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27 Best Brunch Places in Boston

Best Brunch Places in Boston
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By Jacqueline Cain · 03/03/2022

There’s no better way to spend a day than brunching with friends in Boston—whether you’re trying to quell last night’s hangover with a breakfast sandwich and home fries, or looking for an excuse to order cocktails before noon to pair with pancakes. Every neighborhood in Boston boasts places for Sunday brunch and select other days, too, from casual comfort food to fine dining destinations. Next time you’re craving eggs Benedict, huevos rancheros, and even Fruity Pebble pancakes, check out our curated but thorough guide to the best brunches in Boston.

27 Best Brunch Places in Boston


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Chilaquiles - Angela's Cafe | Best Brunch Places in Boston

Angela’s Cafe

Breakfast options at Angela’s Cafe in East Boston run the gamut from diner-style comfort food (omelet, steak and eggs, Belgian waffles) to authentic Mexican fare. For our money, there’s really nothing better on a groggy morning than a huge plate of Chilaquiles. Two locations in Eagle Hill and Orient Heights open daily at 8 a.m. with breakfast served ‘til 3 p.m. Take me there.

Bar Mezzana

Spritz the day away at the South End’s Bar Mezzana. Weekend brunch also brings unique drinks, like a salted-grapefruit Italian Greyhound and in-season patio seating. You’ll eat leisurely Italian riffs on classics like Duck Confit and Potato Hash, Brioche Toast with Whipped Ricotta and Apricot Preserves, and lemon and prosciutto Spaghetti. Brunch is on at Bar Mezzana on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Take me there.

Black Lamb

South End neighborhood bistro Black Lamb offers $1 oysters every day before 5 p.m., including during weekend brunch. Other comfort food on the menu includes House Smoked Salmon with a poached egg; a Benedict-like Egg Sando with ham, avocado, cheddar, hollandaise, and mixed greens; and Eggs Shakshuka. Don’t miss brunch drinks like Iced Irish Coffee spiked with whiskey and minty Jelinek Fernet liqueur. Black Lamb serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. ‘til 4 p.m. Take me there.

Boston Chops

One of Boston’s best steakhouses is surprisingly morning-friendly: Boston Chops offers Sunday brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the expected bavette frites and burger options, but also a Crab Cake Benedict with asparagus and Béarnaise; and Vegetarian Huevos Rancheros with a zesty black bean spread and two sunny eggs. The signature basket of Popovers pairs well with coffee, but you’ll want to indulge in the Giant Sticky Bun, too. Take me there.

Brassica Kitchen + Cafe

Brassica Kitchen + Cafe

Though daily cafe service is currently on hiatus, Brassica Kitchen + Cafe in Jamaica Plain is there for us every weekend with delicious donuts and so much more. Brunch offers the house-favorite B.K. Fried Chicken atop a sourdough waffle drizzled in maple syrup and fermented hot sauce and more. Brunch cocktails will start you off right, but there’s also a full lineup of espresso drinks. Brunch is on at Brassica from 10 a.m. ‘til 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Take me there.

Brato Brewhouse + Kitchen

The best brunch in Brighton is at Brato Brewhouse + Kitchen. Hearty plates like the Brighton Breakfast Skillet, Brioche French Toast with Vermont maple syrup, and Brighton Hot Chicken and Waffles with side of Dill Pickle Ranch complement a range of house-brewed beers—and in-season beer garden-style outdoor dining. Weekend brunch at Brato is on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Take me there.

Brewer’s Fork Boston

Brewer’s Fork

At brunch time, our favorite beer bar in Charlestown serves up its full menu of wood-fired pizzas and anytime favorites alongside brunch-only plates like the weekend-special Waffle, which is sometimes sweet and sometimes savory; a house-made sausage breakfast sandwich, and more. Whatever’s on the Brewer’s Fork brunch menu, trust there will be an excellent selection of craft beer (and wine) to pair with it. It runs from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Take me there.

Coppa

Sweet dreams are made of the Coppa Italian Grinder. The signature sandwich is on the brunch menu, served alongside regular offerings like pizza and pasta on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Other brunch plates from this South End favorite include Cacio e Pepe Scrambled Eggs and cauliflower-crowned Bloody Mary. Take me there.

Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen | Best Brunch Places in Boston

Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen

Head to Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen for all-you-can-eat brunch with a side of live music. The South End soul food restaurant dishes up fried chicken, waffles and French toast, Cajun Home Fries, cheesy Cheddar Grits, and so much more every Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from a full-service buffet. Don’t sleep on the brunch-only cocktails. Take me there.

The Haven

At Boston’s only Scottish pub, the sausage-encased Scotch Egg isn’t limited to the brunch menu—but what better way to begin brunch at The Haven than with this crispy orb of deliciousness? We love the Toffee French Toast with maple whipped cream, and you can’t go wrong with The Haven Burger, one of the city’s best thanks to a bacon-onion marmalade. The cozy Jamaica Plain pub serves brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take me there.

Krasi | Best Brunch Places in Boston

Krasi

For something out of the ordinary, check out brunch at Krasi. Every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Back Bay Greek restaurant and wine bar serves up Strapatsada (scrambled eggs with tomato, feta, mushrooms, and house-baked toast), Lalagites (lemon-mizithra filled fried pancakes), and more unique takes on brunch dishes, plus cool cocktails like the Krasi Mimosa with mango and dill. Take me there.

Lincoln Tavern

Lincoln Tavern

Head to Lincoln Tavern in South Boston any morning—or afternoon—to tuck into day-making brunch dishes such as Fruity Pebble Pancakes and wood-fired Breakfast pizza. There are also fun brunch cocktails, including a couple Bloody Mary options like the West Broadway Bloody with jalapeño-infused vodka, a Brunch Punch, and spiked iced coffees. Brunch at Lincoln Tavern is served seven days a week until 3 p.m., beginning at 10 a.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. on weekends. Take me there.

Lone Star Taco Bar - Best Breakfast Tacos in Boston

Lone Star Taco Bar

With locations in Allston and Cambridge, Lone Star Taco Bar is another Boston-area brunch favorite seven days a week. Breakfast Tacos with scrambled eggs, Huevos Rancheros, griddled Jalapeno Corn Cakes with maple syrup, and more Tex-Mex breakfast food is available all day, every day, from 11 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. It’s never too early for a Mug-arita, either. Take me there.

MIDA

Bucatini carbonara is basically eggs and bacon, so you can bet Mida’s signature fresh pasta is on the Boston brunch menu. Other special dishes served in the South End Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. include Crispy Potato Hash with pork sugo, and the MIDA Slam plate of scrambled eggs, bacon, home fries, toast, and a pancake. (A slightly different brunch menu is offered until 3:30 p.m. at Mida’s Newton outpost.) We love the coconut-imbued Espresso Martini and a Campari-spiked Mimosa, too. Take me there.

Myers + Chang

Dim Sum Brunch returns to Myers + Chang beginning March 5, featuring shareable plates of dumplings and dishes like a Bacon + Fried Egg Banh Mi and Nirvana Chicken Congee (a rice porridge with super-savory braised chicken thighs). Dim Sum Brunch is on every Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Take me there.

Saltie Girl Boston

Saltie Girl

The Back Bay’s Saltie Girl (which recently moved into a larger space with a patio) serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The extensive fine dining menu features sustainable seafood and elegant brunch dishes like the Saltie Girl Benedict with poached egg, avocado, and hollandaise plus a choice of seafood add-on; soft scrambled eggs with caviar; and Fried Lobster and Waffles with sweet corn butter and spicy maple syrup. Take me there.

Exterior of SRV

SRV

The gorgeous Serene Republic of Venice is just the kind of place we want to have brunch, and we’re not talking about Italy. The South End’s SRV dishes up Sunday brunch options like Brioche French Toast and Soft Scrambled Eggs, plus morning-friendly Cicchetti (small bites) like a Buckwheat Biscuit with gorgonzola, quince, and soppressata. Save room for gelato. Sunday brunch is on from 11 a.m. ‘til 2:30 p.m. Take me there.

Terra at Eataly Boston

The sunny third-floor restaurant Terra at Eataly Boston brings new meaning to the phrase “rise and shine.” Head up to the garden-like oasis every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. to brunch on Italian-inspired fare like an herb and mushroom Frittata and Uovo Benedict on a house-made, croissant-like cornetto. There’s a build-your-own Bloody Mary based on beer-smoked tomato with Calabrian chili, spritzes, and three variations on the Espresso Martini. Take me there.

Wood’s Hill Pier 4

A 360-acre farm in New Hampshire fuels the farm-to-table fare at Woods Hill Pier 4, including the blueberry compote adorning Cinnamon Swirl French Toast, and the eggs, bacon or sausage, and greens accompanying the Farmer’s Breakfast plate. Other brunch favorites include Lamb Merguez Shakshuka and the Lobster Popover with crème fraîche. Daytime drinks often feature local spirits too, such as an exclusive barrel of Privateer Rum and coffee Campari in the tiki-inspired Early Bird. The Seaport’s Woods Hill serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. ‘til 3 p.m. Take me there.

Brookline

Bar ‘Cino

In Brookline, Bar ‘Cino is a casual neighborhood spot serving brunch every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. Signature grilled pizzas are cut tableside with sharp shears, and there’s a Breakfast iteration with pesto, farm-fresh eggs, grilled broccolini, and parmesan. Other brunch options we like include a Lemon Ricotta Waffle with blueberry jam and whipped mascarpone, and Eggs In Purgatory with white beans and poached eggs. There’s an accessible wine list and even non-alcoholic spritzes. Take me there.

Ivory Pearl

Ivory Pearl

Brookline raw bar Ivory Pearl does a Sunday brunch replete with fresh seafood, including a shrimp-garnished Bloody Mary, the signature Tentacle Hot Dog, and a Hangtown Fry (frittata) with a fried oyster and bacon. You can add caviar to Steak and Eggs with gochujang Bearnaise, a double-stack burger, and even Brown Butter Pancakes with charred pineapple mascarpone. Ivory Pearl brunch runs Sundays from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Take me there

Cambridge

Exterior of Alden & Harlow

Alden & Harlow

Try a sweet riff on the signature Corn Pancakes topped with roasted blueberries, ricotta, and honey during brunch at Alden & Harlow in Harvard Square. The Secret Burger is also on the menu, plus an Eggs Benedict elevated with New York strip steak and nettle pupusas. Choose your own adventure—or spirit—for the A&H Bloody Mary. Brunch runs Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Take me there.

Mamaleh's 

Mamaleh’s

The Boston area’s best Jewish delicatessen has a few locations serving breakfast all day, every day. Mamaleh’s in Kendall Square is the flagship, with a big bar and cool cocktails like a Seeded Rye Manhattan and Bloody Moira, a Bloody Mary riff made with dill-infused vodka. A smaller Brookline outpost and a stall inside new food hall High Street Place also dish up bagel breakfast sandwiches, blintzes, lox plates, pastries and cookies, and more. Take me there.

Shy Bird

For weekend brunch, all-day Cambridge cafe Shy Bird dresses up its signature rotisserie chicken as the Shy Benedict with poached eggs, avocado, and a hash brown. The excellent Fried Chicken is also on the menu (sandwiched with egg and avocado), and there’s an Eastern Standard Provisions Co. Liège-style waffle available with fruit compote and maple syrup. Shy Bird boasts a covered patio and early hours serving brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. ‘til 4 p.m. Take me there.

Vincent's tacos Boston

Vincent’s

The corner cafe in Kendall Square proffers Texas roadside-style brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. What makes it so? Breakfast Tacos, for one, on homemade flour tortillas and filled with farm eggs; and sweet or savory Kolaches, a Czech-Texas specialty pastry filled with cheese and freshly baked. (Vincent’s owners also run Mamaleh’s, so trust in these baked goods.) Proper cocktails, too. Take me there.

Somerville

Juliet Boston

Juliet

Before the intimate prix-fixe dinners dreamed up by chef Josh Lewin, visit Juliet in Somerville for a la carte weekend brunch anytime between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Every Saturday and Sunday, the sunny dining room in Union Square serves up French-ish comfort food like topped toasts, herb-filled omelets, bruléed steel-cut oatmeal, and house-baked pastries, along with coffee and Mimosas. Take me there.

The Neighborhood Restaurant & Bakery

This family-owned restaurant in Somerville’s Union Square has a destination-worthy dish of Cream of Wheat that will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about porridge. The Neighborhood flips pancakes and offers a real maple syrup add-on, but for something savory, we love eggs, homefries, and Portuguese linguiça. Enjoy bottomless cups of coffee and a $9 Mimosa. In warmer months, service moves to a patio shaded in flourishing grape vines—and come fall, homemade grape jelly can accompany the house-baked toast plate. The Neighborhood is open daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take me there.

Trina’s Starlite Lounge | Best Brunch Places in Boston

Trina’s Starlite Lounge

Brunch isn’t limited to Sunday at Trina’s Starlite Lounge: This Somerville staple is beloved (especially by folks in the restaurant industry) for Monday brunch, too. From a super-fresh Bloody Mary to the chocolate milk-like Matt’s Quickie, we can’t promise you won’t develop a new hangover from Trina’s brunch, but dishes like a House-made Pop-Tart, Fried Chicken & Buttermilk Waffles, and the Good Ol’ Breakfast Sandy are some of our favorite hangover cures around. Trina’s brunch is on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Mondays from noon until 4 p.m. Take me there.

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