If you’re mapping out a visit to Boston, you’ll want to pencil in at least one good brunch: The city has tons of options. Whether you’re looking for something more traditional or unique, you’ll find what you’re looking for here.
Because there are so many great brunch spots in and around Boston, the list excludes restaurants in areas like Cambridge and Somerville, though you can experience several restaurants from the outskirts at the Time Out Market.
This tavern in South Boston has been one of the best places to get brunch since it opened in 2012. They know exactly how to draw in a brunch crowd with a delicious menu and fun vibe that tends to get going by 11 a.m. You can get brunch here every day until 3 p.m.—that’s how much Bostonians love this place. Blame the breakfast pizza and buckets of bubbles.
If you happen to be available on a Friday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., you’ll get the fun experience of ordering off Lincoln’s rotating Brunch Test Kitchen menu. That’s how their popular Fruity Pebble Pancakes ended up on the brunch menu full-time. Get a sneak peek of what’s in store each Friday by following along on Instagram.
Now in Boston’s Fenway/Kenmore neighborhood, Time Out Market is a great spot to experience restaurants that you can’t find right in the city. And because it’s a dining hall-style venue—complete with a bar, so you can still grab a mimosa—you can make your own brunch sampler by grabbing a few things from different restaurants’ pop-ups.
Where to start? The obvious one is Union Square Donuts; their confections are made from brioche dough daily, and come in innovative combinations like maple bacon and blackberry basil lime (along with more traditional donut varieties). Jewish deli Mamaleh’s Delicatessen is where you’ll find not only fresh bagels, but also smoked fish platters and egg sandwiches. Get your caffeine fix at George Howell Coffee, or satisfy a burger craving at Craigie Burger, which tends to build up quite the line but is worth the wait.
For brunch with a Greek twist, Committee in the Seaport is your spot, especially when the weather is nice enough to sit on their outdoor patio. The menu rotates, but you can expect fare such as the breakfast gyro—a pita filled with scrambled eggs, grilled halloumi, loukaniko, and Florina pepper coulis—and the shakshouka, a two-person egg dish with spiced tomato sauce, peppers, onions, feta, and pita. They also have a portion of the menu dedicated to shareable plates for the table, such as the tzatziki trio and zucchini chips with sweet onion yogurt.
Located in Boston's Fort Point neighborhood, Row 34 is known for their fresh lobster rolls and raw bar. Of course, you can still get a lobster roll during brunch, but also dishes like crab cakes, lettuce cups with crispy oysters and pickled vegetables, shrimp and grits, and salmon gravlax toast with avocado and a sunny-side-up egg.
The Friendly Toast was a Portsmouth, New Hampshire staple before expanding to locations in Boston's Back Bay and Cambridge. They have a big brunch menu that’s served all day long; expect breakfast staples like the egg sandwich and breakfast burrito, five different Benedict dishes, and plenty of omelets and scrambles. Their chefs come up with seasonal menu specials throughout the year, and all the locations use locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible.
Boston Chops may be known as one of the city’s top steakhouses for a fancy night out, but at their South End location, they also know how to combine their premium steaks with traditional brunch fare. You can’t go wrong with steak and eggs, but the huevos rancheros with braised beef cheek, over-easy eggs, and avocado mousse is a safe bet as well. Prefer to skip the eggs and breakfast foods altogether? Go ahead and order the eight-ounce filet mignon or burger with steak frites.
When you think of brunch, Italian food probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but this South End locale will change your mind about that. You might not find your typical bacon-and-eggs or waffles come Sunday, but you will leave full and happy thanks to the extensive menu of crostini, antipasti, homemade pastas, and more. Brunch with the Italians for Sunday “dinner” and you won’t be disappointed.
With a menu that’s split into “to brunch” and “not to brunch” options, there’s something for everyone at The Gallows. Get started with a local Blackbird Doughnut or an order of poutine to share with the table. If you can't decide between sweet and savory, try the breakfast sandwich; it's made with Blackbird's everything bagel doughnuts (yum). Other menu items include the breakfast tacos, corned beef hash, and chicken and pancakes.