The Butcher Shop

4.6
440 Reviews
$30 and under
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, spicy tomato soup, and a rotating selection of seasonal salads and sides.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 440 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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4.2
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

My steak was ok not super. The service quite slow. It was cold in the restaurant.

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vipCCCBoston
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Terrible service and undercooked food. 👎

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JosephR
Key West
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great staff and incredible food. i would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

DS
DonS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak entre was very good. Cheese plate appetizer was good. Red wine by glass was good but a little over priced.

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Sezen
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We wanted to visit The Butcher Shop for a while due to its outstanding ambient, outside sitting options and finally we had the chance. I think it was a good experience overall but I cannot tell it was impressive as well. We tried the creamy tomato soup, TBS burger and NY steak. All was good but I don't think they were any more than decent and worthed the money. The service and glass wine options were nice.

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AlexC
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Made a reservation, but a sudden work issue required delaying it a day. They worked with me to reschedule. On the new day, we arrived 12 minutes early and were still seated promptly. Their outdoor table area was safely spaced and we got one of the ones at the end of the patio area, so there wasn't much foot traffic straying near our table. The food needs no commentary besides "excellent." Haven't had a bad meal here yet.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

While the food was delicious the service left much to be desired. Wait staff was busy but it seemed like everyone around us was getting attention while we were virtually forgotten.

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vipBravo
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

In spite of the pandemic restrictions, we had a lovely evening. We ate outside and felt very safe. The food was excellent and the service was great. Highly recommended.

CC
vipChristyC
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have wanted to try this restaurant for a while. Everything was great. Next B & G or Menton!

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Maia
New England
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Place is overpriced. Food is good quality but the whole experience isn’t workgroup it 3 people $250

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Sputty
New England
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The server didn’t really explain anything, we ordered a cheese board and she didn’t even tell us what was on it and it didn’t specify in the menu either. She didn’t seem too engaging and didn’t like explain any covid-precautions either. It was a weird dining experience to be honest.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I like this place and I’ve been many times. Tonight I really found the portion sizes to be too small. The tagliatelle is delicious but it’s just not enough for an entree.

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Harry
New England
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience! We loved the Strip Loin and Wagyu steaks

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 always. Even with some modifications due to covid the experience was amazing for our anniversary. Small and intimate but the quality of a major steak house.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, good service

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Great food. Great wine. What else do you need?

JS
JoeS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food. The sopressini with crispy garlic and mushrooms was savory and delicious and the wagyu sirloin was absolutely perfectly cooked. Will be returning sooner rather than later.

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vipNanda
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I always like the Butcher Shop, was the go place for many yrs. With the pandemic been trying to give local restaurants business, even though at times not very comfortable going out to dinner. When I arrived I was surprised to see in the menu the 1 hr 15m time limit for a table for 2. How is one supposed to drink a bottle of wine in less than an hour when it took at least 20 minutes to place our order??? I understand that during these times one can 'not longer' hang out as used to (with the limited # of outside seats). However there is a way to politely encourage customers to rap-up the dinner vs. just stating "your time is up, you just exceeded the limit at the table" and then walk away. We had just finished our dinner and would have been happy to rap-up. Just the way it was handled did not leave me with the desire to go back again anytime soon. Perhaps, the same could have been accomplished by the hostess by handling the situation a bit different with just using different words and showing a bit more of sympathy!

MT
vipMichaelT
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience3

The service was great. The food was not. We had the bologneae which was tasteless. We had the sirloin which was tough and overcooked. The meat may as well have come from Walmart and then it I was overcooked. The food was beyond disappointing.

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vipGringo
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I've been before and enjoyed t tough to come back. Covid does make service a challenge, but the outside tables were just fine. Good food and an extensive and reasonable wine list are the reasons to go. Limited offerings now, but enough to make anyone happy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved it. Unreal burger. We did burgers and sausage plate to share first and then the rib eye. Great bar and wine selection

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vipUliM
Munich
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not what The Butcher Shop used to be - service mediocre, food below average, not enjoyable...

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

My husband and I went here for our anniversary. It was drizzling out and our reservation was for outside. All the tables had umbrellas except for ours (including one table that had two). When we arrived the first thing stated was your table is outside, but we don’t have an umbrella for you. I was visibly disappointed but asked if there were any open tables inside or if there was a later reservation and we could just come back then. The hostess said no and basically you can eat at this table or leave. I had to ask that the table be wiped down, which she did. After we had sat there for a while, the hostess did bring an umbrella over for us. I appreciate that she ended up figuring something out for us, but I would have appreciated a kinder, apologetic tone. Honestly if the tone was different and we didn’t have an umbrella, I would have left a better review. Also our waitress seemed nervous and didn’t check on drinks. It felt like a very mechanical process to go out. I probably won’t be going back to this restaurant.

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vipConnieT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was phenomenal! Staff was so wonderful and attentive. Very wonderful experience here.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience4

We loved the ambiance and wine selection. We ordered the cheese board and sausage board, cheese board was very good, sausage board was mediocre at best. However, our experience was mostly ruined by this “Karen” who was our waitress. Her attitude came across like she she did not want to be at work. You’re welcome does not appear to be in her vocabulary nor did she sound like she had the ability to be pleasant. Unfortunately this put a damper on our experience there but the cheese was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food and friendly staff. Would come here everyday if I could!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was an amazing experience meal! And the staff were all so sweet and fast!

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blueeyedbri
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bistro, great neighborhood restaurant

AV
vipAkiraV
New England
21 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time & everything was great! Will recommend/ cone again !

FF
vipFoodFan
New England
14 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad to be dining at Butcher Shop again. The service was excellent and the food was amazing.

JM
JMPINSOUTHE
New England
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

I was very happy with our experience, and the waitress was attentive even when the restaurant was slammed.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

It was a Sunday, but still I expected a more vibrant vibe. The service was very lackluster- waiters were low energy, didn’t bring spoons with soup, didn’t offer bread or crackers with pate, etc. also they didn’t have mocktails or much non alcoholic options - a disappointed experience

MM
MikeM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was amazing. Our waitress was great too, but it seemed like there were 2-3 people working our table throughout our visit. It seemed like our waitress may have been overwhelmed. We had longer than normal waits for things. We weren’t in a ru h so it was ok, but for the money it’d be awesome to have the service match the food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Server didn’t want to engage at all when we asked her questions about the menu and seemed annoyed but food was delicious. Doesn’t make a lot of sense to have a huge block of wood in the middle of the restaurant when you’ve already had many reviewers comment on the tight space. Otherwise a very cozy aesthetic, not good for a group but perfect for a date night

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AmyB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Butcher lived up my expectations based on their website. It was a fabulous local restaurant with friendly staff and a welcoming atmosphere. It was a great venue for the group I was with but I believe I would have had an equally great time sitting at the bar solo.

JP
vipJacklynP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Ribeye changed my life. It was perfect. The foie gras was also delicious, but incredibly sweet. We joked that it would be better as a dessert than an appetizer.

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vipgolfer7
New England
552 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this place. Great wine list. Interesting menu (plenty of choices for non-meat eaters like me, despite the name of the place), and top-notch food preparation. Cheese selection is also terrific. Portions are a bit small for the prices charged, but all in, quality reigns. And the servers are personable and efficient. 5 stars.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wanted to try a new place in the south end - was recommended this place by coworkers. Great food and ambiance, a little pricy and small portions but overall great experience. Awesome cocktails!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food is not as good as it used to be. I put in the notes that it’s our anniversary. I don’t think our waitress was even aware.

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Bronson
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful as always

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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 4.6 stars by 440 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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