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Club Café

313 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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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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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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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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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 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 to join our "Club Cafe Members Club" where Members earn discounts and invitations to VIP Only Events.
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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irish (New England)
3.0  Dined on April 16, 2017

Haven't been here for years very disappointed. Used to be a very elegant place with exceptional food. Not the same any longer. Waiter very nice but I wouldn't go back.

Andy (New England)
4.0  Dined on April 6, 2017

Lively prominently gay bar, restaurant, and dance club. Good food, drinks, ambience.

vipSatdineout (New England)
4.0  Dined on March 26, 2017

Always consistent with their food. It is also a fun atmosphere. We started at the bar with drinks which are excellent and then sat down for dinner. If we had more time we would have moved to the dance floor.

Gb2017 (New England)
3.0  Dined on March 11, 2017

Birthday Dinner,

Service was slow. Waited long time to get seated even with reservations. Food was good with nice size portions. Nice meal overall. Fun atmosphere and gay friendly. Recommend.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on March 5, 2017

3rd time having Brunch at Club Café. We travel from Providence RI Area, to have Brunch there. Great Bruch and value for your money!!!

timMboston (New England)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

The food was good. This was a valentines dinner, I am happy it was not a date because the trivia was going on and it was anoying. Calamiri was excellent. My burger was good. My friend thought the fish batter was doughy. Drinks were good. Sangria needs some improvement.

vipRickyD (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

Had Lunch with the purpose to catch up with some friends. Basic comfort food done well. Reasonably priced. One of my go to places before going to the Lyric Theater. The food has always been good there and the waiter, who was taken care of us many times, is fabulous.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2017

This was my first time at Club Cafe, treating a friend to dinner. The service, food and ambience were most enjoyable, the wine was lovely. Will return.

ArthurT (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 1, 2017

There were four of us for New Years Day brunch. The hostess was very friendly and offered us a couple of choices for seating.
Our waiter Nicholas was great and very charming.
The only thing I would suggest is to bring the choices up a few notches. We have been to Club Café for brunch several times recently. One of thing I notice is that the selections are often similar. I always look for traditional brunch items, but the other lunch type selections are not as good.
Could I suggest trying the model I've seen lately in both Boston and New York? There are buffet items out as usual, but the actual "entre" is ala carte. Best of both worlds!
Thank You!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

Food is disgusting. Service was worse. I thought it'd be fun to go back to CC after so many years, but I wish I hadn't.

jtflaca (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

Very Good Food......Drinks too!!

vipDontGoHere (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2016

Great place for Thanksgiving Dinner. Food and Service were wonderful.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2016

After finding Club Cafe last year when trying to find a Thanksgiving buffet/dinner on short notice, we had a great time and decided to go there again this year. This time it was my dad, my gf, and myself. The selection of food was a nice variety to suit all tastes, it was very tasty, and I went back for seconds. And maybe thirds. Service was friendly and fairly attentive. One nice touch was the live pianist. I suspect we will head neck again next year.

vipFoodie (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2016

Excellent Buffet for Thanksgiving. Can't beat the way this Restaurant is operated. Always great....never disappointed.

Janetttedoe (New England)
4.0  Dined on November 24, 2016

I went for Thanksgiving dinner. I really like the fact that Club Cafe is giving back to the community in the form of a percentage of my dinner went to the Living Center.
The food was good. I especially liked the roasted turnips.
I have been going there for years and this year I decided to go out for Thanksgiving and saw their generous spirit and thought why not?

vipJoeD (New England)
4.0  Dined on November 20, 2016

Food was very flavorful and the only reason I gave 4 stars is because the quiche was cold.

Staceyjolie (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 19, 2016

Great dining experience at my favorite place for food and entertainment.
Every year I made it my tradition to celebrate my birthday with my wife and friends. I had 2 orders of muscles and cocktail shrimp with several Strong pomegranate Martinis to top it off.
I was definitely impressed with the tasty muscles with the succulent juice that adorns it. Don't let it go to waste when you can soak it up with the warm bread that comes with it.
After all that I had to dance it off to finish the night.
Looking forward to next year..
Stacey Manteo

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2016

The food was very good and the service was great!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
1.0  Dined on October 13, 2016

I frequently visit this restaurant for dinner, drinks, and dancing. My first visits were great. The service was fast and friendly, the food and drinks were new and tasty. The last handful of visits over the past few months have gone severely downhill. My most recent visit the service was terrible. It took over 10 minutes for our server to bring two bottled beers. We ordered appetizers shortly after arriving and legitimately did not receive them for 40 minutes. I assume the waiter forgot to ring them in because after I asked about them it took an additional 15-20 minutes to get them. We didn't order chicken on our nachos (a $4 upcharge) but they came with chicken and we had a vegetarian at the table. We didn't say anything because we had already waited so long and were very hungry. Our entrees came out about 10 minutes later, but since I could see into the kitchen from the table and know the restaurant industry I saw our dishes sitting in the window prior to getting the appetizers. I knew they were ours because I saw our server move them there and then later grab those same plates and bring them to our table. The food was overall good, except for that there was black plastic in my sandwich. I stopped eating after I pulled the pieces out of my mouth.

We were at the restaurant for the finale of Rupaul's Drag Race and it was loud and busy, which we expected. Unfortunately after the very unappetizing talk between the hostesses they performed numbers which were so loud that people around me and myself we plugging our ears. We would have left as soon as possible but our server was too busy talking and hanging with his friends nearby. We waited nearly a half an hour to pay and leave. Granted that this is one of the few gay establishments in Boston I will return, but it will likely only be for drinks at the bar and dancing. So disappointing since I typically love this place!

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on October 1, 2016

Host was stuck up. Waiter came and took drink order for "another waiter Chris" but he never came. The first waiter eventually came back and took our order. We reported we were trying to make a show. He was very good at getting us out on time. 20% discount was not offered as advertised on website.

Durg (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 24, 2016

Friendly competent waiter, excellent food, great show. Overall wonderful experience.

DrBeth (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2016

Loved the veggie options! Great and attentive service.
Very pleasant to be there with all kinds of folks from community

arosi (Stuttgart Area)
5.0  Dined on August 27, 2016

Super nice staff and delicious food.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 12, 2016

Sat in the Nepolian Room where the live entertainment was happening. The room was staffed with one individual covering nine tables. Food was good and live music excellent.

The main room was exceptionally noise. Even with the door and 80 wall the noise was heard.

anneeastersmith (New England)
4.0  Dined on July 29, 2016

Excellent service and good food at reasonable prices. Ask to be seated in the dining room, which is closed off from the main room and much quieter. Convenient dining for the theater performance in the Club.

RonnieS (New England)
4.0  Dined on July 27, 2016

We always have a great time at Club Cafe. Often eat there before a cabaret show or even during the show! Great, friendly staff, excellent service!

JohnS (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 27, 2016

Saw Bonnie & Tracy show with friends-food great, show fantastic.ambience fun

vipJimmy314 (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 23, 2016

The Filet Mignon is always spot on here! Love our servers especially Maureen! This place is more than a restaurant, it's a part of history. Can not be experienced fully in just one visit. The owner "Jim" is a gracious hands on host. Definitely recommend to friends and people visiting the city!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 8, 2016

I almost don't want to write this, as this is the only real piano bar left in Boston and the venue is too small to get lots of new groupies. But it's all that the West Village haunts of NYC used to be -- friendly and fun, with everyone knowledgeable about Broadway, and not having to just listen to boring karoake renditions of pop music. If you're a live theater fan, you should check it out.

JaneO (New England)
4.0  Dined on May 21, 2016

Sebastian our waiter was great! Piano/vocalist in Neopolitan room were excellent. Fun night