South End Buttery
Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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.
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.
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.
Unique and delicious menu with kind and caring wait staff
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.?
Solid brunch spot. Nice location and excelent pancakes!
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!
The food here is always delicious and fresh. Great spot for breakfast in Boston.
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.
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
Thought the dishes were unique and very tasty! Loved it for a girls dinner night out.
Service was not good. Food took forever, waiter kept being MIA. Food was average. We were disappointed overall. Many better options.
Amazing service, drinks, and food!
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!
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.
Stopped here for brunch as recommended by a friend. A lot of things aligned to make it a perfect day (perfect weather, lots of puppers, national rose day), but the baked goods and friendly staff definitely helped! We didn't want to leave. The staff was very accommodating to last minute changes in our number, time, and even where we wanted to sit - which was impressive given how busy they were! The food was delicious - I just wish the baked goods basket was warmed (but I honestly could've said something). All in all, I think I have a new favorite brunch spot and will definitely be back!
The brunch was really delicious and tasty. One word came to my mind- sumptuous. Nothing elaborate but everything was just sumptuous. I really liked our server, who really was caring and calm. Kudos to him, he really seemed to hold the place together. The downstairs seating area was hidden and tucked away in a South End charm kind of way. We got breakfast sandwich, wild mushroom omelette and side of pancakes. All very tasty, especially the breakfast sandwich and pancakes. Buttery is the best! Thank you and yum. :)
I really enjoyed breakfast here. The front cafe area was bustling and the line was out the door. I was thankful to have placed an Open Table reservation ahead of time. Despite the front area being busy, the back restaurant/bar area was nice. The service was pleasant and the inside atmosphere of the restaurant was very quaint and quiet.
I ordered the brioche french toast and a side of bacon. The bacon was nicely cooked and had a good flavor. The french toast wasn’t overly sweet so the sweet whipped cream and fruit was a nice touch. The french toast had a hint of lemon (which I wasn’t a fan of). But overall I would come back for the atmosphere and try something different.
Something for everyone, including elevated comfort food, vegetarian, and more sophisticated offerings, all fantastic and a great value. The best eggplant parmesan and meatloaf we've ever had; deliciously inventive, well-balanced craft cocktails. The service was excellent--friendly but unobtrusive. It's difficult to find such a charming, cozy atmosphere in a restaurant these days. There's a fireplace and brick wall in the downstairs dining room and a smaller dining room and bar upstairs with big windows, character, and a view of the beautiful neighborhood. The restaurant adjoins a cafe with sublime confections, which we picked up before dinner to eat at home; don't miss the fudgiest fudge brownies and cupcakes. We loved it!
Bar tender is garbage
I have been coming to this place for over 7 years for brunch. Its my go to place for visitors and special occasions. The food is just always perfect. The cocktails are great too. The place is tiny and the tables are very close together. It seems as though there is more room these days then in the past. The servers are usually pretty good too. My only criticism is there is NOWHERE to wait for a table. you are in the way no matter what. You must make a reservation if you want to get a seat for brunch.
We came here for brunch over the Memorial Day weekend. It was pretty busy but we got in and out pretty quickly which was great since we were picking up friends from the airport. My wild mushroom omelette was delicious. Not too heavy and the mushrooms and cheese were mixed throughout instead of being stuffed in the middle. This made it light and tasty. I would definitely get this again. The pancakes looked great too - I wish I had more room.
Our server was a little overwhelmed and we sat in the little nook near some storage so the ambiance wasn't so great but overall we were really pleased.
We went for Brunch. Located in a beautiful area, this is a perfect place if you have people visiting who are used to home style comfort, or just looking for a cozy place to tuck away. Our server was wonderful!
waited over 1/2 hour beyond reservation time. extremely noisy to a point where I couldn't wait to leave. Waiter was excellent.
Hostess/host were not personable and we were seated 30 mins after our reservation.
Mothers a Day
The food was yummy
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.
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
Patio/outside dining is the best in the South end. Only a few tables on a quiet street.
Great little place in Boston's South End. Nice bar area, and friendly staff. Menu is always refreshing
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).
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.
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.