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Where to Eat Smoked Seafood for Breakfast in Boston

From classic bagels and lox to smoked and cured trout rillettes, Boston is a hotbed of smoked seafood activity.

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From classic bagels and lox to smoked and cured trout rillettes, Boston is a hotbed of smoked seafood activity. In honor of Breakfast Week, here are some breakfast and brunch options around town.

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1. Bagelsaurus

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1796 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
(857) 285-6103
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Bagelsaurus' hot smoked sandwich features smoked salmon from Boston Smoked Fish Co., and it comes topped with cream cheese, pickled cabbage, red onion, and fresh dill.

2. Bar Boulud, Boston

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776 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02199
(617) 535-8800
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Whether it's breakfast or brunch, Bar Boulud offers smoked salmon. At breakfast (6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. daily), it's served with dill cream cheese, capers, red onions, parsley, and avocado on a toasted bagel. On the weekend brunch menu (12 p.m. to 3 p.m.), it's served with scrambled eggs and toasted brioche. Go on Sunday for a side of live jazz.

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3. Beat Brasserie

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13 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 499-0001
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Formerly known as the Beat Hotel, this Beehive sibling offers four types of eggs Benedict at brunch, including one with smoked salmon. The salmon can also be added to Beat's zucchini, leek, and potato latkes.

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4. Bisq

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1071 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA
(617) 714-3693
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Bergamot's younger sibling launched Sunday brunch a few months back, and the menu includes smoked rainbow trout rillette with deviled egg, capers, lemon, and johnnycakes.

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5. Brasserie Jo

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120 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 425-3240
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Brasserie Jo offers a few smoked salmon options. At breakfast and brunch, it's accompanied by poached eggs and hollandaise. At breakfast, diners can also get smoked salmon with a bagel, while at brunch, there's an appetizer that pairs it with crispy potatoes and horseradish cream.

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6. Café Fleuri

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250 Franklin St
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 956-8751
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Cafe Fleuri's salmon goes through a five-day process, starting with two days of salting, then two days covered with onions, ground apples, and maple syrup, then a low-temperature drying. Finally, it's cold-smoked over apple and maple wood for six hours. It's available on the breakfast menu as well as at Sunday brunch.

7. Gaslight

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560 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 422-0224
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At this South End brasserie, diners can brunch on house-smoked salmon, served with a hard-cooked egg, capers, red onion, and citrus creme fraiche.

8. Island Creek Oyster Bar

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500 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 532-5300
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Island Creek's Sunday brunch kicks off at 10:30 a.m. — the perfect time of day for a seeded bagel topped with smoked mackerel pate and horseradish creme fraiche.

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9. Josephine

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468 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 375-0699
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For brunch, try the smoked salmon with whipped burrata cream and persimmons or with cucumber salad.

10. Metropolis

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584 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 247-2931
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For those who love smoked salmon topped with a classic hollandaise sauce, Metropolis serves a smoked salmon eggs Benedict at brunch. It comes with smoky homefries.

11. Mistral

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223 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 867-9300
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Mistral's classy brunch, which includes essentials like orange creamsicle doughnuts and warm cinnamon buns, offers smoked salmon on its own as a side, on top of a thin-crust pizza with creme fraiche whipped potatoes and scallions, and in a Benedict dish with roasted asparagus and maltese sauce.

12. Moody's Delicatessen & Provisions

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468 Moody St
Waltham, MA 02453
(781) 216-8732
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"We take our bagels and lox seriously here and are huge fans of this classic," says owner Joshua Smith. "Piled high with everything — red onion, tomato, capers, and house-whipped chive cream cheese." The fish comes from Acme Smoked Fish Co. in Brooklyn.

13. Pier6 Boston

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1 8th Street, Pier 6
Boston, MA 02129
(617) 337-0054
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Pier 6's weekend brunch (11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday) includes smoked salmon Benedict with hollandaise, homefries, and a Stone & Skillet English muffin.

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14. Post 390

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406 Stuart St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 399-0015
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During Sunday brunch (10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.), Post 390 serves smoked salmon and chive rillettes on a grilled baguette with dill and pickled red onion.

15. Precinct Kitchen & Bar

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350 Stuart St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 532-3827
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Located inside the Loews Hotel, Precinct kicks off breakfast at 7 a.m. with plenty of classics, including a toasted bagel and lox with red onion and capers.

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16. River Bar

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661 Assembly Row
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 616-5561
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Brunch is served 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and there's smoked bluefish hash with poached eggs.

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17. Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar

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381 Summer St
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 629-9500
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During brunch on Saturday and Sunday, Rosebud offers a smoked salmon omelette, featuring brown sugar smoked salmon, goat cheese, sour cream, and chives.

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18. S&S Restaurant

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1334 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 354-0777
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There are loads of lox and smoked whitefish options at this old-school deli in Inman Square.

19. State Park

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One Kendall Sq. Bld. 300
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 848-4355
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State Park makes char lox in-house and serves it with a house-made everything bagel, whipped cream cheese, and fixings. When its sister restaurant, Mamaleh's, opens in the spring, there will be lots of cured and smoked fish options.

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20. Steel & Rye

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95 Eliot St
Milton, MA 02186
(617) 690-2787
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There's plenty of smoke to be found on Steel & Rye's compact brunch menu, including a couple of seafood options. The potato pancake comes topped with smoked salmon, lettuce, and caper creme fraiche, and there's also a smoked bluefish pate with red onion and red cress.

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21. Tap Trailhouse

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19 Union St
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 367-0033
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Tap Trailhouse's bagel n’ blues features "cognac-kissed" smoked bluefish pate with tomato and red onion, served on a toasted bagel.

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22. The Haven

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2 Perkins St
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 524-2836
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This Jamaica Plain Scottish restaurant wins the award for best-named menu item with its Lox Ness Monster bagel — Scottish cured salmon, Finnan haddie spread (smoked haddock), and pickled accompaniments, served on an Exodus bagel. There are also smoked fish cakes made from Finnan haddie and potato, topped with poached eggs, cherry pepper hollandaise, and arugula. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays.

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23. The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

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425 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143
(857) 259-6585
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For weekend brunch, try the house-smoked and cured trout rillettes, served with an everything bagel, garden pickles, and salmon roe.

24. The Merchant Kitchen & Drinks

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60 Franklin St
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 482-6060
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The Merchant serves smoked trout two ways at brunch — with asparagus, poached egg, and pancetta, for one, or with eggs Benedict, as an optional topping.

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25. Townsman

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120 Kingston St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 993-0750
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Townsman's brunch only pops up once a month, but when it does, keep an eye out for the Jamaican jerk bagel with smoked fish pate and pickled vegetables.

26. Worden Hall

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22 W Broadway
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 752-4206
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Worden Hall serves a bagel with house-smoked salmon at brunch. It comes with herbed cream cheese, tomato, and greens.

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27. Zaftigs Delicatessen

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335 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 975-0075
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Choose a bagel (egg, cinnamon, marble, and more) and choose smoked fish (Nova, whitefish salad or filet, house-made gravlax, cold-baked salmon). It comes topped with cream cheese, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, capers, and onion. Get it anytime — Zaftigs' breakfast menu is served all day.

1. Bagelsaurus

1796 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

Bagelsaurus' hot smoked sandwich features smoked salmon from Boston Smoked Fish Co., and it comes topped with cream cheese, pickled cabbage, red onion, and fresh dill.

1796 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

2. Bar Boulud, Boston

776 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199
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Whether it's breakfast or brunch, Bar Boulud offers smoked salmon. At breakfast (6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. daily), it's served with dill cream cheese, capers, red onions, parsley, and avocado on a toasted bagel. On the weekend brunch menu (12 p.m. to 3 p.m.), it's served with scrambled eggs and toasted brioche. Go on Sunday for a side of live jazz.

776 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02199

3. Beat Brasserie

13 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Meg Jones Wall for Eater

Formerly known as the Beat Hotel, this Beehive sibling offers four types of eggs Benedict at brunch, including one with smoked salmon. The salmon can also be added to Beat's zucchini, leek, and potato latkes.

13 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138

4. Bisq

1071 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA
Chris Coe for Eater

Bergamot's younger sibling launched Sunday brunch a few months back, and the menu includes smoked rainbow trout rillette with deviled egg, capers, lemon, and johnnycakes.

1071 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA

5. Brasserie Jo

120 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116
Official Site

Brasserie Jo offers a few smoked salmon options. At breakfast and brunch, it's accompanied by poached eggs and hollandaise. At breakfast, diners can also get smoked salmon with a bagel, while at brunch, there's an appetizer that pairs it with crispy potatoes and horseradish cream.

120 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02116

6. Café Fleuri

250 Franklin St, Boston, MA 02110

Cafe Fleuri's salmon goes through a five-day process, starting with two days of salting, then two days covered with onions, ground apples, and maple syrup, then a low-temperature drying. Finally, it's cold-smoked over apple and maple wood for six hours. It's available on the breakfast menu as well as at Sunday brunch.

250 Franklin St
Boston, MA 02110

7. Gaslight

560 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118

At this South End brasserie, diners can brunch on house-smoked salmon, served with a hard-cooked egg, capers, red onion, and citrus creme fraiche.

560 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118

8. Island Creek Oyster Bar

500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
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Island Creek's Sunday brunch kicks off at 10:30 a.m. — the perfect time of day for a seeded bagel topped with smoked mackerel pate and horseradish creme fraiche.

500 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215

9. Josephine

468 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

For brunch, try the smoked salmon with whipped burrata cream and persimmons or with cucumber salad.

468 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215

10. Metropolis

584 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118

For those who love smoked salmon topped with a classic hollandaise sauce, Metropolis serves a smoked salmon eggs Benedict at brunch. It comes with smoky homefries.

584 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02118

11. Mistral

223 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116

Mistral's classy brunch, which includes essentials like orange creamsicle doughnuts and warm cinnamon buns, offers smoked salmon on its own as a side, on top of a thin-crust pizza with creme fraiche whipped potatoes and scallions, and in a Benedict dish with roasted asparagus and maltese sauce.

223 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02116

12. Moody's Delicatessen & Provisions

468 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453

"We take our bagels and lox seriously here and are huge fans of this classic," says owner Joshua Smith. "Piled high with everything — red onion, tomato, capers, and house-whipped chive cream cheese." The fish comes from Acme Smoked Fish Co. in Brooklyn.

468 Moody St
Waltham, MA 02453

13. Pier6 Boston

1 8th Street, Pier 6, Boston, MA 02129
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Pier 6's weekend brunch (11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday) includes smoked salmon Benedict with hollandaise, homefries, and a Stone & Skillet English muffin.

1 8th Street, Pier 6
Boston, MA 02129

14. Post 390

406 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116

During Sunday brunch (10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.), Post 390 serves smoked salmon and chive rillettes on a grilled baguette with dill and pickled red onion.

406 Stuart St
Boston, MA 02116

15. Precinct Kitchen & Bar

350 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116