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Cafeteria Boston

4.1
4.1
1064 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
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.
Reservation are granted inside the restaurant, our patio is on first-come, first-served basis.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Mediterranean, Comfort Food

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (617) 546-5155

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Vanessa Valencia

  • Catering

    Catering is available. Please call 617.536.2233 for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Our private room on the second floor comfortably accommodates cocktail parties for 100 or a seated dinner for 50 people. The large windows on two sides of the room provide expansive views over Newbury Street and the perfect atmosphere for private lunches, brunch, dinner parties or cocktail receptions. Cafeteria is also available for buyouts as well as private and semi-private functions.Clients can choose from a wide array of appetizers, entrees, desserts, beverages and wines, to create the right formula for their function. From passed hors d’oeuvres with drinks, to an intimate dinner party to a gala event, we can customize a menu that’s exactly right for your event.We look forward to working with you and planning your upcoming event.

  • Private party contact

    Demetri Tsolakis : (617) 536-2233

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Cross street

    Gloucester St.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Hynes Convention Green Line; Copley Green line

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 1,064 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. SL

    SarahL

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Giving this one stars across the board. Upon arriving for our reservation, Cafeteria was closed for the day. We were never informed by Open Table or Cafeteria that they were not open on this day. Typically a good spot, but something here went wrong that we weren't communicated with about the closure. It was a bummer that we ended up having to wait to eat elsewhere.
  2. S

    Shazzlerezz

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Why was this even able to be booked if the restaurant was closed for renovations? My friends and I were looking forward to having our first brunch out in ages and we were very disappointed when we realised that it wasn't going to happen especially since everywhere else was full by the time brunch time came round.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    When we showed up to the restaurant, the restaurant was CLOSED. Nobody notified us that the restaurant was closed. Why would Open Table let customers make a reservation for a closed restaurant? So disappointed. Not easy to make alternative plans for a party of six on a Saturday night.
  4. A

    Anon

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    How are you going to let someone make reservations for your restaurant when you guys are not even open? Literally wasted our time especially since we don’t live in the city. Took us forever to find parking and when we did we were met with disappointment..
  5. K

    Kadidjha

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The restaurant was closed when I went for my reservation!
  6. T

    Tati

    New England

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    So I booked online and got a confirmation before heading to the restaurant. When we get there it was CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS! Thanks for leaving us craving the menu!
  7. HR

    HeavenR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2020

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Meyanna was the bomb!! (Sorry if I butchered her name) but she went out of her way to make a special day even more special.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2020

    overall3food1service2ambience3
    They don’t have any real vegan options
  9. EC

    EdwardC

    New England

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    28th Wedding Anniversary
  10. CM

    CarrissaM

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2020

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Music was fun, the food and drinks were good, service was ok.
  11. M

    Magda

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The outdoor area is really nice. Food was good, service very friendly. Unfortunately we were dining indoors, where the atmosphere was less cosy.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2020

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    Food was great but service inside was really poor, I almost ended up leaving after waiting for someone to come to me after 15 minutes.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Tables close together, service not great
  14. W

    Wayne

    New England

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mia’s an awesome lady & excellent server.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an amazing time. The food was amazing. The new chef was kind and very helpful
  16. KB

    KathyB

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2020

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    The food and service were terrible. No one was available to seat us at the hostess stand for up to 10 minutes. Finally a bar tender spotted us and seated us. I ordered a roasted beet salad. I looked and tasted like someone threw some greens in a bowl, opened a can of beets, tossed them in and sprinkled a little goat cheese on top. No dressing. It was terrible. Will never go back.
  17. TT

    TanyaT

    New England

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2020

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Service was poor during lunch hour. Food is good, the white wine sangria is very sweet. Will probably go again cos the patio is very good.
  18. AP

    AP12

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great lunchtime spot! Had nice cocktails, great salads, and the best truffle fries in the world! Just wish we could have sat upstairs.
  19. M

    Mideco

    New England

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great experience! I had the Greek salad with shrimp and it was divine! Others were raving about the burger! I admit to stealing a few fries and they were perfect! Service was attentive and food arrived quickly!
  20. SW

    SherylW

    New England

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    My husband and I went to Cafeteria for brunch relatively early on a Sunday. The place was not busy but we had very poor service throughout our entire stay. Our waitress could be seen chatting at the bar while we waited to order and did not come and check on us while we ate. We really needed more water but did not get any until our check arrived. My husband also wanted to order another drink but we were brought our check before he had the chance The food itself was very good, but I would not return based on the service we received.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Very average
  22. v

    vaer

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience1
    The food just wasn’t up to par compared to our lunch over the summer that was delicious.
  23. RO

    RyanO

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Food was fine, slightly over priced but not the real issue. However it was our server that was more inclined to laugh with the laddies at the table next to us then to attentively serve. My water and drink were empty and the dude is literally five feet away from me laughing with these laddies for at least 6 or 7 minutes. These were the same laddies who were loud and obnoxious all dinner! it was a special Valentine’s Day dinner with my Girlfriend and Cafeteria Boston let us down.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great experience. First time there. Food and drinks were very good. Great service as well. Plenty of space upstairs.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Food was delicious but a bit pricey
  26. D

    Debra

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    The brunch menu was kind of disappointing, but the overall quality of the food was good. Lunch and dinner menus looked more interesting. Service was a little too casual in my opinion.
  27. MF

    MeghanF

    New England

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Great spot for brunch/lunch! Would definitely recommend!
  28. s

    susan

    New England

    25 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    one of meals came ~10 minutes after 3 others (egg!). One of dishes was not prepared as requested. Asked for more coffee; was told that they were brewing a new pot and it would be ready in 5 minutes. Waited another 20 minutes without coffee and left. Would not return
  29. LL

    LiorL

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Really love this place, but this time the waiters seem to be running around non stop and it made me stressed. My salad came drenched in sauce and missing a few ingredients. But the waiter immediately fixed it and took great care of us after that. Still in my opinion a good value in back bay compared to other tourist traps
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I did attend breakfast for this reservation but being we were first guest of the day seemed I did not need the reservation and forgot to tell them. My son really enjoyed his Frittata and my Huevos Rancheros were delicious as were the potatoes that accompanied both. We will be back!
  31. ML

    MarianneL

    New England

    33 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    I understand it was New Year’s Day and I’m sure everyone was tired from the night before... but the servers never smiled, and made us feel like we were inconveniencing them by being there. It was very quiet, only one other table. The kitchen staff delivered the food even though there were 2 servers and 2 tables of guests. The food was ok but not at all worth the prices. Definitely won’t go back.
  32. n

    nomnom

    New England

    72 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    I’ve been coming here for over ten years and always loved it. This time it wasn’t as good as usual unfortunately. We ordered the same thing we always get. I’m not sure If there is new management or new chef or what is different but it was not as good as it used to be unfortunately! I’m hoping this is a one off and it will be better in the future. I’ve loved it for so long I’ll definitely go back.
  33. l

    lukew

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    It was ok, service was good and food was fine but extremely overpriced
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday! It was amazing I loved it!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2019

    overall1food3service2ambience2
    After Sitting and ordering Wine and a Meal. A mouse decided to join us at our table. Due to time constraints we stayed. No apology from the manager. In fact the manager NEVER came over.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice space and delicious food. Would definitely come back!
  37. AB

    ABAs

    Minneapolis

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very fun brunch spot! Service was terrific and the light and cheery atmosphere made morning feel especially lovely.
  38. D

    Deanna

    New England

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was good for the price. Quick service and quiet atmosphere on a week night.
  39. DA

    DAVID

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great lunch. Surprisingly quiet on this cold day.
  40. SK

    SamanthaK

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafeteria is always amazing. The food and drinks are consistently delicious and the service is always fantastic as well!

FAQs

Cafeteria Boston offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 546-5155.

Cafeteria Boston is rated 4.1 stars by 1064 OpenTable diners.

Not available on OpenTable

Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

If you like, we'll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.


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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Gloucester St.

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Mediterranean, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Hynes Convention Green Line; Copley Green line

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Vanessa Valencia

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 546-5155

  • Catering

    Catering is available. Please call 617.536.2233 for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Our private room on the second floor comfortably accommodates cocktail parties for 100 or a seated dinner for 50 people. The large windows on two sides of the room provide expansive views over Newbury Street and the perfect atmosphere for private lunches, brunch, dinner parties or cocktail receptions. Cafeteria is also available for buyouts as well as private and semi-private functions.Clients can choose from a wide array of appetizers, entrees, desserts, beverages and wines, to create the right formula for their function. From passed hors d’oeuvres with drinks, to an intimate dinner party to a gala event, we can customize a menu that’s exactly right for your event.We look forward to working with you and planning your upcoming event.

  • Private party contact

    Demetri Tsolakis : (617) 536-2233

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