South End Buttery

4.6
1940 Reviews
$30 and under
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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1940 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.4
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4.5
ambience
4.4
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipCherylC
London
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect night. We sat upstairs and felt like we were in our living room

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Small, quaint cafe offering small & large plates. Chorizo-stuffed bacon wrapped dates were pretty good, but drinks were overpriced and didn’t find them to be very good for what you pay. Glad I gave a small business some service during this pandemic but probably won’t be back.

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vipMinnie
New England
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We happened to be in the Back Bay and decided to have a date after not eating out for a while (we just got vaccinated). It felt amazing to have a lovely dinner without being crowded, and we really enjoyed food and drinks!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service!

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LeslieC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best mushroom omlette ever! Scotch eggs were great as well.

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DanielC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time there. Nice and cozy downstairs. Loved it all.

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MatthewK
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

SEB was very overpriced for the quality of the food. Two drinks and appetizer and an entreee for two people came out close to $100. The food was average at best but the atmosphere is solid and the staff is friendly, but I don't think i'll be eating here again

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stevos
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Lots of ambience. Food was fantastic. Service perfect. Drinks well made. And prices more than reasonable.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening for galantines day. Food was amazing.

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JessicaC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Ambiance was so so.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Love the cute and quaint vibe of the buttery! Great food and service

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KennethM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the service to the food and drinks were amazing.

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KarenI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

This restaurant is in a quaint Boston neighborhood and had a great vibe. Unfortunately food did not wow us, served Brussel sprouts with everything. Beet Salad had very few beets. But grab some cupcakes on your way out. Homemade and out of this world!

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vipNicoleM
New England
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places for brunch! Consistently good food and great service.

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ErickC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our first brunch in months! Awesome bartender, excellent food, just 3 tables. Felt very safe! Definitely be back! Scotch Eggs!

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vipAnnaR
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious brunch in a cozy nook next to the fireplace. Got an incredible Bloody Mary and yummy Huevos rancheros. Pastry basket to start. All excellent! Great experience

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Booked a table for 6 people and they sat us at a table barely big enough for 4 in what was a service hallway, where they run the food from the kitchen. Service was extremely slow and food was underwhelming.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Alarmingly bad service. Below average food. Don’t go here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Food was delicious, drinks were great, absolutely fantastic.

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KenD
New England
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely neighborhood restaurant with a very welcoming, warm environment. Food was outstanding - as was the menu. Great service from Jesse - we’ll definitely be back!

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vipChristopher
New England
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and a drink menu was great

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

A little too close for comfort in terms of covid precautions- not likely to go back to dine in during Covid, however the food and drinks are amazing as always!

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DavidH
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I havent been for a while, so I can only compare it to two years back, and maybe 2020 took its toll, but this place has hit the slippery slope...now just a very average place to go for brunch, and gone is the special effort to produce first class food....and to crown it all, we bought croissants on the way out, and they crumbles to pieces because they were so stale and dry. This place gets a pass for now, given the situation, but they had better up their game....this was a place that was booked out weeks in advance...now there tables and times galore...Pay Attention management...it looks like I am not the only one who has you on the clock

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EmilyH
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food and drinks were great! Service tapered off throughout our meal, but overall it was acceptable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience5

We sat upstairs which is super cute and has only three tables so the the bar. Our waiter was also the bar tender. He did not acknowledge us sitting there for over 10 minutes. He had an extremely dry and sarcastic sense of humor. However he inserted himself in the conversation multiple times. The service was so slow and it took over an hour to get our egg breakfast dishes. Nobody brought us silverware or plates for our apps. I love the atmosphere and the food is good. However our server and the painfully slow service will prevent us from going back. We will stick with the coffee shop

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TimW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was New Years Eve. We decided to dine out early not knowing what the scene would be like. We were lucky to get a reservation at the last minute. A great choice! The food was superb and the service great. Their strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols made for a more relaxed experience.

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AnneL
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal! Omelette was amazing. Service was excellent.

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StephenC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The eggs benedict is amazing! The building is beautiful!

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JohnnyK
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. In the bar area. Bartender/server most congenial and attentive.

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ShuleyN
New England
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best waiter (Jesse?) and essentially a private dining room. We sat at a high top in the bar room. I believe the only other diners were actually his parents. We had excellent, relaxed service with plenty of laughter accompanied by delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Food was good, drinks were excellent (espresso martini). Our server was fantastic. Personable , attentive and engaging. Can’t remember his name but he worked the back room on 12/12/20

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PapayitaFrita
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

The food was fantastic. I went with their regular breakfast, opting for sausage to be added as well. For being a basic breakfast, consisting of just two eggs, two fairly small pancakes, 2 small sausages, I thought $14 was a bit of a joke. It's saving grace though, was that the pancakes were delicious, not being overly sweet, and the sausages tasted so fresh! They weren't like those 'whatever' diner sausages you get at most places. I will say though, who puts their pancakes, eggs (I got sunnyside) and sausages on a small plate and then expect me to pour maple syrup over everything. Lowkey highkey wack, but, it was tasty! Those truffle fries though, OOMPH THOSE ARE TO DIE FOR! I was OBSESSSSSSSSSED. Also, our waiter was the coolest dude ever. I don't remember his name, but he made us our cocktails as well, and he made the experience even better! P.S. yeah, you guys make a good cup of joe too.

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MatthewM
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Steak for a great Value! I highly recommend it!

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ColbyC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outdoor seating was COVID safe and cozy with the gas towers. Food was excellent. Service was very good.

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HANNAHB
London
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious brunch and brilliant service. Highly recommend!

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vipBetterabar
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very solid food in terms of flavor. Really good service. Great Value overall!

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JimOF
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food and service wasn't bad. It was cold and the heat lamps weren't close enough to the tables.

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vipCaseyS
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We waited a while before being greeted by our server, but other than that, food and drinks were delicious.

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LoganB
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very cute little place. Food and drinks were very good, our waiter was very attentive. Would definitely recommend

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vipMelissaS
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a perfect experience. We sat outside and our server Laila was delightful. She made it look effortless as she went between her tables. We both had the kale and brussels sprout salad with an pouched egg on top...cooked perfectly. The owner came over and said hello and made us feel really special. It was a very nice day and we stayed for a few hours. At no point did they try and rush us out. They even sent a complimentary basked of pastries over. coffee was delicious too...although 3 cups was probably a lot! Great experience. I have been here for dinner and have used them for catering but never breakfast/brunch. Very high recommendations!

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You can order delivery directly from South End Buttery using the Order Online button. South End Buttery also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar and Postmates. South End Buttery also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 482-1015.

South End Buttery is rated 4.6 stars by 1940 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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