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Help! Where to brunch in Boston, Cambridge, or Somerville?

Snomad Jul 26, 2010 01:27 PM

Hello there,

We have family in town this weekend to celebrate two engagements, and are in need of a stellar place for Sunday brunch. We were going to go to Toro, but they don't take reservations and there are 8 of us. We're open to, and appreciate, any and all suggestions! We've considered Harvest, Aquitane, and Hamersley's Bistro. Any other ideas, or thoughts on the aforementioned places?

Thanks!

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Toro
1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

Hamersley's Bistro
553 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

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    kimfair1 RE: Snomad Jul 26, 2010 01:39 PM

    Not sure if you can get a reservation for 8 at this late date, but Craigie on Main does a great brunch. Many folks say the brunch at Henrietta's Table is very good, but I've not tried it, and have never ben impressed with the dinners I've had there. I was in the South End on Sunday, and noticed they do brunch at Masa, and again, I've never been, but they're certainly big enough to accomodate a party of 8. Good luck!

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    Henrietta's Table
    One Bennett St., Cambridge, MA 02138

    Masa
    439 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

    Craigie on Main
    853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

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      dsackton RE: Snomad Jul 27, 2010 10:18 AM

      Russell House Tavern was quite good for brunch. Not quite as fancy as Hamersley or Harvest, but I liked it better than Aquitane. It's a pretty big space, so I'm guessing 8 would not be a problem

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      Russell House Tavern
      14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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        jgg13 RE: dsackton Jul 27, 2010 11:40 AM

        Last time I went there for brunch with a large group (~8) it was absolutely terrible. It took 20-something minutes just to have a server come say hi to us, and it went downhill from there.

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        nasilemak RE: Snomad Jul 27, 2010 12:10 PM

        Always enjoyed the buffet brunch at The Blue Room. More global in scope than the typical brunch offerings.

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        The Blue Room
        Hampshire and Portland streets, Cambridge, MA 02139

        1. Bob Dobalina RE: Snomad Jul 27, 2010 12:33 PM

          Does it have to be fancy brunch?

          There's always East Coast Grill's brunch, if the fam is wanting more informal. Sounds like a no, but throwing it out there.

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          East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
          1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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            trueblu RE: Snomad Jul 27, 2010 02:40 PM

            Craigie on Main is the best brunch around, but you're unlikely to get in this late. Hammersley's is good, and although pricey, XV Beacon is pretty good too -- and likely to be able to accomodate you at this late hour.

            If you have a Harvard faculty connection, the Harvard Faculty Club does an excellent brunch (though this summer they have a la carte instead of the grand buffet) in a unique environment.

            tb

            PS I've only been once, but I was terribly disappointed by the brunch at Aquitaine (in South End) despite the rave reviews.

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            Craigie on Main
            853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

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              babka eater RE: Snomad Jul 27, 2010 02:41 PM

              I agree with many of these suggestions. Craigie on Main is my favorite "stellar" brunch in the area and can accomodate 8 if you book now. I will be there on Sunday as well!

              Garden in the Cellar, East Coast Grill, and Blue Room brunches are quite good as well. I am curious to try Tupelo. Like another poster, I have only been to Henrietta's Table for dinner and have not been especially impressed even though I hear its brunch is great.

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              East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
              1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

              Henrietta's Table
              One Bennett St., Cambridge, MA 02138

              Craigie on Main
              853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

              The Blue Room
              Hampshire and Portland streets, Cambridge, MA 02139

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                jgg13 RE: babka eater Jul 27, 2010 06:41 PM

                I love me the tupelo brunch, but it's hardly fancy if that's what htey're looking for

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                BJK RE: Snomad Jul 27, 2010 06:48 PM

                It may not be as "hot" as some of the other excellent places suggested already, but I've had two very enjoyable brunch experiences in the past year or so at Mistral. Based on the size of the dining room, I think they could almost definitely accommodate a party of 8. You might even be able to book a reservation on Open Table.

                http://www.mistralbistro.com/index2.s...

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                  cambridgedoctpr RE: BJK Jul 27, 2010 07:09 PM

                  many indian restaurants also have brunches. While i like Tamarind Bay, their brunch is not stellar. What about Bombay club?

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                  Tamarind Bay
                  75 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138

                2. ecwashere7 RE: Snomad Jul 27, 2010 07:10 PM

                  I have to say that Craigie is easily the top choice. Their brunch is so good that I would almost say its mindblowing. Another good option is Sel De La Terre. I've had brunch there a few times (both Back Bay and Long Wharf) and its always been very solid. Great bloody mary.

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                  Sel De La Terre
                  776 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

                  1. Snomad RE: Snomad Aug 3, 2010 10:15 AM

                    Thank you everyone for the incredible suggestions! We went to Craigie on Main, and it was absolutely delightful. Oh, how I do love that restaurant!

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                    Craigie on Main
                    853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

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                      kimfair1 RE: Snomad Aug 3, 2010 10:44 AM

                      Glad you got into Craigie, man I love that brunch, especially the house made hash!

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