Best Breakfast in Boston

2015 Best Breakfast

Sofra

Cambridge

Visiting Oleana chef Ana Sortun’s narrow bakery on the Cambridge fringes is an exotic way to kick-start the day. The menu is a parade of Mediterranean-inspired delights, including the luscious…Read More

2014 Best Breakfast

Henrietta’s Table

Cambridge

The Goldilocks Principle is perfectly apt when applied to early-morning eats: Go too big and you’re ready for a nap before 10 a.m., go too small and you’ll be hungry…Read More

2013 Best Breakfast

Zaftigs Delicatessen

Brookline

We’ll let you in on a little secret: The very same corned-beef hash and eggs, banana-stuffed French toast, and thick potato pancakes that breakfast lovers line the sidewalk for on…Read More

2009 Best Breakfast

The Friendly Toast

Cambridge

Friendly Toast is coming!’ “OMG! Friendly Toast!” Judging by the way local foodies were whipping themselves into a frenzy online, you’d think it was the second coming. But unless one…Read More

2009 Best Breakfast

Johnny’s Luncheonette

Cambridge

Having eaten our way across the MetroWest in a futile search for a challenger, there’s little left to say except, once again, here’s Johnny’s. This four-time Best Of winner extends…Read More

2008 Best Breakfast

Clio

Boston

Among Boston’s power-breakfast set, Ken Oringer’s otherwise high-profile restaurant (and the chef’s own ‘baby’) has mostly remained a close-kept secret. Exquisitely mannered servers glide through the elegant dining room, quick…Read More

2007 Best Breakfast

Zaftigs Delicatessen

Brookline

Past reviewers have taken pains to note the name (or actually zaftig, without the s) is Yiddish for “pleasingly plump.” No doubt that’s how they, like countless other satisfied customers,…Read More

2002 Best Breakfast

Johnny’s Luncheonette

Cambridge

On weekends, Johnny’s teems with families. But step in for any pre-workday fuel-up and you’ll encounter an entirely different feel. The retro red vinyl booths and bright checkerboard floor are…Read More

2001 Best Breakfast

Mike’s City Diner

Boston

Mike’s cinnamon and walnut waffles have all you ever wanted from a calorie, and more. The crispy home fries are perfectly salted on the outside, warm and soft on the…Read More

1999 Best Breakfast

SoundBites

Somerville

A good breakfast joint is the kind of place where you can settle down with your morning paper, sipping from a bottomless cup of self-serve coffee, and order what mom…Read More

1998 Best Breakfast

SoundBites

Somerville

Open 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Now here’s a concept: buttery but not greasy breakfast. SoundBites may be a little out of the way for your day’s start, but the…Read More

1983 Best Breakfast

The Café Plaza

Boston

Gorgeous room, and—unlike the equally prestigious Ritz—only twice as expensive as other places…Read More

1980 Best Breakfast

The Ritz Café

Boston

Not that the food is exceptional; it is just that the city is managed over morning here…Read More

1979 Best Breakfast

Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe

Boston

Muffins and homemade rolls cool aromatically in the window while the Manjourides family flops eggs and pancakes in individual pans on the stove top. This half-century-old Boston institution retains many…Read More

1978 Best Breakfast

Cafe Plaza, Copley Plaza Hotel

Boston

Pink tablecloths, flowers, fresh-squeezed orange juice, berries and melon out of season, homemade muffins, and exquisite Danish pastries make this the most civilized breakfast spot anywhere…Read More

1974 Best Breakfast

New York Diner

Watertown

The most complete meal is at the New York Diner in Watertown. Local gourmets might, however, prefer strawberries at the Ritz to start their day…Read More

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  • Neptune Oyster, 2015 Best Seafood Restaurant
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