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Thornton's Restaurant

#56 of 2,366 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Back Bay
American, Cafe, Diner
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Huntingdon Avenue, Boston, MA 02115-4808
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I am sure that there are many good breakfast spots in Boston. Thornton's is a bonafide diner that gets it right. They have a large menu of great breakfast items, including 8-10 types of eggs Benedict, omlettes, and more. Food is served promptly and tables are turned. You will likely see a long line outside. I can tell you that... More 

Thank indytrims
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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174 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My hotel did not have breakfast and this place was in a walking distance and was a nice finding. The service was good and the place is going (at this moment) under renovation. I had for breakfast a dish called Two crazy something, that has 2 sausages, 2 bacons, 2 pancakes, 2 toasts, and has eggs and a home made... More 

Thank Gilvam
San Diego, California
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was amazing. There was this authenticity about the whole breakfast process that I loved. There were two waiters only, but they were efficient and seemed to be working there for a very long time. They're very welcoming, in a wonderfully informal manner, despite how crazy busy it was.

Thank M_Norstein
Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Super friendly staff, quick service & large menu. The French toast was amazing! We were so impressed we went back for a 2nd morning & were happy to wait in a queue to sample the delights again!

Thank Sharon B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The italian poached eggs were amazing!! Really nice and chilled atmosphere :) great service, and a lot of cofee...

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Rishon Lezion, Israel
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44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An average breakfast. A lot of choices, but nothing is special. The price is reasonable. The best choice for breakfast in this area that we found.

Thank Shlomi G
Reykjavik, Iceland
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good early in the morning. Fast and inexpensive. Nice staff. Was there at 7.15 and it was quiet and relaxing

Thank BjornBirgir
Washington, DC
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106 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here because the reviews were good and I wanted a change of pace from conference food. There was a line both times I went. The second time I stayed and was disappointed by the food. It was crowded with patrons and overworked waitresses. The pancakes were burnt and hard. The eggs were hard and unappetizing with cheese slapped on... More 

Thank Crecia
Dartford, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had to wait outside for 15 minutes for a table and we almost lost patience. However, once inside it was easy to understand why there was a question on a Saturday morning. A large and tasty breakfast with attentive service. The best of the four breakfasts I've had in Boston this week.

Thank Andy L
Santa Rosa, California
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346 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved this place. During our stay we ate here several mornings. They have so many options it wasn't hard. Everyone on the staff were great...especially Neil, Suzette & Sandra who took care of us and made sure we always had coffee in the cup! There was a line out the door each morning, but moves rather quickly...and worth the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Cafe, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Huntingdon Avenue, Boston, MA 02115-4808
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Back Bay
  • Neighborhood: Back Bay
  • Phone Number: 617-267-6336

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Back Bay

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Back Bay
Wander around this quintessential neighborhood in the heart of Boston for high-end shops, restaurants, and the feeling of city bustle. Its most identifiable skyscrapers, the Prudential Center and John Hancock Tower, are highlights of the city skyline. Visit Newbury street to explore unique and trendy boutiques – as well as every other kind of store imaginable – all housed in beautiful brownstone buildings. In nice weather, restaurant patio seating is packed with Bostonians and tourists alike soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the food. Commonwealth Ave offers a beautiful stroll down residential tree-lined streets. Keep walking towards the Charles River and enjoy a beautiful view by the water. In warmer months, people run and bike on paths running along the esplanade, and sail and kayak on the Charles River. Boylston street, also full of shops, bars, and restaurants, is the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Head towards Copley Square and check out the Boston Public Library, which is particularly beautiful from the Dartmouth street entrance.
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