South End Buttery
South End Buttery

South End Buttery

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.southendbuttery.com/
  • Phone: 6174820711
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Karen Rossi, Culinary Director
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We cater home and office events on weekdays. Check out our web site for our corporate catering menus.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call to discuss large party reservations. We are a small restaurant, but we will try to accommodate your needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Richard Gordon 617-482-1015
  • Special Events: Our intimate garden level dining room accommodates 35-40 guests for a private sit-down dinner. Because we are a small restaurant, we require a fixed rate per guest to offer your party our garden level dining space for an entire evening. Rates depend on the day of the week booked and start at $125 per guest for weeknights and $150 per guest for Friday and Saturday nights. Minimum rates will apply. We offer a full bar and customized menus for special events based on our seasonal offerings. We also offer space in our cafe for up to 20 guests for a sit-down dinner. Please call for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Union Park
  • Public Transit: Back Bay Orange Line -- 5 minute walk
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Private parking lots are also available one block away at the corner of Harrison Avenue and Waltham Street (next to Gaslight Restaurant) and at 505 Tremont Street, the Calderwood Pavilion.
A word from South End Buttery
South End Buttery is a neighborhood eat-in and take-away bakery/cafe by day and full bar/restaurant by night. The Buttery's award-winning food has a reputation for combining simple and few ingredients to create exceptional everyday food at everyday prices. The Buttery takes casual fine dining to new heights, with classic comfort food as well as dishes for the health and calorie conscious that pair beautifully with the affordable wine and beer selections. You'll feel like you're dining in your own home – but you won’t have to do the dishes!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
South End Buttery reviews from OpenTable diners
112 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (75)great for brunch (69)romantic (35)fit for foodies (34)special occasion (18)hot spot (13)great for lunch (12)great for outdoor dining (11)good for groups (8)kid-friendly (5)notable wine list (3)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Overall pretty solid
    Robin
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Service somewhat slow; very noisy; food was delicious. Best brunch in the south end on taste alone.
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    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    When we saw the entrance we thought we had booked to eat dinner in a bakery, but we were pleased to be shown to a lovely table downstairs. Exposed brick walls, small alcoves, soft seating and candle light give this place a lovely atmosphere. All the food was delicious, fresh and well presented. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, even second time around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Brunch french toast delicious, probably one of my favorites that I've had so far. My boyfriend had the salmon and scrambled eggs. The quality of the food was very fresh. However, we must have been so hungry that we both left with just a little more space in our tummies compared to other brunch places. I would definitely come back again but will always make reservations - this place is quite popular.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints!
    Aimes10
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The South End buttery is one of my favorite spots. The food is always fantastic and the service is superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I loved the little grotto area downstairs. The attmosphere was lovely. We had delicious cocktails to start the meal and wonderful desserts to finish it. A lovely time was had by all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brunch was delicious!
    YogaenthusiastVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This lively, long-time, reliable dining spot in the South End does not disappoint. Four different brunch orders were delicious. And the drinks were well prepared and great. There are many more choices available than when the South End Buttery opened, but this one continues to be a favorite.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great brunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Enjoyed a lovely brunch with girlfriends at the South End Buttery. The food was delicious and service was friendly. In my mind, the fact that they take reservations for brunch was an added bonus.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    dwwdww
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Went with three friends and my particular experience was a bit disappointing. Service was quite slow -- I would say it took about 10-15 longer than normal to get our entrees. It was a Tuesday night and the restaurant was less than half full, so this was a bit unexpected. I ordered the meatloaf and I would describe it as 'meh' -- it was dry and lacking flavor. At $20 for meatloaf, one would expect something more interesting and ambitious. My friend ordered the burger, and although it was quite good, he did feel that for $19 the burger was quite small. We both understand quality vs. quantity, but $19 is a hefty price for a burger, and we have seen it done at a much more reasonable size at plenty of comparable restaurants around town.
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  • Best brunch!!!
    e1ee
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The South End Buttery never disappoints! We are always promptly seated at the time of our reservation. The service is friendly, attentive and efficient; never have to flag someone down for more coffee. We also never feel like we are being rushed to finish up. It is always a leisurely experience. The food is always impressive and absolutley delicious! It is thoughtfully prepared and beautifully presented. The menu offers unique variety; so much more than the usual run of the mill selections. This is my favorite place in the city for brunch and I always pick up some scones, cupcakes or muffins on my out the door. I also just discovered their market which has lots of great pre made foods, more bakery goods and even ice cream!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Seating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We made a reservation and were the 3rd people to be seated in the dinning room that morning. But the hostess still put us at a bad table (the first table downstairs by the waiters station and the kitchen, even when plenty of seats int he main room were available). Apparently their approach is to spread people out to distribute them among the waiters rather then seat people in the best tables first. Maybe I should have spoke up, and asked for a better table, but I hate feeling like I'm being picky (easier and less confrontational to do it here). They should know better and put customers first, not think about seating as it affects waiters tips...since sitting someone at a sub par table will affect their tip anyway.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kago
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My mom and I went here for dinner. We had great food, great wine, and our server was friendly and professional. My favorite part about this restaurant is that the use healthy, organic ingredients to make GREAT food, and the ambience cannot be beat if you want something cozy with great ambience (but not overly romantic).
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    rbesq
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    It's got great food, a vibrant, but not too loud atmosphere, attentive, friendly service, and a very comfortable feel - and it's all reasonably priced. Perfect spot for a great dinner with friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Coffee and more
    Musicman108
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We went for Sunday brunch, which was delightful. The Buttery seems like it was a boutique neighborhood coffee shop that expanded to food and ultimately a back room with a full bar. Great selection of pastries and brunch items. My wife had the quinoa and bean burger, which really was delicious. Long line for coffee (if not getting table service) as it is a go-to neighborhood place. Young and hip. Make a reservation for brunch, not many tables. Service was very friendly, but a bit scattered.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Brunch
    brunchbird
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is one of the best places in Boston for brunch that I have found. Not only does its restaurant offer a huge selection of brunch items, all of which are delicious, but its cafe upstairs is wonderful and also has a huge selection of pastries and yummy drinks. Located in the South End, this is a prime spot for a beautiful, delicious brunch in boston.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent food; very noisy
    likes2eatout
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The first time I was here we had the Buttery Basket and the salmon and eggs. The Buttery Basket was AMAZING. The salmon and eggs were high quality and simply prepared. The second time I ordered the spring herb omelette, which is supposed to come with a choice of cheese. I chose goat cheese, but my omelette was served without any. It was very plain, but the ingredients tasted of high quality. It was EXTREMELY noisy and it was hard to hear the person seated adjacent to me.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food:VG, ambiance:depends on ur vue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I had the pan seared salmon, tasty with crisp pan seared surfaces. Accompanying greens: clean, perhaps slightly salty nice balance with the lemon vegetable quinoa. Plan for a starter and/or side or two. Ambiance score: By day, this is a coffee shop/bakery as well. There's potential to be seated in either the front (coffee shop) or in the back or downstairs ("restaurant" like). We were seated in the front. Our table straddled two storefront windows and the red fire alarm pull down, mounted on the narrow column between the windows, contributed prominently to our ambiance, as did the cold counter with the coffee shop's cold food display counter opposite. Ask to seat in back/or downstairs or maybe end-up in coffee shop (expectations important)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming
    bostonbrunching
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    This was my first time at South End Buttery and it definitely lived up to all of the talk! We got seated downstairs right away for our 11am brunch reservation and got waited on almost immediately. Our waiter was friendly but quick, since it was pretty busy. The downstairs is small and a little loud but very cozy. The food was AMAZING. We started off with the bread basket for 2 which could have been shared by 6 but of course we ate almost the entire thing because it was so delicious. The entrees that we ordered were pretty standard, I got a goat cheese omelette with toast. I brought a friend who was visiting me and have already told my boyfriend and roommates that I want to take them too! Everything from the food to the service was great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comically slow service
    SarahVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food and drinks were wonderful, but the service was subpar at best. The waiting staff was incredibly friendly, so no problem there, but unfortunately we waited for so long to get our drinks and then our food that it made the experience a lot less fun. We waited almost 30 min to get our first drinks, and another hour AFTER that to get our food. The food was delicious, but that type of service makes me wary to come back again any time soon.
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  • Still A Treasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The Buttery only seems to get better and better...intimate dining spaces, delectably plrepared food, and warm genuine service. What more could one ask for. With the summer upon us, they ahve added lively and refreshing cocktails to the menu, and though it may sound a bit adventurous, try the strawberry basi pot de creme; paired with prosecco. Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as usual
    Terrieyuppie
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I went here for my 21st birthday since the buttery is my favorite restaurant. The waiter was nice and very accommodating. The cocktail list was good as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE the food but too noisy!!!
    setdine
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    This was my second time at the Buttery. The first time I went with my roommate and we were the only two seated in the basement and the food was incredible--zero complaints. This time I went with my boyfriend and again we were seated in the basement, however, this time with 4-5 other groups. Though I'd still give the food an A+, the noise level was just too loud! Though I could hear everyone elses conversations crystal clear, I could barely hear my boyfriend speak. It definitely took away from the whole atmosphere. I'll definitely try again but avoid being seated downstairs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EspSRT55
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I took my husband for Father's day and it was a great experience. The ambience is wonderful, has a feeling of a cozy, nice place place. A real gem!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friendly service, great brunch food
    Ljbayer
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Brunch was great--we had brioche French toast, huevos rancheros, and crab cake sandwiches. All were well prepared and nicely presented. Everyone was friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We went for Fathers Day and it did not disappoint!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best brunch in Boston
    FoodEnthusiast
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This is the first place I look to make a reservation for many special occasions (Mother's Day, Father's Day, birthdays, etc). You are guaranteed a delicious meal at the Buttery. The brunch menu rarely changes but they typically have an additional special menu to pick from (at least on Mother's and Father's Day). I almost always order the Buttery Breakfast as their pancakes and eggs are to die for, I don't know how they make something so simple so delicious! This time I ordered an omelet off of the special menu which came with a side salad and home fries, everything about my meal was great. Another member of my party ordered the steak breakfast burrito which looked and smelled fabulous! Needless to say, we left satisfied and full!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cute place to get together
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Always wanted to brunch at the buttery. It was a very good choice. Service could have been slightly more attentive, but overal good. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall Great brunch
    NHGal
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food was amazing and the surroundings were beautiful; I'd definitely recommend it and go back. That being said, it was crowded and confusing to get seated for my reservation and I didn't feel made comfortable in that situation by the staff. Not that anyone was rude, but also not overly pleasant or helpful. I would guess just overwhelmed by the crowd.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and ambience
    love4food1
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I read about South End Buttery from the internet. When I reach Boston, I google and found my way to the restaurant. The ground floor dining was brighter and can see the road but I chose the basement where a nice fireplace is located. There were lots of chatting from fellow clients but I find the noise level very energetic and lively. The food that I ordered were so yummy that the noise seemed music to my ears. The waiter and chef were very attentive and were always around to see to the needs of clients. Service was excellent. I enjoyed my meal and if I can come back again I will definitely look up this restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Brunch
    Sippemom
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Brunch food was fresh and tasty. The decaf coffee was sorely deficient, however. I believe it was made from a package of instant Sanka. Everything else was fine. A bit crowded but we liked the buzz.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Great brunch! Service was a but slow. And my food wasn't hot hot unfortunately. It was probably sitting waiting for my two friends meals to be ready? Still delicious. Long waits, so make resefvstions!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice early dinner
    westenderVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We ate here early on a Saturday evening, before a concert. Sat upstairs for a change. The space is airier than downstairs, with its own charm. Friendly service and a visit from the Manager. The high tables are high, and it takes a bit of effort to get to the bench side, but great people-watching. We could not stop eating the amazing rosemary scones! We enjoyed the calamari, and our server provided tartar sauce for the diner who did not care for the excellent tomatillo dip. The salmon entrée was more than enough to share. We did not have time/room for dessert. Next time!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • South end must
    BostonAASVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    So cozy and the food is so good. A great neighborhood restaurant to have a great meal and catch up with friends!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another delicious dinner
    JayPVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I dined with my wife, 25 year old daughter and boyfriend. We all enjoyed the variety of menu items. My wife and I split orders of the Hanger Steak and Eggplant Parm. My daughter had the homemade veggie burger, her boyfriend the traditional burger. All was delicious! The only thing off was the timing. The dinners came out before we finished our salads and appetizers. We really enjoy a short break between courses so suggest the restaurant work on this. Otherwise, this is a true neighborhood gem.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    Biancanero
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Loved my goat cheese and herb omelet and bloody mary. Highly recommend although I did think the music was a little loud.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy and Energetic
    amallat
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The downstairs is small, but super cozy. It got kind of loud with the large tables, so maybe not great for a romantic date night, but was great for a girls' night out. Service was great! I got the salmon and it was cooked to perfection and delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 77 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 996 reviews are from the South End Buttery reviews archive.
  • disappointedVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    food very bland.. I traded my steak with my friend, because it had no flavor. His chicken parm had even less flavor. This was after we had an app of calimari, that tasted like friend rubbery bread. I used to love this place.. what happened?
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  • Not so hot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I have had lots of great experiences in the past, but this one was such a bummer! The service was insanely slow, orders took forever and they delivered the wrong order. I hope this is a temporary fail!!
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  • Last Minute Reservation...
    LastMinuteDecisionMaker
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    ...turned into a great decision. The mussels were amazing, very Mediterranean in a spicy (but not too spicy) broth. Also, the meat loaf isn't some smashed together ketchup concoction that your mom used to make. It was delicious, well seasoned, and with a brown gravy. Very nice later-night find on a cool evening. We ate downstairs, in a well decorated area with great candle ambiance, though the pear sidecar may have made the ambiance even better.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Restaurant was very loud-- hard to hold a conversation. Service was efficient but we felt a bit rushed. Food was good, but portions were tiny for the price.
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  • Basement is too loud
    TeachVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We like the food and ambiance generally, but we will definitely avoid dining here in the future unless we can be sure not to sit in the basement. It is simply too loud, even when the room is not quite full, to enjoy time together with friends. This is a local place for us and we would come frequently if not for the noise.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic