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South End Buttery

#170 of 2,379 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
South End
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314 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118-2190 (Union Park)
+1 617-482-1015
06:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 06:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 06:30 - 23:00
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had 2 visits here. Our first night in Boston we enjoyed our evening meal here. We were greeted by a friendly staff member and shown to a cosy little table downstairs and had the most simple yet delicious meal. The wine was lovely, the atmosphere was relaxing. I couldn't finish my meal but was offered a doggy bag. It... More 

Thank karen m
Waltham, Massachusetts
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519 reviews
301 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went here for dinner to celebrate two of our friends birthdays. The food is usually good and the drinks are terrific. Got my burger medium not medium rare...but it was still OK. Love this place EXCEPT for the downstairs dinning room. This is the second time we had dinner here. Both times it was extremely loud you had to... More 

Thank daksterinwaltham
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

My daughter went into Boston for a ladies' brunch. We were seated downstairs in a very cozy room with exposed brick and a working gas fireplace. Our waitress greeted us quickly and gave us time to look at the menu. Not huge m end, but definitely enough options for us. We shared a delicious butterscotch scone w/cream & jam. I... More 

Thank E B
Leominster, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

Food is very good but a little pricey ($20+ for 2 egg mcmuffins, tea and seltzer water). Mostly friendly service, and reasonably fast. Tough to get used to how CRAZY hectic it is there. It's chaos, but I think I'm the only one who cared. The locals obviously love it!

Thank RichNRobin
Boston, Massachusetts
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417 reviews
343 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

Based on the food this is a 4-star establishment. Everything is quite good, but not quite 5-star level. The smoked salmon & eggs is very good, the pancakes are well above average, then eggs benedict is very good, and the brunch cocktails are very good, too. South End Buttery loses a star (and it probably should be more like losing... More 

Thank David P
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

The French toast with berries is a must try! Their eggs and omelets are delicious as well. Their fresh squeezed orange juice, muffin/bread basket and general atmosphere draw me back. Small place, long wait even with a reservation sometimes there is a wait, atmosphere is what I would call 'cozy' and parking is a challenge, but the French toast is... More 

Thank Lisa D
Jensen Beach, Florida
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98 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

This restaurant has two floors and a small bakery area. We had brunch on a weekend and had reservations. The service was good. One diner has diet restrictions and the waitress was helpful. The food was good, fresh and the menu has variety. The prices for menu items are overpriced and the sides are generous but also overpriced. Try the... More 

Thank MAperson
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

The waitress was very rude and not willing to answer our questions. I ordered a burger and added an egg, only to find out that they charge $5 to add an egg. I can get 24 eggs from whole foods at that price, so I am guessing it is a very special egg...

Thank Leochatz
Plover, Wi
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81 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

First, you don't want to sit downstairs, it smells moldy and is realy damp. The calamari is amazing, very unique with the candied ginger, water cress and aioli. The lobster mac and cheese is very disappointing, more like alfredo, bolognese is also very disappointing. Mushroom ravioli and buccatini were good. I would recommend this for drinks and apps.

Thank meier5
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

I managed to make a six person reservation for brunch on Sunday for the wrong date. Somehow the lovely woman at the host stand (Margie I believe) was able to magically squeeze us in! Every one of us had an amazing meal, and their gimlet was perfectly made. This was the first time we had ever gone for a sit... More 

Thank Laura P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
American, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 314 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118-2190
    (Union Park)
  • Public Transportation: Back Bay Orange Line -- 5 minute walk
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > South End
  • Neighbourhood: South End
  • Phone Number: +1 617-482-1015

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in South End

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South End
Stroll down the beautiful brownstone lined streets while capturing views of Boston’s tallest buildings from a distance. Some of Boston’s best restaurants are scattered around this neighborhood. There are many gems to be found, from jazz clubs to classy bars and restaurants. It is also home to art galleries, interesting boutiques, artsy stores and SOWA open market during the summer months. The South End is a true find in the city, with a more residential feeling than Back Bay.
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