The 20 Places to Find the Best Brunch in Boston
Make the most of your weekend with this guide to the top morning-to-midday menus around town.
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Wondering where to book your next brunch date? We’ve got you covered. Behold a guide to restaurants across the city that dish out fabulous brunch menus, full of sweet and savory standouts that actually make it worth crawling out of bed. Go ahead: Rise, shine, snack, and sip.
Bright, Aperol-orange umbrellas draw us like a beacon to the sidewalk patio at chef Colin Lynch’s coastal Italian stunner, the perfect place to grab a seat, gobble a house-made strawberry pop-tart, and soak up some Sunrise in Friuli–a brunch cocktail of sparkling wine, amaro, and pineapple and raspberry juices. There’s heartier fare, too, like bucatini carbonara and a mortadella sandwich with muffaletta relish, to fuel you through a shopping spree at the nearby (seasonal) SoWa Open Market.
Sundays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 360 Harrison Ave., Boston, 617-530-1770, barmezzana.com.
If the scent of a sizzling steak is what it takes to bait you out of bed on a weekend, be tempted by this beefy brunch menu (available only at Chops’ South End location). Besides the expected prime cuts, carnivores find a poutine-like hash of brisket, shank, and tongue covered in gravy and cheese curds; huevos rancheros with braised cheek and avocado mousse; and, yes, one hell of a burger. Add a Bloody Mary to the mix, then enjoy on the pleasant patio.
Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 1375 Washington St., Boston, 617-227-5011, bostonchops.com.
Wood-fired brunch pizzas abound here–pies covered in pork and kimchi with slow-cooked egg and cheddar; fennel sausage with pickled peppers and mozzarella; and bacon with onion, crème fraiche, and gruyere. Stellar hints of smokiness also accent the shakshuka, a skillet of baked eggs sitting in spicy tomato sauce, and a BBQ pork-butt Benedict on buttermilk biscuits. As for those brews? There’s plenty of craft beer on draft—like the Upland Peach, an eye-opening sour—plus some nice ciders.
Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 7 Moulton St., Charlestown, 617-337-5703, brewersfork.com.
Its name nods to the moon, but this Cambridge café actually earned its neighborhood-hangout rep for morning fare: both weekday breakfast spreads and a super-popular, wide-ranging brunch menu on weekends. The latter’s lineup of includes signature omelets with fixings like grilled pear with gorgonzola; double-thick Belgian waffles with berry compote; and a “surf and turf” Benedict of lobster and steak. Though it moved to a larger location two years ago, crowds remain strong–so reservations are still recommended.
Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 612 Main St., Cambridge, 617-576-3400, cafeluna-centralsq.com.
Committee Ouzeri + Bar
Even when it’s not hosting monthly DJ appearances, there’s a buzzy scene at this hip Hellenic operation in the Seaport. Crowds come for the breakfast gyro (pita filled with grilled halloumi, loukaniko sausage, and more) and new “For the Table” feasts, including Greek-yogurt pancakes topped with honey and sour-cherry preserves. The patio is a fine perch for sharing Champagne trays with various garnishes, or a bottle from the all-natural, all-Greek list curated by Lauren Friel of Rebel Rebel, a super-buzzy wine bar.
Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 50 Northern Ave., Boston, 617-737-5051, committeeboston.com.
Two words: kimchi dog. The frank is a bit of a legend at this Allston gastropub, well-known for its acclaimed craft brew list. Walk that spicy dog out to the hidden rear patio, or find a corner seat to recover from weekend misadventures by digging into hearty, hipster-beer-bar fare, including fried chicken with biscuits and Sriracha maple syrup, egg-topped avocado toast dusted with za’atar, and a braised pork-anchored “BBQ breakfast.”
Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 477 Cambridge St., Allston, 617-787-2337, deepellum-boston.com.
Come for the kitschy, colorful interior, covered in vintage bric-a-brac and parlaying a campy spin on a 1950s-suburban-kitchen aesthetic. Stay for the all-day breakfast grub, which seem like the work of a stoned Suzy Homemaker: Cinnamon-sugar pancakes with a cheesecake glaze; hot bowls of spicy buffalo-chicken dip; toasted, powder sugar-dusted doughnuts that are used to sandwich scrambled eggs and sausage. This quirky, New Hampshire-founded brand has local outposts in Back Bay, Kendall Square, and Burlington. Hours vary by location.
35 Stanhope St., Boston, 617-456-7849, additional locations, thefriendlytoast.com.
When you feel like death, find a spot under the massive Ouija board wall at this South End favorite, and recuperate with hair-of-the-dog elixirs: The Witching Hour, gin with blood orange and a splash of bubbles, may help. So will the brunch-time comfort food, including fried chicken with pancakes and black pepper-maple butter; scrambled egg-filled tacos dressed with cumin sour cream and pickled red cabbage; and a breakfast sandwich of fried egg, sausage, and buffalo sauce on an everything bagel-style doughnut from sibling operation, Blackbird Doughnuts.
Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 1395 Washington St., Boston, 617-425-0200, thegallowsboston.com.
This venerable, decades-spanning stalwart in Harvard Square remains a white tablecloth establishment in a trending-casual industry. it’s an especially excellent brunch choice for entertaining the in-laws with charcuterie spreads featuring chicken liver pâté; asparagus and nettle quiche, dressed with red wine vinaigrette; or raw New England oysters jazzed with juniper mignonette. Don’t relegate Harvest to special occasions, though. It’s fine, but not fussy–and you may even catch the occasional doughnut pop-up from pastry chef Josh Livsey.
Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 44 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-868-2255, harvestcambridge.com.
Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant
We’re well-fed guinea pigs whenever we swing by the “Brunch Test Kitchen” at this South Boston spot, a special Friday service (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) when they out creative culinary ideas: say, Fruity Pebbles-topped pancakes with cereal milk anglaise, or bananas stuffed with jerk spice-rubbed pork. Successful experiments may graduate to the weekend lineup, already replete with wood-fired pizzas, an indulgent platter of short rib poutine with truffle fries, and a jalapeño-infused Bloody Mary.
Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 425 W Broadway, South Boston, 617-765-8636, lincolnsouthboston.com.
In its previous life as Centre Street Café, this intimate lil’ joint on Jamaica Plain’s restaurant-packed Centre Street earned brunch lines out the door. But in its new, space diner-themed incarnation, it serves much of its menu—including the entire breakfast lineup—all day. So even if you can’t rocket over during delineated brunch hours, you might still score favorites like the Major Tom, an egg-and-cheese breakfast sandwich with aioli and avocado, or the Mulder burger topped with tangy Area 51 sauce.
Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 669 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-524-9217, littledipperjp.com.
The Cambridge restaurant’s inventive explorations of classic New England cuisine don’t take time off on weekends. Head to the rear patio and partake in a lobster popover (one of our favorite funky spins on regional seafood); a fried clam and bacon sandwich with piccalilli aioli; or sweet corn and almond porridge with a poached egg and roasted rainbow carrots. Simpler breakfast fare is available from the daily café menu, too.
Sundays, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 660 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-945-2576, loyalninecambridge.com.
It’s been said a million times, but here’s a million-and-one: This is not your bubbie’s Jewish deli. Kendall Square’s modern spin on the genre offers a chocolate-tahini bagel sandwich with bananas and toasted walnuts, alongside build-your-own fish platters for pairing cold-smoked salmon with choice of schmear. Pro-tip: take a slice of cinnamon babka to go; you’ll want to nosh it on your walk (or Uber) home.
Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 1 Kendall Sq., Cambridge, 617-958-3354, mamalehs.com.
Mike’s City Diner
Chef-owner Jay Hajj turned his not-so-greasy spoon in the South End into a city institution, thanks to appearances on Guy Fieri-hosted Food Network shows, his own comfort-food cookbook, and a legacy of serving large portions for little tabs. The recently-renovated, 1920s-inspired diner slings massive meals like the “Emergency Room” (eggs, grits, linguiça, and more), steak and cheese omelets, and breakfast burritos from morning-to-midday, every day of the week. (You can also buy the branded mugs as a souvenir.)
Daily, 6 a.m.-3 p.m. 1714 Washington St., Boston, 617-267-9393, mikescitydiner.com.
Myers + Chang
Indecisive? Spread yourself thin with this Asian icon’s dim sum brunch menu. It offers a smattering of bites, from cold (papaya slaw), to crispy (ginger-sesame waffle sundaes), to savory (lemongrass chicken wings)–plus wonderfully spongy bao, potsticker-style dumplings, and bowls of noodles. Restaurateur Joanne Chang’s Flour empire offers plenty of lovely morning pastries, but this is her spot where you can build a more substantive brunch-time meal.
Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 1145 Washington St., Boston, 617-542-5200, myersandchang.com.
When you think of exciting, attention-grabbing brunch dishes, cream of wheat is probably not the first thing to come to mind. But the rich, warm bowls offered at this 1983-founded, family-owned Somerville stalwart are famous for a reason. Don’t believe us? You will. But besides, the daytime-only operation offers plenty of other reasons to head over–from fabulous, fluffy pancakes to some Portuguese-American seafood specialties. The place is friendly, low on frills, and full of neighborhood-legend charm.
Daily, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., 25 Bow St., Somerville, 617-623-9710, theneighborhoodrestaurant.com.
Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar
A historic diner car in the middle of Davis Square is home to crave-worthy comfort food of the Americana-eats variety–and a star-studded brunch menu that earns its stripes. Standouts include hush puppies with pineapple and chili chutney, home-made monkey bread with a brown butter glaze, and an indulgent “Country Croque Madame” that douses hickory ham with gooey gruyère, smoked gouda, and béchamel. You’ll want a boozy brunch drink to wash it down–like the Kentucky Iced Coffee, bourbon with amaretto, cold-brew coffee and maple syrup.
Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 381 Summer St., Somerville, 617-629-9500, rosebudkitchen.com.
Chef Tiffani Faison’s Southeast Asian-inspired restaurant in the Fenway greets the day with a roar during weekend brunch service. The place covers the classics, like Singapore-style street noodles and pad gra prow (spicy Thai basil chicken with a fried duck egg). But there are also playful ideas like a banh mi burger: grilled pork patties with wok-roasted onions, fish sauce-tomato jam, and American cheese. Thirsty? Wake up to the “Good Morning, Vietnam!” cocktail of rum, amaro, coffee, condensed milk, and pineapple. And don’t miss pastry chef Dee Steffen Chinn’s fun weekly specials rolling by on the dim sum-style cart.
Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 1363 Boylston St., Boston, 617-425-6262, tigermamaboston.com.
Trina’s Starlite Lounge
Restaurant industry workers spend their weekends pulling long hours to keep us well-fed–but they deserve a brunch break, too. Hence Trina’s Monday brunch service, a long-popular pick for folks in the service sphere. Office workers shouldn’t worry; they can still swing by on Sunday for the awesome array, which includes pickle-brined fried chicken on biscuits with American cheese; French toast covered in candied pecans; a terrific taco salad; and booze like the Adirondack, a cocktail of butter-infused bourbon with maple syrup and chocolate-covered bacon.
Sundays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Mondays, noon-4 p.m., 3 Beacon St., Somerville, 617-576-0006, trinastarlitelounge.com.
At chef Michael Scelfo’s coastal-cuisine operation near Harvard Square, the brunch menu covers an ocean’s worth of seafood: caviar comes with a dollop of buttermilk yogurt on plankton corn blini; clams top a signature pizza; fried oysters accompany poached egg on an okonomiyaki waffle. Don’t worry, landlubbers–you won’t be left out, thanks to creative doughnut baskets and other non-aquatic options.
Sundays, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 1030 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-864-2300, waypointharvard.com.