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Jul 26, 2010 01:27 PM

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

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?


1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

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

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  1. 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!

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

    439 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

    Craigie on Main
    853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

    1. 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

      Russell House Tavern
      14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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      1. re: dsackton

        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.

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

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

        1. 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.

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

          1. 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.


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

            Craigie on Main
            853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139