The Butcher Shop

4.6
321 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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New England
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Butcher Shop is great and customer service is excellent. The food, wine, and cocktails are very good too. I thought the prices were a bit high for the portion size but for the South End, that's pretty typical. Was here for date night and would definitely recommend it for dates, friend-gatherings, etc.

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New England
45 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I’m as surprised as anyone at the bizarre experience we had. I’m a wine professional and I like sherries. Lo and behold, The Butcher Shop has a great little sherry menu. So I order the one I want. It takes forever for the waitress to come by, so I lean over and ask to order. It’s a small space so it’s not like I can’t see what she’s doing. So, anyway, she goes about her business. About 10 min later, the very nice bartender comes over and we soon realize it’s the wrong bottle. They don’t have the one I ordered - no big deal - but there was clearly a bit of a knowledge gap there. I was really surprised. And they brought my companion the wrong beer. Its all good still, the other three in our party show up and we are really happy to see them. The waitress is still totally out of it. By this time we are all joking about how she doesn’t like us and we need to say please and thank you a little more loudly. Then the other three wanted to order drinks but she had taken the drinks menu away so we couldn’t see what they had. When she finally she comes over and asks if we’re ready to order dinner. We say no, but.... and she’s gone again. No drinks yet. Next time, we had learned our lesson. Order drinks with the food. Since we didn’t have the drinks menu, we had to ask her - for 5 people, she brings over only one menu and wants to immediately take our order. A couple of people asked for suggestions and - I am a wine professional - she gives terrible suggestions, is unclear when we ask questions and we finally threw ourselves on the mercy of the Gruppo Lynch wine director and crossed our fingers that even if the waitress didn’t know what she was talking about, we would get a good glass of wine each. And it’s true, the wine was good - even if not a great match to the food ordered. The food was very good though and we all had to laugh about the weirdness but the company was great and we had a nice evening. But really ... we expected a better experience. 🙁

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KG
New England
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great meal with excellent service. It can get loud and seats near the door can be cold in winter.

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

The service was tired and unexcited. They couldn’t care less that we were their guests. They were pretty disappointed that we asked for the Dine Out Boston menu. We ended up not ordering from it...but still...I got an email from the Barbara Lynch Collective inviting us to their restaurant during this week and the staff did not even suggest the special menu.
I have to say that in spite of the mediocre food and the non inviting service I had good time just because of the company.
I will definitely not go back.

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JP
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I would recommend with caveats: Nice ambiance; not very attentive service; excellent food; small portions, quite pricey; good location for Calderwood theater-goers.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall, a wonderful experience. We are glad we came back for the third time.

Dine out Boston dinner was far better than expected. The portions were just right for me. The seating was at bar height and bit cramped. The long hair of the woman next to us kept on touching our table (but not the food, thank god). Ladies, please keep your hair flipping habits at home!

If you are coming from outside Boston—the challenge with this and the places in the “Restaurant Row” area of South End is parking. Better to walk or Uber.

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

We were celebrating- this was the perfect place for it!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, food, and wine.

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LT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was good but the wait staff all seemed miserable. No smiles, no chit chat, very unfriendly.

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AG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Birthday dinner was terrific! Our server, Maria, went out of her way to make us have a very enjoyable celebration

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

They were out of my first choice beer and first choice app, and table wasn’t ready until 15 mins after our reservation, but pork chop was amazing and the ambiance was lively, contemporary, cozy.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for my birthday. It was a wonderful experience. They put care and effort in every dish here. Don't expect your steak to come out in 10min because they actually let their meat rest! We also had the steak tartare and a cheese / terrine / pate board. Server was polite and gave us as much time as we needed to order.

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DT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Menu offered very few options in terms of drinks and food
Meat was way undercooked

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We came because of a recommendation from friends. The whole experience was mediocre and overpriced. Did not live up to the expectations we were given.

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SI
London
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and fantastic wine - knowledgeable and attentive servers who were happy for us to graze through the menu at our own pace.

Cheese selection is spot on!

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got the rib eye for two and it was amazing!

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JB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

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CD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

food and service were excellent! Our waitress was attentive and helpful.

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Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

creative selection of items. lots to choose from. well prepared and attractively served. the food was delicious and I would certainly return. really nice local find.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing time! The service is fantastic and the food is unbelievable! Love it !

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Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A lot of folks love The Butcher Shop for a nice dinner, where it balances a meat-centric menu with some terrific pasta dishes, but it is also a nice place for a Sunday brunch. This visit we came early, the restaurant was quiet, the bartender was helpful and knowledgeable, and the food was great. You can get anything from the regular menu or their brunch specials like homemade hash (delish!) or the house hamburger (excellent!). We usually sit at the bar, chat with the staff and other patrons, and enjoy the feel of a top notch restaurant that feels like a local place.

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EG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great ambiance, helpful service. Very satisfied with the evening.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Matt was fantastic & knowledgeable. Food was spectacular

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The four of us had four different entrees - pork chop, steak, chicken, and duck - and we were all more than satisfied. I had also a very tasty cucumber salad and a moist coconut cake that was just sweet enough. One of us tried a couple of the wine specials, and found them to be good values. Our servers were very thorough but we weren't at all rushed. (It was a Sunday night.) The only drawback was the excessive volume of the sound system, which made conversation a little difficult in a space that was smaller than I expected.

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NR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Butcher Shop! A little small inside so tables are tight and they fill up quickly - make reservations. The food is outstanding. They also have “made to order” gluten free bread which is for me but my husband would argue that it’s better then the regular bread. Cucumber salad is delicious along with their steaks. Highly recommend.

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KS
New England
3 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
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 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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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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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 15, 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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New England
9 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
New England
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
2 reviews
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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New England
18 reviews
Dined on November 11, 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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