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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
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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 email@example.com.
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
The Buttery has a very nice downstairs small restaurant. Unfortunately, we were seated next to the dining room in the hallway between the dining room and waiters station. It was hectic, cramped and loud. The food at the Buttery was very good, except that the main dinner was not timed right and had been waiting under the warming lights, making the fries soggy. Perhaps having a party at the dining room made it a bit hectic; otherwise The Buttery is a very pleasant restaurant.
I had a great experience here, the services was wonderful and the waiter was helpful in suggesting wines. I tried the vegetable burger which was a little lacking in flavor and fullness factor, it was tasty with the compote dress but I wish it had a little more flavor. My friend had the french brioche toast and was extremely satisfied!
First visit to Boston and South End Buttery. We arrived at 10:30 and there was no line. As we left there was a wait for tables so reservations are recommended. My goat cheese omlette was excellent. My partner's brioche french toast was OK, he complained it was soggy and not as firm as you would expect of brioche. Ambiance is good, tables were very close together. Downstairs room was quieter.
Never had a bad meal here and, even better, each meal has been excellent! Cocktails are refreshingly inventive at a reasonable price (or as reasonable as martinis get in Boston), particularly when considering how well made they are. Service is always friendly and efficient without being fake or pushy. Definitely plan to return on a regular basis.
. My husband receieved his toast 20 minutes before we recieved our breakfast and he never recieved his additional sides. When we inquired we were told "things happen"...we were also charged for the toast ( not a big deal but in principal he should have been given hot toast with his meal)
Luckily, we sat upstairs the down stairs was very claustrophobic.
Gave it 1 star for Ambiance because the 3 star Noise is named "Energetic" while what I was looking for is "horribly loud and uncomfortably noisy" - Acoustics is deafaning!
The food however - AMAZING. And after having a full brunch, I actually ordered a portion of their special garlic parmesan fries, with the truffle aiole - AMAZING!
Oh, and even though it was 11:30 am, we had several of their cocktails, and loved them!
Staff was great!
We had the Buttery Breakfast and the eggs benedict and a side of garlic fries. The food was on spot but the service was bad. They kept on refilling our waters to the point where it was interrupting our conversations. I think if only a 5th of the water has been consumed, I don't need the water refilled. It would be fine if they did it in a manner that did not disrupt our conversations (ie. multiple waiters or expeditors coming by and reaching in and over and on top of us every 5min). Also, the waitress brought everyone coffee, even though we did not all order coffee. Our bill came out to be over a hundred dollars with items we did not order. It took her 3 tries to give us the correct bill. I was embarrassed because I had invited good friends
We went for brunch to the Buttery. Everyone was very friendly; service was just right--attentive, but not overly so. We got the Eggs Benedict, French Toast with Strawberries, and the Salmon and eggs. All 3 dishes were excellent. The coffee was strong and good. Definitely will come back!
My favorite dishes so far are the Veggie Burger w/greens and the Fish and Chips. The fries are great for sharing and the affogato is my absolute favorite dessert/coffee combination… I would go there just for that!
Alexandra is sweet and elegant and her service always efficient!
The South End Buttery is a favorite spot for brunch or a late night drink. Made up of three rooms (a bar, a bakery, and a downstairs dining room) plus sidewalk tables in good weather, The Buttery can easily feel crowded and get noisy. Sometimes that's exactly what we want but the noise can be overwhelming. This past Sunday we made reservations for noon at 10:30 a.m. We arrived and were seated quickly in the bar, despite a long line. We had asked in our reservation to be seated downstairs, but these things happen. Because we were seated at the bar itself, our service was excellent -- pleasant and attentive without hovering. The food is very good, although the brunch menu leans more towards breakfast (a LOT of egg dishes) than lunch.
4 of us went for dinner and sat in the basement dining room. The exposed foundation is very cool and creates a nice visual atmosphere. Everyone really enjoyed their food. We had salmon, lobster mac n cheese, mushroom ravioli, and chicken. Everyone was happy. Desserts were very good as well. The server knew the wines on the list and made a good recommendation. Only complaint: there was a large party that was very loud, which was magnified by the stone walls. Without them it would have been an A, with them it gets an A-.
The seating outside is a bit tight and too crowded. The service was very friendly (and sometimes a bit too frequent, which makes you feel interrupted). The appetizers were creative, but the menu is a bit too simple and mall,however; I can appreciate that concept. The Hake and the lobster mac& cheese needs needs a major recipe reconstruction, with all respect to the chef. I wish if they can cater to healthier options as most of the things fried and 'too' buttery. Overall good but didn't knock my socks off. I will give it another shot though.
The food the good and the waitress was nice, however, this was overshadowed by the fact that we were seated at a table in the hallway in the basement level overlooking a storage closet and listening to a blow by blow description of a wedding at the next table that you couldn't help but overhear, it was overall very noisy (including a baby who seemed to spend the whole time screaming), there was a long wait for the food to be served and having to pay extra for aioli to go with fries is a bit ridiculous.
There are lots of other restaurants in Boston that have good food and service with better ambiance so I'd rather spend my money there.
I definitely wouldn't rush back.
On paper it sounds ridiculous: a bakery, sandwich shop, and... restaurant? But get over the strange concept and you will have a rewarding experience. I went with my wife and two friends and we had a very nice dinner in a quiet environment. The food was simple but excellent and the service courteous. And, most importantly for me, we could have a conversation without having to shout over loud music, street noise or other people's shouting. I'd happily go back.
We were fortunate enough to dine outside, however the inside was adorable. We started with a nice pinot grigio and then had the crab cake and arugula for an appetizer, excellent! Dinner we had the salmon and roasted asparagus, again excellent! We are normally not dessert people but were celebrating my daughters 24th birthday and splurged on cupcakes and cappuccinno, they were worth every calorie! Enjoy this little neighborhood gem!
The bread basket was so-so. While everything in there was delicious it was primarily made up of muffins. A little variety would have been nice. The coffee and lattes were great. French toast was not good, soggy and undercooked, but the eggs and pancakes were nicely done. There are two tables in the basement right next to the stairs that make the diner feel as if they are eating in a dungeon. The tables in the room with the window looked better.
Excellent, interesting appetizers and main courses. The mussels with tomato/Pernod sauce were amazing. Large portions. Charming half-basement dining room (also a dining room upstairs, but it was raining and the fireplace downstairs was lit). Excellent service.
I really enjoyed our brunch. The eggs benedict and huevos rancheros were delicious and well prepared just as requested. My only negative comment had to do with the seating. It can be noisy and crowded feeling in the basement. We sat at the crowded bar and enjoyed a delicious meal.
As always, the experience at the Buttery is outstanding. I brought a friend from South Carolina on Sunday and she was ecstatic about her lovely brunch. I highly recommend it to all my friends, although sometimes I think I should keep it a secret, but it is too good to keep to myself. Thanks again, Pat Doherty
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