The shortlist of best places to eat brunch in Brookline, Massachusetts
Brookline is a picturesque Boston suburb that offers the conveniences of city living—easy access to public transportation, rows of shops and restaurants, and a strong sense of neighborhood community. Whether you live in Brookline or want to visit for the day, it's a suburb that has its own attractions to enjoy.
One way to enjoy Brookline is going out with your family or friends to Sunday brunch. Here's a list of our top picks to have a Sunday well-spent and bring a week of content:
Brookline locals were sad to see Fairsted Kitchen close at the end of 2017, but owner Steve Bowman quickly replaced it with Grassona's, a cozy restaurant that pays homage to your Italian grandmother's traditional red sauce. Although the menu has changed, customers will recognize traces of Fairsted within the space and on the cocktail menu—Bowman told Eater Boston that the process of switching from Fairsted to Grassona's is "more of a makeover than a remodel."
The Washington Square Tavern, 714 Washington Street, Brookline
Since 1999, The Washington Square Tavern has been the go-to place for quality craft beers alongside "high-class comfort food." Executive Chef Kevin Deschenes explained to Phantom Gourmet how many of the specialties are made in-house, such as a classic bratwurst or curry fries. It's a great spot in Brookline to meet your friends over drinks or enjoy a casual dinner or Sunday brunch.
The Regal Beagle, 308 Harvard Street, Brookline
Named after the well-loved neighborhood bar from "Three's Company," the laidback bar and restaurant serves creative comfort food and cocktails with real, approachable customer service. A feature on The Regal Beagle published on The Wicked Local notes that the "welcoming and warm nature of the [restaurant's] staff developed naturally" over time and the small place allows the staff to really get to know customers.
La Voile Brookline, 1627 Beacon Street, Brookline
The original French brasserie on Newbury Street decided to branch out to Brookline in 2015. In an interview with Boston Magazine, the owner and staff saw an opportunity to serve an area where many of their regular clients live. La Voile, one of the most authentic French restaurants in the Boston area, offers traditional dishes like pan-seared duck breast, beef bourguignon and, of course, French onion soup.
Barcelona Wine Bar, 1700 Beacon Street, Brookline
Although Barcelona Wine Bar part of a larger East Coast restaurant group with several locations, it's a reliable place to go for a more modern atmosphere and a fresh American take on tapas. Executive Chef Emilio Garcia, who has worked extensively within the Boston restaurant scene for a number of years, drives Barcelona's Brookline location's success with his team.