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About South End Buttery
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!
Boston, MA 02118
Contemporary American, American, Gastro Pub
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
We cater home and office events 7 days of the week. Check out our web site for our corporate catering menus.
Private parking lots are also available one block away at the corner of Harrison Avenue and Waltham Street and at 505 Tremont Street, the Calderwood Pavilion.
Back Bay Orange Line -- 5 minute walk
Andrea Nordby, Culinary Director
Private Party Facilities:
Please call to discuss large party reservations. We are a small restaurant, but we will do our best to accommodate your needs!
Private Party Contact:
Richard Gordon: (617) 549-2776
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Our cafe can accommodate up to 22 guests for a semi-private sit-down dinner or cocktail party. Because we are a small restaurant, we require a fixed rate per guest to offer your party our dining space for an entire evening. Rates depend on the day of the week booked and start at $125 per guest for weeknights and $150 per guest for Friday and Saturday nights. We offer a full bar and customized menus for special events based on our seasonal offerings. Please call for details.
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South End Buttery Ratings and Reviews
The menu at the South End Buttery is excellent, but the service is very slow. Last Saturday evening, we waited almost 10 minutes before our sever acknowledged our presence and served us water. It was another 10 minutes before she returned to take our drink and appetizer order. The downstairs seating area was not particularly crowded that particular evening.
I suspect the restaurant is under staffed. I try not to hold servers responsible for delays in the kitchen. But, the slow wait service really ruined our experience last Saturday night. It is too bad, since the South End Buttery is one of my favorite neighborhood eateries.
We made a last minute reservation on Friday night and it worked out perfectly. We had a burrata and green strawberry appetizer that was delicious! I had a turkey burger--very moist and flavorful. My partner had the chicken parm and really liked it. The waitress was very attentive and friendly. We sat in the lower level which is loud, but charming with exposed brick and stone. Overall great time.
We've heard good things about the restaurant and decided to give it a try. While the staff were friendly, the place was busy and we were seated at a table that stuck out halfway into a very busy doorway - lots of unintentional (we hope) kicks and bumps made for an interesting balancing act with cocktails thrown in. The food was good, but we felt bad for the staff that seemed overworked. We might try again, as we suspect a different seat might provide a different experience, but overall, we had a pleasant enough experience.
Overall food was great. Started with the Romaine salad which the server split for us since we were sharing and had the muscles which were very tasty. Lobster Mac n cheese could have used a little more flavor but the lobster pot pie was fantastic. Our server was very attentive and had a good sense of humor. The table next to us was a very loud party so wasn't great for a date night meal but overall would go back and would recommend it.
Great food and drinks, however we did not receive very good service. Our server was not attentive, once we even realized who our server was. It was very bizarre. It seemed like he was the manager just stepping in? We waited a very long time for water, drinks, etc. and he had very dirty fingernails.
I've come to the Buttery several times for brunch and I've yet to be disappointed. Unfortunately, my friend and I were not all that adventurous (I got the eggs Benedict with smoked salmon and he got two eggs with smoked salmon) but both our plates were completely spotless by the end which I think says most of what you need to know. The eggs Benedict are served on home made biscuits, which are phenomenal, warm and flaky on the inside but just the right amount of crisp on the outside. The hollandaise sauce is pretty good too, and the poached eggs run nicely when you break into them. If you're a first time bruncher at South End Buttery, I don't think you can go wrong with the Salmon Eggs Benedict. They do all of the other classics as well, pancakes, waffles, french toast etc. It may be at the upper end of some people's acceptable brunch price range at $25 (with coffee, no alcoholic beverages)--but I think it is definitely worth it. The only negative I could point out would be the layout of the upstairs. If you get seated at a high top table (which if you're a table of two, you quite likely will) then you sort of sit on top of your neighbors to your right or left. However, since it is such a desirable brunch spot, I think I appreciate that they try and squeeze in as many people as possible. Regardless of the rush the service is pretty fast, and if memory serves me at least a few of the waiters have been there for several years and their experience definitely helps at busier times.
Really like this place but they should have disclosed that they were going to be open during their renovations because it effected where we could sit. Also, it was extremely hot in the downstairs where we had to sit (because of the reno), to the point of major discomfort. But we couldn't sit upstairs because the noise from the reno was unbearable...
We had a nice evening at the Buttery, despite mixed feelings about the food. We started with a butternut bisque that tasted more like liquid corn muffin than butternut, but was delicious. The entrees (hanger steak, meatloaf, lobster pot pie) were okay - though not quite up to what we expected. The ambiance is lovely in the basement room next to the gas fireplace, and the service was very good. For dessert, we had an above-average chocolate cake from the Buttery's bakery. Our family hasn't been to the Buttery in a long time, and, in our memories, the food was a notch better. Given the prices (unfortunately, a bit out of our normal range), it may be a long time before we return again. Nonetheless, we retain a fondness for the place. It's cozy and comfortable. We'd eat there often if we were wealthy South-Enders.
I used to love coming to this place... the meatloaf is amazing. Unfortunately this time around we got stuck at a table in what I would consider a hallway in the lower level. The lights were going up and down the whole time (apparently no one working that night knew how to use them). And to top it off it was freezing because the door is at the top of the stairs. I had a friend form out of town visiting and was hoping for a lot more! Not great.
Food and service were amazing! They have one of the best Eggs Benedicts in Boston. All of their Eggs Benedicts come on these terrific biscuits instead of an English muffin. Their hollandaise is perfect and the salmon they use for the salmon Eggs Benedict is extremely fresh. Their more simple brunch options, like the pancakes, are also out of this world. If you're into cocktails, this is a perfect place; their drink menu is extraordinary and has something for everyone.
Excellent place. The food is excellent - creative without being crazy. Clearly fresh, well prepared and beautifully plated. Service was quite good, professional and friendly, very welcoming.
Undergoing renovations in the café so it was a little noisy, but frankly, I expected it to be worse when I walked in and when seated, it was not that bad.
Will be back.
We've been coming to The Buttery for about 6-7 yrs. The food is always good and the ambiance is great. However, we noticed the last couple of times we've been there that the drinks (which we're great before) are nowhere near as good (we've sent them back the last two times and we never do that). The service also has suffered. We're very disappointed because this was our go-to restaurant ☹️
I was recommended by a friend and decided to check this place out. The first time I visited was the first week of march, nice neighborhood place, cute restaurant, food was great but I was shocked by the rudeness of the waitresses. Decided to give the place another try so we went back Sunday. I was very disappointed by the service again. Food was great but both of the waiters helping out were very rude. I am not giving this place another try
Clearly they do not have late bookings even though through OpenTable you can book these. We booked a table for 9.30. Late getting seated and we were rushed through our meal as they were closing soon. My dessert was on the table before I was finished my main course. Not good. Will never spend money here again!
Overall pretty good. We were informed we could pick out a cake for our friend's birthday, which we did get, however it was a bit of a run around. Our server was great, but i feel the hostess could've been more informed about the cake process among a few other things.
This was my second visit for brunch. As usual it was busy. The server was rushed and it seemed more like a get in, eat, get out as quick as possible mentality. There was already a couple in my seat by the time I stood up to put my jacket on. The latte was cold and poorly made. The pancakes and eggs were good though. Overall, compared to other brunch spots this place is good but definitively not great.
Usually we are very happy with our meals at the Buttery. We started with a brussel sprout appetizer which was delicious. Planned to get the Buttery signature burger and fries which were not available due to renovations...this should have been disclosed when they called to confirm reservation. My son went for the quinoa burger which was extremely dry...was going to bring to waitresses attention but went MIA for a good amount of time. Will try back but very disappointed. Pot pie terrific but caesar salad not to usual standards.
South End Buttery food was delicious - we went for brunch and I had delicious eggs with ham and cheddar. However we had to wait for 40 minutes for our table even though we had booked which really took the edge of an enjoyable Sunday lunch.
I would recommend the Buttery if they can guarantee a more reliable booking system.
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