South End Buttery

4.5
1701 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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AW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

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MS
New England
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Good food. Cute place. Service was very slow.

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JW
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
1 review
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 10, 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 10, 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
5 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 20, 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
2 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 2, 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 January 1, 2019
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 January 1, 2019
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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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cute interior and downstairs!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and excellent brunch drinks. We can’t wait to go back!

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C
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Tried this place for brunch.....food was great. I had the zucchini Benedict which I would definitely eat again if I went back. We were seated downstairs but not in the room that looks cute with a fireplace, instead we were outside of that in what only felt like the waitstaff prep area. Biggest turn off was the glassware which may sound crazy but it looks filthy. When I asked for a new glass I was given an equally dirty glass and told “the dishwasher gets cranky around this time”.
Just buy some new glassware that doesn’t stain or just order food to go.

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JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service, and ambiance.

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M
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

There’s a world of difference in experience between the basement dining room and the upper front dining space. The latter is bright, chic, and airy and the former, super cramped, dark and loud. Breakfast was fine. The pancakes looked delicious, but were surprisingly just okay. I’ve been for dinner some time in the past and it was amazing.

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HL
New England
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch in Boston!

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JT
New England
19 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We had a delicious burrata appetizer. The best thing on the menu was my beet ravioli. It was out of this world. Others at our table had good entries- Caesar salad, roast chicken and shrimp Diablo (a little too mild). Our waiter was inattentive and was not well versed in the menu details. At the end of the meal the dessert selection were not to our taste. A member asked could we get cookies; we were at a bakery. The waiter told “no problem, I’ll bring you chocolate chip cookies.” After awhile he arrived with what looked like 4 thin tea cookies. It turned out they were coffee bean cookies. Not good at all.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Party of 4 and we sat in downstairs corner near fireplace. We felt ignored - difficulty getting water all night. We never got our salads so when our meal arrived waiter said he had assumed it was already delivered. We cancelled the salads. We were the first ones there and last ones to leave.

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a
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was pretty good, and we enjoyed the environment. However, it was almost 10 minutes before someone took our drink order, and 45 minutes from ordering our food that we got to eat (a salad and an order of fish and chips). That was a super long time to wait, and all the tables around us were getting their meals even though we had arrived before almost all of them.

Someone who might have been the manager brought our food out and apologized, but it was still just way too long to wait for food. My fiance and I both work at a restaurant so we understand that things happen, but our server never even stopped by the table in those 45 minutes. Not even to get us new drinks until the 45 minutes came and he said "I'm gonna go see where your food is"...clearly he had been so busy he forgot.

Again, good food, but I'm not sure I'd spend the money to go there again. At one point we literally considered dropping cash for the drinks and heading to Tasty Burger.

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C
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice choices , good cocktail list.
Food was nicely presented, space is small and a little cafeteria like in its layout.
A few had turkey burgers , one had salmon , another had meatloaf , all dishes were tasty and hot.
Truffle fries as starter were delicious. We skipped dessert but I’d be happy to go back for brunch or dinner date with hubby. Largest table holds 5 so not suitable for large group gatherings .

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ST
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Worst service ever. We were there 20- 30 mins before anyone took our drink order and after 90 mins only two out of three people had received their entrees. Took another 15 mins for the last entree to come. We asked for more bread at one point and the waiter didn’t remember until 45 mins later at which point we just said forget it. Never going back to their restaurant again. They should stick to coffee and pastries cause they clearly can’t handle more.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I went for brunch. The food and service were great. The downstairs dining room was definitely tight quarters. Tables too close to one another. Hard to have a conversation without hearing the one going on next to you. I think if I return I’d sit at the bar on the street level. Seemed somewhat set apart from the rest of the tables...maybe more private.

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