South End Buttery

4.4
1713 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!
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JP
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service. Small place, and is popular so crowded, tough to walk in with a gro and no reservation. Accommodated strollers. Will go back!

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q
London
35 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I was eating solo at the bar. The manager was very passionate about his wines and I tasted a few. The Brussels sprouts were beautiful and the pan seared salmon with lentils and mash was cooked well. (The only thing that is a little awkward that happens in US restaurants is that they bring the main course before I finished the starter.) Two large glasses of wine and two courses came to $80 including tips.

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E
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

We had an 8:30 Reservation. They did not seat us until 9:05. After seating us the service was slow. The food was good, but not worth that wait.

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ST
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are always great here. We were downstairs this time and it was pretty loud due to several large parties.

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BM
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very good. Service was pretty poor with an inattentive server who we had to call over each we wanted something. I’m guessing it was more of an anomaly than the norm so I would nonetheless recommend it to others.

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FT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Notwithstanding a reservation, we (two women) were seated in the lounge area. The bartender energetically used a shaker throughout our meal. It was hard to hear what my friend was saying.

I ordered the shrimp fra diavolo. The linguine were way over cooked. My friend ordered the hanger steak. While it tasted good, it was super tough. The food was uncharacteristically disappointing.

I’m not going back any time soon.

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KH
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

I had heard good things about this place so decided to give it a try. The poached eggs had hard yolks and the eggs benedict was flavorless, not served on a toasted english muffin, but rather on a soft roll. Breakfast sandwich was just ok, bread was bad and yolks on the eggs were also hard. Also, $13.00 for a cocktail is pretty standard in Boston, however, I expected the "adult iced coffee" to come in a pint glass for that price. Instead it came in a smaller juice glass. Drink tasted good, but the amount was not worth the price.

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CD
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pancakes are a must. A great place for a cozy weekend brunch

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M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I am always on a hunt for oatmeal, as I am allergic to eggs. When I found it at South End Buttery I made a reservation. When we sat down with menus there was no oatmeal on the menu, even though reviews had raved about it a month before.
It was explained to me that they only sold oatmeal in their cafe, which is in THE SAME BUILDING. Rather than offering to get that for me so that we could continue our dining experience and my friend could order from their egg menu, I was informed that we would need to give up our seats and find our own in their "no reservations" cafe. The only non egg and wheat breakfast on this menu was granola with milk or yogurt and almonds. (I am allergic to eggs, almonds, and mildly to dairy)
The oatmeal was good because it had extras like pumpkin and flax seeds, but I wish that they would help out all dairy allergy people by not cooking it with milk (just as creamy with water). I would also appreciate it if the "for here" ceramic bowls were accompanied by a real spoon, rather than a plastic silver one, as our planet can use all the help decreasing plastic it can get, and the metal spoon is a nicer dining experience.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Waitress was inattentive bordering on hostile. The food was nothing special. My drink was good and that’s the best thing I can say. Very disappointed.

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OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was great! I love that they take reservations.!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and perfect for a girls brunch or a date!

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AW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was great, but my food was a little sub-par for the price-- had the steak and eggs and could not even cut the steak despite the fact that I was given the biggest knife I've ever seen.

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VE
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ricotta fritters are to die for. Located in a very cute area of South End Boston

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I felt a little rushed. Couldn't have a leisurely meal

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MS
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Our first time there after hearing about this place over the years. We were seated in Cafe area - didn’t realize restaurant seating was downstairs. Server was nice, but service extremely slow. Maybe busy with tables downstairs. Even though we weren’t in a hurry, it was noticeably slow making dinner a little awkward being it our suggestion to dine here. Food was ok, nothing where you would say it was worth the wait. Maybe breakfast or brunch would be a better experience.

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W
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great dinner. Great selection of food and wine. Wonderful service with our waitress Rachel.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Good food. Cute place. Service was very slow.

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JW
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I love this place. Great food ,romantic and affordable. We ran out of bread for our burrata and we were given more. The place doesn't disappoint.

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RH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was excellent, except the service was a little slow

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H
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I would recommend the Buttery to a friend who doesn't mind how loud it was. We could barely keep up a conversation.

We had just come from South Station and so we had a few small bags, and I found the hostess extremely rude when we were trying to check in and wait for our table, and then when she showed us to our table.

The waitress was extremely friendly and polite, and somewhat made up for the poor experience with the hostess.

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CH
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was so good I want to make a standing reservation and go every week!

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CH
New England
11 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I had breakfast downstairs with one of my girlfriends early on a Sunday. Downstairs was cozy with a fire in the fireplace and music playing. It got a little noisy as the room filled up, but not disturbingly so. The food was good, but the service was a little slow. Luckily we were catching up with a long conversation, so the slowish service didn’t bother us, but it might have if I had been with kids or trying to get in and out quickly.

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s
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was terrific! Went for Sat night dinner. The service was friendly, helpful, but slow. Not a bad place if you want to linger. Definitely would go again.

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HG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time for dinner and it was excellent. The service was exceptional.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Waitress was great, very attentive. Drinks were good. Appetizers were good. Entrees were solid but not outstanding. Fra Diablo was tasty and very spicy. Meatloaf was good but mashed potatoes were cold. Desserts were good except for the pistachio chocolate cherry bread pudding which was cold and dry.

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K
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

best eggs Benedict i've ever had, served on a buttery biscuit

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b
New England
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was delicious, service was friendly and attentive. The dining room downstairs is cozy, especially with a fireplace on a cold winter night. Request room in the comments/notes section of OT.

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was great as usual but the service was not great. Waiter brought us our food and then vanished for almost all of the meal. Didn't offer to refill our drinks. We would have spent more money but wasn't given the opportunity.

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BE
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We have been several times and food was good. This time I asked for Eggs scrambled dry they came out wet and had butter melted on the side of them. Disgusting! Bacon was good and pancakes decent but the brunch wasn’t worth rushing over there. The bartender has long hair and kept fixing his ponytail not appealing when you are eating!

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LB
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The good people who work at the South End Buttery are reason enough to try it, but the food will have you going back for more!

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VM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a reservation for 12:30 and was not seated until 1pm. The food was great. Only issue was that we asked for no sauce on something and received sauce on it. Other than that, everything was great!

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AD
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good but nothing spectacular for the price. I really liked the ambiance, however, we were stuck in a table against a slanted wall with little space to move when most of the tables were empty downstairs. Drinks were good but likely won’t return.

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L
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Nothing special, with so many brunch places, wouldn’t go back

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reunion with old friend

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C
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was great. Would have scored everything a 5 except we had a long wait for dessert with no explanation until I flagged down our server to ask if there was a problem. It was not busy so I would have expected a heads up sooner.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Unfortunately our table was in the hallway downstairs which took away from the overall experience

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RL
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for an intimate New Year’s Day brunch. Lobster eggs Benedict, fruit and a cocktail was the perfect start to the new year.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 4

Went for New Year’s Eve dinner. Waited 45 min after reservation to be seated. Bar tender was snapping at waiters and people dinning. Very understaffed. Took 30 min to get drinks.

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a
New England
20 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was unexpectedly solo on New Year's Eve and decided to have dinner at the Bar at South End Buttery. Reservation was easy, and they were ready on time. The food was fine, as usual (Caesar salad, roasted half chicken) and the dessert special, too (chocolate hazelnut bread pudding). The bartender was busy but attentive and good-natured. I am a wine drinker, and the Sauvignon Blanc (forgetting the label) was perfect. Nice crowd, busy night. I'd do it again any time.

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