South End Buttery

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1858 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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South End Buttery is a neighborhood eat-in and take-away bakery/cafe by day and full bar/restaurant by night. The Buttery's award-winning food has a reputation for combining seasonal, local ingredients to create exceptional everyday food at everyday prices. The Buttery takes casual fine dining to new heights, with classic comfort food as well as dishes for the health and calorie conscious that pair beautifully with the affordable wine and beer selections. You'll feel like you're dining in your own home – but you won’t have to do the dishes!

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New England
19 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020

Very good food and menu. A perfect place to go for neighborhood dining. the staff is always accommodating and the food is always tasty and well prepared.

OpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020

Love the menu and had a great time catching up with a friend!! Will be back!!

New England
18 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020

Having dined here before, I was excited to bring my friend from Chicago for brunch this last Saturday. Even having made a reservation, they sat us under the stairwell in a hallway. It was hard to enjoy anything else about the meal when you’re next to a coat closet and in a pathway to another room. We had the salmon eggs Benedict and huevos rancheros. The Benedict was good but the huevos lacked flavor and was sloppily presented. We were in and out in 30 minutes flat, so unfortunately will never come back here due to the other amazing restaurants that do a great brunch.

New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020


OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020

We were there celebrating my daughters engagement and our waitress was FANTASTIC. I just wish I remembered her name. Food was delicious and she did NOT rush us out.

San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020

Do not get dinner here. I regret choosing this restaurant as a Valentine’s Day date. I went a couple days after the holiday and expected to find good food in a cute space. While the restaurant portion of Buttery was cozy and comfortable, the rude waitress and lack luster food were extremely disappointing. I am very lactose intolerant and there was basically two main courses and one appetizer that I had to choose from. This place is not allergy/vegan friendly in the least. I ordered the hanger steak and it was cooked well, but it was nothing special and was overpriced for what it was. My friend’s shrimp fra diavolo was overcooked and again, basic. Why pay high prices for food you could easily make at home? I won’t be returning for the service either. The waitress barked my limited menu options at me and made it seem like asking if a dish has dairy in it is a massive inconvenience for her. I also heard her complaining loudly about customers when I went to the restroom. This place is plain awkward.

Adelaide / SA
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020

One meal did not arrive until 5 mins after everyone else’s meal and we ordered Grapefruit mimosas and received margaritas... had our server checked on us after our meal arrived we would have ordered more cocktails... however food was delicious

OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020

Great food, cocktails were very unique (a bit on the stronger side but no complaints here). A bit busy with only 1 person responsible for each table, but didn’t take away from the experience. Will definitely come again!

1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020

One of the best brunches I have eaten. Make sure to try the Ricotta Fritters! They were phenomenal!

1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020

We went to the South End Buttery for the first time on a double Valentine's date. I was looking for a cozy atmosphere with great food, and this was exactly what we got. We ate down stairs, and enjoyed the exposed brick look. The food portions were just right - plenty of options for our mixed party of meat eaters and vegetarians. High quality food, good drinks - great spot for a date.

OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020


New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020

The waitstaff are so patient and friendly. The atmosphere is cosy and sophisticated. The fries are some of the best I have ever had. The food is a well-balanced mix of classic and adventurous. Would dine there again!

New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020

I had reserved a table for 5 people for brunch a few weeks ago on Open Table, put my card down as was needed for holding the table, and also requested that our 1:15pm reservation be in the upstairs dining area since I would be with elderly folk.

We arrived to the restaurant and the upstairs dining area was completely full, and the wait staff said it would be an hour before anyone got up. I found that alarming as I made the reservation so long ago that our table was given up preemptively.

Then we had to wait an additional 15 minutes (our elderly grandparents standing awkwardly in the hallway waiting for our table) as there wasn’t EVEN a table available at said reservation time.

When we finally got seated a server didn’t come over til 1:45 and left us sitting downstairs for another 15 minutes.

Our food was great when it finally came by at this point not worth all of the seating mishaps. My grandfather and husband ordered a beer when the food was dropped that they never received. That was annoying. When checking the bill we were charged for an extra coffee (we only ordered 3 coffees and were charged for 4) but at that point I just wanted to go.

When we were leaving our server didn’t even say goodbye and instead was standing playing on his phone in the hallway.

The whole experience was terrible. My husband and I live in the neighborhood and have had many great times at The Buttery. This most recent visit might be our last. I would have figured at least maybe our appetizer was comped due to the whole seating issue but wasn’t and instead we were overcharged. I honestly regret leaving 20% as our tip especially how the server didn’t even say goodbye or have a nice day or anything.

vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020

Been here before. Used to enjoy it too.

Was supposed to have my birthday brunch here. Made a reservation for 1 o’clock. At 1:30, we were still waiting. The best excuse the hostess could come up with was that “open table over-booked us”

Please take ownership of your poor management.

We left and went over to Boston Chops and had a lovely time.

OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020

Food and service were average. Will probably not go back.

New England
26 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020

Have been many times before but the quality appears to be going down so this will no longer be on our constant rotation. Some dishes great; others a disappointment. And the tables were pushed so close together that it was hard to have a table conversation without disturbing the table next to us (or drown out their conversation).

New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020

I had big expectations. The pastries were good but everything else, including the watery tea was just OK. Would not make a special trip for it.

New England
3 reviews