Where to Find Excellent Eggs Benedict around Boston
Duck confit, house-made hot sauce, cheddar biscuits, and more put dishes at these local go-tos in a league of their own.
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From avoiding the disaster of overcooked eggs to nailing the consistency (and flavor) of hollandaise sauce, even the most ambitious home chefs among us can struggle while making eggs Benedict. Perhaps that’s why we love ordering the tough-to-master dish at our favorite breakfast and brunch spots—each, like the eight restaurants you’ll discover below, with its own distinctive take on the savory classic.
Abe & Louie’s
Expertly-seasoned steaks and uber-fresh seafood helped put this Boylston Street staple on the map, so it’s no surprise that the short-but-sweet brunch menu—complete with four eggs Benedict options—makes good use of those ingredients, too. Order yours with tender filet mignon or the restaurant’s well-loved crab cake, topped with classic hollandaise. Can’t decide between steak and fish? You don’t have to; Abe & Louie’s deftly whips up a Benedict featuring both proteins, plus lobster.
793 Boylston St., Boston, 617-425-5206, abeandlouies.com.
Alden & Harlow
Dinner and a movie is tried-and-true date-night fodder, but what about brunch and a matinee instead? That’s easy to pull off at Alden & Harlow, located below the Brattle theater. Before the lights go down, pop into the Harvard Square haunt for the NY Strip Steak and Eggs Benedict. Served on flatbread-like pupusas and lightly topped with curtido (a.k.a. cabbage slaw), the creative take on the brunch classic is sure to keep you full and happy come showtime.
40 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-864-2100, aldenharlow.com.
Bostonia Public House
Still chatting about how much fun you had last night? The upbeat soundtrack of new and old pop tunes pumping throughout this Financial District favorite will keep your spirits high—as will the restaurant’s tempting trio of eggs Benedict dishes. You can’t go wrong with the shaved-ham or lobster varieties, but for something a little different, try the veggie-powered plate with spinach, tomato, and avocado. It’s sure to pair nicely with Bostonia’s Ultimate Bloody Mary, which you can customize any number of ways at the eatery’s garnish bar.
131 State St., Boston, 617-948-9800, bostoniapublichouse.com.
After a busy week of juggling work deadlines, a laundry list of errands, and your kids’ packed social calendars, there’s nothing more glorious than a lazy Sunday. Luckily, Back Bay’s Café Sauvage ensures a leisurely brunch by offering its popular weekend meal service until a generous 4 p.m. Another restaurant highlight? The duck eggs Benedict. Featuring decadent duck confit, fresh arugula, and crispy hash browns, the hearty entree is the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon of much-needed R & R.
25 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, 857) 277-0075, cafesauvage.com.
Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant
Without a reservation, you’re likely to find yourself waiting in a long line for weekend brunch at this bustling Southie hot spot. But, as legions of satisfied reviewers confirm, Lincoln’s equally lengthy lineup of yummy mains like the BBQ Pulled Pork Benedict handily makes up for the wait. Order a minty Ginger Peach Smash, spiked with Bulliet bourbon, to sip on while the team cooks up your meaty masterpiece—made all the more delicious with a cheddar biscuit and honey-sriracha hollandaise.
425 W. Broadway, Boston, (617) 765-8636, lincolnsouthboston.com.
Beer enthusiasts love Lulu’s for its extensive roster of draft brews, including popular pours from New England-based makers like Exhibit “A” and Zero Gravity. Ask an Allston resident, though, and you’ll find the bar and restaurant has a few other tricks up its sleeve—namely its killer brunch menu, complete with a four-dish-strong “Bennys” section. Next time you’re in the neighborhood, try the Guac Benedict, finished with house-made guacamole (of course) and cherry-pepper relish.
421 Cambridge St., Boston, 617-787-1117, lulusallston.com.
With its globally inspired fare and chic setting (imagine: cozy banquettes, crisp white tile, and a live-edge bar), it didn’t take long for this Southie restaurant to garner a fanbase after it opened its doors in 2017. Brunch service is an especially bright spot. After you’ve stoked your appetite with Publico’s must-try doughnuts—dusted with powdered sugar and plated with Nutella—tuck into the Hot Chicken Benedict. You’ll appreciate the way the avocado balances the heat of the fried chicken, covered in the restaurant’s hot sauce-laden hollandaise.
11 Dorchester St., Boston, 617-622-5700, publicoboston.com.
For tasty, traditional brunch bites in a similarly quintessential Boston neighborhood, book a table at this small Beacon Hill spot. Whether you’re peeking out the paned windows or dining al fresco on the plant-filled patio, brick-clad townhouses form a lovely backdrop for perusing the restaurant’s seven eggs Benedict options, including the customary smoked-salmon and Canadian-maple-bacon varieties. Choose your fave and wash it all down with a glass of Mionetto prosecco or Veuve Clicquot—as classic a brunch order as any.
75 Chestnut St., Boston, 617-227-2175, 75chestnut.com.
This Harvard Ave. standout specializes in all kinds of brunch goodies but, if you ask us, its large selection of eggs Benedict dishes is where @Union truly excels. Try the special bulgogi Benedict, loaded with Korean-style beef, or the prosciutto twist with arugula and pesto. Don’t fill up on food, though; you’ll want to save at least a little space for one of the cafe’s intriguing cotton-candy mimosas or rum-chai lattes, among other novel drink offerings.
174 Harvard Ave., Boston, 617-779-0077, unionallston.com.