The Butcher Shop

4.6
296 reviews
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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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KS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was very tasty (I had the brunch burger), but it was completely empty around 1pm on a Saturday, which was a strange feeling

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JK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great spot in the south end with consistently great food and wine. The steak and venison were awesome. I personally enjoyed a pasta dish with luck meatballs.
Can’t wait to go back.

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j
New England
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely experience here. Our server Dana was absolutely terrific and shared why they carry so many vermouths. The food was well prepared and very tasty.

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C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a very small place, mainly with tall stools and small tables. However, the service is especially friendly, and the food is innovative and delicious! Cannot recommend the food or service; not a quiet or romantic evening, but great food.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service & food here are so consistently GREAT! No fuss. Nice wine selection. If you like the low hum

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p
New England
27 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

So disappointed! We split a $75 steak and couldn’t figure out at first whether the steak was tough or something was wrong with the knives. The steak had way too much grizzle Abd although tasty enough, not awesome.For $75, that steak should have been awesome. For that reason, we would never go back. The steak houses do a much better job. It’s too bad as the atmosphere is inviting and the place is cozy. We compared notes with someone who had been previously and he said the same. Spinch salad was very good; Pate was very good. Wines good but super expensive and not worthy of the price. We go to expensive places and so the price per se is not the issue, but when Foid/wine is expensive. It better be more than OK. Overall not a good experience!

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GR
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A definite great find. It's small, so you best have reservations. But food is spectacular and service is great. A bit pricey, like a steakhouse, but by far ranks right up there with the best steakhouses in Boston without the haughtiness.

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TC
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We have been here twice. The first visit was ok, the second visit confirmed to us this place is not worth the trip or money.

1) For a meat speciality place their meat dishes are just mediocre at best. We've tried the tomahawk steak, duck breast, and sausages and they were just ok.

2) Their plating is terrible. I had an entree that came on an half empty plate. It looked like it was missing food and was not aesthetically pleasing!

3) The service is also very slow. We arrived at the restaurant at 4:30pm for a super early dinner. We ordered our entrees, no appetizers, at about 4:45pm. Our food didn't come till almost an hour later! There were other dinners but the restaurant was not packed at that time. I can't think of a rational reason why the food took so long to arrive.

Overall a disappointing experience.

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MW
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! The mushrooms were outstanding. Knowledgeable wine staff.

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OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our anniversary. We tried an aged steak, and it was magnificent! The appetizers and sides were also good. They have a good list of wines by the glass, as well as cocktails. Since it was a special day, we were given champagne and a tasty dessert of chocolate mousse and popcorn ice cream with caramel sauce. We'll proportioned and delicious. We sat at the bar. The bartender/waiter was great at answering all our questions. Overall, a wonderful night

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PM
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Overall great place with own personality and very cozy.
Only criticism is that drinks were not well done, very watery.

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JI
New England
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met a friend at the bar and drank a delicious burgundy. Spinach salad dressing was perfectly balanced, sweet Italian sausage perfumed with fennel was a revelation. Pate plate was exceptional. Can’t wait to go back.

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c
New England
18 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Go for the steak! It is absolutely delicious. It's a small restaurant, definitely recommend reservations.

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S
New England
18 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We reserved a table but were given the choice of sitting in the doorway or sitting at the bar. I don’t like eating at the bar so I was disappointed.

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KB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

This restaurant is overrated and overpriced. The space is small and cramped. No full liquor license. Staff is pleasant and helpful.

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F
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was a bit disappointing. Food was good, but duck breast wasn’t hot. Also coconut cake tasted a bit stale.

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B
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For a tiny place, they knock thus menu out of the park. Superb food and excellent service.

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NS
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was so amazing! Grilled quail, venison entree, and pork entree were AMAZING!

Dana was also so wonderful!

Thanks for SUCH an amazing experience and night!

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L
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very comfortable, genuine place, with great food and an ambience that includes not being too loud

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AC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommended. Really interesting and delicious food. Will return when next in Boston.

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S
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

We just returned from The Butcher Shop Restaurant. The spinach salad was unremarkable..mushy veggies and flavorless dressing. The Pork was tasty, but had so much fat on it that half of it was was not edible.
The best part of the dinner was the friendly bartender. I would not recommend this restaurant because the food was unremarkable.

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F
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this tiny restaurant with fantastic food and wine and warm, generous staff. We went for our 35th anniversary.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overcooked meat at first. Initially wrong refill of wine (complementary to make up for overcooked steak). Both corrected

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E
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I returned after a "few years" away as my prior two or three experiences were average. What a wonderful and unexpected surprise! The food was excellent, the service very good and the wine list good. Nice - will be back again soon.

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LD
New England
54 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As a foodie, I can't believe this was my first visit to The Butcher Shop. Especially when it is so convenient to the Calderwood Theater! Had a pre-theater dinner with friends and enjoyed everything. The wine list was incomprehensible but the staff steered me to something I liked. We thoroughly enjoyed all the food we got: burrata appetizer, mezzeluna (ravioli) with pumpkin, pasta bolognese (my favorite - delicious flavor) and the chicken rolled up and cooked with something yummy inside that they conveniently cut into three pieces for us to share. I will go back! It was very good.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Space was very crammed. Servers were attentive, duck breast was delicious but maybe a bit dry. Overall good dining experience.

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A
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We arrived on time for our reservation and were not seated until 45minutes later. This is not a restaurant that has standing/waiting room therefore we awkwardly shuffled around staff as they served other patrons. One of the people I was dining with ordered a certain beer and was told they were out of it; roughly 1 hour later we saw a staff member serve two people this said beer. We have dined here before and had a lovely experience leading us to return here for a birthday celebration therefore, this experience was very disappointing.

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JB
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Overall great experience server was condescending felt profiled

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KM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar and the bartender was awesome!! We had a fabulous dinner!!

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CA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of our favorites in the South End. Very cozy in the winter - good German wine options and always love the filet mignon.

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CU
New England
23 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had been meaning to try this for a long time and it was worth it! The food was really amazing and our server was very sweet. It's pricey, we knew it would be, but... definitely pricey. The seating is a little tight, don't plan to discuss anything terribly private, but it's set up in a way that doesn't feel intrusive unless folks are talking too loud right behind you. All in all we were glad we went and will go back, but probably just for special occasions.

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FT
New England
30 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The prime ribeye is the best steak I have had in Boston, the staff is great and the ambience is just lovely. Still too pricey, though.

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OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Found this Listed as a wine bar, but really a small menu restaurant. They Seem to enjoy slow, personal service - but we were frequently looking for Waiter to ask or order something. Yes, pricey but just not worth it.

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AC
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Based on recommendations, we made a reservation at the Butcher Shop for burger and beer night. Unfortunately, I cannot comment on our dining experience other than to say we waited approximately 10 minutes before deciding to leave the restaurant because we were abandoned by the wait staff despite several, albeit unsuccessful, efforts at hand waving. Even though we did not dine at the Butcher Shop, Open Table requires a rating for the food, hence the good rating which may or may not be accurate. Try the burgers at Gallows on Washington Street.

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MD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Sat three of us at a table that is for two people. Ordered steaks and asked if we need a lat cartel for side dishes. She said yes so we ordered a bunch only to find the meal came with two sides. Then food came and there was not enough room to put everything in table as it was a table for two. Every question we asked, she always pointed to most expensive option. When bill came she came over and kept hovering waiting for us to pay check and my client just got his coffee. We finally said screw it let’s just pay and go somewhere else.

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LG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The 16 oz Prime Dry Aged NY Strip was not great but pricey! Little disappointed. Service and wine list was excellent!

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JE
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Frankly disappointed, I've been several times in the past and on this occasion thought it lacking

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SO
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great wine, great service!
Everything was perfect. They may have the best steaks in town with s wine list to match. The service staff are very well trained and knowledgeable.

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RM
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unfortunately the large group at the table next to us became increasingly loud with their liquor consumption. Not the restaurant’s fault, but made our dinner slightly less pleasant than normal.

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NR
New England
33 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I thought that the sirloin steak was tough. My dinner guests liked their burger but thought the hot dog was mediocre.
The service was not very good, but, it was Dine Out week and very busy. So, I won’t hold that against you.
Have eaten there before and loved it.

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