South End Buttery

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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Sunday Lunch
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!

Specials

Burger Nights!

Choose from our delicious burgers and get an order of fries and any beer for $20.00! May not be combined with other offers or discounts. Salad may be substituted for fries.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 10, 2019

Ends: September 11, 2118

Availability: Sun-Wed 5:00PM-7:00PM

½ Price Appetizers

With purchase of any main course or burger, enjoy any appetizer at half the price! May not be combined with other special offers or discounts.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 16, 2019

Ends: September 17, 2118

Availability: Sun-Thu 5:00PM-7:00PM

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Join us for dinner, dessert and cocktail specials in addition to our regular menu!

Friday, February 14, 2020

What 1833 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I went for dinner on Thursday night with two girlfriends and we ate in the bar. The bartender waited on us and he was super nice. I had the salmon and it was delicious. My friends had the chicken and chicken Parmesan and both were very good. Nice cozy ambience.

OM
New England
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

always looking for a place close to the BCA and this is now a go to place for us.

DB
New England
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Wonderful, solid neighborhood bistro. Relaxed, convivial atmosphere with comfort food the way you MOMath made it if your moma was a master chef.

B
New England
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great burger, fries and cocktails

P
New England
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Had always wanted to try it but was disappointed when we finally did. Came for brunch. Not too busy as it was a holiday weekend. Service was slow though the server himself was nice. Water and coffee refills took forever. One of our 5 meals was the total wrong thing and it took a while for the right one to come out. I have to say that overall, the basket of muffins and bread was the best part. Our meals were nothing special.

TK
New England
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cozy, warm dining room with fireplace. Ideal place for an intimate family dinner before show at Calderwood Pavillion. Will be back!

LR
New England
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was our first time at South End Buttery and was a great experience. The waitress was very pleasant and he food was very fresh and so good. We had meatloaf, fishing chips and the arugula salad with shrimp. We all shared two deserts we had the fresh fruit with carrot cake and then ice cream chocolate cookies with expresso. Wonderful meal and great place to relax with friends/family.

J
New England
17 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WONDERFUL! Cannot wait to go back. GREAT bartender!

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

South End Buttery was completely incompetent and made us wait over 45 minutes to tell us they couldn’t seat us. I highly recommend you take them off the top of the list for brunch places

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food was average. Frozen French fries. Glasses were not clean. Multiple items on menu were not available.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Food was wonderful! The drinks were ok, wait staff was also ok.

L
New England
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I’ve heard lots of good things about this place and was excited to try it! Reviews told me to request sitting upstairs, which ended up being a very small, way too brightly lit room with four tables and a very small bar. A bit too sleepy of an atmosphere for my taste. We ordered the burrata appetizer, which was very good! I had the chicken pot pie for my entree, which was very watery and had too much chicken and not enough vegetables. However, the puff pastry on top was very good.

J
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot, cozy eating area downstairs, food was great.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Drinks were not very well crafted. Food was okay.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience4

I’ve been to the South End Buttery on a few occasions, but never experienced such terrible service. I don’t know if the staff was overwhelmed because it was NYE, but the issue was clearly with the the servers.

Half of our party arrived 10 min early while the rest of the party arrive a few mins late. No one came over to take the new arrivals order until over half an hour after being seated at the table. We waited over an hour to place our dinner order (even though we tried to order it with the drinks) because the server said he would get the drinks started and come right back. Those drinks did not arrive until an hour and 45 minutes after being at the restaurant. We actually got our food first and ordered drinks twice through the server, then twice directly with the bartender.

It was completely embarrassing because I don’t like to complain, but we repeatedly asked the only other server in the room for assistance who kept saying that she tell our server who would then never show up. After an hour and a half we finally went upstairs to order drinks directly from the bar. The hostess then became aware of the problem and she was horrified. We never saw the server again until he picked up our check. Other staff brought our food, the bartender personally delivered our drinks and the other server brought our check. No one checked in on us to fill up our water, clear plates or apologize.

In the middle of this debacle, I notice the table behind us flagging down a server because they had the same waiter we did who was also ignoring them. They said they made staff aware 10 min prior that they received the wrong food. They waited another 10-15 min before finally eating the wrong cold food because their proper meals never arrived.

I feel so bad because the kitchen and bar seemed to be on top of things, but bad servers ruined the experience for the diners and are giving the restaurant a bad reputation.

CD
New England
15 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ground level of the restaurant was absolutely fabulous. You must request to be down there.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Get together with old friends

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always enjoy this place. Good vibe, nice staff and good food.

J
New England
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love, love the ambiance and food. Every space is intimate, but sports it’s own vibe. The upstairs bar and high tops give a slight night on the town feel while the downstairs fireplace give a more homey feel. The food is excellent as are the wait staff. Absolutely stop by earlier in the day for some high quality pasties and coffee.

OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The mushroom ravioli is the beast!!!!

E
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good place for lunch/brunch. Great Turkey Burger and Parmesian Fries are fantastic. Great local place in the south end.

AD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

the downstairs is cozy but very crowded and loud (especially if there are children there) upstairs is nicer with tall tables. the baked goods are fantastic and unique. food was very good. it was pricey but worth it for a treat

NB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food. Highly recommend the Buttery if you can get a reservation at a quiet time.

MS
Caribbean
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Both of our entrees were mediocre at best. My pasta way over cooked and my wife hamburger bun a soggy mess. The appetizer was very good however.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great comfy cozy atmosphere!

e
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Everything was fine, but that was kind of it. The food was ok, but not really special for the price. The staff seemed a little overwhelmed by weekend crowds.

EF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food and wine were very good. Our waitress wasn’t very personable. She got our order wrong as well as the order for the table next to us. Instead of apologizing she said “Oh, I heard .........”. Otherwise it was a nice experience.

MP
New England
59 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just finished my salmon/lentils/parsnip puree/carrot leftovers from our meal at The Buttery a couple nights ago. It was still delicious (and I must confess to eating it right out of the fridge). So often restaurant salmon is served overcooked, but this was perfect. My husband had the deliciously fiery shrimp fra diavolo. We started with the marinated olives - really good and more plentiful than we were expecting. The friendly, knowledgeable, professional Kassandra was our waiter and every other staff member with whom we interacted was great. We're always happy with our meals at The Buttery ~ definitely give it a try.

SS
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was fantastic and our server was awesome (the Breakfast Sandwich really hit the spot, and the home fries were some of the best I've had)! The price was great as well, especially for the area. Only concern was that there wasn't much room but even this wasn't that bad. Would definitely come back

PS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

I was there for brunch with my husband on my birthday. We were seated downstairs where I’d never been before, but was quickly disappointed when we were placed at a table directly next to the coat closet/extra chairs area. I understand the need to utilize all your floor space in a generally popular restaurant, and it looked like there was a small elevator of some sort in that area too. But then put up a curtain, or some kind of separation screen- the food offered is too expensive to be sitting in view of where a server was changing his sweatshirt.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was great and service was good but a little slow. The noise level downstairs was especially difficult sitting in the bench tables.

R
New England
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous!!!!

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J
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Solid experience for brunch . Food was fine but not memorable except Riccotta fritters

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good overall

OT
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This has become our go-to place for pre-theater dinner when going to the Calderwood/Boston Center for the Arts. Good food, excellent value, nice atmosphere, friendly and courteous staff.

M
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent place for brunch. I have never been disappointed with a meal there!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Slow service. Mediocre food.

SB
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful place!! Black Forrest ham was delicious as was the blueberry scone with clotted cream! Best breakfast on our visit to Boston!

KC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was great but the service struggled a bit. I think they must’ve had a crunch on their waitstaff that day. We had a 12:30 reservation and weren’t seated until 12:45. They took a bit to bring our orders out but we had ordered an appetizer so we weren’t pressed about it. But when they finally did bring out our orders, they only brought 3 of the 4 meals we ordered and none of the sides. They took an additional 10 minutes to bring out the sides and *30!!!!* additional minutes to bring the 4th meal out. Would recommend if you have the time but not if you’re in a rush.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great spot for a weekend or even weeknight dinner. Service and food was great. Extensive wine list. I’ll be back for sure.

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