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The Paramount

Breakfast Spot, Diner, and Café$$$$
Beacon Hill, Boston
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rashad H.
    Rashad HusawiAugust 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.
    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.
    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!
  • 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 brunch...it 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.
  • 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!
  • Hanan M.
    Hanan MalSeptember 15
    This is one of y favorite breakfast spots in Boston, pancakes are great, Huevos Rancheros is a must at least once
  • 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.
  • Rashad H.
    Rashad HusawiAugust 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..
  • 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
  • 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
    Long lines, but it moves very fast! Gluten-free options and fluffy pancakes! A great way to start your day!
  • alethia
    alethiaJanuary 17, 2015
    Be patient and prepare to wait in line quite a bit. Blueberry pancakes and Vanilla Oreo milkshake are delicious!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A S.
    A SJune 4
    Second experience at Paramount wins hand down! Both, the chicken tacos and the omelette with guacamole, were absolutely delish.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • Three Jane
    Three JaneJanuary 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.
  • Amanda
    AmandaNovember 10, 2014
    Wonderful for breakfast, brunch, and lunch!! Freshly prepared food right in front of you. Their omelettes are A+
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Abigail A.
    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.
  • Iga J.
    Iga JakubikSeptember 14
    Good burger, but try it with sweet potato fries- they're pretty amazing
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