South End Buttery

4.6
2017 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 2017 people are saying
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SNOW
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our 2nd time here. Really good food & nice ambience located in a super charming part of Boston. We will be back for a 3rd time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Deanna was friendly and amazing.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent good, service and ambiance! Will definitely revisit!

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EmilyZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely favorite brunch (and possibly favorite meal in Boston). Such a cute neighborhood, amazing menu. Loved that the Brunch drink menu had more than just the standard mimosa and bloody mary. Highly recommend the bellini and adult coffee. The shareable "breakfast baked goods" basket with jam and butter is a must!

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vipTinal
Nashville
21 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food staff and delicious food!!

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LisaW
New England
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Our party of 4 ate inside at high top table in bar area. It was actually rather quiet, despite all tables being full - as no one was sitting at the bar. Great spot, as we were able to look outside and enjoy a very cozy setting. We enjoyed the hummus and mussels for appetizers, and then burgers, meatloaf and skirt steak dinners -- all perfectly cooked and presented. Portions were good and left us all feeling satisfied - and not too full. Service was a bit slow, but staff was very friendly and didn't push us out after 90 mins (the advertised limit for staying at a table). We relaxed and were there for 2 hours. We would definitely come back - and would love to try brunch some time. Highly recommend.

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Yum1
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Reasonable prices, good quality food, beautiful outdoor setting

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderfully delicious meal and service was excellent!

AJ
AlexandraJ
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood restaurant. The food quality is always great, and the service always super kind and excellent. Another great meal at The Buttery.

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Buzzy
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining space with heaters. Food was very good. Service was excellent.

JB
JuliaB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The highlight of our meal was the pecorino truffle fries, which were incredibly crispy and flavorful! Overall, it was a great experience and the food was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was good but it took them 20 minutes to give us the table and extra 45 minutes to take our order.

SB
SusanB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Sat outside which was great except the fall warmth brought out the yellow jackets! Can’t believe they have only one coffee machine. Makes for big takeout cups which got cold quicker than I like.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service was slow but good ambiance and food

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was friendly and helpful. We had the Buttery Breakfast with garlic parmesan fries and espresso drinks. Everything was fresh, made to order and delicious.

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vipkpkp
New England
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was ok but nothing special. I really dislike that they serve coffee in plastic cups for dine-in service - its very wasteful.

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Lesper
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

lovely cafe, the food was good. standard american type brunch menu.

FP
vipFrankieandPaulie
New England
19 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The dessert menu was shocking limited and they closed very early. Not good despite the food being enjoyable and the serving being polite and caring.

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Veruca81
New England
18 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
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.

DD
vipDiningDuo
New England
40 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Nico
New England
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 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
3 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!

DO
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
6 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
40 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.

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 2017 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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