Cafe Jaffa

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Spork Rating: 4


The Details:

  • Neighborhood:  Back Bay
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern
  • Price: Affordable. Appetizers $4-10, entrees $6-20
  • Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-10:30pm or later; Sun 12pm-10pm.
  • Reservations:  No.
  • Recommended For Dining With:  Infants, toddlers, kids

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This semi-hidden gem just off of Newbury Street offers some of the best Middle Eastern food in Boston. The interior is a little dark, lit with pendant lighting with a Middle Eastern flair.  One of Back Bay’s kid-friendly restaurants, it can get pretty busy during peak times. But thanks to the heavy take out business, you can usually find open tables at any hour.  Large portions abound here, and while some menu selections are $15 or more, you can also stick to the hearty sandwiches, salads and vegetarian items on the menu–all $10 or less– and consider this spot in the cheap eats category.


Great.  The experienced wait staff greets you with a smile and lets you pick the table that works best for your clan.

Main Menu:

You’ve just entered kabob, schwarma, falafel and houmus heaven.  Some even say this is the best schwarma in New England.  The salads are all fresh and tasty and beer and wine are available should you feel like an adult beverage.  Menu favorites include:

  • Falafels in any form
  • The schwarmas
  • Kabob and houmus combo plates

Kid’s Menu:

There’s no kid’s menu here, but most menu items are kiddie crowd pleasers.  The Middle Eastern spices and textures tend to go over well with most kids, and if your little one isn’t into houmus, falafels and skewered meats, check out the more traditional sandwiches and rollups, which include hamburgers, tuna fish and other standard fare.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Copley Square
  • Boston Library
  • Berkeley College of Music
  • The Esplanade
  • Hynes Convention Center
  • Prudential Center and Copley Plaza
  • Mary Baker Eddy Library/Christian Science Plaza
  • Boston Ballet


  • Easy entrance/access for strollers
  • Stroller storage
  • High chairs
  • T accessible

Getting There:

  • T accessible by 2 lines:  the Green Line’s Hynes or Copley stops; the Orange Line’s Back Bay stop is a quick 4 block stroll away.
  • Parking in Back Bay can be near impossible–especially on weekends.  If the parking gods are with you, you may find a metered spot in the neighborhood.  If not, there are a number of parking garages in the area.

Red star_15x15 The Hynes Auditorium Garage at 50 Dalton St. usually offers the best rates in this part of Back Bay, generally $14 or less most evenings.