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Paramount Cafe – Cafeteria-style gourmet

At the university I go to, you’re officially “in the know” after you’ve discovered the brunch haven that is The Paramount – a small, homey restaurant in picturesque Beacon Hill.

This comfortable bistro has evoked the history of the neighborhood, and remained a favorite amongst Boston locals, since its founding back in 1937. And while they may have won over my heart with diverse and delectable brunches, The Paramount sets itself apart from other eateries by how its atmosphere shifts by the hour – with service differing between breakfast/lunch and dinner.

Breakfast and lunch – or brunch, if you’re like me, and want to sleep until 12:00 – is made until 16:30, and served in a slightly untraditional manner. Food is prepared “cafeteria-style,” with you placing your order at the counter, and sitting down once your meal is ready. And while this may seem unorthodox, it’s been working at The Paramount for over 75 years. I’ve never received my meal before a table opened up, despite how bustling their brunch shift is, and have never left a meal unsatisfied. My favorite is the feta, baby spinach, and tomato omelet, served with piles of toast and house-made home fries.

The real secret gem of The Paramount, however, happens at 17:00; when they magically transform into a full service dinner menu – tea candles and all! Even at my university, many have yet to learn The Paramount continues (deliciously) past their notorious brunch into the night. Make sure you don’t miss out!

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Details about this spot



44 Charles Street, Boston

Telephone number


Opening Times

Mon - Thu 07:00 - 22:00, Fri 07:00 - 23:00, Sat 08:00 - 23:00, Sun 08:00 - 22:00


Average Omelet: US$ 10


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)