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Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe

Back Bay
American, Cafe, Diner
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429 Columbus Ave, Ste 1, Boston, MA 02116-5959
+1 617-536-7669
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place for breakfast. May have to wait a while for a table but worth the wait. Griddle cakes a must. A breakfast that sets you up for the day.

Thank Julia H
Montpelier, Vermont
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

This place has such amazing breakfast food. We stopped in around 8 on a Saturday morning and just had an excellent meal. We both got giant plates of food and every piece was delicious. The bacon slices are big and the potatoes are so good, my eggs were cooked perfectly and even just plain buttered toast exceeded my expectations. It... More 

Thank Celina R
Boston, Massachusetts
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

We went here for breakfast last Sunday. Had not come here for breakfast in a year or so . A lot has changed. Gone are the days of communal dining, you now have your own 4 top, when there is only 2 of you dining. I kept expecting then to seat someone next to us, but it never happened. I... More 

Thank bethinbbTA
Georgetown, Massachusetts
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53 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017

My wife and I had such a good breakfast at Charlie's on Sunday. This place is pretty much what you would expect - long lunch counter with a few tables serving classic breakfasts with an endless cup of coffee. I had the Spanish omelette and my wife had scrambled eggs, home fries and bacon for about $10 each. Not too... More 

Thank MrMente
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

I have always loved Charlie's and it's institutional history but very disappointed that they've gotten rid of cranberry griddle cakes, as they were something I'd get every time I visited and were a special feature of breakfast at Charlie's for me. Also didn't enjoy the DJ booth and club music (this particular visit was on a Sunday afternoon).

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

After reading the reviews, I thought I would stop off for breakfast. Ordered ham and eggs, the ham was the cheap preformed ham which was disappointing. Eggs and potatoes were as expected. Not worth making a detour.

Thank Marie D
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

We just happened upon Charlie's as we were on our way to a different restaurant. Charlie's was busy and smelled really good. One of the chefs took us to a table and recommended we order quickly because they were turning off the grill in 5 minutes. We didn't realize they closed at 2 pm and it was a little after... More 

Thank Jaime S
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4 reviews
Reviewed 7 November 2016

The blueberry pancakes were fresh and could have fed 3 people. We sat at the counter and enjoyed watching the master flipping food and creating breakfast magic!

Thank Becky M
Austin, Texas
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 26 October 2016

Recently reopened breakfast stop. Next door to Giacomo's in South End. Nice diner with excellent service. Be sure to try the turkey hash!

Thank atxtravlr
Hockley, United Kingdom
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122 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

This place felt very authentic. We called in for breakfast - recommended by our American friends who had eaten there the morning before. It's a small diner and we had to wait outside for a table to become free. It was raining but that didn't matter! They added our name to their waiting list and we were called about 20... More 

Thank Jandy44

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 429 Columbus Ave, Ste 1, Boston, MA 02116-5959
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Back Bay
  • Neighbourhood: Back Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 617-536-7669

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • 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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