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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:
Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Union Park Street
$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, 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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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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