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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!

314 Shawmut Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Union Park

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 482-0711

Website:
http://www.southendbuttery.com/

Catering:
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 catering@southendbuttery.com.

Parking Details:
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.

Public Transit:
Back Bay Orange Line -- 5 minute walk

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.3

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4.3

value

4.2

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Cozy (21)
Great for Brunch (18)
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Neighborhood Gem (15)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Good for a Date (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Afternoon Coffee (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Fun (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Romantic (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
People Watching (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
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Afternoon Tea (1)
Authentic (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
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Organic (1)
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Disappointing Experience
Given all the positive reviews, my date and I went in with high hopes. The service was friendly but not fast and the food was really only fair. We were seated right away although we arrived 20 minutes early for our reservation. We then proceeded to wait. And wait. And wait for our server to acknowledge us. When she finally came over, I ordered my wine and my date asked what scotches were available. She disappeared again for five minutes and finally returned with a list, promptly forgetting that I had already ordered a glass of wine. Drinks were delivered 10 minutes later by another server. Our server wandered around the room cleaning tables and servicing other tables until we finally had to ask her to take our order. She seemed somewhat surprised by the request despite the fact that we had been sitting with our menus down for at least five minutes. (Please keep in mind that there were only 2 other tables for her to manage at that time.) Our appetizers arrived promptly and were quite good (cheese dip and an arugula salad). The entrees however were a real disappointment. The 1/2 roasted chicken was drowned in a balsamic glaze that was far too heavy on the balsamic and otherwise without additional flavoring, served over local squash that had been roasted beyond recognition. It's not generally a good sign when you find yourself adding additional salt and pepper with each subsequent bite. The salmon entree was flavorless, dry and even a little "fishy". The salmon was so pale that I actually considered that it might not be "real" salmon. Food fraud is real folks! Overall, our experience was underwhelming. Not recommended.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

I forgot my server’s name but he had long brunette hair and a very bubbly personality. Immediately my date and I felt welcomed by him and he was very attentive and sweet. The occasion was special because it was our first date and it was a memorable one. The food was fantastic and fairly priced. The place was cozy and had a great atmosphere.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Met friends visiting from out of town for brunch. The food and service were fine.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was amazing, as always, and it’s such a cozy spot! And extra special thanks for tracking down our infant’s coat when we left it by accident. You guys are the best!

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great service by Lauren.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Went for Sunday brunch to catch up with a girlfriend. Definitely make reservations because otherwise the wait is forever. Food is always good. Cute cozy cottage feel which is perfect for small groups. The space is small though, so if you have a larger group I’d recommend elsewhere. My only issue was our server made us feel super rushed - I guess that’s the issue with dining in the US in general. Heaven forbid you want to take longer than 30 minutes to dine and catch up. Other than that it’s a great restaurant.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I asked for a table downstairs and waited over an hour and they still seated me upstairs. I went down after being seated and saw two open tables. That was why I wanted to go and was quite disappointed.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Birthday brunch

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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

My husband and I brought my elderly parents and aunt (who can't walk where) there for brunch recently. I had been there once before so knew it was a pretty, cozy place. It turns out I had accidentally only made the reservation for 2, not 5. But the wonderful hostess accommodated us with a table downstairs and even escorted us in the elevator which we needed for my aunt. The service was outstanding, the surroundings charming and the food very good.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Never got my meal until my dinner companions were finished. Server avoided table once she figured they'd messed up. Didn't comp for anything but meal not served. Poor reaction to their mistake. Stay away from this restaurant.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Delicious Dilemma
Oh no! ANOTHER favorite dining spot! Hard to push our other fav's over a notch, but The Buttery offers stiff competition! They offer nearby, FREE street parking, warm greeting, timely seating in a quiet, cozy, stone-walled, fireplace-lit downstairs room, unobtrusive, swift service, well- prepared and nicely-presented dinners. All was as it should be when out for a fun night out with a friend.
Next time, I'll bring my husband and more friends.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Organic, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We arrived promptly for our 6pm reservation for 6 people. We were seated upstairs next to the door. We asked for a downstairs table, but we were told that we should have booked downstairs using the comments section of the reservation. (Downstairs was not full). Our waiter was very pleasant, upbeat, and good. The food ( Flank Steaks, Veggie Burger and Chicken) was very disappointing. The falafel veggie burger was dry and tasteless. The steaks were tough and the sauce was a congealed gravy, obviously not prepared to order. Poor value for money!

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 (London)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was good but the server was completely overwhelmed. We waited and waited every step of the way. A nice enough time since we weren’t in a hurry, but they need more staff or better training.

Tags: People Watching, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Wonderful, as always!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant. Great food. If your lucky enough to sit at the Bar, Bartender is excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Sub par service and food. Upon arrival, you can either walk through a hidden side door or trek through the right front coffee to get to the hostess stand. We waited awhile for the host to acknowledge us and no matter where you wait, you are in the way. Luckily, we had a reservation, which I highly recommend doing. Finally, we were seated and ordered 2 mimosas, coffee and a cappuccino. The waitress brought my coffee out and did not ask if I wanted cream/milk and the sugar dish was low. I had to ask for it when she brought the cappuccino and that took awhile. I ordered the wild mushroom omelet that came with a salad and toast. Our food took forever. Omelet was bland and it was disappointing that it came with a salad rather than home fries. I have been here once before but decided to give another chance. Another disappointing experience. I will not come back or recommend here. There are way better brunch places in the neighborhood.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Loved our dinner there! The bartender/waiter is fantastic. Food comes quickly and is always delicious! The cocktails are amazing too!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Great food

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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Amazing as always

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Only downside was the wait time, we had a reservation and still had to wait about 30 minutes.

Tags: Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Good quiet spot for a reunion with friends. Food was good, nothing memorable, but classic dishes with great service.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on October 3, 2017

it was pretty empty on the night we went. very much enjoyed my meal. the service wasn't up to par, friendly but not as polished as one would expect.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2017

My husband had the chicken parm and thought it one of the best he'd had recently. I had a turkey burger and thought it quite average - dry, unexceptional, uninteresting. So... mixed results. The wait staff was reasonably attentive but a little distracted, which was odd since the restaurant wasn't that busy while we dined. All-in-all, I would see no reason to go back, considering the prices were a little high for such results.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

By far my favorite spot in my home neighborhood. Buttery never lets me down, whether taking out or sitting down, breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Creative and fresh combinations for appetizers and entrees make for a wonderful dining experience every time.
Cheers to my South End "Cheers".

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Took our friends who were visiting from NYC. They loved it! The food and service were excellent. The fries were amazing, as were the pancakes and the bakery basket - highly recommended!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee
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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great food...decent value. Loved the Brussel sprouts. Pretty empty on a sat night before 7pm. Downstairs is small.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The South End Buttery was an excellent choice for a small birthday celebration. The staff went above and beyond our expectation with service, kindness and care of our family, especially our elderly, cane reliant Grandfather! The food was terrific, especially the little Ricotta Donut and Bread basket offerings. The Bloody Mary's terrifically spicey and my Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict was perfect. The biscuit underneath was just the right consistency. Thank You for such a lovey time!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Went on a Thursday night. It was quieter than I expected but very cozy. Great service and good, straight-forward menu. Did not disappoint!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Food and service was excellent but the downstairs gets very noisy and claustrophobic when busy.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Truly excellent. Perfection in terms of service, food, ambience, decor, etc.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, People Watching
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Brunch was awesome. The home fries were particularly amazing.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 24, 2017

The Buttery has been offering 50% off meals for the final week or two of August. This is a great deal, and the food is terrific. We ate outside because it was beautiful weather. I've been here for brunch many times, and always find the service and the food to be terrific. Great local restaurants, coffee shop and bakery!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Enjoy the great food, because conversation is impossible in downstairs dining room.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

I love this place! My favorite plates are the french toast and the pastry basket. Also one of the best chai latte in boston!

Tags: Cozy, Afternoon Tea, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

I would avoid the pastry basket. Our basket contained a scone, a carrot muffin, and banana bread. Both the muffin and banana bread were very dry. The table across from us also abandoned their blueberry muffin. The scone was really good. I would opt for scones instead if you want something to nibble on.

The brunch cocktails were amazing.

I wish there were a non pork protein as a side option for breakfast items. Steak and eggs just felt to heavy and I wasn't feeling the salmon with eggs (note salmon is not cooked into the egg), so then I was left with no options. Aquitaine has delicious apple chicken sausage that I usually order on the side of an omelette. The mushroom omelette was good, but could have been more flavorful. One of my friends order the eggs Benedict and her eggs were slightly over cooked. The yolk was not at all runny.

It's super busy for Brunch, so do make a reservation. It cuts your wait time down to like 15-20 minutes at peak times. Without a reservation it's a 45-50 minute wait, sometimes longer.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 6, 2017

My favorite brunch place. Always delicious

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 5, 2017

I met a colleague for brunch on Saturday at 9:15am. The food and service were perfect but the level of noise (downstairs) was a bit much for the business part of our conversation. Next time we will ask to sit in the cafe area or upstairs. Special note: We love that the restaurant called to confirm our reservation the night before and warned about the experience some have finding parking.

Tags: Fun, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Tables for two are packed too close.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Pancakes are amazing, and huge!

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·Dined on July 26, 2017

We enjoyed our visit. I got the fish & chips and liked that they didn't skimp on the fish. My wife loved the veggie burger. Solid neighborhood spot.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating
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