South End Buttery
South End Buttery

South End Buttery

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.southendbuttery.com/
  • Phone: 6174820711x
  • 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: Andrea Nordby, 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 7 days of the week. 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 do our best to accommodate your needs!
  • Private Party Contact: Richard Gordon 617-549-2776x
  • Special Events: Our cafe can accommodate up to 22 guests for a semi-private sit-down dinner or cocktail party. Because we are a small restaurant, we require a fixed rate per guest to offer your party our 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. We offer a full bar and customized menus for special events based on our seasonal offerings. 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 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
South End Buttery reviews from OpenTable diners
107 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (80)great for brunch (66)fit for foodies (39)romantic (37)great for lunch (18)special occasion (12)hot spot (11)good for groups (10)great for outdoor dining (6)kid-friendly (5)notable wine list (4)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Duff77
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We were able to be seated early for brunch even on a very busy Sunday. Server was new but attentive. She wasn't totlaly familiar with the menu but accomodated us by getting answers to questions. Table was in a bit of an odd space downstairs...little heavy on the traffic side but the food was quick and outstanding. Salmon and eggs as well as the pastry basket were a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Melissa
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Loved the neighborhood feel and the food was quite good and presented very well. Our dishes were fresh looking and the bread basket with assorted muffins was incrediable. The service was fast..... and there in lies my only small issue. We felt hurried. Yes.. I get what Sunday Brunch is all about... lots of diners and regulars. We were from out of town and wanted somewhat of a leisurely brunch spot to catch up with our BU student and this was her fav. spot. Beautiful location and the walk down Dartmouth Street from T stop at Copley was just lovely !! I do recommend this restaurant, but just be prepared to take your after meal chit chat somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Service was really good - efficient, attentive. The food was really tasty. Would definitely return & recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DE-LISH!
    PHall
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    loved the charming neighborhood and the food was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A nice neighborhood dinner
    DREWVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Went for a birthday with six people (family) and was seated quickly for our 8:30 reservation even though it was only 8:00. The entire meal was excellent although the wine list is fairly limited. The mussels in a red sauce was fantastic as was the cheddar dip. The black bean burger wasn't loved but my regular burger was. The only negative I can give the restaurant is the service was slow. Our waiter appeared frustrated with the bartender who was chatting and chatting while he was trying to get drinks to the table. This is what kept my rating from being a 5-star. Great ambiance and a quiet location, especially for dates.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific food and a lot of noise
    Richard16
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I visited on a recent Saturday night with friends and was not disappointed with the food. Perfectly cooked and presented salmon. The kale salad was quite wonderful as was the flourless chocolate cake for dessert. My martini was concocted and iced perfectly. However, the noise level downstairs (where we sat) was quite annoying since we really had to raise our voices to hear each other. Fortunately this wasn't a romantic evening -- just friends having some fun. Despite the racket, I'd go here again and recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • solid & safe
    BroadwayDSR
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Most of us in the party of six drank wine and ordered comfort food (meatloaf, parmigiana). It was all fine and good. Waiter seemed new. I was with great friends so it was a great time but the food and service was just good. Nice neighborhood place, nonetheless.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jackVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    quiet night but perfect for a business meeting, though tables tend to be too close in the lower level.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Bread basket was the highlight of the meal! Also the eggs benny was on a biscuit - that was delish as well. The dining room was loud.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for couples, small groups
    Dave
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This cozy South End bakery-by-day / restaurant-by-night has a warm and inviting bar and dining area in the rear and a slightly larger dining room downstairs. Yes, the dining room is in the basement but windows and warm colors, furnishings and lighting make it feel cozy and intimate not cellar-like. The service was friendly, attentive and speedy. The food was even better. Recommend: Kale salad, Meatloaf (!!) and Chicken Parm. Chocolate mousse is rich, delicious and quite shareable. Get a table in the bar or downstairs dining area (not the front bakery cafe) to be with the dinner crowd and not feel like you're eating in a pastry shop.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall a great experience
    FenwaytravelerVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This place definitely defined urban rustic barnhouse dining. We came for brunch and absolutely loved the pastry and bread bar. My breakfast was too heavy for my liking but my gf and her mom's dish were quite good. The service was stupendous! I would definitely go here again...probably for dinner as the menu looks great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had another great meal here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This is such consistently good experience. The food and service were both great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    TriniBos
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was my second time coming here. The food is delicious but a bit on the pricy side so its not someplace I can come to regularly. But I'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • get the home fries
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I've been here twice and the food is incredible, particularly the home fries which are tasty little fried potato clouds that melt in your mouth. My only complaint is that the hostess would not seat us until the 5th member of our party arrived, despite there being no wait, and the restaurant was only half full. There was no reason to have us wait around upstairs for 20 mins while we could have been ordering our Bloody Mary and coffees. I'd still go back though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Buttery--go beyond the bakery!
    smcraig7VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I always like coming to the Buttery. The downstairs seating is such a neighborhood gem. Plenty of options for vegetarians. Drinks are great--the Old Fashioned missed, but they're usually right on. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    2Foodies
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My husband & I recently went to South End Buttery's Brunch on Sunday. We started with the Buttery Bakery Basket which included a delicious assortment of scones, muffins and banana bread. All were baked to perfection. Then for our main course I had the eggs benedict with ham & cheddar and my husband had the Huevos Rancheros. Both were outstanding. We have never had a better brunch anywhere in our travels, except perhaps on St. Barths. We will definitely be back and next time will opt for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, troubling service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Waiter could not have been more pained with each interaction...food was good. Tables downstairs are quite close together and if the person at the next table is loud...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner
    Diaperwiper
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Good was fantastic, service was perfect! Staff was very attentive . We all (four of us) had different meals and everyone loved it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aweseom
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We loved the food all day at the South End Buttery - breakfast is nice and dinner was fantastic. We had cocktails, I ate a burger and my girlfriend had a chicken pasta dish (can't remember the name), all of which were great and really well put-together. The dessert was spectacular - affogato and sea salt chocolate chip cookies. The service also attentive but relaxed. Overall really great dining
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, even second time around
    Anonymous
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
  • Saturday brunch
    PLLLLVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Went here for brunch on a Saturday morning. Thought it was just a tiny restaurant, but downstairs are more seating and that dining room is really cosy. Were seated promptly and both service and food was good. Not very special, but good enough to visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 71 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1015 reviews are from the South End Buttery reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.