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, American, Mediterranean
Neighborhoods:Cambridge, Back Bay, Kenmore Square / Fenway

Nubar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Cambridge
907 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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
96% recommended
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Trident Booksellers & Cafe

$$$$·American·
Back Bay
39 reviews
  • Casual
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Afternoon Coffee
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
90% recommended
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Cafe Landwer - Beacon Street

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Kenmore Square / Fenway
96 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Afternoon Coffee
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
100% recommended
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Colette

$$$$·French·
Cambridge
525 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
  • 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
97% recommended
French in Boston / New England
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Artisan Bistro

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Theater District
830 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
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
83% recommended
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Lookout Rooftop

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Seaport
764 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Waterfront
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
87% recommended
Scenic View in Boston
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Henrietta's Table

$$$$·American·
Harvard Square
3,922 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
“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
94% recommended

Eastern Standard

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Kenmore Square / Fenway
4,296 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Fun
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
100% recommended
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Stephanie's On Newbury - Patio

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Back Bay
3,906 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch
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
83% recommended
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Mooo

$$$$·American·
Beacon Hill
3,724 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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
98% recommended
American in Boston

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
1,751 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
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
97% recommended

OAK Long Bar + Kitchen

$$$$·American·
Back Bay
1,104 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Romantic
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
96% recommended
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Precinct Kitchen + Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Back Bay
632 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
96% recommended
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Bar Boulud

$$$$·French American·
Back Bay
1,099 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
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
81% recommended
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City Table

$$$$·American·
Back Bay
1,286 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Creative Cuisine
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
90% recommended
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Rowes Wharf Sea Grille

$$$$·Seafood·
Financial District
1,607 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
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
93% recommended
Notable Wine List in Boston
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Bristol Restaurant and Bar - Four Seasons Hotel Boston

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Back Bay
1,460 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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
87% recommended
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Fin Point

$$$$·Seafood·
Financial District
483 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
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
89% recommended
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Rebel's Guild

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Back Bay
305 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Good for Groups
  • Romantic
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
Romantic in Boston
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