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Clear Flour Bread

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178 Thorndike St, Brookline, MA 02446-5819
(617) 739-0060
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8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast

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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
My favorite general bakery

This is a tiny storefront connected to a larger artisan bakery that supplies bread and pastries to various high end hotels and restaurants in the area (and some nearby Whole Foods markets.) I have never had anything that wasn't wonderful. The French bread is the best in town, the heartier loafs... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is a tiny storefront connected to a larger artisan bakery that supplies bread and pastries to various high end hotels and restaurants in the area (and some nearby Whole Foods markets.) I have never had anything that wasn't wonderful. The French bread is the best in town, the heartier loafs are wonderfully flavorful and chewy, and their sweets are... More 

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The line out the door might go down the block, especially during the holidays, but it's worth the wait. Wonderfully traditional breads and other baked goods, like their authentic soft pretzels: the best to be found north of Philly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

Phenomenal breads and pastries. Unfortunately a very guilty pleasure A crabs heaven! They also supply bread to leading restaurants in Boston

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Wonderful bread and pastry. You would think you were in Paris or Vienna. Not inexpensive but worth what you pay.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Delicious bread and baked goods. Sometimes a waiting line but worth it. Tucked on a back street and can be hard to find.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Clear Flour's offerings are a gift from heaven. I've didn't replace my bread maker when it broke after moving here to Brookline, because it no longer compared to what I could get on the corner.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I'm all for Clear Flour Bread. I like the people who work there, I like the ideas, and my daughter especially likes the olive rolls. But unfortunately, I find the bread about average for a specialty bakery. It's good, much better than what one gets most other places in the area, but compared with Flour, Iggy's, and even (for some... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

If you want authentic French pastry, this place has it down. Easily one of, if not the best bakeries in Metro Boston. I've only ever had tarts and croissants, but I have no reason to believe that everything there is not high quality. Was just in Paris in March, so I have a pretty good basis for comparison.

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Clear Flour Bread is a true classic French bakery. Their croissants, tarts, baguettes, and a huge variety of baked-on-premises artisanal breads all are wonderful. Folks in the Brookline/Newton/Boston area make regular pilgrimages to the shop, especially on Sunday mornings. Expect to wait on line -- however long, it's more than worth it.

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Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Best breads, sticky buns and other bakery products available anywhere! Clearflower is NOT a restaurant!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 178 Thorndike St, Brookline, MA 02446-5819
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Brookline
  • Phone Number: (617) 739-0060

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 7:00 pm

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