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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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Georgetown, Massachusetts
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53 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 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
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4 of 5 bubbles 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
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles 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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 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
5 of 5 bubbles 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!

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Hockley, United Kingdom
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122 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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118 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The definition of american breakfast diner food, served hot and tasty, with loads of flavour! The spicy sausage breakfast with bacon delivered on all fronts. Remember: cash only and closes at 2pm.

Thank MatsLindh
Liverpool, England
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358 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Charlie's was very close to our apartment at the Boston Christopher so we strolled over on a Saturday morning. We were immediately seated at a table in the window and coffee was brought very quickly; the coffee was lovely and our mugs were kept topped up the whole time we were there. We were lucky to be seated so quickly... More 

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53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

We were delighted to be taken to Charlie's by a local Bostonian for breakfast. Although, a small space, Charlie's packs a big breakfast, lots of choices and the price is very reasonable. Our food was served thermally HOT and that is the way breakfast should be served. Good Coffee too!! One thing to remember, they do not accept credit cards... More 

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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
US$ 20
American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
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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Typical questions asked:
  • 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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