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About South End Buttery
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!
Boston, MA 02118
Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
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We cater home and office events 7 days of the week. Check out our web site for our corporate catering menus or contact our catering manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Private parking lots are also available one block away at the corner of Harrison Avenue and Waltham Street and at 505 Tremont Street, the Calderwood Pavilion.
Back Bay Orange Line -- 5 minute walk
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Our cafe can accommodate up to 22 guests for a sit-down dinner or 30-35 for a cocktail party. Our downstairs dining room can accommodate 30-35 guests for s private seated dinner. Because we are a small restaurant, we require a fixed rate per guest to offer your party our dining space for an entire evening, depending on the day of the week booked. We offer a full bar and customized menus for special events based on our seasonal offerings. Please call for details.
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South End Buttery Ratings and Reviews
We attended the southend buttery for brunch with our adult children. We were excited to dine here as the reviews were outstanding and it was highly recommended. The food and service did not disappoint and everything we had was excellent. The portions were good as was the timing and service. However, we were seated in the lower level and the noise level was so high we could not complete one sentence without asking it to be repeated. There was no ability to have a 2 way conversation let alone a family discussion. It seemed the volume increased as the meal processed and I left feeling like we had paid a lot of money for a nice brunch which could have been eaten alone. I would only go back if I was able to requesting a table upstairs.
Dined downstairs for brunch and it was a fairly cozy. Menu was good with lots of choices for brunch. Salmon and eggs was filling. Fresh fruit was decent, more melons than any other fruit. Noise can get loud from conversations all around and being in a tight space. Upstairs bakery was airy and had lots of yummy choices.
I love brunch at The Buttery, but yesterday the service was terrible. After our first cup of coffee we were never offered a refill. When I asked ten minutes later our server refilled my cup and didn't offer a refill to anyone else and everyone would have said yes. We couldn't believe how rude and inattentive our servers were. Normally I can't wait to go back, but I think I will be trying some new brunch spots.
We were excited to go as we had read good reviews about the restaurant. We got there and were seated downstairs and then the service issues began as we sat for a while as there was a mix up in who our server was. This was a 5:30pm reservation and there was only one other table at the time. Finally our server arrived and we ordered several small plates to come out one at a time which we do all the time. The first two plates came out together and we asked that the next plates come out separately as we were sharing the food. It took a while and then the third plate came out. There was also a long wait for the fourth plate and a second ordered drink. The final straw was the last plate which was an entrée order did not show up. We were there for over 20 minutes without anyone coming to the table or to explaining what happened or what the situation was - so we got our bill and paid for the food we had. I worked in restaurants in high school and college and I have two family members who run restaurants so I try to give restaurants a break if there are service issues because I lived through them and can understand how some things get lost in the rush but literally there was 4 tables in use. The food was very good and was what we hoped it would be. The problem was the service was so bad it ruined the experience.
My husband and I selected The Buttery so we could sit outside on a fairly quiet street, and have an uncomplicated meal. We had several appetizers- loved the asparagus and avocado toast- great flavors and pretty looking. Also had the roasted cauliflower. Then we had roast chicken with the cheesy polenta. It was moist and flavorful––simple but delicious. The service wasn't stellar (a large party with family/friends of the owner had her primary attention) but it was pleasant nonetheless. The Buttery menu has just enough variety so that you can go back multiple times and not be stuck in a rut. The new cafe level dining spaces created by their recent renovation look appealing when you can't be outside.
Overall, the food vas excellent ... hot, fresh and really delicious. Our table requested two small modifications to our orders, and unfortunately neither of them were for filled, even though it's a brunch rush had slowed and the restaurant was very quiet by the time we placed our order. Both requests only involved leaving something off ... butter off toast and a burger without aioli ... and although it wasn't the end of the world, it would've been nice if the cook had paid a little more attention to detail, especially since the kitchen was not busy at the time.
The bigger issue with our meal came from the presence of an uninvited guest. Before our food arrived, a mouse ran back-and-forth across the floor of the restaurant and over my daughter's foot under the table. I realize we were in the south end, and it's nearly impossible to keep rodents at bay, but it was the manager's response, or lack there of, that was more upsetting. Our server came right over to us and when we told her what had happened, she went and told both managers on duty about the uninvited guest. They sent her back with an explanation that the back door had been left open earlier in the day, and that was how the mouse probably came into the restaurant. There was no apology from the managers, they didn't come to our table to make sure everything was OK, and they didn't take anything off our bill. We didn't ask for anything, but it would've been nice to have some sort of apology or at least a recognition that having a mouse run across your foot during a meal is at the very least unpleasant. Any acknowledgment from management would have been appreciated, and we were very disappointed at the lack of customer service that showed. Again, the restaurant was very slow by the time this happened. In fact, we were the only people in the downstairs room by the time our food came, so I'm sure the manager could have taken a minute or two from their day to make sure they are guests were satisfied.
Haven't been to Buttery in a couple of years and only 1 time previously for dinner. This before-theater dinner was fabulous! It was early in the evening, so downstairs was quiet and uncrowded, which was perfect. Menu was creative and delicious! Everything we had was fabulous and would have gladly had more. This is a great place and I am eager to add it into my rotation when I am in the area!
Shayla provided great service, was very personable, and made helpful suggestions.
We had been here for brunch but this was first time for dinner. It was a hit! The salmon was terrific - perfectly prepared and the accompaniments were just as advertised: fabulous and interesting combination of tastes including fig and almonds. I requested bread to soak up the sauce. The meatloaf was also enjoyed by my friend as was the hanger steak. All three plates were licked clean. The service was great. The summer price on Sunday-Tuesday is half price - cannot beat that value!! We will return!
I made a reservation for 12:30 for a 4 person brunch. When we arrived, 2 more people decided to join us and we ended up waiting an hour (!) for a new table to open up! We got so tired of waiting that the 6 of us squeezed into a 4 top in the front of the cafe vs the back restaurant. Service was slow and the food was fine but that wait was rediculous and everyone in the party was very annoyed. The fact that one of our guests knew the owner didn't seem to help at all. All in all not worth it for some eggs.
We were seated in the bar area and it took the wait staff 10 minutes to ask whether we wanted water, a drink or to welcome us to the restaurant. My date had to go to the manager and complain that we had not been waited on. The restaurant was was not busy so we couldn't understand why this was happening. The manager did come over and offered an appetizer to rectify the problem but the evening was ruined at that point.
Will not be returning or recommending this restaurant to any of my friends.
Sunday brunch offered good menu variety. Food was well-prepared and tasty with very nice selection of bakery items. The entrees were well presented with generous portions, but nothing out of the ordinary or especially noteworthy. Service was friendly and efficient, and the owner made sure we were happy (which I always appreciate). I enjoyed the ambiance and relaxed comfort of the Shawmut Ave location. Overall, we were pleased with our experience. I wouldn't road trip to go to the Buttery, but if I lived in the area, I certainly would frequent.
One of the best brunch spots in the city. We split the Western Omelet and Brioche French Toast with a side of applewood smoked bacon.... all were delicious and we were became members of the clean plate club that day! I've also been for dinner and have to say I had such a great experience, which is why I returned to try brunch out.
I have been following this place on Instagram and when I knew I was coming to Boston I knew I definitely wanted to check this place out. The restaurant itself is very small and tight. Also, the air conditioner was so low that I was freezing the whole time. There were only 2 other parties while we were there and our drinks took about 15 minutes to come out. The cocktails were just okay. Service was a little slow but the food was delicious. I ordered the half chicken and it was great. Perfectly cooked with nice seasoning. My bf had the fish and chips and really enjoyed it. I would come back here and maybe try their breakfast and/or lunch menu instead.
Twenty minute wait, despite reservation, but it was clear that hosts were doing the best they could to accommodate everyone and still allow guests not to feel rushed. Buttery's food, and value is worth the wait. French toast was awesome, huevos rancheros plentiful, eggs cooked perfectly. Our server didn't greet us for ten minutes, but was friendly and professional the whole time, and remained calm while accommodating a very busy section. Positives outweigh negatives at this great value restaurant. We'll be back.
The food is unique and delicious! Wait staff is warm, inviting, and efficient. The only thing I didn't like was the location of our table. Ours was one of three tables without a view of a window and it felt a bit like eating in the hallway. Servers and customers had to walk past us to get to the bulk of the tables on the other side of the door. It's a small restaurant - reservations suggested.
Known for brunch, this is not a place I will return to for dinner. The food wasn't great, our meal was overpriced, and the server, while sweet, was unprofessional. When she brought my salad with the wrong dressing she went off for another, but left the first one sitting in front of me. When she finally returned with a new salad, it was without the salmon that I'd ordered (at an extra $12 cost.) Instead, she borrowed my fork to scrape the salmon (now cold) from the old salad off onto a butter plate before she took that salad away. We were very surprised!
The kale salad was fine other than the cold salmon and Gorgonzola dressing that tasted like bland blue cheese dressing out of a jar. The chicken 'potpie' was bland,had no crusts, and was essentially a bowl of soup.
When we got the check, we'd been mis-charged, but we pointed it out, and the server cheerfully made the adjustment. Even so, the meal was way over-priced.
The menu at the South End Buttery is excellent, but the service is very slow. Last Saturday evening, we waited almost 10 minutes before our sever acknowledged our presence and served us water. It was another 10 minutes before she returned to take our drink and appetizer order. The downstairs seating area was not particularly crowded that particular evening.
I suspect the restaurant is under staffed. I try not to hold servers responsible for delays in the kitchen. But, the slow wait service really ruined our experience last Saturday night. It is too bad, since the South End Buttery is one of my favorite neighborhood eateries.
We made a last minute reservation on Friday night and it worked out perfectly. We had a burrata and green strawberry appetizer that was delicious! I had a turkey burger--very moist and flavorful. My partner had the chicken parm and really liked it. The waitress was very attentive and friendly. We sat in the lower level which is loud, but charming with exposed brick and stone. Overall great time.
We've heard good things about the restaurant and decided to give it a try. While the staff were friendly, the place was busy and we were seated at a table that stuck out halfway into a very busy doorway - lots of unintentional (we hope) kicks and bumps made for an interesting balancing act with cocktails thrown in. The food was good, but we felt bad for the staff that seemed overworked. We might try again, as we suspect a different seat might provide a different experience, but overall, we had a pleasant enough experience.
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