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Buttermilk & Bourbon - Arsenal Yard, Watertown, MA

Buttermilk & Bourbon - Arsenal Yard

4.4
4.4
430 Reviews
$50 and over
Southern
Drawing on the South’s trademark charm, the restaurant offers a vibrant, cozy atmosphere with an innovative American menu featuring Southern-influences. Santos channels his love of New Orleans and all things Southern to transport guests to the Bayou by way of Buttermilk & Bourbon. Visit us in the heart of Boston's Back Bay and coming soon a new location in Arsenal Yards in Watertown, MA!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 69 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Southern

  • Phone number

    (857) 760-7128

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Jason Santos

  • Neighborhood

    Watertown

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 430 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Boston Suburbs

    Hot Spot

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  1. C

    Cooksnightout

    New England

    49 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    49 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Uncomfortable seating- tables too close and not large enough to accommodate the food. Service was fair- server tried her best but had too many tables to be attentive. Some dishes were disappointing. The alligator (crawfish) fries were less than satisfactory. The fries were limp and the crawfish was unrecognizable. We will most likely not return.
  2. KC

    KevinC

    Savannah

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Really nice vibe and cute little place. Very good food and friendly waitstaff.
  3. JA

    JessA

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best southern food in massachusetts, coming from a southerner . Best biscuits I’ve ever had
  4. P

    Parker

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place! We've started taking all out out of town guests here as a unique culinary experience. The ambiance is always great and we love that they are always trying new drink and plate specials to keep things different. We have our favorite server, Connor, who is fantastic and spends the time and energy to make us feel spoiled for each dinner. Now we really want to try their brunch!
  5. AC

    AlastairC

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Went on a mid-week evening with a reservation (requested outside seating). Even though the restaurant was extremely busy we were sat promptly outside as requested. Due to how busy it was, the initial order of drinks and food took a while which wasn't a problem for us but could be for others that are in a rush. We tried 8 different plates and all were delicious. Particularly liked the octopus and ribs.
  6. SV

    SV12

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Food and service were horrible. The fried chicken sliders tasted like fried clams. Besides the ribs and buffalo sauce, everything was bland. The waitress didn’t ask if we wanted drink refills, didn’t ask how our food was, and brought the check without even asking if we wanted anything else or dessert. It was less than an hour from the time we sat down to the time we paid. Will not be back
  7. AC

    AnimalCrackers

    New England

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our New Go to Favorite for Cajun fusion Having parents who grew up in New Orleans I missed Louisiana cooking a lot since moving to Boston 20 years ago from Dallas (with a variety of Cajun restaurants). The closest I've come is Shaking Crab (which is good, but a more casual affair). B&B was truly excellent. It's tapas style so for four people - and to save room for dessert - we ordered 5 dishes (the swordfish and shrimp & dumplings were outstanding). And for dessert, we ordered the beignets and they were as good as Cafe du Mond on Jackson square. No coffee with chicory to go with it, but that is definitely an acquired taste that I doubt would travel super well to Boston. Our server was great, super prompt service, great cocktail recommendations and she kept our water glasses full (summertime hydration). We will definitely come back as this will be a place we frequent in all four seasons.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing as well as the service
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food was delicious. Server was pleasant. Tables were very cramped together. Everyone’s food didn’t come at the same time. Drinks were expensive and not very good.
  10. TS

    TomS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    That was one of the best brunches I’ve ever had. The food was innovative, diverse and unbelievably delicious. The Brie was extraordinary as was the Benedict. The crust on the poached eggs was spectacularly inventive and delicious
  11. p

    paulr

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great place for brunch. Too many choices on the menu. Billed as Tapas but one plate each plus one to share was sufficient. Only downside was that the ice cream machine was down so no frozen mimosa or “ala mode” for beignets.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you haven’t been to B&B you better make your way there .. this place is utopian..drinks were delicious.. The octopus is criminal .. the mix of grapefruit and the octopus is unreal We ordered 12 items and all were perfectly prepared .. we also ordered every dessert and all were unreal I went inside and spoke with the cook and told him he must be an alien since the food was so unreal I’m a life time extra terrestrial fan to the B&B experience The force is strong on the dark side
  13. HA

    HelenA

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eating outside was outstanding.
  14. AB

    AnthonyB

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food Great- Drinks Great - the Vibe was amazing! Cant wait to go back - possibly this weekend for brunch! It was our first time there and I asked our waitress what her favorite item was - the biscuits - and they didn't disappoint!
  15. J

    Jason

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good vibes and friendly service. I thought that the food was very good.
  16. C

    Craig

    New England

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside on the covered patio - just as well because we had a downpour during dinner but stayed mostly dry. Very pleasant service from Ayesha, flavorful food, and good sound levels (though indoors is loud).
  17. JH

    JohnH

    New England

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    This was our first and only visit. Food (short ribs, beet salad, biscuit) were good, service was knowledgeable, quick, with frequent check-ins. Being a family restaurant, there were baby screams which were piercing and annoying. Menu was varied and interesting. Prices very reasonable.
  18. MT

    MiaT

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time there and it was fantastic! The decor transports you to the French Quarter in New Orleans; the staff is friendly and knowledgeable; the cocktails and especially the tapas-sized food are amazing! I can't wait to go back.
  19. A

    Alvin

    New England

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    They canceled my reservation an hour before
  20. D

    David

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Food was great overall! Unique dishes and great portions!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Great food but the kitchen service was a big miss. While we got our small plates delivered quickly, we were surprised when our oysters never showed up. After 90 min, we decided to add some beignets to fill the gap and sure enough, our oysters got delivered right before the beignets showed up. I’ll add that 5/6 oysters were good, with one being bad. Our server seemed distracted by other tables and it was a bummer experience. To be clear, we’ve had dinner here before (with a much larger group) and full restaurant with no issues.
  22. RT

    RichardT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food and service were excellent. Noise level way to much for me.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food!
  24. v

    viscio

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, insanely good service, delicious and creative cocktails
  25. CB

    CynthiaB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great night out with friends. Food was fantastic and service was great!
  26. JS

    JulieS

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delivered again! Planned for birthday dinner and server had a token surprise for my daughter which made it festive. Monday night outside was quiet, but lots of activity inside. Drinks were on point!
  27. JD

    JoanD

    New England

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First visit to Buttermilk and Bourbon and it was a pleasure. The service was terrific. We were seated immediately and our wobbly table was quickly fixed The server told us about the small plates and accurately described the portions. She said most dinners ordered two plates each and shared them. Perfect plan for my friend and me since we always share. We ordered bourbon cocktails and the Smokey Dame exceeded our expectations Our small plates arrived quickly. We shared a delicious baked Brie with onion toast, candied pecans. A beet salad followed with a yogurt dressing, pistachios and escarole. The swordfish plate was perfectly grilled accompanied with that same yogurt dressing and slices of kumquats. Our last selection was the beef sliders, 2 medium rare beef Pattie’s served on a bun with a fine dice of onion, carrot celery. We were too full to order dessert and we will soon return to try the fried chicken. Worth the trip and there is parking in the red garage as well as outdoor spaces.
  28. Y

    Yca9

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food options are good. Cast Iron Brie and Oysters are always our favorite here. Dumplings and crawfish did not meet what we were expecting. Golden Daiquiri is good if you like cocktails on sweet side. Service was delayed. It took 25 minutes for to place an order. However food came very quick.
  29. a

    anaffableguy

    New England

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Good food and drinks. Table mixup led to a wait but eventually resolved. Received one of our party’s order after everyone else had finished but even with glitches we enjoyed ourselves,
  30. DC

    DeeC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Biscuits were really good. Everything else not so much. Service was slow.
  31. NR

    NatalieR

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best biscuits I have ever had! I also loved the fried chicken sliders.
  32. CS

    CarlaS

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food!
  33. C

    Courtney

    New England

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    I came to this location excited because the location was convenient and there is parking! I had several great experiences at the location downtown. I was extremely disappointed with service. Our server barely created us. All of our tapas we’re delivered within 5 min of ordering leaving most of the food to be cold and unappetizing by the time we got to it. Server did not come by once after we placed our order. My water glass remained empty almost the entire meal. And both me and my partner would have gladly ordered another cocktail if anyone came to our table. At the end of the meal, we had to flag down our waiter to even get the check - and boxes for all the food we didn’t eat. She brought a single box, when there was clearly so much uneaten food that we had to ask for two more boxes. Not only that, the couple next to us was visible upset when we sat down AND the couple that sat down after they left was also treated poorly and debating leaving because of the way they were treated. I love the Comm Ave location, but I could never recommend B&B again - and this experience makes me extremely unlikely to even go back to the Comm Ave location. I’ve never experienced service this poor, ever. A complete waste of money and time.
  34. GE

    GoodEats

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Usually a great spot, but this time drinks were not balanced, food was salty, and desserts were burnt. But fine for a casual, fun spot with ok food and drinks.
  35. SM

    SamuelM

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great place to share a meal of delicious food, great service, scrumptious cocktails while feeling relaxed.
  36. RA

    RASRootz

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Loved the ribs, mac & cheese, mussels and of course those BISCUITS and cinnamon butter!
  37. JS

    JulieS

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    I have never felt more rushed in a restaurant in all my life. Plates were taken away from us before we could even put down a fork – With still on them! We had at least two workers at our table pressuring us to both finish our food and order more food at the same time. It was a very very uncomfortable experience. To top it off we heard our waitress complaining to other servers about us because I asked not to be rushed. Food was delicious as always but the service was really upsetting and unpleasant.
  38. EF

    EileenF

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks are good and it's a fun place!
  39. DM

    DaleM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    We were a party of five seated at a table for 4. We ordered about 8 dishes. They all arrived within about 4minutes. Not a leisurely pace.
  40. R

    Rureviw

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food! Server was very nice, needed to be Reminded a couple times of things we had ordered but I think she was busy with other tables. We sat outside. the couches could’ve used some cleaning and a lint roller because there was pet hair on it and stains -otherwise the food was great and drinks were good too!

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Buttermilk & Bourbon - Arsenal Yard is rated 4.4 stars by 430 OpenTable diners.

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Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 69 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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Google Map for Buttermilk & Bourbon - Arsenal Yard

130 Arsenal Yards Blvd, Watertown, MA 02472-5038

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Watertown

  • Cuisines

    Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Jason Santos

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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