South End Buttery

4.6
1662 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 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.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for our regular menu and cocktail and dinner specials, including Filet Mignon with lobster mashed potatoes, Brandied Lobster Ravioli and Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding with nutella whipped cream and chocolate sauce! Then join us for on January 1st for great Brunch cocktails and specials!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 1662 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I went for brunch. The food and service were great. The downstairs dining room was definitely tight quarters. Tables too close to one another. Hard to have a conversation without hearing the one going on next to you. I think if I return I’d sit at the bar on the street level. Seemed somewhat set apart from the rest of the tables...maybe more private.

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WM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy a night out at The Buttery as they never disappoint. Great drinks and tasty food in a warm environment with very good service.

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1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite spots in the south then I’m there once or twice a week

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was so nice and welcoming. We came for a late brunch and everything was delicious (the aioli is superb). Also, two people in our party decided to split the veggie burger, and they actually split it for us and brought it out like that.

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AR
New England
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Fantastic food and we were seated quickly. Service was good but not outstanding- the waitress and other employees seemed to know the couple next to us and repeatedly crowded the table to chat with them and slowed our service down a bit.

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1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The basement room with fireplace was so cozy on a cold rainy day and noise level was great for my dad who has trouble hearing in larger busier places.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a bakery cafe by day and a restaurant by night. Don't be fooled into thinking this is a fast food place if you walk by in the daytime. The food is tasty and a great value too. Our server was warm and attentive. I'm so happy I came across this restaurant and ate there.

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

This was our 2nd visit there in about 3 weeks. Food was excellent, but somehow our dinner order was not put in or the kitchen lost it. The neighboring table was seated about 10 minutes after us, and put their order in well after we did, but their food arrived about 15 minutes before ours.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service.

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BE
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Alex was a great waiter. The burata was phenomenal. The bartender was easy-on-the-eyes.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Austin the waiter was one of the best waiters I have had in Boston

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Good place for brunch. The service was kind of slow and it was hard to get the server's attention to order

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JM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food and drinks in a casual but cozy setting

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CK
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice little spot for brunch. Busy, noisy spot. Food very good.

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j
New England
22 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great breakfast in a cozy atmosphere with excellent service

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVED it!

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this spot! Great coffee and fantastic food. We sat downstairs and it was cozy and warm, loved it. The Parmesan garlic fries were DELICIOUS.

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ME
New England
58 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neighborhood gem!

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j
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

this is one our favorites...such a great vibe, lovely service and delish food in the best neighborhood!

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New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very tasty food - highly recommend the meatloaf!

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k
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

went for my 2 year anniversary. amazing food, i highly recommend the lobster pot pie!

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Friends here from out of town.
Parking is very difficult

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

none of our dishes were hot. They were Luke warm at best.

meal was tasty however.

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JR
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I had a great time at South End Buttery and totally loved the food. Will be back for sure!!

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A simple restaurant with a warm ambiance and a good american cuisine based on fresh & good products and perfectly cooked.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Strange waiter, no sense of humor, misread and misreacted to our jesting conversation. Not a people person don’t know why he’s a waiter. Ruined the evening. A lot of turnover here so it’s very unpredictable. Food is often very good though. It’s the turnover that brings the frequent one-off individual both in the coffee shop and the dinner venue. Also always very noisy as joked about by the hostess. Fine with me but not the place for quiet conversation.

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EB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Gone out for Sunday Brunch. Tried calling directly, n they weren’t available. But was able to reserve thru OpenTable in a reasonable amount of time. Food was yummy. Service was really busy.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, seating and atmosphere. Although a popular and busy venue we had a very relaxing brunch with excellent service. A specific request (made in advance) on seating was accommodated which really made our day.

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S
New England
45 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

This was our third time at buttery this year when I reserved our table the available time was 745 with high top table only which we preferred any way because it’s upstairs and better ambiance however when we arrived 15 minutes early they took us downstairs !! Which was loud due to low ceiling and it was not comfortable . Our waitress was very nice and attentive we had the lobster roll which arrived with cold and stale fries and it was disappointing when we complained they apologized and brought Avery small portion fries 15 minutes later when we all had finished dinner !!!?? And they said we will deduct the entree from the bill then they came back and said because it was part of dinner and we ate the roll they will offer free desserts !! What is a roll with out hot fries together it just ruins the experience ! anyway not a good fun I g experience and if I go back I will make sure I am at a high table upstairs or in the cafe in an open space.and better ambience when the bill arrived they had only deducted one dessert from the bill ?? But we just left and made sure our waitress who was very energetic got a good tip after all this was the management fault

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B
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The bartender decided to teach the server a lesson during our dinner which resulted in a $40 martini which we had to have corrected. The top of the buns for 2 burgers were left off. The food overall was good but the kitchen, bar and staff need to get on the same page

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LE
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Sat downstairs for dinner. One of the loudest restaurants I have ever been in, even before the room was half full. Absolutely no thought for acoustics...low ceilings with no acoustic tiles and stone walls made it so we had to shout to be heard over other tables. The service was slow and the food was just ok. Expected a lot more for the money. Might try it again but would not sit downstairs again.

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MS
New England
25 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

This place seems to have gone downhill. The food this time was mediocre. The salad had very little dressing but worst of all was the noise. We couldn't hear a thing over the bad acoustics in the place. Everyone was shouting and screaming. I won't be going back anytime soon. Very disappointing

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KC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a Sunday brunch and split the French toast and eggs benny. The French toast was amazing! Also loved that the mimosa’s weren’t served in teenie-tiny champagne flutes. Best part was that I was able to bring my dog and sit outside on their small patio on the sidewalk! Will definitely be back

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EH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our table was downstairs. It was very noisy and hard to carry on a conversation. The waitress was punctual and sweet, but given the cramped space downstairs and the noise level I am not anxious to return.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service! The food was simple but very good.

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San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff was especially friendly and genuine, which made the great food taste even better.

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New England
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Pros - food and attentive service
Cons - small fruit flies bothering us in beginning. Only a couple but pests.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I normally get the breakfast sandwich. Yesterday was no different. Upon arrival my bottom bun was burned to the point I couldn’t eat it. I told my server. He brought a new bun but it wasn’t toasted or buttered. Just cold. Reassembling the sandwich was messy, but hey, it wasn’t my server’s fault so I didn’t complain. Upon eating my home fries I noticed that there was a piece of hair that was not mine attached to a fry. I had just about completed my meal, but it did ruin my appetite so I did not finish. Sadly, I did not leave happy.

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D
Omaha
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The South End Buttery is def worth the drive. Great for weekend brunch, get together with friends, or social coffee. Indoor and outdoor seating. Cozy bar and eatery in the back. I love this place!

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1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately, the service started off all wrong - we made a reservation and when I asked if we could be seated upstairs I was told they were seating downstairs BUT they proceeded to seat the couple right behind us who did not make reservations upstairs. We were sat in the basement by ourselves, and 10 minutes later our waiter got our drink order and 10 minutes after that he took our food order. About 40 mins later I’m wondering what on earth is taking so long with our breakfast and proceed to go upstairs to see people fed and the couple behind us had eaten and left. Several tables after us were also brought food before us and our waiter brought us a scone as we continued to wait another 15 minutes. Our waiter then comes out with my boyfriend’s meal (but not mine) and proceeds to check with everyone about who’s it is - the sweet pregnant woman who felt horrible for us, said loudly, ‘It’s his!!’ But then he went back to the kitchen for another 5 minutes to find my order. I was getting shaky at this point and when the food finally came we ate in 5 minutes. I would NEVER go back!!!

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