South End Buttery

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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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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always enjoy this place. Good vibe, nice staff and good food.

OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The mushroom ravioli is the beast!!!!

E
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good place for lunch/brunch. Great Turkey Burger and Parmesian Fries are fantastic. Great local place in the south end.

AD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

the downstairs is cozy but very crowded and loud (especially if there are children there) upstairs is nicer with tall tables. the baked goods are fantastic and unique. food was very good. it was pricey but worth it for a treat

NB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food. Highly recommend the Buttery if you can get a reservation at a quiet time.

MS
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Both of our entrees were mediocre at best. My pasta way over cooked and my wife hamburger bun a soggy mess. The appetizer was very good however.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great comfy cozy atmosphere!

e
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Everything was fine, but that was kind of it. The food was ok, but not really special for the price. The staff seemed a little overwhelmed by weekend crowds.

EF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food and wine were very good. Our waitress wasn’t very personable. She got our order wrong as well as the order for the table next to us. Instead of apologizing she said “Oh, I heard .........”. Otherwise it was a nice experience.

MP
New England
59 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just finished my salmon/lentils/parsnip puree/carrot leftovers from our meal at The Buttery a couple nights ago. It was still delicious (and I must confess to eating it right out of the fridge). So often restaurant salmon is served overcooked, but this was perfect. My husband had the deliciously fiery shrimp fra diavolo. We started with the marinated olives - really good and more plentiful than we were expecting. The friendly, knowledgeable, professional Kassandra was our waiter and every other staff member with whom we interacted was great. We're always happy with our meals at The Buttery ~ definitely give it a try.

SS
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was fantastic and our server was awesome (the Breakfast Sandwich really hit the spot, and the home fries were some of the best I've had)! The price was great as well, especially for the area. Only concern was that there wasn't much room but even this wasn't that bad. Would definitely come back

PS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

I was there for brunch with my husband on my birthday. We were seated downstairs where I’d never been before, but was quickly disappointed when we were placed at a table directly next to the coat closet/extra chairs area. I understand the need to utilize all your floor space in a generally popular restaurant, and it looked like there was a small elevator of some sort in that area too. But then put up a curtain, or some kind of separation screen- the food offered is too expensive to be sitting in view of where a server was changing his sweatshirt.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was great and service was good but a little slow. The noise level downstairs was especially difficult sitting in the bench tables.

R
New England
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous!!!!

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J
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Solid experience for brunch . Food was fine but not memorable except Riccotta fritters

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good overall

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This has become our go-to place for pre-theater dinner when going to the Calderwood/Boston Center for the Arts. Good food, excellent value, nice atmosphere, friendly and courteous staff.

M
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent place for brunch. I have never been disappointed with a meal there!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Slow service. Mediocre food.

SB
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful place!! Black Forrest ham was delicious as was the blueberry scone with clotted cream! Best breakfast on our visit to Boston!

KC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was great but the service struggled a bit. I think they must’ve had a crunch on their waitstaff that day. We had a 12:30 reservation and weren’t seated until 12:45. They took a bit to bring our orders out but we had ordered an appetizer so we weren’t pressed about it. But when they finally did bring out our orders, they only brought 3 of the 4 meals we ordered and none of the sides. They took an additional 10 minutes to bring out the sides and *30!!!!* additional minutes to bring the 4th meal out. Would recommend if you have the time but not if you’re in a rush.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great spot for a weekend or even weeknight dinner. Service and food was great. Extensive wine list. I’ll be back for sure.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sat outside, it was a beautiful night! Food was delicious.

RB
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The South End Buttery has become one of my favorite places to go to in Boston. From the food, to the staff, to all the dogs that walk by I find myself to be very comfortable there and truly fulfilled upon leaving.

This particular night I met a good friend and she was visiting for the first time. She very much enjoyed herself and raves about the food, service, and the overall experience.

Highly recommend!

D
New England
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bartender is a master! I recommend the brussel sprout appetizer and homemade chips. The burgers and truffle fries were outstanding.

OT
Tallahassee
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed Sunday brunch today here! I got the Buttery Breakfast which is a nice portion sized breakfast. The Nutella fritters were amazing to start off! Pancakes were wickedly fluffy and sweet. It’s a must try.

SJ
New England
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

our table was basically forgotten by the waitstaff. the food was unimpressive.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

It was very loud in the small downstairs room. The service was very very slow (it took ages to get even just water or someone to take our orders). But the waitstaff was friendly and the food was delicious. Not well suited for conversations.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Service and management were great. Appetizers were also phenomenal

G
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service and food was fairly mediocre. We decided to try the restaurant based on all the great reviews that we had read.

I have to say we were not impressed on both counts. What irked me most was they had to brew fresh tea for my iced tea but 20 minutes later, I was still waiting for it and there was not an ETA for completion . I should have been offered hot tea with a glass of ice.

On the way out, I see my server on her phone. She probably could have spent that time checking on my tea and our table.

T
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been brunching here for ten years. Its my favorite place to bring visitors and have a guaranteed delicious meal. Staff was friendly, food was great. Always a pleasure.

d
New England
30 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I really like this restaurant for both brunch and dinner. the food and service are cute and its a cute place. there's something about the space though that doesn't work well. We moved tables twice. It's also way too noisy for the over 50 crowd.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

South End Buttery is my favorite spot for weekend brunch. Because it’s such a popular favorite,I always make a reservation 5-7 days in advance. Today, my confirmed reservation was not showing in their system. The two hostesses seemed baffled and a bit lost on what to do next, given the 90+ min wait. A gentleman server appeared, took over, shifted some tables, and made sure we were seated immediately. I wish I got his name, but we really appreciated his efforts!

n
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was good! Party of six seated at ground level by the window. Good service and food.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, good ambiance

KS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Unbelievably bad service. Food was ok. Not great. Booked a table for Saturday brunch. Although the restaurant was *maybe* 1/4 full, had to wait 10 minutes for a table. Waited another ten before we got s glass of water. Eventually the server took our order ... food arrived. No “do you need anything?” Just drop the plates and dash. Not happy.

s
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was a great little find for a late brunch/lunch after arriving in Boston for a few days stay. We sat inside by the bar in the back , the food came quickly once we ordered and it was delicious. Eggs benedict, yummy salads, and sandwiches. We just discovered this part of Boston and really love the neighborhood and the little cafes. It was a nice day to be walking around, a little hot but inside the restaurant was very pleasant. Didn't get to try the pastries but will return!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Customer service was top-notched! Love the waitress! But I went for the food! And the food did not meet expectations. Pancake was dry; it’s used to be super buttery! My egg Benedict made me very sad. The egg Benedict was served cold. Super disappointed, prob wouldn’t go again.

VL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We loved eating outside! Service was quick and food delicious!

E
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was good, and the cocktails were excellent. The server liked to chat about upcoming drinks on the menu. Overall a really nice experience and I look forward to visiting again.

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