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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, Tapas / Small Plates, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We cater home and office events 7 days of the week. Check out our web site for our corporate catering menus or contact our catering manager at email@example.com.
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
Matthew McPherson, Executive Chef
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Our cafe can accommodate up to 22 guests for a sit-down dinner or 30-35 for a cocktail party. Our downstairs dining room can accommodate 30-35 guests for s private seated dinner. Because we are a small restaurant, we require a fixed rate per guest to offer your party our dining space for an entire evening, depending on the day of the week booked. 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
Sub par service and food. Upon arrival, you can either walk through a hidden side door or trek through the right front coffee to get to the hostess stand. We waited awhile for the host to acknowledge us and no matter where you wait, you are in the way. Luckily, we had a reservation, which I highly recommend doing. Finally, we were seated and ordered 2 mimosas, coffee and a cappuccino. The waitress brought my coffee out and did not ask if I wanted cream/milk and the sugar dish was low. I had to ask for it when she brought the cappuccino and that took awhile. I ordered the wild mushroom omelet that came with a salad and toast. Our food took forever. Omelet was bland and it was disappointing that it came with a salad rather than home fries. I have been here once before but decided to give another chance. Another disappointing experience. I will not come back or recommend here. There are way better brunch places in the neighborhood.
My husband had the chicken parm and thought it one of the best he'd had recently. I had a turkey burger and thought it quite average - dry, unexceptional, uninteresting. So... mixed results. The wait staff was reasonably attentive but a little distracted, which was odd since the restaurant wasn't that busy while we dined. All-in-all, I would see no reason to go back, considering the prices were a little high for such results.
By far my favorite spot in my home neighborhood. Buttery never lets me down, whether taking out or sitting down, breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Creative and fresh combinations for appetizers and entrees make for a wonderful dining experience every time.
Cheers to my South End "Cheers".
The South End Buttery was an excellent choice for a small birthday celebration. The staff went above and beyond our expectation with service, kindness and care of our family, especially our elderly, cane reliant Grandfather! The food was terrific, especially the little Ricotta Donut and Bread basket offerings. The Bloody Mary's terrifically spicey and my Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict was perfect. The biscuit underneath was just the right consistency. Thank You for such a lovey time!
The Buttery has been offering 50% off meals for the final week or two of August. This is a great deal, and the food is terrific. We ate outside because it was beautiful weather. I've been here for brunch many times, and always find the service and the food to be terrific. Great local restaurants, coffee shop and bakery!
I would avoid the pastry basket. Our basket contained a scone, a carrot muffin, and banana bread. Both the muffin and banana bread were very dry. The table across from us also abandoned their blueberry muffin. The scone was really good. I would opt for scones instead if you want something to nibble on.
The brunch cocktails were amazing.
I wish there were a non pork protein as a side option for breakfast items. Steak and eggs just felt to heavy and I wasn't feeling the salmon with eggs (note salmon is not cooked into the egg), so then I was left with no options. Aquitaine has delicious apple chicken sausage that I usually order on the side of an omelette. The mushroom omelette was good, but could have been more flavorful. One of my friends order the eggs Benedict and her eggs were slightly over cooked. The yolk was not at all runny.
It's super busy for Brunch, so do make a reservation. It cuts your wait time down to like 15-20 minutes at peak times. Without a reservation it's a 45-50 minute wait, sometimes longer.
I met a colleague for brunch on Saturday at 9:15am. The food and service were perfect but the level of noise (downstairs) was a bit much for the business part of our conversation. Next time we will ask to sit in the cafe area or upstairs. Special note: We love that the restaurant called to confirm our reservation the night before and warned about the experience some have finding parking.
We attended the southend buttery for brunch with our adult children. We were excited to dine here as the reviews were outstanding and it was highly recommended. The food and service did not disappoint and everything we had was excellent. The portions were good as was the timing and service. However, we were seated in the lower level and the noise level was so high we could not complete one sentence without asking it to be repeated. There was no ability to have a 2 way conversation let alone a family discussion. It seemed the volume increased as the meal processed and I left feeling like we had paid a lot of money for a nice brunch which could have been eaten alone. I would only go back if I was able to requesting a table upstairs.
Dined downstairs for brunch and it was a fairly cozy. Menu was good with lots of choices for brunch. Salmon and eggs was filling. Fresh fruit was decent, more melons than any other fruit. Noise can get loud from conversations all around and being in a tight space. Upstairs bakery was airy and had lots of yummy choices.
I love brunch at The Buttery, but yesterday the service was terrible. After our first cup of coffee we were never offered a refill. When I asked ten minutes later our server refilled my cup and didn't offer a refill to anyone else and everyone would have said yes. We couldn't believe how rude and inattentive our servers were. Normally I can't wait to go back, but I think I will be trying some new brunch spots.
We were excited to go as we had read good reviews about the restaurant. We got there and were seated downstairs and then the service issues began as we sat for a while as there was a mix up in who our server was. This was a 5:30pm reservation and there was only one other table at the time. Finally our server arrived and we ordered several small plates to come out one at a time which we do all the time. The first two plates came out together and we asked that the next plates come out separately as we were sharing the food. It took a while and then the third plate came out. There was also a long wait for the fourth plate and a second ordered drink. The final straw was the last plate which was an entrée order did not show up. We were there for over 20 minutes without anyone coming to the table or to explaining what happened or what the situation was - so we got our bill and paid for the food we had. I worked in restaurants in high school and college and I have two family members who run restaurants so I try to give restaurants a break if there are service issues because I lived through them and can understand how some things get lost in the rush but literally there was 4 tables in use. The food was very good and was what we hoped it would be. The problem was the service was so bad it ruined the experience.
My husband and I selected The Buttery so we could sit outside on a fairly quiet street, and have an uncomplicated meal. We had several appetizers- loved the asparagus and avocado toast- great flavors and pretty looking. Also had the roasted cauliflower. Then we had roast chicken with the cheesy polenta. It was moist and flavorful––simple but delicious. The service wasn't stellar (a large party with family/friends of the owner had her primary attention) but it was pleasant nonetheless. The Buttery menu has just enough variety so that you can go back multiple times and not be stuck in a rut. The new cafe level dining spaces created by their recent renovation look appealing when you can't be outside.
Overall, the food vas excellent ... hot, fresh and really delicious. Our table requested two small modifications to our orders, and unfortunately neither of them were for filled, even though it's a brunch rush had slowed and the restaurant was very quiet by the time we placed our order. Both requests only involved leaving something off ... butter off toast and a burger without aioli ... and although it wasn't the end of the world, it would've been nice if the cook had paid a little more attention to detail, especially since the kitchen was not busy at the time.
The bigger issue with our meal came from the presence of an uninvited guest. Before our food arrived, a mouse ran back-and-forth across the floor of the restaurant and over my daughter's foot under the table. I realize we were in the south end, and it's nearly impossible to keep rodents at bay, but it was the manager's response, or lack there of, that was more upsetting. Our server came right over to us and when we told her what had happened, she went and told both managers on duty about the uninvited guest. They sent her back with an explanation that the back door had been left open earlier in the day, and that was how the mouse probably came into the restaurant. There was no apology from the managers, they didn't come to our table to make sure everything was OK, and they didn't take anything off our bill. We didn't ask for anything, but it would've been nice to have some sort of apology or at least a recognition that having a mouse run across your foot during a meal is at the very least unpleasant. Any acknowledgment from management would have been appreciated, and we were very disappointed at the lack of customer service that showed. Again, the restaurant was very slow by the time this happened. In fact, we were the only people in the downstairs room by the time our food came, so I'm sure the manager could have taken a minute or two from their day to make sure they are guests were satisfied.
Haven't been to Buttery in a couple of years and only 1 time previously for dinner. This before-theater dinner was fabulous! It was early in the evening, so downstairs was quiet and uncrowded, which was perfect. Menu was creative and delicious! Everything we had was fabulous and would have gladly had more. This is a great place and I am eager to add it into my rotation when I am in the area!
Shayla provided great service, was very personable, and made helpful suggestions.
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