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!
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: 6175492776
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
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.
I savored the main course which was a th ...
I savored the main course which was a thick wedge of salmon atop a crispy polenta cake. I also enjoyed the black bean soup which was served with a dollop of cream fraiche. The only spoiler was that we were seated too close to two couples with small children, who were a bit noisey at times.
The food was not great at all. It was ve ...
The food was not great at all. It was very cold and the taste was not quite there. My coffee had chunks of coagulated milk which made me think the milk was bad. The waitress assured me that soy milk made coffee look like that but I didn't want to risk so I ordered a cappuccino.
Overall it was OK experience. We ordere ...
Overall it was OK experience. We ordered some small plates and one main. None really stands out. It was busy time and server obviously forgot to put our drink order in so it was a slow start. The food came out fast and that was the best part of the night.
South End Buttery was almost exactly as ...
South End Buttery was almost exactly as expected. Service was friendly and prompt, and food was somewhere around average for brunch. We ordered the Ricotta Fritters, which are really just donuts. We were expecting some kind of cheesy appetizer, but the donuts were welcomed and very delicious anyway. The Buttery Breakfast is probably the best deal for brunch, with two pancakes and two eggs, although they don't come with home fries, and there is of course a $3 extra charge to make the pancakes banana and chocolate chip. Home fries weigh in at a whopping $6 for a side, which came with about 6 miniature potatoes cut in half. Definitely would advise against ordering those, as they are the worst value on the menu by far. Everything else was on the expensive side, but not out of the ordinary for South End brunch.
Food was fine, service was good but they ...
Food was fine, service was good but they sat us in the cafe area which made me feel less apart of the restaurant atmosphere. Due to being in the cafe area with no other patrons around we saw a mouse when we were done eating. It was little but still, disturbing.
The restaurant has good food at reasonab ...
The restaurant has good food at reasonable prices, though the wines by the glass were quite pricey. The basement room is very cozy, though the noise levels were high when it filled up.
Service was very good and not intrusive.
Think of this place as a brunch location ...
Think of this place as a brunch location - but was pleasantly surprised how great it was for dinner. I'm a self-confessed foodie and a vegetarian - so Boston doesn't always impress. South end buttery was great- delicious food, amazing ambiance. Our server was fantastic. We had a lovely corner table downstairs - which was perfect to meet new friends and catch up with old ones. A win!
We had a later reservation here which I ...
We had a later reservation here which I wouldn't recommend to others- they were out of several things we wanted.
We had some of their desserts which were disappointing after reading the reviews. The brownie sundae didn't really have a brownie in it and the strawberry shortcake lacked strawberries and sauce. We had the ravioli dish as well which was quite good as was the cheese dip. But everyone raves about the desserts so we were excited! It was a let down.
Service was not that great- waitress wasn't very educated on the menu and had to keep coming back to tell us they were out of something.
I don't know if I would try this again based on the tons of other choices in the area.
This place lived up to its reviews. Food ...
This place lived up to its reviews. Food was creative and every dish was executed perfectly.
Cocktails were excellent. Nice choice of wines by the glass.
We ate outside at a sidewalk table. It was a lovely quiet tree lined side street.
We loved everything about this meal.
We ate at the bar on the first floor, is ...
We ate at the bar on the first floor, is a very small place, but cozy, we like it. The appetizers where great, the food took some time to come but it was ok. The Mac and chees where not good, the hamburguer was very good
A party of 4 who did not have a reservat ...
A party of 4 who did not have a reservation took my party of 4 reservation. As a result I ended up waiting a full hour, WHEN I HAD A RESERVATION. The hostess was incompetent at seating guests, a very simple task. She offered up no resolution nor thoughtful gesture such as coffee gratis for her wrongdoing.
This was our first visit to South End Bu ...
This was our first visit to South End Buttery estaurant. Our server was adorable. He was excellent. The food was very good. My friend enjoyed her wild mushroom omelette, two of us got the smoked salmon Benedict, and my husband got the huevos rancheros. I ordered a side of avocado, and it was perfectly ripe. I also got some berries, and they were fresh and delicious. However, everyone sits downstairs for brunch , and on a beautiful Sunday morning, I just didn't enjoy eating in a basement room. My husbandthought that his meal was just OK. Ours were very good, and I would certainly give this restaurant another chance.
I have now been to the Buttery three tim ...
I have now been to the Buttery three times, and this time I brought my parents from out of state. We all loved our breakfast, enjoyed the decorations and atmosphere, and our waiter was great. Overall extremely pleased with our experience again!
5 of us came here for Brunch. The Butte ...
5 of us came here for Brunch. The Buttery had great reviews and i felt lucky to be able to make a reservation. Upon arrival we were promptly seated (we arrived 15 min early). The dining room is very small, a few seats at the bar and very few tables (about 20 people max). There's also a downstairs area, really cool too. Each dish was AMAZING delicious, cooked to perfection, and excellent portions! We were completely stuffed! Great neighborhood place!
I thought overall it was a nice place an ...
I thought overall it was a nice place and I would probably go back. Food was pretty good. Simple but executed well and nice portions. The ambiance is very nice and cozy. Very clean and maintained well with comfortable decor. It's a little bit tight in the restaurant so beware. We had a newborn in addition to our party of 6 and it was quite difficult to navigate with a baby carrier. Tables are very small as to accommodate as many people as possible, but even 3 put together for our party of 6+ was tight. The one piece I would say that needed some work is the service. It was definitely mediocre at best. Very genial server but we felt a little abandoned. We were all almost completely out of coffee and had to ask. We had two kids with us-asked for extra napkins and got two. Would usually expect enough for the table, but we made do by using every clean spot on the ones we had.
My friends and I made a 12:15 reservatio ...
My friends and I made a 12:15 reservation for blunch on Saturday. We were immediately sat downstairs which luckily had big bright windows to cut the dungeon ambiance. Our server was nice except, we waited about 15 minutes for 3 cocktails so we had plenty of time to make our meal choices. We immediately ordered but then waited almost an hour for our food to actually arrive. I wish our server would have at least acknowledged our wait or offered our side or fries to come out to keep us from getting too hangry. Overall it was a pleasant experience and I would recommend a friend.
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