Best Brunch in Boston

2015 Best Brunch, Cape Cod

Añejo

Falmouth

There’s finally authentic Mexican on the Upper Cape thanks to this bustling spot in Falmouth Center, which skips the gimmicks and gloppy cheese in favor of fresh, local seafood and…Read More

2015 Best Brunch

Tres Gatos

Jamaica Plain

The brunch at this record shop/tapas bar caters to savory seekers—and hangover chasers. Here the “put an egg on it” philosophy reigns supreme, evidenced by dinner-menu staples like the lamb…Read More

2015 Best Brunch, Nantucket

Boarding House

Nantucket

For more than two decades, Angela and Seth Raynor have provided prime people-watching on their outdoor patio. The brunch is top-notch, too, with Sunday-morning saviors like chicken and waffles, lump-crab-stuffed…Read More

2015 Best Brunch, Kids

The Kirkland Tap and Trotter

Somerville

This mellow gastropub goes beyond carnival fare with nourishing plates like house-made spaghetti with meat sauce, or fish and chips, all accompanied by fresh, organic veggies. The space is so…Read More

2015 Best Brunch, Martha's Vineyard

Art Cliff Diner

Vineyard Haven

This small diner’s sharp take on breakfast basics keeps the crowds coming: cod cakes topped with poached local farm eggs and hollandaise; fluffy “drunken sailor” pancakes with real rum raisins;…Read More

2014 Best Brunch, South

Arthur and Pat’s

Marshfield

This brunch spot got Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler’s vote for " best food in the whole wide world" (he presented A & P’s with the title and a platinum-record plaque several years…Read More

2014 Best Brunch, Martha's Vineyard

Art Cliff Diner

Vineyard Haven

It’s the compelling twists on familiar staples that keep the crowds coming to this Vineyard Haven diner on steroids: Biscuits are made with sweet potato, crêpes come loaded with Parmesan,…Read More

2014 Best Brunch, North

Ceia Kitchen + Bar

Newburyport

Rye crêpes with ricotta, smoked salmon, and fiddleheads. House-made linguiça with eggs. Portuguese sweet-bread French toast with strawberries and streusel. This Newburyport hot spot turns out pumped-up versions of brunch…Read More

2014 Best Brunch

Puritan & Company

Cambridge

The ideal brunch requires the trifecta of good food, good drinks, and good company. Puritan covers the first two in spades, with house-baked pastries (strawberry-almond muffins, cashew sticky buns); not-your-average…Read More

2014 Best Brunch, Cape Cod

Hangar B Eatery

Chatham

Enter this unassuming restaurant inside the tiny Chatham Municipal Airport, and questions abound: Should I order the croissant breakfast sandwich or the poached eggs with beet-and-sweet-potato hash? Is it appropriate…Read More

2014 Best Brunch, West

Farmstead Table

Newton Centre

You can practically taste the love in chef Chad Burns’s buttery asparagus-and-goat-cheese quiche, delicate house-made blintzes, and chive soft-scrambled eggs with Grafton cheddar. That it’s all served in a sunny…Read More

2014 Best Brunch, Nantucket

Fog Island Café

Nantucket

There’s no wine list or fancy raw bar at this laid-back local institution—just bottomless cups of joe from Nantucket Island Coffee Roasters and heaping platters of granola-and-banana pancakes to cure…Read More

2013 Best Brunch

Craigie on Main

Cambridge

Tony Maws has made a name for himself with the meaty inventiveness of his dinner menu, and his brunch menu reflects that same ethos. Oft-changing dishes include rabbit ragout layered…Read More

2013 Best Brunch, South

Oro

Scituate

There’s no better way to start a Sunday than at Oro, just a stone’s throw from the water in Scituate Harbor. Your morning coffee will go perfectly with the Nutella-stuffed…Read More

2013 Best Brunch, Martha's Vineyard

Artcliff Diner

Vineyard Haven

A Vineyard Haven mainstay, the Artcliff Diner is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. Try the popular almond-crusted French toast; get indulgent with the Green Monster, which loads scrambled eggs,…Read More

2013 Best Brunch, North

Organic Garden Cafe

Beverly

With a reasonably priced menu that caters to a diverse range of eaters, the Organic Garden Cafe will leave you feeling full and healthy. It’s something of a hole in…Read More

2013 Best Brunch, Cape Cod

Hangar B Eatery

Chatham

Even if you’re not flying anywhere, Hangar B—located at the Chatham airport—is worth a trip for its lemon-ricotta pancakes and the freshly baked doughnuts. Dig in as you watch the…Read More

2013 Best Brunch, West

AKA Bistro

Lincoln

What do French toast with dulce de leche and Hawaiian poke have in common? They’re both on the brunch menu at this French-Japanese fusion spot, where you’ll also find house-made…Read More

2013 Best Brunch, Nantucket

Boarding House

Nantucket

The patio at this island institution is prime people-watching real estate, but it’s the food that keeps us coming back season after season. The brioche doughnuts coated with bourbon-caramel sauce…Read More

2012 Best Brunch, South

Oro

Scituate

When we’re in the mood for a gut-busting morning meal, there’s no place like Oro. After devouring the moist blueberry-ricotta pancakes and braised-pork-spiked huevos rancheros, we go for an order…Read More

2012 Best Brunch, Martha's Vineyard

Water Street

Edgartown

Why choose among made-to-order omelets, eggs Benedict, and malted Belgian waffles when you can have it all? The superlative Sunday brunch at Water Street, the Harbor View Hotel’s on-site restaurant,…Read More

2012 Best Brunch, North

Alchemy

Gloucester

The weekend brunch at this tapas-style bistro is a little sweet, a little savory, and deeply satisfying (think: blueberry pancakes with a side of thick-cut bacon, spinach-and-sweet-potato frittata, short-rib tacos,…Read More

2012 Best Brunch

Gaslight

Boston

On a lazy weekend, there’s no better spot to linger with a mimosa than this South End brasserie. Sleek booths and communal tables, plus a rugged bar and sun-lit patio…Read More

2012 Best Brunch, Cape Cod

Hangar B Eatery

Chatham

At most municipal airports, you’d be hard-pressed to find a soda machine, let alone a full-service restaurant. Defying all logic, however, this sweet little spot—located right off the runway in…Read More

2012 Best Brunch, West

The Biltmore

Newton

With its shabby-chic dining room (mismatched old chairs, vintage ephemera), the Biltmore makes weekend mornings feel like brunch at Grandma’s. An indulgent grandma, that is. Yours probably didn’t serve Cap’n…Read More

2012 Best Brunch, Nantucket

Cru

Nantucket

The food’s great at this island newcomer—the crispy soft-shell-crab BLT and brioche French toast are standouts—and the views are glorious. So linger…what’s the rush? Order up another wasabi-infused bloody mary…Read More

2011 Best Brunch, Nantucket

Boarding House

Nantucket

Like sitting on a South End patio, you’ll see everyone during weekend brunch here. People-watching aside, the covered, fenced-in Federal Street terrace is also a cool and shady spot to…Read More

2011 Best Brunch, South

Scarlet Oak Tavern

Hingham

Comfort food rules at this pub and restaurant, so it’s no surprise that brunch here feels like a good, warm snuggle. The polished farmhouse décor adds to the experience, but…Read More

2011 Best Brunch, Martha's Vineyard

The ArtCliff Diner

Vineyard Haven

Cap’n Crunch pancakes slathered in blueberry butter. That statement alone should suffice to explain the delights of the ArtCliff, but why stop there? Try the tasty crêpes, breakfast tacos stuffed…Read More

2011 Best Brunch, North

5 Corners Kitchen

Marblehead

Brunch may be a sure-fire hangover cure, but trust us: You’ll want to be bright-eyed to savor this spot’s scrumptious morning menu. The lobster-and-shrimp club with smoked bacon is sublime,…Read More

2011 Best Brunch

The Gallows

Boston

It’s no wonder that the restaurant boasting the city’s best poutin—a natural hangover cur—would also dish out this year’s best brunch. The “sunrise” version of the fries-and-gravy plate comes topped…Read More

2011 Best Brunch, Weekday

Trina’s Starlite Lounge

Somerville

The whole point of brunch is that it’s an excuse for indulgence. So why not inject a dash of naughtiness and have it on a weekday? We’re talking about industry…Read More

2011 Best Brunch, Cape Cod

Café Chew

Sandwich

Warm, comfortable, and blessed with a private garden, Café Chew is the sort of place that makes newcomers feel like regulars. Many ingredients, including the coffee and honey, are locally…Read More

2011 Best Brunch, West

Zaftigs West

Natick

Fancy-schmancy menus that focus more on mimosas than food? Feh. When we crave brunch, there’s no better place than Zaftigs West. Though the breakfast menu is offered all day —…Read More

2010 Best Brunch

Highland Kitchen

Somerville

We could give this award solely on the merits of Highland Kitchen’s tangy, saucy shrimp and grits. But there’s so much more to love. Teeming with noisy families and rumpled…Read More

2009 Best Brunch, 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

2009 Best Brunch

Toro

Boston

A truly great brunch must hit four marks: a tasty and varied menu, a strong bar, a relaxed atmosphere, and outdoor seating. Over the past year, South End tapas joint…Read More

2008 Best Brunch

Eastern Standard

Boston

This brasserie’s knack for maintaining civility amid Kenmore Square’s chaos is but one reason to worship Sunday brunches here. The others are the creme brulée French toast, the tomato and…Read More

2008 Best Brunch, Neighborhood, Charlestown

Tavern on the Water

Charlestown

The food is competent and the drinks are agreeably strong, but the Tavern’s complimentary view of the Boston skyline is the real eye-opener…Read More

2008 Best Brunch, Neighborhood, Roslindale

Geoffrey’s Café

Roslindale

Former South End landmark Geoffrey’s is known for its groovy ‘disco brunch.’ Get down with the French toast filled with cream cheese and wild blueberries…Read More

2008 Best Brunch, Neighborhood, Allston

Deep Ellum

Allston

Savory a.m. chow and mule-kick libations heighten the appeal of this pub, whose sufficiently classy air keeps PJ-clad coeds at bay…Read More

2008 Best Brunch, Neighborhood, Davis Square

Mr. Crepe

Somerville

Locals cheered when Mr. Crepe returned in January after a two-year hiatus. Try the portly “supercrepe” or famed Belgian sugar waffle, and you’ll cheer, too…Read More

2008 Best Brunch, Neighborhood, Fenway/Symphony

Church

Boston

Hit this happening new restaurant/club for a tasty twist on brunch staples, like “toad in a hole” French toast and crab cake eggs Benedict…Read More

2008 Best Brunch, Neighborhood, Washington Square

The Fireplace

Brookline

From crispy corn waffles punched up with rum and bananas to a split and grilled jumbo hot dog, weekend hunger pangs are sated handsomely…Read More

2008 Best Brunch, Neighborhood, North End

North Street Grille

Boston

A few blessed blocks off the tourists’ main drag is where North Enders convene over Italian-inspired omelets and other highly satisfying fare…Read More

2008 Best Brunch, Neighborhood, Central Square

Miracle of Science

Cambridge

The cool little bar near MIT is arguably at its best in the a.m.: more quiet contemplation, fewer yelling matches over particle physics…Read More

2008 Best Brunch, Neighborhood, South Boston

Amrheins Restaurant

Boston

The pork carving station and mini chicken potpies make the 118-year-old eatery a bar-ridden block’s most skilled slayer of hangovers…Read More

2007 Best Brunch, West

Tryst

Arlington

While the handsome interior doesn’t exactly scream “eggs sunny-side up,” this New American favorite is fast winning over the Sunday brunch crowd. The broad menu leans more to the lunch…Read More

Most Viewed Winners of Cape & Islands

  • The Proprietors Bar & Table, 2015 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, Nantucket
  • The Port Hunter, 2015 Best Bar, Martha's Vineyard
  • Quahog Republic, 2015 Best Bar, Cape Cod

Most Viewed Winners

  • Neptune Oyster, 2015 Best Seafood Restaurant
  • Ostra, 2014 Best Seafood Restaurant
  • La Morra, 2015 Best Italian Restaurant