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The Paramount

Breakfast Spot, Diner, and Café$$$$
Beacon Hill, Boston
221 Tips and reviews
  • breakfast food
  • pancakes
  • French toast
  • omelettes
  • lively
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  • Simon K.
    Simon KratzerDecember 30, 2016
    Wait in line, place your order, get seated. Very performant! The cobb salad is massive and the pancakes delicious. Add fresh fruits for only 4$.
  • John D.
    John DoyleAugust 23, 2015
    Be patient if there is a wait, it is well worth it. Don't get miffed at their seating policy either, as crazy as it seems it really does work. The staff is very pleasant for such a busy environment!
  • Alex R.
    Alex RainertAugust 23, 2014
    Really excellent diner fare for breakfast (pictured: huevos rancheros) and lunch. It'll look chaotic when you get there. You gotta just get online on trust the system -they run a tight ship in there.
  • Richard R.
    Richard RevillaApril 5, 2013
    Weekend breakfast line can last 45 minutes as the line forms outside the restaurant and wraps around inside the entire place. There will be a seat for you promise. You'll love the food. Mimosa time.
    Upvoted Feb 26
  • Kevin K.
    Kevin KlosDecember 1, 2015
    Unique setup. You wait in line, then order, then are seated. It works though and the pancakes & eggs are great! Try it out! This place has been here a long time.
    Upvoted Mar 25
  • Molly K.
    Molly KoonceSeptember 16, 2015
    Absolute MUST for breakfast. From the refreshing fresh squeezed OJ to the to-die-for, one-of-a-kind caramel banana French toast it is just perfection and should be voted the best bfast in the city!
  • I Y.
    I YooAugust 6, 2013
    The pancakes were, hands down, the best I've ever eaten. Enjoy the unusual setup (line up, order, get your food, then sit) for the experience that it is. The food was delicious & worth the wait!!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithApril 6, 2014
    Order a side of real Vermont maple syrup for your order. It's worth the extra charge to have the warm, velvety sweetness cascading over your pancakes. I'm being poetic because it's that good.
  • Rashad
    RashadAugust 21, 2014
    Worth it! Be there and try the Caramel French Toast... You will eat a best brunch food ever..btw, the line can tells how popular the place is ;)
  • Noah D.
    Noah Della PietroOctober 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is hands down the best place to eat breakfast in boston. The food is cooked right in front of you, service is fantastic, and the food is absolutely incredible!
  • Deborah C.
    Deborah CaldwellJanuary 5, 2016
    It has great food,but very small and the lines are long. They did move pretty fast but you might be left with no place to set for a few minutes. This is no place for a quiet breakfast. Just delicious
  • Claudio
    ClaudioApril 20, 2015
    The pancakes were great! This place is so cozy and very tasty; also the Belgian waffle and the potatoes were so good!
  • Kristina B.
    Kristina BuenafeJanuary 26, 2013
    Get the pancakes. I am usually an egg person through and through, but seeing the pancakes on the griddle gave me am uncontrollable craving, so I got one pancake with my eggs. Now I wish I got three!
  • Leanne W.
    Banana and caramel French toast is super delicious! The service is amazing and they were very accommodating with us and a baby to say how busy they were.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Michelin Travel & LifestyleSeptember 22, 2012
    The wait for brunch at this cafeteria-style joint in the historic Beacon Hill area is amply rewarded by malted Belgian waffles or feta cheese, spinach & tomato omelettes. - Green Guide Editor
  • Shuaa A.
    Shuaa AldarwishNovember 20, 2014
    The place is really cozy and serving live cooked food .. The Egg social was really good choice and both the original pancakes and french toast 😍👌
  • Ariadna G.
    Ariadna GranéApril 12, 2015
    Delicious Brunch!! We had Breakfast Sandwich, Caramel Banana French Toast, Omelet and Vanilla Oreo Smoothy! Huge line, but it is worth it!!!
  • Cian M.
    Cian Mac MahonApril 6, 2015
    Amazing blueberry pancakes - stump up the extra few dollars for the Canadian Mabel syrup for sure. The house fries are great too.
  • omar p.
    omar parraApril 19, 2014
    The omelets are delicious (tomato, basil and mozzarella) and the caramel banana french toast is soooo good. Totally worth the wait.
  • Ching B.
    Ching BrubakerJuly 6, 2011
    I had the chocolate chip pancakes with applewood smoked bacon and Vermont maple syrup and orange juice (freshly squeezed). Expensive as breakfasts go, but oh so delicious!
  • Eden O.
    Eden OlsonSeptember 14, 2013
    I wouldn't complain about the wait. Standing in line, practically salivating over the shoulders of those just receiving their just makes the already-delicious meal taste even better!
  • Maria Sofia S.
    Maria Sofia SamayoaNovember 17, 2011
    Line can get long at peak hours (noon - 2) on weekends. Order the carrot juice mixed with orange juice!!....and ask for chocolate chip - apple pancakes.
  • Hanan M.
    Hanan MalSeptember 15, 2016
    This is one of y favorite breakfast spots in Boston, pancakes are great, Huevos Rancheros is a must at least once
  • Nate U.
    Nate UrrySeptember 10, 2011
    We ordered the Western omelette and the blueberry pancakes. Both were very good but we preferred the blueberry pancakes with side of fruit on top. Delicious!
  • Rashad
    RashadAugust 21, 2014
    Brunch fooood! The French Toast with that sweet caramel&fruits on top of it just make you feel like you are in heaven! Highly recommend this place..
  • bonjourbun 🌈 宝.
    Tried the buttermilk pancakes 🥞 topped with 🍓and I was so over the moon about it. I am planning to head back soon 💕🍴🥄
  • Alex G.
    Alex GrieveJanuary 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Unbelievable food, especially breakfast. Favorites on the menu include: Three Cheese Omelette, banana/chocolate-chip pancakes, and pulled pork/bacon sandwich.
  • Jordi L.
    Jordi LlobetDecember 9, 2016
    I went for dinner. Amazing burger. Order white truffle fries, amazing! The truffled risotto was amazing as well.
  • Reinaldo D.
    If it's the first time here definitely go for the pancakes (personal favorites combination of Banana and chocolate chips)
  • Reem
    ReemJuly 27, 2016
    Long lines, but it moves very fast! Gluten-free options and fluffy pancakes! A great way to start your day!
  • marisa h.
    marisa holdenApril 3, 2011
    Amazing, but get it to go too packed inside, you must get paramont salad ask for tuna on it and a side of fries! you've got yourself the perfect meal
  • alethia
    alethiaJanuary 17, 2015
    Be patient and prepare to wait in line quite a bit. Blueberry pancakes and Vanilla Oreo milkshake are delicious!
  • Danielle T.
    French toast with caramel and banana was the best French toast that I've ever had.
  • Craig B.
    Craig BruceJuly 27, 2013
    Very popular, with great food. If sunny, grab it to go and enjoy in the nearby (and cooler) Boston Common
  • A S.
    A SJune 4, 2016
    Second experience at Paramount wins hand down! Both, the chicken tacos and the omelette with guacamole, were absolutely delish.
  • Chantelle M.
    Chantelle MarieMay 6, 2015
    Fantastic pancakes and go with the real maple syrup ! The bacon was a bit too crispy but everything else was delicious.
  • Karena H.
    Karena HalvorssenAugust 6, 2014
    Best breakfast ever; they have pancakes and waffles and the greatest omlettes you will taste. Bacon lovers will rejoice
  • Steven S.
    Steven SchmittAugust 10, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    If you're coming here on a weekend, plan to arrive by 7:55am & wait patiently until they open at 8. If you stroll in at 9, then expect to wait - the line gets pretty long.
  • Francisco A.
    Francisco ArrietaNovember 10, 2015
    Very good pancakes and french toasts, but not sure the waiting is worth it during the weekends
  • Johanna
    JohannaNovember 24, 2014
    Get the Caramel Banana French Toast! Add some home fries and fresh orange juice for a great breakfast.
  • ohechoho
    ohechohoMay 25, 2015
    MUST. GET. CARAMEL AND BANANA FRENCH TOAST! It will change your life. And the cajun home fries? Mmmmmm
  • Vaidehi K.
    Vaidehi KJuly 19, 2015
    Order anything, it will be great. Pay the extra $2 and get the Vermont maple syrup. You won't regret it.
  • Abigail A.
    Abigail ArgersingerMarch 8, 2016
    Be prepared to stand in love staring at food for half an hour at least, but the food is great. And prices make it worth it.
  • Amanda
    AmandaNovember 10, 2014
    Wonderful for breakfast, brunch, and lunch!! Freshly prepared food right in front of you. Their omelettes are A+
  • Nicole R.
    Nicole RotondaMay 25, 2010
    I took friends, that were visiting, there for brunch and it was well worth the wait! Get the Paramount burger! DELISH! Next time I'm gonna try the blueberry pancakes! Looked AMAZING!!
  • Kamalika G.
    Kamalika GangolyJuly 13, 2014
    Best French toast I have had. If your alone or not very particular about eating there, skip the line and get a take out.
  • Sofia P.
    Sofia PapastamelosAugust 25, 2013
    Excellent breakfast but the wait is pretty tough. Come back in the evening for a pleasant and relaxing dinner!
  • Svenja O.
    Svenja OberenderDecember 30, 2013
    Someone here said that the owners are "uppity" about the order/pay/get seated system. Constant queue of 50+ people & you're still guaranteed an immediate table. Whoever complains doesn't get it.
  • Katie S.
    Katie SchlossJanuary 31, 2012
    I love the Salmon Burger as well as the Tuna Salad, but it's impossible to go wrong at this Beacon Hill favorite.
  • Heather H.
    Heather HarrisJuly 13, 2013
    The perfect breakfast spot. Everything is so delicious. The staff is great. You can't go wrong eating here.
  • Christine C.
    Christine CardosoMarch 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best no fuss brunch in the city. Old school diner vibe. There will most likely be a line. Dinner also great!
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveAugust 7, 2012
    Food blogger Jessica of Oh Cake recommends The Paramount. "Look no further than the Paramount for the best hand–cut sweet potato fries in the city."
  • Danielle B.
    Danielle BrizelApril 22, 2012
    Breakfast is bomb here! Pancakes, eggs, all great! Also crab cake BLT for lunch or dinner- yum! Great combo
  • David S.
    David StephenJune 17, 2014
    Great breakfast! Pancakes were just right, Santa Fe skillet was good. Limited seating. No wait during the week.
  • Iga J.
    Iga JakubikSeptember 14, 2016
    Good burger, but try it with sweet potato fries- they're pretty amazing
  • Miriam M.
    Miriam MDecember 24, 2013
    Nice cozy place! Service was great but thought the place was a bit expensive. The Sangria was to die for!
  • Linda H.
    Linda Ho1 week ago
    Standing in queue intruding those who are having breakfast. Need to give way in the narrow walkway every 15 seconds to staff or customers. Food is good.
  • James M.
    Veggie burger is so-so. All the breakfast stuff looked really good, which I guess is what your supposed to come here anyway for. Whoops!
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzMarch 28, 2015
    Breakfast here is a staple in Boston. You'll be rewarded with something great no matter what you order
  • Rami I.
    Rami IsmailOctober 17, 2016
    Strange but interesting seating policy but actually very nice breakfast. Chocolate chip and strawberry pancakes are amazing.
  • Amber
    AmberDecember 13, 2015
    Long lines, but worth the wait. French toast, pancakes, huevos rancheros all on point.
  • Gabriela G.
    Gabriela GrossmannJuly 5, 2015
    Chocolate chip pancakes and egg, cheese and bacon bagel sandwich! Loved the place!
  • Polly S.
    Polly SaipinthongOctober 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Fresh Caramel and Banana French Toast in town!!!!
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzFebruary 2, 2016
    Quite possibly the best breakfast spot downtown. Solid. French toast is to die for
  • Vanessa G.
    Vanessa GatlinMarch 11, 2014
    (Best of Boston 2013-BEACON HILL) Improper Bostonian says, "If you've been around since 1937, there's a reason. This casual Charles Street bistro is whatever you want it to be-diner, bar..."
  • Jason W.
    Jason WinmillMay 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Insanely good things I like at the Paramount: western omelette, Asian chicken salad, chicken piccata, sweet potato fries.
  • Luis N.
    Luis NaviaAugust 28, 2012
    Order the Paramount Burger... the best! Also don't be afraid to indulge in the specials!
  • Alexandra L.
    Alexandra LeslieJanuary 2, 2012
    They give you cucumbers in the water which is refreshing but the place is tiny, which makes it get quite hot. Service is under par but the food makes it worth it.
  • Cory O.
    Cory O'BrienSeptember 10, 2012
    Long lines, but worth the wait. Snag the blueberry pancakes for a delicious breakfast treat.
  • Raghad S.
    Raghad ShuAugust 23, 2016
    Their caramel french toast is one of the best breakfast dishes I've ever had.
  • Asma A.
    Asma Al JailaniJune 3, 2014
    If you order anything, make sure you have someone to share it with, because the portions are too big!
  • Savina K.
    Savina KimJohnsonDecember 12, 2015
    The strawberry pancakes & home fries were well worth the hour+ wait!
  • Christina L.
    Christina LiuJanuary 21, 2014
    Caramel banana French toast was BOMB. Well worth the wait.
  • Rob M.
    Rob MontgomeryAugust 26, 2014
    Pulled pork tacos/sandwiches are fantastic. Go for sweet potato fries.
  • Sage H.
    Sage HillerAugust 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    AC unit 3 floors above the front door drips on you as you wait in line in the summer 😒
  • Sammy W.
    Sammy WoodSeptember 10, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Best breakfast on Beacon Hill (and an unexpected case study in fluid dynamics while standing in line)
  • Adrienne
    AdrienneFebruary 28, 2014
    The salads are great, especially with chicken! Definitely recommend for dinner.
  • Joel K.
    Joel KrausDecember 18, 2016
    Great place for an American breakfast. Be patient. The service is slow and probably you will finish eating the food cold.
  • Reagan B.
    Reagan BarbosaJanuary 30
    The caramel and banana French toast is definitely the best thing on the menu.
  • Rachel A.
    Rachel AvilaAugust 31, 2012
    The breakfast was great! The salsa used on the rancheros was sweet and delicious.
  • Connor L.
    Connor LevensApril 14, 2012
    If you can survive the wait, you're in for one of two of the best breakfasts in town. (Mike & Patty's is the other.)
  • Chris M.
    Chris MacDonaldJanuary 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Favorite dinner entree: Steak tips. Favorite sandwich: Pulled pork.
  • Fatma A.
    Fatma AldarwishOctober 4, 2016
    My third visit to the Paramount.. I like their egg dishes, pancakes and French toasts
  • Lindsey C.
    Lindsey CohenNovember 30, 2013
    The best restaurant in Boston for breakfast, lunch and dinner. So worth the wait!
  • Laura M.
    Laura MontorioApril 2, 2011
    Best pancakes I've ever had - and they give heaping portions of fresh fruit - highly recommend
  • Reemz
    ReemzMay 31, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Pancakes are divine. Any kind
  • Jessie
    JessieMay 11, 2010
    Go to Paramount EARLY if it's the weekend, the line will be out the door otherwise. Eat the pancakes and a small fruit salad. Thank me later.
  • Bonnie C.
    Bonnie ChenMay 27, 2014
    Their strawberry pancakes are BOMB
  • Hudson V.
    Hudson VantreaseAugust 11, 2013
    If you order the build your own tacos, share it with a friend. Huge portions!
  • Russ L.
    Russ LangeJuly 3, 2011
    Go for the salmon egg hollandaise. Simply the best. Great friendly service
  • Matthew B.
    Matthew BagwellApril 24, 2010
    Don't be put off by the huge queue. It takes about 45 mind to get served, there will be a table and the food is awesome!
  • Ben D.
    Ben DruckerSeptember 9, 2014
    Great breakfast. Order at the counter and you're eating a few minutes later.
  • Eric C.
    Eric CaronAugust 20, 2011
    The bacon is great and the carrot juice can be skipped - no big surprise there.
  • Christopher G.
    Christopher GoudasDecember 3, 2015
    Everything but the BBQ chop salad is my go to meal
  • Maan A.
    Maan AlangariMarch 31, 2016
    Caramel & Banana French toast 👌🏼
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Kristine W.
    Kristine W.July 4, 2014
    Fresh caramel and banana French toast! Beyond delicious!
  • Michael B.
    Michael BentwoodJune 4, 2012
    Spinach&bluecheese omelet is great and the juice is fresh!
  • Edwin M.
    Edwin MorrisNovember 10, 2012
    If you go, go early and shoot for the window seat. This place gets packed.
  • tugba k.
    tugba kilicApril 5, 2016
    Perfect for being energized after shopping at Newburry street :) amazing pancakes!
  • skyle
    skyleJanuary 13, 2012
    Get the blueberry pancakes, haven't found a place that tops them!
  • Helen G.
    Helen GutierrezAugust 8, 2014
    Súper delicioso, vale la pena la fila y el sistema: pides, pagas y te sientas a comer... No te apresures, quédate en la fila y tienes tiempo de decidir que quieres comer.
  • Andrea E.
    Andrea EgremyJanuary 2
    Been here 5+ times
    Todo es delicioso! No dejen de pedir Pan Francés con Banana y caramelo
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