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, West

Johnny’s Luncheonette

Newton Centre

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

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

2009 Best Breakfast, North

Tryst

Beverly

Given the high caliber of the region’s diners (the Agawam in Rowley) and lunch counters (Newburyport’s Fowle’s), we’ll admit this fine-dining pick is an eye-opener. Chef-owner Peter Capalbo crafts upscale…Read More

2009 Best Breakfast, South

Arthur & Pat’s

Marshfield

You don’t have to be a red-carpet regular to get a seat at Arthur & Pat’s. In fact, it probably wouldn’t matter if you were. When this ragtag seaside shack…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

2008 Best Breakfast, West

Johnny’s Luncheonette

Newton Centre

Do your dopey morning brain a favor and resist the impulse to overthink breakfast. We’ll make it simple for you. Start with: thick-cut French toast, or some big spongy pancakes….Read More

2008 Best Breakfast, North

Sugar Magnolia’s

Gloucester

Bacon fans and omelet groupies, take a knee: This one’s for Pancake Nation. A Main Street storefront café that’s more about warmth than polish, Sugar Magnolia’s flips buttermilk and blueberry…Read More

2008 Best Breakfast, South

Arthur & Pat’s

Marshfield

We swore that this year would be different. Surely there was some out-of-the-way truck stop or quirky-crunchy café tucked away in a random cow town that had slipped beneath our…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

2007 Best Breakfast, Nantucket

Black Eyed Susan’s

Nantucket

For late-rising revelers, Black Eyed Susans may be a split decision: It serves breakfast until 1 p.m. (yay!), but doesn’t serve alcohol (boo!). Nevertheless, the prompt service, potent coffee, and…Read More

2007 Best Breakfast, Berkshires

Martin’s

Great Barrington

The Martin’s formula—cozy atmosphere plus simple, delicious food—lures regulars out of bed to feast on crisp veggie omelets, buttery-rich French toast, and grilled muffin specials (the oatmeal cinnamon is stellar)….Read More

2007 Best Breakfast, Martha's Vineyard

Art Cliff Diner

Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard

With choices like green eggs and ham and root beer floats, the Art Cliff’s menu is a bit like that of a child’s tea party. The tastes at this ’40s-era…Read More

2007 Best Breakfast, Power

The Bristol

Boston

Such is the aura of the Bristol’s morning rush that every customer seems to be engaged in something important, even if all they’re actually doing is the sudoku in the…Read More

2007 Best Breakfast, South

Arthur & Pat’s

Marshfield

Arthur & Pat’s, in the words of one sage local, “doesn’t cater to the fancy-pants crowd.” And indeed, the restaurant’s worn exterior, wooden signs, and random rock soundtrack are unabashedly…Read More

2006 Best Breakfast, South

Arthur & Pat’s

Marshfield

The ramshackle exterior and the proudly mismatched chairs and handmade signs that shout out house specials at this seaside Brant Rock favorite may be no-frills, but the menu itself is…Read More

2006 Best Breakfast, North

Savour Kitchen

Andover

With all due respect to greasy spoons, we prefer the healthier breakfast fare at Savour Kitchen. Chef-owner Matthew Morello changes the menu daily—really, every single day—depending on what’s at local…Read More

2005 Best Breakfast, West

Johnny’s Luncheonette

Newton Centre.

Granola-crusted French toast. Pastrami scramble. Turkey-apple sausages. Despite its greasy-spoon name, Johnny’s Luncheonette serves up a proper gourmet breakfast that you can order all day long. And you thought breakfast…Read More

2004 Best Breakfast, Power

Café Fleuri

Boston

Before it reopened after renovations and started serving only dinner, Aujourd’hui at the Four Seasons had a seemingly unshakable hold on the title of best power breakfast. Now that honor…Read More

2003 Best Breakfast, Power

Aujourd’hui at the Four Seasons Hotel

Boston

It’s nice of the attentive staff to give you space to conduct your business. Truth be told, as much networking gets done among the breakfast tables at this Four Seasons…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

2002 Best Breakfast, Power

Clio

Boston

Big egos like big flavors, want big portions, and prefer big tables. Little wonder, then, that breakfast at Clio has reached utopian status among so many heavy hitters. Haggle over…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

2001 Best Breakfast, Power

Café Fleuri

Boston

When you want to close the deal over breakfast, reserve a table at this sunny, airy café in Le Meridien hotel. You’ll find more suits than at Brooks Brothers, enough…Read More

2000 Best Breakfast, Power

Henrietta’s Table

Cambridge

Where else but in the sunny confines of this Charles Hotel restaurant could you expect to find such a large collection of Nobel Prize-winners huddled under one roof? Breakfasting regularly…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

1999 Best Breakfast, Business

Cafe Fleuri

Boston

With eclectic specials such as the Japanese breakfast (seaweed, pickles, broiled salmon with vegetables, steamed rice, green tea), or the fitness breakfast (yogurt, exotic mushroom frittata, six-grain toast), it’s impossible…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

1998 Best Breakfast, Cheap

The Neighborhood

Somerville

Do the math: $4.39 = orange juice, three eggs, home fries, fresh fruit or cream of wheat, toast, coffee and a plateful of pastries. All this served at no extra…Read More

1995 Best Breakfast, Cheap

Bob the Chef’s

Boston

If you can beat two eggs, your choice of breakfast meat, hot bread, grits or home fries, juice, and coffee for five bucks, let us know. Don’t miss what may…Read More

1994 Best Breakfast, Treat

The Blacksmith House Bakery & Cafe

Cambridge

Lighter than pound cake, sweeter than brioche, this shop’s kuchen—a slightly lemony cake studded with raisins—is a revelation when spread with a little butter while still warm. In good weather…Read More

1994 Best Breakfast, Power

Seasons at the Bostonian Hotel

Boston

We won’t name names, but many of the town’s movers and shakers do their moving and shaking over coffee in this elegant dining room…Read More

1989 Best Breakfast, Power

Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe

Boston

We’re talking real power—as in the power to win marathons and regattas. Let the so-called heavy hitters do their early-morning deals at the hoity-toity eateries. We’ll go to Charlie’s for…Read More

1988 Best Breakfast, Power

Seasons

Boston

Where the politically elite meet to eat, including the O’Neills (Tom and Tip), Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Murphy, and Senate president William Bulger…Read More

1987 Best Breakfast, Power

The Ritz Cafe

Boston

Even better if the matîre d knows your name and whether you like coffee or tea…Read More

1985 Best Breakfast, Power

The Ritz Café

Boston

Even though Kevin White’s left City Hall, key deals are still struck here. And the food’s good…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

1982 Best Breakfast, Cheap

Brookline Lunch

Cambridge

Excellent eggs. Despite the name, the best food is served in the morning…Read More

1982 Best Breakfast, Political

Fill-A-Buster

Boston

Best for the henchmen, that is. The bosses can be found at the Copley or the Ritz…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

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