Brownstone
Brownstone

Brownstone

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.brownstoneboston.com/
  • Phone: 6178674142
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Kelly Snogles
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Private Room, Weekend Brunch

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Boylston Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Brownstone
Just like the architecture associated with the surrounding neighborhoods; Brownstone is a classic, stylish but casually elegant wine and martini bar.From young professionals sipping classic martini"s to couples enjoying new American dishes and sampling the latest grape and craft beer. Brownstone is a quaint little retreat that transitions into a happening late night hot spot.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Brownstone reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (19)good for groups (12)neighborhood gem (10)great for lunch (9)vibrant bar scene (7)kid-friendly (5)fit for foodies (4)hot spot (2)great for outdoor dining (2)special occasion (2)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • No witty title, just love it here
    ChocoboPie
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Boston offers a myriad of delicious brunch options but Brownstone is our tried and true favorite. I've never gotten anything I didn't like and the wait staff never stresses me out or hurries us. I'm supposed to go easy on the carbs and sugars, so it's great that there is a robust omelette section that I can fill with meat and veggies. I like being able to substitute a side salad instead of one of their other (delicious, but high carb) sides.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice breakfast find
    LovetoeatVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Cute little breakfast restaurant. Has many TVs for sports and would assume good for lunch. Had special egg sandwich which comes with arugula and a special sauce. Very different and good.others had eggs with pancakes and bacon. Everyone liked.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful & decadent
    Kirstenruns
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Wonderful gem for foodies and non foodies alike! Had the duck confit sammie. Delish! Exciting drink list and for the area, its incredibly affordable!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The 15 minute Bloody Mary
    ebj100
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Egg sandwich was great but service was horrible. Server would disappear in a lightly served day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch
    Sam12
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Food was amazing you have to get the banana pancakes, they are decedent. The food was a little slow table of 4 came after us and was served before us but our waitress was great and apologized for the wait. The food is priced ver reasonable, would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great little brunch place
    WatertownStrong
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I don't know why this place isn't more crowded since it's so near Back Bay Station. I found it when my friend missed her train and we had two hours to kill. She ordered the 'hangover special' and I ordered the eggs Sammy. Both were delicious. When I came back with friends, I ordered the crunchy French toast with fried chicken. The chicken portions were small; I could barely see the pieces hidden among the French toast, but it was delicious as well. I felt the portions were generous and the entrees were reasonably priced for a restaurant. I will definitely come back if I'm in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great atmosphere
    Kristen
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I really enjoyed Brownstone. I ordered the hummus app and it was delicious. The pita was so good. I then had a flatbread which was also delicious. My friends had the salmon, and scallop app dish as a meal. They raved about both of them. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    BBooTtoo
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Good food, but don't go if you're in a hurry. You should sit right away but you will wait a while. Servers are very nice
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch find
    Hollang
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Enjoyed very much the ambience and the quality of food. Pancakes were more like cake, extremely fluffy. Duck & sweet potato hash & eggs very unusual but tasty. great coffee and nicely spiced bloody marys. All in all a delightful find.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Mother's Day Brunch
    Fourkidsmom
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The entire family enjoyed Mom's special day!! Delicious food, just the right amount of noise! Loved the mimosa
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodluverVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    A meet up group of mine went here and they were very accomadating with a larger group. The food is on the good and creative side of bar food, almost gastropub-like. We were there on the night the Bruins were playing so I imagine that it's not typically as loud as it was that night. Service was good, but nothing special.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great brunch value
    OutoftownerVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We thought we wanted lunch, but found they do brunch only (on the weekends I assume) until 2 p.m. No bother...it's so affordable, the food quality is high, and the portions are huge! Had the combo ($10), which is two eggs, choice of meat, large serving of potatoes, toast or English Muffin, AND 4 pieces of French toast (or pancakes)! I couldn't finish it, and normally I can put food away! This is one of the best brunch values in town!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brownstone Brunch
    FredVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    the menu had some really interesting and more unique brunch items including duck/sweet potato hash. I had the pulled pork with mac and cheese sauce and definitely left nothing on the plate- the spicey bloody mary, including bacon was the best! Great service as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.5
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 27 reviews are from the Brownstone reviews archive.
  • Birthday brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    I had a a delightful experience, I don't remember our waitress's name but she was so nice and gave us lunch to remember, beautiful spot! We felt romantic, private yet social too. I had a dessert item of the crunchy french toast for my birthday and I could not have asked for anything more. My boyfriend had a delicous Duck sammy. Defiently going back :)
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Okay spot. Nothing special.
    SoEnderVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Four stars for the beer list. The food was nothing special -- the flatbread dough was particularly underwhelming. The bacon parmessan popcorn was pretty good. Service was slow on a night when the place wasn't too full. Nothing bad will happen to you here, but I wouldn't go out of my way.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but LOUD
    bostonbec
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Brownstone was not what I was expecting at all. The music was very loud, like being in a club, and there were TVs everywhere, like being in a sports bar. My dinner companions and I could hardly hear each other without shouting. For this reason, I wouldn't go back or recommend it as a dinner spot. That said, the food was very tasty, much better than the ambience would suggest. The service was average.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect for the Occasion
    time4fun
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    I was meeting a friend from out of town for brunch just prior to her scheduled departure, so location, prompt and attentive service, in an area quiet enough to hear each other were key elements, closely followed by delicious options, and an attractive friendly atmosphere. Three top rated spots were booked up, but Clery's recommended Brownstone. We couldn't have been more pleased. On OpenTable I asked for a quiet spot to catch up so our booth on the upper tier, toward a corner, away from the bar, but with a good view of other happy diners - perfect. Menu options were intriguing, and we settled on Duck and Sweet Potato Hash and Fritata of the day. Delicious! The House Bloody Marys were spicey and well-garnished. I'll definitely return!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • casual pub fare
    RegulardinerVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    this is a convenient place for a drink and relaxed meal; it is not gourmet fare, but the food is good and service efficient; my 20 something daughter liked it
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines Day
    aim0513
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This was a great place for my boyfriend and I to have our kind of Valentine's day. It was a fun, lively pub, with affordable food, great service and a fun environment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • South End Find
    HarleysMom
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We were looking for a place to take our son for his birthday, and stumbled upon Brownstones. The food and service were great. The fact that I could make reservations on a Saturday night were anbonus
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpectedly Good
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    I went to brunch this past Sunday. I made a reservation, but the place wasn't very crowded anyway. The food was fantastic. I ordered the chicken and crunchy French toast and ate the whole thing. The chicken was juicy and perfectly seasoned. The French toast was a little bit of heaven. The drinks were really good too. I wish they offered lattes and validated parking. Other than that, I had a positive experience and would go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    We went with a group of 8 people for my brother's birthday and were quickly seated. Service was prompt and they didn't mind when other friends showed up to join. It was extremely loud though and while we were in a celebratory mood (and probably added to the noise level) it's not a place to have a relaxing conversation.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed it a lot
    BBooTtoo
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    I wil say that the service is slow. Otherwise, though, the service was friendly and complete. The food was really good and it was surprisingly reasonably priced (the equivalent of a Denny's Lumberjack costs $9). The fried chicken and French toast is great if you're looking for something different. The hash browns/home fries are excellent and the coffee is really good. The best part (esp. For the south end) is that we could get a reservation on a Saturday and the restaurant is big and open so you can actually go with a group and not feel cramped.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back Bay Bar for few Bucks
    Adderley3CVIP
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    Here's a spot in BBY located a few steps from the BBY station. It's location is key as it is easy for those who commute to stop in with friends, grab a bite and beverage, and still make it back to BBY for transit home. Food and service were nice and price was reasonable. A good find along a strip with many choices. The calamari was slightly spicy and the truffle fries were great, which both complimented the Sauvignon Blanc. Hopefully they ail expand the wine by the glass options in the future.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Generally great
    BostonDinerVIP
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    There seemed to be a bit of confusion/lack of clarity among the waitstaff regarding who was supposed to be taking care of us. Because of this, we waited quite a bit after seating, with no apology or recognition. However, once our waitress took our order, we received excellent service. The restaurant was clearly busy, and we appreciated that our server was nonetheless, very pleasant and on top of her game. I wish we could have had the pleasure of having her take care of us as soon as we were seated.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Copley bruch option
    mom2tristanVIP
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    We had brunch on a snowy Sunday morning at 10:30am. The place was pretty quiet when we arrived, but got busier as the morning progressed. The menu was relatively small but had a wide variety of options within it. The server was having a rough morning it seemed, but she was professional, even if not cheerful. My husband had the eggs and potatoes with bacon. I had the "Sammy" which was a great breakfast sandwich. The potatoes were excellent. Everything else was solidly above average, including the drinks. I would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food, more of a bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Very noisy with the after work crowd. Food was fine and we had nice service
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Neighborhood Restaurant
    RobTNHVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    Had brunch on Sunday. Had all of the basics and a few items that were a little more unusual. I had pulled pork eggs benedict. They were very good. My wife had Frosted Flake coated french toast. It was better than similar dishes we have had at different restaurants. This is a very comfortable neighborhood bar and grill. If we lived nearby I would think we would be there often. Will return for casual dinner sometime.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Casual Breakfast
    SeelxrVIP
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    Perfect for a casual brunch/breakfast. Reasonably priced great tasting food and beverages without a formal setting. Vibe was young adult friends getting together, city strollers and "morning after" meal. Great service and friendly environment.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty
    JackieAVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    We had the special appetizer - Korean spiced scallops. Phenomenal! I can't stop thinking about them. I'd also recommend the deviled eggs. The flatbread was disappointing. Don't waste your time there. The menu has incredible options to choose from. You can get flatbread anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good, but...
    BroadwayDSR
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    ...none of it was hot. Very tasty cream of broccoli soup, but it was tepid. Yummy and properly cooked steak frites, but it was luke-warm. Service was friendly but on the slow side (it the place was almost deserted.)
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was perfect. Hostess,
    BamaVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Everything was perfect. Hostess, managers, servers all very friendly and accommodating. My group had a great time. We were very impressed with everyone's enthusiasm and the food was very good. I would recommend this place to watch sporting events for sure. Good specials, too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • back home brunch
    KL24VIP
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    After walking by Brownstone for nearly two years we finally decided to try it out for brunch. We were pleasantly surprised. Unlike many brunches we have had in the area the portions were very large and quite affordable. Our group tried everything from omelets & fried eggs to pancakes and waffles, everything was delicious. As someone who judges their breakfast places by their ability to make good home fries, Brownstone did not disappoint. The only problem we had was that for a restaurant that was fairly empty on a Sunday morning, the service was a bit slow. Aside from that, we would definitely recommend Brownstone for anyone looking for a low key well prepared breakfast.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprisingly good food
    NikkiVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    I did not realize that this was a bar when I made the brunch reservation. The meal was good french toast, pancakes, salad everyone was presently surprised. If you are looking for a "nice" brunch place this would not be it. It was pretty empty and def dark. More of an evening place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot for brunch Sat/Sun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    The brunch portions were large and surprisingly inexpensive. Great pancakes, omelettes, French toast, and decent coffee.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Took wife and kids there for
    Jilly
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Took wife and kids there for Mother's Day. Not what I expected from the description on Open Tables. They served a buffet brunch, cooked the eggs as you like them (they were good), but the buffet could have improved. The ham was dry, the bacon way over cooked, the fruit salad soggy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food & Service
    MomN
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    We celebrated Mother's Day Brunch and enjoyed it very much. Large selection & good food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Different in a good way
    MegM
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    I enjoy trying new things so I liked that the menu had a lot of different items on it. For apps, we had Poutine (hand cut fries, duck gravy, cheese curd, bacon) & pita chips with 3 different types of hummus (special that day). Both were devoured by our group. We were almost an hour early for our reservation but they were able to seat us without any issues. The booths are nice & big, which worked well for our group of 6. There are nice big windows that they open when it is nice out. One member of our group had special dietary needs due to her baby having a dairy allergy. Our server was very understanding/helpful & then the chef working that night came out to our table to go over different options with her. Outstanding service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Safe on Dartmouth
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    A good South End spot where we were able to meet friends for a late lunch -- thankfully Brownstone serves all day. Good selection of beers on draft and in bottles. Interesting variations on standard lunch items, good service, comfortable ambiance and a really good french fry. Looks like a good place to catch a game when I'm in the neighborhood and the food is a notch above regular bar food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was excellent, but for
    Bulldog82
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    Food was excellent, but for a Saturday, it was very quiet. Maybe it was too cold to venture out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet