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Ball Square Cafe

708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144-2239
+1 617-623-2233
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good21%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (10 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (20 reviews)
“french toast” (24 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144-2239
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The ambience is great. Omar the owner greets you and converses with everyone. The menu is large and varied. The corned beef hash is awesome. Blueberry muffins toasted perfectly. The hash browns great. He’s Benedict large and perfect. Omelet was large and plentiful. The self...More

Thank Rafael C
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

I love hearing how much you love it here, Rafael! Sounds like you've found some favorites on our menu. Can't wait to welcome you back for another delicious meal! Till then, Mike, Owner

Reviewed 1 week ago

The food hear was great, but they were oddly strict about not saving tables. We had a large group coming at different times after a meet so we could not get everyone to sit together. I do understand where they were coming from though as...More

Thank Nicholas P
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

So glad you and your party enjoyed everything so much, Nicholas! I'm sorry you had to wait at all. I understand your frustration, but I appreciate you understanding that it's the best way to serve everyone who comes to see us. I hope you'll be...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped by at Ball Square for breakfast while visiting Tufts and I am happy I did. Ball Square is small and looks like a typical breakfast place you would come across in the States. We got a table straight away and the service was quick...More

Thank Bjarkithors
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for trying us out while you were visiting Tufts! I'm happy your meal exceeded your expectations. I appreciate your recommendation and hope to see you the next time you're in the Somerville area. -Mike, Owner

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in here for lunch on a cold, blustery day with my brother and nephew. We had to wait about 10 minutes for a table. The place was busy, but turnover is quick. My brother and I had sandwiches-a Reuben and a BLT. My nephew...More

Thank barbershopchick
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I'm happy you enjoyed your lunch with your brother and nephew! It's wonderful to hear you were seated promptly and that you enjoyed your meal. Looking forward to having you all back again soon to try out some more items on our menu! -Mike, Owner

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love having breakfast here!! Not only is the food the best around but the staff is amazing! They're very genuine, friendly and helpful!! It's packed on weekends but I like going during the week. Love it!!

Thank Kilroy519
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We love having you here for breakfast as well! I'm thrilled both our food and service have wowed you. Thanks for the support! Can't wait to have you back. -Mike, Owner

Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

Found this place on a recent trip with my husband and young children. Perfect breakfast place! Great tasting food and good portions. I could order just one pancake for my 4 year old. Great selection of self-serve coffee, tea and other beverages. Free refills with...More

Thank PCHan888
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 24 November 2017

I'm so happy you found us! It's wonderful to hear you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you again soon! -Mike, Owner

Reviewed 7 November 2017

From the moment we set foot in this little café we were treated like we were the only people that mattered...our waiter was so attentive...and the service was great as was the food..for the 1st time ever the picture you saw on the menu was...More

Thank Patricia09Fanning
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2017

Patricia, I'm so happy you felt welcome and taken care of while you were here. And it's great to hear your meal was exactly what you were wanting and expected. Hope to see you back again soon! -Mike, Owner

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Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

You know, the first time I was here, I was taken care of so well and felt confident about wanting to return. Today, I can't quite say I'd return when back to Boston. Food quality was maybe a 3 out of 5 as I tasted...More

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Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Lanexa, like I said in response to your Yelp review -- I'm sorry your recent experience wasn't up to par. While I'm thrilled our French Toast left a memorable impression with you, I'm disappointed your meal this time around didn't wow you over. Beyond that,...More

Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

If you show up on weekends you'll see a line. Don't let that scare you off. First, it's there for a reason. The food is that good. Second, it moves fast. Third, you'll be entertained in line talking to your neighbors and sampling the free...More

Thank Hammbrook
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

Thanks for coming by, and we so appreciate that tip about the line! We're pleased it's always worth the wait. Always happy to make it fun -- those samples are the best. The staff here cares so much about every experience being the most personable...More

Reviewed 3 October 2017

Ball Square Café is located in "North Somerville" across from the old B&M Railroad Station site, soon to have the T "Green Line" opening there. The restaurant is a family run effort and offers all of your traditional New England favorites. The hash is a...More

Thank Fozman72
Mike M, Owner at Ball Square Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2017

I'm so happy to hear you're a fan of our breakfast favorites -- especially the hash! Thank you for taking the time to leave your thoughtful review, and I hope you'll be back our way again soon. All the best, Mike, Owner

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19 March 2017|
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Response from | Reviewed this property |
Nope, no line when I went. Weekday at 7 am
Larry C
8 November 2015|
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Response from Ellen M | Reviewed this property |
Parking is tight, but there are meters on Broadway the main street.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144-2239
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Somerville
  • Phone Number: +1 617-623-2233
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