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Chicken and waffles at Mike’s City Diner
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14 Top-Notch Brunches Around Boston

Stacks of pancakes, endless eggs, wood-fired pizzas, and more

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With a wide-open weekend and endless hours to linger over eggs Benedict, syrup-laden French toast, piping hot coffee, and boozy beverages, nothing suits the day better than brunch.

Boston readily embraces the weekend ritual with breakfast pizzas, baklava pancakes, and hefty plates of breakfast totchos. Here’s a sampling of excellent Boston-area brunch options, a mix of neighborhood mainstays and some newer spots worth exploring.

See also: Irresistible Pancakes Around Boston; Excellent Boston-Area Diners

This map was originally published in February 2016; it is updated periodically, and the date of most recent update appears above.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Monument Restaurant & Tavern

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251 Main St
Boston, MA 02129
(617) 337-5191
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Soaring ceilings; handsome, rustic wood; and brick walls make for a relaxing backdrop to one of the most loved brunches in Charleston. Saucy birria breakfast tacos, fluffy lemon and poppyseed pancakes, and breakfast pizza are all on offer alongside buckets of prosecco, cinnamon toast brunch cocktails with cereal milk, and more. Brunch runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Slices of French toast sit on a plate, topped with dollops of whipped cream, strawberries, and granola
French toast at Monument
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2. Brewer's Fork

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7 Moulton St
Charlestown, MA 02129
(617) 337-5703
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Popular Charlestown pizzeria Brewer’s Fork has a little bit of everything for brunch, served on Saturday and Sunday: oysters, charcuterie, an ever-changing wood-fired frittata, a variety of pizzas, and more. Brunch runs on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

overhead view of a pizza in a takeout pizza box topped with fresh basil, cherry tomatoes, and a meaty jam
A takeout pizza from Brewer’s Fork (the Bacon Jammy: bacon jam, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil)
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3. Seabiscuit

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256 Marginal St Building 16
Boston, MA 02128
(617) 418-5234
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Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays starting at 9 a.m.

4. Brookline Lunch

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9 Brookline St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 354-2983
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The name is a bit of a misnomer; Brookline Lunch serves breakfast and brunch all day in Cambridge (on Brookline Street, to be fair; and sure, there’s lunch too). Under the current ownership for over 30 years but dating all the way back to 1937, this old-timey spot has become especially popular in recent years for its pancakes, especially the baklava pancakes, which were originally meant to be a special but jumped to the regular menu. The rest of the breakfast menu is full of eggs: omelets, Benedicts, and such. Open six days a week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.

A stack of pancakes topped with baklava and pistachio crumble
Baklava pancakes at Brookline Lunch
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5. North Street Grille

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229 North St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 720-2010
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Diners love this North End brunch destination for its over-the-top pancakes, among other options (think Nutella French toast sticks, chicken and waffle sliders, lobster Benedict, and more.) Even martinis come with a brunch theme: blueberry muffin martinis, maple waffle martinis, and more. Open hours are Thursday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A stack of thin pancakes are covered with a thick, shiny, dripping layer of chocolate ganache
Boston cream pancakes at North Street Grille
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6. Cafe Luna

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612 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 576-3400
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This Cambridge restaurant is known for its weekend brunch, offering a large menu that includes a variety of cinnamon swirl French toast options, numerous fancy omelets, pancakes (try the lemon ricotta or Oreo), eggs Benedict, and more. An abbreviated selection is available for weekday breakfast, too. Weekend brunch gets started at 9 a.m.

Stack of pancakes topped with mixed berries, whipped cream, powdered sugar, and a lemon sauce
Cafe Luna’s lemon ricotta pancakes
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7. Branch Line

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321 Arsenal St
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 420-1900
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This Watertown standby, known for its rotisserie chicken (and killer beer list and bocce on the patio), serves a weekend brunch full of favorites: the restaurant’s essential sugar snap pea salad, half and whole rotisserie chickens, breakfast sandwiches, a hash featuring rotisserie cauliflower and corn, and more. Grab a pint of ice cream or sorbet, too. Brunch runs Saturdays and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Closer to Cambridge? Find similar offerings at sibling spot Shy Bird in Kendall Square.)

Rotisserie chicken on a plate in a pool of sauce
Rotisserie chicken at Branch Line
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8. Lulu's Allston

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421 Cambridge St
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 787-1117
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Available seven days a week until 3 p.m., Lulu’s brunch menu features a lot of booze, draft cold brew, and hearty food options like breakfast totchos, a “meaty masterpiece” omelet, short rib mac and cheese, “white trash hash,” a variety of Benedicts, burgers (including the vegan Beyond Burger), and more. Brunch runs

Poached eggs, hollandaise, and braised short ribs served over a pile of tater tots
“White trash hash” at Lulu’s Allston
Katie Chudy/Eater

9. Stillwater

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120 Kingston St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 936-3079
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Stillwater’s Sarah Wade was previously known for her comfort food-laden brunches as chef at Lulu’s Allston (see above). With her own restaurant, she carries on the tradition with dishes like tater tots smothered with pulled pork, poached eggs, chile oil, and hollandaise; brunch sandwiches on Texas toast; and fluffy stacks of pancakes. Brunch starts at 11 a.m. on the weekends.

A white bowl full of empanadas topped with fluffy scrambled eggs sits on a restaurant bar. There’s a pink cocktail beside the dish.
Empanadas rancheros at Stillwater (not on the current takeout menu)
Stillwater [Official Photo]

10. Myers & Chang

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1145 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 542-5200
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This sleek self-described “Asian-ish” neighborhood restaurant dishes tea-smoked pork spare ribs, chicken congee, crispy tofu, fried pork and chive dumplings, braised pork belly buns, spicy papaya salad, and more during its knock-out dim sum brunch. Brunch runs Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

A large aluminum rectangular tray holds lines of pan-seared, Chinese-style dumplings
A catering-sized tray of Myers + Chang’s dumplings (the takeout order comes with five dumplings)
Myers + Chang/Official Site

11. Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant

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425 W Broadway
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 765-8636
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With both weekday brunch and weekend brunch, this South Boston cafe’s menus are jam-packed with sweet and savory options. From the griddle, the fruity pebble pancakes — which have become somewhat of a signature dish for the restaurant — are doused in a cereal milk anglaise, and there are brioche French toast topped with berries and cream. There are plenty of options leaning in the lunch direction as well, from entree-sized salads to wood-fired pizzas, not to mention lobster rolls and burgers.

Thick French toast topped with strawberries, blackberries, bananas, and powdered sugar
French toast at Lincoln in South Boston
Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant/Official Site

12. The Broadway

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726 E Broadway
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 307-6480
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Keep an eye out for the Broadway’s ever-changing doughnut specials, like this boozy s’mores doughnut. Also on the takeout brunch menu: cinnamon roll pancakes, French toast sticks, wood-fired pizzas, burgers, and more, not to mention espresso martinis and other brunch-friendly cocktails. Brunch runs Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A doughnut / chocolate chip cookie sandwich oozing with chocolate chips and cream sits on a patio table. A flyer behind it advertises a touch-free ordering process.
A Chipwich boozy doughnut special at the Broadway
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13. Brassica Kitchen & Cafe

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3710 Washington St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 477-4519
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At Brassica, dinner is an innovative affair — cheffy experimentation in a casual atmosphere. Lots of fermented goodies. Weekend brunch is a little bit more classic but equally worth enjoying: bagels with smoked salmon, drop biscuits with excellent fried chicken or chicken-fried tofu, duck Benedict, and an asparagus and gruyere omelette rich with a blanket of bearnaise. Brunch runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

A Belgian waffle is topped with pieces of crispy fried chicken and a green herb garnish. A small metal cup of bright red-orange hot sauce sits on the plate.
Brassica’s chicken and waffles
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1. Monument Restaurant & Tavern

251 Main St, Boston, MA 02129
Slices of French toast sit on a plate, topped with dollops of whipped cream, strawberries, and granola
French toast at Monument
Monument Restaurant & Tavern/Instagram

Soaring ceilings; handsome, rustic wood; and brick walls make for a relaxing backdrop to one of the most loved brunches in Charleston. Saucy birria breakfast tacos, fluffy lemon and poppyseed pancakes, and breakfast pizza are all on offer alongside buckets of prosecco, cinnamon toast brunch cocktails with cereal milk, and more. Brunch runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

251 Main St
Boston, MA 02129

2. Brewer's Fork

7 Moulton St, Charlestown, MA 02129
overhead view of a pizza in a takeout pizza box topped with fresh basil, cherry tomatoes, and a meaty jam
A takeout pizza from Brewer’s Fork (the Bacon Jammy: bacon jam, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil)
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Popular Charlestown pizzeria Brewer’s Fork has a little bit of everything for brunch, served on Saturday and Sunday: oysters, charcuterie, an ever-changing wood-fired frittata, a variety of pizzas, and more. Brunch runs on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

7 Moulton St
Charlestown, MA 02129

3. Seabiscuit

256 Marginal St Building 16, Boston, MA 02128

Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays starting at 9 a.m.

256 Marginal St Building 16
Boston, MA 02128

4. Brookline Lunch

9 Brookline St, Cambridge, MA 02139
A stack of pancakes topped with baklava and pistachio crumble
Baklava pancakes at Brookline Lunch
Brookline Lunch/Instagram

The name is a bit of a misnomer; Brookline Lunch serves breakfast and brunch all day in Cambridge (on Brookline Street, to be fair; and sure, there’s lunch too). Under the current ownership for over 30 years but dating all the way back to 1937, this old-timey spot has become especially popular in recent years for its pancakes, especially the baklava pancakes, which were originally meant to be a special but jumped to the regular menu. The rest of the breakfast menu is full of eggs: omelets, Benedicts, and such. Open six days a week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.

9 Brookline St
Cambridge, MA 02139

5. North Street Grille

229 North St, Boston, MA 02113
A stack of thin pancakes are covered with a thick, shiny, dripping layer of chocolate ganache
Boston cream pancakes at North Street Grille
North Street Grille/Instagram

Diners love this North End brunch destination for its over-the-top pancakes, among other options (think Nutella French toast sticks, chicken and waffle sliders, lobster Benedict, and more.) Even martinis come with a brunch theme: blueberry muffin martinis, maple waffle martinis, and more. Open hours are Thursday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

229 North St
Boston, MA 02113

6. Cafe Luna

612 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139
Stack of pancakes topped with mixed berries, whipped cream, powdered sugar, and a lemon sauce
Cafe Luna’s lemon ricotta pancakes
Cafe Luna/Facebook

This Cambridge restaurant is known for its weekend brunch, offering a large menu that includes a variety of cinnamon swirl French toast options, numerous fancy omelets, pancakes (try the lemon ricotta or Oreo), eggs Benedict, and more. An abbreviated selection is available for weekday breakfast, too. Weekend brunch gets started at 9 a.m.

612 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02139

7. Branch Line

321 Arsenal St, Watertown, MA 02472
Rotisserie chicken on a plate in a pool of sauce
Rotisserie chicken at Branch Line
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

This Watertown standby, known for its rotisserie chicken (and killer beer list and bocce on the patio), serves a weekend brunch full of favorites: the restaurant’s essential sugar snap pea salad, half and whole rotisserie chickens, breakfast sandwiches, a hash featuring rotisserie cauliflower and corn, and more. Grab a pint of ice cream or sorbet, too. Brunch runs Saturdays and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Closer to Cambridge? Find similar offerings at sibling spot Shy Bird in Kendall Square.)

321 Arsenal St
Watertown, MA 02472

8. Lulu's Allston

421 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134
Poached eggs, hollandaise, and braised short ribs served over a pile of tater tots
“White trash hash” at Lulu’s Allston
Katie Chudy/Eater

Available seven days a week until 3 p.m., Lulu’s brunch menu features a lot of booze, draft cold brew, and hearty food options like breakfast totchos, a “meaty masterpiece” omelet, short rib mac and cheese, “white trash hash,” a variety of Benedicts, burgers (including the vegan Beyond Burger), and more. Brunch runs

421 Cambridge St
Allston, MA 02134

9. Stillwater

120 Kingston St, Boston, MA 02111
A white bowl full of empanadas topped with fluffy scrambled eggs sits on a restaurant bar. There’s a pink cocktail beside the dish.
Empanadas rancheros at Stillwater (not on the current takeout menu)
Stillwater [Official Photo]

Stillwater’s Sarah Wade was previously known for her comfort food-laden brunches as chef at Lulu’s Allston (see above). With her own restaurant, she carries on the tradition with dishes like tater tots smothered with pulled pork, poached eggs, chile oil, and hollandaise; brunch sandwiches on Texas toast; and fluffy stacks of pancakes. Brunch starts at 11 a.m. on the weekends.

120 Kingston St
Boston, MA 02111

10. Myers & Chang

1145 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118
A large aluminum rectangular tray holds lines of pan-seared, Chinese-style dumplings
A catering-sized tray of Myers + Chang’s dumplings (the takeout order comes with five dumplings)
Myers + Chang/Official Site

This sleek self-described “Asian-ish” neighborhood restaurant dishes tea-smoked pork spare ribs, chicken congee, crispy tofu, fried pork and chive dumplings, braised pork belly buns, spicy papaya salad, and more during its knock-out dim sum brunch. Brunch runs Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

1145 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118

11. Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant

425 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127
Thick French toast topped with strawberries, blackberries, bananas, and powdered sugar
French toast at Lincoln in South Boston
Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant/Official Site

With both weekday brunch and weekend brunch, this South Boston cafe’s menus are jam-packed with sweet and savory options. From the griddle, the fruity pebble pancakes — which have become somewhat of a signature dish for the restaurant — are doused in a cereal milk anglaise, and there are brioche French toast topped with berries and cream. There are plenty of options leaning in the lunch direction as well, from entree-sized salads to wood-fired pizzas, not to mention lobster rolls and burgers.

425 W Broadway
Boston, MA 02127

12. The Broadway

726 E Broadway, Boston, MA 02127
A doughnut / chocolate chip cookie sandwich oozing with chocolate chips and cream sits on a patio table. A flyer behind it advertises a touch-free ordering process.
A Chipwich boozy doughnut special at the Broadway
The Broadway/Instagram

Keep an eye out for the Broadway’s ever-changing doughnut specials, like this boozy s’mores doughnut. Also on the takeout brunch menu: cinnamon roll pancakes, French toast sticks, wood-fired pizzas, burgers, and more, not to mention espresso martinis and other brunch-friendly cocktails. Brunch runs Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

726 E Broadway
Boston, MA 02127

13. Brassica Kitchen & Cafe

3710 Washington St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
A Belgian waffle is topped with pieces of crispy fried chicken and a green herb garnish. A small metal cup of bright red-orange hot sauce sits on the plate.
Brassica’s chicken and waffles
Brassica Kitchen & Cafe/Instagram

At Brassica, dinner is an innovative affair — cheffy experimentation in a casual atmosphere. Lots of fermented goodies. Weekend brunch is a little bit more classic but equally worth enjoying: bagels with smoked salmon, drop biscuits with excellent fried chicken or chicken-fried tofu, duck Benedict, and an asparagus and gruyere omelette rich with a blanket of bearnaise. Brunch runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

3710 Washington St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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