$20 for $40 Worth of American Cuisine at Cafeteria Boston

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  • Outdoor seating
  • Meet and relax with friends
  • Late hours on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for cocktails and bar menu

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Avoid food fights, cliques, and large-scale hamster races with today’s Groupon: $20 for $40 worth of Italian-American cuisine at Cafeteria Boston, a bustling eatery located in the heart of the Newbury Street dining scene.

The menu here is undeniably more extensive and sophisticated than the cafeterias you’re used to (there’s nary a discolored string bean, rubbery hunk of yesterday’s pizza, or weird A/V club guy to be seen). Dinner is served from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and brunch is available Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For brunch, try the frittata ($10), a crust-less quiche packed with juicy tomato, fresh basil, and mozzarella. A roasted beet salad ($11) gets gussied up with arugula, pecans, and feta. Staple Italian dishes (pizza, pastas) fill the seasonal dinner menu. Try the penne with ‘shrooms and sage ($18) or the Caesar salad with crisp hearts of Romaine and Parmesan shavings ($10).

Inside Cafeteria, spy on passers-by from the expansive windows, or sit outside and take in the killer corner view of Newbury and Gloucester. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Cafeteria stays open until 1 a.m. for cocktails and bar food.

Round up your old clique and host a sophisticated reunion, or treat your former lunch lady to night off her orthopedic-shoe clad feet.


Cafeteria Boston’s been buzzed about in the Boston Globe and the dining-themed regional blog A Boston Food Diary. Citysearchers give it three stars:

  • …the pan-roasted sea bass was fresh and came with the highlight of the dinner: lobster mashed potatoes that knocked our collective socks off. – Meredith Goldstein, Boston Globe
  • LOVED IT - I wish the cafeteria at Suffolk served food like this. Place was fun, hip, trendy and a good-looking crowd. – GIGli, Citysearch
  • Service was quick and efficient, and they readily refilled our drinks without any prompting so they definitely score some points there... – A Boston Food Diary

Cliques You Won’t Find at Cafeteria

Eating at Boston Cafeteria isn’t like eating at your high school cafeteria; the most important difference is that the restaurant is free of annoying cliques. There’s nothing worse than like-minded groups that talk, think, and dress alike. We all remember these cliques from high school:

  • Goth-jocks
  • Band geeks whose DNA has been spliced with that of reptiles
  • Slackers obsessed with the 1997 Regulation of Tobacco Products Hearings before the Subcommittee on Health and the Environment of the Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • Gearhead werewolves
  • Student-teachers

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Customer Reviews

The dinner there is phenomenal!
Lana K. · March 26, 2012
Its always a pleasure to dine at the Cafeteria Boston!
Sally B. · March 26, 2012
very pleasant atmsophere for socializing
Eileen R. · March 22, 2012
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