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Buttermilk & Bourbon - Arsenal Yard, Watertown, MA

Buttermilk & Bourbon - Arsenal Yard

4.5
4.5
346 Reviews
$50 and over
Southern

Drawing on the South’s trademark charm, the restaurant offers a vibrant, cozy atmosphere with an innovative American menu featuring Southern-influences. Santos channels his love of New Orleans and all things Southern to transport guests to the Bayou by way of Buttermilk & Bourbon. Visit us in the heart of Boston's Back Bay and coming soon a new location in Arsenal Yards in Watertown, MA!

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Booked 81 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Southern

  • Phone number

    (857) 760-7128

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Jason Santos

  • Neighborhood

    Watertown

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 346 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. AL

    AntiLisa

    New England

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience5

    My friends were served their drinks and meals well before I'd even gotten my drink, and we had to ask our server several times what was happening with my meal. She was very nice but seemed new - could not answer questions about the menu, either. When my French toast finally arrived, it was rubbery and lukewarm. I ate about a third of it and found the texture too disgusting to eat anymore. Because my friends enjoyed their meals, I'm rating the experience "fair" instead of "poor," but I won't be going back.

  2. KO

    KimO

    New England

    100 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great variety of small plates to choose from. Food quality excellent and service impeccable. Arsenal market is energetic.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    Sent the manager a. Private note. Let’s. See. If. They reach out .

  4. JM

    JoseM

    New England

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Brunch and Service! This is the second time we've been here and love the patio!

  5. KC

    KamilaC

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome food and service!! This place is really good.

  6. b

    bostonkev

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4

    Food was great, but expensive and the high top we sat at was serviced by one of the bartenders. He was pleasant but not as attentive as he might have been.

  7. SH

    ShaneH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing defiantly recommend this spot 100% all-around amazing service food and atmosphere. We loved the brunch, We will be back for dinner next time.

  8. SP

    SangitaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The ambience and service were great! But the food and cocktails were amazing!!!! Soo good…I recommend everyone to try it! Biscuits and beignets were to die for!!!!

  9. I

    Ilikefood

    New England

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Very accommodating staff, food was out quickly. Staff friendly but slow to respond to the table. It’s tapas style so the table can get crowded fast, but slow to clear, to refill waters and drinks, etc. food is delicious and kind of creative. All items pair well too.

  10. B

    Brighton

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    The food was interesting and delicious. The outside patio was very pleasant. The service was excellent. It was a very nice night out.

  11. DH

    DonnaH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience2

    Service very good .... food was OK .. Very loud .... difficulty hearing others at our table

  12. HM

    HeatherM

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Delicious. Maybe not diet friendly but I will definitely return. Little noisy.

  13. RS

    RobertS

    New England

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Food served tapas style with food coming to table when it is done in the kitchen. For some reason, my oysters came after the other items ordered. Short ribs were good, not great. My wife's ahi tuna was a bit spicy, and the chips served with it were too spicy for her taste. This being cajun styled restaurant, it leans toward spicing things up. Beignets for dessert were great, reminiscent of those at Cafe du Monde in NO. The atmosphere is a noisy bar/restaurant that caters to the 20 - 30 demographic.

  14. SW

    SW48

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Just getting together with friends for dinner. Too noisy to hear each other without talking loudly. Fried chicken was over cooked swardfish and the shrimp were great. Service was fine but as a whole, the experience did not meet expectations set by all the positive reviews.

  15. SM

    StephenM

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    If you are not happy where they sit you. Ask to move. But the food and service was GREAT! I will be back...

  16. E

    Ellen

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    It was a fun place to try but service was pretty slow. Our server was friendly although there were long delays in getting our drinks and food. He recommended 2 or 3 small plates per person but we ordered 3 for the two of us and that was plenty. Tables are small so there isn’t a lot of room for the food. We ordered the cauliflower, fried chicken thighs, and shrimp - we enjoyed all of them.

  17. I

    Ilanab

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4

    We were so excited to try a Nashville tapas bar. The food was just not good. All the dishes were blend (the buttermilk chicken sandwich and wings were missing salt and was so oily), the cauliflower was so spicy you couldn't taste a thing, so no balance at all. The one thing that was good was the ahi tuna. We unfortunately returned everything and the manager and the waiter were understanding and didn't make us feel uncomfortable.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great date spot!!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing! Only problem was we couldn’t try everything on the menu in one night! We will be back each plate was better than the one before! Phenomenal!

  20. CV

    CarrieV

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a great brunch, food and drinks were good, service was excellent.

  21. SF

    SarahF

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    The service wasn’t great, waiter wanted us in and out- took our drink and meal order at the same time, never asked if we wanted more. He handed us the bill and that’s it. No thank you or how was your food. As we left we heard him tell the person he was training that he pushes people out quick to get as many tips as he can.

  22. MR

    MikeR

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Our first visit to Buttermilk & Bourbon will most certainly be the first of MANY. What a great place! Funky ambiance, great servers, delicious food, and KILLER cocktails. What more could you ask for? Well, ice in the water would be a good thing, but other than that - this is a wonderful place for a fun date, family meal, or special event with work colleagues. The biscuits are a must-have, the vidalia dip is to die for, the pork belly and mac & cheese is delish. We tried 8 of the shareable plates, and none disappointed. The cocktails are just ridiculous. Crazy good. Looking forward to our next visit!!

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outside patio was great!

  24. ED

    EzraD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Not only was the food absolutely incredible but we were in and out of there in less than an hour overly satisfied. Ordered 5 plates and four drinks in total, top notch service

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    The experience was fine but the waitress was clearly overworked and led to not the best service.

  26. S

    Sara

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food! The biscuits and sliders are unreal - must try!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful service and great shareable food. We will be back!

  28. j

    janete

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience1

    poor wait service, extremely loud, they ran out of a lot of things. It took 20 minutes for 1 glass of wine to be served, in the meantime all our food was slapped on the table. When I asked the waitress about the glass of wine she was very rude. I wouldn't go back there again.

  29. GU

    GUBFL1972

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience2

    Good was very good especially the fried chicken. Found the noise level overwhelming.

  30. JP

    JenP

    New England

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service : very efficient and friendly staff . Food was delicious especially ribs and bbq shrimp. Get the beignets with chocolate!! Fun vibe.

  31. ZR

    ZeneidaR

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food and atmosphere was great. Overall a great experience

  32. N

    Nomie

    New England

    193 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    193 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    The ribs, chicken thighs and biscuits were all delicious. The wine pours were rather short. Tables for two are small and very close together.

  33. DO

    DeborahO

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Very good experience overall, excellent wait staff and food. Quarters are a bit tight around the bar and dining area - not well designed. Makes for some bobbing and weaving between staff and customers.

  34. CC

    CCBorn

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love Buttermilk and Bourbon, both the one in Boston and now the one in Watertown. Our only complaint is that they serve the weakest, smallest drinks ever. But the food is amazing...we especially love the fried boneless chicken thighs, shrimp and gator fries! The desserts are also out of this world! B&B has become a go-to restaurant for us!

  35. e

    eateateat

    New England

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Food was amazing - we will definitely be back. We had an infant with us during our visit. The restaurant was very accommodating to allow us to have a stroller with us in the restaurant. However, it was disappointing to learn that there were NO CHANGING tables in the bathrooms to allow us to change our child's diaper. I actually had to bring my child back to our vehicle to fully change my child out of his full blow out diaper and re-dress him in a new outfit.

  36. N

    Nickli

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious and the service was perfect! Haven’t been for a few months but still delicious!!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1

    The food was very good, and the service was fine, but the experience was not great as the music and its volume was more appropriate for a club than a Sunday evening dinner, and Jersey Shore on the tv didn’t help with the vibe. If the music were appropriate and at a volume where conversation was possible and no trash tv in your face we may go back, but right now it’s at the bottom of our list.

  38. DB

    DonaldB

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience3

    The food was very good. Make sure you leave room for beignets with chocolate. The reason for my overall poor rating is the service aspect was horrible. It is a tapas style restaurant and we ordered 5 items. But instead of bringing 1 or 2 at a time, all of a sudden, we had 4 which were meant to be eaten hot but didn't stay that way long. The other issue was we were halfway through the food and we still hadn't received our drinks. I wanted my beer with the food. The food was good enough to give them another try but only one. I will not recommend them until I know they have fixed the service problem.

  39. C

    Chuck

    New England

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of my favorite restaurants in Boston is now closer to us in Watertown! Everything on the menu is wonderful, especially their famous biscuits! Can't wait to go back!

  40. L

    Louise

    New England

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience2

    The menu is great and the food is very good. The restaurant isn't large so the tables can be quite close to each other and we were next to the kitchen which wasn't ideal, but it is worth visiting.

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Buttermilk & Bourbon - Arsenal Yard is rated 4.5 stars by 346 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Buttermilk & Bourbon - Arsenal Yard

130 Arsenal Yards Blvd Watertown, MA 02472-5038

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Watertown

  • Cuisines

    Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Jason Santos

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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