Brownstone

4.5
442 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Brownstone is a classic neighborhood bistro that has become a star on Boston’s vibrant culinary scene thanks to the tantalizing creations from Executive Chef Kelly Snogles.

Brownstone serves brunch 7 days a week and has become an industry favorite that’s also popular with tourists and residents in the South End. Chef Kelly and his team craft every dish from the finest and freshest ingredients. Coupled with an innovative craft beer and cocktail program, Brownstone is a gem in a city known for world-class culinary offerings.
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J
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service is always great! One of my fave brunch spots!

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Great food and service but very loud music and chatter made it hard to talk at the table.

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LM
New England
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Brunch was great! Service was a bit slow... but the food was very good!

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AC
New England
48 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chris is always an amount guy and so is the server with the brown hair and same height with tats; they always make me come back to Brownstone :).

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and excellent service! Will definitely be back in the future.

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1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They didn't have a few things on the menu, but the service was great and very personalized.

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L
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We had a great waiter. The truffle fries were fabulous. The main courses were just so so. Nice place for a group though.

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EB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place, food is delicious and have really healthy choices, service was amazing! I can’t wait to go back again.

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RM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Alex, was fantastic. The food and cocktails were excellent. The manager was incredibly friendly and dressed impeccably. It is a little loud in there, but nowhere near a deal-breaker for my girlfriend and I. We definitely plan on returning.

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IP
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were delicious! I highly recommend the bloody mary. Our waitress was really awesome too, I was with a party of seven and she made the whole experience a lot of fun.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went here for brunch on a Saturday around 11 and had a party of about 8 and we were sat almost immediately. I had made the reservation only like 15 minutes prior. So very last minute. And everything was very good no one had any complaints whatsoever

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j
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Great food, nice ambience, and excellent service. Our server, Jocelyn, was exceptional!

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RC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

Extremely slow service, super loud. Greasy food.

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AM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good but I really wanted french onion soup and tuna tacos. Both in the open table menu but not on the menu when we got there Our server was great!

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

I found it too loud and dark...ok if you want just a drink but not as a nice relaxing meal after a day touring the city.

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CD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The young hostess who greeted us at the front was warm, personable, and a great person to be greeting people to a business. Some great, original, tasty choices for Sunday brunch. Waitress didn't come around much which wasn't good (as it really wasn't too busy but we needed things - ketchup at table was empty and there were no other bottles around, we wanted more drinks, etc) but overall a great experience.

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PW
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great for meeting a friend after work or coming in on the train to Back Bay Station. Reasonably priced, good cocktails, very good entrees. I had the Peking Duck, friend had the Salmon.

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K
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was great, knew the menu and got our food out quickly so we could make the Bruins game in time!

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WG
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Space was nice and the service was good. The food came out almost immediately after we ordered and unfortunately was cold, indicating they premade some of these dishes and let them sit. A bit disappointing in that aspect, but a good space for chatting with people over brunch and the staff was very good about accommodating our seating preferences.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was terrible. Coffee worse!

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KO
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was so kind. I don't know what his name was but he had glasses and really took the time. Food was great. A little loud, but it was Friday night! So fair play!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

The noise is very energic. The service is bad

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DF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday brunch our waiter was Alex he was so helpful & knows his food & drinks we had a great experience will be back for sure!!!

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a
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We’ve been here once before and had amazing service at dinner. But today, while our brunch was delicious, our server was very consistently rude in answering our questions (normal ones like, “do you have skim milk for my tea?”... which FYI they don’t). A friend at the table avoided making a substitution on her meal because she literally didn’t want to argue with the server
Disappointing service but I’m hoping it was just an off day for our server.

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D
New England
14 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jessie was amazing! Bacon is unreal too.

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ES
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went on Sunday morning for brunch during a snowstorm, and was empty, which I like! Tried to go on another morning, but was packed and couldn't get in. Had fast and friendly service. Food was good, some entrees were average and then over priced. Brunch food: Potatoes were amazing, and the Crispy French Toast Sticks, were terrific (very sweet and crunchy), the Hangover Pasta was good, but got old of flavor. Overall had a nice little quiet breakfast!

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P
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Girls night at a local bar. Bar ambiance.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great meal and great value!

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BP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Staff was a bit rude when we showed up with a stroller. While they eventually accommodated it when I told them I was surprised it was such an issue as the restaurant surely had to be compliant with ADA. We had to wait a bit 45 min past our reservation as apparently 2 tables could accommodate the stroller. One was right by the door which wasn’t going to work on a cold day with a baby. Not really a family friendly place. The food was good. Service was okay though we did get ignored for awhile when we were waiting for our check. Not likely to return.

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E
New England
17 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a great little surprise. My wife and I dropped my son off at college and searched OpenTable for a local breakfast place. We found Brownstone and went. It was a very cozy, but vibrant atmosphere. The menu was fantastic, which included one of the best Bloody Mary drinks we've ever had. The entrees were fantastic, fresh and very filling. Our server was very attentive and fun. We both loved it and highly recommend it.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great brunch atmosphere with an awesome waiter that recommended the side of crunchy French toast for the table. Best recommendation!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The service was pretty bad. It took so long for the waitress to come around and get our order and then it took 45 min to get our food out to us.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Had brunch here with a party of 4, saw it on OpenTable's best of Boston. We had a snafu at the beginning with service, with two servers not sure who was taking care of our table, making our first round of drinks arrive 25 minutes after we ordered them. However after that, things improved and our server was friendly. Our food was good, portion sizes decent, and the bloody Mary's kind of weak alcohol wise. The space is fun and lively, like a neighborhood pub, and they were playing rugby on the TV's.

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LS
New England
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was delicious and even though they were out of goat cheese which meant two of the dishes our table wanted to order weren’t available, the food we did end up choosing was really yummy. Our server was courteous and prompt with drink refills as well as knowledgeable about the menu. We enjoyed our meal and would definitely recommend this restaurant. Can’t wait to come back and try the Mac and cheese too!

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CL
New England
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crunchy French toast was great to share. All the food was great!

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JL
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

It wasn't crowded, but it was loud, with lots of televisions. Not my scene.

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PJ
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Went for brunch, it was in full sports bar mode and very loud. Tvs on, speakers blaring the game, and patrons yelling over the speakers. Impossible to have a conversation, so my party was disappointed.
That said, on non-game days, the atmosphere is nice, food fairly priced and tasty, and service very good. I’ll go back, but will check to ensure they’re not crowded with game enthusiasts first.

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TR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Been there several times. Great place with a relaxed atmosphere. Service has always been spot on and food is great. My most recent experience I had the BEST steak tips of my life!

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w
New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is always good, service was a bit slow today. Always a good choice for a big group for lunch with coworkers.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Group of 6 visiting from Canada. Thanks to our server Kelsie for her patience with us “newbies”.
Portions were generous ... nice char-grilled wings, salmon, steak tips, truffle fries and especially the mac & cheese were solid.

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