Best of Boston

BEST Brunch

2000 BEST Brunch, Gourmet

The Blue Room


Buffet brunches are usually dangerous territory—the food must be constantly replenished—but the Blue Room has the system down pat. Dishes are set up on a long counter snaking past the open kitchen, and when the chefs see that the plate… read more»

1999 BEST Brunch



The three-course prix-fixe menu is everything brunch should be: a selection of sweet and savory breakfast and lunch dishes and an assortment of chilled seafood (Wellfleet oysters, countneck clams, shrimp) with a Bloody Mary or mimosa to wash it down…. read more»

1998 BEST Brunch

Rowes Wharf Restaurant at The Boston Harbor Hotel


Bring a hefty appetite and anyone you want to impress for the elegant decor and sensational harbor views at the most sumptuous buffet brunch in the city. For $42 a person, we’re obviously not talking about hangover grease-fest. The upscale… read more»

1997 BEST Brunch, Gay Scene



The Sunday brunch buffet at Appetito is to die for, with scrumptious eggs benedict, fluffy muffins, and perfectly seasoned homefries. Alas, eating any of it is out of the question: Everyone’s checking out the tautness of your abs and the… read more»

1997 BEST Brunch, Jazz

Bella Luna

Jamaica Plain

Sunday brunch should be a relaxing way to stretch out the end of the weekend and ease into the coming week. Bella Luna is a mellow, funky setting for Full Moon pancakes, French toast, or a Lost in Space breakfast… read more»

1997 BEST Brunch, Lesbian Scene


Jamaica Plain

Throw on the Birks, and take the girls to Pinardi’s in Jamaica Plain. There might be a short wait for a table, but hey, just look at it as an opportunity to “accidentally” bump into that Cameron Diaz lookalike on… read more»

1996 BEST Brunch, Suburban

Baker’s Best

Newton Highlands

This place is already a neighborhood institution for its takeout, but the new Sunday brunch, with its huge Belgian waffles, great custom omelets, superb muffins, and congenial atmosphere make it a weekend destination for out-of-towners as well. read more»

1995 BEST Brunch

House of Blues


Live gospel music in a mini-museum of folk art, and a Southern-style buffet that includes eggs, fried catfish, breakfast meats, biscuits, fruit salad, and bread pudding. It’s a revival meeting cum dining experience that simultaneously satisfies body and soul. read more»

1994 BEST Brunch, Hotel

Bennett Street Cafe at the Charles Hotel


On Sunday mornings the sunny Bennett Street Cafe has an air of eternal spring. A mind-boggling array of exquisite baked goods, smoked fish, fresh fruit, salads, and entrees are mere warm-ups for the fabulous raw bar and the omelet station—where… read more»

1992 BEST Brunch

Hotel Meridien


The competition is getting fierce, but of all the great brunches in town, the Meridien’s is the best. read more»