Buttermilk & Bourbon

4.7
1015 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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Seattle
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time. The waiter was attentive and accommodating. The food is amazing. The biscuits were so good. The fried chicken was some of the best I have ever had.

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DR
New England
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here a handful of times now for various occasions. Love, love, love their food and menu! Their chicken wings and mac/cheese are the absolute best - along with the deadly biscuits!!! Always fantastic service, great drinks and fun atmosphere. Highly recommend it, and will be back:)

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

Fantastic food! The brunch meals are served on small plates, but I actually think this was perfect because everything on the menu is delicious, so you want to order several items! I would definitely recommend this to anyone heading to Boston.

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G
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at Buttermilk and Bourbon was wonderful! The food was fresh and well-prepared and there service was attentive without being suffocating. We will definitely come back again!!

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New England
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very fun place with great food. The atmosphere has s a "speak easy" feel to it. The cocktails were a bit expensive but were a heavy pour. We will definitely return to finish off the menu.

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CF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our waiter threw us a couple of snide/sarcastic comments that just came off poorly. Most of it happened when we were asking about the menu. Other than that, he was nice, the service was/timing was very good. And I really appreciated having a candle on the dessert! The food was delicious

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L
New England
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with great food. I love the shrimp and grits, it reminded me of New Orleans.

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Portland
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about this place. The food was A+ Don’t miss the chicken thighs and the biscuits.

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OT
New England
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Overall very disappointing! The food runner was incredibly rude and unwilling to help. She threw hot plates on our menus and was very unprofessional. Not how I expect to be treated, especially for the price!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was good

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KR
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Place is some of the best food in Boston. The entire experience is top notch.

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TG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food portions were a bit small but the food was delicious. Would definitely recommend this place to others

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MH
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, inventive Southern inspired cuisine. Sunday brunch on father's day was amazing. Wish it was easier to find parking in the area.

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PZ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

We miss the fried chicken from the first time we came here last summer. Menu wasn’t as good this time.

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KA
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the service was amazing as always! Love the food and drink and just about everything about the restaurant!

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KL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and the service. Sarah our waitress was wonderful. My aunt enjoyed her birthday.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our sever Sarah L. was amazing. Her input was so helpful for our first time. Couldn't have ask for a better experience.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as usual

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New England
30 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here a bunch of times. First time getting the white bbq sauce on the fried chicken thighs. We had to order a 2nd round. Unreal.

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BL
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Our drinks did not come until after our meal. When we spoke to staff about this they were dismissive. It was very noisy. The food was great. Flavors were amazing.

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RA
New England
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food, drinks and service were all excellent.
We sat inside at a high top table next to a party of four that were very loud and obnoxious. I think they thought it was their own private party space.

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TK
New England
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Thought the food was good, but expensive for the amount/ quality. $11 for biscuits is a bit pricy

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AM
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Our sever was great he made celebrating our anniversary perfect!

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KJ
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing food!! My waiter was so nice & charismatic. Definitely can’t wait to come back!!

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AC
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sit outside on a nice night! Loved the lamb, and the biscuits.

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Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m embarrassed to admit that after multiple visits, this was the first time I had bourbon here. I like it neat. And it was a great start to my meal. My guests and I all ordered cocktails from the menu and they were great; one guest drank every drop of her hurricane. We all ate something different: shrimp and grits, trout, wings, strawberry and spinach salad - We all enjoyed every bite. I was happy to have plenty of room left to eat a couple beignets and they were crispy, fluffy, powdered sugar bits of heaven. I almost ordered them first but they were worth the wait. I also ordered the biscuit bread pudding which was very sweet so bring your sweet tooth.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was pretty terrible however it was Pride week so the area was very busy.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was delicious and unique. The server was attentive and very pleasant. The restaurant was very loud

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MF
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The candle lit table and low lights around the restaurant made it feel like a very intimate dinner. The servers didn’t hang around us and let us enjoy the meal. The Char-grilled Rainbow Trout was topped with brown butter aioli and tasted amazing! I would also recommend the Coffee Crusted Grilled Hangar Steak and the juicy New Orleans Style Street Corn. The sharing-style dinner was a plus too.

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FF
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and delivered a genuine southern experience.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Biscuits were amazing.

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S
Miami
35 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are fabulous!

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PD
New England
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food is amazing! We tried several small plates to share amongst the 3 of us. Our waitress could have been better. She did not check in, we had to ask a busser to find her twice so we could get our drinks refilled.

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

Awesome food as always. We tried lots of different things. Missed Amanda, our favorite server. She was so friendly. I think our server this time was Pam. Not as friendly. Simple question about contents of cocktail. Answered with “I don’t know I’m not the bartender”. Odd response if you as me. Go find out if you don’t know.

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JM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! Everything we ordered was fantastic! We loved our dining experience so much, we have already made another reservation!

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RL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was stellar! We had the buffalo chicken sliders, shrimp and grits and warm honey biscuits. Everything was superb.New favorite spot.

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TM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food - a little greasy but I’m not complaining! Service was a little infrequent (didn’t have water for half of my meal) but the food comes out FAST

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JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and very friendly service. The bourbon selection is extensive but too costly by comparison to other restaurants in the area within a similar range of overall price.

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SM
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing!! We tried several different plates and can’t complain about anything! Can’t wait to eat her again!

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OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite small plates restaurants in the city. The menu is inventive, yet comforting. Never had anything here that I hated, and have had several things that I love. The service is great and the ambiance is nice! Definitely one of my go to a for a get together or a treat for a traveling friend.

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