Holy Mimosa! Boston’s Best Brunches

Holy Mimosa! Boston’s Best Brunches

Coming up with a “Best Brunch in Boston” list can be daunting. Our city is brimming with amazing restaurants adept at slinging high-volumes of coffee, Bloody Marys and hollandaise. Every neighborhood has its share of cool new upstarts and classic go-tos. To help narrow it down, we went with a music theme for this list. Ready, set, rosé!


1.Tapestry | 69 Kilmarnock Street, Boston, MA 02215
Brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Tapestry is a Fenway newcomer, just opening in May of 2016. Brunch is served in the bright, casual Expo Room. Also, check out Tapestry’s take on Boston pizza here. However, the intimate lounge-like Club Room sits where the walls still echo with the sound of music from the previous rock venues, Church and Linwood.

Brunch tip: The sizeable parking lot behind the restaurant offers FREE parking on non-Fenway Park event/game days, which is a hot commodity in this buzzing neighborhood!

2.Loretta’s Last Call | 1 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA 02215
Brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 am to 4 pm.

Due to its proximity to Fenway Park and The House of Blues, Loretta’s is typically a pre- and post-game hangout for sometimes rowdy crowds. However, on Sundays, if you show up while the crowds are still sleeping, you will find yourself at a swingin’ Bluegrass brunch with live music and hangover-killing Southern comfort food.

Brunch tip: Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar. Need we say more?

3.Lansdowne Pub | 9 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA 02215
Brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 am to 4 pm.

Sandwiched in between all the sports bars and live music on Lansdowne sits a cozy slice of traditional Irish culture and Boston heritage. Come in for the straightforward, but delicious brunch menu items like pancakes, eggs, and French toast and stay for the authentic Irish dishes…and an Irish coffee, of course.

Brunch tip: There are plenty of restaurants in Boston that may claim to make a traditional Irish Breakfast, but this one here is the REAL DEAL. Bangers, beans, and black pudding, oh my!

4.Eastern Standard | 538 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm.

Eastern Standard, owned by long-time Boston culinary master Garrett Harker, just celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2015. An industry favorite right in the heart of Kenmore Square, the interior space is cavernous with beautiful acoustics. It’s also a go-to pre-game spot for The House of Blues and Fenway Park shows.

Brunch tip: Their charcuterie plate is one of the best in Boston any time of day, and they specialize in the classic 1950s brunch cocktail, The Harvey Wallbanger.

5.The Sinclair | 52 Church Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Brunch served Saturday and Sunday at 11 am.

In November of 2016, The Sinclair celebrated its 1,000th live show. That’s a lotta rock. Take a trip to the other side of the 525-capacity live venue and you will find yourself in a casual yet trendy gastropub that serves food every night until 1 or 2 am. Bonus points: It has a second floor patio overlooking Church Street.

Brunch tip: Can’t decide which waffle to get? NO WORRIES…get a waffle flight! Also, you can’t go wrong with a boozy milkshake and theirs won’t disappoint — made with bourbon, cherry liqueur, cherry syrup, and almond milk.

6. Zuzu | 474 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
Brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm.

Zuzu is the smaller lounge-style spot in the middle of the giant Middle East family, a sprawling compound that takes up practically a whole city block in Central Square. It is probably most famous for its award-winning funky dance night, Soulelujah! but its weekend brunch menu is also top notch. And, in the summertime the sidewalk patio cannot be beat.

Brunch tip: Their Benedict items are all spectacular, but the Smokey Bones, made with potato latkes and smoked salmon will make you cry tears of joy.

7. Beehive | 541 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116
Brunch served Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 am.

Its location in the South End’s Boston Center for the Arts is more than appropriate for this hip and creative spot with daily live music. Food and music come together most deliciously on Sundays, however, for their weekly jazz brunch.

Brunch tip: The sexy lighting and layers of red draperies set the scene for a romantic Moroccan-influenced adventure, but do yourself a favor and order the Eggs Shakshuka for the full experience.


8. Darryl’s Corner Bar | 604 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
Brunch served Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm.

Question: How do you make a Sunday brunch with live jazz and blues music even better? Answer: Go to Darryl’s in the South End for the ALL YOU CAN EAT brunch buffet! Really, the only way to effectively take in a rich Southern meal is by serving yourself as much of it as possible while tapping your toes to some soulful tunes.

Brunch tip: Get seated before 11 am and get the early bird deal for $19.99!


9. Lucky’s Lounge | 355 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210
Brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm.

Keep your eyes peeled while searching for this subterranean joint in the Fort Point neighborhood, because you might walk right by its signless façade. That’s just the beginning of this 1950s speakeasy-style adventure. The brunch menu and music are Sinatra-themed, and regrets? You’ll have none.

Brunch tip: As with most retro lounges, their cocktail menu is stellar, and since you are likely drinking before noon, you might as well go all in. Get the Double Down, the most heavenly libation on the Lucky’s Classics menu.

What do you think…any spots we missed?

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