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South End Buttery
South End Buttery

South End Buttery Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.southendbuttery.com
  • Phone: (617) 482-0711
  • 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: Contemporary American, American, Gastro Pub
  • 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 & Promotions: 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! Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "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)."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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)"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We went for Fathers Day and it did not disappoint!!!"
    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!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "So cozy and the food is so good. A great neighborhood restaurant to have a great meal and catch up with friends! "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "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."
    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. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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? "
    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!!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "...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. "
    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."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We picked South End Buttery on a whim on Tuesday night. We had loved it for brunch, but didn't know too much about their dinner. We were seated downstairs, which was really nice with a gas fireplace and window out to the garden. We started with the calamari with shisito peppers, which was fantastic. Then I had the hanger steak with pommes dauphine and grilled asparagus - SO GOOD...my boyfriend said the pommes dauphine were the "best thing he ever ate". He had the eggplant parm with garlicky spinach, which again was just perfect. Then we finished off with the affogato & seat salt chocolate chip cookies - omg. I will dream of this meal :) Can't wait to go back and have told many friends about it already!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Uncomfortably loud and hot (fireplace was on and it was 80 degrees outside. Out of salmon, tried to get other recommendation waiter had no suggestions or advice. Said the egg parm was a casserole and shrimp fra diavlo was spicy. The 3 shrimp were in a tomato soup with about 10 strands of spaghetti and two complete sprigs of parsley, not spicy. The most unattractive meal I have ever been served. Waiter never checked on us until he asked if I wanted my sauce boxed up. Dropped off 2 decent herbed scones after the meal, I assume there were supposed to come after we had ordered. Wrong wine served. It was truly horrible."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Delicious food made up for the not great service and sitting in the basement stairwell. Should request a table by the window next time."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This was my fifth visit to Boston and my fifth visit to the South End Buttery. I've loved this restaurant and food for several years. However, the food and service this last visit was not comparable to my previous visits and if not but for the previous great food and service, this last visit would not compel me to return. I sincerely hope this restaurant is not headed downhill, I made memories here. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I recently are brunch at the Buttery with two close girl friends and one of their boyfriends. They all had different tastes but we were all so satisfied with the presentation and quality of the food. The heuvos rancheros were incredible and adding a little avacado made them that much better. Perfect day time spot for lunch or brunch with friends!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014