Buttonwood

4.7
563 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Buttonwood is a neighborhood restaurant in Newton Highlands that serves rustic American food. Our bar focuses on local craft beers, classic cocktails, and small-production wines. We serve the full dinner menu at our bar and counter seats, and encourage walk-in parties for the bar and dining room.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 563 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buttonwood is consistently fantastic. From the service to the food, you won’t ever leave disappointed!

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Lex83
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved this spot! Great, buzzy, warm neighborhood restaurant with funky interiors, kind waitstaff, and a fun, small rotating menu. Feels like an eclectic library. Good selection of dishes, particularly starters/apps. My one thing I didn't love, but this is totally a matter of preference, is that the food was all quite heavy. I would have loved a bit more of mix, with some lighter options mixed in as well! That being said, everything was delicious. Will return! Great for celebrations and reunions of friends and family.

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viphlgesq
New England
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been to Buttonwood in a while and I miss this place! The food is always inviting, interesting, and very tasty. The bartender, Nate, is an expert on everything they have, and then some - a steady and welcoming presence behind the bar for years now. Matt at the desk and Dave in the kitchen - what a crew! This is what every nice local bar/restaurant should be, but very few reach this level of consistent, inspired cuisine (that's not far from comfort food) and great ambiance. We'll be back soon.

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JohnC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a stellar dinner with professional company. All starters, entrees and drinks received high praise from guests. Loved all the servers in flannel. Great vibe, upscale food with warm dinning room. Will be going back ALOT.

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Artemis
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really love this restaurant: food is great, drinks are super (smart, creative bartenders), service is attentive. Vibe is low key excellence.

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Alphameal
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Tried 2 apps. Crackers overcooked, and same for both dips. Both dips overtly spiced.
Had swordfish entree. Was cooked perfectly, served hot, right off grill. Again overall way too much salt.
White wine paring excellent.
Overall disappointed. I expected more, especially for the high premium price.
Most likely I will not return an not recommend.

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vipHappydiner
New England
43 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bounty at Buttonwood
I want to start by saying you can still eat outside here with large warm heaters. I ate inside but I want to mention outdoor because it is emblematic of the effort that Buttonwood makes to keep diners comfortable wherever they choose to dine.
The menu is not large but includes something for everyone. Bar snacks to larger appetizers followed by delicious and creative salads . The entrees range from delicately prepared fish to juicy roast chicken to mussels to the one of the best burgers in Boston accompanied by a huge serving of crispy well seasoned fries. I could go on about the burger but I want to encourage diners to try other items that are all top notch.
Finally, the servers are friendly, knowledgeable, and available while giving diners their privacy. This is often a rarity post-pandemic. There is a comfortable and welcoming bar.
Try this restaurant .

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vipInTheNeighborhood
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal and great service.

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CGPA
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious always! Moules frittes are exceptional. Highly recommended!

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vipActondad
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The model of an excellent neighborhood restaurant. Food was creative and delicious. Staff was friendly and helpful especially when picking the right glass of wine for a course. Restaurant is comfortable and socially distanced. My wife and I were very comfortable with the COVID approach.

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Frenchtoast
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful meal outside under the heaters! Staff were welcoming and understanding of our wanting to eat out of doors, despite a chilly evening. Food was fun and interesting...great date location!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu. Fun ambience.

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Bonzo
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a nice dinner at Buttonwood. Everything we ordered was tasty with fresh ingredients. We particularly liked the cod and Arabic I. The sangria was delicious.
Menu somewhat limited and a small wine selection. It was fairly noisy.

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vipSTEVENC
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time at this place and really liked it a lot. Get the pasta app and the chocolate dessert
The chicken entree was fab as well. Great craft cocktails too!

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vipJulieB
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing local find with excellent, creative cuisine in a comfortable atmosphere. Cannot wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic dinner at Buttonwood. Menu strikes the perfect balance between interesting and approachable. The whipped feta and monkfish were particular standouts. Service was exceptional. A true neighborhood gem. We can’t wait to return!

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vipJack
New England
67 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding service, and inspired delicious and creative menu offerings. The addition of monkfish to the menu was wonderful.

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HarryA
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Nice place to have dinner. The appetizers are amazing .. but pricey at most over $15.
Not many choices for main course .The monkfish is probably one of the best dishes i have had in a while and is a definite go to . Pork chop was topped with an overpowering sauce and the potatoes were a little dry and not what one would expect when made with duckfat . The greek pizza shop salad is a winner... Cocktail list is good and creative.

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kateh
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice casual ambiance, attentive servers, delicious food.

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Daisy
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the food was imaginative, delicious, nicely presented. The outdoor dining felt neighborhood-y, comfortable, warm ( heaters). Wait staff was helpful, cordial / good timing.
I’ll be back!

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vipDOROTHYD
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buttonwood is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating with lights and heaters, too.

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JimS
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve dined at Buttownwood 3 times this fall as our son goes to BC. The food is simply amazing and very reasonably priced. What’s even better (which is hard to believe) is their service and accommodating nature. My wife accidentally canceled our reservation and they went above and beyond to accommodate us even though their tables were full. That’s what keeps people coming back (which we will every time we’re in town). One of the best restaurants in the Newton/Chestnut Hill area. We’re extremely grateful for their hospitality.

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SarahS
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Just delicious food—get the Brussels sprouts! And the fish.

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BISTRAV
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great place for a dinner with a friend- small and cozy!

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ClaudiaM
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I would definitely go back again! Food is excellent and has outdoor seating option.

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Mike
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food, wonderful outdoor area, attentive staff and superb cocktails

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buttonwood is literally the reason we moved to Newton…what a wonderful restaurant!!! 😀😀

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vip1D0404
New England
60 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good, but I wish there were more menu choices for those of us wanting more than “pub” food

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Tired
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Three of six enteees were a disappointment. One was tepid, the burger was badly made and had sat on the warming table the misses were missing from one. Server was rude and offered no apology for the wreck and for the price we should have received at least the attention of the manager. Don’t eat here

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vipTreyD
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! Everything about it is great. The food, the ambiance, and the staff all make this one of our favorites!

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vipFoodie57
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Outside eating is on picnic tables along the sidewalk, so may want to bring your favorite outdoor cushion. Started with cocktails, the La Louisiane, a great take on a Manhattan, and an Aperol Schlitz, with prosecco instead of beer, which my wife said was perfect. The Allendale Tomato Salad with really wonderful tomatoes. My wife had the Housemade Canestri, which she had before and was looking forward to enjoying again. We shared the roasted monkfish. We don't usually have dessert, but they looked delicous.

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vipCFern
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for our anniversary dinner and were provided complimentary glasses of bubbly! The food was wonderful and the staff attentive. It’s one of our favorites in the neighborhood.

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SteveR
New England
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and good

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was good and the staff was nice and accommodating. We dined later in the evening and there wasn’t many people seated, but the service was still a little slower than I would have expected. They seem to have a lot of regulars as they mentioned people by name a few times. Overall it was a good experience.

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JenH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm thrilled to have found such an incredible neighborhood spot.! Cocktail & food menu are both concise and have a little bit for everybody. We ordered the lamb meatballs, grilled cornbread, greek salad, carrot salad, and the florida Shrimp roll (hungry maybe) and all of them were delicious - large portions as well. I loved this place and I can't wait to make it one of my more regular spots. Service was great as well!

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CCcc
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful entrees and drinks

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Mark
New England
19 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our expectations were high based on our experiences with the sister restaurants. While the cocktail was good and the food was good and service was good it just all round fell a little bit short of excellent.

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Luca
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Well above average food, excellent home- made potato chips, not greasy. The menu is a bit limited, but it happens a lot in these times of difficult re-openings

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SaraR
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Our dinner at Buttonwood made for a lovely early fall evening.
Very good rosé. French fries terrific, as always!

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vipporlier
New England
22 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Creative and delicious dishes, well presented. Very friendly and attentive service . Please bring back a longer winelist.

FAQs

Buttonwood is rated 4.7 stars by 563 OpenTable diners.

Buttonwood does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://www.buttonwoodnewton.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.