Brownstone

4.4
473 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.

The intimate space is a perfect location to host your private event with unique menu options tailored to make your event memorable.
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JA
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great brunch menu, lots of options, quick service, good for groups. Could improve the coffee options.

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MF
New England
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

If you want to have a conversation- this is not the place, way too loud! The food was very good and a great value for its cost.

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AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Server forgot to put our food in. Made several mistakes with the order. The manager had to support just and had to notice all the simple asks from our table of 8 --- refill on water??

Very little eye contact or interaction from the server or manager.

The Vegetarian with us was served food that she could not eat -- despite making her food restrictions clear when ordering.

The food took VERY long.

There was no apology for the long wait.

Would not come back.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day brunch. Excellent food and service!

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DM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went there for brunch with girlfriends. The waitress was fantastic and has an amazing memory for orders (didn't write anything down and got our orders correct including substitutions / dietary needs). Mimosas were amazing and the food was excellent. Highly recommend this place for brunch.

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WW
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was quite good and our servers we prompt and courteous. Would go again. NB: The lack of gluten free bread was the only real disappointment.

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LC
New England
19 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great place for lunch. Salads, Burgers and Chicken sandwich are very good. Location for our office is great and place is not too crowded. I would recommend for Brunch or lunch and I will definitely be going back!

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DJ
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Business dinner after arriving in Boston, walk-able distance from the Copley hotels.
Not a large menu, but the selections available should be fine for most any appetite. The Cubano is very good, but unique with its BBQ pulled pork - gives it a little zing. The focaccia bread on the sandwich was very good. Good selection of tap beers and other wines and cocktails.

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MM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had never been to Brownstone until recently and this was my second time in 2 weeks. The brunch options are great and everything we had was delicious, the staff is very accommodating and friendly, and the atmosphere is perfect for catching up with friends. I would definitely recommend!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I have been a patron of Brownstone for around 6 months now and every time I go it seems to get worse and worse. The service is always sloppy and nobody seems to know what is going on regarding orders, checks and refills. I have waited for a check for over 20 minutes, 3 trips in a row. The food is enjoyable but with dirty silverware, bad service and consistently warm water in my drinking glass, I will never be coming back here.

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C
Baltimore
51 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Alway great, dependable and consistent. Something for everyone on the broad menu.

We’re never disappointed!

Thanks for the great food, service and dining experience.

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S
New England
32 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brownstone puts on a great brunch. We go at least once a month.

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DP
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Great food great price

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Y
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Disappointing all metrics , valuable time is wasted !

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CU
New England
26 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely Easter brunch here. Food was great, cocktails and mocktails were excellent, and with the windows open and trees blooming outside it was quite the nice morning. We'll be back!

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A
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was SLOW and not very attentive (half spilled drinks, taking forever after we asked for refills, no water refills) and the food was nothing special. I bet there's better places to get brunch in Boston...

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CB
Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked a table for Brunch on Tuesday (yes they serve Brunch every day of the week!!) Arrived a few minutes early but was seated immediately. The Mimosa's and Bloody Mary was terrific while we waited - only a few minutes is seemed - for our food. I ordered the Sammy, hubby ordered the pulled pork eggs Benedict - we were both very pleased with our meal. Actually - I had been in Boston since Saturday evening and although I had been served some good food....this quickly took the #1 spot!! Service was awesome as well.....very nice, courteous and helpful with menu suggestions.

Would highly recommend!!

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j
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great brunch. Food was delicious. Quick service. Definitely would return next time I’m in town

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LE
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was sooooooo slow. We had reservations and weren’t able to sit for 30 minutes after and waited for food over an hour. The food itself was fine and the server was nice, but things were very slow.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The service was horrible, it took our server forever to take our orders and deliver food. We asked for side plates to eat an appetizer from two different waiters and neither ever brought them, which forced us to eat the overly salty poutine without plates. Our salmon was extremely over cooked and charred. Overall poor experience.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our only complaint was that it was just a little too dark. In like an overly-ambient way. We had to pull out our phones and use the flashlight to read the menus. But other than that the service and food were great.

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New England
21 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an amazing dining experience! Five stars across the board!

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New England
31 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

Disappointing! I love going to brunch for the eggs Benedict since I'd never make hollandaise sauce on my own. This was the most flavorless hollandaise sauce ever! Did they forget to add the lemon juice? Do they make it from a starchy mix? Couldn't tell, but definitely not worth the calories! That was just me; my husband did enjoy his omelette. But much too noisy for conversation! Wouldn't go back...

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MC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Food was average though the bacon was outstanding. Service was slow even though there were plenty of empty tables. They must have been low on creamers because they only brought a couple when they poured coffee for three people. Had to keep asking for more cream every time waitress refilled our cups. So overall, it was ok but not outstanding other than the bacon which was very good.

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Y
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were seated immediately with our reservation. The Irish coffee was a bit too rich with the Bailey's, but our server recommended it iced, which was def the better option. Two of us had avocado toast made with house baked focaccia, poached eggs, heirloom tomatoes, citrus yogurt, radish, herbs and added a side of potatoes. The blend of flavors was out of this world. Great portion size was very generous.
Server was knowledgeable and attentive and didn't rush us. Would def eat here again

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CM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

My partner and I had brunch at Brownstone. The food was nothing to rave about, but it was good and appropriately priced. The atmosphere was cozy, and we liked the large windows in the front. The location was great, but not what I thought. It's in the South End next to Clery's rather than Back Bay. Overall, we enjoyed it and would go back if we were in the area.

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KM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I went to celebrate my birthday. My friend got the KungPau/ something like that fried rice dish. It was very salty and greasy. She did not like it. I had pork belly appetizer. It was very fatty without much pork on it. It was not very good. Oh well. :(

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MB
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a great time! Its a loud pub. But Perfect for drinks and food!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Food was delicious! Would definitely go back!

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super friendly waiter, food was quick to come out and super delicious! Came for Saturday brunch and people didn’t start showing up until about 10:15, we got there at 9:45 expecting a wait.

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AM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Brownstone on a Friday night was "meh" as in average. Very loud, so-so food, pretty good drinks, service was ok. Nothing outstanding, but ok. Would not go out of my way to go back, but would go back.

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J
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
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 on March 17, 2019
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 on March 17, 2019
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
57 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
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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OT
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
6 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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