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Busy Bee Restaurant

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1046 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446-4001
617-566-8733
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat 6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 31
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  • 12
    Very good
  • 3
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
the real spirit of american dinerアメリカダイナーの真髄が味わえます。

as a foreigner, I feel I can experience a real american diner here. if you would like to stay for a long time, please come here late afternoon. good sandwich and daily special which change its menu every day! very reasonable and can enjoy local... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
bonnopanda
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92 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

as a foreigner, I feel I can experience a real american diner here. if you would like to stay for a long time, please come here late afternoon. good sandwich and daily special which change its menu every day! very reasonable and can enjoy local atmosphere. アメリカのダイナーの真髄がここにあります。パンケーキ、サンドイッチ、ハンバーガー、とてもリーズナブルでコスパ良し。

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Thank bonnopanda
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

I used to hang out here 35 years ago as a college student back when SNL's Olympia diner ruled. Today was my first visit since - and this place still delights me. Great cheeseburger and onion rings. Fast service at the counter. Don't miss the Busy Bee if you are in Brookline!

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Thank JadeLake
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015 via mobile

Amazing food, amazing service. Feels like home, couldn't get enough! Small on the inside but its as down home as you get. I'd approve this as good as a New Jersey diner if not better, and that says a lot.

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Thank geekyredneck17
BOSTON, MA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

This place has been around forever. If you are in the area and want a home cooked breakfast - lunch or dinner, this is a good place to go. Only place like it in Brookline. Probably not top of the line when it comes to food, and certainly not ambiance - but it's a great local restaurant with local people... More 

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Thank HAPPYTRAVELER25009
Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

I found this on Trip Advisor before our trip. That is why I like this site so much. The food was prepared perfectly and the staff was pleasant. We asked for help on the T and she found us the answer....bonus.

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Thank Maria D
Parkton, Maryland
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We had just visited Fenway and wanted to have breakfast. One of the locals recommended the busy bee. And so glad we got to experience this restaurant. It is your typical diner. We ate at a booth and had to pull up a stool because there were 5 of us. The waitress was friendly and the food delicious and came... More 

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Thank Lispony
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

I was staying on Beacon street near the place. I went everyday for breakfast. Very fast service. Longest I had to wait was 15 min because it was full. Very good selection. They also serve lunch

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Thank hrcalso
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91 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

My Swedish husband was in heaven. For a European, this place is the ultimate American experience. Not a retro diner, but the real thing! It's very cool looking inside and the breakfasts are amazing. We liked it so much we went there twice. Plus, the staff was very friendly!

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1 Thank HJStockholm
Brookline, MA
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91 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Busy Bee is great, for what it is. It's a classic lunch counter, open for breakfast and lunch. You get eggs, omelets, bacon, etc., or burgers , club sandwiches and the like for lunch. Nothing is fancy -- neither the food nor the surroundings. You sit at the counter or at a formica table in a booth, surrounded by neighborhood... More 

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Thank msandman1943
brookline, mass
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Eggs over easy? Bacon or sausage? Buttered white bread? They have lots more too, just like so many of the diner-like restaurants that used to dot the American landscape. This one is wonderful, with booths and counters, and it ain't open on Sunday-- Sundays are for quiche eaters and mimosa drinkers elsewhere. This is for folks who like their coffee... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1046 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446-4001
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Brookline
  • Phone Number: 617-566-8733

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 12
  • Cuisine: American, Delicatessen, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 2:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?