Boston >Food & Dining > Butcher Shop
552 Tremont St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211842.343761 -71.071455
Sunday To Monday From 11:00 AM To 11:00 AM Tuesday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 12:00 AM
Neighborhoods: Shawmut, South End
Meat in many permutations – I am writing this after eating at the Butcher Shop many times. I have never been disappointed. The first time I went, I sat at the bar and devoured everything out in front of me. I was introduced to a delicious raw honey that accompanies the bread (& can be purchased by the jar). The honey was amazing and opened my eyes to honey like I never tasted before. I can say that this theme continues with the components of the appetizers and entrees. Barbara Lynch has created a wonderful place with interesting combinations of flavors and ingredients. Last night I had a delicious pan seared duck breast, fregola salad and shared some mint-pea soup. They were all wonderful. I had a nice, light Muscat D'Alsace wine that was perfect for a warm summer meal. There are usually a few pastas and true to its name, a variety of meats. I have eaten the house gnudi which is tender and delicious. I have had panna cotta for dessert and was close to licking the plate. If you come in the day, it is a butcher shop and you can purchase many of the house prepared meats. The one thing is that it is small and patience might be required for weekend nights. Try going on a weeknight. Our wait last night was 10 minutes. The staff are well versed in the food and wine they serve. I have always had friendly encounters, even on a crazy weekend night. I love this restaurant and will return again and again.
what a disappointment! – Do not waste your time or money. The atmosphere was dreary and quiet. A few girls and I met in Boston and had dinner at the fabulous restaurant Stella and headed over to the Butcher Shop for drinks and we were greeted by the hostess/manager Amanda who immediately said they were at capacity. She was unfriendly from the very start and after they treated us horribly, to which I must thank them as they actually did us a favor and we ended up across the street and a much better place.
Food, service and wine outstanding!!!! – Simply outstanding food, wine and service. I was impressed how the manager and staff are real foodies and love discussing the food. The wine was paired nicely as well. For what you get, the price was not bad at all. If you want to pay dog food prices, you'll get food that tastes like dog food. This is the real deal and well worth the moderate price and wait!
This place was so cool. Great atmosphere in a great area. Good wine list. But then they raised the prices of the food to an absolutely absurd level for the portion sizes. Have a drink there and move on to somewhere else for dinner.
Curious carnivores and stylish South End couples rub shoulders at the city's top spot for gourmet, house-cured meats. – The Scene
After providing Boston with a nationally acclaimed dining destination (No. 9 Park) and a cutting-edge raw bar (B&G Oysters), culinary maven Barbara Lynch opened this full-service butcher shop that doubles as a sleek wine bar and eatery. By day, most patrons swing by to take home venison sausages and veal cutlets, while nighttime sees well-dressed couples huddling around the butcher's block, waiting for a seat at the diminutive, candlelit bar. Ultra-knowledgeable waiters eagerly discuss the exceptionally adventurous wine list's intricacies.
From popular charcuterie plates that seemingly top every table to indulgent "sweet plates" of eclectic desserts, quality is off the charts (not surprising, since everything is prepared in-house). The tapas-like menu (there are no entrees) features meats and cheeses from local farms. After nibbling on the charcuterie plate's tender rabbit and savory boar, discerning palates note the freshness. Even non-meat dishes (honey-poached figs with earthy Marcona almonds) manage to inspire.
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Very good food – I went here with a friend and I really enjoyed it. It is quite small, but has a nice crowd and good ambiance. The food was delicious. My only complaint would be that our waiter wasn't the best. I expected a little bit better service since it isn't the cheapest place around. We may have just fell on a bad waiter or perhaps he was having a bad night. The food was great though. My wine was average though--they need a better wine menu. But, I would check this place out, as the food is wonderful and different.
Awesome food, beware the prunes!! – I've loved Barbara Lynch's places for a while and was excited to try out the Butcher Shop. A friend and I went in for lunch at 3pm and immediatley sat at the bar. Our bartender was very nice (Brian?) and knowledgable about our wine questions. We had an Antipasto to start, which was great... however, it leads to my only complaint. When I bit into one of the "pitted" prunes, I chipped my molar on a pit that shouldn't be! Other than that, our appetizer was great. Now to the best, while my rabbit dish was very good, my friend had a corn and duck lasagna that was possibly one of the best dishes I've ever tried... And I eat out a lot... So, despite the bit of tooth I lost at the Butcher Shop, it is a fabulous place, and I plan on returning again and again. A tooth is a small sacrifice to pay to the food gods... And if you find the wait too long at night, check it out as a lunch hot spot.
Love the place! – Seriously one of the best spots in the south end. Steak tartar is fabulous. Fries are outstanding. A little bit pricey but worth every penny. It's also one of the best spots in the south end to while away a romantic evening while watching the snow. Love it!!
Love the Meat – Barbara Lynch knows how to do restaurants very well, and the Butcher Shop has a unique concept in Boston. The semi restaurant/butcher shop serves wine and meats to hungry Bostonians, in a fairly small and busy space. I love the atmosphere and the decor, and despite being very busy, this is a great hot spot in the South End.
Best Casual Dining in Boston – The Butcher Shop is the perfet place to end or begin an evening. The staff is among the best in Boston and will recommend some of the finest wine and food from master chef Barbara Lynch. Let them be your guides and I promise, you will not go wrong. The short ribs were DIVINE.
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