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We will be staying in Boston on Saturday, 3/14, and would love ideas for a Sunday brunch with a good atmosphere and perhaps some jazz music. We are staying at Nine Zero in the Downtown Crossing area but will be checking out and have a vehicle so we are willing to travel within the Boston Metro area (with the exception of South Boston as we want to avoid the Parada crowds). Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. i'm under the impression that highland kitchen has music during their weekend brunch, but could definitely be wrong about that. also not sure if it's jazz rather than folk or bluegrass or something else. that said, the brunch is terrific (if crowded), and well worth a trip. they're in somerville, not too far off from downtown.

    despite their amazingly terrible website ( http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?... ), it's actually very solid americana cooking.

    1. Skipjacks on Clarendon St.; Bullfinch's in Sudbury both have jazz brunches.

      1. Skipjack's fills the bill but frankly it isn't that great. The Blue Room in Cambridge has my favorite brunch buffet and there is on street parking on Sundays.

        1. Johnny D's is up in Davis Square so it's a little bit of a hike, but it's kind of the canonical jazz brunch in the Cambridge/Somerville area. Be warned, it's super popular (get there before 10 if you don't want to wait). The food is not spectacular, but it's perfectly good.

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          Johnny D's Uptown Restaurant
          17 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144

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          1. re: dfan

            Haven't been yet. But I've heard that Ryles has a decent jazz brunch.

            1. re: dfan

              I love brunch at Johnny D's, but it's very casual (and cheap!). I couldn't tell by your post if that's what you were looking for. I've never had a wait getting there on the late side, either (2:00ish).

              1. re: pollystyrene

                I've only been to Johnny D.'s on Saturday, but the music is a solo jazz guitarist. He's terrific and my guitar-laying husband really likes him but it's more background music than anything else.

                Sunday may be different, though, so maybe someone else will chime in.

            2. Anyone ever try Ryles' Sunday jazz brunch? I bet, at the least, it's nice and chill.

              http://www.ryles.com/brunch.cfm

              1. The Beehive, Ryles, Acton Jazz Cafe

                1. This sounds great, thank you! I've heard wonderful things about Highland Kitchen from other posts on this board so the website is not scaring me away... thank you all!

                  1. Beehive in the South End has a good jazz brunch. I highly recommend the French Toast and the short rib grilled cheese.

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                    Beehive Restaurant
                    541 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

                    1. I too, an looking for a jazz brunch fro Easter Sunday. A party of about 10, moderately priced in the Jamaica Plain/Brookline are. 'Any suggestions from anyone? Thanks!

                      1. The Hampshire House used to have a nice one, if a little on the formal side. Nice, mellow jazz trio. But I haven't been in ages.