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The Butcher Shop

4.2
4.2
570 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary French / American

A tribute to old world European boucheries, The Butcher Shop is a neighborhood restaurant offering a seasonal menu for lunch and dinner as well as housemade prepared foods to take home.

Inspired by Chef Barbara Lynch’s travels throughout France and Italy, The Butcher Shop is the perfect place for a glass of wine and a small bite, a meal with friends, and to enjoy the South End from our Waltham St. outdoor seating area. The menu highlights meat and produce from local farms and vendors with whom Chef Barbara has built decades-long relationships. Classic dishes include The Butcher Shop bolognese, beef tartare, and a rotating selection of seasonal salads and sides.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French / American, Italian, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Weekend Dinner Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 423-4800

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Barbara Lynch

  • Private party facilities

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

  • Private party contact

    Heather Kilpatrick - Private Event Manager: (888) 899-3347

  • Neighborhood

    South End

  • Cross street

    Waltham and Tremont

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Purple or Orange Line to Back Bay Station

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wine

Menu

Last updated: February 1, 2022

What 570 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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  1. K

    Kendall

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience3

    Did not look at reviews before going. Nice open windows. Great place for a glass of wine.

  2. m

    mary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food5service3ambience1

    The tables and chairs were horrible! Very uncomfortable and completely wrong for the restaurant! The decor was hideous!

  3. HF

    HFNabiel

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2

    I'll be brief: The Butcher Shop is not what it once used to be, namely, a place known for quality food. I made the mistake of taking my wife there for Mother's Day because our first experience in 2004 (shortly after they had opened) was quite pleasant. We moved away from Boston in 2007, returned last year and thought it would be nice to take her there again. Sadly, the food was borderline inedible and there wasn't much else to make up for it. It is certainly NOT worth the prices they charge, not even remotely close. There are too many choices in Boston/Cambridge, don't waste your money here.

  4. N

    Nickname

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Foie gras was delicious and the crispy duck was perfect!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My friend and I were out for our friend’s going away party and all of us had an amazing experience at Butcher Shop. The food was spectacular, from the drinks, the wine, to the appetizers to the entrees, everything was outstanding. Our bartender Diana was just outstanding, her level of courtesy was bar none, extremely polite and attentive, and also very knowledgeable, she really made our night. And I would like to take the time to give my regards to chef Yeny, who offered us exquisitely prepared cuisine and she was courteous enough to come up to meet us, that was some VIP treatment. We would definitely comeback for another exciting evening.

  6. DB

    DarcellB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Good and service was amazing! Ambiance is nice too

  7. C

    Christopher

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Nice dinner. The decor leaves something to be desired. I remember it being much nicer in there. The music was way too loud for the 5 guests sitting in there. Food was very good but 2 out of the three steaks were slightly over cooked. The third steak was absolutely amazing making us wished we all got the filet. Dessert was incredible and wine was fantastic. Great suggestions and very friendly staff. Bread came out late but we chalk this up to trainee. I wish it was nicer tables and chairs for Better ambience.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    The food was just okay.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Was a great place to have a date night. The French onion and prime was delicious. I really enjoyed the ambiance and selection of wines. The dessert was just perfect!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3

    Definitely not the same Butcher Shop as it was before Covid. A real C-level restaurant now. It’s too bad because it used to be great. We definitely won’t ever be going there again.

  11. AT

    AdamT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4

    The food was excellent (as it is at all of Barbara Lynch’s restaurants), but the service left something to be desired.

  12. CB

    CarolineB

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Celebrated my boyfriends birthday at the Butcher Shop. It was our first time eating there. The food exceeded our expectations! He got the NY strip, I got the crispy duck and we shared the charcuterie board and the crispy Brussel sprouts. The portions are large, the flavors are deep and the vibes are calm and romantic! Everything is worth the price. I can’t wait to go again!

  13. S

    Sten

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall1food2service5ambience1

    Not worth the money. The food was mediocre. The service was good.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2

    The whole ambiance of this place has changed. I hadn’t been to this place in about three years and was pretty disappointed with the picnic style seating, limited flexibility on the menu and the slow service. Food quality was great but otherwise it’s a total miss.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience2

    Bland and over priced food. Overwhelmed server who seemed very confused and out of it. Similar to my experience at Sportello, Barbara Lynch is phoning it in. There are so many better options to dine at in the South End.

  16. D

    Dojodino

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    The ambiance looked fairly cheap. Mismatched tables kinda crammed inside. They looked like nice outdoor dining tables but inside stuffed together looked cheap. The food was disappointing. The French onion soup tasted like sugar water and the gnocchi was over cooked. The cream sauce was far too salty as well. The steak was 42 dollars by itself and was nothing special. Also the server told my date the steak came with one side because my girlfriend asked her if it did. A direct question with a direct answer. Turns out I t doesn’t come with a side and I was charged for the mushrooms. Which were also just Ok, nothing special. Anyway, it was overall a disappointing experience. Also the wine was 15 dollars a glass, yet it was just a twist open bottle probably worth 10 dollars itself. Not only that, but it wasn’t a good Syrah either…

  17. S

    Simon

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3

    I miss the butcher block. My New York Strip was a big small and rather expensive The Brussel sprouts were not crispy - rather soft…and expensive for the portion size Steak tartare was great

  18. MM

    MichaelM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was off the hook, ambiance, yummy wine and food was super tasty. Seating needs an upgrade

  19. t

    timo

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb food (duck, goose cassoulet) and sides, well presented. Wine list had some uncommon excellent options. Will return many times.

  20. DM

    DianaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband and I dined last night for our anniversary for the first time. Since we arrived we felt truly welcomed, Diana the server was very patient and answered all the questions we had. The food was delicious, the Brussels sprouts and duck was excellent. The manager did stop by to check on us as well. We had a great experience and look forward to dining here again soon.

  21. DN

    DizNutz

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome place! Went there for Valentine’s Day and everything was perfect!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience2

    Idk not feeling too welcome

  23. JS

    JanuaryS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    we had an amazing experience at the butcher shop, the food far exceeded our expectation we will definitely be returning!

  24. CW

    ClaraW

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience3

    My friend and I are fans of Barbara Lynch, so were very surprised that we didn't like anything we ordered - the onion soup was bland, as was the salad, my friend said her burger was uninspired and buried in french fries. My steak tartare was so salt that I sent it back. The second version had little to recommend it, unlike the steak tartare I have had in many other restaurants.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3

    Steak overcooked. Server seemed to rush us.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Entree took a very long time 40 + minutes

  27. H

    Harry

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    What happened to this place? Very bad experience.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I’ve been a regular at The Butcher Shop bar since the summer, and I bring friends here all the time. As always, the food and drinks were on point. I tried the rack of lamb special, and it hit the spot. The staff is always welcoming. Can’t wait until this summer when the windows are open and patio is back!

  29. AT

    AnneT

    New England

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    I was very disappointed in last nights dinner. It started with not checking vaccines at the door. They did check them but not until we had sat at our table and our two guests arrived 15 minutes later. People should not be let in the door if they aren’t VAXed according to the new city policy. Burgers were asked for medium medium rare and they came well done and the woman pouring the water and helping to bus the table was wearing a gray hoodie looking like someone off to do Saturday morning errands before the shower. No indication that they recognized a birthday celebration. We will not be going back.

  30. d

    daks

    New England

    26 reviews

    2.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1

    We used to love the Butcher Shop but it has completely gone down hill! It was unbearably cold, and I had to keep my winter parka on the whole time. The appetizers were pretty good, but radicchio salad consisted of 5 leaves and cost 14 dollars. Osso Bucco - the veal was way over cooked and risotto was just rice. The chicken pot pie has a chicken bone in it and lacked any flavor. Our drinks were empty for a solid 15 minutes before anyone asked if we wanted anything else and there were maybe 8 other people in the restaurant. Disappointed.

  31. Y

    Yahbooboo

    New England

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    The food was excellent. The bolognaise was delicious. The burattatini was amazing. Highly recommend both. The quail was good as well. The ambiance was ok for covid times. Staff was friendly and helpful.

  32. A

    Alex

    New England

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall2food4service2ambience1

    Unfortunately, I think the best days of the butcher shop are behind us. It is completely bereft of the sophistication and ambiance it once offered. And something about watching the bartender pour out some citrus svedka for one of their craft cocktails really killed the vibe. The little picnic tables are ridiculous, the service is abysmal, the menu bears little resemblance to its original concept. RIP one of the greats.

  33. SH

    SteveH

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience2

    Was disappointed by the menu which no longer includes charcuterie. Had a burger which was great but the fries were soggy and cold. Cold, not warm. I’m not sure what happened to the furniture in the place - it felt like a pop up.

  34. CD

    ChrisD

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The hanger steak and chicken pot pie were amazing. Apps seemed very over priced but main course is worth it.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall3food5service3ambience3

    best french onion soup in the galaxy. entrees were amazing. sat at the bar; bartender/server seemed put out to have to wait on us, even though she knew we were celebrating a birthday.

  36. AM

    AlexisM

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    My fiancé and I love the butcher shop but the ambience seems to be different than we remember. Food was outstanding of course but miss some of that cozy/ romantic feeling it use to have.

  37. t

    tratch

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience2

    Food was solid. We had the duck, Brussels, beet dish, burrata squash starter. We very much enjoyed these dishes. Drinks were not tasty and very over priced. I would stick to beer. The table and chairs look to be outdoor patio furniture and the decor was not what I would expect given the price point. There’s a corner with random kitchen supplies in the main dining area and back fridges are decorated in odd wall paper. The bathroom is located in a basement next to a supply closet and dishwashing station , which makes it feel like a staff rest room.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My aunt complains about at least one thing everywhere we go to eat….usually many things. The only thing she had to complain about here was the chairs being “uncomfortable” which I didn’t notice/agree with so that’s a win in my book. The food was amazing, perfect portions, great flavor… they were also super accommodating to my friend who can’t have dairy or gluten. Definitely coming back!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food. However, small portions. Dont bring a big appetite

  40. t

    timo

    New England

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Excellent food, great duck and an inventive seasonal salad, "burattini". Effective wine list led to a "discovery" that I'll search for elsewhere. Would return in a heartbeat.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Butcher Shop using the Order Online button. The Butcher Shop also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 423-4800.

The Butcher Shop is rated 4.2 stars by 570 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

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Booked 13 times today
Google Map for The Butcher Shop

552 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02118

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Waltham and Tremont

  • Neighborhood

    South End

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Weekend Dinner Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French / American, Italian, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Purple or Orange Line to Back Bay Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Barbara Lynch

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 423-4800

  • Private party facilities

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

  • Private party contact

    Heather Kilpatrick - Private Event Manager: (888) 899-3347

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