A long and lazy brunch with the papers and great coffee is possibly the best way to begin a weekend, however, breakfast is also the meal that makes the week work. When it comes to breakfast, Bostonians take the most important meal of the day very seriously, and the city is filled with an array of delightful spots to enjoy freshly brewed coffee, warm pastries, eggs Benedict, bagels with cream cheese, and breakfast burritos. From traditional Japanese prix fixe menus to glazed doughnuts and Bloody Marys, here is a list of good spots to tuck into breakfast and brunch.
1.Mike's City Diner
© Mike's City Diner
Located in the beautiful South End neighborhood of Boston, Mike’s City Diner is a traditional neighborhood café and beloved Boston institution that serves American diner classics and signature fresh-roasted turkeys. Owned by Chef Jay Hajj, the favorite bistro has been serving the community for more than 20 years and presents a menu of traditional favorites, such as omelets, eggs Benedict and poached eggs, buttermilk pancakes, Belgian waffles, and hearty breakfast sandwiches stacked with a variety of toppings. Also on offer are breakfast burritos and various sides like fresh bagels, muffins, scones, toast, oatmeal, grits, and more, all of which are accompanied by a range of hot beverages.
1714 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118, Phone: 617-267-9393
© Local 149
Located in the former union office in South Boston, Local 149 is unapologetically local, offering a great selection of craft beers, a delicious American menu full of everyone’s favorites, and fun pub grub at the bar. All food is made of locally sourced ingredients from the pub’s friendly suppliers, and the atmosphere is as great for groups of friends on a game night as it is for families coming for Sunday lunch. You can belly up at the bar with friends to sample one of many craft beers and watch a game on a large-screen TV. You can bring the love of your life to sit by the fire sipping an imaginative cocktail or bring the kids and in-laws to a spacious booth for Sunday lunch. The menu is large and has something for everyone, with favorites such as spaghetti Bolognese, fish tacos, paella, fried chicken, and pizzas.
149 P St, Boston, MA 02127, Phone: 617-269-0900
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Located in the Boston Center for the Arts complex in Boston’s South End, the Beehive Restaurant is a favorite Bohemian eatery and bar that serves sumptuous fare, handcrafted cocktails, and world-class live music in an eclectic yet elegant space. Rated as one of the top eateries in Boston, the Beehive Restaurant hosts a famous jazz brunch on Sundays with a delectable menu of fare with Middle Eastern, Eastern European, and American influences. Brunch menu delights include homemade Belgium waffles, corned hash beef, sweet potatoes, scrambled eggs, smoked salmon and poached eggs, eggs Benedict, and blueberry-lemon coffee cake.
541 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116, Phone: 617-423-0069
Blunch is a locally owned and operated neighborhood kitchen located in Boston's South End that serves a hearty menu of homemade cuisine for breakfast and lunch. Open seven days a week, Blunch boasts a casual, contemporary space in which to enjoy the café’s sumptuous fare, including the eatery’s breakfast menu, which features delicious dishes like fresh and warm bagels with a variety of toppings, such as smoked turkey, spicy aioli, and melted mozzarella, pressed sandwiches and frittata-style eggwiches, freshly prepared salads, sweet pastries, cakes, and scones.
59 E Springfield Street, Boston, MA 02118, Phone: 617-247-8100
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Based in the Langham hotel in the heart of Boston, Café Fleuri is a casually elegant café that serves contemporary New England cuisine for breakfast and lunch. Boasting lofty atrium ceilings, the light and airy space offers an inviting environment to enjoy a variety of locally sourced and produced dishes produced by Executive Chef Mark Sapienza, such as house-smoked maple-cured salmon, house-made dried fruit and nut granola, and grilled corned beef hash and eggs. Sunday brunches feature a sumptuous selection of seasonal flavors, ranging from fresh salads, seafood, and soups to omelets, a carving station, and decadent desserts.
250 Franklin Street Boston, MA 02110, Phone: 617-451-1900,
© City Table
City Table is a casual neighborhood eatery nestled in the vibrant heart of Boston’s historic Back Bay that offers a sophisticated dining experience with a focus on fresh, local ingredients and chef-inspired, regional touches. City Table is open for breakfast, lunch, and late-night dining as well as brunch on the weekends and offers a menu of hearty dishes such as eggs and bacon, traditional eggs Benedict, French toast with maple syrup, grilled steak and eggs, breakfast sandwiches, Belgium waffles, oatmeal, toasted granola, and fresh fruit. Weekend brunch includes fresh salads and soups, light plates and entrées, and breakfast sandwiches.
65 Exeter St, Boston, MA 02116, Phone: 617-933-4800
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CLINK. Restaurant is a contemporary chain of eateries that serves seasonal New England fare, artisanal heritage meats, and ocean-fresh North Atlantic seafood along with heirloom produce. Executive Chef Daniel Kenney creates innovative menus of cuisine that seamlessly blend culinary traditions with global influences, taking diners on unparalleled culinary journeys. Exuding a chic contemporary style with gold leather seats and an open kitchen, CLINK. Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch in a refined and elegant setting. Signature breakfast dishes include McCann's Irish Oatmeal with Cape cranberries and toasted pumpkin seeds, eggs Benedict with griddled English muffins, Canadian bacon, and lemon chive hollandaise, and cinnamon and vanilla scented brioche French toast with apple pear butter and Vermont maple syrup.
The Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114, Phone: 617-224-4004,
8.Gaslight Brasserie du Coin
© Gaslight Brasserie du Coin
The Gaslight Brasserie du Coin is a lively French brasserie on Harrison Avenue in Boston’s historic South End that offers a stylish and sophisticated spot for food and drinks. Boasting a hand-crafted Parisian zinc bar, reclaimed wood floors and beamed ceilings, and an eclectic mix of café tables, banquettes, and booths, the quaint café is a favorite gathering spot for both locals and visitors who flock to enjoy the classic French brasserie cuisine in an Old World setting for brunch, lunch, and dinner. The brunch menu, which is served on weekends, features traditional dishes such as omelets, eggs Benedict, poached eggs and tartines as well as French specialties such as moules frites, croque madame et monsieur, vanilla French toast, and remoulade along with freshly brewed coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.
560 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118, Phone: 617-422-0224,
9.Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant
© Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant
Located in South Boston, Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant is a classic American tavern that serves a menu of homemade American food and specialties hot off the grill in a casual and relaxed pub-style setting. Set in a West Broadway space, the open-plan tavern features tiled floors, soaring tin ceilings, and a grand and elegant bar and conjures a certain nostalgia for a bygone era. Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, with the brunch menu offering classics such as eggs and bacon, omelets, huevos rancheros, steak burritos, pumpkin pancakes, ham and cheese croissants, pancakes, and fruit platters.
425 W Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127, Phone: 617-765-8636
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Masa is a friendly neighborhood Southwestern-style restaurant that draws a crowd for weekend brunch and offers a comprehensive menu of Latin-American cuisine and tequila. Set on Tremont Street, Masa provides a set brunch menu or the regular a la carte, which features delicious classics such as healthy granola and yogurt, poached or scrambled eggs, and breakfast tacos along with specialty dishes such as caramelized plantain empanada with Mexican cinnamon cream cheese, huevos rancheros with queso Cotija and salsa ranchero, and Jalisco chocolate chip pancakes with mango butter and Vermont maple syrup. Cuisine is served with a selection of drinks, ranging from fresh fruit juices and coffee to Bloody Marys, mimosas, and habanero watermelon margaritas.
439 Tremont St. Boston, MA 02116, Phone: 617-338-8884,
11.Mike & Patty's
© Mike & Patty's
Mike & Patty’s is a friendly, neighborhood sandwich shop tucked into a corner on Church Street in Boston that offers delicious homemade sandwiches, salads, wraps, and other casual fare for breakfast and lunch daily. The breakfast menu features a variety of healthy and hearty choices such as classic bacon and egg sandwiches, breakfast tortas with black beans and salsa, English muffins stacked with wild salmon, cream cheese, and herb salad, and traditional burgers and fries. Beverages include coffee, tea, iced tea, fruit juices, sodas, and water, and the delicious cuisine can be enjoyed in-house or on the go. Mike & Patty’s is open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch.
12 Church St, Boston, MA 02116, Phone: 617-423-3447,
12.North 26 Restaurant & Bar
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North 26 Restaurant and Bar offers a modern, sophisticated dining experience in the North End area of Boston. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the casual and contemporary restaurant serves an innovative menu of creative cuisine, including fresh seafood, prime meat cuts, fresh salads, and sumptuous desserts, all prepared using only the freshest locally sourced ingredients and produce. Diners can enjoy classic breakfast dishes such as omelets, cereals, fruit, sandwiches, pancakes, and waffles on the outdoor patio in good weather or at the elegant eatery next to Faneuil Hall. For lighter bites, the onsite bakery produces an array of mouthwatering treats to enjoy with coffee, including cinnamon rolls, apple Danishes, croissants, muffins, and scones.
26 North Street, Boston, MA 02109, Phone: 617-557-3640,
13.North Street Grille
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The North Street Grille is located on North Street, just a few blocks east of Haymarket in Boston and presents a warm and welcoming spot for a hearty breakfast. The breakfast menu features a range of classic dishes, such as fresh fruit cups, granola cups, and yogurt parfaits as well as a variety of egg dishes, including poached, scrambled, Benedict, and fried. Diners can build their omelets with a selection of hearty fillings or choose from the breakfast sandwich menu that includes smoked salmon and cream cheese, bacon, sausage and ham, and salsa and jalapeños. French toast is a central feature on the menu, along with sides such as bagels, muffins, fries, and hash browns, and drinks range from mimosas and margaritas to fresh fruit juices and freshly brewed coffee.
229 North Street, Boston, MA 02113, Phone: (617) 720-2010,
14.OAK Long Bar + Kitchen
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OAK Long Bar + Kitchen is a stylish spot for farm-to-table American fare and handcrafted cocktails in the heart of Back Bay. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the week and brunch on the weekends, the modern restaurant has been thoughtfully restored and reflects a contemporary spirit and style. Diners can tuck into healthy choices such as steel-cut oatmeal, fresh fruit plates, homemade granola, and yogurt parfaits to break the fast, or go with heartier meals such as ham and cheese omelets, breakfast sandwiches, corned beef hash, blueberry and honey pancakes, and brioche French toast.
138 St. James Avenue, Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116, Phone: 617-585–7222,
15.Panificio Bistro & Bakery
© Panificio Bistro & Bakery
Panificio Bistro & Bakery is a friendly bistro and bakery in the heart of Beacon Hill that serves an array of European-inspired fare. Drawing both locals and visitors through the doors with the warm aroma of baking bread and other treats, Panificio Bistro & Bakery serves the freshest, locally sourced foods and fresh-baked goods for breakfast, brunch, and lunch on a daily basis. Using only the best local organic products, Panificio serves a variety of classic and specialty dishes, such as blueberry pancakes, breakfast sandwiches with an array of toppings, omelets and egg dishes, stuffed French toast, Belgian waffles, and healthy choices such as granola and yogurt parfaits. Breakfast is served Monday through Friday, and brunch is served over the weekends.
144 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02134, Phone: 617-227-4340,
© Parker's Restaurant
Based in the elegant Omni Parker House hotel on School Street in Boston, Parker’s Restaurant is an award-winning fine dining establishment and the birthplace of the Boston cream pie, Parker House Rolls, and Boston Scrod. Featuring hand-carved woodwork, Waterford crystal chandeliers, and luxurious décor, the iconic restaurant takes diners on a journey back in time to an elegant era of grace and charm. The venerable restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as lavish brunches on the weekends, with menus featuring delightful dishes prepared with locally sourced and organic produce and ingredients.
60 School Street, Boston, MA 02108, Phone: 617-725-1600,
Set on Boston’s famous Newbury Street, Sonsie has been serving Bostonians top-notch international cuisine for the past 24 years. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the casual, family-friendly restaurant features a stylish interior with deep leather chairs and sofas and beautiful French doors that open onto the open sidewalk in the warmer summer months. A full-service bar presents a comprehensive list of libations, from craft beer to French Champagne, while the restaurant serves creative menus of classic plates and seasonal dishes. A full breakfast, signature coffee, and freshly baked pastries and sweet treats are available every morning.
327 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115, Phone: 617-351-2500,
18.South Street Diner
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South Street Diner is Boston's only all-night dining destination, open 24 hours, seven-nights-a-week and at the heart of Boston's late-night scene. One of the last authentic diners in the city, South Street Diner boasts a hip and happening vibe and serves a menu of favorites such as burgers and hot dogs, sandwiches and wraps, subs and salads, and signature drinks. The breakfast menu is popular with late-night revelers and offers a variety of egg and omelet dishes, breakfast burritos, and sandwiches, blueberry pancakes, Belgian waffles, French toast and brioches, and sides such as fresh bagels, muffins, cinnamon rolls, and banana bread.
78 Kneeland Street, Boston, MA 02111, Phone: 617-350-0028,
19.Stephanie's On Newbury
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Located on Newbury Street – one of Boston’s most iconic and scenic streets – in the heart of Back Bay, Stephanie’s On Newbury is a classic, go-to restaurant that has been serving sophisticated comfort food in a relaxed, inviting atmosphere for the past 25 years. Skillfully blending homestyle American favorites with a fresh, local twist, chef-owner Stephanie Sokolove presents a menu of delectable fare for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Diners can enjoy the outstanding cuisine in cozy sky-lit dining spaces inside, in the bar and lounge overlooking Exeter Street, or on the sidewalk as they watch the world go by from one of the city’s most fashionable sidewalk cafés.
190 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116, Phone: 617-236-0990,
20.The Friendly Toast Restaurant
© The Friendly Toast Restaurant
A spinoff of the famous Portsmouth spot of the same name, The Friendly Toast Restaurant is a funky, retro breakfast joint with a full-service bar that serves classics and favorites from early morning until late evening. Breakfast staples include egg sandwiches, breakfast burritos, egg-in-the-hole, biscuits and gravy, huevos rancheros, and sweet treats such as pancakes, waffles, French toast, and pumpkin cakes. Diners who are looking for something more substantial can tuck into burgers and fries, build-your-own omelets, chicken and waffles, and breakfast enchiladas.
35 Stanhope Street, Back Bay, MA 02116, Phone: 617-456-7849,
© The Gallows
The Gallows is a trendy gastropub decorated with reclaimed wood that serves a delectable menu of hard-to-find poutine New American fare. Located in the South End spot, the rather morbidly named eatery draws large crowds to enjoy their range of delicious fare, classic and craft cocktails, drafts, and wines. Their weekend brunch menu features an eclectic combination of traditional and quirky dishes, ranging from Blackbird Doughnuts and Scotch eggs to the Sunrise Poutine, breakfast burritos, bourbon apple French Toast, and biscuits and gravy. Brunch beverages can include anything from mimosas to margaritas or simply freshly brewed piping hot coffee.
1395 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118, Phone: 617-425-0200,
© The Paramount
Boasting two locations in Boston in Beacon Hill and South Boston, The Paramount is a casual, contemporary restaurant that serves classic American fare in a laidback and relaxed environment. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week, the Paramount is an ideal spot for breakfast before work, lunch with friends, or after-work drinks while watching the game. Breakfast is a hearty affair at The Paramount, with a delicious selection of traditional classics such as breakfast sandwiches, egg dishes, omelets, huevos rancheros, Spanish, Mexican, or American breakfast plates, pancakes, waffles and French toast, and healthy options such as oatmeal, fresh fruit, and granola.
BEACON HILL: 44 Charles street, beacon hill, Boston, MA 02114, Phone: 617-720-1152 / SOUTH BOSTON: 667 East Broadway, Boston, MA 02127, Phone: 617-269-9999,
23.Theo's Cozy Corner Restaurant
© Theo's Cozy Corner Restaurant
Theo's Cozy Corner Restaurant is a quaint breakfast café that serves a menu of American and Italian staples along with a selection of Brazilian dishes for breakfast and lunch. Set on the corner of Salem Street in Boston, the cozy hideaway is open for early breakfast through to late lunch and offers a menu of classic and traditional dishes such as fresh salads and homemade soups, meat and pasta dishes, subs and sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches, and steak rolls. Breakfast items include egg dishes, omelets, French toast, pancakes, waffles, bagels and muffins, and other freshly baked treats.
162 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113, Phone: 617-241-0202,
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Located diagonally across from Prudential Shopping Mall on Huntington Avenue and within walking distance from Copley Square, Thornton's Restaurant is a simple, no-frills eatery that serves breakfast and lunch. Boasting both indoor and outdoor seating, the counter-serve restaurant offers a wide range of healthy and hearty dishes from the all-day menu, including breakfast plates such as eggs and bacon, blueberry pancakes, Belgian waffles, French toast, oatmeal and granola, and yogurt parfait. Other items on the menu, which are available all day, include freshly prepared salads and soups, sandwiches and wraps, appetizers, pasta dishes, and a variety of beverages.
150 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, Phone: 617-267-6336,
© Wheelhouse Boston
Breakfast is all about burgers at the Wheelhouse in Boston. The tiny spot on Broad Street specializes in burgers and fries for breakfast and lunch and offers a hand-curated selection of mouthwatering choices. The menu might be small, but it packs a punch when it comes to its contents, which include classic burgers and breakfast sandwiches such as bacon and cheeseburgers, chorizo, jalapeño and salsa burgers, and traditional BLTs. The menu also features spins on signature classics like glazed ham steak, steak and eggs, and griddled muffins with honey butter, and offers lighter bites such as various bagels and muffins, yogurt parfaits, and fresh seasonal fruit salad.
63 Broad St, Boston, MA 02109, Phone: 617-422-0082,
25 Best Breakfast & Weekend Brunch Spots in Boston
- Mike's City Diner, Photo: Mike's City Diner
- Local 149, Photo: Local 149
- Beehive Restaurant, Photo: Courtesy of Maksim Lobanov - Fotolia.com
- Blunch, Photo: Blunch
- Cafe Fleuri, Photo: Courtesy of karepa - Fotolia.com
- City Table, Photo: City Table
- CLINK. Restaurant, Photo: Courtesy of travelwithlove - Fotolia.com
- Gaslight Brasserie du Coin, Photo: Gaslight Brasserie du Coin
- Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant, Photo: Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant
- Masa, Photo: Masa
- Mike & Patty's, Photo: Mike & Patty's
- North 26 Restaurant & Bar, Photo: Courtesy of Paula - Fotolia.com
- North Street Grille, Photo: North Street Grille
- OAK Long Bar + Kitchen, Photo: Courtesy of Thomas Francois - Fotolia.com
- Panificio Bistro & Bakery, Photo: Panificio Bistro & Bakery
- Parker's Restaurant, Photo: Parker's Restaurant
- Sonsie, Photo: Sonsie
- South Street Diner, Photo: South Street Diner
- Stephanie's On Newbury, Photo: Stephanie's On Newbury
- The Friendly Toast Restaurant, Photo: The Friendly Toast Restaurant
- The Gallows, Photo: The Gallows
- The Paramount, Photo: The Paramount
- Theo's Cozy Corner Restaurant, Photo: Theo's Cozy Corner Restaurant
- Thornton's Restaurant, Photo: Courtesy of LumineImages - Fotolia.com
- Wheelhouse Boston, Photo: Wheelhouse Boston
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