2019 was a banner year here at Bitches Who Brunch: it’s the year we took the Boston brunch scene by storm! Whether you’re looking for avocado toast on a Tuesday or a little hair of the dog after a night of bottle service at The Grand, we’re sharing our best Boston brunch spots to add to your rotation:
Best Overall: Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant
Where do we even start with Lincoln: The mind-blowing dishes (hello Fruity Pebble pancakes!), the lively crowd, the brunch-themed cocktails? Or the fact that they serve brunch every. single. day!?! If you didn’t make it here in 2019, add it to your list of resolutions in 2020… because it’s yabba dabba delicious! Read the review here.
Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant, 425 W Broadway, South Boston, MA (617) 765-8636
Best Hidden Gem: Temple Bar
This Cambridge restaurant, tucked in an unassuming spot between Harvard and Porter Squares, offers beautiful brunch entrées in an equally beautiful ambiance. From delectable French toast to melt-in-your-mouth corned beef hash, you can avoid waiting in line for brunch by dining at this hidden gem. Read the review here.
Temple Bar, 1688 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA (617) 547-5055
Best Themed Brunch – City Tap
From “Black Friday Brunch” where the earlier you rise the more you save, to “Saved by the Brunch” with a DJ spinning hits of the 90s, you can find the best themed brunches at City Tap. Bring your friends and your appetite for creative food and drink specials that are served in addition to their full brunch menu (with standouts like the “beermosa” and “the big chick”). Reservations – and festive attire – are encouraged! Read the review here.
City Tap, 10 Boston Wharf Rd, Boston, MA (617) 904-2748
Best Group Brunch: Gaslight Boston
This French brasserie in the South End has a spacious interior and private dining space for all your group brunch needs. Whether it’s someone’s birthday, the fam is in town, or you’re catching up with girlfriends, Gaslight offers an $11.95 prix fixe brunch deal and an à la carte menu with hangover cocktails and inventive dishes for any budget or palette. Read the review here.
Gaslight Boston, 560 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA (617) 422-0224
Best Patio Brunch: Atlantic Fish Co.
During Boston’s all-too-brief patio season, there’s no better place to enjoy brunch than at Atlantic Fish Co on Boylston Street. Steps away from the iconic Boston Marathon finish line, you can sip a summer spritz and nibble on avocado toast that topped our list, while enjoying prime people watching and getting your tan on. Read the review here.
Atlantic Fish Co, 761 Boylston St, Boston, MA (617) 267-4000
Best Neighborhood Brunch: Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar
This train car diner has been part of the Davis Square scene in Somerville for a very long time, but its recent renovation with a new owner, updated interior and revamped menu has made Rosebud a must for brunch. With standout comfort food like savory chicken and waffles, to their friendly and attentive staff – what more could you ask for in a hometown joint? Read the review here.
Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar, 381 Summer St, Somerville, MA (617) 629-9500
Best Newcomer: Black Lamb
Black Lamb was unveiled in July of this year, and it did not disappoint. Its light-filled interior is sleek and sophisticated, and its food takes you on a culinary adventure. With a full raw bar as well as traditional offerings like deviled eggs, French toast, and egg sandwiches, this South-End spot is our new go-to. Read the review here.
Black Lamb, 571 Tremont St, Boston, MA (617) 982-6330