Cafeteria Boston

4.3
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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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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.1
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4.0
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MF
New England
27 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great spot for brunch/lunch! Would definitely recommend!

s
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

LL
New York Area
10 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

OT
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!

MM
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.

I
New England
51 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.

l
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

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

OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday! It was amazing I loved it!

OT
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.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice space and delicious food. Would definitely come back!

AB
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.

D
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.

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

Great lunch. Surprisingly quiet on this cold day.

SK
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!

KM
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.

OT
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.

OT
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!

JZ
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!

V
New York Area
1 review
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.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

EM
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A bit cold inside the restaurant, but delicious food!

OT
Detroit
7 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!

MF
New England
28 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great for brunch - especially from late spring-early fall when you can be outside! A little pricey for dinner, and don't find the quality of food to be quite as good as brunch is.

p
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Just okay. Salads were average, quesadillas were so spicy you couldn’t taste anything but chipotle. Zero atmosphere inside and we couldn’t wait for an outside table. With all the great options in the area can’t quite say I’d go back

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Service was la king. Took 45 minutes to get eggs and pancakes. Was maybe 20% full. Had to flag waiter down for everything - coffee refill, pancake syrup.

MC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My friend and I had a lovely dinner on the patio here. The heated lamps were perfect for an early fall evening! Service started off amazing, but as the patio filled up we found ourselves waiting quite some time to close out. But onto the FOOD! The cheeseburger spring rolls are a must-try, and we loved the tomato soup. The artichoke spinach dip was great too, but I'm not a huge fan of goat cheese and that flavor is rather strong in this dish. Overall though, the Newbury St location is ideal, it's lively and fun and a gorgeous setting for good drinks and excellent food. As a Boston resident I'll be recommending this restaurant and I'll be back!

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Honestly, the main thing Cafeteria Boston has going for it is the setting ; they have lots of outside seating. The staff was nice, but the food was mediocre at best. Two of us ordered eggs over medium, and they were incredibly runny. The coffee was warm at best , and that’s being generous. It just seemed like the place wasn’t well managed at all...

S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Pube in our eggs and a dog hanging out on the bar ? ? ?

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The perfect place to grab lunch on Newbury and booking on open table is the best way to go! All meals are great and these are my favorite French fries in Boston, a real treat.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4food2service2ambience3

Noisy and just average food and drinks for way too $$$$

C
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Four of us had a very nice lunch here. Food was good. Solid choice for a casual meal.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were seated quickly, and our large party had the upper level of the restaurant to ourselves, though we would have appreciated the option to sit outside. The cocktails were delicious and the spinach artichoke dip was also especially good. Burgers were fine, but average.

AB
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food (brunch) and service but if you can’t sit outside I’d go someplace else. The patio is gorgeous, the inside is a little drab & dated. It’s basically a basement turned into a restaurant.

SM
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiters and hostesses are always extremely nice and make sure your food is perfect. Nice, relaxing atmosphere (brunch and lunch), and not too loud.

EG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant...found it by accident after downloading this app.
Was in Boston 4 nights and went twice.
Food choice is eclectic & the vib was fun.
Would throughly reccomend it.

EG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found this little gem by accident.
Loved the food & retro disco vib...right up my street.
Would throughly reccommend it!

SK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Chicken Milanese was outstanding. They were out of lemonade which was odd since they feature many varieties on the menu. Server was friendly and helpful, though I did have to wait for the check for a long time.

AL
New England
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Our waitress was excellent but the food quality does not match everything else.

CK
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed sitting outside in this casual environment. Ordered cheeseburger appetizer and black bean/veg burger. Both were excellent.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The place is cool and very friendly. The food is good but anything besides that.

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