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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
Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Union Park Street

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, 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

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Cozy (31)
Great for Brunch (25)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
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Good for a Date (18)
Comfort Food (16)
Casual (16)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Romantic (9)
Fun (8)
Afternoon Coffee (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Healthy (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Authentic (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Scenic View (3)
Seasonal (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Business Meals (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Cramped for brunch. Our food order got overlooked so it took 45 minutes to get breakfast. Food was delicious but our silverware and cups were all dirty which was easily the worst part.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Food was amazing and the restaurant is cozy. Very romantic.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Had a great Valentine’s Day dinner. Food was amazing. We had a great glass of wine and we’ll definitely be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Romantic, Cozy, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Afternoon Tea, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fun, Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

The downstairs area of the restaurant is very cool (as is the upstairs area). Food and ambiance is great, the downside was that it seemed the waiter may have had too many tables to take care of (reading previous reviews, seems to be common).

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Overall great. Ice tea was tasteless

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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2018

This is my go-to spot for guests visiting Boston. They have never disappointed in the seven years I have been going here. The eggs benedict, pancakes and french toast are the best! Great cocktails too. Make reservations days in advance. It's a small place so the tables are quite cozy. However, once you get your food, that's all you can focus on! Worth the prices!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2018

I was expecting to sit in the small space I saw thru the windows. I was pleasantly surprised when there was a whole downstairs full of tables and a fireplace! Yummy food. Wished I could have eaten more off the menu. My cappuccino was large n yummy, and hubby's oj was refreshing.

Tags: Quick Bite, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Casual, Afternoon Tea, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Three of us dined and it was delightful. My hanger steak was seasoned and cooked perfectly, and definitely try the salted caramel cupcake for dessert! Our waitress was really personable but seemed frazzled, but we got what we ordered in the right amount of time, so ultimately it was fine. I'll definitely go back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

One of the best brunches we’ve had in Boston. I got their breakfast sandwich and my husband got the pancakes. Both were incredible.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2018

I really wanted to like this place. Super cute looking, but the seating downstairs is really tight so my husband and I were elbow to elbow with another couple. The service was great! But the food portions are pathetic. My husband got Huervos Rancheros and when they brought it out I almost laughed. The portion size was very small and the price was $14 (for maybe $2 worth of food) so I guess you're paying for the location. He also said it wasn't very tasty. I got the french toast (2 slices). It was yummy but I gave a piece to my husband whose meal was tiny, and honestly, we both left hungry. Our meal came to $37 (not including tip) together for two coffee's and two food plates. We left pretty disappointed.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Friendly staff and great bartender on Sunday brunch!

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Met a friend there for brunch. We had 1:30 reservations and they were able to seat us promptly even though they initially warned us that they were 15 to 20 minutes behind. The brunch menu is a great selection of items both mains and small eats. We shared their pastry basket which was a good start for two and could be a meal for one. I had the eggs benedict with ham and cheddar. Came out promptly though the eggs were done "harder" than I would have expected. Was in the downstairs room which is tight space and can get noisy. Over all a pleasant dining experience, a popular neighborhood spot and would definitely go back.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The downstairs is extremely loud and service is slow on Saturday brunch.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Cute little place. Tables are very close together so not great for an intimate dinner but good for a yummy meal!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Normally good comfort food, but this night the burgers we're overcooked and dry and the parm had much too much garlic. Disappointing.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food and service. Went before a show at Speakeasy.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Third time for me. First and second visits were excellent. This one was less than. An early reservation for 5 of us before theatre. Seated by the fireplace on a cold day - plus! Only one other table seated, then a part of 3 came in, one of whom had a cough that echoed throughout the small space and continued all through dinner. Not something the restaurant can control, but it was very annoying.

The server was helpful early on, but as the place filled up, she was harder to find. Water glasses remained empty, a request for wine was not filled until the end of the meal.

The food was ok, but the above plus another unfortunate happening, shadowed the meal. We will return though, as anyone can have a bad day.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

SE Buttery is overall a great establishment, from day 1. The Brusselsprouts was dee-lish. The lobster mac'n cheese was a miss. It lacked flavor and very disappointing. They did make it up with the apple crisp. I frequent SE Buttery, and this is the first time I was let down by the entree. Please don't let it keep you away, just don't order the mac'n cheese.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Super Saturday neighborhood brunch date. Eric the waiter was super and most gracious. Definitely a go to brunch spot.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

One of our meals (ravioli) was a smaller portion than expected. The salmon, however, was average size. Both were delicious. The roasted Brussels sprout starter was amazing!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great wine choices. I felt the chocolate mousse stood out as the showstopper above the very good meal. Get there early on a Friday, and you'll have a very quiet experience. My 3.5hr experience (by choice) was fantastic with a great attentive server the entire time. She checked in at all the right times.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Amazing service and delicious food

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Well, the food was excellent, as per usual. Sadly, it’s the coldest day in Boston I can ever remember, and we were seated at a table right near a door... each time it was opened there was a blast of literally arctic chill. Service was also a bit subpar, we had to ask for milk and spoons to stir our coffee.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Loved it for Saturday brunch. Very busy, great ambience in the bar and downstairs by the fire. Noisy, but tight cozy space. Excellent, efficient and friendly service. Food was fine.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

LOVED our meal here and the service was wonderful! Highly recommended!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The quality of food seems to have gone down, not the attention to detail, taste and appearance that it used to have.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great atmosphere, great food. Small bakery with intimate seating in back makes for a fun ambiance and home cooked feeling.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

South End Buttery is always a good choice, especially for brunch. The dining areas are cozy, staff is attentive, and the food is consistently well prepared and delicious. Highly recommended.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food was good, service wasn't, our server never asked us we needed refills, we were sitting there for some time. Very young servers and, they spent a lot of time talking with each other rather than taking care of the customers.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Brunch with friends - cozy and delicious!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Cozy, lively, rustic dinner spot!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We had booked a table for 4 in the dinning room but when we arrived the table is too small for four and is not comfortable so they offered us a table in the cafe which was ok but noisy and not comfortable
However the food and the service was very good and we will definitely recommend it for the service and seasonal menu

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The restaurant was very cozy..service was great and food was good (we went for breakfast). Hostess area could have been friendlier..this having been first time there..did not greet or direct us anywhere..no hello..how can I help you. etc? Other than that small issue..highly recommend!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Great for Lunch
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 6, 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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 (New England)·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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 (New England)·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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 (New England)·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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