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 Restaurant, Patio/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.
South End Buttery Ratings and Reviews
Wonderful food, presentation and staff. ...
Wonderful food, presentation and staff. There was a large party that was too noisy. Manager helped move us to a more comfortable space; however we ended up in a high bar table which is not what we wanted. Took away from the ambience of a delightful restaurant experience.
The food was abosolutely incredible pair ...
The food was abosolutely incredible paired with amazing service. We had causally mentioned it was my friends birthday and our waiter surprised us with a cup cake with a candle it for her. Everything tastes amazing and it was all and all a great dining experience.
Although the food was enjoyable, the ser ...
Although the food was enjoyable, the service was terrible.
The host took ages to seat us, although we had booked to not waste time waiting.
The bus boy who was setting up the table had greasy hands all over the cutlery, which we had to change once we sat down.
The waitress, who was super sweet, was EXTREMELY SLOW.
South End Buttery is a perpetual favorit ...
South End Buttery is a perpetual favorite among my friends and I. Stop by on a Friday night after a SoWa excursion (be sure to make a reservation, though!) or celebrate a family member's birthday on a quieter week night - South End Buttery never disappoints.
LOVED the baked goods, particularly thei ...
LOVED the baked goods, particularly their scones and muffins! Brunch was fine, but did not wow. I would recommend just going for coffee and scones from the front counter, and then munching on them as you stroll around the neighborhood. Same great baked goods, same great neighborhood atmosphere, but a fraction of the price.
We had a reservation but had to wait in ...
We had a reservation but had to wait in a cramped space getting jostled by other cramped unhappy people for 10 minutes. Then they put us at one of the many crummy spots in the basement. Salad yummy, pancakes TOUGH. They were obviously overwhelmed. Won't be back.
The basement dining section for DINNER w ...
The basement dining section for DINNER was, very, very loud. It's small, so one table starts to raise their voice over the next, and so on, and so on. Suddenly you are in this tiny room where everybody is screaming.
Perfect for Special or Informal Occasions!
The Buttery is an interesting combination between neighborhood cafe and small, quaint restaurant that provides great service and even better food.
The rustic look creates a romantic backdrop for special occasions or an intimate vibe for a small group of friends. Because of limited seating, definitely book ahead.
So, whether you're looking to chill with a coffee and pastry in the cafe or find that gem of a brunch spot for your hungover friends on a Sunday, the Buttery fits the bill.
In short, absolutely freaking go there.
Love the Buttery
This is my second time at the Buttery for brunch and, let me tell you, it's quite a deal. The food is sooo good that each time I've eaten enough food to last me through dinner and all the way into lunch the following day!
Do order the pastry basket--it's beyond yummy.
It was basic in all sense of the word. The service was average, the food was fine. I was okay with the price considering the neighborhood. I will likely be back, but more because it is a cute restaurant in a cute neighborhood, and not because the food or service was particularly impressive.
Sunday brunch was great. Sat downstairs ...
Sunday brunch was great. Sat downstairs, which could have been dark and small, but the windows and door to a sunken outside area combined with a nice interior design made a bright and comfortable atmosphere. The mid 90's R&B was at a level that made talking easy but kept a nice background to the meal.
The hostess was extremely rude. We were ...
The hostess was extremely rude. We were about 10 minutes late but had called in advance to see if they could hold the table. They said yes but when we got there she rudely explained that our table had been given away and then we had to wait 30 minutes. We know we were late but there are better ways to communicate with guests. The food was great though.
Buttery Birthday Dinner
We really enjoyed our dinner, on a number of levels. I took two friends to dinner, for their birthdays which are 10 days apart - they are a couple.
The atmosphere was wonderful - our table location downstairs was private enough to enjoy the conversation, even though there was a large party nearby.
The meal itself was delicious, starting with a basic bread/cheese plate. Our entrees were well prepared and presented, and desserts (we each had the brownie bite sundae) delectable.
On top of that, the service was simply perfect. Alex (I hope I'm getting her name right) was extremely attentive and engaging.
The turkey burger with parmesian fries w ...
The turkey burger with parmesian fries was excellent, but of all things the meatloaf with butter peas was outstanding. Our server was very personable and kind, and answered every question we had about the food perfectly. We ate in the downstairs dining room, which was quite cozy on such a chilly night. All in all it was a great experience on our first trip to South End.
I usually go to the Buttery Cafe and alw ...
I usually go to the Buttery Cafe and always have a great experience. The restaurant is a hidden gem! We had an amazing server who went above and beyond to make sure we were all happy and satisfied. Also, the downstairs dining room is so comfortable and perfect for Boston's cold winter season. The burger was unbelievable as well as, of course, the dessert! We will definitely be back.
Long wait despite having a reservation
I made a Sunday brunch reservation for 1:45 p.m. We arrived a bit early to check in. Upon checking in, the host said "Okay, it'll be a little while... maybe ten minutes." No problem. While we waited, more and more groups came in, whether it be for a 2 p.m. reservation, 2:15, etc. And all the while I'm thinking to myself, "These groups will have to wait forever if it's already 2:15 and we're not even seated for our 1:45 p.m." Needless to say, we weren't seated until around 2:20, which was pretty frustrating. It pretty much defeated the purpose of making a reservation. I'm pretty sure the table that had a 2:30 reservation wasn't seated until close to 3:15.
Basically, the food is fine but not wow.
I was surprised to be charged $1.00 for jam for my toast although it was delicious jam.
The problem for me on this particular day is that the restaurant was crazy busy and crazy noisy. Do not go if you intent is to have a leisurely relaxing time. Too much of a happening place and if you want to hear the conversation at your own table you just have to up the volume yourself. I think the food is good but not exceptional and the atmosphere is just too charged for a lazy Sunday brunch.
Excellent food, poor service
The brunch at South End Buttery is always delicious, but the service is poor. We experienced a long delay before ordering, and a longer delay before receiving our food. Our server seemed unfamiliar with the menu and made all of us at the table fear that our orders would be garbled. Also, unique to this restaurant, you won't receive a copy of your credit card receipt; you'll sign the only copy. (If you want a copy, I'm sure you can ask and then wait 10 minutes for it to arrive.) But in the end, the food was excellent. The Buttery has the best pancakes in town, and the "home fries" are fantastic. We'll put up with the bad service and return, although not soon.
Best Brunch Ever!!
I've been trying to get Brunch reservations here for the longest time - I always call too late and they're all booked. This time I called several weeks in advance and finally got reservations. It was well worth the wait.....great food and service!! Can't wait to go back!!
We had a flawless experience. As we appr ...
We had a flawless experience. As we approached we notice groups entering the restaurant and thought we'd be kept waiting but we were taken immediately to our table downstairs in the most comfortable and appealing room. Our server was excellent and food was perfect. Couldn't have been better.
Great food and ambience, but received poor service
I made a reservation for 5:30pm for dinner (very early I know, but we had time constraints). They were not prepared to seat us at 5:30pm and made us wait until 5:45pm. They took us downstairs and sat us among all the empty tables. Then the waiter proceeded to forget about us for the next 15 minutes, not even serving us water. I had to call the manager over to be attended to.
I've been there many times before and have had no problems, so I hope this was a one time error. I would recommend that South End Buttery pay more attention to their early dining customers.
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