allies and members of the GLBTQ community. Safe, clean, great food, good service, fair prices.
Our night: 5 PM dinner with my nieces. Over dinner, we could see and hear the rehearsal of a drag show (sans costumes.) By the end of dinner, there was a bar full of people starting their Saturday night and full tables awaiting the show.
Food includes bar-food favorites, some veggie selections, lots of side vegetables.

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2.0Dined on October 11, 2015

The buffet brunch at Club Cafe is a great deal at $17 or so...but the quality of food is not worth it. Only about half of it is made there...Most of it (all baked goods, quiche, etc) is clearly purchased at Costco or something. The stuff that is made there is not exactly fresh unless you get there first thing. It all seems tired, dried out, and not appetizing at all. Disappointing.

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4.0Dined on September 27, 2015

Club Cafe is a neigborhood institution being in the same spot for well over 30 years. It is pleasing to the eye with amiable and competent staff, good food at a reasonable price and a very varied clientele. I'm never disappointed when I meet good friends there as I know it will be a wonderful time.

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3.0Dined on September 14, 2015

Not the most extensive menu but there is a great selection.

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4.0Dined on August 25, 2015

Service wash a bit slow. I had to go look for my waiter a couple of times. Food was good. Portions were great, esp for Restaurant Week

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3.0Dined on July 26, 2015

The Buffet has been suspended. The new A La Carte Menu is mostly Breakfast. Quality and quantity are good; however, Club Cafe is famous for its Buffet and that is what draws people. What was surprising was that my Open Table Reservation made from home did not go thru. When I filed a complaint thru Member Services I was told it was made at the Restaurant and therefore didn't earn points. I have sent my Confirmation email to Member Services proving it was made prior to going. Unless this is resolved I would caution anyone from booking Club Cafe with Open Table. As a long time user of Open Table this is the first time I have had this problem.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2015

Awesome food from fruits to desserts. Great service and environment!

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2015

We went for Easter Brunch. We arrived earlier than our reservation, but the host was able to seat us quickly. Perhaps it was because we were arriving at the end of brunch, but everything on the buffet seemed picked over. They were out of bacon and there were empty pie plates at the dessert section - I would expect things to be either replenished or cleared And we never saw our waiter again after the drinks were brought out. That being said, the food tasted fine and there was a good variety of stuff (ham, smoked salmon, eggs hollandaise, etc.).

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2015

I enjoyed the Supper by Sunset special and got a delicious salmon filet meal. My server was attentive and swift. The scene is lively and energetic. I have also enjoyed the cabaret open mikes with many fine professional singers and aspiring amateurs in the Napoleon Lounge piano room.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2015

I made reservations for two but at the last minute a friend came along and the restaurant accommodated us with ease. The brunch is buffet style. There was a wide range of choices along with dessert. We all thought our meals were delicious. I will return soon for brunch.

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3.0Dined on March 21, 2015

...which was great! Unfortunately, the food was just ok. Salmon was pretty good but chicken penne was very bland. I wouldn't go for the food, but the drinks were great.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2015

Really doesn't get better than this...everything about Club Cafe is just wonderful. The atmosphere, the food, the music, the Manager, Jim, the waiters...everything...just love it.

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3.0Dined on January 22, 2015

The food is not terrific. Very low quality, and not well done. They could do better, much better.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2014

Club Café is a cool and unique club. Aside from a great place to dine, it has different rooms so whether you want to catch a game on TV, or listen to live music or hang at the bar chatting with any of the friendly and engaging bartenders you can take your pick or do it all. They were also very flexible at Brunch in handling our large group that kept changing in size. Thank you Jim!

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4.0Dined on December 12, 2014

Food was very good. Great selection of food and cocktails. Just wished there was a way to ensure the Napoloeon Room was were you could sit and have dinner with the performer.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2014

Where else in Boston can you find a restaurant that has been in the same hands for over 30 yrs and that is consistent in its changing menu items, quality of food and excellent Ambiance! Great for an event, a first time date or a casual late night repast!!

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