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South End Buttery

4.5
1586 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
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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 seasonal, local 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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(617) 482-0711
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
We cater home and office events 7 days of the week. Check out our web site for our corporate catering menus or contact our catering manager at catering@southendbuttery.com.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Union Park Street
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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.
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Public transit
Back Bay Orange Line -- 5 minute walk
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Special events & promotions
Our cafe can accommodate up to 22 guests for a sit-down dinner or 30-35 for a cocktail party. Our downstairs dining room can accommodate 30-35 guests for s private seated dinner. Because we are a small restaurant, we require a fixed rate per guest to offer your party our dining space for an entire evening, depending on the day of the week booked. We offer a full bar and customized menus for special events based on our seasonal offerings. Please call for details.
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1586 People Are Saying
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 6 days ago

waited over 1/2 hour beyond reservation time. extremely noisy to a point where I couldn't wait to leave. Waiter was excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Hostess/host were not personable and we were seated 30 mins after our reservation.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mothers a Day

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food was yummy

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We went in for a pre-theater meal. I've always enjoyed the Buttery and, as usual, the food was terrific. We really enjoyed our food. However, we were seated in the closet portion of the downstairs, which feels a little like being punished. I'm not a pushy diner, but I don't like this section, and the next time I will ask to be moved. It should be for overflow only; the main dining area was never full while we were there. Stacked chairs, rushing wait-staff and dripping jackets and umbrellas didn't add a lot to the ambiance.

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

This place was okay, but service was mediocre, plus when crowded the restaurant design makes for a really awkward waiting experience. We arrived a few minutes before our reservation but the hostess stand, condiment/napkin bar, bathroom door, stairs to the basement and doorway to dining area, AND the entrance/exit all converge in the same 4 sq ft of space- everyone is in each other’s way! After waiting past our reservation time we were seated at a table that had been open since we got there anyways. then once we were seated, our waiter was inattentive and mumbled quite a bit. The table next to us arrived 15-20 minutes after us and still received their food at least 10 minutes before us. The best thing about our meal was the home fries, those I recommend. Overall it wasn’t bad but I probably wouldn’t go back

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Patio/outside dining is the best in the South end. Only a few tables on a quiet street.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Great little place in Boston's South End. Nice bar area, and friendly staff. Menu is always refreshing

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

The hostess was unfriendly, and the waitress seemed like she was responsible for too many tables, but otherwise food was great. It’s a very noisy restaurant because of how many people are shoved into such a small space (basement).

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Honestly the food and drinks were fine but the service was terrible. The servers were at best apathetic and at worst rude. They gave us the wrong menus twice and then were mad at us for ordering the wrong items... off of the wrong menus that they gave us. The food was fine but not good enough to forget the service.

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3.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Cute little place. No complaints about the food. Service was ok; a bit slow and inattentive for such a small restaurant. The tables downstairs are too small for two people and are also crowded together (less than 6 inches between us and the couple that was seated next to us). Felt as though we were eating with them once they sat down in the middle of our meal. They eventually asked to be moved upstairs as they were clearly uncomfortable. My date and I could not have an appetizer and two entrees on the table at once it was so little. Would definitely go again but only with a larger group of at least four people. Or for takeout.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Excellent food and service. A real neighborhood gem.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Nice place with tasty food. Fresh options and very accommodating to our dietary needs. Personable and professional service. Comfy ambiance. Sat upstairs near the bar.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was basic. Not very tasty. Our waitress was horrible. She kept forgetting things and seemed high.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Very nice location and restaurant setting. Food was good. Not great. Waitress service was disappointing as I needed to ask for a coffee refill three times before it was delivered. The table next to me was experiencing similar concerns getting cream for their coffee.

My group of four people sat downstairs and it was a very crowded area. The waitress was not very graceful as she moved through this tight space. I was the unwelcome recipient of her posterior in my shoulders and back on more than a handful of occasions. No apology was offered nor did she attempt to take a different route to the tables she was attempting to service.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great food and great drinks, would definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Best tables are in the downstairs main dining room, near the fireplace.

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I ate at The Buttery a month ago. It was excellent. This visit however was far from that. The meals (pot pie and lobster mac/cheese) were mediocre at best. And the dessert we wanted was not available. Despite this, I'll be back given prior experiences. I just won't order these items...ever again.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

granted it was Easter Sunday, but the meal was fair at best (small piece of salmon with a ton of sauce thrown on it) and the service was worse.
we had to ask for everything, from silverware to water ... when I finished my meal first, my plate was immediately taken away. when asked if I'd like my wife's leftovers, I had to ask for another fork. sorry it wasn't to my expectations, I may give it one more shot in the future - too many good spots in that neighborhood

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Went for Easter brunch and was pleasantly surprised at how good the food was! May be my new favorite brunch spot! The brunch cocktails were delicious!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Had a delicious Easter Brunch. Great beverages and excellent food. Highly recommend

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Brunch!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had Easter brunch at The Buttery. The food and service were excellent but was quite crowded and noisy

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

The Buttery is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

This was my third visit in two weeks. I can’t get enough of this place! My first two visits were for brunch and everything we ordered was excellent. This last time I came for dinner and it was equally good. The service is always extremely helpful and friendly. This is my new favorite place in the neighborhoodand

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Server was excellent. Friendly and got all orders just right. Table was ready for us when we arrived for birthday brunch.

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1.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I was extremely disappointed with the organization here. We arrived just a few minutes before our reservation and checked in with the hostess. She tells us that they are running 15-20 minutes behind on reservations. That’s fine, so we take step outside to wait (it’s crowded in the narrow entry way). It was fairly cold but didn’t mind hanging in there. After 15 minutes, I go check with the hostess and she says it’ll be another 15 minutes... okay, so I step back out. Another 15 minutes go by, and my small party of 3 is now fairly cold and very hungry. I check in again, and the hostess tell me AGAIN that it’ll be another 15 minutes. And this time I see her seating other parties of 3 that came AFTER my party. Nevertheless, we wait patiently. Now 45 minutes after our original reservation, I check back in, and they STILL aren’t ready. We are cold, hungry, and annoyed. Why bother taking reservations if you can’t respect the times? Finally an hour after our original reservation time, we are seated. Granted it was a busy Sunday brunch time, but an hour late is unacceptable for a small party with a reservation!! To be completely fair, the food was excellent but I only recommend trying this place if you have lots of time on your hands and are willing to wait (even with reservations!)

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

This place was very crowded and noisy! I made a reservation 6 days in advance for a Sunday brunch and we finally got a table close to the storage area in dark. We asked to change the table and the waitress was very nice and understanding and we got a better table. The food is good but there is too much noise.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Lovely setting; food was excellent. I had shrimp fra diavolo, which included a VERY generous portion of shrimp. My two friends' meals were similarly pleasing. Prices were reasonable, especially for the South End. The only downside to our meal was the service, which left something to be desired. It took quite some time for a waiter to come to our table. In fairness, though, that was due to confusion as to which of two waiters was covering our table. In light of the excellent food, I'm willing to give The Buttery's service another chance.

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Meal was very good. . Sat in the downstairs dining area. Nice and cosy. Brussels sprouts were excellent. Very tasty and cooked perfectly. Hanger steak cooked as ordered—medium rare. Grilled asparagus also very good. Didn’t care for the sauce that accompanied the steak. Too spicy. Would return.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

It was great!

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Had a really nice Sunday Brunch here with my partner. The food was delicious and the server (Austin) was very good at checking we were having a good time.
Would recommend visiting for brunch!

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2.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Came for a birthday celebration. Had a reservation for 8:15 on a Friday. Upon arrival, the restaurant wasn’t super busy. Was sat in the cafe section - although the cafe was closed. Should have asked to be sat in the bar room or downstairs. Server was horrible - forgot to put drinks in, could not recommend a single thing, had no knowledge of menu questions, did not clear plates before dropping off our bill, etc. Disappointing to say the least. Will not return.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Everything you’ve heard is true. One of the best brunches ever. I had the burger and it was amazing. My husband is gluten intolerant and he had numerous options.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Good brunch place !

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great place for brunch in Boston! Gluten free options.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Nice neighborhood spot. Food is good and creative. Service is attentive but not overbearing. Comfortable dining room

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Cramped for brunch. Our food order got overlooked so it took 45 minutes to get breakfast. Food was delicious but our silverware and cups were all dirty which was easily the worst part.

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