Buttermilk & Bourbon

4.7
971 reviews
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Southern
Nationally recognized chef Jason Santos’ Buttermilk and Bourbon delivers Southern hospitality to guests in the heart of the Back Bay.

Drawing on the South’s trademark charm, the restaurant offers a vibrant, cozy atmosphere with an innovative American menu featuring Southern-influences. Santos, who currently owns and operates Boston’s Abby Lane and Back Bay Harry’s, channels his love of New Orleans and all things Southern to transport guests to the Bayou by way of Buttermilk & Bourbon.

Guests can enjoy pork belly cracklings; BBQ Shrimp; house-made biscuits; oyster chowder; crispy boudin; and house-fried chicken served either Southern-style, Nashville-style, or with sweet and spicy or white BBQ sauce. An oyster bar will also serve up a variety of local oysters as well as peel & eat shrimp. Buttermilk and Bourbon serves up hurricanes-on-tap, large-batch cocktails, and a selection of bourbon-based drinks.
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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Way too loud. Won't go back til warm enough to be outside. Sliders delicious. Good wine. Baked oysters way too hot with andouille sausage... which I generally love. Couldn't taste oysters.

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HB
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our cocktails and the food was exquisite, in particular the trout and the duck! Mmhhh, and the biscuits, gorgeous.

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F
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow great atmosphere, great food, great service! Get the biscuits.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice ambiance! Fun drink and good menu options for sharing. Nice experience all around!

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JH
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Eating the food brought me right back to Nawlins. Though tapas style, the food is filling and EXTREMELY delicious. Don’t forget to get a B&B Hurricane and finish with beignets!!

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MG
New England
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing. Atmosphere is inviting and modern. Food is on another level. Don't miss the biscuits or the fried chicken.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Went here for Mother’s Day. This place was amazing, the food is incredible brunch was amazing. The ambiance was off due to a large table we were seated next too but it was graduation season so what are ya going to do. We made the most of it- our server was really polite and well mannered. I noticed one lady at the large table being very rude to her but she managed to keep her composure which was impressive.

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M
New England
13 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to B & B. We went form the Sunday Brunch. The service was top notch and the food was excellent. I'm looking forward to a return visit.

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RS
New England
19 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! The food is mouth watering. Literally. I would go here every week if my waistline would allow me to!

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d
New England
49 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So glad we found this place. Food, service, ambiance and prices all outstanding. We will definitely be back.

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FS
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food. The drink were superb. Our waitress the was the best and very attentive. It was my Bearthday and I felt special being there eating.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food!

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L
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing brunch! Would go back for the biscuits and beignets alone!!!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been here a few times and every single time is great! The biscuits are to DIE FOR. The fried chicken is the best I’ve ever had. Food comes out quickly as it is served shotgun style, and service is prompt.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were delicious but let’s talk about the biscuits!!!! The biscuits were amazing!!!!!

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic! Literally tried 75% of the menu!

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PL
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved having a taste of the south in our back yard. The chicken was great!

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VW
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Ordering was a bit confusing with the portions intended for sharing. We really didn't catch on exactly until we each had ordered and received our meal. Then we ordered again.

All the food was very good, very well seasoned and tasty!! We already know what we will order when we return. :)

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VL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

There were no brunch options on Saturday unfortunately. But overall good food. The servers were rushing to get us out of there.

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CM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

That was our first time visiting B&B, and we had a great experience. Waitstaff was extremely friendly, especially our waiter, Rachel (pretty sure that was her name). And most importantly the food was amazing, both beautifully presented and delicious!! Thank you!

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B
New England
31 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our visit to Buttermilk and Bourbon was excellent. We weren't the only table enjoying the meals. Everyone around us was having fun. The food was delicious and perfect. We will definitely recommend this place to others.

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c
New England
27 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great spot with really great food. We thoroughly enjoyed each of the dishes. Great choices on the drinks list and am excited for the next time we visit.

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b
New England
93 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was yummy, liked the smaller portions so you can share.
Everything we ordered tasted good.
But one (other than the hostess) smiles !!
It was weird- not the bartender, not the waiter, no one...

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JB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, very courteous, attentive service. Especially liked the shrimp, but the chicken, although very good, was maybe a notch below what I expected. Perhaps the crust needed a little more seasoning (as in salt)?

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EC
New England
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The hurricanes cocktail had a little too much pineapple for my liking, but still very good. Highly recommend the biscuits, street corn, and the thighs with Nashville hot seasoning and white BBQ sauce on the side. Finally came here after a couple years of walking by it and will absolutely come back ! Maybe come for brunch next time.

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DB
New England
82 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Busy busy Sunday brunch at Buttermilk, still worth it, amazing food great spot chef is a graduate of my college so his hard work pays off in the end, nice effort everyone!!

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b
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing. Food was so so so good. Gotta have the chicken and biscuits!

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EA
New England
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything that came out was beautiful and tasted delicious! Decor was fun and overall vibe was great for a Sunday brunch

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KM
New England
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect balance of good food and cozy hip ambience

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n
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancé and I celebrated our recent engagement at Buttermilk and Bourbon. This was, by far, our favorite meal of our trip. Delicious food, drinks, and dessert. We loved everything we tried and the waiter, Jason, was so helpful! Definitely get a reservation before going, they stayed busy!

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BG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We visited for my birthday dinner and I was ultimately surprised. The waitress mentioned it was tapas style and I was somewhat mad. I don't like tapas style because the servings are small and pricey for no reason. Well, Buttermilk and Bourbon has opened up my tapas style experience. We were able to share multiple dishes, enjoy a lovely birthday beignet, along with drinks for a reasonably price and be completely full. The biscuits are amazing and I wish I could eat them all the time!!! And the pineapple sorbet really brought the night to a good end!

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JJ
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every bite was delectable and recommendations for pacing food was appreciated. Can't wait to go back!

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JF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Everything about this place is awesome. I really really really love Chef Santos’ cooking.

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter Celebration....amazing fried chicken!!!

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l
New England
11 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Easter brunch. Food was delicious, the space was lovely, and we had a great time!

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R
New England
14 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at Buttermilk & Bourbon on Easter Sunday - our waitress was phenomenal! She recommended delicious plates without making us order too much. My husband and mother-in-law loved the chicken fried bacon and crab meat hash. They also ordered the chicken and waffles but I think they needed to piece it together better - apparently you're supposed to roll up the waffle with the chicken and add the butter and syrup. They made it like an open faced sandwich so didn't get the tastiness of everything together.

Highly recommend if you're in the mood for Southern food with a very New Orleans vibe.

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MK
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A taste of NOLA comes toBeantown.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

Tasty food, but we were upset to share a table with another party. We asked immediately to sit someplace else (namely, the empty two seater next to the communal table) and were told nothing else was available. Lies. The two seater remained available for the entirely of our dinner. This restaurant should consider not placing two parties at one table, or at least accommodating requests for guests who want more privacy. We will most likely not return, which is a shame because we’ve been here several times and the food is enjoyable. Thumbs down.

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JD
New England
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to meet up with friends. Must try the ducklete, biscuit and trout

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RS
New England
20 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing. EXCELLENT food. The beignets mayyy be better than Café Du Monde. Maybe.

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