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, Takeout, 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
Food was good and service was good. Bu ...
Food was good and service was good. But we were judged for not ordering entrees by the waiter, even though out check was more than the table next to us who ordered entrees. That was the only damper on the experience.
I've been to the SE Buttery numerous tim ...
I've been to the SE Buttery numerous times for dinner, as well as to the cafe for breakfast and lunch. It has always been a go-to spot for a nice meal with a good variety of choices and nice ambiance. My husband and I went on Valentine's night. The food was good as always, but the service was slow, slow, slow. Food took forever to come, and the staff seemed unprofessional. They weren't at 100% capacity, so it was hard to tell what the issue was. It took time to even give us menus- they couldn't find them! After waiting for a long time, we had to request bread, and then waited for quite a bit of time for that. When my soup arrived (not at the same time as my husband's shrimp cocktail) it was lukewarm. Hopefully they will get back on their game quickly- they can lose customers precipitously with this kind of service.
Absolutely terrible service. We will nev ...
Absolutely terrible service. We will never go back. Took over 30 minutes for our order to be taken and another 45 for food. Eggs. Over 2 hours we were only asked if we wanted a coffee refill once. And the food was mediocre.
the food here is delicious and definitel ...
the food here is delicious and definitely one of the best boston brunch places. Love the south end neighborhood for walking off your meal afterward. we didn't have the best service last time we went (waitress was abrupt, rude at points, even when asking for refills on our water). I'm sure it was a one-off experience and will still be back.
This is a cozy little spot for brunch. ...
This is a cozy little spot for brunch. The buttery basket was delicious. I ordered the pancakes with bananas. They were tasty, but a little dense. I have had better pancakes elsewhere. However, my friend ordered the wild mushroom omelette, which she really enjoyed. The service was attentive and friendly. I would likely return again for brunch. I would recommend making reservations as it was quite crowded on a Sunday morning.
It really did not look like a restaurant ...
It really did not look like a restaurant from the street. You walk into the coffee shop, towards the back and then they take you downstairs to a nice fireplace dining room. When we first got there, we could talk and hear each other. As the meal went on, it became very loud with a few small groups talking loudly.
I had the half chicken special with Brussels sprouts and polenta. The chicken was flavorful, and overall very good.My husband had the chicken parmesan, it was rather dry. Our son had the lobster Mac and cheese. Rich and creamy. He liked it.
Salad came with no dressing. Looked dead ...
Salad came with no dressing. Looked dead. Slow, inattentive service. Very tiny table for three people, knocking knees underneath. Felt sick later from Brussels sprouts appetizer. No one happy. Food fair to poor. Also, parking is a nightmare.
Everything was great. Our only feedback ...
Everything was great. Our only feedback is that there should be more fish and vegetarian options on the menu. The staff was more than happy to accommodate us but since we stay away from pig and shellfish, there were limited options.
Excellent service Fireplace area is supe ...
Fireplace area is super COZY, welcoming
Limited menu and $$$ for portion size
Well seasoned dishes and beautifully plated
Had a signature cocktail (don't recall name) which is more like a dessert (that is why we ordered) tasted as if it sat in the ice too long 👎🏻
Wine is reasonable
Will definitely try burger or brunch next time
I was really excited to give this restau ...
I was really excited to give this restaurant a try - I had been told repeatedly that the brunch was amazing. I made a reservation with a friend of mine for noon on Saturday. We arrived to a line and no one seemed to know what was going on. Instead, the host was feverishly working on a tablet attached to the wall - so much so that he did not pay attention to the line at all. I finally went up to him and realized I was meant to check in for my reservation. We stood next to him as he worked on the tablet - for a full 30 minutes after our reservation was meant to start. Three parties went in front of us with 12:15 or 12:30 reservations because they were either larger (3 people rather than 2 - same size table with slightly more room for an extra chair), or to sit at the bar (after 30 min. of waiting I would have taken that too). By the time we sat down we were so frustrated with the lack of service that it was really hard to have a good experience. The food was good - but not the "oh my god" caliber I was expecting based on reviews. Not a place I would go back to based on my experience.
Tip to the house - taking care of customers should be higher priority than new gadgets.
We had the beautifully presented buttern ...
We had the beautifully presented butternut/white bean hummus (delicious) with grilled naan and cumin roasted carrots (delicious, but they were refrigerator-cold; we would have preferred at least room-temp). I had the salmon with chorizo/corn cake (gorgeous and delicious) and my husband had the chicken parm (good, but he admits he should have gotten one of the many more interesting options). We had the apple crisp (delicious, but again, we should've tried something more interesting). And our fabulous server, Sasha, made sure we had decaf! We will definitely be back.
Took a little while to get someone to ta ...
Took a little while to get someone to take our drinks order, but after that, service was smooth and wonderful. Delicious food, cozy atmosphere - perfect for date night, or any night. Reasonable prices, and good value. Butternut squash white bean hummus was not too heavy on the butternut, and wonderfully creamy - roasted carrots was delicious, simple touch. We each ordered the half chicken Giannone. They were very accommodating and subbed out the cheesy polenta for the chorizo and corn cake on my order; wise decision for me. Absolutely loved the chorizo-corn cake. If I was hungrier, I would have attempted to sample even more. Happy with my order, and my wine, every time I come here.
The cafe for breakfast is outstanding. G ...
The cafe for breakfast is outstanding. Great casual atmosphere with excellent coffee and breakfast type food. For dinner, I found the food and experience solid and good but not outstanding. I'll come back for breakfast and coffee.
The brunch food was very good. I was a l ...
The brunch food was very good. I was a little disappointed in the Buttery Bakery Basket, though, because it was all sweets, no regular bread or rolls. They were delicious, don't get me wrong, but I would have liked a better assortment and/or maybe smaller pieces of more different things. I ordered a side order of crisp bacon and it came out perfectly; and there were more slices than I've ever seen in a side order. One friend had the brioche french toast and it looked marvelous. So all in all, very good.
We came to the Buttery before seeing a p ...
We came to the Buttery before seeing a play at the Speak Easy. Was very convenient. The food was great. We sat downstairs and enjoyed the fireplace. The food was great. I had the salmon and shared the iceberg wedge. The only thing was that the main dishes took a while to come out. Might have been because it was a Sat nite and had gotten crowded. We'd go back.
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