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The Center Cafe

4.3
269 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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About

A converted commuter rail stop with the friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere of a neighborhood hideaway serving terrific American Cuisine. This family run gem has a lot of cooking talent, a varied menu, good wine list and craft cocktails.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation


Dinner Only:

Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm


Closed Mondays


Summer Hours may vary.
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Phone number
(781) 455-8800
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Cross street: Needham Bank/Eaton Square Pedestrian Walkway
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Neighborhood
What 269 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
4.3
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4.3
food
4.2
service
3.9
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AliM (New England)
4.0
Dined on August 19, 2017

Food and service were good. Ambiance fair. Did not have several of the wines listed. Would go back and would recommend.

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vipsibud (New England)
4.0
Dined on July 28, 2017

They are closing so it really doesn't mean crap. They sold the place it will now be a bar

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0
Dined on July 22, 2017

So nice and friendly. Food is always great. I have eaten there six times. Have brought friends who also loved it.

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JASLEE (New England)
4.0
Dined on July 20, 2017

Our meal was tasty and well prepared. The people who served us were pleasant and friendly. Although we were not in a hurry, the service was very slow. We had a long wait to order and a longer delay to receive our meals. We did not see anyone for a long time after we had finished dining, except for a wait person who was spending a lengthy time across the room in a deep conversation with another table. Despite these complaints, I would return.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0
Dined on July 15, 2017

Had a fantastic dinner with my wife and college age daughter. This is a wonderful, family owned restaurant with excellent food a culinary would enjoy! Owner provides great advice, fantastic service and recommendations and made our meal fantastic! We will definitely be back again and come here on a more regular basis. Bravo!

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vipNewGarden (New England)
5.0
Dined on July 8, 2017

Great food & drinks! Very welcoming restaurant owned and managed by a family that makes you feel like part of their family when dining.

Great customizable drinks, wonderful apps - esp the crispy ribs! The food is always full of flavor and plenty too. Recommend the perfectly prepared creme brûlée!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on June 18, 2017

Very friendly owner and waiting staff
Good food
Will return

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vipDisappointed (New England)
3.0
Dined on June 3, 2017

Prices are high, especially for the starter salads

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vipOpenTable Diner (Miami)
4.0
Dined on May 21, 2017

We all enjoyed our meals, very nice staff and very attentive 👍

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vipKate (New England)
5.0
Dined on May 13, 2017

The food is always good, and the staff remembers and welcomes us. A very pleasant place to have dinner. We have been going since they first opened.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation


Dinner Only:

Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm


Closed Mondays


Summer Hours may vary.
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Cross street
Needham Bank/Eaton Square Pedestrian Walkway
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(781) 455-8800
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Entertainment
We offer musical entertainment for special events.
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Parking details
There are two, free parking lots adjacent to the restaurant: one across the train tracks from our front door and a municipal lot in in back of the restaurant.
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Public transit
We are on the commuter rail line at Needham Center Station.
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Executive chef
Vanessa Cortesi
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Private party contact
Steve Waller: (781) 455-8800
Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine