South End Buttery

4.6
2007 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 2007 people are saying
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Veruca81
New England
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My mom , a friend, and I had brunch to celebrate my birthday which was Saturday, 9/18. The restaurant was very busy. our server was lovely and our food was delicious and came out promptly without us feeling rushed.

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vipDiningDuo
New England
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great! Outdoor patio is very comfortable. Food delicious. Service great.

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Nico
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I really wanted to like this cafe. It’s tucked away in a more residential area and has outdoor seating. But I found the staff to be unpleasant and made me feel less than. I also thought the food was mediocre for the price and long wait times. And sad to say but pastries were not great. Boston has so many better bakeries! In addition, the menu was difficult to navigate considering where you were in the restaurant determined what menu you could order from. Reservations are a must here if you do decide to go. Or order ahead if you just want coffee and pastries.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

This was our Anniversary brunch but we were made to go elsewhere :(

South End Buttery supposed to be a dog friendly place? Atleast that was our understanding. Disappointed with how the waitress communicated and interacted with us. There was no courtesy or willingness to help out to make sure we are seated properly so that our dog is not an hindrance to their other customer. We ended up finding another place nearby and drive there.

Very hard to find parking nearby.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food is really good and creative. It is not a very welcoming place - maybe that is Boston. We haven’t lived here in 20 years. The host is pretty curt and wasn’t very kind to the woman ahead of us who wanted a highchair for her infant. It seemed that he was most focused on letting us know that we needed to leave our table in 90 minutes. I understand the need to turn over tables, but it’s breakfast food and it just doesn’t take that long. So he could lighten up and figure out a nicer way to deliver this message. Just started the meal with a strange vibe. Our server was nice but what breakfast place doesn’t refill your coffee? We learned this after the table next to us was admonished for asking. So overall, great food but the staff could use some lessons in grace.

KB
KarenB
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love buttery!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was room temperature, bordering on cold. Under-staffed resulted in long delays to get a simple cup of coffee, and refills are no longer a thing. So a second cup results in a charge and a new to-go cup and lid (not very eco). Then, add a tapping dog thanks to an owner who tethered it to a lamppost while she ran into the bakery to get a cuppa joe? It was difficult to have a conversation with my friend.

Usually the Buttery is top-notch. This felt like an off day, but it will be awhile before I go back.

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vipOresteP
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Breakfast is well worth the trip and cost. One of my favorite Boston restaurants. I highly recommend.

CL
vipCoffeLover
New England
44 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two eggs with pancakes is one of the best combinations for brunch, and the Buttery makes excellent pancakes.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome brunch and staff

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vipNellie
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food!

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DeeOrange
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

went for a birthday dinner and it was pretty nice. Two other tables were also celebrating. Was a bit loud but still a great time. The spaces was a bit small (we went down the stairs to this cool ambience)

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Jon68
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get food and beautiful building.

KD
KenD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food, great menu, lovely people but slow service, especially for bar service. Shouldn’t take 20+ minutes to get your first drink.

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vipMaryjo4564
New England
37 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Staff was friendly and upbeat. I was even moved outside at my request even though there were no tables available initially. The problem outside were flies. Tiki torches or spraying for bugs would be a good idea. I feel like service was very good but also a little slow.

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donnar
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was so good, nice outside dining, our server was delightful

SB
vipShariB
New England
33 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. We sat outside which was nice and the food was excellent. Will be back.

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vipMegg
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to brunch on a Sunday and had a great time. We were seated outside which was perfect. The smoked salmon and ricotta fritters are delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We booked an outdoor table but when we showed up they said there were none available. Very frustrating given we planned ahead and specifically requested to be outside.

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diningcat
New England
23 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch with nice outdoor seating. The tables were a little too close together for me, but otherwise it was a great place to be on a sunny Sunday!

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ClaudiaQ
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and ambiance are delightful! I would definitely recommend it for brunch.

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Ssss
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome, I recommend the home fries and the wild mushroom omelette was killer. Service was wonderful and making a reservation was super easy.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommended to come here and did no disappoint!

DH
DrewH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the flexibility of the staff. Super customer friendly and the food is delish

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

There were a few bees flying around toward the end of our meal. Overall great place and delicious food!

JG
JaimeG
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous…the service , the lovely table in the bar…all fabulous!!!!

DH
vipDeborahH
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The downstairs can be loud when there are large parties seated.

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vipLauraS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It was so loud in the dining room that it was difficult to hear the conversation at our table (of 4 people). The service was just ok. The food was delicious though! I would recommend an outdoor reservation next time.

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PhillyDeb
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Reservations a must for Sunday brunch if you don’t enjoy waiting! Great neighborhood place.

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OliviaW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious dinner! Servers were kind and attentive, but the food was the highlight of the night. I’ve never been so happy to walk away feeling ill from fullness. I recommend getting the hibiscus Prosecco drink and sitting outside.

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AS341
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & exceptional service. Thank you for a lovely experience.

EB
vipElizabethB
New England
24 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was not set up for dinner dining. Once the bakery closed which was early, there was no dessert or coffee to be serviced.

When we made the reservation, that information should have been shared. We had planned to have a complete meal with out of town friends. The meal was cut short because the restaurant was closing early since it could not offer a full dinner experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst restaurant I’ve been to in Boston in a while
They really packed everyone together
Horrible service
Food was extremely overpriced and under proportioned
Have been looking forward but will never go back

DB
DB39
New England
16 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We've always had great food & service at the South End Buttery. It's our go to place for a Boston Brunch!

JB
JulieanneB
New England
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic breakfast. My friend and I got the Yuzu mimosa - never had Yuzu before and it was yummy. For our meals we split the french toast and the breakfast torta. My friend said the torta was the best breakfast sandwich she has ever had. It was quite yummy - loved the pickled onions to give it some acid. French toast was amazing too, and our server was super nice and attentive. Will definitely be back!

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vipSamantha
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Well worth the drive to Boston on a Saturday morning.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Food was ok. People were very nice! It was weirdly quiet

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KellyR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I always enjoy dining at the South End Buttery! I make a point of having dinner there each time I visit Boston!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Slow to get the check at the end but the food was good - especially the salmon eggs Benedict !

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vipLynn
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The restaurant did a great job of accommodating our reservation although there had been a water leak that day. They called me earlier in the day to state we would need to be seated outside and when we got there and the problem had been resolved they offered us seating indoors in a lovely and quiet area complete with fireplace!

The salmon was the best I have had in years! Food was delicious, although the wait staff seemed a little rattled from their experiences that day. I definitely recommend the restaurant and will be back!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from South End Buttery using the Order Online button. South End Buttery also offers delivery in partnership with 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 2007 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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