South End Buttery

4.4
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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!

Specials

Burger Nights!

Choose from our delicious burgers and get an order of fries and any beer for $20.00! May not be combined with other offers or discounts. Salad may be substituted for fries.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 10, 2019

Ends: September 11, 2118

Availability: Sun-Wed 5:00PM-7:00PM

½ Price Appetizers

With purchase of any main course or burger, enjoy any appetizer at half the price! May not be combined with other special offers or discounts.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 16, 2019

Ends: September 17, 2118

Availability: Sun-Thu 5:00PM-7:00PM

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, cocktails were very unique (a bit on the stronger side but no complaints here). A bit busy with only 1 person responsible for each table, but didn’t take away from the experience. Will definitely come again!

CE
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best brunches I have eaten. Make sure to try the Ricotta Fritters! They were phenomenal!

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Valentines!

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MS
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitstaff are so patient and friendly. The atmosphere is cosy and sophisticated. The fries are some of the best I have ever had. The food is a well-balanced mix of classic and adventurous. Would dine there again!

AG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

I had reserved a table for 5 people for brunch a few weeks ago on Open Table, put my card down as was needed for holding the table, and also requested that our 1:15pm reservation be in the upstairs dining area since I would be with elderly folk.

We arrived to the restaurant and the upstairs dining area was completely full, and the wait staff said it would be an hour before anyone got up. I found that alarming as I made the reservation so long ago that our table was given up preemptively.

Then we had to wait an additional 15 minutes (our elderly grandparents standing awkwardly in the hallway waiting for our table) as there wasn’t EVEN a table available at said reservation time.

When we finally got seated a server didn’t come over til 1:45 and left us sitting downstairs for another 15 minutes.

Our food was great when it finally came by at this point not worth all of the seating mishaps. My grandfather and husband ordered a beer when the food was dropped that they never received. That was annoying. When checking the bill we were charged for an extra coffee (we only ordered 3 coffees and were charged for 4) but at that point I just wanted to go.

When we were leaving our server didn’t even say goodbye and instead was standing playing on his phone in the hallway.

The whole experience was terrible. My husband and I live in the neighborhood and have had many great times at The Buttery. This most recent visit might be our last. I would have figured at least maybe our appetizer was comped due to the whole seating issue but wasn’t and instead we were overcharged. I honestly regret leaving 20% as our tip especially how the server didn’t even say goodbye or have a nice day or anything.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Been here before. Used to enjoy it too.

Was supposed to have my birthday brunch here. Made a reservation for 1 o’clock. At 1:30, we were still waiting. The best excuse the hostess could come up with was that “open table over-booked us”

Please take ownership of your poor management.

We left and went over to Boston Chops and had a lovely time.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Food and service were average. Will probably not go back.

LE
New England
26 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Have been many times before but the quality appears to be going down so this will no longer be on our constant rotation. Some dishes great; others a disappointment. And the tables were pushed so close together that it was hard to have a table conversation without disturbing the table next to us (or drown out their conversation).

W
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I had big expectations. The pastries were good but everything else, including the watery tea was just OK. Would not make a special trip for it.

R
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I sat downstairs. It is a VERY cramped space. I asked to be moved because we were SO CLOSE to other diners. I could barely hear my date because there were way too many people seated in such a small space. That being said the fireplace is a very nice touch during the winter and the decor was quality. I’m a sucker for ambiance so even with the noise and the cramped space I’d go back, perhaps during their slower periods.

The pastry basket was great! I’d recommend coming here for coffee and treats not a full blown meal as the food was not impressive. It wasn’t bad either. It was food. My date’s steak was extremely tough (although he did get it well done) and my eggs lacked flavor. Salt made up for it.

The staff was nice enough the hostess was able to seat us WAY earlier than my reservation time which was nice. They were attentive however not overly so.

KC
New England
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Seemed like the server was overworked and overwhelmed. Got our order wrong, and never refilled our water or coffee. Very nice people but poor waitstaff. I have been quite a few times and the service is always hit or miss and negatively affects my experience, despite really enjoying the food.

R
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Attentive waiter but Long wait for food
Coffee warm - two cups not clean

JB
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

One of the most overrated restaurants I've ever been to.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Service was horrible!!! For a popular neighborhood spot, this should be improved.

MW
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

excellent food. terrific wait staff, nice dining areas both upstairs and downstairs

SA
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

A buzzy south end brunch in a cozy environment provides a great environment for catching up with friends over reasonably priced food! The ricotta fritters are a must for Nutella lovers. We will be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I went for dinner on Thursday night with two girlfriends and we ate in the bar. The bartender waited on us and he was super nice. I had the salmon and it was delicious. My friends had the chicken and chicken Parmesan and both were very good. Nice cozy ambience.

OM
New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

always looking for a place close to the BCA and this is now a go to place for us.

DB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Wonderful, solid neighborhood bistro. Relaxed, convivial atmosphere with comfort food the way you MOMath made it if your moma was a master chef.

B
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great burger, fries and cocktails

P
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Had always wanted to try it but was disappointed when we finally did. Came for brunch. Not too busy as it was a holiday weekend. Service was slow though the server himself was nice. Water and coffee refills took forever. One of our 5 meals was the total wrong thing and it took a while for the right one to come out. I have to say that overall, the basket of muffins and bread was the best part. Our meals were nothing special.

TK
New England
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cozy, warm dining room with fireplace. Ideal place for an intimate family dinner before show at Calderwood Pavillion. Will be back!

LR
New England
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was our first time at South End Buttery and was a great experience. The waitress was very pleasant and he food was very fresh and so good. We had meatloaf, fishing chips and the arugula salad with shrimp. We all shared two deserts we had the fresh fruit with carrot cake and then ice cream chocolate cookies with expresso. Wonderful meal and great place to relax with friends/family.

J
New England
18 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WONDERFUL! Cannot wait to go back. GREAT bartender!

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

South End Buttery was completely incompetent and made us wait over 45 minutes to tell us they couldn’t seat us. I highly recommend you take them off the top of the list for brunch places

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

When we arrived at the set time for our reservation, there were no tables ready. The hostess had apparently sat a walk in , leaving them without room for our 6 person party, despite our prior reservations. No one apologized, the staff appeared frustrated with each other, but no one addressed us. We waited over 35 minutes for a table- and no one ever apologized or even acknowledged the error or wait time

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food was average. Frozen French fries. Glasses were not clean. Multiple items on menu were not available.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Food was wonderful! The drinks were ok, wait staff was also ok.

L
New England
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I’ve heard lots of good things about this place and was excited to try it! Reviews told me to request sitting upstairs, which ended up being a very small, way too brightly lit room with four tables and a very small bar. A bit too sleepy of an atmosphere for my taste. We ordered the burrata appetizer, which was very good! I had the chicken pot pie for my entree, which was very watery and had too much chicken and not enough vegetables. However, the puff pastry on top was very good.

J
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot, cozy eating area downstairs, food was great.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Drinks were not very well crafted. Food was okay.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience4

I’ve been to the South End Buttery on a few occasions, but never experienced such terrible service. I don’t know if the staff was overwhelmed because it was NYE, but the issue was clearly with the the servers.

Half of our party arrived 10 min early while the rest of the party arrive a few mins late. No one came over to take the new arrivals order until over half an hour after being seated at the table. We waited over an hour to place our dinner order (even though we tried to order it with the drinks) because the server said he would get the drinks started and come right back. Those drinks did not arrive until an hour and 45 minutes after being at the restaurant. We actually got our food first and ordered drinks twice through the server, then twice directly with the bartender.

It was completely embarrassing because I don’t like to complain, but we repeatedly asked the only other server in the room for assistance who kept saying that she tell our server who would then never show up. After an hour and a half we finally went upstairs to order drinks directly from the bar. The hostess then became aware of the problem and she was horrified. We never saw the server again until he picked up our check. Other staff brought our food, the bartender personally delivered our drinks and the other server brought our check. No one checked in on us to fill up our water, clear plates or apologize.

In the middle of this debacle, I notice the table behind us flagging down a server because they had the same waiter we did who was also ignoring them. They said they made staff aware 10 min prior that they received the wrong food. They waited another 10-15 min before finally eating the wrong cold food because their proper meals never arrived.

I feel so bad because the kitchen and bar seemed to be on top of things, but bad servers ruined the experience for the diners and are giving the restaurant a bad reputation.

CD
New England
17 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ground level of the restaurant was absolutely fabulous. You must request to be down there.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Get together with old friends

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always enjoy this place. Good vibe, nice staff and good food.

J
New England
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love, love the ambiance and food. Every space is intimate, but sports it’s own vibe. The upstairs bar and high tops give a slight night on the town feel while the downstairs fireplace give a more homey feel. The food is excellent as are the wait staff. Absolutely stop by earlier in the day for some high quality pasties and coffee.

OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The mushroom ravioli is the beast!!!!

E
New England
15 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good place for lunch/brunch. Great Turkey Burger and Parmesian Fries are fantastic. Great local place in the south end.

AD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

the downstairs is cozy but very crowded and loud (especially if there are children there) upstairs is nicer with tall tables. the baked goods are fantastic and unique. food was very good. it was pricey but worth it for a treat

NB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food. Highly recommend the Buttery if you can get a reservation at a quiet time.

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