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Breakfast Spot and Café$$$$
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  • Janice N.
    "The pear and goat cheese stuffed French toast is fantastic!"(5 Tips)
    Tom W.
    "Also has a shorter wait than ball square."(5 Tips)
    Sofia P.
    "Get both with the corned beef hash eggs Benedict!!"(9 Tips)
    Chefs Feed
    "Get the breakfast burrito and ask them to add some corned beef hash."(5 Tips)
107 Tips and reviews
  • breakfast food
  • brunch food
  • French toast
  • pancakes
  • eggs
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  • Ipek E.
    Ipek EAugust 20
    Great food, fast service, friendly staff! Try their chocolate chip pancakes, western omelette and smoked salmon eggs benedict. Their hummus wraps and stuffed grape leaves are delicious as well!
  • Brendan S.
    Brendan SullivanAugust 4
    Been here 5+ times
    Great omelettes and breakfast bowls. Gets very crowded on weekends, but easy to grab a table on a weekday afternoon.
  • Navin A.
    Navin AmbiJune 9
    Been here 10+ times
    Good place for breakfast/brunch on weekends. Omelets and pancakes are awesome.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedApril 5
    Get the breakfast burrito and ask them to add some corned beer hash. It costs a little extra but it's so worth it. Read more
  • Haneen H.
    Haneen HopeMarch 28
    I love it !!!
  • Miguel
    MiguelMarch 27
    Been here 5+ times
    All day breakfast is a blessing.
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • Tiffany L.
    Loved the corn pancakes!
  • Josh A.
    Josh AhadianJanuary 2
    Tiny breakfast spot with quick service. All drinks are self served (besides alcoholic). Can feel squished during crowded times
  • Martin
    MartinAugust 9, 2016
    Self serve coffee is great. Portions are pretty big too
  • Steph K.
    Steph KatrinaFebruary 22, 2016
    The bowls are great
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzFebruary 1, 2016
    This place is a very popular Somerville right of passage. You must wait in the long lines on weekends for a chance at eating their creative, tasty breakfasts!
  • Sofia P.
    Sofia PapastamelosJanuary 17, 2016
    Can't decide between eggs Benedict or corned beef hash? Get both with the corned beef hash eggs Benedict!! So good.
  • Joyce S.
    Joyce SJanuary 14, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great waffle and omlets
  • Keri G.
    Keri GarelDecember 23, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    The line looks scary on weekend mornings, but I promise it moves really quickly!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedDecember 3, 2015
    "It's a hidden gem and an amazeballs breakfast spot. Get the breakfast burrito and ask them to add some corned beef hash. It costs a little extra but it's so worth it." Chef Joshua Breen Read more
  • Marion
    MarionOctober 25, 2015
    Get here before 9:30 on the weekend if you don't want to deal with a long line. Then order the crab cake benedict.
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin CoutuAugust 22, 2015
    Good breakfast
  • Carrie B.
    Carrie BevisJuly 2, 2015
    Waiting in line? It will move quick, but there is no reason to wait for coffee! Help yourself to the stocked coffee bar inside.
  • Kate G.
    Kate GwiltFebruary 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great breakfast food!
  • Guy C.
    Guy ContaldiJanuary 28, 2015
    Best breakfast!
  • Matty S.
    Matty StevensonDecember 21, 2014
    Chill bar scene at night!
  • Jess
    JessNovember 12, 2014
    Delicious brunch!
  • Fahad M.
    Fahad MoussaOctober 3, 2014
    Amazing Waffles & Pancakes. The egg Benedict was good, and the variation of coffee flavors on the self-service bar is something unique. 👍
  • Tom W.
    Tom WangSeptember 8, 2014
    Besides the pancakes, everything I had here was perfection. Also has a shorter wait than ball square.
  • Alexandra R.
    Alexandra RobertsSeptember 6, 2014
    Awesome hash browns and the best pancakes/waffles in Somerville
  • Jeanie N.
    Jeanie NguyenAugust 21, 2014
    Go next door to ball square for stuffed French toast and better service!
  • Stephen B.
    Stephen BarnesAugust 10, 2014
    They carry Lavazza coffee and serve a solid espresso/Americano.
  • Daniel W.
    Daniel WolfAugust 9, 2014
    Excellent brunch - not decadent, just perfect. Moroccan style egg dishes with potatoes are perfect. Great vibe also.
  • Kelly A.
    Kelly AnnJune 14, 2014
    everything is amazing you honestly can't go wrong
  • William H.
    William HallJune 1, 2014
    Steal me a coffee cup
  • Ruth B.
    Ruth BurnsMay 5, 2014
    Good food and mimosas I think 4 kinds too. Hash browns were awful like left over mashed potatoes they tried to grill. Getting stuffed french toast next time
  • skyle
    skyleApril 19, 2014
    Their fruit bowl is ginormous!!
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel LevyApril 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Not a bad breakfast spot. Dinner is not great and way overpriced IMO
  • Will A.
    Will ArnoneApril 12, 2014
    Phenomenal pancakes and French toast. Great service and wonderful management . As good a breakfast as there is.
  • Julia
    JuliaApril 5, 2014
    Cornbreef hash omelettes....perfect! All I want for breakfast! I was impressed more than I thought I would be.
  • Rachael A.
    Rachael AhernMarch 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    French toast with mascarpone cheese and carmelized strawberries is to die for
  • Bonnie R.
    Bonnie RodgersFebruary 9, 2014
    In the winter bring something to cover your legs - the blast when the door opens distracts from the awesome food!
  • Neil H.
    Neil HirschJanuary 20, 2014
    Ask for a muffin instead of toast, and then get it grilled.
  • Stephen H.
    Stephen HauDecember 24, 2013
    Order the malt waffles
  • Joe S.
    Joe SinkevichNovember 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Delicious food, quick efficient service, big portions. Definitely spot to hit for gainz and enjoy every bite. The hash is extremely awesome.
  • Sabrina M.
    Sabrina MNovember 16, 2013
    Try the Banana Walnut Pancakes - Delightful!
  • Nadina
    NadinaOctober 26, 2013
    Horrible. Poorly executed dishes and the service is sloppy & slow. Location has a lot to do with their popularity. Save your money & go elsewhere.
  • David H.
    David HillSeptember 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Delicious, fast, and efficient. This place is perfect case study for how to run a restaurant.
  • Andrea S.
    Andrea S.July 20, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't get the lox/smoked salmon. It is gross.
  • Sara O.
    Try the Eggs Benedict with Tomato and Avocado! Really nice place to get brunch in Somerville area
  • Gerard A.
    Gerard AmaralMay 25, 2013
    Place is way overrated. Only good thing is you can get a coffee in a to-go cup on the way out. Otherwise it's like a Denny's with extra spices.
  • Juan M.
    Juan MorenoMay 5, 2013
    Best Breakfast in Somerville ,, home fried the best ...
  • Jaime K.
    Jaime KidstonApril 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best breakfast around! Always worth the wait. Enjoy the character!
  • ParanormalHooD
    ParanormalHooDJanuary 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Trivia ! Come get some !
  • Alex K.
    Alex KDecember 31, 2012
    Worst service ever. You wait 20 minutes for a soup nazi-like waiter who pushes you out the door as soon as your money leaves your wallet. Yes the food is great but definitely not worth the rudeness
  • John G.
    John GauthierDecember 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Has to bring In a service dog and the folks at SBs were very accommodating. It was busy too. Great staff.
  • ParanormalHooD
    ParanormalHooDDecember 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best breakfast around !
  • Joshua B.
    Joshua BaldwinDecember 16, 2012
    Excellent place for brunch and mimosas. Five stars
  • Don N.
    Don NolinDecember 9, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Go for the waffle specials, they are often fun combinations!
  • Kare C.
    Kare CNovember 25, 2012
    The home fries are like mashed potato cakes!
  • Samantha J.
    Samantha JoOctober 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    cant beat the self-serve coffee bar. they've thought of everything. except for maybe the option of whipped cream.
  • Ira G.
    Ira GoochSeptember 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Food is good but the service is terrible.
  • Tim
    TimSeptember 3, 2012
    Love the waffle!
  • Michele F.
    Michele FordAugust 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I have never found a breakfast place quite like this one! My favotite!
  • Christina D.
    Christina Del PrioreAugust 11, 2012
    This place is known for its breakfast but the dinner is absolutely amazing. The service was great as well.
  • Sir S.
    Sir SpeedyJuly 31, 2012
    Corned beef hash and the home fries are amazing!
  • Sam S.
    Sam SternJuly 4, 2012
    Wildly overrated, just an average breakfast. Hollandaise sauce on the eggs Benedict is meh, corned beef has wasn't that great and no idea why people rave about the home fries.
  • Janice N.
    Janice NMay 9, 2012
    The pear and goat cheese stuffed French toast is fantastic!
  • Ira G.
    Ira GoochApril 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The line is long but it moves fast
  • Lilith A.
    Lilith AstarothApril 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Their breakfast menu is AMAZING. I also like this place because they often give you a complimentary fruit bowl with your meal :) It's a nice touch.
  • X
    XApril 12, 2012
    Breakfast all day. Free Wi-Fi. Greg greeted me w/ a smile & even let me add avocado to the Olè Omlette. :) Use the wifi password: soundbites
  • Navarro P.
    Navarro ParkerApril 6, 2012
    The lamb and eggs are outrageously delicious. Crispy sear and juicy inside
  • Char K.
    Char KasprzakMarch 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    There's a lot of good dishes here but the granola isn't one of them. It had a bunch of salted peanuts in it.
  • Pamela O.
    Pamela OkerholmFebruary 15, 2012
    Delicious breakfast!
  • holly h.
    holly hannonJanuary 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Late night has begun! Great bar, great staff, great drinkers! Come in and have a late night shot! THEY'RE OPEN 'TIL ONE!!!!!
  • Nick f.
    Nick fabrizioDecember 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The owner of this place is very temperamental and talks down to his customers. Ill never come here again!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithDecember 18, 2011
    All of the non-alcoholic drinks are self serve, located in the refrigerator opposite the bar. Grab a chocolate milk.
  • Jarrod T.
    Jarrod TrainqueDecember 17, 2011
    Line outside moves way faster than next door, food is better too. Go here!
  • Alana L.
    Alana LynchOctober 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The French toast is heaven on a plate. Ditch Ball Square, Sound Bites knows what's good.
  • Keri G.
    Keri GarelOctober 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Cholesterol be damned, I could eat Sound Bites' eggs benedict (in all its variations) every day for the rest of my life.
  • Ira G.
    Ira GoochOctober 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Fresh OJ is sooo good. And bus staff doesn't speak English, but that's ok.
  • Josie K.
    Josie KramerSeptember 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Goat cheese and pear stuffed French toast, yummy skilled hash browns and grilled corn muffins
  • Michael P.
    Michael PoignandSeptember 20, 2011
    The hunt for the perfect breakfast sandwich ends here.
  • Lindsay M.
    Lindsay McconchieAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best. Veggie. Sausage. EVER. Better than the regular sausage. Really.
  • Alan G.
    Alan GinsbergMay 29, 2011
    Don't come here. The service is terrible. Go to Ball Square Cafe next door instead. The food's pretty much the same
  • Mark L.
    Mark LeombruniMay 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Come with a party of 4 or more & you'll get seated faster on busy weekend days
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EvansJanuary 27, 2011
    If you eat or drink here late, you are likely to get a free fruit plate.
  • Amanda
    AmandaJanuary 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I love the tomato, mozz & basil salad!
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingJanuary 10, 2011
    Try the Eggs Benedict with avocado
  • Joan M.
    Joan MatelliNovember 28, 2010
    The owner complains about customers to other customers. I got the wrong eggs, but didn't want to say anything for fear he'd spit in my food.
  • Michael b.
    Michael butalaNovember 26, 2010
    butter your toast right when they serve it so it melts in the toast. if you wait for it it doesn't work well.
  • Andrew A.
    Andrew AlmeidaNovember 14, 2010
    Best breakfast on this side of Somerville. Try the French toast it's awesome. Avoid the lines on sat and sun.
  • Secret B.
    Secret BostonNovember 5, 2010
    Where else can you get chocolate chip pancakes and Cabernet Sauvignon together? ** tip left by Richard Van Hoosen on Secret Boston Read more
  • Matthew B.
    Matthew BrewerOctober 3, 2010
    Love the coffee bar. Best coffee at a breakfast destination.
  • Stephen H.
    Stephen HauSeptember 26, 2010
    It's your usual breakfast menu, but try to homefries -- which they've reinvented.
  • Kristin V.
    Kristin VallacherSeptember 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The Eggs Bene with a Bloody Mary (or Bloody Caesar) is a combination to die for--try it!
  • Leila S.
    Leila SamiiAugust 19, 2010
    The food is delicious! The home fries are one of a kind! And the stuffed French toast are yummy! And the owner us super nice
  • Holland D.
    Holland DAugust 14, 2010
    Ole omelet all the way. Ask for a side of avocado and they almost always give you the entire thing--perfectly ripe. Service w a smile...skip ball sq cafe this is way better.
  • Kate
    KateAugust 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Avocado Bene and Sound Bites House Blend or iced coffee have, for years, alleviated the ridiculousness of my day. They still do. Yasser, the owner, and the guys who work here are terrific.
  • IFC
    IFCJune 7, 2010
    Next-door neighbor Ball Square Café stole their chef and their menu, setting off a feud that has shaken the Somerville community. IFC is proud to stand with the original Morocan Benedict! - IFC Staff
  • Nuzhat M. K.
    Nuzhat M. KarimMay 24, 2010
    Their corned beef hash was really awesome. The salmon eggs benedict wasn't that great.
  • Ashlee L.
    Ashlee LaRocheMay 22, 2010
    Try the moroccan eggs if you're looking for something a little different! A tasty spin on poached eggs!
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BlackMay 22, 2010
    Great food but they rush you out the door when they're busy.
  • Katie
    KatieApril 28, 2010
    Best breakfast place!
  • Alexis K.
    Alexis KarlinApril 12, 2010
    Get the the eggs morocan... add some green hot sauce.
  • Shaina
    ShainaMarch 13, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The grilled blueberry muffin is perfection. If you're an eggs benedict fan, try the lobster bene - delicious (plus it comes with the home fries!)
  • Kaia D.
    Kaia DekkerMarch 6, 2010
    Make friends with the owner! Also try anything with mangos - they are perfectly ripe all year here
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan W. CohenJanuary 24, 2010
    Say no to the hash, say yes to the french toast.
  • Matt B.
    Matt Boch 💖💖🐬January 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Get anything with the seasonal fruit! Always delish!
  • Jarrod T.
    Jarrod TrainqueNovember 1, 2009
    order home fries. don't question it. they are like grilled mashed potatoes.
  • Abigail T.
    Abigail TaylorJuly 27, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    best. home fries. ever.
  • Erica G.
    Erica GeorgeJune 9, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Go at breakfast or brunch, especially on a less-crowded weekday. This is the place to pop your challah french toast virginity
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