South End Buttery

4.5
1609 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Great for Brunch
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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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
Reviews from verified diners
1,609 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
67%
Very Good
21%
Good
8%
Fair
3%
Poor
1%
4.4
food
4.2
service
4.2
ambience
4.2
value
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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J
New England
4.0
Dined 4 days ago

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
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

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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Washington DC
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

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
4.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Solid brunch spot. Nice location and excelent pancakes!

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Y
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

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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OT
New England
5.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

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

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MC
London
3.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

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
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Great time!

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Denver
5.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

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
5.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

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

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GK
Atlanta
3.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

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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OT
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on June 16, 2018

Amazing service, drinks, and food!

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RI
New England
4.0
Dined on June 16, 2018

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
2.0
Dined on June 10, 2018

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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h
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

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!

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OT
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

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. :)

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S
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

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.

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P
New England
5.0
Dined on June 2, 2018

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!

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OT
New York Area
3.0
Dined on June 1, 2018

Bar tender is garbage

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T
New England
5.0
Dined on May 28, 2018

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.

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B
New England
4.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

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.

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New England
5.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

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!

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AB
New England
3.0
Dined on May 19, 2018

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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OT
New England
5.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day

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CB
2.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

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

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New England
5.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

Mothers a Day

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S
New England
5.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

The food was yummy

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BD
New England
4.0
Dined 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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New York Area
3.0
Dined 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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A
New England
4.0
Dined 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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o
New England
4.0
Dined 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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RM
New England
4.0
Dined 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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OT
3.0
Dined 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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S
New England
3.0
Dined 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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S
New England
5.0
Dined on April 17, 2018

Excellent food and service. A real neighborhood gem.

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s
New England
5.0
Dined 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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NN
Philadelphia
3.0
Dined 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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DN
Phoenix
3.0
Dined 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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OT
New England
5.0
Dined on April 13, 2018

Great food and great drinks, would definitely recommend.

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New England
5.0
Dined on April 9, 2018

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

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