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The 15 best Boston brunch spots to try right now

Elevate your weekend with a visit to one of our favorite brunch spots

Jillian Dara
Olivia Vanni
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Jillian Dara
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Olivia Vanni
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For some, weekend brunch is a routine, while for others, it’s reserved solely for a special occasion. No matter the type of brunch-goer you are, we’ve got you covered with the best Boston brunch spots. From folks seeking the classics (hello, bloody mary bar) to the connoisseurs looking to take their brunch to the next level (live music and drag, anyone?), everyone can find the brunch of their dreams from our extensive list. After sleeping in, a sustaining brunch is exactly what we all need after a long night spent drinking at the best bars in Boston, dancing at the best clubs or rocking out at the best live music spots.

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Best brunch spots in Boston

  • Restaurants
  • Diners
  • Somerville
  • price 2 of 4

For those of you who don’t want to limit their brunching to the weekend, there’s Rosebud American Kitchen and Bar. The restaurant’s hip space features an old diner car, and serves brunch everyday from its Davis Square kitchen. From its stack of Plain Jane Pancakes to the omelet and benedict varieties, Rosebud has a dish that will please palates from sweet to salty. Helpful tidbit: We recommend getting the Kentucky Iced Coffee for an extra kick to your morning caffeine; a deceivingly boozy cold brew with amaretto and Evan Williams bourbon.

  • Restaurants
  • American
  • South Boston
  • price 2 of 4

This welcoming Southie hangout is another highly coveted spot for brunch any day of the week. The tavern has developed a reputation for deliciously sinful brunch treats including a colorful stack of Fruity Pebble pancakes in addition to its savory breakfast favorites, serving everything from a salmon platter to pastrami hash. The weekday and weekend brunch menus may vary, so if you have your stomach set on a certain dish, be sure to double check it'll be there beforehand.

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  • Restaurants
  • Greek
  • Back Bay
  • price 3 of 4

One word comes to mind when we think about the weekend brunch at this Greek wine bar: opa! Whether you're splitting baklava muffins (yes, the traditional Greek pastry with walnuts and honey transformed into a delectable and acceptable breakfast), bougatsa (a sweet custard and phyllo pie) or demolishing the loukaniko sausage strata, you'll feel like you died and went to Mount Olympus. Since Krasi literally translates to wine, it's almost imperative to order a cocktail featuring Greek bubbles—try the Krasi Mimosa with mango juice and dill or the Aphrodite Bellini with ouzo-infused apricots. In addition to their standard weekend brunch, the Back Bay hot spot is known for their monthly Verykoko drag brunches; the ever-changing themes are posted on their Instagram (@krasiboston), so be sure to follow along so you can snag your reservation when they pop up.

  • Restaurants
  • French
  • South End
  • price 3 of 4

This South End’s intimate setting transports you to a Parisian cafe, where you can go full-French and opt for a cheese and charcuterie board alongside a strong coffee or choose from a selection of mains, including a nutella crepe and croque monsieur, paired with creative cocktails like its “Dew of the Sea” (rosemary infused gin, green chartreuse, lime). While you’re browsing the menu, check out the impressive list of French wines that may beckon you back come nightfall.

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  • Restaurants
  • Downtown

This fine dining concept at the newly renovated The Langham, Boston, is an “over-the-top brunch experience to celebrate life’s big and small moments,” according to Chef Stephen Bukoff. The prix-fixe brunch menu is set at $72, which includes four starters (including the likes of a smoked salmon bagel, polenta waffles, arancini) and one entree. The coursed, family-style menu accepts reservations with seatings from 11:30am—2:15pm on Saturday and Sunday. The cocktails are a standout, too—try the Tomato Tomahto, an homage to the Boston accent, that combines housemade bloody mary mix, vodka and ancho verde.

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Harvard Sq
  • price 4 of 4

Though it’s been around for nearly five decades, this refined Harvard Square restaurant offers a contemporary, creative menu that surely offers a twist to traditional brunch. With dishes like chocolate babka and foie gras waffles, Harvest continues to elevate the local standard for farm-to-table dining, even when it comes to brunch! Only available on Sunday, the brunch service offers a decidedly grownup affair (no hangover hash here)—so don’t say we didn’t warn you!

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  • Restaurants
  • Back Bay

This New Orleans-inspired restaurant transcends any associations of a serene Sunday brunch along Commonwealth Avenue as the crowd often gets rowdy (in the best way!). Whether you’re chowing down on the crawfish étouffée hand pies, low country scramble or house special buttermilk fried chicken with cheddar-bourbon waffles, it’s going to be like Mardi Gras in your mouth. When in doubt, go for the freshly fried beignets and the warm honey biscuits because you only brunch once (a day).

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Back Bay
  • price 2 of 4

This biophilic dream of a venue occupies the top terrace at Eataly in the Prudential Center, where it celebrates Italian takes on American brunch staples—with all signs pointing to carb heaven. Terra also pays homage to a liquid brunch favorite–the espresso martini. Choose from one of three variations on the classic ‘tini blended with beans from Caffè Vergnano, an Italian company with 130 years experience of sourcing the highest quality beans from around the world. There’s even a tequila option for any ’tini lovers wishing to swap the standard vodka out.

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Harvard Sq
  • price 3 of 4

Chef-owner Michael Scelfo churns out some of Cambridge's most inventive weekend brunch offerings. Try the bravas skillet, focaccia egg sandwich or french toast for something that likens staple brunch dishes, or stray for the pickled corn biscuit and gravy and squash latkes for something completely different. The gooey cinnamon roll is perfect to split for the table and the rotating seasonal cocktails always hit the spot, using combos of unexpected flavors that somehow always fit. Go ahead, put your faith in the bartender!

  • Restaurants
  • Mediterranean
  • Seaport District
  • price 3 of 4

Weekend brunch at Committee is all Greek to us, and we love it. This Seaport eatery serves Hellenic reinterpretations of brunch basics—think Chia pudding with Greek yogurt, chia seeds, coconut, halva, almond milk, berries and Ikarian honey, as well as Greek toast with smoked salmon, avocado tzatziki, horiatiki salsa, micro herbs and sourdough. Don’t get us started on the Greek yogurt pancakes that switch up seasonally (the latest rendition was ouzo infused blueberries, lemon zest, and anthotyro whipped cream). When the weather allows, the breezy outdoor patio is a great spot for people-watching.

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  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • South End
  • price 3 of 4

Befitting a modern steakhouse, Boston Chops really leans into the meat for its Sunday brunch service. Carnivores have their pick of the menu with dishes like the steak and egg burrito, juicy 8-oz burger or linguini bolognaise prepared with beef, veal and pancetta. Seafood-lovers can relish at the crab cake benedict and jumbo shrimp cocktail, while the vegetarian huevos rancheros are perfect for those looking to lay off the red meat. And no meal at Boston Chops would be complete without the starter portion of popovers–flaky and delicious, they almost stand-in for a breakfast pastry during this time of day.

  • Restaurants
  • Leather District

Stillwater might be the only reason you’ll ever need to be in Downtown Crossing before 2pm on a weekend. The Kingston Street eatery offers craft comfort food with slightly Southern flair, and its brunch dishes are no exception. Take your pick from elevated down-home items like hot honey chicken and biscuits, Okie eggs benedict, Texas toast breakfast sandwich or smoked pork mac and cheese. Don’t forget the drinks! The bottle of bubbles is festive for groups, serving five and accompanied with your choice of juice or opt for the Don Swan, a rum-spiked coffee with fluff and an oreo rim.

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  • Restaurants
  • Somerville
  • price 1 of 4

Sometimes you just need the likes of a classic American diner to satisfy your breakfast fix for the week. And at this family-owned Somerville fixture, that’s what they’re known for–huge portions of American breakfast favorites prepared with a Portuguese spin—all served on the cheap. The Union Square spot has developed a cult following for its coffee and cream of wheat, and we highly suggest you order anything that comes with linguica. The vine-covered patio makes it a popular choice when the weather is warmer.

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • price 2 of 4

This Inman Square haunt is famed for its Monday brunch from 12pm—4pm that caters toward bar and restaurant industry workers (but it goes without saying, all our welcome during this festive weekday extravaganza!). In case this schedule doesn’t suit, Trina’s also offers Sunday brunch from 11am to 3pm. Expect temptations like homemade pop-tarts, chicken on a biscuit, and the good ol’ breakfast sandy. The bar whips up a bevy of creative booze-forward drinks to accompany your brunch bites—morning or night.

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