The Butcher Shop

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$30 and under
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Contemporary French / American


Inspired by the travels of Chef Barbra Lynch's travels throughout Europe, The Butcher Shop celebrates all that the old world boucheries of Europe had to offer. A combination of a full-service butcher shop and a wine bar, The Butcher Shop offers menus that both represent and celebrate Italian and French cuisine. While lunch and dinner specials change on a daily basis, some of the most well-known and loved dishes include terrines, steaks, antipasti and a selection of pasta.




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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was 100% amazing. We had the duck and prime sirloin. It will be hard to find a better prepared steak and fowl.

MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

I had a 7:30 reservation and was really looking forward to it, got there 7:25 and was told there was only one table left and it was immediately next to the door. The waitress had very little interest in making us feel welcome, we ordered , received a cold entree of pork and never received one of our side dishes. Dessert was never offered........ it was very disappointing. The door kept being opened letting cold air in..... don’t go!

CZ
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing wine selection and very delicious food.

a
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small portions for the price, but quality over quantity. Super delicious spot!

F
New England
146 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had the Tuscan kale salad, which was very good and flavorful. Only beef was the paltry portion. Porcini Fagottini were underdone and really lacked the depth of flavor you would expect the ingredients to bring. Confit duck was excellent. Lovely bottle was the special of the day and delicious. My friends shared the 32 oz rib eye and ordered it med-rare. It arrived basically super rare/raw and had it fired some more. It was better but still very, very rare-not med-rare. Also, the cut of meat was really quite underwhelming. We are big Pat LaFrieda steak fans and this was so inferior and for $125 it was ridiculous. I'm all in favor of paying for a really good quality steak, but when it is never done quite the way you want and is not the best cut of meat, well I think that was a big downer for us all and would never order that again. I'd go back but stay away from the large beef.....

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

the place is adorable. wait staff attentive, wine list perfect. the tenderloin was ridiculously good. we came down from essex and will make the trip again soon!

JR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We went there to celebrate our 10th anniversary. Upon sitting down, they brought us over a couple of glasses of sparkling wine wishing us a happy anniversary which was a very nice way to start the evening. The charcuterie board was delicious. The waiter was very helpful in helping select a wine to match my wife's taste. The main course was good although the kitchen was a little heavy handed with the salt in our opinion. Everything was quite salty. My tenderloin was cooked perfectly and was very delicious. My wife likes her steak well done and it took a second attempt (and they handled it very well offering to remove it from the bill although we refused to let them do so) to get it right but it was also a good cut of meat. Dessert was very good as well. Overall it was a very nice experience and a great anniversary dinner.

OT
Austin
15 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We had a great time with friends. However I didn’t feel the meal lived up to the hype or the price tag. Steak tartare was fantastic. The Bolognese and steak were just okay, which is what they’re supposed to be known for. Also they don’t have a full bar. They have a few special cocktails but you can’t order a gin and tonic or bourbon on the rocks 🤷🏼‍♀️

VT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

For the price paid definitely not worth it. I ordered the $60 steak. it Was a combination of not tender (hard to cut) and too chewy, and as a result under cooked. That would have been ok had it been a properly aged steak but it clearly wasn’t. It was sadly clear that they did not give the protein it’s due diligence- and not worthy the $60. The salt crusting was tasty. Other than that the food was good but not particularly better than any other new American style restaurant. Service was ok, they tried to give us a horrible table by the prep station and were then relatively helpful. They certainly were nice and apologetic about the steak. We sent it back to be cooked more so that it was less tough.

g
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We love the steak here, so good!
High tables are not very comfortable, especially with a little baby, but overall a fantastic place where we will love to go back!

KB
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great -on par if not better than the big fancy steakhouses with a much nicer neighborhood atmosphere!

S
New England
40 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved the new windows fully opened to the street.

MK
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dinner in Boston! Cool atmosphere but more importantly everything we had was a 10!

B
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Butcher Shop is always amazing. Great cocktails and wine and the service is impeccable! Best steak tartare and the duck was to die for. Every time I go back, this place is better than the last.

s
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing wine, and really knowledgeable staff! We will definitely be back. The space is super intimate and has a strong emphasis on their wine bar and meat cuts. The perfect spot for after work drinks and charcuterie selections!

S
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the butcher shop. We sat at the bar, windows and doors wide open on a beautiful summer evening. We ordered from the Dine out Boston menu and loved it all. Squash salad was delicious and sirloin was cooked to perfection. Nicholas at the bar was wonderful bartender and server. So jealous of folks who live in the South end and have incredible places like the Butcher shop right outside their doorstep!

B
New England
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. We love coming here. Love the location too.

AP
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Butcher Shop is legendary and Ive always wanted to go. I took my fiance who isn't accustomed to fine dining. I know Barbara Lynch's reputation and wanted to give my fiance a special experience. She was BLOWN AWAY. Sarah, our sever, helped us with every course and in choosing proper wine pairings. We had an amazing time and will be making this a regular evening out.

KS
Palm Springs
22 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect neighborhood hood spot with 5 star quality food in a comfortable setting. Service is impeccable, drinks and wine selection are as perfect as the food. I would advise that you skip the fancy steakhouses to experience a true “cut above” steak with so much more to offer.

DD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The Butcher Shop is advertising a special "Burgers and Beers" through Labor Day. It's not that special. Essentially, they are including 3 burgers paired with a suggested beer on their regular menu. It's also not a special price. The burgers aren't even that special. Everyone at our table was shocked when they came out and the bun overshadowed the burger. It also came with some baby greens. No fries, no other vegetables with the greens. With the beer pairing and tip, my small burger and greens was almost $40. Not a good value and not a special. We all left a little bit hungry, which is terrible considering the cost.
It makes me wonder why they label on their website that this is a special and that it is served with a limited a la carte menu. They gave us the full menu. Overall, I was disappointed in the experience.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a difference to last time! Awesome service!

Thank you so much!

Kerstin

ND
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Winnie is an outstanding server! She has enthusiasm, listens and responds to our requests easily and efficiently.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took my husband for dinner - was great for his low carb diet. We had great service, fantastic wines and a wonderful time.

MH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The restaurant is very small and uncomfortable. Poor layout and use of space. Appetizers (prosciutto and salami) were delicious as were the drinks. Entrees were poorly prepared (both meats over cooked-duck skin was burnt) and very salty. Desserts were okay (coconut cake had good flavor but not moist) but not worth the price. Service was poor, but bartender was efficient and polite. I would not recommend dinner, maybe drinks after work.

SP
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We were disappointed. It was a warm evening and there was no air conditioning. The windows were open, but there wasn't any breeze. The table we were shown to was set up for one. We assumed another set-up would be coming, but the bread came, the antipasti came but still no napkin, utensils, small plate for me.
When we asked the server, her response was "Sure", no apology or even acknowledgement that we had been left without the obvious. My partner's steak was well cooked and tender. My veal chop was heavily breaded with lots of fat and bone, under seasoned. All in all, pretty mediocre for the price.

VW
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

nice table near window but very mediocre service from our server

OT
New England
33 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The duck alone is worth going - one of the most stand out dishes I’ve had in awhile. Our apps were good, not great. Our waiter accidentally brought us warm Chardonnay, which the supervisor correct very quickly and waiter was very apologetic about it - aside from that minor mistake, our waiter was friendly, apps good and entree great. I recommend.

s
New England
26 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Continues to be the South End go to place for great wine, charcuterie, and consistency.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attended for summer burger night and loved it! Will be back soon!

J
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A tad slow, but overall experience was great. The portion of pasta was small for the price. The pork dish is amazing. Changing availability of items is aggravating when you have your heart set in an item.

The window open wide to make it feel open air! Such a nice corner in the South End to enjoy an evening.

G
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best well done burger! Excellent service. Outstanding wine list. Felt like a small restaurant in Amsterdam to me...that’s the ambiance.

B
New England
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The restaurant was easy to find. Our reservation was honored promptly. Drink and wine selection is very impressive. Foodwise, my companion loved both his charcuterie plate and his steak. The broiled bone marrow I started with was excellent. Desserts were delicious. My main course, Steak Tartare, was a disaster. Rather than using chopped (preferably hand chopped), the beef seemed to have been pulverized to paste in a blender. There was just no mouth feel. A few rings of pickled onion was the only non-meat ingredient. No capers, parsley, onion or any of the other items mixed into the beef. The worcestershire sauce dominated the taste. When I told the waitperson of my disappointment, he said he was sorry I didn't like it but that they had been making ST the same way for 15 years and it was unlikely to change. My recommendation to diners is don't order the ST unless you have problems chewing.

CM
New England
29 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The Butcher Shop was fantastic place to spend my birthday! Barbara Lynch's Bolognese is hands down the best in my opinion!

M
New England
30 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely early evening, weather wonderful.We sat at a high top table, being a warm lovely evening the restaurant wall was opened. It was really fun, people watching and eating good food. I hadn’t been here before, my husband and I had a wonderful time

RB
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & even better staff. A wonderful restaurant in a great neighbourhood

g
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it, steak cooked perfectly, so much better than a steakhouse

KO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Went for my husbands birthday. Ordered the 32oz bone in steak, which was over $100, and it was tough and flavorless. I was shocked, as I’d heard great things. Our other food was fine, but nothing amazing. It was a disappointment.

MS
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance, food, and service were all excellent. I would highly highly recommend!!!

RD
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We expected more.

The food was warm, not hot. My wife and I both sent our plates back. It did seem to take a long time so, and we’re guessing, the plates sat somewhere for 10-15 minutes. Unacceptable.

Second time around everything was redone nicely and the flavors were wonderful.

This is the Butcher Shop. Why in the world would they allow this to happen? It is not inexpensive, after all we spent $200. You would think they would pay close attention.

Roger Dickinson

SJ
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

absolutely loved the vibe, people and food despite the grey rainy day

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