Boston >Food & Dining > Cafe Polonia
611 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA | Directions 0212742.328848 -71.057040
Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: South Boston, Columbus Park / Andrew Square
Great Authentic Polish Food – Great classic dishes include Borscht soup and potato pancakes with applesauce. But Cafe Polonia also offers American basics like the Caesar salad. They have good service, but it can be crowded around holidays. The employees speak both English and Polish. Across the street is the European Baltic Cafe, which is a great little grocery store to pick up ingredients to cook the same Polish delicacies as Cafe Polonia.
Best Authentic Polish Food – Cozy atmosphere, pleasant service and terrific food make this a great local place. My grandparents (on my mother's side) were from Poland and I've grown up cooking all types of polish food. This restaurant is the real deal! I took my mom and her sister there this past summer and they loved it.
Great food, except... – I ordered the pierogi and my boyfriend ordered the beef tripe soup. I wholeheartedly enjoyed my meal (I grew up with a Polish mom, and the pierogi I ordered was almost as good as hers). My boyfriend thought the food was good until a couple hours later he got severe food p o i s o n i n g and ended up in the hospital. He refuses to ever go to Cafe Polonia ever again. Oh well.
Boston's lone Polish restaurant offers filling, authentic cuisine in a homey setting. – The Scene
This charming little cafe, located down the street from Southie's Andrew T stop, provides an inexpensive crash-course in all things Polish. From the dining room soundtrack (alternating from Polka to pop to country) to the attentive Polish waitresses, diners may feel they took a wrong turn and ended up in Warsaw. Non-natives can be easily spotted by looking for those staring quizzically at the small dishes of lard adorning each of the six blond pine tables.
For the uninitiated, Polish cuisine delivers Spartan arrangements of basic, hearty ingredients (intended for endless Polish winters). Try the "Polish Plate" to sample most of the menu's items--filling pierogies (boiled dumplings), smoky kielbasa, savory stuffed cabbage or vinegary cabbage stew. The kitchen also churns out nightly specials including Hungarian goulash (Thursdays) and Vienna schnitzel (Fridays). Locals stop by every morning for some of the heftiest breakfasts around.
Great Restaurant – I come here about once a month. Like the other reviewer, I came on a busy night (the place is tiny) and was told to wait 20 minutes. I ended up waiting an hour and a half and not eating there that night. Although I was upset about this, I had to realize that this is a popular place and you risk not getting a table unless you make a reservation on certain days. However, I gave it a chance and I always return. The food is excellent. The service is excellent and reasonably priced. Its a great restaurant
The Polish food I've been waiting for – The only Polish food in Boston is, thankfully, excellent--better than Polish restaurants I've tried in New York, and better than many in Poland as well. I had the herring appetizer, which was perfect, and the golabki (stuffed cabbage), which were excellent as well. I brought friends who had never tried Polish food before, and they enjoyed it as well. Also, our waitress was very nice and very helpful
Major Disappointment – I went on a Friday night, the place was practically empty, got seated immediately, food was great. Gypsy pancakes were super yummy as were the peirogi and the cabbage rolls.
The 2nd time around was a disaster! We walked in the server/hostess asked how many in our party, we were told "sorry there are no tables". Not even giving us a wait time. I asked how long for a table for 4, she looked over at a large table, spoke to them in a foreign language, then told us it would be 10 or 15 minutes. When the table cleared, people who came in after us were seated at that table and we were told there were several people ahead of us. What happened to 10 or 15 minutes??
We left, we'll never eat there again, which is very dissapointing, the food was excellent . Good for takeout, maybe.
Homey quality – Tried the wines , frrom Croatia,white and red, which were surprisingly good. The salmon with caviar(red), may be the best buy in Boston. Pork al Krako and goulash with crepes were more than generous in quantity and prepared with care with wonderful sides of mashed poatoes, slaw and beets and cucumber saladThe evening compares favorbly with ANY place in Boston( and although from Ala , we visit often), and definitely a bargain.Yhe neighborhood was worrisome in appearance, but once all the young people came in, we felt comfortable..
Like Home Away From Home – I have been looking for a Polish restaurant in the Boston area for a while and to finally have one open is great. I was able to taste home cooked meals with a different touch to them and I did get enough of my share for the money. I really enjoyed dinning there, truly like being home away from home for me.
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