Cafeteria Boston

4.2
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$30 and under
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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.

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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.1
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KathyB
Pittsburgh
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.

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vipTanyaT
New England
6 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.

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AP12
1 review
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.

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vipMideco
New England
48 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!

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SherylW
New England
2 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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Very average

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vipvaer
New England
8 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.

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RyanO
1 review
Dined on February 14, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food was delicious but a bit pricey

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Debra
Atlanta
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.

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vipMeghanF
New England
30 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great spot for brunch/lunch! Would definitely recommend!

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vipsusan
New England
24 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

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vipLiorL
New York Area
12 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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
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!

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vipMarianneMac
New England
28 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.

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vipIlovespicyfood
New England
54 reviews
Dined on December 13, 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.

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lukew
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

It was ok, service was good and food was fine but extremely overpriced

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday! It was amazing I loved it!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
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.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice space and delicious food. Would definitely come back!

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ABAs
Minneapolis
9 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.

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Deanna
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

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DAVID
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch. Surprisingly quiet on this cold day.

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SamanthaK
New England
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!

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KateM
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The food is way overpriced. The quality of service and food has gone down since I lived in Boston last year and ate here around 3 times. Whatever you do don’t order the scallops, they are so tough and over cooked. The salad is underdressed and costs $12!! 12 dollars and it’s so disappointing! Also they charge $6 for a Pepsi which is absolutely insane. I have dined at many high end restaurants and even they don’t charge $6 for a watered down Pepsi. It was my birthday so we had plans to stay for dessert but after the very underwhelming first courses we had to get out of there. Our server maybe checked on us once during the entire meal so we could never really talk about the food and get that sorted. Oh and 1 salad 1 soda and 2 entrees cost us around $80! I have never written a review before but I had to write this one... so overwhelmingly disappointed in this place and it hit extra hard because I was there to celebrate my birthday. Please do better cafeteria, I expect more from an overpriced Newbury street restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The Boston Cream Burger is the best burger I’ve ever had and it’s all I ever get there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Wait for outside seating was a little shambly, but once we sat down everything was perfect!

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JamesZ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service & atmosphere were delightful for a late afternoon meal. The quality and presentation of our entrees was excellent & overall a very good value for our selections. We will definitely return!

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Vvroom
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The server was unenthusiastic nor apologetic due to my entree not being made as I requested. The music event was great, very good music.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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ErinM
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A bit cold inside the restaurant, but delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Boston to visit a couple of colleges and some friends who live in the area suggested this place for dinner after the tours. Great recommendation!

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vipMeghanF
New England
30 reviews