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The best brunch spots in Boston you need to try

Craving sweet and savory brunch treats? Look no further than our guide to the best brunch options in Boston.

By Eric Grossman and Time Out Boston Staff

Now more than ever, weekends are for indulgent, extended brunches accompanied by a steady stream of mimosas and bloodies. The best Boston brunches can be found at casual local hangouts as well as fine dining destinations. Is there a better way to start your day — or keep the party going — than a killer brunch? We think not. Either way, a sustaining brunch is exactly what you need after a long night spent drinking at the best bars in Boston, dancing at the best clubs in Boston, rocking out at the best live music spots in Boston.

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Restaurants Fenway/Kenmore

Brunch the day away with a curated feast. Start with morning favorites such as delectable donuts from Union Square Donuts or egg sandwiches and smoked fish platters from Mamaleh's, then move on to heartier options from the likes of anoush'ella or Nu Burger. Finish up by grabbing a sweet, healthful treat at Revolution Health Kitchen for the morning after. 

Best brunch spots in Boston

Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant
Photograph: Kellene Ratko

1. Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant

Restaurants American South Boston

The rare restaurant that offers brunch seven days a week, this welcoming Southie hangout has developed a reputation for sinful brunch treats. Eye-catching eye-openers include Fruity Pebbles pancakes and short rib poutine (rosemary truffle fries, bone marrow gravy, smoked short rib, mozzarella, sunny-side up egg, crumbled bacon, and shaved truffle). If there’s a big game on, expect the place to be packed.

Gallows, Bars, Boston
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2. The Gallows

Restaurants Contemporary American South End

One of the city's most creative weekend brunches is served at this popular South End hangout. What is a sunrise poutine, you ask? Oh, just a heart-stopping pile of sunny-side eggs, fries, cheese curds, savory gravy and smoked ham. Other highlights include a hangover burger (topped with fried Babybels, spicy pickles, and a sunny-side egg), and a dish of fried chicken and pancakes that comes with black pepper maple butter and Vermont maple syrup.

Photograph: Courtesy Harvest/Dan Salafia

3. Harvest

Restaurants Contemporary American Harvard Sq

For more than four decades, this refined Harvard Square restaurant has set the local standard for farm-to-table dining. Sunday brunch service offers a decidedly grownup affair (no hangover hash here). Culinary gems include brown butter parsnip soup, strawberry-buttermilk pancakes, and a Scituate lobster roll. Come summer, a seat on the garden terrace is one of the most coveted al fresco brunch options in Cambridge.

Myers & Chang
Photograph: Gary Wong

4. Myers + Chang

Restaurants Pan-Asian South End

One of the citys coolest dim sum brunch scenes can be enjoyed on weekends at this South End stalwart. Local couples and packs of culinary enthusiasts gather to share selections from the lengthy menu, much of which veers into vegetarian and vegan territory. Inviting options run the gamut from delicate fresh rolls and lemony shrimp dumplings to wild boar dan dan noodles. Refreshing cold salads provide a nice counterpoint to fiery dishes such as spicy tofu bao.

Alden & Harlow, Restaurants, Bars, Boston
Photograph: Kristin Teig

5. Alden & Harlow

Restaurants Contemporary American Harvard Sq

Chef-owner Michael Scelfo churns out some of Cambridge's most inventive weekend brunch offerings. Pickled corn pancakes jockey for attention alongside the likes of hickory smoked pig tails with cheese crisps, grits, and a soft poached egg. Lighter options include local burrata with spring onion jam, or what's billed as the "ubiquitous" kale salad, featuring shaved fennel, pistachio, and lemon. Plus, the bar's Szechuan Bloody Mary provides a textbook hair-of-the-dog option for those in need.

Bistro du Midi
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6. Bistro du Midi

Restaurants French Back Bay

Is there a more civilized way to enjoy your citrus-cured salmon Benedict than while gazing out onto the Public Garden? Midi’s weekend brunch service leans classically French, with oysters, charcuterie and artisanal cheeses serving as lead-ins to "les croques" (madame or monsieur), beet gnocchi, or bavette steak frites. If someone's treating, pick out a bottle of Sancerre to pair with one of the seafood towers; the grand plateau features oysters, clams, shrimp cocktail, Chatham mussels, crudo, and salmon poke.

Little Dipper
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Little Dipper

7. Little Dipper

Restaurants Diners Jamaica Plain

Be prepared for a long, yet totally worth-it line on the weekends. Jamaica Plain’s Little Dipper offers an out of this world brunch experience. On their cosmic-themed menu you'll find comforting and familiar breakfast options as well as indulgent sandwiches. No matter which dish you choose, don’t forget to look up and admire the rocket ships hanging from the ceiling.

Bar Mezzana
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Bar Mezzana

8. Bar Mezzana

Restaurants Italian South End

For an Italian-accented Sunday brunch, make a beeline to this hot spot in the South End's Ink Block complex. Menu highlights include bucatini carbonara, pork belly and potato hash, and a mortadella sandwich with muffaletta relish. Strawberry cream cheese donuts, cinnamon buns, and mixed berry pop tarts are just some of the sweet treats on offer. Whenever the weather allows, opt for a table on the sunny sidewalk patio.

Neighborhood Restaurant & Bakery, Restaurants, Boston
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9. Neighborhood Restaurant & Bakery

Restaurants American Somerville

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. Every entrée comes with fresh fruit or a bowl of cream of wheat, though we highly recommend you choose the latter, a sweet and creamy dish with its own cult following. The vine-covered patio makes this spot a popular choice when the weather is warmer.

Puritan & Company
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10. Puritan & Company

Restaurants Contemporary American Inman Sq

Puritan's Sunday brunch service is a social affair, with crowds of youthful Cambridge residents splitting pitchers of mimosas, bloodies, and Aperol spritzes. Chef-owner Will Gilson preps an inviting brunch menu: popular options include sourdough griddle cakes with honey butter, and beet-cured salmon atop an everything bialy. Housemade pastries run the gamut from pesto monkey bread and twice-baked cashew croissants to sugar-and-spice donuts.

Island Creek Oyster Co.
Photograph: Courtesy Island Creek Oyster Co.

11. Island Creek Oyster Bar

Restaurants Seafood Fenway/Kenmore

Warning: as one of Kenmore Square’s most popular weekend brunch spots, Island Creek Oyster Bar gets packed to the gills whenever the Sox have an afternoon home game. The seafood-centric menu satisfies savory hankerings for smoked salmon, fried clams, and most notably the kitchen's award-winning lobster roll. Those looking for a classic start to the day can opt for cinnamon French toast or an egg white frittata.

Oak + Rowan
Photograph: Courtesy Oak + Rowan

12. Oak + Rowan

Restaurants Contemporary American Seaport District

Promising to satisfy champagne wishes and pastry dreams,” this Fort Point restaurant offers one of the neighborhood's most elaborate Sunday brunches. The pastry team's homemade selection of sweet treats changes frequently; items may include strawberry shortcake and salted caramel doughnuts. An assortment of plates small (kale caesar salad, toad in the hole) and large (lobster gnocchi, french toast with blood orange marmalade) ensures there's something for every appetite.

Photograph: Committee

13. Committee

Restaurants Mediterranean Seaport District

Head to the Seaport for a most unique weekend brunch option; where else can you have moussaka alongside champagne tray service? Meze plates (zucchini crisps, a tzatziki trio) demand attention alongside classic breakfast faves. The breakfast gyro (scrambled eggs, grilled halloumi, loukaniko, and florina pepper coulis wrapped in a pita) is a house favorite. When the weather allows, the breezy outdoor patio is a great spot for people-watching.

Trina's Starlite Lounge, Bars, Boston
Photograph: Sara Skolnick

14. Trina’s Starlite Lounge

Bars Cocktail bars

This Inman Square haunt may be the only spot in town to offer brunch on both Sundays and Mondays. The odd timing might cater to restaurant industry workers, but anyone can stop by to enjoy fried chicken and buttermilk waffles topped with hot pepper syrup. Other temptations: a brunch burger topped with chocolate-covered bacon, and blueberry French toast made with Texas toast, malted whipped cream, cobbler cookie crumble, and maple syrup. The bar whips up a bevy of creative booze-forward drinks for hair-of-the-dog types.

Boston Chops
Photograph: Andrew Thomas Ryan

15. Boston Chops

Restaurants Steakhouse South End

Befitting a modern steakhouse, Boston Chops pulls out all the carnivorous stops during its Sunday brunch service. We're talking a dish of brisket, shank and tongue hash, served with fries, cheese curds, gravy, and a poached egg. Steaks, tartare, and burgers are on offer, as are classics such as French toast, eggs Benedict, and several different variations of the Bloody Mary (including one with smoked beef tongue).

16. Waypoint

Restaurants Seafood Harvard Sq

Waypoint invites Sunday brunchers to indulge their seafood obsessions while the sun's out. Celebratory types eschew fresh oysters or smoked and salted peel-and-eat shrimp in favor of the inventive caviar service, complete with plankton and white corn blinis. Other nautically-inspired brunch offerings include a potato latke Benedict topped with lobster, an everything bagel pizza topped with smoked whitefish, and a plate of chicken-fried oysters and waffles featuring buttermilk-bacon gravy and roasted apple honey.

Loyal Nine
Photograph: Courtesy Loyal Nine/Cody O'Loughlin

17. Loyal Nine

Restaurants Contemporary American East Cambridge

For a historically-minded Sunday brunch, look no further than East Cambridges Loyal Nine, where the kitchen reinvents New England classics for modern-day palates. This approach translates into a rare opportunity to start your day with an order of sweet corn samp (a traditional porridge featuring poached egg, roasted rainbow carrots, confit mushrooms), or eggs baked in a cast iron with parsnip, squash, and thyme cheese sauce.

Photograph: Courtesy Krasi

18. Krasi

Restaurants Greek Back Bay

Enjoy a Greek-accented brunch (10am-3pm every Saturday and Sunday) at new Back Bay hot spot Krasi. Sit indoors or outdoors, and enjoy reimagined brunch cocktails and sinful treats such as a baklava muffin or saganaki.

More drool-worthy morning options

Flour Bakery & Café
Photograph: Kristin Teig

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