What better way to set you up for a day of sightseeing in Boston than a hearty brunch at one of the city’s best brekkie spots? Whether you like your brunch classic or with a modern spin, Boston’s foodie scene has a whole host of exciting brunch restaurants to try.
Feeling peckish? Then take a look at our pick of the best brunch spots in Boston.
Located on the spot where public hangings took place in colonial times, The Gallows definitely embraces its location’s gory past, but once inside you’ll discover the food is anything but gruesome. Maybe the best spot in town for a hangover brunch, the Gallow’s weekend menu is loaded with dishes that are sure to banish the Sunday Scaries. Famous for its poutine, their twist on the Canadian favorite includes country smoked ham, curds, and sunny eggs.
Clean, modern interiors make Black Lamb a stylish and refined brunch option. This relatively new restaurant on the Boston dining scene is owned by noted local chef Colin Lynch, who already owns several other successful restaurants in Boston’s South End. Its menu includes some welcome twists on brunch classics - we’re here for the lobster omelet and tequila Bloody Mary. But the star of the show has to be their corn madeleines, baked to order.
It’s worth venturing out to neighboring Somerville to visit Juliet, one of the area's most exciting brunch spots. This all-day eatery offers up the winning combination of being both a socially conscious business and serving a mouthwatering brunch menu. Its bright, open plan dining/kitchen area allows guests and kitchen workers to share the dining experience, giving the place a truly convivial feel, which is also evidenced by the way owners Joshua Lewin and Katrina Jazayeri run their business: Juliet operates under the belief that all staff, from dishwashers to chefs, should get paid above the living wage and therefore, service is gratuity-free. Plus, the food is damn tasty. Omelets loaded with pickled shrimp and gruyère from their omelet station are a real winner, along with their cloumage-topped toast, served with a soft boiled egg and herby greens. Guilt-free dining at its best.
Alden & Harlow
With perhaps the most inventive brunch menu on this list, Alden & Harlow’s chef-owner Michael Scelfo pushes the boat out with his array of out-there ingredients and flavorsome twists on the usual staples - we’re looking at you pickled corn pancakes. Even the ubiquitous avocado toast has had an upgrade to include peekytoe crab and kalette kimchee. Are you drooling? Because we certainly are.
Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant
Not in Boston over the weekend? Do not fear, as Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant have got you covered for a midweek brunchathon. Their menu of big brunch favorites is served Monday to Sunday alongside a full lunch menu of pizzas and burgers. If you’re in town on a Friday, be sure to book a table as it’s when they host their Brunch Test Kitchen. The chefs experiment with new out-there dishes and the most popular will be served up over the following days.
A fig, prosciutto and goat cheese omelet, cinnamon French toast, and lemon ricotta pancakes are just some of the highlights from Cafe Luna’s gargantuan weekend brunch menu. And we mean gargantuan. There are over 50 dishes to choose from, ranging from the classics to the quirky.
The Friendly Toast Restaurant
Friendly Toast’s bold and kitschy decor is just the wake-up call you’ll need after a late night in Boston. They have an extensive menu of brunch favorites, topped only by their creative selection of Bloody Marys and mimosas (Blueberry pie mimosa anyone?). If you can’t decide which creative breakfast cocktail to try, order one of their mimosa or Bloody Mary flights, which includes four signature concoctions.
For a chance to sample a modern twist on classic New England cooking, head to East Cambridge’s Loyal Nine. Its seafood-heavy brunch menu is full of exciting takes on local delicacies such as lobster popovers or their Red Flannel hash - a jumble of chipped beef, egg, and beets. The menu’s take on the foods of yesteryear is undoubtedly the best way to set yourself up for exploring Boston’s historic sites.
Myers and Chang
Asian-fusion brunch - need we say more? Myers and Chang’s dim sum brunch has been a favorite of foodie Bostonites for over a decade, with a packed menu combining Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and Taiwanese dishes. Plus, there’s no need for an early start - they serve until 4PM.
Space-themed diner? Sure, why not. With a menu littered with space puns and out-of-this-world decor that includes rockets hanging from the ceiling, Little Dipper is a popular spot for a weekend brunch. Expect big plates of brunch staples, plus some tasty sandwiches and burgers. Whether you’re here for the ‘grammable decor or the food, it’ll be sure to please.
Save on Boston attractions
We might not be able to flip pancakes quite well as these Boston brunch havens but we can help you save on your sightseeing. With a Go Boston pass, you can save on the city’s best attractions vs. paying at the gate.