The Best Breakfast Restaurants in Boston

The OpenTable Team

Busy and bustling from the early morning hours onward, Boston is a city where it's just as fitting to start the day with a hearty plate of comfort food as it is a cup of strong coffee and a baked good. Contemporary Bostonians and visiting foodies also embrace the lighter side of breakfast with smoothies, grain bowls, and fresh fruits. For the best breakfast in Boston, look to all-day restaurants ranging from European-inspired bistros to old-school New England taverns. (A hint: Many are inside the city's finest hotels.) But where do the smartest, savviest diners dine early in Boston? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We studied data covering thousands of restaurants to determine the absolute best among OpenTable's expert diners. From classic Back Bay brasseries to sleek and modern harbor-view gems, these are the 20 most enticing spots for breakfast in Boston. Book a table and bring your biggest early-morning appetite.

Restaurants:Nubar, Trident Booksellers & Cafe, Cafe Landwer - Beacon Street
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Café, Mediterranean
Neighborhoods:Cambridge, Back Bay, Kenmore Square / Fenway
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Nubar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Cambridge
865 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Nubar, inside the upscale Sheraton Commander Hotel in the heart of Harvard Square, presents breakfast seven days a week. On Sundays it hosts a popular brunch as well. Under the samRead more
89% recommended

Trident Booksellers & Cafe

$$$$·Café·
Back Bay
31 reviews
  • Afternoon Coffee
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch
The charming café inside Trident Booksellers is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to midnight. These hours encourage book-lovers to stick around to browse and enjoy a snack with cRead more
Great for Lunch in Boston

Cafe Landwer - Beacon Street

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Kenmore Square / Fenway
89 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Healthy
  • Great for Lunch
Café Landwer on Beacon Street traces its origins to Berlin circa-1919, when the now-international chain of eateries started as a coffee roastery. The brand, now based in Israel, haRead more
86% recommended
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Colette

$$$$·French·
Cambridge
385 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
Colette, inside the Porter Square Hotel, is a chic bistro open all day, seven days a week. Taking inspiration from the classic bistros of Paris, the breakfast menu features freshlyRead more
89% recommended

Artisan Bistro

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Theater District
827 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
With its stylish modern décor and innovative takes on classic American cuisine, Artisan Bistro is just as appealing to locals as it is hotel guests. The bistro inside the Theater DRead more
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Outlook Kitchen at The Envoy Hotel

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Seaport
394 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for Groups
Outlook Kitchen’s striking nautical-chic décor complements its waterfront setting inside the Envoy Hotel. Note the wall of rope, teak wood reclaimed from shipping vessels and abstrRead more

Henrietta's Table

$$$$·American·
Harvard Square
3,812 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Comfort Food
  • Seasonal
“Honest to goodness New England cooking” is the promise of Henrietta’s Table inside Harvard Square’s Charles Hotel. It’s a succinct way to describe the traditional farm-to-table cuRead more
86% recommended

Eastern Standard

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Kenmore Square / Fenway
4,279 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Special Occasion
At Eastern Standard one of the best breakfasts in Boston starts at 7 a.m. seven days a week, followed on weekends by brunch service. The busy-all-day eatery, a consistent hot spot Read more
91% recommended

Stephanie's On Newbury

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Back Bay
3,720 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Great for Lunch
In the heart of Back Bay, Stephanie’s on Newbury makes coastal New England ingredients the stars of its sophisticated comfort food menus. At breakfast – served Monday through FridaRead more

Mooo

$$$$·American·
Beacon Hill
3,550 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
A modern steakhouse attached to the upscale XV Beacon Hotel might not be an obvious contender for one of the best breakfasts in Boston. However, the stylish restaurant offers top-nRead more
89% recommended
American in Boston
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Met Back Bay - Patio

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Back Bay
MET Back Bay entices Boston’s local and visiting crowds with its sidewalk patio (perfect for people-watching along Newbury Street) and historic venue with a stylish makeover. That'Read more
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Joe's American Bar and Grill - Boston

$$$$·American·
Back Bay
1,586 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Great for Lunch
Since 1984, Joe’s American Bar and Grill has perfected its from-scratch all-American comfort food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. on Read more
90% recommended

OAK Long Bar + Kitchen

$$$$·American·
Back Bay
1,047 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
Inside the stately, century-old Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel is Oak Long Bar + Kitchen. The elegant American brasserie specializes in farm-to-table fare, which it offers from morninRead more
92% recommended

Precinct Kitchen + Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Back Bay
602 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for Groups
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Precint Kitchen + Bar, inside the Loews Hotel in Back Bay, takes inspiration for its décor from a French country cottage and for its cuisine from Boston’s own culinary heritage. NoRead more
95% recommended
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Bar Boulud

$$$$·French American·
Back Bay
1,099 reviews
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for Anniversaries
World-famous chef Daniel Boulud brings his signature cuisine – think classic French cuisine meets the United States at its most upscale and urban – to Boston. His namesake bar insiRead more
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City Table

$$$$·American·
Back Bay
1,250 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Neighborhood Gem
Inside the Back Bay’s historic Lenox Hotel is City Table, a casual eatery that appeals just as much to hungry passers-by as hotel guests. Locals have long loved its frequently chanRead more
88% recommended

Rowes Wharf Sea Grille

$$$$·Seafood·
Financial District
1,474 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Quiet Conversation
Rowes Wharf Sea Grill boasts a fantastic location at the Boston Harbor Hotel, right next to the HarborWalk. The outdoor terrace is a seasonal delight in this bustling, breezy, wateRead more
81% recommended

Bristol Restaurant and Bar - Four Seasons Hotel Boston

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Back Bay
1,454 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Scenic View
The Bristol, an award-winning restaurant and bar inside the Four Seasons Hotel Boston, boasts glorious views of the Boston Public Garden. Breakfast service begins at 6:30 a.m on weRead more
83% recommended
Special Occasion in Boston
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Fin Point

$$$$·Seafood·
Financial District
456 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
For its lunch and dinner service, Fin Point inside the Downtown Boston Hilton hotel keeps the focus on seafood-centric creations befitting its oyster bar identity. At breakfast, seRead more

Rebel's Guild

$$$$·American·
Back Bay
169 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
With its revolutionary war era-inspired décor, complete with minuteman murals and centerpiece canon, Rebel’s Guild invites diners to ponder Paul Revere’s midnight ride over breakfaRead more
83% recommended