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About Brownstone

Brownstone is located at the edges of Boston's Back Bay and South End and just steps from Copley Square. Named after the architecture of the neighborhood, Brownstone has a quaint and comfortable ambience achieved through exposed brick and subtle lighting.

Chef Kelly Snogles has created a comfort-food focused menu with a touch of Southern hospitality. Enjoy our signature brunch items everyday of the week, like the Fried Chicken Crunchy Fried Toast. Or join us for dinner where Chef Kelly's creativity continues to be showcased through dishes like the Smoked Trout Toast or the Short Rib Ragout.

111 Dartmouth Street
Boston, MA 02116
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Breakfast, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Monday - Friday 10am-3pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am - 3pm, Dinner everyday 3pm - 10pm, late night menu available after 10pm

Cross Street:
Boylston Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 867-4142

Website:
http://www.brownstoneboston.com/

Public Transit:
Back Bay - Orange Line

Executive Chef:
Kelly Snogles

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Brownstone Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

3.9

ambience

3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Brunch (16)
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Comfort Food (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Cozy (4)
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Fun (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
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Creative Cuisine (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Great Beer (2)
Special Occasion (2)
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Good for Anniversaries (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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Live Sports (1)
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 (New England)·Dined a day ago

My sister insisted I tried Brownstone as she loves it here. I️ showed up 10 minutes earlier then her and was sat at table behind a wall. I️ was going to say something to the hostess but she walked away as fast as she sat me. It was over 10 minutes until a server finally walked over with waters to tell me she wasn’t my server but here are some waters. I️ was still somewhat annoyed after 5 more minutes went by and our server was still no where to be found. I️ think it was because we were hidden behind the wall. I got up an to ask the hostess to move our seats and she told me they were for other reservations, so I said that’s fine let me speak to your manager. At that point the server came over, I had thought he was the manager and I️ explained how unhappy we were with our seats and that 15 minutes had gone by without even a greet. He apologized and got us drinks immediately. The manager finally came over, he didn’t introduce himself and I️ don’t believe he apologize but did offer to move us. At this point we decided to just stay we we were.

The atmosphere was nice, not too loud. The food and ice cold brew was delicious and my sister loved her Bloody Mary. The face of the restaurant, the hostess just had no clue. If someone is unhappy, you make them happy, it’s what hospitality is all about. If I️ hadn’t drove all the way from Beverly Farms, I️ would have left. However, the server changed our experience no one else.

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·Dined 2 days ago

I was a bit worried when we were seated and then received no service for about 20 minutes, but once our waiter arrived he was very attentive throughout the meal and even gave us great drink recommendations that weren't on the menu.

The food was great! It was my friend's birthday, so we wanted something a bit special and out of the ordinary, and that's exactly what we got!

I would definitely recommend for anyone seeking a cozy, cute brunch place with unique food. Plus they take reservations, which ensured that we wouldn't have to wait long for a table (though there didn't seem to be a wait while we were there on a Saturday morning).

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Romantic, Cozy, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

We had a last minute opportunity to get together with 2 other couples. It was a Friday night so our options were very limited on making reservations. We were able to book a table at Brownstone's and it was a nice surprise and a fun evening. It was a bit crowded and loud but still a fun atmosphere. The food was a treat, pumpkin martinis too! This is a nice, casual find, and we will come again.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Paleo Friendly, Casual
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 (London)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Little better than average pub fair. Trout toast was best. Truffles fries ok. Entrees were good but nothing special. Best of the bunch was the chicken dish. Very loud when busy but lively atmosphere. Good beer selection but wine list was extremely limited with mediocre options.

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 (London)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Terrible service (waiter was clearly having a bad day, kitcher/waiter failed to provide egg free food despite being told of allergy - they eventually re did it but we could not all eat at the same time as a result, waiter said burger came with fries, when it actually showed up with roasted potatoes). Increadibly high noise level, we all left with our ears hurting and our throught hurting fri having to scream at each other to attempt to have a conversation. Food was consumable but not of quality.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent Food Well Served! A fun time was had by all!

Tags: Fun, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Ahi tacos ... bad. Panzanella salad ... not really what it claimed to be. Nuggets were all dark meat ... really?!. At least the truffle fries were good!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food was great. Waitress couldn't have been more disinterested and disengaged if she tried. Had a hard time getting water or coffee, orders not correct, no checking back to see if we needed anything.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Service at front of restaurant was so so. They were extremely accommodating about our late arrival, however. Food was great. Noisy atmosphere.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Good food fried chicken and the spaghetti brunch were both great, but $3.75 is expensive for coffee

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Very pleased with experience and food . Had the spaghetti dish with the over easy eggs on top...snd want more

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food wasn't very good and cocktails were not well made.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 19, 2017

One of my favorite places in Boston! Amazing food and drinks.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Waitress very friendly. Girlfriend and I stopped for brunch and we will definitely be back

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

It was pretty good. Good location, good ambiance, food was just okay for the cost.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Very disappointed with our brunch. Overcooked eggs, over spiced crab cakes, mushy potatoes, the clatter of dishes- unnecessary. Service was ok, best thing was we hung out for a while(we we're meeting old friends) and we weren't bothered. Won't go back.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food was good and came out quickly but service was severely lacking. The wait staff seemed overwhelmed with the brunch rush which is surprising considering they were featured on multiple lists as a place to check out for brunch. Our waiter did not check on us. After being seated, we didn’t have anyone stop by for 10 minutes. It’s a shame that the service was so poor considering the place and the food

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 (New England)·Dined on October 4, 2017

The salmon special was AMAZING. My friend enjoyed her steak tips as well. It was pretty slow when I was there during the week around 8:30 pm. There wasn't much of a scene but the service was really great!

Tags: Cozy, People Watching, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We placed our reservation based on the rating on open table and were surprised when we got there that it was an average pub with a fairly limited menu. The bartender was very friendly but beyond that we would not return.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Brownstone is a good neighborhood eatery. Moderately priced. Our four brunch servings were adequately sized and solid overall. The brunch menu relies heavily on hollandaise. My duck and sweet potato hash was very good and showed the most creativity on the menu.
The alcohol-based drink menu at brunch is limited. The teas and coffee were very good.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The food was nothing special and the waiter kept rolling his eyes at us every time we asked for something! My husband ordered eggs Benedict he realized the hollandaise sauce was sour when we told the waiter he again rolled his eyes.
Will not be returning to this restaurant to many other brunch spots in the city

Tags: People Watching
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Our overall experience was wonderful. We received great service from the moment we walked in. Our server was very friendly and efficient. The food was great. Crispy Cauliflower is my new favorite appetizer. The Peking Duck was delicious! We were surprised with the Asian influence in the dishes. The chef is a master.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Very loud bar scene. Not for a dinner to chat. Great location near back bay stTion

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 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2017

service horrible. food good not great. will try again to see if service improves

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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Excellent restaurant. Went for brunch and it was fantastic! Service was great, both at the hostess and server level. Food very flavorful without being overbearing. Will definitely go again next trip to Boston.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Get the aglio olio

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Came here with my husband for brunch and everything was great. The service was awesome and the brunch food was delicious. I would definitely recommend.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Staff was great, place is cozy and fun

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 (New England)·Dined on September 3, 2017

My wife and I had a very nice and laid back brunch. Good service, good cocktails (once it was past 10:00 am) and good food. The only thing I would have liked, even though it was summer, would have been to have a hot chocolate option to warm up with (we ate on a chilly, rainy Sunday). Everything else was great and we have a great morning!

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Had brunch at Brownstone on Sunday. Service was good. The restaurant was not very busy when we arrived but filled up by the time we finished our meal around 11am. Food quality was good - we had an omelette and the breakfast special which consisted of eggs, toast, home fries, and a meat which they allowed me to sub for fruit. The portions were good but not as huge as you might find at some places. The prices were reasonable - not cheap, but not as expensive as a lot of other restaurants in the area. The only slight negative is that by the time we left they put a table about 1 foot away from ours and seated a couple there, but not a big deal. Overall would recommend.

Tags: Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We ate there before the ball game and then had a Sunday brunch. Truffle Fries were great. Corned beef hash and the duck and sweet potato hash are phenomenal.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Consistently, good brunch option ... accommodating hostess...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Close to Back Bay's T and Amtrak station, and down the block from the upscale end of the Copley mall and several hotels, this neighborhood 'tavern' has a nice breakfast/brunch/lunch menu, great beer selection and comfortable vibe. "Location, location, Location" tips the scales in favor of a visit to explore the menu.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Afternoon Coffee, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Arrived on time . Good choice of tables. Service prompt and polite. Food good very generous portions . Main dishes easily feed two. Overall a good time

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Brunch was Good, I like that they offer egg whites on their Benny's but my order came with poached eggs at first so I had to sit for 5min while my husband ate. Our waitress was busy so didn't spend much time with us, we had to ask for more coffee, the bill so I felt like I was always looking for her. She was very friendly, I guess just busy. The food was good, just not good enough for me to want to rush back. The benny sauce was HOT, mixed with some spice and I wasn't expecting that. I didn't care for it much but I ate everything. I might give it a try for dinner, just to see if anything excites me.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Live Sports, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2017

The food here is always awesome. We had a reservation and were seated quickly. The service was good. Great neighborhood spot. It is a little loud at times. Overall great for food, locatiin and ambience.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Brownstone, named after the traditional brownstone buildings you can find throughout Boston, provides a casual, yet professional atmosphere. Perfect for those in Boston looking to get together with friends, with an ambiance providing the perfect noise level for friendly chatter without feeling like the entire restaurant is listening in. The defining dining moment: beer/service, I ordered my go-to 'brew', which I order whenever in New England, but it is not a Mass local, so the server (like any good server) took this opportunity to offer me a comparable. It was a delightful change, this style of service can define a restaurant. Additionally, he was attentive, but understood my guest and I wanted to be left alone to catch up, so he didn't hover like far to many inexperienced waiters do.

I look forward to my next visit to Brownstone.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 20, 2017

I took my boyfriend to Brownstone for brunch for his birthday and they creatively put a candle in his pulled pork benny -- it was great! We went during the weekday during lunch time and it wasn't very full so the noise level was moderate. The menu isn't super large but it is curated and everything sounded delicious. We ultimately went with the pulled pork benny and the duck sweet potato hash along with the sangria and sunshine for drinks. The wait for food was a bit long but we had our drinks and the food was worth the wait! I highly recommend the duck hash! Our experience here was great and this has become one of the all-week brunch spots I'll definitely come back to. We both had a great time here. :)

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 (Portland)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Went for brunch because I'd read so many great reviews. Meh. Waitress was fine, not particularly attentive or engaged, but also not difficult or annoying. I had corned beef hash and hubs had the signature crunchy French toast. Mine was fine - a little greasy, basic level of flavor, nothing bad, nothing to write home about. Hubby thought the crunchy French toast was interesting, but way too sweet. It was an average, run-of-the-mill breakfast.

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We were there for brunch and we all enjoyed our meals. Food was good as well as the service.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Comfort Food
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