The best brunch in Boston
Which restaurants are worth getting out of bed for on a weekend morning? Check out our picks for the best brunch in Boston.
Sure, other cities may boast bottomless mimosas (illegal in Beantown) and year-round patio dining (improbable in New England), but there's something special about the mighty pack of Boston brunch joints that fling open their doors each weekend to offer their finest late-morning meals, regardless of weather conditions or lousy blue laws. To start your perfect Saturday or Sunday in leisurely fashion, keep it simple and classic at neighborhood hangs like the Paramount and Deep Ellum, or splurge on gourmet fare at one of the best restaurants in Boston. Whether you’re fighting a hangover or fueling up before shopping or taking in a few museums or galleries, these are the best places for brunch in Boston.
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- Price band: 1/4
- Critics choice
As no-frills as they come in Beacon Hill, The Paramount has become a neighborhood favorite thanks to its simple yet scrumptious food and unique brunch system. Come on a weekday or after 4.30pm on the weekend and The Paramount operates like any other sit-down restaurant. But stop by for brunch on Saturday or Sunday, and you’re in for something a little different. Wait in line, place your order, then watch as your food is prepared right in front of you. By the time you’ve reached the register, a table in the pleasantly snug dining room has magically freed itself. Try the Caprese-inspired Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Omelet ($8.50) or a Malted Belgian Waffle piled high with fresh fruit ($10). Breakfast menu served 7am–4.30pm Mon–Fri and 8am–4.30pm Sat–Sun. Lunch service begins at 11am.
- 44 Charles Street, (at Mount Vernon Street)
- Price band: 3/4
- Critics choice
A foodie’s dream brunch, Craigie on Main’s “Sunday Best” was declared one of the hottest brunch spots in the U.S. by Bon Appétit Magazine—and for good reason. Choosing between House-Smoked Sockeye Salmon Hash ($17), Chrispy-Fried Chicken Sausage ($17), and Chef Tony Maws’ masterpiece of a burger ($17) is far from an easy task, but you can take comfort in the fact that whatever you decide on will be luscious. And no matter what you do, don’t make the mistake of skipping the House-Made Doughnut served with rich confiture du lait ($4). Trust us, it’s heavenly. In addition to their à la carte dishes, Craigie on Main also offers a prix fixe menu that includes an appetizer, starter and dessert ($29). Brunch served 11am–2pm on Sundays. Reservations accepted.
- 853 Main Street, (at Bishop Allen Drive)
- Price band: 2/4
- Critics choice
Highland Kitchen has a limited brunch window, but don’t let that deter you from trying its belly-filling and heart-warming Southern cuisine. Choose from favorites like Shrimp and Grits ($10.95), Smoked Trout & Bacon Hash ($12.95), and Buttermilk Pancakes ($7.95) with fresh berries and bourbon maple syrup. Highland also offers a number of unique breakfast cocktails including Man’s Ruin ($7.50)—made with rum, orange juice, orange bitters and ginger beer, and Fiona ($8)—a mix of tequila, Campari, orange juice and lemon. If you’re in the mood for a mimosa, skip the $8 version (it’s served in a champagne glass) and go for the “Biggie” instead. For just $2 more, you’ll get a whole pint glass. Brunch served 11am–2.30pm on Sundays. Reservations can be made for parties of six or more.
- 150 Highland Avenue, (at Central Street)
Known for its impressive selection of beers and its dedication to classic cocktails, Deep Ellum has also made a name for itself as a purveyor of superior brunches. Allston residents can’t get enough of the Breakfast Burrito ($7), which is stuffed with eggs, homemade sausage, pepper jack cheese, onions, tomatoes and hot sauce and is rumored to be an effective hangover-helper. Other favorites include Duck Confit Hash ($10), Fries 4 Ways ($5) and Bloody Marys, for which Deep Ellum makes its own mix. Along with brunch items, starters and sandwiches from the dinner menu are also available. Brunch served 11am–4pm Mon–Fri and 10am–4pm Sat–Sun.
- 477 Cambridge Street, (at Brighton Avenue)
This homey Southern-style stalwart serves up Saturday and Sunday brunch with all the fixings, including Cajun Gumbo ($9), po’boys with catfish ($11) or oysters ($12) and Southern Fried Chicken piled atop a crispy Belgian waffle. There’s always a fine selection of local beer on tap, bottomless Rao’s coffee ($3) and Housemade MEM Iced Tea ($4)—but you’ll really want to wash down your biscuits with one of the venue’s many creative cocktails. Some brunchers may opt for a traditional mimosa ($9), but the Devil in Disguise ($6) is the most authentic option: a spicy beer cocktail made with Lone Star lager imported straight from Texas, it’ll give your day a real kick-start. Brunch served 11am–2.30pm Sat–Sun. Reservations accepted.
- 1193 Cambridge Street, (at Tremont Street)
- Price band: 2/4
When you’re in the mood to splurge on brunch, Henrietta’s Table is the place to do it. Two different brunch options are on offer, both of them elegantly presented and made from fresh, local ingredients. On Saturdays, you can pick three items from a selected collection of dishes on the breakfast and lunch menus for $35 per person. On Sundays, indulge in the decadent all-you-can-eat buffet for $45 per person: a raw bar, omelet and salad stations, fresh waffles, grilled vegetables, a number of hot entrées and several desserts are all featured. Orange juice, coffee and tea are unlimited. Brunch served noon–3pm Sat–Sun. Reservations for Sunday brunch are recommended but not required.
- 1 Bennett St
Masa serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm, but it’s the special prix fixe Fiesta Brunch that gets our stomachs growling and keeps our wallets smiling. Served from 10am to 3pm on Saturdays and to 11am on Sunday, the Fiesta Brunch features two courses and unlimited coffee or tea for only $7.95. Those with a sweet tooth should opt for the dessert-like Caramelized Plantain Empanada as their first course option. Second course favorites include Santa Fe Eggs Benedict served with Green Chile Hollandaise Sauce and Southwest homefries, or Huevos Rancheros placed atop a crispy quesadilla and surrounded by spicy black beans. Masa also serves a mean Bloody Mary ($7.50) made with pickled jalapenos (the Bloody Masa replaces the vodka with tequila). The Latin Bellini ($8.50), with champagne and mango and guava puree, is another a fitting accompaniment to Masa’s Southwestern-inspired cuisine. Reservations accepted.
- 439 Tremont Street, (at Appleton Street)
A local gem for nearly 30 years, this family-owned restaurant is beloved for its huge portions of American breakfasts with a Portuguese twist served on the cheap. Plates heaped with French toast, omelets or pancakes are accompanied by your choice of linguica, home fries, toast or even fried bananas, all for under $8. Every entrée comes with fresh fruit or a bowl of cream of wheat—we highly recommend you choose the latter, whose sweet and creamy tones have attracted a cult following. The vine-covered patio makes this spot a popular choice when the weather is warm; it usually opens to the public around Mother’s Day and closes in October. Due to Neighborhood’s popularity, you can expect a long wait during peak brunch hours. Plan on arriving before 9am or after 2.30pm to avoid lines. Breakfast menu served 7am–4pm; lunch served 11.30am–4pm daily.
- 25 Bow Street, (at Walnut Street)
- Price band: 2/4
The South End abounds in brunch options, but Metropolis gets our vote thanks to its reasonable prices and its chic yet cozy atmosphere. It’s also a haven for egg-lovers. Choose between the Traditional, Spinach or Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict, Huevos Rancheros or BBH and Eggs, two eggs any style with chorizo and spicy black bean hash (all $8.95–$12.95). The Monte Cristo Sandwich ($9.95), made with ham and gruyere and served with homefries and warm maple syrup, is also a crowd-pleaser. For those who like a little bubbly with their brunch, Metropolis offers a number of creative takes on mimosas. Try the refreshing Grapefruit Mimosa ($7.95) or the cranberry Mimosa Madras ($7.95).
- 584 Tremont Street