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The Friendly Toast

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1 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 621-1200
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8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 89
    Excellent
  • 83
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fun brunch stop

Enjoyed the vast pancakes (with choc chips - yum!) and friendly kitsch setting. A fun place to brunch with kids!

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
AnnaDBJ
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Melbourne, Australia
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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210 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Enjoyed the vast pancakes (with choc chips - yum!) and friendly kitsch setting. A fun place to brunch with kids!

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Oslo, Norway
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

This place has great pancakes. At first we were disappointed that the largest number of pancakes in any menu item was 3, but the pancakes were huge. Will order 2 next time. Our waiter was pleasant and helpful.

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Middlebury, Vermont
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We went to The Friendly Toast on a Sunday morning and arrived around 9:00 and were seated right away. We planned to arrive relatively early to avoid a wait, which thankfully paid off. When we left around 10:00, there was quite a crowd waiting! Overall our food was good- I got the Eggs Benedict which were great. Although the home... More 

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Sammamish, Washington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The gluten free blueberry pancakes were delicious. The atmosphere was cool. It was slightly difficult to find as the restaurant's front does not face the street. I'll eat here again the next time I'm in Cambridge.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Wait is always too long at prime time, but the food and service is worth it. I always get a tofu scramble of sorts. Kate's this time with the cayenne cheddar toast. Coffee gets refilled often. Drinks are good though I only had tea today.

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

A friend recommended this joint to us. Since we were visiting Boston, thought why not try something non-chain. Tucked away between streets, from the outside you would think - average at best. Step in and this place has a character, a personality of its own. Art deco'ish and 80's is what came to my mind the minute we stepped it.... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

I came here with coworkers for lunch to have a sort of mini-reunion with an old colleague and her new fiancé. I had tried to eat here previously for brunch one weekend, but the place was so crowded I couldn't get in. I figured that a place that packed must be great all day long, right?! Not so. The lunch... More 

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Somerville, MA
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

This is one of our "go to" weekend brunch places with friends but admittedly we like to have brunch on the early side - before 9 AM when possible. On Sunday's the Toast opens at 8 AM and even in winter there is a line when the door opens. As vegetarians we love Kate's Tofu Scramble - pretty much the... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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356 reviews 356 reviews
281 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Especially if you are vegan or a vegetarian. Took my daughter and her friend - breakfast on Saturday morning - it is busy - waited about 20 minutes. The food was again solid as usual - the waitress was not too friendly, but we survived. Well worth the visit.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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120 reviews 120 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This place was packed, but we waited and I'm glad we did. We were specifically looking for a breakfast/brunch place and they serve breakfast all day. The menu had a lot of good choices, but I went with the eggs, toast, potatoes combo. The service was a little rough at times, but they were quite busy. The food was very... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: (617) 621-1200

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 15
  • Cuisine: American, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?