Wellesley Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Wellesley

April 14, 2018 Viva Honore

Wellesley /ˈwɛlzliː/ is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. Wellesley is part of Greater Boston. The population was 27,982 at the time of the 2010 census. In 2008, Wellesley had the 3rd highest median household and family incomes in all of Massachusetts. In 2018, data from the American Community Survey revealed that Wellesley was the 7th wealthiest city in the United States. It is best known as the home of Wellesley College, Babson College, and a campus of Massachusetts Bay Community College.
Things to do in Wellesley

1. Sweet Basil

942 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492-3030 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 28 - SGD 39 +1 781-444-9600
Excellent
69%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 414 reviews

Sweet Basil

Reviewed By Dale D - Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Been a awhile since we all enjoyed great service.. great seafood..example:
Steamed mussels...were excellent
Another in our party had the seafood paella...very pleased
We had Squash & apple tortellini...this was terrific!

We did not have a reservation- they took our cell number & we went to a bar until called!


2. Cafe Mangal

555 Washington St, Wellesley, MA 02482-5996 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover European, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 781-235-5322
Excellent
74%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 219 reviews

Cafe Mangal

Reviewed By Dina D

Cafe Mangal is my favorite restaurant! The food is beyond amazing and the service is superb. My go-to dish is the grilled chicken thighs with tahini sauce, however every dish I have ever tried has been outstanding. Don't miss the homemade baklava and creme brulee for dessert. Another plus is that your can bring your own wine!

3. Quebrada Baking Co

272 Washington St, Wellesley, MA 02481-4922 Takeout American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast SGD 26 +1 781-237-2111
Excellent
60%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 57 reviews

Quebrada Baking Co

Reviewed By EricNh - NH

Dropped in for a nice coffee and walked out with a box of amazing croissants, cookies and cinnamon rolls.... everyone loved them when I got home. You will love the "homemade touch" to everything they make.

4. Peet's Coffee & Tea

9 Central St, Wellesley, MA 02482-5801 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 781-235-0018
Excellent
44%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 27 reviews

Peet's Coffee & Tea

Reviewed By WINEandTRAVEL - Boston, Massachusetts

I like my coffee strong and there is a tendency to brew it stronger here... I enjoy that. Hadn't been here for many years and still very good. Service is very good. Fun to sit in the shop and watch the Wellesley crowd come and go. Good pastries.

5. Truly Yogurt

35 Grove St, Wellesley, MA 02482-7723 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible SGD 26 +1 781-239-1356
Excellent
73%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 52 reviews

Truly Yogurt

Reviewed By acadialover88 - Westford, Massachusetts

Visited Truly a few times over the summer and most recently, last weekend (Feb, 2017). I've never beed disappointed, their offerings are delicious. You can't go wrong, pick any flavor, soft or hard, doesn't matter. Truly serves high quality yogurt and ice cream, absolutely delicious!!

6. Linden Store

162 Linden St, Wellesley, MA 02482-7933 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards American, Soups, Fast Food, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch SGD 13 +1 781-237-9229
Excellent
88%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 104 reviews

Linden Store

The Linden Store was founded in 1933. Operated by the entire family, the Store was an immediate success. It has been in business continuously and is well known for consistent quality and service. Son Greg began working under his parents' supervision at the age of ten, while son Mark joined in his high school years. Today Mark and Greg are the owners of The Linden Store Deli. While the Deli continues to offer traditionally awesome favorites, the menu has evolved to meet our clientele's tastes and needs. We use only the best suppliers and receive shipments daily to ensure fresh products. Committed to embracing our strong local roots, The Linden Store has been providing delicious deli food to generations in the greater Wellesley community. We enthusiastically support youth efforts by donating to school and sports programs in Wellesley and surrounding communities and take pride in being part of the neighborhood fabric. Babson College, Wellesley College, Dana Hall School and Fessendon School are just a few of the numerous educational institutions that plan their catered events through TLS. Many companies such as Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch also choose to regularly cater through The Store. The atmosphere here is authentic and upbeat; nostalgic yet current. We have a sincere and friendly staff who have been part of the Deli team for decades. Together with you, let's keep the Linden Store deli going for a lifetime.

Reviewed By summertimefun1234

If you have never eaten a sandwich from here then what are you doing? These are kind of the best sandwiches ever, so this is urgent. Everything is fresh, and the flavors are so good. My favorites are the Kaitlyn, and the Thanksgiving, but you cannot go wrong with any sandwich that is offered. And if you can, then build your own!

7. The Farmhouse

970 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492-2508 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 781-449-6200
Excellent
57%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 224 reviews

The Farmhouse

Reviewed By packedlite - Cambridge, Massachusetts

The food was really wonderful. I rarely order chicken in a restaurant because we eat it so often at home, but one of our party had been to the Farmhouse previously and recommended it, so I ordered it. I was not disappointed. It was moist, slightly salty and delicious. The bed of puree of potatoes that it was served on was just right. There were a few pieces of brocollini and carrot, too. If I have any complaint it would be that I could have used more vegetables. My husband ordered the short ribs and said they were excellent. He didn't offer me a taste which means they must have been good - too good to give a bite away! The serving sizes were not overwhelming, but they were adequate. We shared a cheese board to begin with. That was all yummy, too, if a bit skimpy. But then, it was adequate and we were better off not eating too much cheese. Our drinks - an Old Fashioned, wine, and an eggnog drink with vodka and anisette - were good, too. The service was a tad slow, but not terrible and our waitress was pleasant and efficient.
The noise level was a bit high, but not terrible. The tab for two of us with tip was $107 and worth every penny.

8. Cafe Fresh Bagel

896 Highland Ave, Needham, MA 02494-1339 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 781-444-7444
Excellent
76%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 89 reviews

Cafe Fresh Bagel

Reviewed By Tunafishy

You want a real New York style bagel? This is the place to get it. Long lines on Sunday mornings attest to that.

9. J.P. Licks Homemade Ice Cream Cafe

63 Central St, Wellesley, MA 02482-5801 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe SGD 13 +1 781-416-1799
Excellent
40%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 27 reviews

J.P. Licks Homemade Ice Cream Cafe

Store Hours: Sunday - Thursday 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM, Friday - Saturday 9:00 AM - 12:00 AM J.P. Licks specializes in quality homemade ice cream and frozen yogurt and home-roasted coffee. Since 1981 they've been creating a variety of quality flavors. From childhood favorites to exciting seasonal creations, and dairy free and vegan ice cream, there's something for everyone who walks through the door.

Reviewed By Jeany B - Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA

JP Licks ice cream is delicious - best ice cream in the Metro West area.This is a great place to go for a treat - also has good coffee and hot chocolate.

10. Juniper

13 Central St, Wellesley, MA 02482-5801 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 781-446-6950
Excellent
62%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 183 reviews

Juniper

A spirited Mediterranean bistro in the heart of Wellesley, Massachusetts, Juniper offers creative, generously portioned plates filled with the "feel good flavors" signature to Eastern Mediterranean cuisine in an eclectic, colorfully adorned space. Juniper does not take reservations. It is first come, first served

Reviewed By MassFamilyTravelers - Sudbury, Massachusetts

Juniper served up one of the tastiest, attractively-presented mediterranean meals I've ever enjoyed. Mezze, salads, entrees were scrumptious and plentiful. The wait staff was cordial and attentive in just the right measure.

Being winter, the exterior looks a bit forlorn but offers a nice surprise upon entering with a warm, almost old-world/classic atmosphere. There is a dining section toward the back that was inviting, and possibly good for large groups or folks wishing a little more privacy. Folks around Wellesley are fortunate to have Juniper awaiting them for lunch or dinner.

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