South End Buttery

4.6
1635 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.
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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
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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
40 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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EW
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Family gathering and reunion. Our server was extremely helpful and we all enjoyed our dishes! Thank you for accommodating our special brunch!

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SQ
New England
16 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and delicious food. Great neighborhood gem!

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C
New England
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I'm not sure how I feel about it. It was a bit of an awkward seating arrangement. High top tables (despite asking for standard seating). Place was really small. Pics made it seem bigger. I was literally afraid to move so I won't bump into the person on the table next to me.
Service was good. The people are very friendly.
Food was okay. I had the turkey burger which looked amazing but was a bit too dry to be honest. Would I come back again? Doubt it. But i might wanna try their cafe for a brunch or something..

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most amazing nights out. What a find!

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New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had quite a food timing hiccup despite the fact that the restaurant wasn't busy (Monday night) but the server was understanding and the manager handled it promptly. Otherwise food/atmosphere was great!

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KK
New England
27 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Buttery! Go very frequently. The only downside is that downstairs during brunch it can get LOUD! Dear Buttery Management: PLEASE put some noise dampening stuff on the walls. Tapestry? Something creative?

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N
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Charming restaurant and bar. Good service and food. The noise level only problem when it got full as we were seated next loud group, it became quite hard to have our own conversation...but we will try again.

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F
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Small dining area, food was very well presented, lack of fried clams was a disappointment. Felt like people sitting at bar were taking a dump on you as their butts were in your face. Won’t rush back, meatloaf was good.

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Orlando
27 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The South End Buttery (SEB), was a plesant surprise, as my daughter stopped in for the 1st time early morning for a coffee and a breakfast sandwich, while I was unaware of her earlier visit, I selected the SEB for our dinner that evening, based on the dinner menu. We were both very happy we stopped to explore their dining style. For dinner, we had the calamari (very well prepared!!) shaved brussel sprouts, and and the fritters. For the main, we enjoyed the Lobster Mac&Cheese, herb crusted salmon, and the fish and chips. Large portions, very nicely dressed, and with great favor. The parm garlic fries were perfect nibby food with a couple drinks. A wonderful nite time stop, worthy of multiple trips, at nite or daytime.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique and delicious menu with kind and caring wait staff

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B
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our daughter's move into the South End to start dental school at Tufts. I chose South End Buttery based on the Open Table reviews. When we pulled up, my husband and son were a little wary as the only visible part of the restaurant was the cafe, which was empty. But then we entered on the right side into a cozy, very Boston South End/Back Bay environment and we were all ready to see the menu. The signature drinks were delicious and we all enjoyed our entrees - I had the crab cakes which were really good and not over-breaded. The fra diavol shrimp/lobster combo was spicy and just what my husband and son had dreamed of. My daughter loved her salmon. We will definitely be back very soon!

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JK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Second time here. Waiter was so nice and professional. I had the half roasted chicken cooked to perfection. I couldn’t eat it all, took the rest home and finished itthe next day. It was just as delicious!

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J
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious brunch food and friendly staff. Great vegetarian options available. Their deep fried foods are good (home fries, fries, fritters). The restaurant is loud due its small size and stone basement and tables can be awkwardly shaped. Would happily return.

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LM
New England
14 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Buttery never fails to deliver. Its cozy room and splendid menu make it one of our favorites. Love the fresh hummus app, and the salmon and burger were terrific. So happy they still have creme brulee on the menu, and although we often skip dessert, we always make an exception for their cupcakes. Friendly and super efficient service also.

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T
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The occasion was a friend’s get together and sitting outside to dine al fresco on a lovely summer day was ideal. The location is near beautiful Union Park in the South End. The eggs bennedict was light over a flaky biscuit. The coffee was freshly brewed and the service was excellent. I have already recommended this restaurant to a friend.?

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R
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Solid brunch spot. Nice location and excelent pancakes!

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Y
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were so great! My husband and I got there around 8:50 pm not realizing that they close at 9:00. The staff were so accommodating and they served us a really great meal! We had our doggies with us and the waitress brought them nice cold water :). Would definitely recommend this little gem of a restaurant!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The food here is always delicious and fresh. Great spot for breakfast in Boston.

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MC
London
11 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

went for brunch, the main level is loud, but downstairs is quiet. the food was good, but the service was slow. they just need more people working.

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ZW
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live in Colorado but come to boston often, every time I make a reservation to eat brunch here. It’s the best food in town and I dream of the scones when I’m back home. Recommend highly

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AA
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thought the dishes were unique and very tasty! Loved it for a girls dinner night out.

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GK
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was not good. Food took forever, waiter kept being MIA. Food was average. We were disappointed overall. Many better options.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, drinks, and food!

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RI
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The South End Buttery didn’t disappoint. The staff is friendly and we’re easily able to accommodate our early arrival. The meal was overall very good, but my omelette was just a bit over cooked. Also, I hate when servers use endearments when addressing me. But that’s probably just me!

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was good but the service was some of the worst we have ever experienced.

The waiter was paying little or no attention to our order. I ordered the Eggs Benedict after about five minutes he came back and asked if I would like breakfast potatoes with my breakfast sandwich. I corrected him that I had ordered the eggs Benedict not the breakfast sandwich. When the food came out I was given a breakfast sandwich! When I finally got a hold of the waiter again and told him about the mistake he apologized and said he would fix it immediately. It took 20+ minutes for my Eggs Benedict to arrive, my wife had finished her breakfast and the table beside us had received and eaten their breakfasts during this time. The situation and service was so poor that the tables on either side of us were commenting on how appalling it was. At least it provided them with some entertainment!

What was supposed to be a relaxing Sunday Brunch was ruined by appalling service. It’s a pity because the food was good but we will never go back.

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