Boston >Food & Dining > South End Buttery
314 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA | Directions 0211842.342110 -71.070448
Monday 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Shawmut, South End
Request to sit away from the corner fireplace table – Having only gone to this populate cafe for brunch and coffee I decided to try dinner. While the food was very good despite a long wait for it to arrive after ordering, I have to warn, do not sit near the fireplace. The downstairs dining area became a bit too warm and it was decided to turn on the air conditioning. The airconditioner was located right above our table and blowing directly at us and on our table. After two requests to lower the speed or simpy turn it off, nothing was done. Upon her approach to our table we decided to try and see if our waitress could help. The best she could do is try to deflect the cold air by moving the vents on the air conditioner. Unforutately her attempt failed. Not only was it cold at our table our $200 check dinners also turned cold in short order.
In all fairness the food was good, however there are many more comfortable places to dine in the city. Should you decide on Sound End Buttery for your next dinner, just be careful where you are seated.
You can taste where they get their name – I ordered a veggie burger and shared a side of fries with A. The veggie burger was good but I wouldn't call it a veggie burger, you know, if I was in charge of the menu. I'd call it a chickpea patty, or even a chickpea burger. Chickpea was the strongest flavor I tasted in the burger. And it tasted good, but not what I expected a veggie burger to be. It was served on a very large bun made from flaky bakery bread and a roasted tomato. The dish also came with a mixed green salad that was tossed in an elegant, light tasting vinaigrette. The french fries are Belgian style, I believe. They're served in a huge (see a theme here) paper cone and came with a choice of aiolis - we chose the truffle aioli. The fries were amazing - my favorite part of the meal. They were crispy and tasted lightly fried and not too greasy. The aioli was a real treat as well. I would go back to the Buttery just for these fries!
While we all liked our food (A also had a veggie burger and B had spaghetti) we were less than impressed with the servers. Our waitress never smiled, never asked how our food was, was slow overall, and didn't bring ketchup when she brought out our burgers, we had to ask for it. Maybe that's how they do it there, but we were surprised. She also didn't apologize when one dish came out wrong. Anyways...
For dessert, we had cupcakes! The bakery section has large cupcakes, but the dinner dessert menu serves mini cupcakes. Luckily, the serving is 3 mini cupcakes.
The display is beautiful. I had the vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting. It was quite delicious. The cake is a nice texture and the vanilla frosting has the same great vanilla/buttery/creamy taste I remembered. B didn't love the chocolate frosting so I sampled it so I could judge it too. It had a light chocolate taste, tasted more like butter than chocolate.
The atmosphere at the Buttery is surprisingly elegant. The upstairs is typical bakery cafe style with white walls and white furniture. We ate downstairs. The downstairs is the complete opposite - dark lighting, dark wood furniture, red booths, red pillows. There were two candles on the table too, adding to the ambiance.
The South End Buttery definitely satisfied our appetites!
Cute as a Cupcake – The South End Buttery. It is a place I always mean to go to more often.
Nestled cozily on the corner of Shawmut and gorgeous Union Park, entering the Buttery is like walking into the middle of one of their delicious cupcakes. Walls are painted cake batter yellow and the ceiling detail is both ornate and whimsical, as if it was piped from a pastry bag. Everything about its aesthetic is warm and inviting, from the decor to its business cards. And so is the menu.
The pastry case overflows with various cakes, tarts, muffins and its spectacular & ginormous cupcakes (their carrot cake cupcake is Boston's best IMO). They also serve breakfast and sandwiches in the cafe, and have a bar & extended menu in the dining area. And their espresso is arguably the best in Boston proper. The owner is a super friendly & welcoming fellow.
I have yet to have a proper meal here since the expansion, but will review once I do!
Buttery: an urban oasis for afternoon tea – We love to drop by the Buttery on Shawmut avenue during the afternoons when it's not too busy. They have fantastic pastries and I always get the soymilk chai latte because it is delicious. It's a gorgeous little place in a quiet part of an otherwise busy neighbourhood. I would recommend this coffeeshop, although I have never tried the savoury food they have. Weekend mornings since they are very busy and I feel that the place is more successful when peaceful.
Elle! – I have yet to eat here, but the bartender is adorable and does a great job getting her friends there! Elle for president.
Not just for breakfast anymore – Wow, I loved this place when it was just a bakery and now a full service restaurant as well! Went here for dinner and drinks for the first time last week after years of making getting many a yummy muffin/cupcake for breakfast. The dinner was terrific, drinks delicious, service friendly and professional and I can't wait until the warmer weather returns for dinner and drinks on their outdoor patio!"
great new restaurant – so glad the Buttery has recently opened for dinner. It is a great spot for breakfast and lunch and now a great place for dinner also. The food is terrific and the staff is so nice. I loved the fig appetizers, the fish and pork are both also delicious. I'm always looking for excuses to go, and the prices are very reasonable, I love it . It's very handy to go there for dinner before going to events at the BCA which is a nice short walk after dinner. Much easier to park around Union Square than up close to the BCA.
How on earth does this place average 4.5 stars?!!! Read the reviews! – Okay, so I finally have to add my 2 cents about the Buttery. I end up going there quite often and half the time I end up hating that I ever gave them my business. My friends feel the same. We've all lived in the South End for about a decade and have seen the South End go through many transformations - this shop being one of them. The service is horrible (beyond horrible) and, if it is even possible, it gets worse when the owner is there. It is incredibly frustrating to wait in line forever when there are more than enough employees behind the counter. They are slow, trip over each other, and have perfected the art of looking busy all the while never catching your eye. The food is average at best. Touches of pretentiousness do nothing to add to the flavor or justify the cost. I have had day old eight dollar salads. The bad completely outweigh the good of the Buttery. The positive is the location. But, the thing is, you could put a taco stand with benches on this prime South End corner and it would be bustling.
ambiance great, not worth the wait – I thought this place looked really cute, so I stopped in for lunch. What a bad decision. Firstly, they had no Turkey, Chicken or Salmon that day-which doesn't leave much else for a sandwich on the menu. Then, I had to wait sooooo long. I had finished my drink by the time my sandwich was finally done. And the sandwich itself didn't impress me. I had a carrot cake cupcake-which cost $3!! It was the worst carrot cake I have ever had, too floury tasting.
All in all, I won't go back. If you like overpriced, unsatisfying food-then this is your spot.
good place to hang for residents – went by 2 times to grab something hot for the hand and wet for the throat. was tempted to get a bite too but always deterred by the price of these small coffee places (do they all have to charge $6-7 for a half sandwich, or like $3 for a slice of pound cake?).
anyways. coffee was decent but not spectacular (maybe i'm used to starbuck's strength). but one time i got the green tea (or chai?) latte, i totally choked on it. not bc it tasted nasty (albeit not good either), but i can't believe they used green tea POWDER to mix it up, then add latte. i mean, ok, maybe they all use powder, but THAT MUCH? it was very strong (which is good), but it was getting bitter. not only that, they didn't mix it well, so i was drinking the powder clutter instead of the well-mixed liquid. that's why i choked.
service... friendly but there's no system. first time i waited at the counter for minutes while people busied themselves with other "more urgent" matters. the other time i waited so long for the inexperienced (yet unaided) barista to mix me the green tea thing... he went asking back and forth, picking stuff out from shelf, measuring, pouring, unsure and undetermined... just to give me so much powder to choke on. i don't blame him for inexperience; maybe it's his first week of work or whatever. i rather point my fingers to management about these errors. IMHO, when something doesn't work, it's 90% a managerial issue.
one thing to note: they have very limited seating, and patrons seem to be residents in the area and like to "linger" there for the morning. so if you plan on hanging out there, either go early and try your luck grabbing the first seats, or prepare to do take-out or stand waiting (for long).
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