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About The Butcher Shop



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.




552 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02118
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French / American, Italian, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Daily: 11:30am – 11:00pm;

Butcher Shop:
Monday –Thursday: 11:30pm –8:00pm;
Friday – Saturday: 11:30pm – 6:00pm;

Cross Street:
Waltham and Clarendon

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 423-4800

Website:
http://www.thebutchershopboston.com/

Parking Details:
Valet Parking available across the street from our restaurant on Tremont Street at the Clarendon Street intersection starting at 5 PM daily.

Public Transit:
Purple or Orange Line to Back Bay Station

Executive Chef:
Barbara Lynch

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Non-Smoking, View, Wine

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Private Dining

Celebrating a special event at The Butcher Shop is a fun and unique way to wow your guests . We are happy to accommodate either lunch or dinner events. Our dining room is ideally suited for reception-style events but different formats are available to suit your groups style and taste.

The Butcher Shop Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (13)
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Fit for Foodies (9)
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Notable Wine List (7)
Cozy (6)
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Comfort Food (5)
Casual (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Romantic (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Fun (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Hot Spot (3)
People Watching (3)
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 2 days ago

Friendliest wait staff ever! I haven't had such great conversation with people at a restaurant ever. And THE BEST STEAK OF MY LIFE.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great food, but pricey even for a business dinner.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Relaxed atmosphere. Superb food and wine, attentive staff.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was delicious, my steak was well seasoned and cooked perfectly to temperature. However the restaurant doesn't have a liquor license, only beer wine and cordials. I have a big problem paying $60 for a steak and not being able to have my drink of choice (dirty martini) with it! That was a big let down

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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The service was wonderful and the food was delicious. The meat, of course, was super, the salads and vegetables were as well. It was a totally fun dinner.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Matt was an amazing bartender and server. Gave us great recommendations on food and wine and we loved every minute. Perfect date night spot!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Celebrated an anniversary at The Butcher Shop. We were late for our reservation due to parking and traffic issues. They called us to check in and were very understanding when we arrived. Our table for two was a very small high top by a window with two chairs arranged at a right angle to each other. Tables are squished very close together making it impossible to shift our chairs at all for conversation. The Halloween spider webbing in the window kept catching on my clothes and utensils. A server brought our food while my husband was in the restroom. He was not gone long and it seemed like very odd timing. They gave no thought to timing when our small plates would come out, so the small table was precariously filled with dishes. The Butcher Shop does not seem set up for the comfort or ease of patrons or servers. Pâtés and brussel sprouts were wonderful, but steak (the apparent house specialty) was well cooked but very bland in flavor. I was underwhelmed.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Good food and great service, a bit noisy and we were seated half an hour later than our reservation....so give yourself time!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I arrived 10 minutes early for the reservation and there was some confusion about whether I had one. Once seated, I was ignored for approximately 10 minutes. Then they gave me a menu, water and bread. I had about 75 minutes for dinner because I needed to catch a train. I waited approximately 15 minutes for someone to take my order. I ordered 2 appetizers and asked for them to be delivered at the same time. 25 minutes later, neither one had arrived. I told them I had a train to catch. 5 minutes after that, one of the dishes arrived. I had about 5 minutes to eat that and I paid the bill so I could leave as soon as I had eaten. I told them to make the other dish take out. They did that and they apologized and I walked very quickly 12 minutes to the station. I made it 3 minutes before departure and carried the take out bag home. It was not especially good warmed up at home.
Not a happy experience. Won't go back.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Love the Butcher Shop! Always a great meal and experience!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, People Watching, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Casual, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Very good food but best attribute was wait staff: welcoming, knowledgeable and attentive without being intrusive

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

We stopped in for a pre-theater dinner as first timers. We had reserved for two at the Bar and were pleased to have a choice of seats. If it had been crowded, the Bar seating would be a bit too cozy with others tightly next door. The Bartender was quite informative and helpful with the menu. Selected were the Maplebrook Farms Burratini (shared), the Roasted Duck Breast and Berkshire Pork Chop. We were pleased with each selection as the mozzerella was particularly fresh and pea pesto a good sidebar with it. The duck was cooked just rare enough to impart its full flavor and the pork chop with its condiments was delightful. We should mention that the sea salted butter and honey offered with the crusty french beard upfront when mixed and spread on the bread was fabulous. Overall, a very pleasing first time dining experience.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Bought a $125 steak that tasted like a $10 steak. Would not encourage anyone to eat here, overpriced and only ok. Service pushed us out the door almost to turn the table.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Phenomenal simple well executed food, great wine list and cocktails, service impeccable. I'd come for lunch T the bar every weekend.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We arrived for our 8pm reservation at 8 on the dot only to be told it would 30 mins until our table would be ready. We were told to sit at the bar (with no apologies). We made a reservation specifically so that we could sit at a table so we were disappointed to be squished into a noisy, crowded bar for what was supposed to be an intimate date night. Food was good but we will not be returning due to noise level (like club music), limited seating and disregard for reservations.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Hadn't been for a while but so glad I went back. I am a huge fan of all Barbara Lynch restaurants but for some reason the Butcher Shop kind of fell off my radar. Not sure why because it is always reliably delicious. It is a great neighborhood spot, with friendly faces, great service and seamless execution.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Amazing food, great service, fun atmosphere. Awesome and fresh tartare and tomato appetizers. Perfectly cooked and flavorful steak. Lovely wine list. Ambiance is very comfortable and friendly though a bit tight on seating so wouldn't recommend for a large group. Would highly recommend for a special dinner!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great food! Prepare to wait for your table...no matter if you have a reservation. The rest is great!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Mediocre for the price. Much better experience and selection at a number of neighborhood spots.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Great dinner.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great meal!!!! Share the lamb with cauliflower!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Everything was fantastic except the bar height chairs and tables. I would have never guessed it would have been such a dark cloud but it was. By the end of dinner all of us were uncomfortable. We all said it was the best steak we may have ever had - on top of an amazing charcuterie, and great service. Just will never go back because of the seating. If it was just to hang out and have cocktails, fine. For a high end dinner on Saturday night, we were all looking for something more comfortable.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Wonderful place but not easy to get in

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 (New England)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Had this place on my list to try and decided Restaurant Week was the time to go. Cocktail, wine and beer selections are limited but probably due to the limited space as this place is small. Wife had the Salumi Plate & Tagliatelle Bolognese and I had the Tomato Salad and Sausage Board (recommended by our server over the Flank Steak. Both appetizers and entrees were excellent. We decided to get the two desserts to tray and shared the Coconut Cake and Chocolate Terrine, we were underwhelmed by both as neither had much flavor. With the exceptions of the desserts the apps and entrees were very good and we would order both again. If you go, skip the desserts!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Great experience. Went for Dine Out Boston- all three courses were phenom. Waiter gave excellence advice on drink choices!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 12, 2017

The food at The Butcher Shop was outstanding. Where we were disappointed in the restaurant was how long we waited. We didn't sit until 45 minutes after our reservation and then our entrees didn't come out until over 2 hours from our reservation time. Our waiter compensated us with a glass of wine and a cheese plate, but it was really unfortunate how long we waited.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Went for Dine Boston and they offered a choice of 2 menus - each was fabulous. Food was fresh, delicious, nicely portioned. Bartender was very engaging, would definitely return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on August 8, 2017

every meat lover should come

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 (New England)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Drink order was very slow. Sent a drink back. Kitchen was very slow. When the food came, it was great. Nice staff, just a bit overwhelmed.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 1, 2017

We loved the old Butcher Shop, This is not it. Our waitperson was good, the atmosphere not what it use to be and the hostess was a robot. The food was good not excellent like it used to be. Bottom line bring back the old Butcher Shop!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Wonderfully surprised. Amazing service. Great wine and lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Very expensive for what we had. Food was tasty but overpriced

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

Great small spot in Southend, cool atmosphere, and lively on a Saturday night. We had a small wait for a table (8:00 reservation) but the manager made sure we had some complementary cheese to snack on while we waited. The food and service were both excellent. Will definitely come back again.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Overall very good. Small place and my steak could have been hotter but was good. Bartender was very attentive.

Tags: Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on July 21, 2017

First time to BS in a long time. The food and drink was super. Service great too. But the interior has undergone a bizarre transformation. A white ceiling and grotesque gingham print around the meat case...and the same gingham in the bathroom! Odd ambiance.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 21, 2017

This neighborhood standard is a solid restaurant - good but not great. Reception hostess very nice and gracious. Waitress Maria was professional and very pleasant. The Chicken liver pate appetizer is an acquired taste that I did not possess. Entres fine, if a bit over salted.

The evening was an unpleasant chore not due to the food or service but due to the overbearing noise level. They've clearly tried to address this issue as there are large acoustic tiles glued onto what was once a flat ceiling but it just doesn't work. Owners should invest in windows that open or remove some seating.

But the place was well subscribed, mostly with over imbibed twenty something's - which may also help explain some of the noise.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 20, 2017

This place is so good. We had a great experience from the appetizer of assorted cheeses to our main courses. I had a steak with potatoes and I don't know which was better the potatoes or the meat, but wow! My husband had the lamb chops and he loved it.

I would definitely recommend this restaurant. We sat at the bar and didn't even notice everything else happening behind us. The place is very small so I do recommend to make a reservation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on July 10, 2017

I love their food!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Cozy spot. Great meats! Lovely service. Awesome place for a small group (6 or less) or a date night.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 1, 2017

They were out of at least three of the ten beers on their menu, which was a bummer. A high top tables near a cooler isn't necessarily the ambiance I want if I'm paying $200 for two people to have steak. The meat itself was good but not the best I've ever had. I might go back for a burger or charcuterie, but not for a steak dinner.

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