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Sep 9, 2010 07:05 AM

Upscale Brunch Options

Hi everyone -

I am trying to help a friend out and am turning to my fellow CHers for some assistance. Each year, my friend and all of her cousins get together for an upscale brunch during the holiday season. In years past they have dined at the Four Seasons, the Marriott Long Wharf, and the Langham Hotel. Any suggestions on where they may be able to go this year for a good upscale brunch? They typically pay between $75-$100 for these per person I think.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. The Sunday brunch buffett at Henrietta's Table in the Charles Hotel:

    PS: $45 per person too.

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

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    1. re: mats77

      Since you mentioned "the holiday season" -- If you're still looking for advice, I'd advise against Henrietta's unless you've tried it first. While it's bright and cheerful, it's often quite loud, service is spotty (and I've had my coffee "warmed" with cold coffee on a couple separate occasions), with an enormous buffet of primarily mediocre food.

      It also doesn't have a very "upscale" feel, if that's what you're looking for -- it feels more like you're in some giant New England kitchen with a hundred other guests all yammering away. And in one section of the room, they're all wandering around confused while trying to find the bacon or the waffles or whatever. (If you go a little early or later in the brunch window, it's often not as crazy.)

      It has good variety in the buffet, but personally I found very little that was outstanding about it. For $45 per person, you can get a smaller variety but better quality food at a number of places.

    2. The brunch at Craigie on Main is the best I've had.

      Craigie on Main
      853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

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      1. re: kimfair1

        Ditto - Craigie on Main. And make sure to tell them to order a donut!

      2. The Blue Room in Cambridge has always had a great Sunday brunch. We love it!

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

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        1. re: CocoDan

          I love the Blue Room brunch too, but I wouldn't classify it as upscale. Creative, eclectic, international, funky and tasty yes, but upscale no - especially not the room, which can be crowded and noisy.