SCROLL DOWN FOR ALL NATICK RESTAURANTS
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Natick offers a variety of eateries, from fancy to homey to chains. Natick’s best-known restaurant team is Dora Tavel-Sanchez Luz and Gabriel Sanchez Luz, who launched Buttercup in Natick following their success with The Farmhouse in Needham. Seafood standbys are Legal Seafood on route 9 and Dolphin in Natick Center. Fanciness aside, Casey’s Diner is the place to go for steamed hot dogs, burgers, and other diner classics.
A slew of Asian restaurants dot the town, from sushi-and-more powerhouse Minado to strip-mall Shanghai Tokyo and Route 9’s Oga’s. There’s even a take-out sushi bar at Roche Bros. grocery store that does a very brisk business.
Other restaurants featuring ethnic delights include Italian restaurants such as Comella’s, which has a signature dish called the “Mess” and Agostino’s, which underwent renovations in 2018; Zaftig’s, a classic Jewish delicatessen; and Mexacali Grill, serving authentic Mexican cuisine on the Natick/Wellesley line.
Natick’s densest restaurant rows is Route 9, which in addition to the previously mentioned spots is home to chains such as The Cheesecake Factory, and P.F. Chang’s (all located in the Natick Mall), and more.
Not to be overlooked in town are eateries such as Zaftig’s, an authentic Jewish deli that serves all-day breakfast, latkes, loaded sandwiches, and more. Another unique breakfast and lunch spot is Station 5 Grille, a hometown diner that’s been family owned and operated since 2006.
Then there’s always Dunkin’ Donuts, which has no fewer than eight outposts in town, from the Natick Mall to one on West Central St. and one on East Central St.
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Where to Eat in Natick Center:
Agostino’s Italian Restaurant, 23 Washington St, (508) 655-6643
Family-owned Italian favorite in Natick. A place where you can dive into savory cheese ravioli for lunch or eggplant parmigiana for dinner.
The perfect after-school snack spot for kids of all ages in Natick. Whether you are going with your family or friends to grab a homemade slice, you will not be disappointed.
Buttercup,13 W Central St, (508) 545-1506
Delightful farm fresh cuisine featuring their “Poached pear salad” appetizer, and popular main dish “Cauliflower Steak”. Our full review here.
Casey’s Diner,36 South Ave, (508) 655-3761
The beloved 12 seat train car has been serving their classic hot dogs, burgers, and breakfast for generations of locals and visitors to town.
Comella’s, 45 Main St, (508) 651-1700
This delicious pizza chain can be found in many different locations across Eastern Mass. Known for their unbeatable pricing and specialty pizzas. They also provide a catering service which is a great option for graduations and other parties.
Corrado’s, 7 Middlesex Ave, (508) 655-370
A hidden gem in Natick. This sub shop makes ready to eat pizza, pasta, salads, and of course, subs.
Dah-Mee, 25 Washington St, (508) 655-3951
Owned by the lovely Mrs. Lee since 2000. Dah-Mee provides a menu with Japanese, Thai & Korean cuisine that will leave you wanting more.
Dates & Olives, 26 MA-27, (508) 545-1283
Mediterranean restaurant that offers the fun option to “Build Your Meal” with a pita pocket, a choice of meat or veggies, three toppings, and sauce. They also have many yummy sandwiches, salads, and a long list of fun dips.
During our most recent visit we tried out the chicken shawarma rolled up in a pita along with lettuce, hummus, tomatoes, onions, and tahini. When I tell you it was brought to the table hot, I mean it was piping hot, as in from the grill to me with no delay. For a healthy and delicious lunch, there’s nothing like the offerings at Dates & Olives.
Dolphin Seafood, 12 Washington St, (508) 655-0669
This popular seafood restaurant in Natick which serves exciting specialty dishes such as the “Lobster a la Natick” and “Sole ala Pedro”. They also have a kids menu.
Eli’s Breakfast, Burgers, & Brews,12 Washington St, (508) 545-0669
Eli’s serves all-day breakfast (closes at 3pm), including a wide selection of humorously named omelets such as the “Hot Mama”. However, if you’re feeling more in the mood for lunch, they have a mouthwatering list of burgers to feast on.
SPONSORED CONTENT: Healthy, seasonally inspired meals — no cooking required. Feast & Fettle is a gourmet meal delivery service that offers chef-prepared entrees and side dishes delivered right to your door. Some menu items: Balsamic Grilled Flank Steak with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes; Toasted Hazelnut Crusted Salmon; Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Roasted Summer Vegetables; Corn on the Cob with Garlic Scallion Butter.
FresCafe Natick, 158 E Central St, (508) 647-0200
A personal favorite breakfast spot of mine just a bit down the street from Natick Center. A family-owned place with extremely welcoming staff and unforgettable dishes.
George’s Pizza,41 Main St, (508) 653-8879
A cash-only, town favorite spot for a tasty slice of pizza, sub sandwich, or comforting spaghetti & meatballs.
Lola’s Italian Groceria, 9 Main St, (508) 651-0524
This Italian joint is known for their take-home dinner options, delectable appetizers, and most importantly their heavenly cannolis.
Mexicali Grill, 148 E Central St, (508) 655-5477
Mexican-style restaurant that has all of your cherished authentic favorites. Whether you want to make a quick stop for queso dip and chips or maybe tackle some pulled pork tacos, you will not leave with an empty stomach.
Morse Tavern, 85 E Central St, (508) 655-7878
Looking for more of a relaxed bar atmosphere? The Morse Tavern is the place to be on a Tuesday at 8pm for their trivia night, or on a Sunday to watch the game. On top of their tasty American style menu, this restaurant also frequently brings in local bands for your entertainment.
Park St. Ice Cream Shoppe & Cafe, 14 Park St, (508) 655-8113
A quaint, kid-friendly castle where you can dive into your favorite flavor of ice cream on a hot, or even chilly day (open seasonally).
Pizza place that offers big flavors in a small building.
Renee’s Kitchen ,148 E Central St, (508) 545-2971
Ready-to-eat meals, with a menu that changes on a weekly basis to keep things interesting. This is a perfect and healthy option (some meals are gluten free) for the on-the-go families who want a delicious homemade dinner, but don’t have time to make it themselves.
Shanghai Tokyo, 54 E Central St, (508) 651-0818
Chinese & Japanese restaurant, serving a wide selection of delightful sushi platters and soups. They also provide many meat or vegetarian options.
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, 19 S. Main St., (508) 720-4152
As for the coffee and tea, look for menu items like French Vietnamese Au Lait (dark roasted French chicory coffee and sweetened condensed milk); Crème Caramel (caramel coated vanilla latte topped with whipped cream); a collection of classic daily brews; and premium teas from Earl Grey to Dragon Pearl Jasmine. They also have pastries, bagels, filled croissants, and more.
More on Sweetwaters based on our first visit in fall 2020.
The Bagel Table, 9 South Main Street, 505-545-1890
July 2021: We stopped in for a toasted onion bagel with a schmear of lox, and took a seat at a window table overlooking Natick Common. They toast up a nice bagle here, and the staff was helpful when asked for the wifi password. Here’s our review from November 2020, when the popular breakfast and lunch spot opened.
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Where to eat in West Natick
Where to eat in the Route 9 area:
Anthony’s Coal-Fired Pizza, 9/27 Plaza
Pizzas, roasted chicken wings, large homemade meatballs made from a recipe passed down from Anthony’s grandmother.
Ben & Jerry’s, 1265 Worcester St. (westbound side)
Premium ice cream that got its start in Burlington, Vermont.
B. GOOD, 1265 Worcester St. (westbound side)
Kale and Grain bowls, salads, wraps, burgers and sandwiches, smoothies, milkshakes.
Café Yafa, 6A Wethersfield Rd.
Mediterranean favorites, plus a coffee bar, muffins & more.
In Arabic, Yafa means beautiful or pretty and is often used as a girl’s name. So it makes sense that the owner of Natick’s newest eatery named his first restaurant Café Yafa. The 25-seat dine-in or take-out spot is clearly Mo Alghool’s baby, its homemade Mediterranean specialties his pride. SEE THE WHOLE REVIEW…
Chipotle, 9/27 Plaza
Fast-casual Mexican fare.
Culinary Delights Inc, 229 N Main St.
Eastern European deli and grocery.
Dunkin’, 1362 Worcester St. (eastbound side)
Five Guys, 221 N. Main St. (route 9/27)
Burgers, fries, hot dogs, sandwiches, shakes in a fast-moving atmosphere.
Hot Doogy, 1300D, Worcester St. (Rte. 9 east in Sherwood Plaza)
Krua Thai , 231 N Main St.
Gourmet Thai cuisine in a casual atmosphere.
McDonald’s, 290 Worcester St. (eastbound side)
Minado, 1282 Worcester St. (eastbound side)
Sushi and seafood buffet.
Oga’s, 915 Worcester St. (westbound side)
Japanese cuisine, Japanese owned.
Panera Bread, 841 Worcester St. (9/27 Plaza)
Emphasis on clean food; sandwiches, soups, baked goods.
The Pantry, 1360 Worcester St. (eastbound side)
Located inside The Verve Hotel
Shaanxi Gourmet, 259 Worcester St. (westbound side)
Authentic cuisine from North China.
SKYBOKX 109, 319 Speen Street
Fun sports bar filled with TVs tuned to the big game. Enjoy classic bar food here from wings to burgers. Family friendly.
Smashburger, 1298 Worcester St. (eastbound side)
Burgers that are smashed, seasoned, and seared on the grill.
Square Mfg. Co., 935 Worcester St. (westbound side)
Detroit-style, square-cut pizza, crusty on edges, fluffy on the inside. Take-out only to start (opened in December 2020)
Subway, 189 Worcester St. (westbound side)
Casual counter-serve chain for build-your-own sandwiches and salads.
Tempura King, 381 Worcester St.
Traditional Japanese dishes.
Wendy’s, 355 Worcester St.
Fast-food burger chain serving sides such as chili and baked potatoes.
Zaftigs Delicatessen, 1298 Worcester Rd (eastbound side)
Deli that wants to be your Jewish mother.
Where to eat in South Natick:
Charles River Coffee House
57 Eliot St., Natick, MA 01760
The Greenhouse at Lookout Farm
89 Pleasant St., Natick, MA 01760
April 2021: We wanted a venue that felt safe and where we could celebrate our half-vaccinated state on a chilly spring day. The Greenhouse with its high ceilings and enormous dining area that holds 37 well-spaced picnic tables fit the bill. The big win of the night was the Nashville hot jumbo shrimp with Vermont cheddar garlic bread. The “hot” refers to the sauce that had a solid kick but didn’t overpower the cheddar cheese. This one’s a winner paired with the farmer’s baby greens salad with cranberries, goat cheese, pepitos, chives, and butternut squash. Wash it all down with a Hay Bale Belgian Golden Ale and go away happy.
The Pizza Shop at South Natick
50 Eliot St, Natick, MA 01760
Where to eat in the Natick Mall:
Bazille (inside Nordstrom): Bistro classics in a chic and inviting space. Salads, brick-oven pizzas.
Burger Bar (inside Wegman’s)
Cajun Cafe & Grill (food court)
California Pizza Kitchen (lower level, near Macy’s)
Charleys Philly Steaks (food court)
Dave & Busters: Family-friendly chain. Sports-bar-style setting for American food and arcade games.
Dunkin’: lower level
Falafel House (food court)
Falafel and other Middle Eastern fare.
Located within the Level99 interactive gaming venue, Night Shift Brewing starting in summer 2021 began serving fresh, locally-crafted beer, hard seltzer, wine, and cocktails, and on the food front, bar food favorites plus fancier stuff.
Master Wok (food court)
McDonalds (food court)
Melt (upper level, near Lord & Taylor)
Gelato and crepe cafe.
April 2021: We picked up take-out from the Chinese cuisine chain’s Natick Mall location. We tried out the Family Meal for Two (for 4 or 6 also available). At $34 for 2, the take-out or delivery only option is the best value on the menu. You get to choose a Lettuce Wrap appetizer (their signature dish, and the lettuce is always fresh and crisp); a soup; a noodle or rice dish; and a main entrée. Nobody goes away hungry, and everything was delicious. Vegetarian and gluten-free options available for the Family Meal option, and throughout the menu.
Sarku Japan (food court)
Taco Bell (food court)
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