Ball Square Cafe & Breakfast

4.0 stars 4.0 out of 5 12 ratings
$Pancakes, Waffles, Dairy-Free + 5 more
60% of 5 votes say it's Celiac friendly

708 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

(617) 623-2233
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    3 ratingApril 04, 2017

    **Update** GF options but not Celiac friendly. After not feeling well a couple of times visiting I asked if the waffles were made on a separate iron and was told no. Once I asked if they could clean it first they said they would but it still makes me uncomfortable. Also, they have a new batter for pancakes/waffles that is NOT good. Really dry and tastes like corn. The staff used to be a lot more attentive and friendly. I came when there were only 2 other people in the restaurant and 2 hours before closing. My server never came back to ask if everything tasted ok even though I sat there for 15 minutes only eating 1/3 of 1 pancake and had 2 on my plate. I can't tolerate eggs but would recommend others to stick with eggs/omelet and not get toast since it's made in the same toaster if they want to visit here. The most gluten free options available for breakfast! Everything is FRESH and plenty to share. You are going to want to try more than one thing. The servers and owner are incredibly friendly. All of my non-gf friends love it too =~}

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    3 ratingJune 07, 2016

    Not celiac friendly. They use the same waffle iron and other cooking things for gluten and non gluten items.

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    1 ratingAugust 09, 2015

    I was excited based on past review but I did not have a great experience. Staff was very friendly but seemed to not understand about making sure things were really gluten free. They use a shared grill and toaster and seemed surprised that this was an issue. I told them exactly what I needed and then it still came out wrong. My non gluten free dining mates were really pleased with their meals, but this is not a gluten free friendly place in my opinion. Be careful.

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    5 ratingAugust 01, 2015

    Owner and staff are completely friendly and knowledgeable. I have eaten there four times and have had good food every time. You do have to time your trips there, as there always is a line!

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    5 ratingOctober 26, 2014

    Fantastic food and amazing service. So many gluten free options. Definitely worth the wait (which can be long)

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    4 ratingAugust 27, 2014

    I have been here twice. The first time I loved it. The second time my GF pancakes were not very good. They were extremely dry and I didn't feel that great the rest of the day. Since my first time was so great I do plan on going back. Plus the fresh squeezed orange juice is so good.

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    1 ratingAugust 07, 2014

    Had so many issues. I didn't feel like eating breakfast so I tried to order lunch. Wanted a sandwich with their gluten free bread. Either that or salad. They don't have gluten free salad dressing. And they didn't know if any of their chicken was gluten free. The waitress had no clue about gluten. And the owner is incredibly rude. I told him the milk was sour and he told me it was because my son's sippy cup was not cleaned properly. He said it "nicely" but really? I didn't actually get my meal until everyone was done. The meal ended up being breakfast food. Also - the reason I didn't want breakfast was because the so-called 30 to 45 minute wait ended being an hr. (With a toddler) so we didn't sit down til noon.

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    5 ratingJuly 13, 2014

    Best gf breakfast ive had. Love the banana chocolate chip pancakes. Go there every sunday for breakfast & never get sick!

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    5 ratingMarch 17, 2014

    Best gluten free food I've had in the Boston area. Wait wasn't horrible, they also have gluten free English muffins. Pancakes were so good!!!!!

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    5 ratingMarch 27, 2013

    Newly added Gluten free pancakes & waffles, ask your server for more details.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Pancakes
  • Waffles


  • Breakfast
  • Cafe
  • Dairy-Free
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pescetarian Friendly
  • Vegan Friendly
6:30 am - 3 pm
6:30 am - 3 pm
6:30 am - 3 pm
6:30 am - 3 pm
6:30 am - 3 pm
6:30 am - 3 pm
6:30 am - 3 pm

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