About South End Buttery
Boston, MA 02118
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!
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
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.
I had heard great things About this rest ...
I had heard great things
About this restaurant but the food very disappointing for the price. The wedge salad was at best mediocre and needed more dressing. The food was very bland and not only was there no salt and pepper on the table. We had to ask you a couple of times. The potato
also not seasoned and skimpy on sour cream not what you expect on loaded bake potato. The hanger steak was good and the cheeseburger was average. The
Parmasean truffle fries were bland as well. Definitely don't spend the
Money for truffle oil. I would not recommend this restaurant. They should stick with pastries
We went to South End Buttery for brunch ...
We went to South End Buttery for brunch on a Saturday. Our service from Joanna was absolutely amazing! She made the morning perfect for all of us with her humor and service.
We were so very happy that we choose South End Buttery and we will return next time we are in Boston!
The south and battery has been a favorit ...
The south and battery has been a favorite but on this visit we were disappointed.
The noise level in the downstairs room prevents any conversation. The floor and ceiling are made of wood and there is nothing in the small room to absorb sound. Perhaps it was that there were two very loud parties cheated on either side of us, but we were uncomfortable because we could not speak and be heard. And then, in the middle of dinner, the volume on the music was turned up! It was lowered once we called it to our servers attention.
One of our favorite dishes isThe bacon wrapped dates but on this visit, the bacon was so overdone has to fall apart. My companions enjoy their meals of shrimp diavolo and A salad with shrimp, but my meal, the chicken Parmesan, was good but not spectacular.
Initially, we were offered seats at a high table in the bar room which they thought might be quieter but because our party did not want to sit at a high table we moved downstairs.
As we were leaving, we were told that a quieter meal could've been had in the café section of the restaurant, which is set up for find dining after 7 o'clock. But because we had Theater Tickets at eight, that wouldn't have worked for us.
Totally worth going! Warm basement scen ...
Totally worth going! Warm basement scene. Very cozy. Food was between good and great; The salmon and Brussels were a hit; the lobster Mac and cheese had too much of a soupy cheese texture and the lobster flavor was lost. Small but value minded wine list. Server was warm and charming.
I came here for my birthday with my fami ...
I came here for my birthday with my family which included my adult children and my 90 year old father. We all enjoyed ourselves. The food was delicious. We started with a pastry basket and then had a variety of items off the brunch menu, pancakes, eggs, falafel burger, eggs benedict. Everything delicious and the service and atmosphere were wonderful. I always appreciate when the servers are extra nice to my dad who doesn't see or hear well but is otherwise very friendly and outgoing. I've eaten here numerous times for dinner but this was my first brunch. Definitely a thumbs up!
The hostess told us we could sit outside ...
The hostess told us we could sit outside, but when we arrived at our table, there was only one chair. The hostess then stood quietly while my friend and I had to awkwardly ask another party to give up a chair. Our server seemed to be having a rough day - he was not outside often. The food runner brought me the wrong dish and then appeared frustrated with me when I told him it wasn't what I ordered. The sever graciously comped my meal, but it was not the experience I've heard others rave about.
We've eaten breakfast a couple of times ...
We've eaten breakfast a couple of times now at the South End Buttery. It's a nice, low-key, local place to meet friends. Our out-of-town guests always enjoy it. The food is good and simple. There isn't a kids menu per se, but there is a sides menu that works great for kids.
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